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Black.Cat's Journey to 20k instagram followers

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Black.Cat, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Black.Cat

    Black.Cat Junior Member

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    INTRODUCTION:

    I've never tried instagram before but I've been looking for another project recently and I have read up journeys, methods and other tips and tricks about instagram and decided to take my piece of the pie.

    This project is just to prove a concept. To see whether or not it is possible, if it is easy, and to learn about the hurdles I might face in terms of getting banned. Since I would be learning instagram as well, I plan to start small - just 1 account with the goal of getting 20K followers.

    MEASURING SUCCESS:

    If this journey becomes successful, I would be scaling up. But for now, it is as small as it seems.

    At the end of this journey I plan to
    1. reach 20K real followers - i wont be using addmefast etc.
    2. know how long it takes to get to 20k followers
    3. have an idea on how to get banned - what did I do that probably led to getting banned ( if i get banned before reaching the target)
    4. see if it can be monetized

    WHAT I'LL BE GIVING TO BHW:
    1. The exact method on how I do things without revealing actual account or niche.
    2. The tools I'm gonna be using.
    3. Daily update on what's happening.

    WHAT I EXPECT FROM BHW:
    1. Feel free to jump in when I do something that you think will result in getting banned.


    I live in GMT +8:00 so I'll be posting later at the end of the day what I've done. Wish me luck guys.

    (=^_^=)
     
  2. jonathan111

    jonathan111 Registered Member

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    Hi i'm the first follower for you. Happy journey.
     
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  3. 7th Sense

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    All the best for your journey mate...
     
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  4. dreamhustle

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    Any specific method you will be using?
     
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    Good luck with your journey mate.
     
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  6. MarkNog

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    I launched on Instagram yesterday too. I don't have a target but when I have enough I'll direct that niche specific traffic where it needs to go. :beerchug:

    Good luck with your journey.
     
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  7. Black.Cat

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    this one but with some twists:
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...-easy-way-make-money-people-starting-out.html



    I guess it's different for everyone. For me, targets as important so I'll have a general sense of direction and so I would know if I'm going where I want to end up.
     
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  8. Black.Cat

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    UPDATE: 8/23/15

    First, apologies. I said I'll update about three days ago but I wasn't able to deliver. Sorry about that. Things came up and I had to prioritize. Anyway, I was able to start yesterday and here's what happened.

    I went to clickbank and looked for a niche that I could tie up with instagram. I know it's too early for that but I just want to know I have a way to monetize in case the blog becomes successful. I also chose a niche I like so that it wouldn't be a chore posting.

    I ripped some pictures using 4kstogram. I didn't like them that much. I noticed that people on my niche were posting low quality pictures so I went ahead and got some quality pictures just by googling and edited them a bit - cropped them added good filters. Read up on which filters work and other "researches" around the net. They say mayfair works best, btw. Also, I learned the terminologies.

    So right now I'm posting almost original content but following aggressively. I post an average of 1 per 2 hours and, every hour or so, if I have time, I follow a bunch of people - about 50-80. This is the part I don't get. I read somewhere in here that IG has a follow limit of 50.

    I have about 400 followers right now but I'm definitely following a lot more people.


    IN A NUTSHELL:
    1. I'm posting good content (almost original)
    2. I'm posting an average of 1 per 2 hours.
    3. following 50-80 people a day. I just tested it and I was able to follow 200 so I guess that's my new limit.
    4. I have 400+ followers

    Still a long way to go but I'm lovin' the ride. Cheers.

    (=^_^=)
     
  9. Black.Cat

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    UPDATE 8/24/15

    I got temp blocked. I noticed that I could follow 200 at a time so for a while I followed 200/hour and then I tried to test the limits of following. I began liking 200 every 30 minutes and BOOM! temp blocked. After around 12 hours I was able to follow again. Right now I'm following at a rate of 200/hour again and see if I encounter any problems.

    IN A NUTSHELL:
    1. Still posting awesome content
    2. posting rate = 1/2 hours (average)
    3. following 200/hour
    4. 800+ followers
    5. I'm also liking and replying just like a normal user

    Cheers.

    (=^_^=)
     
  10. Black.Cat

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    UPDATE 8/25/15:

    Just a regular update. Nothing much happened. I didn't get temp blocked anymore so I'm going to stick with those settings.

    STATS:
    1. 1.5K Followers
    2. Following 4.5K - i'm almost at IG limits
    3. posting rate 1 every 2 hours



    (=^_^=)
     
  11. mapera

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    What is your engagement?
     
  12. Black.Cat

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    I'm not sure what that is. But for every post I do, I get between 50-80 likes and about 3-8 comments on average. I hope that answers your question.
     
  13. Black.Cat

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    UPDATE:

    I can't follow people anymore. I'm not sure if I already hit the IG follow limit. I will continue trying to follow people until the end of the day and if I still can't I will start unfollowing 100 and follow 50 and see if that works.

    I will be posting less than my current rate which is 1 per 2 hours but I will be posting more quality pictures. I now edit them and put watermarks. Nice-looking ones so it doesn't ruin the image. It's more work but I found, in my short experience, that people tend to participate more (tagging friends, liking, following, etc.)

    STATS:

    1. 2K followers
    2. following 5.2K
    3. around 38.5% follower/following ratio (not bad IMO)