Above is a chart of my very first attempt at growing an instagram account. Want to make this post brief and scannable so here's the quick facts: I post twice a day usually. The first two weeks was all manual Bought one shoutout for $5 (for 2hrs). It got 1,000 likes, I followed a lot of people who liked it and gained 50 followers from it. I began using automation midway through week 2. on the 21st after first trying to follow 500 users per day using InstaPlus I got a message for phone verification and havn't gone near 500 since. Working my way back up to it. Tried a few S4S with accounts <10k but no real results. Getting 100-150 likes on a normal post, highest was 300+ Going forward I may buy shoutouts to accelerate my following. I'm now using Instagress for automation (primarily 'cus my instaplus trial ran out and I wanted to try out both). I also want to get to a consistent 100+ followers per day and then unfollow all every 4th day. No monetisation as of yet, might use PLR eBooks to build an email list.