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Instagram journey to 20k followers and beyond

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Grassblade, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. Grassblade

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    Hi guys,


    I'm a new member here but I've been doing tons of reading specifically on instagram here, the different journeys have been very inspirational for me. So I've decided to make my very own journey thread. I think it's good to have some kind of diary to keep myself motivated.


    I started my first instagram account a few months ago in the photography niche, I'm taking all the pictures myself. It's a photo series of one particular thing that I place into different settings and I try to take artsy and original photos of it. So it's a pretty unique account I would say, not sure if that's going to hurt me later or not. ;) My second instagram account is a couple of weeks old and in the art niche. Again all original content, I post my own drawings there. I'm a big fan of creating all the content myself, I love being creative. I try to post at least one picture a day per account, although that might become difficult for the art account since I can't force my creativity every day, that tends to kill it. This one is more about quality than quantity. But for the photography account I always have a nice amount of photos ready in advance.


    I've linked both accounts to a website (using different links) where people can buy prints and other items with my photos and drawings on them, so far a few people have clicked the links but no sales yet. Well I'm not really expecting any sales yet, no big deal.


    I started off reading about ways to increase my follower amount, came across the usual blog posts for the average instagrammer that mostly told me things that were already obvious to me. Then I came across Crowdfire and used that for a while. The followers I gained per day were pretty impressive to me but I hated setting an alarm every hour and mindlessly clicking on a bunch of buttons over and over again all day long... Then I came across BHW, read about botting (I'm not opposed to botting at all, I botted a game in the past and earned small amounts with it, it was fun!) and about the various bots people use and was specifically looking at Instagress and Followliker. I have a small monthly budget though and had already spent some money on Crowdfire and Iconosquare so I couldn't pay for Followliker and went for Instagress instead. I'm currently using the 3 day trial. I also like the fact that I don't have to leave my computer running for it, electricity isn't free after all. I've set it up so that it's paused in the mornings so that I can interact with my followers then, like replying to their comments and liking their images. I love doing that. I use two different phones for that since I really can't be bothered to keep switching accounts on my main phone.


    So far Instagress gives me a slow but steady stream of followers on both accounts. I'm doing following and liking, the photography account is set to fast and 16 hours activity a day and the newer art account to normal speed and 12 hours a day. I'm staying away from the comments feature, I don't want to leave comments on dodgey images. I'm scraping followers of bigger accounts in my niches for the following and liking images of related hash tags. So far 99% of the time it's liking images I would have liked myself.


    And here are the follower numers for today:


    photography: 2410
    art: 973
    total: 3383


    Some more info: I'm a stay-at-home mom with a young son, my husband is earning our main income but I'd like to contribute at least a little every month. At least to pay for my own hobbies. I'd love to buy me a camera lens for example which costs a few hundred euros. I'd love to be able to afford a new little toy every now and then. :) Apart from the prints webshop I'd also like to trade and later sell shoutouts. My first goal is 10k followers on both accounts each. I expect that my art account is going to overtake my photography account because it's more appealing but we shall see. I might stop botting once I reach 10k followers per account and grow by other means then.


    Let's see where this is going to take me!
     
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  2. Grassblade

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    An update...

    photography: 2477 (+67)
    art: 1062 (+89)
    total: 3539

    Well it's going pretty slow with Instagress... I'm not surprised my art account got more followers despite the lower settings, it's just more appealing than the photography one.

    I got an interesting offer for my art account though. A page with 10k followers wants to regram my drawings because they like them! It's a page about a piece of hardware I used to make the drawings. I'm quite excited about that, it would give me a nice boost. They told me to contact them and I did, now I'm waiting for their reply.

    I don't think I'm going to update this daily, that would be pretty boring, my growth is a lot slower than other journeys. But I'll let you know if anything exciting happens with my accounts. Patience is key!
     
  3. artemis42

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    Don't know why no one else has sent any motivation your way. All the best OP. Let's hope you make it big. I'd suggest regular updates tho. At least bi-weekly.
     
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  4. cpafreak

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    Best luck OP. I am also starting with Twitter and Instagram. How is instagress as compared to other bots in market? Do we need to have proxies for multiple accounts or its provided on their end?
     
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  5. Grassblade

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    Thank you! Ok, I'll try to update regularly like that. :)

    You don't need to have proxies. Here's a list of pros and cons for Instagress:

    Pros:
    - safe (it's virtually impossible to go overboard with the settings unless your account is very new)
    - convenient (it runs on their servers, you get a web interface)

    Cons:
    - slow (at max settings it does about 624 follows per 24h and I don't want to leave it running 24h so I only get about 416)
    - expensive in the long run (especially if you're using more than one account since you're using up your time package quicker then)

    I'm sticking with it for now though, I've already paid for another 30 days time (which is spread across my two accounts). I would say Instagress is 'botting light'. It's good if you're starting out and if you only want to grow one or two accounts. If you want to speed up the following you could spend some extra time and do some manual following while the bot is inactive. I was thinking about doing that but then decided against it since I'd like to stay safe. (Still tempted though!)

    So the numers for today, since last update:

    photography: 2590 (+113)
    art: 1181 (+119)
    total: 3771


    I was going to attach a nice Iconosquare graph of the growth over the last 3 months but it seems I can't do that yet as a new member... Ohwell!
     
  6. lovushka

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    good luck on your journey!
     
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  7. Grassblade

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    I've now stopped the bot and will let it all cool off for a day and then I'll start unfollowing. So it'll be pretty boring for a while, but here are the numbers since last update:

    photography: 2673 (+83)
    art: 1311 (+130)
    total: 3984

    The 10k (by now 11k) page that wants to feature me with my art account contacted me again to ask me a few questions, a little interview type of thing. So it looks like they'll definitely feature me. :) And I've started a contest on my photography account, asking people to take creative photos using a specific hashtag and tag my art account in the post and Friday I'll feature the winner. So I now get free shoutouts from different people and I get user created content for my photography page, awesome! I'm planning to hold this contest weekly. Should be even more fun once the account has grown bigger.
     
  8. Grassblade

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    Progress has been very slow because unfollowing with Instagress takes aaaaages. I've been doing some additional manual unfollowing the last few days and now finally my photography account is following again. The other one is still unfollowing. I have hardly gained new followers since the last update, but here are the numbers anyway:

    photography: 2781 (+108)
    art: 1483 (+172)
    total: 4264

    Looking forward to new followers. I'm now running the same contest on my photography account a second time, already got a few new participants. I'm doing the contest every week now to get people interested and to add some variation to my feed since I'm featuring a winner every friday. I'm a long way from earning anything with my Instagram adventure but at least I'm having fun. ;)
     
  9. Grassblade

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    Ohwell, I've changed my mind after all and am now running Massplanner instead of Instagress. I can pay the same amount of money per month and get more followers. Actually even less money because I would have used up my 30 days of Instagress usage faster than 30 days. And I don't want my bot to run 24 hours per day so even with the fast setting Instagress didn't follow enough users per day for my taste. I got less than 100 followers per day, that just doesn't cut it for me. But here are the numbers since last update:

    photography: 2824 (+43)
    art: 1549 (+66)
    total: 4373

    Looking forward to more followers per day! Starting slowly with the daily max followers but going to turn it up a little soon.
     
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    I've been failing miserably with Instagram since I've started and I regret buying the 2000 fake followers because so far I've only gotten 20 real followers in 3 days, mainly with manual work and Instagress on slow. I wish you the best of luck with your journey. Its nice to have realistic goals.
     
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  11. warrior

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    Good Luck!
    When IG gives an account to reset password, what does it actually mean?
    Warning? Ban? Temp ban? going fast?
     
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  12. Grassblade

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    I'm not sure, I haven't run into that problem myself yet. But I'd see it as a warning. Maybe they saw that there was something new and suspicious going on with the account. Logging in from a new place and suddenly following/liking lots of things maybe.
     
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    Good luck with the journey! I've recently started with Instagram as well! Here's hoping you get to 20k nice and fast!
     
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  14. Anish94

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    Hey, I can see that you are working hard. Even I started my journey towards 100k with two accounts. I do things manually, if you have time please do it manually. The quality will be better, also analyze your follow back rate . I post even that in my journey so that I can come to a conclusion.

    Anyways, keep going and all the best!
     
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    good luck for your journey.
     
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  16. Grassblade

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    Thanks! I know, I did start off manually but I found it too time consuming. I make my own content so that already uses up a lot of my time. I do spend time replying to comments made on my pictures though, I like interacting with my followers. I do that when the bot isn't running. And I also use my phone to upload the pictures manually. So I do still spend a lot of time with manual things, just not the following/unfollowing/liking. That also means I don't have to spend the extra money on the instagram modules for massplanner, I don't need them.
     
  17. linus500

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    It feels like you're contributing real quality. I'm sure your followers appriciate the time you put in! Good luck. I'm at 103 followers doing things manually so far. Keep it up!
     
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  18. Grassblade

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    So I've been running massplanner since yesterday afternoon, and here are the numbers a day later:


    photography: 2948 (+124)
    art: 1774 (+225)
    total: 4722


    I'm very happy with the progress of my art account. :) Even my photography account gained over 100 followers in a day. But I'm now seeing that my art account got hit with a password reset... Going to look into that and report back with an update tomorrow or so.
     
  19. collegedropout

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    You're gonna have to invest in a PVA phone. Also, if you're heavily vested in just these two accounts, you're gonna have to be extra careful and give the account a bit of a cool down period if they get flagged (aka password reset/pva/etc).

    Good luck!
     
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  20. collegedropout

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    instagram is grooming future spenders so work hard... It'll be worth it.
     
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