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Journey In the Outdoor/Adventure Niche

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by Natech, May 8, 2015.

  1. Natech

    Natech Newbie

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    Hello BHW!

    I am fairly new to IG marketing, but have been lurking the forums for a while getting some ideas on how to go about getting started. I created an IG account in the outdoor/adventure niche. I do understand and enjoy some of the popular methods on here in regards to gaining followers, engagement, monetization, etc.. However, I am taking a slightly different path with this account and hope to experiment with it find another good method for monetizing.

    Current Account Stats:


    Account Age (at start of this thread): 1 Month
    Followers: 1,422
    Following: 5,668
    Posts: 76
    Engagement: 90-150 likes per post

    Currently, I am using Instagress for my activity. I would like to use FL, but don't currently have a dedicated computer to make it effective. Although, I am working on that. I started with the normal speed, scraping users from specific accounts for following, and liking photos. Recently, I bumped it up to the fast setting since I have not had any errors and so fa things seem to be working just fine. I have not utilized comments yet as I am still working on an effective strategy.

    As for my content generation, this is where it differs from the other popular methods I see on this forum. I am encouraging followers to hashtag a specific keyword for a chance to be featured on my page. 2-3 times daily, I curate the photos and pick out the ones that fit my niche and the quality that I am looking for. There are over 450 tags for my specific keyword as of right now.

    95% of my content is generated from the users themselves. The other 5% is when I see an image that I feel is of superb quality and want to post it (I have been experimenting with this and the engagement seems to be about the same). Sometimes, businesses and travel agencies, etc. are using the hashtag, but I have refrained from posting them as I see the commercial shoutouts as being a potential revenue stream for the future. I do keep excel sheets that track which users I have reposted, the dates I posted them, etc. Helps me to give everyone a shot at getting featured, but I do need to find a more efficient way of curating the photos.

    My goal is to have a monetization plan in place by the time this account reaches 10k followers, but it also must have a satisfactory engagement. I have been tossing around some ideas, but I haven't set in stone which one I am going to try as of yet, but when I do find that method, I will update this thread.

    This forum is really a fantastic place. Everyone is here to learn and grow, no matter how new or experienced the users are - I love that! I can't wait to keep all of you posted on this and give info back to the community.
     
  2. Dioni

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    Good luck to your journey mate!
     
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  3. EveCarp

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    Your "method" is not new. I do the exact same thing, and I learned this from my friends who own the big 1m+ travel accounts.

    Also, for the amount of followers you have, isn't 150 likes a little low? Try targetting a more specific hashtag to get more followers.

    Since I am doing the same thing as you, probably in the same niche, add me on kik: dailygyminspire (not gym niche lol) and we can talk methods and growth.
     
  4. Natech

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    Thanks for the reply! I appreciate it. It's definitely not a new method, but I just wasn't seeing too much of it on here. Maybe I was just looking in the wrong areas! haha. I'll add you on kik as soon as I get a chance!
     
  5. Natech

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    Quick update on the progress for this account. It has been almost 6 full days since the last update. The account is growing at a steady pace, but not super quickly. Here are the current stats.
    Current Account Stats:

    Followers: 2,050 (Increase of 628)
    Following: 6,705
    Posts: 91
    Engagement: 160-230 likes/2-7 comments (per photo)

    The engagement has almost doubled, but not quite. I did reach the 7500 follow limit about a day and a half ago, so I am on an unfollowing streak and will continue to follow when it gets down to a decent amount. Engagement sits around 7%-8%, which I would like to see increase, so I am testing out different hashtags, posting with/without comments, etc. So, growth is slow, but steady! Haven't had any issues with any tempo bans or anything as of yet. *crosses fingers*. Still following ~300 people per day, ~1000 likes per day, ~250 comments per day. I might try to increase that a bit and see if I can step up the pace, but definitely don't want to push the limits if I don't have to.
     
  6. ZennoBlaster

    ZennoBlaster Senior Member

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    When you mention the outdoor niche, do you mean dogging? :cool:

    Anyway, good luck!
     
  7. Natech

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    Haha.. if you mean what I think you mean, then definitely not! lol

    Thanks for the good luck!!
     
  8. loshara

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    Good luck with your journey!
     
  9. Paper-Boy

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    Great to hear. I gradually increase all my settings 50-100 every week (on my new accounts). No bans as of now.
     
  10. sunzumwalt

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    Did you ever figure out how to monetize your account using the featured hashtag method? I'm interested in taking this route instead of using royalty photos for my content but can't figure out how I would monetize.