33 replies
Hey guys, I am in a struggle right now and need your help.

Recently I have started instagram account related to food and can't seem to start growing...

- The name of the profile is easy, catchy and related to food;

- I post visually very appealing photos and credit the authors;

- I post daily (without spamming);

- I write catchy and short captions;

- I enter popular related hashtags;

- I have nice logo;

- I have description;

What in the world am I doing wrong ?

How do I start growing ?
#growth #instagram
Avatar of Unregistered
  • Profile picture of the author Gambino
    Are you following related pages? Following the people that like those pages? Interacting with the people that like pages that are similar to yours?

    It sounds like you're under the assumption that people will see your profile, follow you and interact with you.
    Signature

    GetRidOfManBoobs.com is for sale.
    PM any and all offers.

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342624].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Smiljan
      Originally Posted by Gambino View Post

      Are you following related pages? Following the people that like those pages? Interacting with the people that like pages that are similar to yours?

      It sounds like you're under the assumption that people will see your profile, follow you and interact with you.
      Yes, I am following around 1,600 people and 240 are following me (back).

      I follow the followers of related pages.

      But once you stop following people, they just stop interacting with you and you can't grow and I feel like the only way you could grow is to follow / unfollow (due to limit) people.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342634].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Gambino
        Originally Posted by Smiljan View Post

        Yes, I am following around 1,600 people and 240 are following me (back).

        I follow the followers of related pages.

        But once you stop following people, they just stop interacting with you and you can't grow and I feel like the only way you could grow is to follow / unfollow (due to limit) people.
        Following isn't the only way to interact with people on Instagram. Like and comment on photos of your followers and the people who follow similar pages.
        Signature

        GetRidOfManBoobs.com is for sale.
        PM any and all offers.

        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342652].message }}
  • Quick insight :
    1. Try to set up a bot ( not to follow people, but for liking pics of those, who have recently interacted with your content)

    2. Using related hashtags isn't enough, because you won't last long on top of each hashtag ( in case of bigger hashtag [ 1MLN +] )

    3. Try have more followers than following ( making your page more professional)

    4. Use Garry vee's 1.80 $ method ( google it ) - it's about interaction, not money.

    5. You can post other people's content and give them a credit in the description, or tag them.

    6. Like other peoples comments.

    7. Ask questions on your pictures ( with subtilities) and try to post a vid form time to time as they are more likely to go viral.

    8. Post when people are not busy - about 7 - 10 a.m and 8-11 p.m

    9. Try to collaborate and exchange content with profiles with the same following. ( ideally, with a bigger following than yours)

    I think, it was helpful - I can recommend you two cheap tools for hashtag research and IG automatization - It's Jarvee and Ashatory.

    If you found it useful and want to use those tools - just DM me so I can send you an affiliate link -I don't want to sell anything, but if you decide to buy them, then, after all, you will have to pay for them. ( Treat it as a reward for writing long instruction)

    I wish you luck, HAVE A NICE DAY
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342685].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Dah1r6
      To go more into depth on Gary Vee's $1.80 strategy, growing on Instagram organically these days can only happen from constant interaction in your niche (or a shoutout from a big page). By leaving your 2 cents on 90 top posts in your niche, you will soon get recognised and people will start following. However the only problem is that it is a bit tedious, however if you stick with for 30 days, the results are pretty worth it.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342691].message }}
      • Yup I agree - organic traffic = consistency
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342693].message }}
      • thats very true . with Gary vee's strategy i have been able to get like 10-15 followers from the entrepreneur niche on a daily basis . just its a bit stressful but nothing comes easy . i just drop my 2 cents on 45 pages in the morning and the other half at night before sleep. that way wont feel the stress so much
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11343189].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Smiljan
      Originally Posted by Kubson Jarosiński View Post

      Quick insight :
      1. Try to set up a bot ( not to follow people, but for liking pics of those, who have recently interacted with your content)

      2. Using related hashtags isn't enough, because you won't last long on top of each hashtag ( in case of bigger hashtag [ 1MLN +] )

      3. Try have more followers than following ( making your page more professional)

      4. Use Garry vee's 1.80 $ method ( google it ) - it's about interaction, not money.

      5. You can post other people's content and give them a credit in the description, or tag them.

      6. Like other peoples comments.

      7. Ask questions on your pictures ( with subtilities) and try to post a vid form time to time as they are more likely to go viral.

      8. Post when people are not busy - about 7 - 10 a.m and 8-11 p.m

      9. Try to collaborate and exchange content with profiles with the same following. ( ideally, with a bigger following than yours)

      I think, it was helpful - I can recommend you two cheap tools for hashtag research and IG automatization - It's Jarvee and Ashatory.

      If you found it useful and want to use those tools - just DM me so I can send you an affiliate link -I don't want to sell anything, but if you decide to buy them, then, after all, you will have to pay for them. ( Treat it as a reward for writing long instruction)

      I wish you luck, HAVE A NICE DAY
      Hey Kubson,

      Thank you for your reply, I really appreciate it.

      Related to the Jarvee app, I am planning to use it since I tried the trial period and I like it, but still find it kind of confusing and I do not know how to use it safely.

      I would like you to be my referral when I buy the monthly subscription.

      Please send me a referral link.

      Also, do I have any other costs than the usual monthly subscription if you are my referral or you use the benefits as a referral.

      Thank you for the tips and hear from you soon.

      ps I can't DM you yet (new member)
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11343102].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author echelon
    How many people are you following daily? A number I could advise is 300 per day per account. Automation and multiple accounts may also improve results. However, it can get expensive.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342702].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    Originally Posted by Smiljan View Post

    Hey guys, I am in a struggle right now and need your help.

    Recently I have started instagram account related to food and can't seem to start growing...

    - The name of the profile is easy, catchy and related to food;

    - I post visually very appealing photos and credit the authors;

    - I post daily (without spamming);

    - I write catchy and short captions;

    - I enter popular related hashtags;

    - I have nice logo;

    - I have description;

    What in the world am I doing wrong ?

    How do I start growing ?

    Are you maximizing views on your posts by adding the most popular hashtags for your niche?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342870].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Smiljan
      Originally Posted by DURABLEOILCOM View Post

      Are you maximizing views on your posts by adding the most popular hashtags for your niche?
      Yes, I do enter hashtags (between 5-9 per post) and with the followers I have (240) I have maybe 25-60 likes per post.

      I know that these likes are not gained from my followers but anyway the likes don't convert to followers.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11343107].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi Smiljan,

    Well done buddy, profile-wise. All checks covered.

    You are doing nothing wrong. But you are seeing no growth because you neglect a certain activity that virtually all struggling IGers neglect; going off-site aka off-profile.

    Here's what you do:

    - Like other user's updates
    - comment on other user's updates
    - message other users asking how you can help them

    Follow those 3 steps generously for the next month. Be authentic. Be genuine.

    All growth with your IG account should skyrocket because you'll generate interest, by being interested in others. Easiest way to grow your IG account quickly, by far.

    Ryan
    Signature
    Ryan Biddulph, Blogger, Author, World Traveling Digital Nomad
    If you want to become a full time blogger you can buy my eBook here
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342900].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author jennifer ty
    It can be exhausting operating a business account on Instagram. To get the attention you need to stand out from your competitors, you need to receive a lot of engagement. That means spending countless hours interacting with others to convince them to follow you.

    Some people just don't have the time to do this, especially while running a company. Fortunately, there are services out there that can do it for you. In fact, they can do it quicker and more efficiently than any one person could.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11342914].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Smiljan
      Originally Posted by jennifer ty View Post

      It can be exhausting operating a business account on Instagram. To get the attention you need to stand out from your competitors, you need to receive a lot of engagement. That means spending countless hours interacting with others to convince them to follow you.

      Some people just don't have the time to do this, especially while running a company. Fortunately, there are services out there that can do it for you. In fact, they can do it quicker and more efficiently than any one person could.
      Reading the comments and the only thing that comes across my mind is that you MUST/NEED an automation tool to help you achieve this ...

      I really believed that it can be done otherwise, but the time you will spend doing that manually is time wasted, at least in these early stages of growing.

      The risk of being blocked is surely there, but I continue to be convinced that it is probably worth it.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11343114].message }}
      • If you use automation intelligently, then there is almost no chance to be blocked
        And yes it helps a lot
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11343181].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author ctrlaltdelete
    Interaction is a big part of gaining and retaining followers. It's not just about following. You have to like and comment back to them, tag them in posts, etc.

    A graphic designer I hired long ago suggested that I try out those automated Instagram apps like follow liker. I would use them with caution, however. Instagram doesn't exactly like it when we use bots to gain followers.

    On a more personal note, I prefer getting followers organically than through paid software, but to each his own. It's harder, but it makes the follower count mean more than just a number to me.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11343729].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author affmarketer101
    Interact more with people: follow, love, and give constructive comments.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11344013].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dylansmith22
    I suggest you keep up the high resolution content, have a good quality photos, use appropriate hashtags, communicate with your audience and follow some of them.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11344637].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Littly
    Hello, dear! to tell the truth, i have no idea about how to answer to your question, but i hpe very much that if yu will ask for a help a real professional in this ara, he will easily help you!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11344857].message }}
  • Have you tried video content? have you come in front of the people? have you added so much value to your readers? Have you replied to every comment?

    Have you commented on other people's Instagram in your niche? Have you tried paid post? Have you used other platforms to create awarness? are you meeting with people in your niche?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11344863].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author tomopalinski
    Hello Similjan.

    Although I am sure there are people on this forum that have much more experience with Instagram than I, I want to share some of the things that worked for me pretty reliably.

    Keep in mind that Instagram is much more than just a picture that you are posting. Words in descriptions are very important as well because they are used by the Instagram algorithm and ranked accordingly (yes, Instagram is a search engine, shocker). Therefore, you need to use a lot of text. Try writing two to three paragraphs to each picture and optimize the text for the keywords you want to rank for. More text means that you will take more space on somebody's screen, increasing the chances that somebody will notice you and read what you wrote.

    Instagram is centering on a storytelling. Include a short story about the image that catches people's attention, inspire them, help them realize their potential. Try to include emotions in your text because emotions appeal to more than just reason of a person.

    Make sure every image is very subtly branded with your handle (meaning your profile name, such as @Joe). Do not overdo it though, you only need something small, that will not take away from the actual image. Branding like that will create an association between the topic and brand. A lot of people think that you improve brand awareness when people click and interact with your content, but what they fail to take advantage of is all the people that scroll past your images. When enough people would see your name together with images about food, they will start associating you with it. Eventually, some of those people will start clicking on your images over other people in the food industry because of the familiarity they developed over time.

    Best handle to have for such branding is a short and memorable one, so that people would remember it easily. So if you have a chance to change it for better one, I recommend you do it.

    Regarding following others, I found that tagging other people to your posts work great. Make sure those accounts have similar following and story. Work on enticing them to like or comment on your images. Once they do that, it shows up on their profile for their followers to see, so you'll get a nice inflow of traffic over to your profile from that.

    Regarding hashtags, Even though Instagram allows up to 30 hashtags (I think), I wouldn't recommend going over 10-15 hashtags at most. I would stay around 10 to be safe. Spend time at coming up with a variety of hashtags, in o order to avoid Instagram labeling your post as a scam. Go to Displaypurpose.com and use their hashtags generator if you can't come up with any.

    Share other user's content. When you find something interesting that other people in your topic are posting, share their stuff while giving them the credit for work. Moreover, add something valuable to it by commenting. This way you are building valuable relationships that will compound over time.

    Last but not least, experiment with Instagram Ads. Even though this is a paid option, there is no harm in trying it out, especially if you have a post or two that are receiving a lot of action from organic traffic. Blasting them to new people in the specific audience can gain you a lot of new followers.

    Oh, one more thing before I end thing behemoth of a reply. If you overuse your hashtags, your Instagram post can actually receive what call a silent penalty. Just like with SEO and over-optimization of the website, over-optimizing your post may result in your post losing its ranking or dropping off of the list altogether. The worst thing is that you don't receive any notification when this happens and often only see a drop in activity (fewer likes/comments). With new posts, you may think the post is just not interesting to your audience, when in fact it could've been a killer if not for the penalty. I found that taking off all the hashtags from the post for few days usually removes the penalty.

    That is all I have to say. I hope this will help you grow your audience at least a little bit. Have fun and be patient.
    Signature

    Good SEO work only gets better over time. It is only search engine tricks that need to keep changing when the ranking algorithms change. -- Jill Whalen

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11352444].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Dipti Chawla
    Posting good high quality pictures wont help you grow. People need to know you exist to like your pictures. A few hacks can be:

    1) Get creative with your hashtags. Be funny, ironic, or outrageous - but never boring!

    2) Promote your dedicated hashtag on your other social profiles, on your website, and your email blast.

    3) Use your bio link to drive traffic to your newest or most popular content.

    4) Try videos, live videos, and Stories

    5) Post at your best times

    Hope this helps
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11357315].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author jasonjones3
    Follow the similar pages and also like the other peoples post. Increase your interaction. Post your image or post between 7-10 AM and 8-11PM
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11388093].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author pyarasarishta
    Try to focus on more interaction
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11388095].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author hubertkoh
    1. You may consider the follow/unfollow method but please be careful of its restrictions and all.
    And if you are using a bot, please be even more careful.
    This is one of the fastest way to build a following.

    2. Video,Viral,Videos

    You got that right. You need to be posting videos, especially viral videos. Heck, it doesnt even have to be your own content. Reposting is one of the best ways to get traffic to your Instagram account.

    But in the end of the day, what you want is traffic to your bio link where you build your list (I hope), so why not consider other means, such as a solo ads or something instead? Unless you have a large following, it is going to be very difficult to monetize it.
    Signature
    Personal Development Solo Ads That Converts
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11455112].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Ms Clark
    Don't use popular hashtags, use specific ones - related to the content you're posting. Also, you can use tools for boosting your post engagement, such as Fuelgram. This tool brings you numerous likes and comments from real profiles belonging to your niche, puts you on top of the explore feed, and after some time you'll get more likes and followers organically.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11458299].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author kristen2540
    Hello,
    If your focusing on "Instagram". You are also publishing your instagram to keep related other social media platform like facebook, twitter, tumblr, reddit and more.

    I hope that, you will be get better results for this.

    Thanks
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11458587].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author simran shaikh
    It may be laborious running a business account on Instagram. To get the eye you want to face out out of your competition, you need to acquire a whole lot of engagement. That means spending infinite hours interacting with others to persuade them to follow you.

    Some human beings simply don't have the time to do this, particularly while running a corporation. Fortunately, there are offerings obtainable which could do it for you. In fact, they can do it quicker and more effectively than anyone person ought to.
    You are also publishing your instagram to keep related other social media platform like facebook, twitter, tumblr, reddit and more.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11458683].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author kgibest2
    Well, a lot has been said but from what I've observed your following greatly outweighs your followers and that seems like a characteristic of a bot-operated account.

    Besides posting good content regularly, you need to be calculative of your hashtags. Advisedly, as a beginner, you should be targeting hashtag between 25k to 200k.

    Also, though another commenter advised against using more hashtags but for me, I always try to use a minimum of 25 hashtags though I mix them always and I have had a steady rate of engagement.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11459151].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author ninosem
    The best would be if you get the early engagement from big accounts from your niche. The good news is you can easily get that.

    You can get the early engagement through engagement groups. Engagement Groups are groups of Instagram accounts. On Telegram, for example, is a group of 600+ people. Most of them are from the motivational quotes/success quotes niche.

    You can join this group and big accounts with 100.000+ followers will like and comment on your posts. This is how your posts go viral and get thousands of impressions. It´s that simple.
    Let me explain how this engagement group works, how you can get into it and all that.
    It works like this. Every 3 hours a bot will message you on telegram (it´s an app for your phone) and tell you to drop

    your username. You then can decide whether you want to join the round or not. The bot says that at 8:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm... (every 3 hours).
    At 9am est, 12 am 3 pm, 6 pm.... (every 3 hours) the bot then say that the round started. Once the bot says round started you go to Instagram and upload your post.

    He creates a list of all usernames that have been dropped and messages you the list. You then have to take that list, copy it and message the list to yourself on Instagram. Then you have to click on each username and like and comment on their last post.

    Everyone from the list will do that with your last post too. This is how you get early engagement.
    Signature
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11461002].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author GGurls
    Leave comments on related pages and interact with them....
    Signature

    Celebrities and Reality TV PrettyStatus.com

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11461699].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jennifer Isola
    Are you using #f4f #l4l and other hashtags alike??

    make sure to also use hashtags all over your posts
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11462092].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Oakywood Shop
    maybe some special pr or marketing specialist should help You?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[11463624].message }}
Avatar of Unregistered

Trending Topics