Don't worry I'm not a reincarnation of Zso, but you clicked on my journey, so my tactics worked . I've only started one other journey, which was 100k social media followers in 100 days, that's buried somewhere here, but anyway I abandoned the thread, not the journey. It actually was a great success, and in one year I had an automated system that gained me over 400k Tumblr followers by simply clicking one button a day (PR Traffic Booster). I built an Adsense site that was pretty good quality and let other Tumblr influencers drive traffic to it, the site ended up grossing over $38,000 in revenue until it was randomly banned form Tumblr. Almost all of my accounts were banned too. Sad story. Anyway I learned Tumblr is NOT a long term platform because of their automated banning processes (very unpredictable, an engineer told me himself), some people here rock at spamming Tumblr (what I consider short term), I don't like to spam much though. So I spend most of my days coding now, that's what I'm best at. But it's always nice to try a few social or SEO projects once in a while. I kind of want to start publishing iOS apps, so an Instagram audience sounds appealing to me. And now that Instagram is more popular than Twitter, it is the logical network to try. Prior to this journey I've had some experience with Instagram. I previously owned @notcommonfacts before selling it to an inactive member here. Long story short that was a huge mistake as now it's a massive, money-making account. Now I'm back, I've seen many mediocre Instagram journeys here, and I've noticed one thing they all have in common. There is very little investment, most people buy a bot and start from scratch with some accounts, I'm looking to make a respectable initial investment. The recent bannings of Instagram account do have me concerned though, I'll The Logic Why should people follow and engage with some random account like @funny__picslol? Wouldn't they be more likely to follow @funny? Or @hilarious? Usernames are important, IMO. So what I've done is bought some one word, OG usernames from other forums (BHW doesn't have much of a @ market). They cost me $800, $30, $300, and $15. I had planned to spend another $400 on 2 other usernames, so I would have 6 accounts to start with, but it didn't work out. Why should people follow an account who is following 6000 people but only has 500 followers? Authority is another important metric. So I purchased a text post account for $65 that had a crappy username but around 14k followers on it. It gets a decent amount of likes per picture. The idea is that this should help me gain followers as opposed to starting from 0. The Plan Account 1 This is the $800 username account, let's just say, this username is ridiculous. Rarely are usernames like this even on the market, so when I saw it I just snatched it. I'm too scared to put this account on FollowLiker, and to be honest, it doesn't need to be. It's growing insanely fast on its own, and I can take the time to manually follow/unfollow a bit. I'll be manually posting content and following/unfollowing for this account. Account 2 This account has a $15 username, but has the textpost account to help it get going. So it is starting out at 14k followers, I will probably keep it in the text post niche though. I will put it on FollowLiker. Account 3 This account has a $30 username. It will be starting from the big 0, so it may take more time to grow, also getting put on FollowLiker. Account 4 This has a cool $300 username. Unfortunately it doesn't pertain to a particular niche, but it really makes sense for a personal handle. So I'm going to try to make myself Instagram famous, pretty much, this will run on FollowLiker as well. The Questions Is investing in an OG username worth it when it comes to growing an authority Instagram account? Is buying an IG with 10k followers or so on it already worth it in the long run? Basically does a bigger initial investment in Instagram really pay off down the stretch? The Answers We'll see The Goals 1,000,000 followers by 2016. This may seem lofty, but I predict my follower counts will be very lopsided to my $800 username account, so I'm banking on it growing fast. I will update this weekly. The Money So far I have $1300 invested (accounts, usernames, FollowLiker). So I still have a small VPS and proxies to pay for as well. If more usernames pop up that I like I may by them and add them to this journey, but I don't want to spend too much more, and taxes are coming up so yeah... The Other Stuff Do NOT PM me with questions. I will periodically be posting some things I have learned. I'm still finalizing my configurations for FollowLiker and my proxy provider. This journey will officially kick off this Sunday, March 8th.