How To Quickly Get Popular On Instagram

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If you’re new to Instagram it can be frustrating when hardly anyone is following you. I remember when I first signed up, I was really struggling to get my first 30 followers. Even my best photos were getting only a few likes, and I wasn’t getting any feedback for my photos. That’s when I decided it was time to get popular on Instagram. Using the techniques that you’ll discover in this article, I was able to get over 88,000 real Instagram followers, and today all my photos get hundreds of likes and dozens of comments.

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My @iPhonePS Instagram Account

While it takes a lot of work to get thousands of followers, and your own goals might be different, I can tell you that Instagram gets a lot more fun when more people are following you!

So let’s take a look at the three steps you need to take in order to quickly get popular on Instagram.

Step 1: Build A Portfolio

Before you start doing anything else, you want your Instagram profile to look great. Nobody is going to follow an empty profile.

If you want other people to follow you, the first thing you should do is upload about 15 – 20 really good photos. If you don’t have that many, keep working on it, and make sure you don’t post any photos that aren’t good.

If your goal is to showcase your photography, it’s absolutely essential that the photos you post are of great quality. It’s far better to post nothing than to post a bad photo.

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If you’re only just starting out, it’s generally a good idea to improve your photography before attempting to build an audience on Instagram since people only like to follow photographers with interesting photos.

Work on creating photos with good composition that will catch the viewer’s eye. And learn how to use light to create more stunning photos. We have a great video tutorial that will teach you 7 Simple Tricks For Using Light To Create Beautiful iPhone Photos.

If you take photos with your iPhone, sign up for my iPhone photography email tips where I share exclusive iPhone photography tips and video tutorials that you won’t find anywhere on this blog. Taking some time to improve your photography will more than pay off when you try to get popular on Instagram.

Also, keep in mind that certain types of photos do particularly well on Instagram. From my experience beach photos, interesting reflection photos and sunset photos tend to get the most likes on Instagram. Portrait photos generally get fewer likes.

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To give you an example, this sunset reflection photo got more likes than a lot of my other photo that I’ve posted on Instagram. While I think this is a great photo, I have other less popular photos that I think are better.

However, if you want to get popular on Instagram, it’s important that you post the kind of photos your followers want to see, which is why I often share beach photos. If you want to get more followers on Instagram, it’s always a good idea to post the kind of photos that get more likes.

If you use Instagram to share what you eat for dinner and how you hang out with friends, don’t expect people who don’t know you to start following you.

If you’re a teen pop star or a really attractive girl, this strategy might work for you, but I don’t think it’s the kind of audience any serious iPhone photographer would want to build.

Once again, it’s absolutely essential that you only post your best photos, even if it means only posting a few times per week. Nobody wants their Instagram feed to be flooded with subpar photos from people they don’t know.

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Never post text images or jokes, no matter how cool you think the text is. Also avoid posting random screenshots – most people really don’t like them.

Now, before you go to the next step, please make sure that your Instagram account is public. Got to your profile, tap the Settings icon at the top right of the screen, then make sure that  the “Private Account” slider is turned off. If your Instagram photos aren’t public, you’ll have a much harder time attracting new followers.

And finally, take a moment to write a profile description that would motivate people to follow you. You don’t need to overcomplicate this step, just describe yourself in a meaningful way.

Something like “iPhone landscape photographer and surfer from California” is all you really need to attract the right kind of followers.

Step 2: Get Noticed

Once you’ve uploaded some really good photos and made your profile look interesting, it’s time to attract everyone’s attention. There are several ways you can do it, and I’m going to discuss all of them in this section of this article.

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First, you should start off with reaching out to your existing friends and followers from other social networks. Since those people already know you, they’re far more likely to become a follower.

Often all you need to do is let them know that you’re now using Instagram. You can simply send a message or share a post inviting your friends to follow you.

If you have a large following on another social network such as Twitter and Facebook, you can cross-post your Instagram photos to these social networks. That way you’ll be building your Instagram following while sharing interesting photos with people who want to see them anyway!

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Next, you should utilize relevant hashtags when posting photos on Instagram. That way your photos will show up in the hashtag feeds, which is a good way to get your photos in front of more people.

The keyword here is relevant since there’s really no need to spam your posts with dozens of irrelevant hashtags (that will only make you look like a spammer).

Besides hashtags, one of the easiest ways to get in front of other people is to simply start following a lot of people. Just find someone with photos that are similar to yours, and start following the followers of that person. They’ll get a notification saying that you’re now following them, and many of them will check out your profile.

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If you just follow somebody and don’t like or comment on any of their photos, you’re a ghost follower. Instagram users generally don’t like ghost followers because scam artists use this strategy to promote their fake profiles.

You’ll get better results if you also comment on the photos of the people you start following. That way they’ll know you’re a real person.

If following many other people is too impractical, you can also get a lot of exposure by leaving meaningful comments on the photos of other people.

When you leave a thoughtful and positive comment, there’s a good chance that the author of that photo will become curious to check out your profile. And if your profile is good, you’ll get a new follower.

However, commenting on the iPhone is slow and tedious, and you’ll get much faster if you use an Instagram web service such as IconoSquare that allows you to quickly and systematically leave comments from your computer.

Your commenting should be targeted, meaning that you should only leave comments to people who have a high chance of becoming your followers.

How do you find such people? It’s easy! All you need to do is search for people who do the same kind of photography as you do using relevant hashtags.

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So if you’re a landscape photographer, you could search for hashtags such as #landscape, #mountains and #outdoors because the people posting photos with these hashtags are far more likely to enjoy your profile and thus become your followers.

You can quickly browse through photos that were submitted to a particular hashtag using the search function of IconoSquare.

Finally, your comments are far more likely to get noticed by people who don’t have hundreds of likes or thousands of followers (since they get less comments) and when the photo you’re commenting on has been posted recently.

Step 3: Engage With Your Followers

While everyone gets obsessed with the number of followers, keeping your followers happy and engaged is equally important if you want to build a relationship with them and get the most out of your Instagram experience.

First, you should post regularly so that people don’t forget who you are. That’s why I share photos daily on my @iPhonePS account where I’ve built a large and responsive community of people who are looking forward to seeing more photos from me.

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But at the same time, you don’t want to be posting too often. There’s nothing worse than sharing multiple photos at once since they’ll take up a lot of space in the feed of your followers.

If somebody doesn’t like one of your photos, the chances are that they’ll still keep following you. But when you post three photos in a row, you’re far more likely to lose a follower.

For this reason I don’t recommend posting more than once in every six hours. Remember that quality always beats quantity, and it’s far better to share only great photos, even if that means posting less often.

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And finally, be nice to your followers. Respond to their comments and questions. Simple things like saying “Thanks” will really make you stand out, and it’s a great way to keep your followers happy and engaged. There’s nothing more rewarding than building lasting relationships with your Instagram followers!

If you follow the three steps that I’ve set out in this tutorial you’ll be well on your way to gaining more genuine followers that really appreciate your photography.

You can see how I apply these tips and techniques at my @iPhonePS Instagram account.

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  • Williamsjoe

    Really its most awesome and useful idea.Really great work on instagram .I have setup new account. I will follow your steps to make my page popular.

  • mightylauren

    Your tips are awesome. I want to add one thing LIKING. Simply LIKING the right persons photo’s can lead them to you. I am a Disney World iPhonographer. So I love to browse the #disneyworld tag and I like pics. I try to pick ones who not many people have liked (the person appreciates it more) and if the pic is really good I will go to their profile and like a few more. A lot of the time, when they log back in and see the same person liked more than one of their pictures they follow up by checking out my profile. They don’t all follow me, but they do like and comment.

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Thanks Lauren, this is another great strategy. However, I feel that people appreciate comments even more, so it’s probably a good idea to both like and comment on their photos.

      You’re right that people with fewer likes or followers will appreciate your likes or comments way more than those who are already popular.

  • Joanna

    I have a bunch of ghost followers. What should I do with them? Should I block them? But maybe not.
    Also, I have two accounts, because I’m scared that my private will get hacked. (There’s a lot of hackers these days).
    I post selfies. Is that okay?
    Thanks! Let me know (((:

    • Emil Pakarklis

      HI Joanna,

      Regrading ghosts, just ignore them altogether. They really do no harm to you, so you can just leave them there. Even if you block them all now, you’ll get more in the future.

      I don’t think your account will get hacked. Just keep your password safe and unique, only use reputable third party services, and you’ll be fine.

      About selfies, it depends what you want to achieve on Instagram. They will help you get the attention of opposite sex and your friends will like them, but they’re not good for building a quality audience that you could share your photography with.

  • ariana

    Thank you this helped a lot I followed u on insatgram follow me back please @arianabass500 by the way love your work

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Thank you Ariana!

  • Daniele Barbagallo

    Hi Emil,
    I’d like to thank you for your advice on getting followers and building a trusted account. It’s interesting how quickly social media is changing the game for individuals, not to mention businesses and companies. I’ve had success posting up part of my inventory on the app. Unfortunately this cap at 49 followers per hour really damaged my experience on the network. It’s understandable that instagram aims to block spam and fake accounts. However wouldn’t it be better if a verification system would be implemented, that after being verified you’d be able to follow as many people as you’d like?

    Either way, good work and hope you keep posting on instagram.

    Kind Regards,
    Daniele Barbagallo
    Swiss CEO of coinsnnotes

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Hi Daniele,

      For a niche company like yours I would recommend leaving thoughtful comments on the photos of people who are interested in what you have to offer. Many of them will gladly respond and follow you.

      How can you find such people?

      Through relevant hashtags such as #coins, #oldcoins, etc.

      Leave as many thoughtful comments as possible on photos that already have interesting coins in them as such people are more likely to be interested in your Instagram account and ultimately becoming your customers. There’s no need of attracting followers who don’t care about coins!

      To speed up the process, use a web service such as Statigram for commenting. As far as I know, there are no limits to how many good comments you can leave!

  • Matias

    Hey Emil thanks for your help It really helped I followed you on Instagram can you please follow me back at @matiases99?

  • Marina

    Love the post! I think that if you want to get on Instagram popular page you should remember about two things:

    1. Your photos must be beautiful and interesting. Try to use popular photo editing apps like Snapseed, VSCOcam, Afterlight, Mextures. It’s very easy to find them in App Store.

    2. Be more active! If you want to get a lot of new likes, comments and followers, you should be doing the same for others. Of course, it’s not so fast, but you can manage your activity using this service –

  • Lisa

    Hey Emil,
    So I wanted to ask what kind of photos a normal teenage girl can post in instagram and still get many likes and followers

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Hi Lisa,

      It depends on what your goals are. If you want to build an audience for your photography, simply share your best and most interesting photos that have aesthetic and artistic value.

      If you want to make new friends and broadcast your personality, I might not be the right person to ask. My best guess is that you should share fun snippets of your everyday life, like the things you do with friends, the places you go to, etc.


    It was very nice to knowing your Instagram,
    and thanks a lot for advice and awesome tips.
    You made me more interesting about ” Instagram”
    Hopefully, my Instagram could be popular,
    Gonna creat great one.
    I have been following you!!
    Could you following me too?

    My Instagram ID

    Best regards

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Thanks Atena!

  • Abmer

    Thanks for your tips. I will try your idea.
    I heard about one apps which called ” Instagrab”
    It can download the photo and videos.
    I hope my instagram can be popular too,

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Thanks Abmer!

      I normally just take the photos from for organizing the contest.

  • Kevin

    Im a 14 year old guy and I have no idea what to post on instagram afraid that someone might think wrongly of me so its kinda weird. Any suggestions??

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Hi Kevin,

      It really depends on what you want to share with the world. I use my Instagram to share my best photography and to organize a weekly photo contest, but for you that will likely be different.

      Whatever you choose to post, keep in mind that the anyone in the world could potentially see it.

  • jackwhylesphotography

    Hi Emil,
    I have found your tips very helpful and I have gained followers and likes!
    I have followed you!
    Can you please follow me back @jackwhylesphotography

    Kind regard,

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Hi Jack,

      I’m happy my article has helped you. About your Instagram, why don’t you stop posting text notes and offering people to trade likes and follows? Instagram is not an exchange marketplace.

      You should just focus on posting great photos, that will be far more rewarding.

  • Tara

    Hi Emil,

    This is a useful article with insightful information echoing much of what I know to be true and some things I didn’t yet know.

    Being a woman in the world with many interests, among them making my art, traveling, photography, and portraits of my daughter – it has been both a pleasure and a difficulty for me to find the balance to have IG be as honed as the most successful accounts are.

    I’ve come to treat my account as a visual and literary journal, like a snapshot blog with a thought on what’s happening in the moment for me that could be relevant to others. The people I follow who I like the best do something similar, but I find that they are more focused in their content – or they simply don’t write at all and keep their photography limited to one style.

    I truly enjoy when I post a photo and receive likes and comments – and interact with others – that’s the whole point. What are your thoughts about editing my existing account (deleting photos) that in retrospect are clearly not in alignment with where my focus is now? Is that in any way damaging?

    Also – I’ve realized I’ve overdone it with hashtags… thanks for that – I never want to be spammy.


    • Emil Pakarklis

      Hi Tara,

      It can certainly be a good idea to use your Instagram as a “snapshots of your life” collection. Some of the most interesting accounts out there use this approach.

      The downside is that unless you’re someone famous, only people who know you will be motivated to learn about your life in so much detail. If your goal is to build a large audience, focusing on great photography will probably work better.

      I wouldn’t delete old photos as long as the last 20 or so are more or less consistent. Very few people will scroll down more than that, and it’s good to keep them so that your account becomes a chronicle of your life through photography. It will be really interesting to look back at them in a few years.

  • jackwhylespro

    Hey Emil,
    Thank you for you comments back!
    Instagram has deleted my account (de-activated my account) do I have started a fresh.
    I have taken your advice back onboard and it has helped me gain many followers on my instagram account! I will keep on continuing to do this, your a great help!
    Kind regards,

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Thanks Jack!

      I’m really happy my advice has helped you. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Sheldaros

    This is the basic concept of Instagram (though I’m one month new in the application)
    I deleted my Facebook to get rid of the negative shout outs I can see in each and every morning and started instagram. But then I realised the more I study instagram- the more I realise the greediness of the people to have solo many followers. I tried to do it yesterday but (- doesn’t make sense)

    Reading this takes me back to reason why I joined instagram. To share photos. To be inspired and to inspire
    (Regardless of how many followers I have)

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Hey Sheldaros,

      You’re making a great point here. Everyone reading this article should take a second to stop and think why they actually want to get more followers. In my case it was getting feedback for my photography, promoting this blog, and starting a weekly photo contest.

      But if your goal is to get ego boost or street cred, you probably shouldn’t be getting obsessed with the number of followers you have.

      Always remember that the relationship you have with your audience is far more important than the number of people following you!

  • Courtney Moseley

    You have to have great photos that are interesting and different. Take shots from different angles and make them unique. Try to start a trend that is cool but not abused like fashion. There are so many people that post about fashion which makes it very competitive and hard to stand out. If you take pictures of cool or funny things that you see on your day to day activities but add a twist (ie taking the shot from a cool angle, adding something to it, lighting etc) then people will be interested in what you are posting. I hope this helps and follow my instagram which is royalcm and my clothing instagram which is panelclothing

    have a good day guys, I hope this helped.

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Good tips Courtney, thanks!

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  • Simran

    I love your account! And I really hope these tips help me! I just wanted to know where you get the inspiration for your photos? :) And i would love if you could follow me @simranberikx



    • Emil Pakarklis

      I guess starting a new account would be the only real option. In general, Instagram doesn’t really like people who follow everyone just to get their attention.

    • Perfie Chrstinnaa

      Instagram doesn’t allow u to follow alot of ppl (or unfollow). Try the next day

  • msphotographer1

    @msphotographer1 check my photographs and have fun:)

  • Olivia

    Hi! I already use all the tips you said above, but I have about 1500 followers. I have almost 800 ghost followers! I got the app insta ghost and it won’t let me comment from the app , so If I can’t do that how do I tell my followers they’re inactive! What do I do?!

  • Cartelea

    a bit sad tbh. its only likes

    • Emil Pakarklis

      To all the people saying it’s sad – why did you even read this article? Didn’t you just Google how to get popular on Instagram, and now you’re saying it’s said?

    • Cartelea

      Can you spell?

    • Adonis Farouze Rashad

      Its so sad for Cartelea, why did you even read this article? Didn’t you just Google how to get popular on Instagram, and now you’re saying it’s sad?

    • Taj

      Please check out my instagram @taj_longino

    • Queen bitch

      Lol gurl u gettin maaaddd

    • Britney

      I just looked for what’s a spam but it’s helpful thanks

    • twitboydk

      hahaha well said

    • Cora Jones

      To some of us, it’s business. A way to get our products seen. Especially artists, like myself, who are struggling to compete with big box stores. Social media is a life saver.

    • Taj

      I agree

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    • Ekaterina Petropavlovskaia

      Totally agree!


    • Jessy

      Very true. I very much agree :)

  • Zahra

    Wow this is a really good blog and great tips. I have heard them before but you have definitely helped me really understand it. I specifically like your perspective. Thanks for the great read, will definitely go check you out on Instagram now :)

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Thank you Zahra!

  • Eastsidegraphics

    I’m a sports editor and I don’t know how this would help me cuz I just got anacvount with 1.8k folowers and it gets like 10 likes everytine I post a sports photo which I s what my page is working torwards! But I can’t gets many active followers

    • Emil Pakarklis

      The trick is to reach out to people who are already interested in what you post, do you’d reach out to people you find in hashtags like #football, etc.

    • Taj

      What about a talk show post

  • Photographer

    Follow me @saleh_ahmed96

  • Bradley W

    Thanks for the tips! I actually went around on various hashtags, chose pictures I genuinely liked, and posted nice comments and now I have 205 followers instead of 180! I’m not interested in getting a lot of followers, but I want people to see my work and for it to be appreciated. But you’re totally right about shoutouts and selfies. They’re annoying as hell.

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Hi Bradley,

      That’s the right way to do it! I also think it’s silly to get 1000s of followers for ego boost, but it’s good to have some people you can share your work with and get feedback from.

  • Bradley W

    P.S. I checked out your App Report for the best iPhone picture-editing apps and I was happy to see Snapseed on there. It’s an incredible app and I use it for all my photographs.

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Yep, it’s one of the best apps out there :)

  • junior

    Follow me jcalderon__03

  • King

    Follow me on Instagram @ kingruss18

  • Mike C

    Thanks a lot for this article, I deleted my Facebook account 4 years ago and barely late last year, after much hesitation, I opened my IG account, and as you said, I’m not really worried about the followers, I rather share my pics with close friends and get feedback on them while getting inspiration from other photographers, and since all i use is my iPhone your blog and idownloadblog has helped me a lot, I’m far from a pro, however I have a better understanding of photography now. thanks again and keep up the good work! – @mikeon2

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Thank you Mike! Let me know if you have any questions, I’m happy to help in any way I can.

  • Devin

    Use to get 60-130 likes, now I’m struggling to get over 10. Being a musician this is discouraging and makes it hard for people to take me seriously. My content hasn’t changed… So wtf happened?

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Do you want to show me your account? Pay attention to when you post your content and whether it’s visually appealing.

  • Devang Singhal

    i wish u had a blog for android users :)

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Most of the things I talk about also apply to Android phones. Photography is quite universal even when the cameras are different.

  • Sara

    Follow @maikee4066 @lizbeth__mendoza @atheer_drawing for art and photography 😉 if you dare

  • Emil Pakarklis

    Thanks Mitali!

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  • Lily

    Its doesnt work witj me cos i’m private please help!

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Go to your profile, tap Edit Your Profile, and turn off Photos Are Private.

  • nenome

    Yes! Finally some good advice! I hate when people only say “yeah you can buy followers” or just follow/like random people. I want people who actually like my photos to follow me. So great advice and can’t wait to get some more awesome photos on intagram to build my portfolio. I use iPhone 5 too so I think I’m going to start following you. Your photos seem very interesting and good, I want to learn more! :)

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Thank you! I think many people go way too far with this whole follower thing and they forget to focus on what really matters, which is building relationships with users. That’s why it’s called a social network!

  • Kai Yang Tay

    @kai_hiranyawongkul follow me and i will like all ur pics, i am an active insta user:):)

  • John

    Hi! Thanks for a fantastic article, I do have one question though, you said that you no longer go through the tedious process of following and commenting to get followers, what then is your current strategy? Thanks!

    • Emil Pakarklis

      I don’t do anything except a few links on this blog and in my email newsletter. These strategies are great for getting the first few hundred followers, but you have to know when enough is enough.

  • FastFaceLikes

    Thanks. Great article!

  • toni

    How does a spotty teen with 5 selfies showing off his mundane tattoos, attract more than 2,000 followers? Five photos? All selfies?

    • Emil Pakarklis

      You can always buy fake followers. The question is why would you do that.

  • bianca

    it’s really hard to get amazing photos!

    • Emil Pakarklis

      That’s what the rest of my site is about :)

  • afeqawonderland_

    I okay with my followers and likers. But… I just felt lonely a bit cuz my instagram seem quiet. No encourge comment or whatever. Maybe cuz i didnt use hastag? Or..i dunno. And I felt a bit jealous at certain people who has a same kind of feeds like mine and they got good comments from others.

    • Emil Pakarklis

      I know what you mean, it can be frustrating especially when you’re starting out, which is why I wrote this article :)

  • Nida batool

    I think, leaving comments on most followed people photos is the best way to get exposure. In this way, you could gain the person as follower who is really interested in following you.

    • Emil Pakarklis

      That definitely works as well :)

  • Olivia

    Good article, thanks

  • Renee Red

    I feel like my post are good but i dont get as many likes as i used to.. Can you check out my page? Id love the feedback :)

  • faridfadhilaah

    Follow me faridfadhilaah and ask for followback. Thanks! :)

  • mahego

    I remember i use to get 80 or 100 likes per photo and now i dont get likes exept from people i know i want to know why

  • Lone_wolf17

    Follow Me on Instagram please:
    i followback and like your pics:)

  • Poo

    This didnt help

  • Tina Mellor

    Heres my problem. I think my account is worth following, but its not an ‘art’ or ‘photography’ account. Its more about my life. Although I’ve taken some cool pictures that are artsy or beautiful i can hardly do it because of the fact that i dont have a nice camera. So what do i do? Do i try to get peoples interest in an account that isnt artsy, but more about my life and what I’m doing? My user is smilinggetsmeby if you want to check it out and give me advice :)

  • RoyalRed

    What if your account Is strictly nothing but art?

  • vanessytienz

    My followers just 175 and my target is 300 its hard to get iti waa so jealous to people who have many followers :'( :-( follow me plis @vanessylam_lt

  • Achim

    I agree that photo competitions are a great opportunity to get noticed. I am one of the founders of Photovote – an App that always has several Instagram competitions running. Also voting takes place by our users, so there’s a good chance to be noticed.

  • Crissy

    I love what it said. Yall should follow me! #Ifollowback @Crissy3737 If yall happen to blow my wall up, ill blow yours up! I also unfollow my unfollowers each night. Maybe this helps?

  • Hi

    Can I get a shout out lls

  • georgia21

    hi i’m new can any one help me # every one talkes about instergram and i was fealing sad because i dont have it but now i do

    • will

      #love #smile #nofilter #beauty #nature so technically mostly everything thats original and songs good. the opposite of #itlooksgood

  • RS

    Hello, seeing as the last post was months ago I highly doubt anyone would see this. Nevertheless, just wanted to leave my Instagram username here so you can check out my work, will try out these steps, its always been a dream of mine to put my work out there and hope for it to turn into something… This is my account: @rs_art xx

  • Nina

    Does anybody know what the apps are? My email isn’t working and I really don’t wanna have to make another one

  • Justdemsayings

    Alright then, could please shoutout for me then..

  • Emil Pakarklis

    Most of my photos get about 500 likes and 10 to 20 comments, which is the kind of like to comment ratio that you can expect as well. They’re lazy :)

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  • cocoa

    bc people want to be popular and “brag” about it…

  • raissa

    Im realy self conscious and all of my friends at school have instragram and they all wonder why i dont have it. And here is where it gets complicated, i dont want to make instagram so my friends can mock me on how little followers i have, should i or should i not make instagram?any help

  • Artūrs

    Jēj, es atradu Latvieti!

    • Emil Pakarklis

      Atradi gan :)

  • Emil Pakarklis

    Any comments asking for followers will be instantly removed.

    • EL Jay Tee

      Thank you for the info. I have question hashtags. Are you making them up, or are you using them because they are the most popular?

  • little miss F

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    • Emil Pakarklis

      Absolutely! I would recommend using your other platforms to drive traffic towards your Instagram account and then using it to give people a behind the scenes look into the making of the movie.

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    • Kate Wesson

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  • kels

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  • Chelsea

    Thanks Emil it really helped I got4 followers iinstantly, but the only problem is, is now I’m following loads of people…will they follow back in there own time?? :-)

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  • lin

    How many pics can you like at a time? Without looking dumb!

  • Alexis

    making my IG account private is not a good idea? Right?

    • Kate Wesson

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      Hey Susan,
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  • amanda

    I get likes on my pics that don’t turn into followers. How can I turn “likes” into “follows”?

    • Kate Wesson

      You could try following the people who like your photos and leaving positive feedback on their images. That way they’re more likely to come back and visit your profile again, and hopefully follow you.

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    i took in a few accounts (some famous people, some not so famous people) an d my calculations show that generally 6%-10% of followers are your average likes… like say you have 60 followers. another factor is content. if you have good content, you’ll probably exceed 10%. if not, 4%-6%.

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    Hello, I have open before 7 month one instagram named ”” I got 72k followers now, I never liked any photos I never follow anyone I just post photos about Architecture people like it so much, my page have a great reputation, what I should do to grow faster to like 1 mil, or can I make money on instagram?, I get like 500 followers a day average…

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  • Sky Sirewest

    If a few people like a post on instagram can I comment on my own post & they will see it. So I can respond to all of them at the same time?

    • Kate Wesson

      Yes, but make sure you tag the person with their @username in your comment so that they will be notified that you’ve mentioned them, e.g. Thank you for your kind comments @katewesson.

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    Hey Emil! Great article! I really like what you said here, “It’s far better to post nothing than it is to post a bad photo.” Everyone knows about hashtags and providing value with comments but so few people actually take the time to improve their craft before they make an account.

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    But how do you get so many amount of followers when you only follow a few people on Instagram?

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    hey Emil, I’d really enjoyed your article. It’s on point that become famous is hard but your tips are a good way to start up as an unknown photographer. On my own experiences Iknow that it is hard to become famous on Instagram. I just gained 80 Followers in 6 month.. most of them are friends and some of them ‘ghost followers’. I decided to try your tips for my own. May I will gain some new followers :). If you like to follow me: millowmax, 😀

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    Step one says post 15 – 20 photos.
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  • guest

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  • Siân Frances

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  • Katie Ellen Gjerstad

    Thank you so much. I only have like 5 followers): and no one likes my photos. Some times people do. But that’s because they feel sorry for me.

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  • Gillian Bank

    So I do all of those things, sometimes I post twice within 6 hours but I know people that post at least 6 photos at once and gets 100’s of likes. (Maybe fake likes idk). I post photography and they are good and I know they are. I get around 30-50 and sometimes 60-80 but I have 472 followers which is insane. I often go to my followers accounts and like and comment on photos, to try to catch there attention, doesn’t seem to work that much. My other friend who just started her drawing account already has more likes then me which is weird considering my account has even up for years. Is there a reason for this? I also hashtag when I can remember, now they made it so the hashtaged photo appears on the hashtag by when you posted the photo so if you forget it’s a lot harder to get liked.

  • Patrick T’Kindt

    What are your thoughts on posting multiple pics at a time so you’ll keep a theme? For instance, I post 3 in a row with a white border and then 3 without. I post 3 at a time so the feed looks even. Is it bad though that I post 3 in a row?

    • Kate Wesson

      Personally I really love feeds that post three similar images at a time – I think it’s really effective! :)

  • Felipe Gëhrke

    Cool post with lots of interesting insights, Emil!

    Photography is a hobby for me and I’ve been thinking about sharing some of my best pics on Instagram. I’d like to ask your opinion on something. If I have a picture taken from a cool restaurant or a bar, whats your opinion in tagging the place and providing tips for followers?

    Do you think that this could make it look more like a travel page other than a photography page?


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  • Alan

    I’d love to know how you have so many followers but are following so little people.

    Did you build up your account by following then unfollowing? (which i think is not the right way to do it)

    Or did u stick to liking photos and commenting?

    I cant wrap my head around how some accounts can pull this off. Thousands of followers but only following a small amount.

    Unless you inflated your followers using cheap fiverr gigs to increase the numbers , making more people follow if they see you are “popular”.

    Im not a hater, i appreciate your article, but this is something i’d genuinely like to know.

    Many thanks for your great blog.

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    My question is about the top 9 photos that are posted under any hashtag as “Top Posts”. Do you understand how these are selected to be on top?

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