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How to fix: engagement drop and negative follower balance?

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by Katte, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Katte

    Katte Newbie

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    I have been reading you for a while :) I decided it's time for my first post as I'm not able to fix some issues on my own. It's going to be a long one. But I hope it would help others as well. I will try to structurize the post so it's easier to read.

    Issues:
    I'm experiencing the following issues on my 1-year old 16k account from lifestyle niche:
    1. low organic engagement at 1,5%
    2. negative follower balance (-10 followers / day).
      I'm losing more followers than I'm getting. Lost accounts are:
      - regular small accounts (30%)
      - accounts that look like they're using follow/unfollow at scale (60%)
      - some blocked accounts but not many (10%)

    I have been growing using:

    1. follow/unfollow - using an ios app and manually selecting accounts, max 100-200 follows/unfollows a day, 30% follow back. i stopped that a week ago and started experiencing drop in followers.
    2. fake likes to boost early engagement and land on top posts - i wasn't "buying" likes. i was "earning" them via liking and following others with my second instagram account. then I was sending the likes to my main account. all on the same phone, same ip
    3. i tried instagress once for a week at very light settings but discontinued the use as i was more effective with semi-manual follow/unfollow and liking my followers did not grow my organic engagement
    4. quality content and theme
    5. posting frequency: 2/week

    The following events could have impact on my current scores:
    1. once I moved to a business account and run a test ad after which my organic reach dropped by 65%. i switched back to a non-business account but didn't manage to go achieve previous scores.
    2. i was semi-shadowbanned for a couple of days (long after my engagement started to drop). for a while i was adding hashtags to the 1st comment. i was testing frequently my account for a shadowban and suddenly it started showing that the hashtags from my comments are shadowbanned while the hashtags from the post are fully ok. i moved the hashtags to the post and i'm not under shadowban anymore.

    Questions:
    1. Was it a good decision to stop follow / unfollow at this stage? Or should I start it again and wait for the organic followers growth? Is that possible?
    2. Can follow/unfollow method have impact on my engagement scores from algorithm perspective?
    3. When am I supposed to stop losing followers if I move to "white" methods. I do show on top posts but do not get many new followers
    4. Does "earning" coins to get likes with my second account have impact on my main account if i use the same phone?
    5. I'm planning to send some fake likes to my very firts posts (with low number of likes). Is it a good idea too increase account value?
    6. Is there anything else I should start/stop doing to fix current issues?
    7. Is that even possible to reach good organic scores after experiencing such a drop in performance?
    Thank you guys a lot for any help :)
     
  2. Ethan McGaine

    Ethan McGaine Newbie

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    From the post heading I thought you are providing a fix method.
     
  3. Katte

    Katte Newbie

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    Sorry, didn't know it was confusing. I tried to change the topic and add "(Question)" but I'm afraid I can't do that anymore?