I have an Instagram account with 20K followers. I know they are all real because I gained all of them by following and then unfollowing basically. I follow 300 people but when I upload photos I always return likes to whoever likes my photos to keep engagement.
I get about 300 likes per photo, but before Instagram changed its chronological algorithm and I had 12K followers I got at least 500 likes and up to 850 likes for good photos.
I have a "business account" so I can see insights and the reach it shows per photo is about 1,200-2,500 accounts. It's 10% of the people who follow me.
I can also see that only about 300 followers view my stories, which is really nothing!
I am so depressed because I never bought followers or faked them, and I read all the tools I could find online- use meaningful hashtags, repost my new photos to my stories to redirect followers to the photos, keep engaging with my followers etc, post on active hours that Instagram shows, I work so hard on my content to be the most beautiful possible, I design my feed to look beautiful, I write meaningful captions.
Nothing works. What can I do?