Hi all! This is my first post on here, I have been a lurker for quite some time and feel I have gained enough information to at least attempt my first journey. I have continuously read here that you learn more from trying and failing than you do from reading and lurking all over this forum so I am taking that advise and running with it! My first journey will be an Instagram journey, as I already have ample experience running a niche account on IG and am ready to have multiple and eventually automate. My plan to make money is by selling shout outs (which will require a high, authentic, high activity follower count), and maybe some Amazon Affiliate sales on a website I build in the future. I'm honestly not even as focused on making the money right now as I am on building an Instagram Empire, because I feel that can greatly help me out with any future project. And if worst comes to worst, I can just sell the accounts themselves. For now, I just want to focus on building the Instagram pages as fun, entertaining, and something you want to follow. I have my niche's selected, I have a game plan, I just have a few questions to all you experts out there before I get started. Any help would be greatly appreciated and I deeply apologize if this has been discussed in other forums, as I did a forum search and could not quite find what I was looking for. Anyway, here they are: The GamePlan: 1. Start multiple accounts with my selected niches (most niches relate to each other in some way and can be used to cross promote each other) 2. Buy several thousand likes and follows for each account so people think we are cool and have friends. 2. Manually follow, unfollow, and post until I figure out what is most successful for gaining interaction and followers on each account. 3. Automate using FollowLiker and knowledge I gained from manually running accounts. 4. Grow. 5. Start selling shout outs. 6. Build websites to compliment Instagrams and sell goods (if necessary) The Details 1. I only plan on doing about 5 accounts total on this journey. 2. I will make each account its own gmail email address. 3. FollowLiker is the only bot I will be using. The Questions: 1. This is the big one. Like I earlier stated I have some experience with a successful niche account on IG. I already run an account that I REALLY REALLY care about. To me, its much more of a business than just an account and its my passion thats turned into its own website and Twitter. I always have and still manually do everything, including unfollowing which I just use an app for. I will never use FollowLiker for this IG, as I see people are often getting their accounts banned from using it and I'm terrified of this happening to this account. I obviously won't care as much about these new accounts though, at least not until they get huge. I often see people getting ALL of their accounts banned at once on IG and Twitter because of FollowLiker. Does anyone know if this is because they are sensing the bot itself on all the accounts, or a mutual owner of all the accounts? For example, I was banned from eBay years ago, but they banned EVERY email and eBay account that had anything to do with me, even my parents account somehow! I know eBay is totally different than IG...but still. I'm super worried about this happening on IG and want to make sure to keep this journey and any association with my already existing business entirely separate to protect my already existing niche IG. Is there anything I can do to ensure this will happen? Or am I just being way too paranoid? 2. Phone verification. Again, in an effort to keep this journey separate from my business I have different phone number ready to go for phone verification. However, can I use this number for multiple accounts? If not, I need to get a SIM card or something right? That's a whole different thing I would need to explore on here that would certainly delay the journey a bit. 3. Proxies. I will be running about 5 accounts on FollowLiker for IG. I've read all over here that 5 accounts is the magic number where you should probably start investing in proxies. I was just hoping to gain some input from the members of this forum on their experience with proxies and numbers of accounts so I can plan accordingly. Also, If I wanted to start Twitter accounts in the same niches and run those on FollowLiker as well, then do I for sure have to buy proxies? Or is that a separate 5 accounts since its a different social media, or still 10 total? If it isn't inherently clear by now, I'm a huge n00b on proxies and how they work. I think that is about it for now, I will post more questions if I think of any and certainly keep everyone posted along the way! Thank you all so much and I'm very excited to be part of such a great community.