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FINALLY Started my Instagram Journey to 10k

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by hoophula, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. hoophula

    hoophula Registered Member

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    Ok so I've been away from BHW for a few weeks trying to take the plunge into this IG stuff beyond personal page and actually developing an online platform for my business. I started last week and I'm about 10 days in. I have another personal IG acct, but it only has about 500 followers. My goal with this is to grow it to 10k. For some that's small-for me...that's major.


    Background:
    I purchased MassPlanner IG edition and read Risto's IG tutorial and watched all the MP videos. The software is so robust that a lot is left out in the videos. I have 4 IG accounts total and I purchased proxies from Proxymillion. Tbh I have way more than I need, but it's not a big deal.

    This account is about 3 years old. I just never posted much so I'm not starting from 0. I started with about 81 followers last week.

    Settings:
    I currently have very conservative settings I think. I can't list them all here, but I automatically send people messages when they follow me. I automatically follow back and I also leave a few auto comments on people's pages. I just make sure once a day I check all of my comments and inbox to interact with people.

    FOLDERS: This is GENIUS. I found this out by emailing customer support about something totally different. Basically I use my dropbox to auto connect with MP. Any time I drop a pic in my specific IG dropbox folder it will randomly upload it to IG. It's very nice to plan ahead. It includes hashtags and any caption you like too. It's amazing.

    FOLLOWERS SETTINGS: I was following 2-300 people a day, but that was too much for me IMO b/c the followback rate was low so I didn't think it was any point to it. I've spent the last few days unfollowing people. When my following count drops back down to 400 I will start back up again.

    POSTING
    : I post 3-5 pics personally and 1-2 Reposts daily. I have the reposts set to delete after 4 days. Is this too little or too much for posting?



    Stats:
    Ok I'll admit I don't take great notes, but I'm trying to be extremely intentional by documenting things.

    Week 1 Results:
    70 new followers.
    Highest number of likes I had was 13 on one pic. Not too bad for my number of followers.
    3 Comments Total (Very Low engagement)

    Week 2 Results: The week just started Sunday, but I have gained 40 new followers so far and I've been unfollowing for 2 days. My goal is to get 100 new followers this week and for my weekly follower count to increase each week.


    Things I've Learned:
    I've been placing hashtags on every pic and trying out different types of photo posting. I'm taking notes at which hashtags give me more likes than others. The niche that I didn't really want to pursue much is the one that's been giving me the most likes. Go figure. The weekends (Sunday and Monday) seem to be very slow IG days. The most engagements happen during the day.

    Things I've Done Well: I've been sticking to my page theme pretty well. I also have a very koo idea to reinforce my theme every 12 pics. This is something you'd have to see visually to understand of course.

    Things to Improve: Getting others involved (Engagement)...I've noticed that when I ask a question I get more likes AND comments. On the personal side I'd love to have more content prepped way in advance...like a week's worth.

    Other Variables:
    I have 2 other accounts I eventually want to monetize. One is a dormant account I had 2 years ago...I lost about 3k followers, but I still have 8000 left. I'd like to try to build that one back up again but I've been so busy. If anyone has any ideas on how to get that going again and to connect it to my current page let me know. I only gained about 2k of the followers on this page. My friend did most of the major work, but he gave me the acct in exchange for some kicks. The other one is a quote page.



    So far this has been fun and I'm learning a lot. I'm enjoying experimenting. Mass Planner doesn't eliminate all the work I need to do. I still have to have good content and thoughtful posts with engaging captions, but once you get things set up it makes life a lot easier. It takes awhile to setup though. I enjoy not having to constantly be on all the time.

    I hope this was clear. All the other updates will be MUCH MUCH shorter than this one. Thanks for rocking with me on my journey yall.
     
  2. anilpendu

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    Good luck with your journey hoophula
     
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    Good luck OP! I started from scratch about a month ago with fresh accounts, 0 followers on all. Now my accounts are almost all reaching 6k. I use FL instead of MP. Good luck to you :)
     
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    Best of luck with your journey. I would suggest you FL too, because its one time payment.
     
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    Following this journey, so that I can learn more
    about Instagram and how to get more followers.

    Just wondering, how are you going to monetize
    your Instagram?
     
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    Nice, instagram is the new hype for IM it seems. I've got an account i'm warming up now with almost 6k followers.
     
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  9. hoophula

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    How'd you get 6,000 followers as a warm up???? That's nice.


    Hi. I plan on monetizing a bit differently. Obviously I have stuff I want to sell people, but the new jig now for most things is building a list. Basically give people something free after you build up a following in exchange for an email that can be automatically added to a list. From there I will send out e-newsletters with more info on stuff. Shoutouts are ok, but everybody does shoutouts these days.


    How'd you do this? Is it your niche? How often are you posting? Link me to your journey please.


    Tbh I wanted to use FL first, but I kept hearing about bad customer service and accounts being banned so I just went with MP. I still may consider FL in the future depending on how things go, but for now MP is koo.
     
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    Not a bad way to get started, try lowering limits as your accounts get bigger.

    In all means grow long... Lists are the best for some niches while shoutouts are for quick money.

    You appear to know what you're doing so stay on the learning route until you hit xxx,xxx followers to prevent yourself from losing anything.

    While you're at it, make some dummy profiles to test the waters with new tactics to prevent yourself from losing value.
     
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  11. hoophula

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    What do you mean by lowering limits? Can you explain?
    And I WISH I knew what I was doing. I'm such a rookie tbh. I've had another account for years but it's just my personal account for mostly close fam and friends. This is really just a backup place for my YT subs to come and vice versa. I figured this would be much easier to brand initially than YouTube as that requires a bit more work for what I'm thinking about doing. I'd also like to use monetization via YouTube.
     
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    Good luck with your journey OP!
     
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    Good luck OP! I plan on using Instagram for IM as well but only have my personal account with friends, family, and admirers.

    As of now, I'm soaking up as much knowledge about this as possible, but I plan on branding myself as a fashion/fitness guy like one of the people I follow. I say this because these two things are hobbies of mine, if I could find a way to monetize my personal page and then create niche pages that would be awesome. Basically, I am my own test dummy lol. The reason I know I can is because previously I built my following from scratch to 2k just by liking and commenting on regular people's pictures while only following about 400. This time I plan on using a tool such as FL to follow people that may be interested in my hobbies and grow my following that way, then to the typical shoutout sales or something, all from my personal IG account. My only issue is that I don't post enough content to keep followers engaged, at least I don't think so. How many posts per day would you recommend? I'm think 2 or 3 at a maximum for personal account and maybe 3-5 for niche accounts. I guess I'll have to experiment.

    I'll be following your journey, good luck again!
     
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    What doe FL mean in full?
     
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    FL means FollowLiker and that's what I am using as well to manage my Instagram accounts.
     
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    The folder thing you're saying FL has that as well, basically everything of what you do.

    Good luck anyway, you're going to need it when IG update hit.
    I'm already praying :D
     
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  18. hoophula

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    Thanks for the follow. I feel you. That's how I was. Now I'm just trying whatever I can. As for the amount of pics I think it somewhat depends on your content and your niche.

    Thanks. I didnt know that. I'm still in the testing phase with MP. There are some things I like about it and others I don't. Some things are more complicated than I'd like them to be and it's buggy IMO.
     
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    How many proxies did you buy ? at what cost ?

    GL