Epic Instagram + FL Journey To SOMEWHERE! Hey guys, I'm Luke. I joined BHW a few years ago, and since then I've done a ton of messing around with IM. Some stuff has worked, some hasn't. My greatest success so far has been making 8 Instagram accounts and getting them to around 15k followers each (in 9 months) with Instagress (I haven't monetized any of them yet though, because I was using them to promote another account, rather than try to make money). Here's more info on that if you care: http://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/i-...nts-best-way-to-monetize.868055/#post-9178450 Stuff That's Been Screwed Up In the Past: BANNED: 3 Facebook accounts with 2,000 friends that I got in 1 night. BANNED: 1 Instagram account with 7k. Apparently posting "repetitive content" is a thing. BANNED: 1 Instagram account (for my eBay business) with 400 followers. RESTORED: 1 Instagram account for my eBay business) with 400 followers. I'm a boss. CANCELED: App Trailers Affiliate Program that I used to make $170 with just a picture, an app, and my ipod. EXPIRED: The website that I worked hard on and eventually got too lazy to update. DELETED: A YouTube channel I made with a (fake) "free download" link (adfly) that just went to a "this file has been deleted" page. (made $22 in 1 night. lol.) ...and tons of other things I won't bother mentioning I've never made enough money from IM to quit my day job, but I have a bit coming in: Monthly Income: $2,200 - 9 to 5 Video Editing Job (this doesn't even cover my monthly expenses) $1,600 - My wife's job (lol) $400 - VERY complicated version of drop-shipping on eBay (Don't ask) $30 - AdSense on YouTube (I'm a YouTuber) $15 - Selling stock footage on Pond5 (I put parentheses on all the other ones--^ so, I did it here too) What I'm going to do: Since all of my Instagress time is about to run out (and I'm not excited about spending $300+ on buying another years worth of time), I'm going to be switching to FollowLiker. I considered it before, but was worried that the developers wouldn't bother to keep it updated -- a year later, and it's still the top bot on the market. TIP: If you are going to use Instagress, wait until Cyber Monday to buy time. (A years worth of time for 1 account goes down from $80 to $60) I also just tested out Archie (the Twitter automation site) and liked it, so I am getting the Twitter verison of FollowLiker too (probably won't use it to much though). Goals: 1. Get my 15k IG accounts up to 50k so I can start selling shoutouts (let me know if you have any better magnetization ideas. They're all in the "comedy YouTuber"/"Oh wow, look at how cool I am" niche. 2. Start a ton of new accounts in various niches to experiment with, and try to grow them to 15k in under 9 months. 3. Make back the money I will have spent on FollowLiker. 4. Generate a passive income. 5. Generate a passive income from only YouTube, and have the other stuff just be supplemental. Things I don't know how to do: Phone verify a ton of new accounts - For all of my old accounts I borrowed a phone from a family member for, but now I've moved out and am living on the other side of the country. (Plus I'm in the US, so I can't get prepaid SIM cards cheaply.) I've tried verifying with virtual phone numbers before, but 99% of the time they haven't worked. Whatever, I'll figure it out when it becomes a problem. How CPA stuff works - I just haven't messed around with it much, but I'll figure it out when I get there. Feel free to give me help/suggestions if you think I'm missing anything! I'll come back and update this thread whenever anything important happens!