11 Surefire Ways to Grow Your Instagram Followers

Melyssa Griffin

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11 Surefire Ways to Grow Your Instagram Followers



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How to grow Your Instagram Followers, Hashtags, IG Stories

Ahh Instagram. With over 1 billion monthly active users, it’s definitely a well-loved social media outlet (for comparison, the population of the US is over 325 million…!). Having a larger Instagram following can mean more sales for your business, more views on your blog, and a stronger community for your brand. But how in the world do some people have thousands of Instagram followers? (Psst, this incredible tool helped me bring my Instagram to the next level.) Today, I’ve got 11 actionable tips to help you grow your Instagram followers.

1. Like photos in your niche.

I attended an online conference where Susan Petersen (CEO of Freshly Picked) talked about how she grew her Instagram to have almost 400,000 followers. (Today she has over 800,000!) She said that in the early days, she would spend hours liking other people’s photos each night. Her suggestion? Go through and like 5-10 photos on someone’s account. It would also help to leave a genuine comment and give them a follow. This helps to get your name out there and allows other users to discover you.  I’d also suggest doing this primarily to users in your niche. How do ya find users in your niche? Check hashtags, or view the followers of your favorite Instagrammers. Overall, be authentic and not spammy — ain’t nobody got time fo’ spam.

2. Create a theme for your photos. 

Cool, so if you followed #1, people will naturally start to notice your username and may check out your account…give them something to fall in love with! I’ve found that it really helps to create a theme for your Instagram. Write down a few words that you want people to associate with your account. For mine, I hope people glean that it’s bright, artistic, and full of love. Which words would you use for your account? Once you’ve settled on a theme, try your hardest to stick to it! A few accounts that are killin’ it? Studio DIY, Wonderforest, and Jessica Safko!

Related: How + Why to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog (Free Worksheets!)

3. Socialize.

It ain’t called social media for nothin’! Respond to the comments you receive and leave comments of your own on others’ work. Rather than something stale like, “cute dress,” try to leave genuine comments and questions that encourage them to post more photos.

4. Create a hashtag and encourage others to use it, too. 

This is a great way to build community and gain new content for your account. First of all, create a unique hashtag (make sure it’s not already being used!) and ask others to use it. It works best if the hashtag has a specific purpose. For example, A Beautiful Mess encourages followers to use #ABMLifeIsColorful on all of their colorful, happy photos. Once people start using your hashtag (and YOU use it, too!), then you can repost images from your followers (giving them proper credit, of course!). Not only does this build community by showing your followers that you appreciate their photos, but it also gives you content for your own account.

Related: The Best Hashtags to Get Your Instagram Noticed + Shared

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Download my snazzy, FREE workbook and I’ll share my growth tracker, inspiring prompts to get ya thinking about your Insta’s vision and purpose, and strategies on finding better, killer hashtags. You know you want it. 🙂 Click the link below to grab the workbook!

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5. Run a contest.

If you have something you’d like to give away, try running a contest. Some ideas? Have users repost a specific image and tag you in the caption. Ask them to follow you. Or invite them to use your hashtag on their own images. You could even try a loop giveaway, if you want to collaborate with other Instagrammers.

6. Use Instagram Stories!

Believe it or not, Instagram Stories are rapidly growing in popularity, to over 400 million daily users. Many users even report they love watching Stories more than the endless “scroll” of their feed 😉 Get creative with your Stories. Take your followers behind the scenes and show them the most interesting parts of your day. Ask questions. Use polls, quirky GIFs, and music. Play with filters and Boomerangs. This is an amazing way to start getting comfortable on video and connect with your followers in an even deeper way.

7. Encourage followers to take action.

As simple as it may sound, people are more likely to do something if you ask them to do it. Sharing a quote? Ask them to “like” your photo if they agree with it! Sharing something funny or relatable? Ask your followers to tag a friend! Ask open-ended questions! If you put the idea out there, it will encourage your followers to act accordingly.

8. Geotag your photos.

Posting a photo of that cool restaurant or city you recently visited? Geotag it! That way, other people who used the same geotag can see your photo and potentially follow you since you now have so much in common (like that french toast you both had last weekend). 😉 In case you’re confused, geotagging your photos means you tag it with a location.

9. Figure out what your audience likes.

Do a little research, yo. Go back through your photos and see which ones got the most likes and comments — and of course, the least. What clicks with your audience and why? How can you incorporate more photos like that into your feed?

Analytics are key here, too, you can use Tailwind to help analyze results, track conversions, and discover new content.

10. Link your Instagram account to your other networks.

If you have a blog, Twitter, or Facebook, then you might assume your people are already following you on every platform. Hint: they probably aren’t! Share a quick tweet or Facebook post encouraging them to follow you on Instagram…it will reel in more followers than you think. This will help your followers on other networks discover your Instagram account — and proceed to follow you there, too!

Related: Here are 6 ways to grow your blog or business using Twitter.

11. Approach popular users to collaborate.

Think outside the box! Ask another Instagrammer in your niche if you can “take over their account” for the day as a guest contributor. Instagram Story takeovers are a blast and can dramatically grow your following fast. Or start an Instagram challenge with daily prompts. Ultimately, think of fun, creative ways to collaborate with other users.

Related: What I Learned From Hosting An Instagram Challenge (+ 6 Tips to Create Your Own!)

How have you grown your number of Instagram followers? Share a story with your favorite Instagram tip and tag @melyssa_griffin so I can find it!

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  1. Brianna Sullivan

    March 3rd, 2015 at 6:52 am

    This is all great advice. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  2. Macy Gutermuth

    March 3rd, 2015 at 7:04 am

    This is really great advice! I need to find my way into a loop giveaway now 🙂

  3. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    March 3rd, 2015 at 7:07 am

    These are such great tips! I had totally overlooked the idea of asking Twitter and Facebook followers to follow me on Instagram. It’s so simple and based on my experience just asking usually works. xx


    Latest Post: DIY Distressed Denim – Can You Tell Which Pair Cost $200?

  4. Suzanne | Agent Athletica

    March 3rd, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I’m a total IG rookie, but one tip I would add to this list is to use a service like Iconosquare. For me, seeing some basic insta analytics really helps me understand what is working for my account and what’s not, and having a service go through your pics looking for engagement stats is waaaaay faster than going through it manually. Also Iconosquare is free, hooray!

    I was just thinking yesterday about how I should try to create a hashtag both for my community, and because in my niche, there aren’t really good hashtags. I think it’s a sign from the universe. 🙂

  5. Kasey Decker

    March 3rd, 2015 at 7:23 am

    okay I am a little obsessed with hashtags. I love when they’re done properly + you can find other people who share your interests! I also just love insta all around.

  6. Kate // Curious Prints

    March 3rd, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Love the post, thanks so much! I’ve been trying to grow my business instagram using hashtags and I’m so glad to have some more tips to add to the mix 🙂

  7. Elle In Bloom

    March 3rd, 2015 at 7:48 am

    These are really great tips! I think creating a theme will be super helpful for me. I love your instagram feed, by the way!

    Elle in Bloom

  8. Diane

    March 3rd, 2015 at 7:57 am

    These are amazing tips! For some reason I never think to comment on photos, I just double-tap to like and more on. Tonight I will be taking the time to comment! Thanks!

  9. Kimberly // Manifest Yourself

    March 3rd, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Great tips + I love that hastag too. Now I guess I need to clean my desk, right? lol

  10. Natalie | Circus & Bloom

    March 3rd, 2015 at 8:20 am

    What great suggestions! I think the suggestion to create a theme is so helpful. If there’s an attractive, fluid feel to someone’s feed, I want to follow it! Great tips 🙂

    Circus & Bloom

  11. Erica Alferez

    March 3rd, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Great advice 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  12. Nathalie Kossek

    March 3rd, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I like these suggestions overall! Always loved the theme idea but I never got as specific as to pick a few words. That will help! The only one that I find kind of cringeworthy is the asking for follows : I always found that to be a little desperate. Is there a way you found to not sound like a spammy “follow4follow” type?

  13. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    March 3rd, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Hey Nathalie! Maybe you’re talking about #6? I wouldn’t recommend being spammy and asking random people to follow you either — what I suggested is sending a tweet or an update on Facebook with something like, “Are you following me on Instagram? I share photos about _______, ________, and ________!” Personally, I think your followers on one platform will want to follow you on other platforms as well, so this is just a way to spread the word to the people who already enjoy your work.

  14. Nathalie Kossek

    March 9th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    very true! thanks for clarifying.

  15. Cecil Vedemil

    March 3rd, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I still don’t have instagram for my blog. I want to create an account asap but I want to make sure it’s worth it. These steps are great, I have to think for a nice theme for my instagram too 🙂

    xx cecil // http://www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

  16. Abria @ Bee Splendid

    March 3rd, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I keep trying to establish a style/theme for my instagram photos, but I can’t seem to find one that I love enough to stick with for more than a few days at a time.

  17. Lauren Hooker

    March 3rd, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I was sweetly surprised to see a link to the Elle & Company blog in your post today, Melyssa 🙂 Thanks so much!

  18. Margery Ho

    March 3rd, 2015 at 11:26 am

    This is so helpful! Thank you! x

    Blog A Girl with a Camera

  19. Stacia

    March 3rd, 2015 at 11:34 am

    These are some great tips! Instagram is by far my favorite place to hang out!

  20. Marilyn (Pulp Sushi)

    March 3rd, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Great post! There’s been a recent discussion with my Etsy team about how to use Instagram more for our business and I’m totally going to share this post with them. Also that hashtag is great! I started using it. 🙂

  21. twentysomethingtimes

    March 3rd, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I always find it so hard to stick to a theme, especially as the seasons change along with natural lighting! But there are definitely some little gems of advice here! Thank you for sharing some great tips 😀

    Helen | twentysomethingtimes.com

  22. Tasty Instagram

    September 28th, 2017 at 7:25 am

    thanks helen.

  23. Jenna

    March 3rd, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I’ve recently tried out a theme and it has seemed to have got me more likes and followers!

  24. Melody Williams

    March 3rd, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    This was really helpful. I’m struggling with switching from using Instragram just for fun to now, using it for branding of my blog. Sometimes you just want to share a picture right away and not wait to edit, frame it, and make sure the lightening is just right, haha. But like #2 said, creating a theme is really important! Slowly but surely, I’ll find a nice middle ground.


    Mel @ http://www.MAREVOLI.com

  25. Crystal @ Dreams, etc.

    March 3rd, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Great tips! I’ve often thought about trying to go for the crisp, clean white theme that I love to see in other feeds, but whenever I think about it, that’s just not me. I love deeper tones and a wood backdrop too much. 🙂 But I am working on incorporating more dog and book-related photos, with some day-to-day life photos thrown in. Dogs and books tend to get the most likes on my account.

    I enjoyed scrolling through the #TNChustler feed tonight!

  26. Aleksandra

    March 4th, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Great tips! Liking works the best for me, even an hour a day gets a lot followers and engagement. I’m not sure about sticking to the same theme though, if I see someone posting similar photos all the time I get bored eventually and unfollow them… Being consistent is quite important, but learning something new and growing all the time is even more valuable 🙂

  27. Kirsty McCall

    March 4th, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for this! I’ll definitely be using some of these tips 🙂 http://kirsty.ws/

  28. Youdid Design by Judith P.

    March 4th, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Thank you very much for these tips. I am actually trying to use instagram for my blog and to grow my audience.
    I also added an image with the hashtag #TNChustler and search for other users with this hashtag.

    By the way im german and didn`t know the word hustler. So i looked it up on leo and was not sure if i want to use this tag.
    In german it means bitch or male prostitute? So im very surprised you use this for your bonus tip. But i guess it means something different.

  29. Noah Edwards

    March 4th, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Great advice. Thanks for sharing. @noah_edwards_

  30. Mary Lyndall

    March 4th, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Thank you for the these amazing tips. I have been wanting to gain a bigger following on Instagram, so this is perfect. 🙂 Have a lovely day!

  31. Elizabeth Mayberry

    March 4th, 2015 at 9:11 am

    YES! I love these tips! So much great stuff here! I feel like I struggle so much with wanting a perfect feed but it just sin’t me. I should try making words and see how that goes!!!

  32. Dawn Thomson Photography

    March 4th, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Wonderful discussion…I am so inspired by the Instagram community and can get lost for quite some time browsing others feeds. I have recently started to add comments on feeds in a similar niche and it really does help. I will implement a few more of these tips. Thanks dawnthomson.co.nz

  33. Robyn Petrik

    March 4th, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Great advice! I usually follow most of these when I post, but the issue is posting consistently. Although I scroll through Instagram multiple times a day, I’m terrible when it comes to posting my own content.

  34. Nicole Rose

    March 4th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Lovely tips! I can’t wait to implement them. 🙂

  35. Cori

    March 6th, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Loved this blog post ♥!
    Lately I’ve been too much into Instagram, I like how easy it’s to connect with people with the same interest or with my target market 😀
    Thank you so much Mel, I’ll keep in mind this tips! Have a lovely weekend ♥.

  36. Maggie Aderhold Stephens

    March 8th, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Working hard to grow my Instagram following to grow my Origami Owl business. Thanks so much for your tips! http://www.hometeamlockets.com

  37. Little Miss Katy

    March 17th, 2015 at 3:55 am

    This is so helpful, thank you!!! I’ve been trying to grow my Instagram following but just couldn’t get the hang of it.

    Already implemented a couple of these tips and it’s definitely helped. The theme, especially, has been a big one for me! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  38. DreamInLace

    March 18th, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Great ideas! Instagram is one I struggle with as I juggle both my blog and work accounts. I wish they’d come up with an easy interface to switch between accounts. These are all really great tips and I love the idea of creating your own hashtag to build a community. Great!

    xoxo – Kelly

  39. Judith Annette White

    April 7th, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for the great easy to use tips-started using them today-

  40. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    April 8th, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Wonderful! Glad to help, Judith. 🙂

  41. whateverwillb

    May 4th, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Sometimes I want to post about food, or travel etc, but my handle is @dandylad and I post mostly about men’s fashion. Should I stay focused or is it good to branch out?

  42. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    May 4th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Hi there! Great question. I think it’s important to look at your audience. If your audience digs your high fashion photos, they would probably also appreciate some well-curated photos of food or travel. I think this account might provide some inspiration for you! https://instagram.com/justinliv/ He does a nice job of incorporating men’s fashion photos with his travels and shots of food. The theme the binds them all together? It’s geared toward sharing his lifestyle in a chic, well-photographed way. Hope that helps! 🙂 You have a great account!

  43. Holistic Fashionista

    May 6th, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    digging these tips and your website! Super happy to have found you! http://www.holisticfashionista.com

  44. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    May 7th, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    SO happy to hear that! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  45. Elaina Newton

    May 14th, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Great tips! Just pinned this for later so I can start to apply them. I’ve had such a hard time growing my Instagram, probably cause I only use hashtags and “like” other photos. Hashtags help get you more likes, but not followers. Commenting seems like the ticket!

  46. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    May 17th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Great insight, Elaina! I hope these tips help you out. 🙂

  47. TommyThePretty

    May 15th, 2015 at 3:52 am

    I’ve got a proved method to attract new followers. You need to go some place where lots of posts are made, take a picture and then follow everybody who made the same thing in the same location. Most of people feel engaged in such situation, so many would follow you back. To increase the number you should, of course, also like and comment. After that you’ll have to unfollow those who are not interested in your account, and here you may face some difficulties if you’ve added to many people. Sometimes I have to deal with thousands, so I found a service https://fast-unfollow.com allowing to unfollow up to 5000 users per day. If it’s just a personal account and you only manage dozens or hundreds – it’s still useful because of the welcome gift of 1000 free unsubscriptions. If your instagram is for businesses, not for pleasure, its utility rises significantly.

  48. socialenvy

    May 18th, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Digging the tips! I think another tip would be posting at peak online hours, generally between 7pm to 9pm every second day, that’s what we’ve found works for us!

    -Grow your Instagram-

  49. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    May 19th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Great idea!

  50. Radium Girl

    May 31st, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I love the giveaway tip, except the last time I did this with a blog there were a few unfollows, which is typical I guess but it was a mass exodus rather than a few here or there. What are some tips to make them stay? You know besides improving quality of photo’s and the content period. Those are kind of obvious <- include in your next post please!

    xoxo Sara

  51. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    June 2nd, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Sara! Were the unfollows before or after the giveaway? It’s pretty typical for you to lose a bunch of followers AFTER a giveaway because they no longer need to be following if they didn’t win. But if you joined a giveaway and you lost more followers then you gained, then there could be a problem somewhere. Is that what happened?

  52. Radium Girl

    June 3rd, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    It was me hosting the giveaway but it was like there was no change in before from after. I think I actually lost more people and a few I knew personally who had unfollowed me. Seemed strange.

  53. The Dame Intl

    June 2nd, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    As a lifestyle blogger, I struggle to find a theme for my Instagram, however, ever since I decided to be more tactical with my Instagram and post high quality, well lit, well edited photos, I’ve seen an increase in likes and engagement. I dont know how people do these perfectly curated white washed instagram accounts! I like to share life with my followers, but instead of posting a grainy pic of my cat, I post a well lit, DSLR shot photo of him looking dapper. Makes a huge difference. Also, I post at least once a day and try for 2-3 times a day as well as spacing selfies out to every 2-3 days. I put more thought into what I post onto Instagram now, but there’s no specific theme, I like bold colours is about as niche as I can get haha.

  54. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I think that sounds perfect! I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into your feed, which is the most important thing. 🙂

  55. Yana P

    June 3rd, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I’m having such a hard time with the visual theme! I only post photos I’m proud of, but sometimes they feel all over the place. Still figuring that part out. Instagram promotion is hard work! Sooo… Shameless self-promotion is the way, nah?

  56. It's Ya Gurl

    July 4th, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Personally I just use instagram-followers-fast.blogspot.com to get my followers. It has been like a year now and I’ve got 9k followers and get 400 likes per photo

  57. Lauren Jade Lately

    June 12th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Great Tips! I definitely try to keep my Instagram photos white and bright to catch the eye. Sometimes I fail, but I try to keep it in mind. 😀

    Lauren Jade
    Lauren Jade Lately
    ‘Simplifying Life, Maximizing Happiness’

  58. tony greene

    June 13th, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    You can follow me on the ‘gram. I stay at “tonygreene”

  59. tony greene

    June 13th, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I’m getting a larger following by using other fb groups ina follow for follow model.

  60. Katie

    June 14th, 2015 at 1:57 am

    There are some awesome tips here! I’m definitely going for a theme, I’ve only been working on it the last few weeks but I find I’m enjoying the overall look of my feed more. Thanks for the post, I’m dying to try a giveaway!


  61. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    June 15th, 2015 at 9:51 am

    That’s awesome, Katie! I can definitely see that you’re working on a theme. Good job! 🙂

  62. Mara S. C. Sousa

    June 22nd, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I do agree with all of them, but specially with the themed one. It becomes catchy. For example, if we forget the username of the person, we usually think like ‘oh, it’s the boy that has B&W photos, or that girl that only uses shades of blue’, etc, and I think that’s very important if you want to have your Instagram getting noticed :b

  63. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    June 22nd, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    SO true, Mara! It creates brand recognition.

  64. Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    June 22nd, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I try to do the same and spend some time leaving comments and likes around photos that I like – whether with hashtags or locations that I love. I find it hard to find ‘a niche’ because it’s a bit lifestyle – perhaps I should focus more on that! 🙂

  65. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    June 22nd, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    That sounds like a great strategy, Camila! A lifestyle niche totally works too! 🙂

  66. Anisha

    July 10th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Whenever I hop onto your blog, I literally spend hours and hours clicking through your posts because they are all so informative, helpful and well linked together with engaging titles. It’s quite brilliant!

  67. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 13th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Ummm best comment EVER! That really means a lot though. 🙂 Thank you for leaving a comment, Anisha. So glad you find useful content here! 🙂

  68. The Red Fairy Project

    July 15th, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I so know what you mean! I keep telling myself I am going to put one full day aside just to go through all the TNC collective I have bookmarked over the past few months! Such great tips.

  69. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 19th, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Sheesh you two are just the best. Thank you so much. I’m really glad you’ve found value here. 🙂

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    March 10th, 2017 at 9:03 pm

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  71. The Red Fairy Project

    July 15th, 2015 at 3:25 am

    These are some great tips. I am ADDICTED to Instagram. It’s my favourite social media by far. I’ve applied some of this advice naturally over time but will definitely be trying some of the other “techniques” that I haven’t explored yet. Thanks and keep up the amazing work Melissa! We love TNC!

  72. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 19th, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    That’s wonderful to hear! So happy to help. Thank you for the feedback! 🙂

  73. Ian Hafiez

    August 1st, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Experiment with photo editing. Try posting multiple images and using different filters.

  74. Lucy Lees

    August 5th, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Really helpful tips 🙂 As a lifestyle blogger, I’m trying to grow my following on both accounts, it’s not easy!
    Life inside the Locket

  75. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 6th, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Glad to help, Lucy! And definitely — it can be tough. How come you have two accounts?

  76. Lucy Lees

    August 7th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Ahh no, all I meant was my blog and Instagram account! Can be tricky at the moment to engage the readers!!

  77. Sale Salers

    March 10th, 2017 at 9:03 pm

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  78. Laura

    August 6th, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Great tips, i have been using some of those to grow my account organically but i’m wondering if using applications or buying some from websites like http://instagramfollowers.website/ is a sound strategy.. i dunno, for now i will stay away from that and focus on posting amazing content and improving my relationship with my followers.

  79. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 6th, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Laura! Thanks for asking this question — it’s an important one. As tough as growing your followers can be at first, I would highly encourage you to stay away from buying your followers. The main reason being — what would you get out of purchasing followers other than having more followers? When you grow your followers organically, you also grow your community, engagement, and the amount of people who will check out your website and/or purchase your products. When you buy followers, you don’t get any of those benefits. Stick to growing organically. It takes time, but is well worth it. 🙂

  80. Vincent Perro

    October 8th, 2015 at 12:14 am

    I can only agree, followers that you buy won’t bring up anything but numbers. And your CTR will lower as those followers would be either spamy or inactive, if not ghost. Actually i think that buying UNfollows can be even better, e.g. if you use follow4follow hashtag to connect with a group of people found with a statistic app, like iconosqure.com, and then use a service like fast-unfollow.com to filter those who wasn’t engaged into interaction. So yeah, to make your followers feel as a part of a consolidated community is the most important thing.

  81. Stanley Smith

    August 7th, 2015 at 3:02 am

    I’d like to pay a tribute of admiration to your ability to thoughtfully spam links;)

  82. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 11th, 2015 at 11:36 am

    haha! I feel like a n00b for not realizing that was spam AND responding to that comment. But hey, I can appreciate thoughtful spam. 😉

  83. Stanley Smith

    August 12th, 2015 at 12:06 am

    take a look at Laura’s comments, they’re more of really thoughtful comments with advises and links, which makes it pretty valuable even though it’s commercial. So i personally don’t mind

  84. Lisa Reuter

    May 22nd, 2017 at 3:04 pm

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  85. Olesya

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    September 22nd, 2015 at 12:09 pm

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  88. Deja mathews

    September 23rd, 2015 at 11:56 am

    LOVE this!! I’ve recently ‘pre-launched’ my brand (www.boopandco.com ) and sooo needed tips on growing my following…thank you, thank you, thank you!!! …

  89. Candice Carter

    October 1st, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Awesome tips thanks for sharing. I also love the theme of your blog where did you get it designed. I am wanting to re design mine.

  90. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    October 1st, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you, Candice! Glad you enjoyed this 🙂 I designed it myself and had someone do the coding for me 🙂

  91. Kyle | Sommer Letter Co.

    October 12th, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Hey Melyssa! I really appreciated reading this post because it had REAL practical tips! I have spent the last few hours reading more than a few posts about Instagram… so many people left advice like “Be consistent!” but didn’t really explain how or why. Despite reading about Instagram for the last few hours, I was able to find something new and helpful here!! Thanks!!

  92. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    October 13th, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Kyle! I am so glad you found this post helpful! Truly, thanks so much for reading TNC! 🙂

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  94. Melyssa Griffin

    November 12th, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you for reading! 🙂

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    December 7th, 2015 at 2:44 am

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  97. Christina St.Jean

    January 14th, 2016 at 7:59 am

    These are tips that are super useful and I will definitely be using to help my instagram grow. I love instagram and am hoping to take my following to the next level. XOXO.


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    January 23rd, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Just wanted to say, I’ve been checking out your blog for a few days now and have been really enjoying the tips. Thanks for all the valuable info!!

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  102. Jessica Fancy

    January 25th, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    These are really great tips! I’ve been genuinely liking other photos in my niche and have gained a few followers. I have 7k on Twitter but I’ve never taken ig seriously until now.

  103. Steph Tanner

    February 5th, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    These are some great tips! Thank you!

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    February 11th, 2016 at 9:04 am

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  106. Melyssa Griffin

    February 12th, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Asif! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. Hope to see you around the blog and social media too!

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  108. taylor fahim

    February 11th, 2016 at 10:46 am

    this is very helpful idea
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  109. Melyssa Griffin

    February 12th, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    So glad this was helpful, Taylor!

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  111. mamabearcomms

    February 13th, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Nice succinct article, Melyssa. I found that commenting on other peoples feeds, using hashtags and even participating in Instagram’s weekend hashtag projects helped grow my numbers. One challenge I find is how to increase likes and comments (not just follows) and understanding what images are more interesting and intriguing to users. IG: blazblue_01

  112. Melyssa Griffin

    February 13th, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Thank you so much for reading and your comment! I love that you’re using some great strategies that are working! Keep it up 🙂

  113. Dorothy Costantino

    February 25th, 2016 at 12:39 am

    These tips are very helpful for maintaining our Instagram account and growing followers


  114. Melyssa Griffin

    February 25th, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Thanks Dorothy!

  115. Taylor Hoffman

    March 1st, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Such great tips! This has been such a huge goal of mine.

  116. Melyssa Griffin

    March 2nd, 2016 at 8:12 am

    You can do it! >_<

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  118. Wlada Krowetska

    March 29th, 2016 at 3:33 am

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    April 6th, 2016 at 2:41 pm

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    Keep up the great content and god bless!

  120. Annamari | Kreanille

    April 11th, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks, Melissa, useful as always! And congrats on the new design, cool! 🙂

  121. Melyssa Griffin

    April 19th, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you so much, Annamari! 🙂

  122. Una-Minh

    April 25th, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks so much for writing this Melyssa! Went through all of photos and geotagged them. Was initially wary for the past while to do so because I didn’t want people to see exactly where I was sometimes. But handy now for my travel photos 🙂

  123. Melyssa Griffin

    April 26th, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Way to go, that’s awesome!

  124. shamim

    April 28th, 2016 at 3:21 am

    There are many things you can do to grow followers. But the most important ones are, upload great photos, comment/like on related photos, follow users and most of all get engaged with people. Be real, talk real! http://www.socialmonsterz.com

  125. Melyssa Griffin

    April 29th, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Thanks so much for commenting!

  126. Social Monsterz

    April 29th, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    It’s a pleasure to be here Melyssa! I follow your writings. Please keep up the good work.

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    May 11th, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Thanks Melissa.Advices of professionals are always worth its weight in gold 🙂 IG, youtube and 777spinslot(!) are really the best for making money

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  129. Yuka @ The Smartluxe

    June 1st, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Melyssa! Thanks for the great tips. One question I have is if you’re just starting to grow and you’re using hashtags other than just your own, should you switch these hashtags every once in a while or is it okay to keep using the same ones?? Have you got any further tips regarding the use of hashtags? Thanks so much for your help, I’m finding them so useful!!

  130. Melyssa Griffin

    June 4th, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Yuka! I would continue using the same hashtags, so long as they are bringing the right people to your account. You can also add to your hashtag list over time, as you come across new ones that may bring you the right audience. Good luck!

  131. Yuka @ The Smartluxe

    June 4th, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for your reply, Melyssa! Will see how it goes 🙂

  132. kendrascruggs

    June 1st, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Love all these tips! I recently started a blog and have been trying to grow my Instagram to help people see my blog. This advice definitely helps!


  133. Melyssa Griffin

    June 1st, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Kendra! I’m so glad you found these tips helpful :] Keep up the great work and please keep me posted on your progress!

  134. Uzair Kazi

    June 4th, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Great information, and lol i really got confused on #8.

  135. Melyssa Griffin

    June 4th, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I’m so glad you liked it Uzair! Yes, geotagging is an uncommon strategy but can be very effective for growing your followers 🙂

  136. Uzair Kazi

    June 4th, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    okay thanks , will try it

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    June 16th, 2016 at 6:08 am

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  138. Melyssa Griffin

    June 16th, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for sharing that great tip, Ester! 🙂

  139. John

    July 3rd, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Nice article, I think your 1st point is the best, however like 10 photos may come across as spammy. I would suggest 5 maximum, and to make it even more effective I suggest using a tool like https://socialrunner.net

  140. Sanjay Negi

    July 16th, 2016 at 1:57 am


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  142. Prachi Kant

    August 20th, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    It’s really an inspiration for me. Thankyou for this wonderful post… I am getting 10-12 new followers everyday on instagram @prachikant

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  144. Melyssa Griffin

    August 22nd, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Yay! I’m so glad you liked this post. Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  145. Helen Rabbit

    August 29th, 2016 at 6:21 am

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  146. Arden

    September 7th, 2016 at 2:10 am


    An excellent post. I agree with you that creating a great theme for Instagram will attract people. As it has been discussed in this article, respond to the comments you receive and comment on others work. Genuine comments can encourage people to post more.

    Instagram is one of the powerful tools for social media marketing. Always use an image that is visually appealing. Make your images fascinating. Use hashtags and try to engage with your target audiences.

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  147. Melyssa Griffin

    September 7th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks so much for your helpful tips, Arden! 🙂

  148. Elise

    September 12th, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Yes! These tips are amazing. Thanks for sharing them, Melyssa. One of the most helpful tools is hashtags – they’re the best.

    I’ve shared a few different tips on my website – http://www.elisehodge.com.au 🙂 They might help someone as well. Xxx

  149. Melyssa Griffin

    September 12th, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    So glad these were helpful for you, Elise! 🙂

  150. HonestMum

    September 17th, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Fab tips and reminders, thanks!

  151. Melyssa Griffin

    September 17th, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    So glad you liked them! Best of luck to you 😀

  152. ThisDarlingWorld

    September 18th, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Love your stuff Melyssa! My question for you on this is what are your thoughts on the ones who automate their accounts to gain followers by following to unfollow? I don’t do this because I don’t like when they do it to me, but have you noticed how many accounts are doing this nowadays. It makes you wonder who actually worked to get their followers or who is just automating.

  153. Melyssa Griffin

    September 19th, 2016 at 10:44 am

    That follow/unfollow strategy is bogus. I’m a big fan of making real connections and putting in the effort and time with your audience – only good can come of it! 🙂

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    September 29th, 2016 at 1:20 am

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    October 5th, 2016 at 4:02 pm

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  157. Melyssa Griffin

    October 5th, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Awesome! Best of luck to you, Suze :]

  158. Swoop Bags

    October 11th, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Thank you for this post Melyssa! We love being authentic with our followers and it seems like it just takes time to grow, but worth it if you are doing it right!

  159. Melyssa Griffin

    October 16th, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂 Definitely agree, that it is best to focus on organic growth, even if it takes longer.

  160. Francisco Casals

    October 10th, 2016 at 5:33 am


    I have already a “decent” number of followers (1.7K) but less than 1%
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    to me, because for me to follow someone I have to like SEVERAL pics
    first before make the commitment of following. So, having a lot of
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  161. Melyssa Griffin

    October 10th, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Hey Francisco! Without your looking at your account I’m not sure what the issue could be but here’s a post that might be able to help right away:


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    October 26th, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Melyssa,

    Great article! I am just curious about follower to following ratio. That is very important to me (currently it’s about 3:1). Do you have any suggestions in keeping this ratio, like maybe commenting and liking but not following?


  165. WorldCashMachine

    October 30th, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Excellent tips! Thank you for taking the time to share your expertise.

  166. Melyssa Griffin

    October 30th, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    No problem! Best of luck to you! 😀

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  168. Angor

    November 7th, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    did you use any of the automation tools or just kept liking and following manually all the time?

  169. Melyssa Griffin

    November 7th, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Angor! No, I do not use any automation tools to like or follow people. I believe in the power of building and fostering genuine relationships and not empty numbers. Best of luck to you! 🙂

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  173. Shaniqua Snowden

    November 25th, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    These are really great tips that I’ll be sure to incorporate. I agree, it’s a great reminder to ask followers on our other platforms to follow our Instagram. Naturally I’d think they’d follow my Instagram, but it’s easy to get lost in the mix of other Instagram users.

  174. Melyssa Griffin

    November 26th, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Good point! I’m so glad this post was helpful for you, Shaniqua. 🙂

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    December 13th, 2016 at 12:43 am

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    December 14th, 2016 at 11:07 pm

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  180. Jerry Foster

    January 1st, 2017 at 12:35 pm

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  183. Grant

    January 11th, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Hi, I found your blog whilst searching for how to get organic IG followers. I read your article and thought, ok it’s all good advice!

    But (there’s always a but!)…I’ve found that I hardly get any organic followers. I’d say less than 5% are organic…they are all accounts which I’ve followed and in turn, they have followed back.

    And if they are organic, I suspect a high amount are the dreaded automated accounts!

    Any idea on why this might be and how to get round it?

  184. Melyssa Griffin

    January 11th, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Hey Grant! I’m not the best at Instagram but that’s a great question to ask in my private FB group which you can access right here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/blogandbizbffs/

    Good luck! 😀

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  187. Dave James

    January 23rd, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Great read with some useful and easy to implement tips! Thanks for taking the time.

  188. Melyssa Griffin

    January 23rd, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for reading, Dave! 😀

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    February 5th, 2017 at 12:28 pm

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  190. Piratude Nation

    February 7th, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    great tips Melyssa! I use Crowdfire for Twitter but with the new Instagram update, Crowdfire doesn’t work as well for Instagram anymore. I don’t want to #follow4follow but am wary of following random people who follow my blog because there isn’t an easy way to see if they unfollow me a few days later (just to increase their numbers). I think I have a decent theme now – what do you think insta @piratude_nation

  191. Sarah

    February 9th, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Such great tips, thank you! It is definitely difficult with Instagram continuing to block apps like Crowdfire and stuff, but I am more determined to go at it organically now! @sarahtahami

  192. Melyssa Griffin

    February 9th, 2017 at 10:25 am

    You’ve got this, Sarah! Good luck! 😀

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    February 11th, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    This is great, thanks Melyssa. Have you tried http://www.socialgr.am ? We have found this to be effective in growing our account so far with real followers and engagement. Would love your thoughts on it 🙂

  194. Renee Groskreutz

    February 14th, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I didn’t realize this about geo tagging, so I gotta look into this. Lately, I have been trying to make multiple videos throughout the day just talking about what I have going on.

  195. Melyssa Griffin

    February 14th, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    That’s great that you’ve been able to crank out live videos throughout the day! I think it’s an awesome way to connect with your audience and I try to keep up with it too. 🙂

  196. siddharth tyagi

    February 18th, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    i use hashtags similar to the post i geotag them but still i have 50 posts but the followers are only 150???? can you help me please?

  197. Melyssa Griffin

    February 20th, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Hi Siddharth! Some of these strategies will be more effective than others so I would suggest experimenting with the others and seeing how that goes. Good luck!

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    Thank you Karen, and I totally hear that. Organic growth can be a slow process, but it’s so worth it to have followers who love what you do and will engage in your content.

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    That’s amazing growth, Maddy, thank you for sharing! 🙂 Do you mean the frequency of how often you should post to Instagram? I don’t practice what I’m preaching here, but yes, I do think ideally 1x per day is ideal, but if that is not possible, 3-5x per week is a good baseline.

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    Thank you for your answer! I’ve heard from other places that frequency also matters – 3 to 4 posts a day gets a lot of engagement and increases the possibility of the post reaching to more people. That’s why I asked. Thanks 🙂

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    I think it really depends. Instagram’s algorithm will focus on showing your content to people who engage/interact with your photos the most. 3-4 posts per day is definitely a lot, and I’ve seen accounts with larger followings do this (like The Everygirl and Glitter Guide).

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  307. Melyssa Griffin

    February 27th, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Hi Lara! Great question 🙂 I actually recommend keeping the Business Profile, as you get access to invaluable free analytics. Don’t focus on those that play the follow/unfollow game, and stay appreciative and connected with all of the followers you have now that are actively engaging. Spend a lot of time zeroing in on hashtags and geo-tags within your niche and leave meaningful comments on several new profiles a day.

  308. Lara Roxana Popa

    February 27th, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Thank you so much, dear Melyssa! That’s great advice and I think we all suffer from this follow/unfollow game and we should not pay attention to it! In the end, this game will probably not last and valuable, genuine and engaged profiles will win! Thanks for the thumbs up and encouragement! Keep up the good job!

  309. Kristel Sanguir

    February 26th, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    If you want genuine and long lasting followers, DO NOT BUY THEM! There are easy ways to grow your followers without buying. One of the most effective strategy is by using hashtags all the time. You can try using Hashatory, a hashtag suggesting tool to help reach out with your taget market. What I love the most is how I get organic results by doing this method, rather than being a constant nuisance by providing boring and unrelevant content for my followers.

  310. Melyssa Griffin

    February 27th, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Thank you for sharing your perspective, Kristel! I couldn’t agree more, and choose to grow my following organically on all social platforms. Buying followers can hurt your engagement.

  311. Fahd Abbasy

    March 4th, 2018 at 6:44 am

    I have a question.
    What is the problem with buying followers? . And why do brands do it?

  312. Melyssa Griffin

    March 6th, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Hi, Fahd! 🙂 When you buy followers, the ‘fake’ accounts will never engage with your profile, so this can bring down your engagement rate and make your account less appealing to potential collaborators. Brands do it sometimes to inflate their following so it seems like they are bigger than they actually are. I recommend not paying attention to the numbers, as difficult as it may seem. Organic growth takes longer, but it’s so worth it to cultivate a tribe of real humans who love what you do. 🙂

  313. Fahd Abbasy

    March 6th, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Hi Melissa
    Thank you for this useful piece of information.
    In your experience what is the most effective out of the above to get organic likes if u can rate the top most onr. Which is cost effective too.
    Thank u.

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