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How does the explore page algorithm work?

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by thekingwillwhip, May 3, 2016.

  1. thekingwillwhip

    thekingwillwhip Junior Member

    Jan 23, 2016
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    Hello Blackhatters,

    Recently there have been a lot of posts in the IG section for "Like for Like" groups. I'm curious as to how people believe these work. Does a picture have a higher percentage chance of being placed on the Explore page if it is liked by a large account? From my understanding, to be placed on the explore page a picture needs to receive a large amount of likes (doesn't have to be from a big page) in a short period of time. Is this correct?

    If being placed on the explore page is driven by number of followers, would it be safe to consistently like one of my account's photos by the other 30 accounts I own (total of 200k+ followers spread among them)? I feel this would consistently generate pictures that would be placed on the Explore section.

  2. Zueron

    Zueron Junior Member

    Jun 20, 2012
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    Where do you see these groups? But in a way, if you have an account with 500k followers liking your posts, some traffic will form to that account in a sense. I don't believe it's just likes or likes by popular pages, but also the ratio of likes/comments to your current follower ratio. I've hit the explore page a couple times and i've noticed these things. It's not one simple task.
  3. jaboof

    jaboof Newbie

    Mar 2, 2016
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    The groups are purely like4like together ,many things can trigger the explore page. Growing rapidly helps geting you there of course
  4. prisonsoap

    prisonsoap Junior Member

    Sep 26, 2015
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    I've been wondering and testing into the same thing. I've joined like for like groups. Here's what I've found.

    For top posts, it's all about how quickly the likes come in. Speed is the top factor in the algo, then the weight of the like (how popular the page is where the like is coming from). If I got over 1K likes within the first hour, I'd consistently make it to the top posts for tags that were greater than 1mm. Occasionally I'd hit top posts for super large tags of 10mm plus. If there was a power player who liked my photo (accounts with more than 500K following) then I'd get there faster at around 400/500 likes.

    When I started going after top posts, it did not increase my follower counts. It increased engagement but not followers. I have no idea why and it still perplexes me.

    Next I tested buying likes from huge accounts to try and place me into the explore with the right audience. I've heard people swear by this method. Sadly it increased engagement but not followers. I have no idea why. Anyone else willing to share their own experiment/results would be great!