Hey Guys, Long time lurker, first time poster. I've been doing a bit of research on how to make some cash on instagram. I thought to myself, "f*** it, there are plenty of options, I might as well get the ball rolling." So I started up my 2nd instagram account (first is for personal use, which I started a couple months ago) to try to gather a large following and hopefully make some money off of it. So among other things, here are 10 easy steps (that I am currently testing) to gain a massive following on Instagram. (yeah I use parenthesis for asides, wanna fight about it?) The two main ways I've seen for making money on instagram is by: A) Shoutouts B) Surveys C) Affiliate programs I'm going to attempt both as soon as this account gets enough followers. Currently I have about 110 followers and I started the account 1 day ago. It's a pretty quick turnaround but I do have a solid name with a solid niche. The niche is in the realm of Fitness and working out. What I've been doing so far is as follows: 1) post initial content; about 7-10 quality pictures with quality #'s (The #'s take a bit to find. You want popular ones with 1million+) [pictures are scraped as noted in step 3] 2) search for large accounts within the same or a similar niche as myself 3) scrape their pictures from quality accounts 4) start following as many people you can from the accounts with a high amount of followers 5) set a few aside for potential shoutout buys when following is bigger 6) every hour the follow cap resets so you want to be posting quality pictures with quality #'s and following people from quality accounts 8) I skipped 7 because f*** you 9)While you wait for follow cap to reset you should be liking pictures from the high quality #'s that you use in your pictures. 10)rinse and repeat until you have a solid following of 2k-5k. ([optional: you can buy followers from fiverr to gain a solid base. NOT TESTED; but may increase turn around for follow-backs or follows from randos.)] I'll leave it here until I catch up with my overall plan. I will update this post when I can/get bored. So for now that's all. I'll be back fam. I'd also like to add I am doing this entire project manually. The only bot I am using is 4kstogram to download mass amounts of pictures/videos from higher quality instacounts. Day 0: while posting quality content I gained 8 followers without following anyone. Day 1 (8/1/15): 17 posts, 122 followers, 500 following. That's a 24.4% follow-back. That's below where you want it to be. I'll update if I find a fool-proof method to increase this number. Day 2: 23 posts, 225 followers, 640 followers. That's a 35.1% follow-back. The follow-back percentage has caught up. Makes sense, not everyone is going to follow back immediately. I've been put on a follow restriction. I might give the following a rest until tomorrow. I've been mass following people, but I am going to try to limit the number to strictly 50 per hour. If you have any suggestions let me know. I have 10-20 likes per photo so far.