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My Instagram Growth Diary

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by MySideHustle, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. MySideHustle

    MySideHustle Junior Member

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    Hi All,

    This one's not going to have any monetary goals associated. I've recently been dabbling in the Print on Demand T-Shirt game, as well as the dropshipping game. Both have had limited success so far but part of my plan to improve on those two games is to branch into the exciting world of automated instagram marketing. I'm going to grow a few insta accounts across various niches and then when they get to around the 1k follower mark I'll add bio links to products in either my drop shipping store or maybe t-shirts in my redbubble account.

    Generally at this point in time, I dont necessarily know what each account will be promoting, but I feel like building up some accounts is bound to be a useful move regardless of what I'm doing in the IM space in future. Dropshipping seems like it has potential though so that'll probably be where this goes.

    Done so far:
    • Bought mass planner
    • Bought 15 USA proxies from massproxy.com
    • Bought 10 USA PVA Insta accounts. They're only about 1 month old, so I'll be conservative with the MP settings I think.
    • Got a 1 year free VPS from amazon (there's a guide on the Massplanner website for this
    To do next:
    • Decide on 5 niches
    • Collect about 300 photos per niche
    • Set up 5 accounts with 9 posts each, bio, profile pic
    • Upload photos somewhere
    • Build up a post file for uploading the posts into massplanner scheduler
    • Learn how to use massplanner ad set up 5 accounts to start following/unfollowing

    I think that's about it for the short term. Massplanner is looking way more complicated than i first anticipated so I've got some learning to do.

    Photo gathering will be done with 4k stogram, I'll just steal a load of HQ pics from other people in my niche.

    Niches will probably be:

    Cats
    Pugs
    Outdoor/camping
    Women's fitness

    Maybe pile:

    Men's fitness
    Harry Potter
    Comics

    I think that gives me enough to get on with for now. If anyone has any tips on making content gathering as easy as possible let me know. I guess you need good quality pics to get the best growth rate. Also if anyone has any tips on how to choose hashtags that'd be helpful too.
     
  2. JLTMzz

    JLTMzz Junior Member

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    Good Luck Mate :)
     
  3. Greengolegend

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    I wish you the best of luck :)
     
  4. BlackCat0.0

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    Best of luck! :)
     
  5. ConsultJoseph

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    1k followers will not get you sales on shirts on demand, I'm sorry. You simply can't. At least not with automated tasks and with limited number of photos with no storytelling but just pictures and photos of your tees.

    You have to understand the behavior of people in Instagram... they simply are not order-happy people. Instead, you have to build relationships through photos AND THEN they will consider clicking on your bio/store and then another notch in your relationship or two for them to order.

    Instead, I suggest to you to do this:

    Build a brand and make it complete on all social media profiles. Update all profiles still and still do automated tasks BUT focus on Twitter instead.

    Use search operator to target people within the niche or within the city. Favorite/heart/like those tweets and build relationships there (while continually updating IG, FB and other platforms).

    Once you have money to invest and scale it, go with Facebook ads. Do separate ads to test conversion rate but focus on giving our promotions/offers and if possible, a marketing video to push out the discounted sale.

    Alternatively, pay for shoutouts on Instagram influencers or get free promotion by sending free shirts on demand to IG influencers. If you're feeling confident, Snapchat is also fine but only if you're comfortable with recording your face.

    It's semi-automated and involves hard work, I know but let's be realistic here... this is the way to build a business. Unless of course, you want to just pursue a hobby.
     
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    stelios0 Regular Member

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    how i do that on search operator?
     
  7. ConsultJoseph

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    FCDSerendipity Junior Member

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    Good luck bro, you probably need more than 1k follows for pod but best of luck :)
     
  9. thepioneerslife

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    Amen to what they said about 1k followers

    But there are niches where you can start making money from 1K, so depends on the niches - for the ones you mention they're too broad and generic.
     
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    I agree that 1k is to low to make any significant sales however growing instagram accounts is a good practice.
     
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    good luck mate :)
     
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    Good Luck!
     
  13. EddieJames

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    What is the most effective way to increase Instagram follower numbers?
     
  14. MySideHustle

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    Thanks for the advice dude - I hadn't even thought of doing twitter stuff.

    To be honest, my main project at the moment is my dropshipping store with facebook ads, I've been doing a lot of learning about that lately and I'm in the testing/experimenting phase. For now, this instgram thing is just a side mission in the hope that in the long run it'll yield some high follower accounts that could be monetized. I'll put some thought into implimenting your ideas though because I guess the sooner I start on it the better.
     
  15. ElitePower

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    So how is the growth going?
     
  16. MySideHustle

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    Ha, good question. Ran into some obstacles with account buying - the ones I bought went to PVA immediately upon trying to post so that took a while to get sorted with the guy I bought off. Then since then I've been more focused on my dropshipping and lazy with the IG stuff. Long story short I've only got 3 accounts on the go currently. (Making 2 more tonight though, posts are ready).

    Cats - 110 followers (10 days of follow/unfollow)
    Survival - 274 followers (5 days of follow/unfollow)
    BJJ - 118 followers (5 days of follow/unfollow)


    Tonight I'll set off Steampunk and Men's fashion. I also have pug photos ready but I'm undecided if i want to go through with it. The cats one has been doing for like 10 days and it's only on 110 which is pretty poor and I feel like its because cats is such a generic niche. Pugs might be the same, too generic.

    My survival one has had awesome growth and im getting good comments too, it's only been going for 5 days and is already massively out performing the others. BJJ has also been going for 5 days and is doing alright. I only have 35 photos lined up for it though (the others have about 300 haha).

    For men's fashion I have 45 good posts lined up, and for steampunk I have about 300 but the quality isn't great. I'm going to set it off tonight but might spend some time weeding out the crappy ones.
     
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    Best of luck for you mate.