sup guys, social media noob here New years coming up and i have decided to start my instagram journey. Yeah i know im a bit late to the party but better late than never right? it's going to be a slow and a long journey i hope you all can bear with me until it ends. I will not stop prematurely unless i am banned or something which would suck big time.. anyways been lurking on bhw for a few months so I decided to start my instagram journey thread here. I want to build some long term authority type instagram accounts. I already have 3 instagram accounts, looking to grow atleast 2 more later on.. 1st account is currently at 47k followers engagement around avg 6-12k likes and 100-400 (max 1000) comments 2nd account is at 13.7k followers engagement around 1-2k likes and 5-20 comments 3rd account is kinda new and currently at 4.3k followers 400-600 likes and very few comments but increasing slowly. The problem i recently came across is on my first account i was gaining about 500 organic followers per day on my 1st account and then something happened now i barely gain 100 per day organically. Meanwhile my competition has shown no signs of slowing down and the worst part is my posts are way better than theirs. I just dont get how that is happening. any insight ? maybe cuz of doing alot of follow/unfollow ? my first goal was 15k followers by the end of december 2016 but i surpassed that in september so i setup my new goal which was 2x my original one (30k) and i reached that too in november. so im setting up some new bigger goals now. New Goal -Undoubtedly my first account is the fastest growing one out of the other 2 so once its a bit more bigger say 100k then ill use it to give some exposure to the smaller ones. -500k followers before 2017 ends. -add atleast 2 more accounts i dont care about monetizing my accounts this early on as i am perfectly fine on just growing bigger for now. If an opportunity comes up knocking at my dms then i will take it, other than that im not going to be chasing money for the most part in 2017. Budget= 0 i am a student, currently just studying and having some fun here and there with my friends etc. i wont be spending money to grow my insta accounts, maybe in future but not right now. Everything is done manually by me. as of right now 1st account age 7 months = 47,343 (text stuff) 2nd account age 5 months = 13,817 (fashion) 3rd account age 2 months = 4,371 (fashion) 4th account = niche idea ?? I am going to start a 4th account soon, i have no idea on what kind of niche should i make it about. any tips/ideas would be appreciated.