I was late in joining Instagram, only joining at the beginning of 2014. All I really had to share were daily pictures of my kids, something I might be cooking and didn’t feel like sharing a million pictures of nothing.
I didn’t spend much time going my following until December. I started by doing four little things. And it grew.
Posting pictures. The first thing that I did was start posting at least one picture a day, with a goal of three a day. Not just pictures of my kids, though those are easy to come by. I searched Pinterest for photo challenge January (or any other month) for generic photos. You can also search for niche related challenges, some I looked for were: parents, foodies, photography, and fitness.
Use hashtags. Instagram allows up to 30 hashtags per picture. This required another search on my part. There are a lot of hashtags out there, and often they are the first step to followers to find you.
Popular hashtags: #love #food #picoftheday #tbt #fbf #followfriday #photooftheday #amazing #smile #follow4follow #like4like #look #instalike #picoftheday #instadaily #instafollow #followme #iphoneonly #instagood #bestoftheday #instacool #instago #follow #webstagram #colorful #style #swag
Search hashtags + (your niche) for niche specific hashtags.
Engage, engage, engage. Follow, comment, and like others pictures. Make your Instagram scrolling time count.
Social. Share your pictures to your other social media accounts as well. Instagram will link to 5 other social media accounts, sharing your picture for you. This can help your followers on other platforms know that you are on Instagram and and get them to head on over and follow you as well. Especially Twitter and Facebook.
Using these methods for just under a month I gained over 100 followers. Considering I had a whole 300 follows in 11 months this was great growth for me!
P.S. do not forget to follow @totsnetwork