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Journey to 1 Million IG followers

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by hongdou, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. hongdou

    hongdou Registered Member

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    Howdy

    I got bored with my last journey.
    Not that I gave up but testing the limits of YT is kinda slow but I feel once I figure out their secret sauce I'll ram a freight train through it. Not to mention I've built some pretty amazing bots to automate testing so it's more of a waiting game and waiting makes me bored.

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    This journey will be something a bit new to me. I plan to build 1 IG account to 1 Million followers. Yes I will put all my eggs into 1 IG account, I'm not afraid!

    I don't plan to monetize IG directly but what I will do is send them to my own website that I will also be building and have adsense, affiliate offers and content lockers [I just got accepted into OGads]


    The method
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    1) I will manually build my account to about 50k followers.
    I might stop manually building sooner but the main reason is to figure out how IG works. There are automated tools on the market but using public bots on a site that doesn't like bots is like using PBN that you find on the marketplace to rank on Google. You will eventually get caught. I can write my own tools once I understand the process.
    2) During the process of building up my followers I'll be writing about 5 decent article per week about my niche.
    I just went to Google keyword planner, found my keyword, sorted from lowest to highest to get the longest long tail keywords to write some articles about. This will allow my site to have some content ready when I reach about 50k followers on IG.
    3) These keywords have like 10 searches monthly, they won't bring in a lot of traffic but I plan to build this like a freight train. After a while ranking for all these low hanging keywords and a massive IG following should allow me to rank for much harder keywords, etc...

    I am currently getting content for IG, I will spend the next two days preparing about 1 years worth of content. For me that's about 10,000 images.

    After I have the content I'll load up what I can on this mobile phone, its an S2 with 10GB free so not much room to work with.

    I do not plan to do shout-outs from my IG account but I will start directing my traffic to my website with adsense, affiliate offers and OGads lockers for certain pieces of content.
     
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    Good luck with your journey, I'll be following your success!
     
  4. JokerSEO

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    Looks awesome, best of luck on your journey mate. Make sure to choose a niche that you are interested in so you don't get bored quick!
     
  5. KenTZ

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    Have we ever had a 1M single IG account journey on BHW succeed?
     
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    He will if he doesn't get bored with this journey! ;)
     
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    Good luck with your journey, keep us updated.
     
  8. hongdou

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    Thanks bro

    Thank you too

    My other journey was just updated, I just enjoy keeping myself busy.

    I can't say if it has been done before, but that's no reason not to try.

    I'm on a dual journey bro, watch me work ;)

    Thank you.
     
  9. hongdou

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    I wrote some scripts to grab a about 120,000 images for my theme. These are all CC so they are fine for me to use and very niche specific and high quality. Although some needs to be cropped, etc...

    I'll spend today doing a quick visual scan of the assets and choose the best ones that require the least amount of work in the form of cropping. I will not do anything to the pictures other than making them 1024x1024pixels square.

    I also purchased a domain name to match the name of the IG account that I will create. I already have a vps online and so I will setup a blog and start writing for the low hanging fruit keywords.

    My plan is that by the time people realize that I am in this niche I am already like some invasive species taking over because of the large amount of content that I plan to write.

    This is a niche that I wouldn't do or use the products but I find the niche fascinating. As you guys can tell I write in a very conscious stream type of way. If I choose a niche that I like I would write articles in the same way.

    With this niche it's like mini research papers. I am not talking about 500 word articles or anything stupid like that, just articles that answer questions or solve the topic at hand. It could be 250 words, could be an image with some captions, it could be 2,000 words, It just depends.

    I will do some content locking for certain pieces of content, all content will have adsense in it and there will be an affiliate offer somewhere prominent on every page.

    I'll start pumping my IG account with images in about 3 days. I'll start off just adding some images, then go through liking and commenting, then following, and build from there. I'll post real screenshots from my device as this journey progresses.
     
  10. MidtownMan

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    It sounds good, but in the beginning you kind of downed the use of automation software.. Although, automation software (followliker or massPlanner) are valuable assets if you are serious about Instagram marketing. I suggest building more than one account, because there is no need to put all your eggs in one basket. Good luck! I've done thing similar to this and got to nearly 500k followers, but at the end of the day. I went where the money is, I was doing Instagram in the early days.. It just is way to hard to grow an account from 0-100k in 90 days, without shelling out some serious cash.
     
  11. hongdou

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    I am not really interested in building a massive list super fast, I want to build a massive list safely. Seeing how my YT journey is going I get the feeling the copyright nazi is a lot more dangerous than dealing in the SERPS!

    I am not against bots btw, I am more against bots that are publicly available and shared across the web, especially when they obviously break the site's TOS. It takes nothing for them to buy a copy of the bot, take a look at the way it shells out it's API calls and mass ban anyone that uses those tools.

    If I make my own bot, there's little to no chance it would get detected in all the noise, especially when there are larger targets.

    I will write bots and have them do the work for me eventually but when I first start, I like to take my time and learn the ropes. I actually have my own personal instagram account, I only have 100 followers but I am pretty antisocial on there. I post pictures I find interesting and properly tag them but I never follow anyone back, I never reply to comments and I still get about 40-50 likes and 6-10 comments per post and I only post once a week.

    Once I start posting I'll have more regular updates with real likes, followers, etc... I am sure I'll learn something new about IG.
     
  12. hongdou

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    Update
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    I want to change this journey a bit. 1 million IG follower is good and all but I don't want to sell shoutout or do anything like that, it's too manual and require constant attention to keep it going.

    I am rolling this into a authority site. This IG account will feed into my authority site once it's big enough but currently I am just building it out. I just started and seeded some awesome content, 10 posts so far. I haven't started following, tagging or doing any of the IG stuff.
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    Next I will start naturally growing my IG community. I do not plan on the mass following technique, I will just use the steps that I use on my personal IG account but be a little bit more social so that people will stick around.

    I started building my website on my local machine. I did keyword research and have 2,000 [keywords] all lined up. They range from super long tail with like only showing 10 global monthly searches all the way up to my top keywords that have 8,10-100k global monthly searches.

    My goal for this site is to make about 50k per month through adsense, I think I can push it further than 50k but that's just a start. My math goes like this:
    50k per month is about 1,700 per day.

    With some really low ball estimates like:
    CTR 1%
    CPC 0.25
    I'll need about 200,000 clicks per month or about 7000 clicks per day to achieve my 50k
    Some of my main keywords generate more than 100k clicks per month but those are a long ways off. For now I have to focus on ranking every one of my blog post and I currently have 2k blog posts in the pipeline. They need to be written, SEO tag, title, descriptions.
    You can see some of the numbers here:
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    I have three of these excel spreadsheets with keywords and each keyword will have a specific blog post. This list is ordered from lowest to highest search volume. You might know why it's ordered that way but if you don't, here is why.

    When I search for these keywords, there are sites ranking for them but they are not SEO optimized at all. What I plan to do is use these long tail to rank and bring a lot of link juice to my site and then uses these low hanging fruit to silo up my more competitive keywords. If I can't get a blog post about these low hanging fruit to rank in top 100 w/o any backlinks, I will rework them until they do.

    So I'll be building an IG account to drive traffic to this blog and I will be ranking in Google to get organic traffic. I'll use adsense to monetize all traffic, there will be an related affiliate offer and maybe some link lockers from OGads with free ebook type content.

    I'll be publishing content on my blog in batches of 10 articles per time. Typically 2-3 times per week, keep track of the articles and see when they rank. I'll track the rankings with some SERP tracker and post the results here. I should have my first set of articles up soon but no guarantees as to when.
     
  13. hongdou

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    Update
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    I have to say doing instagram is tedious. I get tired as soon as I pick up my phone but if I plan to grow accounts then might as well learn the manual way then write my custom tools based on what I learned.

    account stats:
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    Authority site update
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    I had to totally redo my webserver, just some technical issues plus I would like to build a custom web server that has some modules that google likes. Things to help with page load times and page speed and also to make sure that my webserver serves up content in a way that's mobile friendly.

    On the content side I decided to publish my first set of articles on June 20th, this will give me some time because I will be writing 30 articles per week [well that's the goal]

    I have three main niches that all semi link together so I might as well put them all on the same authority page and silo them up properly. Today after IG work I gathered the first 30 keywords and I will be starting my content writing.

    I will upload my content once the site is fully themed and the webserver is up and running.
     
  14. hongdou

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    Update on IG
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    I am not bored with this journey but working IG is pretty tedious. My IG update is okay though a ton of new followers, I also followed a ton of people. I am seeing just how to find people who are in my niche and have them follow me. Here are the stats so far:
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    My new fake IG account in my same niche not only has a lot fewer posts than my real account it also has going on 4x my real account. It seems people on IG and the web just like looking at really pretty pictures, forget anything authentic. [larger though on social networks, they are probably best to keep your real life off of them and put fake crap out there]

    I now average about 95 likes per posts which is insane for me. I will keep on updating this IG to build a list.

    I was initially thinking that I should directly send them over to my blog but on second though that could create a lot of headaches if they go there looking for images like I post and see writing and not much of the same types of images. I will send them to a FB page instead where they can then see a preview of the articles on the blog, just a little snippet and if they like it then they can like the FB page, share the FB page and also then go to my blog. This should weed out a lot of the noise and won't spike the bounce rate to my site.

    Update on Authority Site [AS]
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    I wrote 30 rough articles for my blog post, I will spend a few hours tonight cleaning up the articles, getting proper resources and citing, quoting, etc... just to make sure it's readable also I have to gather art and video for my blog posts. I'll write the articles and have them uploaded within three days.

    Why three days until the site is live? Well I am working on the theme of my site so that is taking a bit longer than expected. Once that's done and my first set of 30 articles are up, I will be adding at least 30 articles per week until I've used up all of my 2k keywords going from least difficult to rank to silo up to my difficult keywords.

    Once the blog posts go live I will start tracking my rankings and that should be more interesting to see the ranking changes over time.
     
  15. hongdou

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    update
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    I've been playing around with IG and I think I'm getting their system. Here's the update on that:
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    I got temp banned a few times before I understood their system.

    Seems like if you go on random follow or unfollow streaks you get temp ban real fast, typically for 24 hours. I can like pretty much about 200 per minute but after a while, you'll notice that your likes don't stick anymore and then you have to cool down.

    I realize that if you do some follows, do likes, go back to follows, etc... you can pretty much go forever.

    I was following 30ppl wait 10 minutes and rinse repeat to grow followers. This works pretty stable but since I am doing this manually it got boring real fast. Then I pushed it, 30 likes 5 minute wait rinse and repeat; that method also works too.

    I pushed it again trying to follow 30ppl liking 20 pictures and following 30ppl but I got a temp ban when trying that. I think I can follow 30ppl rest for 2 minutes rinse and repeat but since I am temp ban I have to wait a day.

    currently my photos get about 100 likes and 3-4 comments in the first half hour after they are uploaded but I realized that I don't need a lot of photos to get a lot of followers.

    Even at following 30ppl with a 5minute rest rate 24 hours I could gain at least 1k followers per day, that'd be pretty boss until my channel started growing organically.

    Unfollowing is pretty much the same thing. Although I am not unfollowing anyone right now, I am not sure what's the upper limits of followers so I will have to keep pushing this to see what are the max followers that I can have.


    website update
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    This temp ban give me some time to finish up my site. I created a custom theme that's all seo ready and it's built and sitting on my hdd. I will be uploading it and setting up my rank trackers. Once that's done and I start getting rankings i'll start working on a bot to automate IG.
     
  16. rodmarb2b

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    Good luck bro!