Hey, guys I'm just getting started and have been doing some reading but wanted to ask, is there any thread in existence that has a clear guide to building your account? Searched and didnt find one. I've started just this week (doing ok so far I guess ~490 followers/190 following, good engagement) and want to make a gameplan for my approach to building an account that has high levels of engagement, not just inflated numbers. After some various reading online, here's the summary of what I've gleaned/started doing. Hope you guys can help point me in the right direction 1. Content - Creating an overall theme for niche, posting meaningful content regularly (once a day?), post at times with most users on average 2am/5pm EST (according to huff post, legit data?), good quality photos (DSLR, editing, etc) 2. Interaction - Following/Liking/Commenting, so far I've been specifically doing so on people who like my pics and often get reciprocation (I've noticed if I do it immediately after they like my pic, they follow/like back) going to try following other pages followers, good idea? 3. Shoutouts? - Seen differing opinions on this, whats the consensus? I actually already made an attempt at this, didnt really know what I was doing so I don't really know if it was a good deal/worth it. What do you guys think? $50 / 4 hrs on acc with 1 mil followers in my niche (now I realize a lot of those must be bots), average pics got 10-20k likes. (Before/After 1 day: 90 followers --> 400 followers, ~20 likes avg on pics --> 1792 on one of my pics (same pic I had him submit, just on my acc. on his acc it got 6k likes) and upped 2 pics to ~200 likes. ~60 likes on two most recent pics I just put up after my shoutout deleted 4. Auto-likers? Whats the deal on these? I don't want to get my account banned/labeled as spam? Should I be implementing this or keep it manual? heard that instamole/instagress are useful, any input on those? I know there is still a lot I need to learn, any help would be appreciated!