Do you want more Instagram followers? To become Instagram famous, you need to focus on ways to get your photos noticed. When I first signed up to Instagram, I struggled to get my first 30 followers. Even my best photos were getting only a few like. And I wasn’t getting any feedback on my pictures. That’s when I decided it was time to get popular on Instagram… and now I have over 128,000 followers. In this tutorial you’ll discover how to become Instagram famous in three easy steps.
My @iPhonePS Instagram Account
It can take a lot of work to get thousands of followers. But 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 to become Instagram famous.
Step 1: Build A Stunning Instagram Feed
First you need to make your Instagram profile look great. Nobody is going to follow a profile that has poor quality images.
If your goal is to showcase your photography, your photos must look good. It’s better to post nothing than to post a bad photo.
The first thing to do is upload about 15 – 20 of your best images. If you don’t have that many, keep working on it. Make sure you only post high quality eye-catching photos.
If you’re starting out on Instagram, it’s a good idea to improve your iPhone photography first. People only like to follow photographers with interesting photos.
Learn how to use your camera’s settings. You might also consider using a more advanced iPhone camera app. Edit your Instagram photos with a photo editor app to ensure they look their best before sharing.
Taking time to improve your photography will more than pay off when you try to get Instagram famous. Check out my free video… 7 little-known tricks for taking incredible iPhone photos that everyone adores.
Keep in mind that certain types of photos do particularly well on Instagram. In my experience beach photos, reflections, silhouettes and sunsets get the most likes. Portrait photos are generally not as popular.
This sunset reflection photo got more likes than a lot of my other photos that I’ve posted on Instagram.
If you want to get popular on Instagram, post the kind of photos your followers want to see. This is why I often share beach and sunset photos.
If you want more followers on Instagram, it’s a good idea to post the kind of photos that get more likes.
If you share photos of you hanging out with friends, don’t expect people to start following you. These aren’t the kind of photos any serious photographer would want to share.
Never post text images or jokes, no matter how cool you think the text is. Also avoid posting random screenshots as most people don’t like them.
Before you go to the next step, make sure your Instagram account is public. If your photos aren’t public, you’ll have a much harder time attracting new followers.
To make your Instagram feed public, go to your profile and tap the Settings icon near the top right of the screen. Go to Account Privacy and make sure the Private Account slider is off.
Finally, write a profile description that will motivate people to follow you. Describe yourself in a meaningful way to attract the right kind of followers. Don’t overcomplicate this step. Something like “iPhone landscape photographer and surfer” is all you need.
Step 2: Get Your Instagram Photos Noticed
Once you’ve uploaded some great photos, it’s time to attract everyone’s attention. Your aim is to get more Instagram followers, as well as more likes and comments on your photos.
There are several ways to get your photos noticed and gain more followers. I’m going to discuss them in this section.
First, reach out to your existing friends and followers from other social networks. Since those people already know you, they’re more likely to become a follower. You can send a message or share a post inviting your friends to follow you.
To get your Instagram photos in front of more people, consider using hashtags. Adding hashtags when you post a photo means your image will show up in Instagram’s hashtag feeds.
To add a hashtag, use the caption box when you’re posting a photo. Type the hashtag symbol # followed by an appropriate word to describe your image.
Ensure you only add relevant hashtags to your photos. There’s no need to spam your posts with dozens of irrelevant hashtags. That will only make you look like a spammer.
Are you posting a sunset beach photo with silhouettes? Use the hashtags #beach, #silhouette, #sunset. If you’ve used a particular app to edit your photo, you could use the app name as your hashtag.
Another easy way to get your photos in front of other Instagramers is to follow a lot of people.
Find someone with photos like yours, and start following the followers of that person. They’ll get notified that you’re following them, and many will check out your profile.
But following people isn’t enough. You also need to interact with people that you follow. If you follow someone and don’t like or comment on any of their photos, you’re considered to be a ghost follower.
You’ll get better results if you comment on the photos of people you’re following. That way they’ll know you’re a real person.
You might find that following lots of people is impractical. If so, you can still get a lot of exposure by leaving meaningful comments on photos – even if you’re not following them.
If you leave a positive comment, the photographer may check out your profile. And if your profile is good, you’ll get a new follower.
Your comments are more likely to get noticed by people who don’t have lots of likes or followers. You’ll also have more chance of getting noticed if you comment on recent photos.
Leaving comments on the iPhone can be slow and tedious. So you might want to use a web service such as IconoSquare. This allows you to leave comments from your computer.
Ensure you only leave comments for people who have a high chance of becoming your followers.
So how do you find such people? It’s easy! All you need to do is use hashtags to search for people who do the same kind of photography as you. You can do this in the Tags section of Instagram’s search facility.
Are you a landscape photographer? Search for hashtags such as #landscapes, #landscapephotography or #mountains. People using these hashtags are more likely to enjoy your profile and follow you.
You can also browse through photos with a particular hashtag using IconoSquare.
Step 3: Engage With Your Instagram Followers
Everyone gets obsessed with the number of Instagram followers. But keeping your followers happy and engaged is important too. Your aim is to build a relationship with them and get the most out of your Instagram experience.
Post photos on a regular basis so people don’t forget who you are. I aim to share a photo every day on my @iPhonePS account. I’ve built a large and responsive community of people who look forward to seeing more photos from me.
But at the same time, you don’t want to post too often. Sharing lots of photos at once since will take up a lot of space in the feed of your followers.
If somebody doesn’t like one of your photos, the chances are they’ll still keep following you. But when you post three photos in a row, you’re more likely to lose a follower.
For this reason I don’t recommend posting more than once every six hours. Remember that quality always beats quantity. It’s better to share only great photos, even if that means posting less often.
Make your photos more intriguing and valuable by adding captions. Ask a question, tell the story of how you came to take this picture, or add a useful tip that relates to the image.
And finally, be nice to your followers. Respond to their comments and questions. You’ll stand out if you say “Thanks” or answer their question.
Interacting with your followers is a great way to keep them happy and engaged. There’s nothing more rewarding than building lasting relationships with your Instagram followers.
How To Become Instagram Famous: Recap
The tips in this tutorial will help you gain more genuine Instagram followers. Remember, the most important followers are those who appreciate your photos. Here’s a quick recap of how you can become Instagram famous in three easy steps:
- Build a stunning Instagram feed with only your very best photos.
- Get noticed by following other people and commenting on their images. Use relevant hashtags to get your pictures seen by more people.
- Engage with your Instagram followers. Post photos on a regular basis and respond to comments and questions.
You can see how I apply these tips and techniques at my @iPhonePS Instagram account.
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