Hey guys, I couldn't share everything I know in one thread, so I will do it step by step. This is my journey and some tips - http://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/journey-from-87k-to-10-000-000-in-a-year.845084/ Now lets talk about posting, content and automation without using paid programs. From where to get content Okay, you know it's against Instagram ToS to post anything you that is not created by you or you don't have a right to post. Even if you take a picture or video from someone and give credit back, its still illegal. So after i grow an account to lets say 10k followers, I already have a list with IG usernames from where I take content, I have their contacts ( kik, mail, sites. ) And this is the time when I send the a mail that I like their content very much and I am asking for permission to take stuff from the from time to time. I explain them that I always give credit back ( this is from @theGuyUserHere ) I also explain them that they might get followers from me, and it's a win-win situation. Most of the accept. This is why you need at least 10k page, so they can see you have something and you are not just a fresh account. How to post What I use to save posts from IG is called EasyDownloader. It's a free app that download videos and images. It's simple app, just install it and click on the icon. Done, it's ready to download. Now find a post you want to save and click on the 3 dots, you will see something like "Report, Copy Share URL, Turn On Post Notifications", just tap on Copy Share URL and the app will download the content to your phone. If you are going to do it like me and give credit to people, before you download the post, memorize the person username or write it down so you don't forget. After that head to your phone gallery, share the post in your IG page and give credit back, saying something like "this is from @thePersonUserHere". Now after you are done with the post, you wan't to comment 20-25 hashtags, highly related with your niche/post. To find hashtags you can head to Tagsforlikes.com chosoe your niche or at least close enough and look what those people suggest. There will be a lot of garbage, like their own hashtag #tagsforlikes and @tagsforlikes..... clear that trash, you are not there to promote them. Just take what you think it's good. After that head to IG app and in the Tags search tab look for similar hashtags. Just do your research and save 20-25 related hashtags. DO NOT use those #like4like #follow4follow #f4f etc., etc.. Now save those hashtags to you phone clipboard and lock the hashtags. If you don't know what I mean, search it, or just download app called ColorNote and save your hashtags there. So every time you post a new post, make sure to comment those hashtags. Automation Okay, I have tested everything the marked has to offer in the last 3 years. Some of you may say "it's not the problem in the software, it's how you setup. If you have problems it's in you " BULLSHIT. I won't argue with anyone. If you wan't to do it right and you wan't to focus on one ( 2,3..10) quality accounts, that will get awesome engagement, do not use bots. Even the iMacros will bring you shit. If you wan't to automate part of your daily tasks, find a way to do it with your phone, using IG app directly. So here's my way: There is a free app called HiroMacro. It's like iMacro for desktop, but this is for smartphone. Now I don't know about iOs, I'm using android. So download that app and after the installation, you can open it and see big START button. Tap it. Now it's ready to record you moves. Head to Instagram and go to your "following" section. Now I prefer to scroll to the bottom manually, because I can drag the scroll that appear at right, my device allows me to do that. But if you cant do it like me, do this: Click on the volume Down button of your phone. Now you will see that Hiromacro shows you options. Click on the Record. It will say Record is starting..or something. Now the app record everything you touch. So manually head down to the bottom of your Following list. When you are done, turn Off the hiromacro ny pressing again volume Down. It will save the record with name Record_124235.txt. Now open Hiromacro app again and at the bottom left corner you will see icon with pencil and paper. Click on it. Now you see that Record_124235.txt hold down your finger and click Edit. Name it for example "Scroll Down". At this point you have scroll down macro that you are going to use every time you want to head to the bottom of your following list. Now head back to IG app and again to the following list, use your new macro. When it head to the bottom stop it or it will start to go to other people accounts and so on. Just watch it. Now again you will record a macro, this time for unfollow. Again click volume down, again Record. Now you have two options. Record a simple: Tap Following, it will ask you "Unfollow @user ?" Tap Unfollow. Now easy move a little up. Press volume down, save the record. Now go, rename it and say "Unfollow Macro" or something..... and it's time to tune it up. OR option two: record all the Unfollow thing. Record for example 100 unfollows and save. Again go to following list, scroll to the bottom, and use the Unfollow Macro. When you turn it on, you will see "Times: Interval: Speed: " You have recorded ONE unfollow of person. Now depending on how many people you want to unfollow at that time, set Times: 80 for example. The app will repeat your ONE record 80 times = 80 unfollows. If it start to click on people accounts, go in there, tap on their pictures, etc, etc.... you need to record it again, and again OR you can head to the code in your Heromacro and tune it. But I don't feel like I can explain it with my poor English. You have to figure it out. Okay, for me the annoying part was always the Unfollow. For follow, I prefer to do it manually. Also it's not possible to create a follow macro. cheers!