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How to get to popular page on IG? (theory)

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by EveCarp, May 26, 2013.

  1. EveCarp

    EveCarp Regular Member

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    Alright, so this is a theory from a blog who's tested close to two thousand images. Reply with your counter-theories. Maybe this is true, maybe not.



    1. There should be no external links in the users profile (other
    2. Firstly, the account should be at least three months old. Tenure is definitely taken into account when considering pictures for the popular page. Only 8 of the images we selected were from an account that had their first image uploaded within the past three months. All 8 of these accounts had their page indexed by Google (with no images loaded) over 3 months, suggesting that their accounts were aged without images in this period.
    3. than social media sites) if the user is not established with over 1,000 followers. The 1,000 figure is largely arbitrary as we have seen a small number of users with backlinks to their company website or their personal photography website make it to the popular page, but these were in the minority (12 out of 1,650). This seems like a reasonable move from Instagram, as they are very active against ?Spam? accounts - and why would a spam account exist if not for a backlink to a website?
    4. The user must receive likes from at least 20% of their followers. This is fairly obvious, and most of the images have a significantly greater proportion. However for users with many of thousands of followers it can be difficult; as popular accounts are prone to be followed by many more inactive accounts. Again this is a reasonable move to keep a level playing field between the famous users and the less famous users - Instagram can?t use the total number of likes, so they use percentages/rations instead.
    5. The image has to attract a minimum of 400 likes from users that are not current followers. Instagram made this a requirement so people can?t cheat their way into the popular page by just having all of their own followers like a picture at the same time. Having people that don?t follow the user, like their pictures, proves that the picture is of great quality and deserves to be on the popular page. This particular element can be obtained in a number of ways, from using a number of hashtags to ensure your image is seen by a larger number of people searching for an image type; advertising on other social media (Twitter retweets were the main source of likes for around 10% of the image likes we studied) and even buy instagram likes.
    6. Contrary to the advice above the number of hashtags that are on the image must be proportional to the number of likes the image receives. This means that the more popular hashtags that the user has on a certain image, the more likes they will need. The reason Instagram does this, is because people can just place a lot of the popular hashtags to make the picture more visible, which then gets them easier likes. To help balance this out, the less popular hashtags that are used, won?t require as many likes.
    7. A big part of the algorithm that hasn?t changed much is the speed factor. The faster the user gets likes the more chances they have at the popular page. The majority of their likes has to come within 90 minutes of posting the image (previously 45 minutes). To achieve this consider the time that images are posted ; for example, when the user is trying to make the page at 8 PM eastern standard time, then getting likes from users that are usually on around that time will help increase their chances. This makes sense because age groups and personality types log in during different times of the day.
    8. The big one ? we believe Instagram has an account authority rating set within each account. The higher ratings, the better chances the user has at making the popular page. Similar in nature to how Google allows users with the best websites reach the top of the rankings based on ?Domain Authority? so Instagram scores users based on their input into the Instagram community.

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    Hope you all enjoyed the read, leave your counter-theories below.
     
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  2. artiee

    artiee Registered Member

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    "The user must receive likes from at least 20% of their followers.". Likes from 20% of followers is a lot, and in my experience, this is inadequate. It doesn't require as much as 20% to reach the popular page.
     
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    i already saw people with just 150 followers but 1100 likes (i think he bought) within 50 min. so i think it does not matter how many likes you get from your followers..
     
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    i want popul;at page !!! skype me : littlemisssitala
     
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  6. EveCarp

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    It is only a theory. If you've seen otherwise, than you sir are right.

    Really? I find that quite hard to believe, but hey, if you say so. From what I've seen I've never seen anyone below 10k followers.

    Fiverr? Although, from the accounts I've tried to get to the pop page, no one has been able to get me to the pop page.

    I agree completely dude.
     
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    artiee Registered Member

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    I know, but you wanted counter-theories and responses, and so I posted what I've experienced with my own account which hits the pop page with every photo!
     
  8. EveCarp

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    That's sweet, how many followers and how many likes per photo?

    Also, I'm glad you posted a response, I wanted to narrow down what it takes to get to the pop page.
     
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    what method you use to get on the pop page?
     
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    Rotem Guez Power Member

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    This article has 652 words. You can write that methods in 2:)
     
  11. dreadnought

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    I believe that follower followers have a part to pay in it, as well as your followers likes of course.
    The amount of likes you receive from the following news feed is the only logical place you would receive the necessary out side likes to be deemed "popular".
    If your reach is good, it would be a factor, surly?
     
  12. Nom26

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    That sounds like a good summary!

    I would add this though which is similar to where you mention PR rank and similar to what Dreadnought is saying:
    I believe that your followers have be as 'active' as possible. Ie. Having fake accounts which don't post will devalue your chances. I have heard this thrown out there by a few IG'rs that I have Skyped with that have hit the most pop page. So fake followers need to be purged using IGExorcist or another app I recently downloaded for iPhone called InstaGhost. Both very helpful little tools.

    Also regarding no.7 about likes coming in the first 90 mins.. I would bring that number down to a max of 30-60 mins. I think by the time you see it on the pop page it has already been there for a good half hour. PLUS apparently in order to remain on the most pop page for a significant time 1 - 4 hours you need to keep getting likes from people that are viewing the pic now it is most popular. Some pics stay up longer than others!

    Good summary!
     
  13. Nom26

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    I just thought of 2 more things!

    Someone once told me (and maybe this is in reference to the PR Rank before mentioned) that user interaction is also very important. I.e. If people comment on your photos you should @ thank them back etc.. This shows IG that you are involved in the community and a good person to promote. Also I believe this is true for getting on the 'suggested users' list which sounds too difficult to get on.

    The other thing is that I have a hunch that at some point in the next 3 months when IG again changes their algorithm, they might make it so that the likes coming from outside of your followers lists have to be high quality and 'active'. This doesn't appear to be the case at the moment from what I have gathered. Better move quick!

    Would be very interested if anyone else can add to this discussion. I think we are all getting close to cracking it!
     
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    I currently have 78k followers, and usually get anywhere from 1000-2000 likes within the first 30mins, which gets me on the pop page every time. I've found it harder to get on the pop page at certain times throughout the day, and I've found that posting between 12pm-2pm is the best time for me if I want to hit the pop page.
     
  15. dreadnought

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    I agree, I think you need to be an active user. a lot of comments and interaction with your followers. I would suggest conversational comments, rather than your standard bot comments.

    I noticed with popular pictures. there is none to little hashtags used. the ones that are used are not the top 100 hashtags.

    Have good copy (writing) for your caption, make it engaging, funny or witty. I think the level of comments may pay a factor in to algorithm. also a good caption might give you an extra like or 100

    Post a picture at the least busiest time. you will only need 350+ likes within 30 minute to equal the smallest post on the popular page.

    This is a guess and ain't tried it yet, but would turning your bot off at the time of posting help? The amount of likes you give out might go against you. The likes given vs the likes received?
     
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    May I ask what kind of profile you have? photography, pets, food, shoutout, model, personal, ect ect?
     
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    No method. Just gaining genuine likes from my followers.
     
  18. Nom26

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    Could someone please add to this what times they consider to be the least busiest on the IG Popular page. Ie. When is the best time to post to give a higher probability of making in on there? And say it as per which time zone you are referring to. Obviously this is a general guide because if you have followers from let's say Australia then you will need to post at a time which suits them seeing it. BUT would be interested to know what times are best as per your observations!
     
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    Not to be a prick but the pop page is like a woman you never know what it wants.
    ive gottan these accounts to pop page neglecting the steps in your theory

    look up 0cx and tag_5 in webstagram
     
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    lstrl00r09 Newbie

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    Pm me if you want to get on popular page, and no I wont tell how its done im sorry. But I can get you pop