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My Instagram Journey [150K Followers a Month]

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by withatwist, May 29, 2017.

  1. withatwist

    withatwist Power Member

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    I've been playing around with IG automation since the second week of April.

    Back then I was only using like 3 accounts. I quickly added 5 more accounts and kept adding some gradually to I got to where I am at today with running 68 accounts.

    I'm being cautious with me automating these accounts and the plan is to gain on average of at least 50 new followers a day per account, working my way up to 100 accounts and hopefully getting 5,000 followers a day with those 100 accounts...at least!

    This journey isn't gonna be about me spamming CPA links as none of these profiles have links in them other than my brand accounts. The purpose of this journey is to get different and targeted followers in several niches with plans of retargeting them eventually to my main account.

    I want to eventually do shoutouts, especially to my brand accounts. I don't plan to do any type of CPA on any of these accounts as I have found out that that increases the chance of being banned.

    My goal is to get 1 million+ followers in a year, which would mean at a minumum of getting around 3k followers a day factoring in days I plan to take off with some of these accounts, and with me using 100 accounts.

    I used this thread as motivation: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/100-000-instagram-followers-a-day-blueprint-to-success.913728/

    Where he talks about getting 22 Million followers in a year, but I'm not shooting that high, but a lot of the premises in his thread really applied to me being able to scale up from 3 accounts to now having 68.

    I'm doing this thread to keep me on my toes and bounce ideas with other folks looking to do the same. I've always been fascinated by other threads like this on BHW and decided to start my own.

    The second week in April I had 32K followers coming mostly from my main account and I now have 83K followers as of today spread among all my accounts.

    I don't follow more than 500 accounts a day and I start by following 10-15 accounts a day with steady increases.

    I plan to update this thread every Sunday with numbers so my goal is to have in between 15K-25K new followers added to this list come next week.

    Here's a list of my accounts and I'll post my first gains come next week.

    Cars 484
    Cars 511
    Cars 507
    Cars 2,409
    Cars 507
    Comedy 35
    Comedy 741
    Comedy 103
    Comedy 759
    Comedy 795
    Comedy 836
    Comedy 70
    Comedy 0
    Facts/Trivia 961
    Facts/Trivia 2,676
    Girl Profiles 413
    Girl Profiles 29
    Girl Profiles 27
    Girl Profiles 153
    Girl Profiles 23
    Girl Profiles 0
    Girl Profiles 0
    Girl Profiles 0
    Girls 698
    Girls 656
    Girls 111
    Girls 698
    Girls 1,810
    Girls 679
    Girls 0
    Lifestyle/Luxury 389
    Lifestyle/Luxury 228
    Lifestyle/Luxury 1,008
    Lifestyle/Luxury 242
    Music 992
    Music 667
    My Brand 36,058
    My Brand (Comedy) 2,565
    My Brand (Girls) 3,679
    My Brand (Music) 2,071
    My Brand (Quotes) 2,483
    My Brand (Shoutouts) 0
    My Brand (shoutouts) 2,172
    My Brand (Shoutouts) 140
    Parody 667
    Personal 1,037
    Quotes 30
    Quotes 1,249
    Quotes 637
    Quotes 598
    Quotes 15
    RePost 1,177
    RePost 136
    RePost 636
    RePost 605
    RePost 1,422
    RePost 1,149
    Shoes 415
    Shoes 143
    Shoes 439
    Shoes 496
    Shoes 512
    Superheroes 537
    Superheroes 125
    Superheroes 746
    Superheroes 613
    Superheroes 591
    Weed 0

    Please note that some of the accounts with "0" I haven't started working on yet.

    I plan to add some more accounts this week and get total accounts to at least 70. And I'm debating if I'm going to remove my personal account from botting and swap it out with another brand new account.

    I have 24 private proxies and plan to at most use 4 accounts per proxy with a couple of them running 5 so that I can squeeze 100 accounts onto them.

    The main problem that I have been running into is that maybe 1 a week, 1 or 2 of my accounts may ask for phone validation. So far, I have been able to validate by using either my own phone number or a friend's number who I know isn't on IG.

    So far, so good, I haven't lost any accounts once automation has started.

    But I have not been able to use a few accounts because Instagram kept telling me there was a link in my profile even though there wasn't and I wasn't able to follow anyone. So I discarded those accounts and replaced them.

    I've had a couple accounts get banned right away as soon as I changed the username from the name I bought it under, and I just chalked it up as an operational expense. I've lost about 5-7 accounts total this way. But once the accounts got going, there was no stopping them so far.

    Total Followers as of today:

    83,360
     
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  2. Laoshe94

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    Great I'm looking forward to see how it will turn. Good luck
     
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  3. Mathboy89

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    Always interesting to see and IG journey!

    I remember seeing the same post but I haven't quite got as far as you have with it yet.

    A few questions:

    What are you using for automation?
    Where did you get the accounts?
    Where did you get the proxies?

    I'll certainly be keeping an eye on this one!
     
  4. withatwist

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    I forgot to add another reason why I started this journey was due to the IG crackdown on MP and other services, I got discouraged and almost quit because of it.

    But because of the crackdown, I don't know if I should fully disclose what bots I'm using. I want the bots I'm using to stay around for as long as possible, hopefully for at least a year. I'm still testing a few out off and on that I found on some of the threads around here.

    I made a few of the accounts myself initially but then to save time, I started buying. The bulk of the accounts I have, I bought from https://buyaccs.com/en/index.php.

    And like I said before, the worst that has happened with me buying accts was that as soon as I change username, they'll either ban the whole account which has happened like 5-7 times, or they'll ask for phone validation.

    If I change the username and they ban acct, I just chalk it up as a loss on my end and I don't hold buyaccs accountable. Their customer service is outstanding as there have been times when I don't change the username and IG wants to phone verify right away before any automation is done and buyaccs replaces those accounts for me.

    I only buy PVA accounts from them.

    I also saw @AustinNash5 mentioned in another thread for selling accts. And I got 10 aged accts from him as well and those accts work like a charm.

    I have a little over 100 accts in total but only running 68 right now. In the middle of setting everything up such as content and actions for the other accounts.

    I got proxies from InstantProxies. Here's their sales thread: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/i...k-for-you-instant-guaranteed-test-now.662871/

    I haven't had any proxies banned and I was using these proxies for FB marketing as well. I stopped FB marketing recently to focus only on IG.
     
  5. Mathboy89

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    Top post! Thanks for the response

    Completely understand the hesitancy with you wanting to name your bot. When MP went down I felt the same way about wanting to look at something else so I will continue my search for a good alternative!

    Thanks for the links to proxies and accounts, I'm sure once I've got a new bot sorted I will be using these sources.

    Im really interested in keeping up with your progress
     
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  6. withatwist

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    Yeah, that MP hit made me reevaluate some things and wonder if we should even be talking about bots on here so openly. And a lot of people were spamming with these bots making it hard for the rest of us. Spamming with links is the furthest thing that I want to do with these accts.
     
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    Yeah it seems people are being a lot more careful with bots now, I am gutted I missed out on properly using MP!

    I need to try a few more out, I've been using instabot and I'm not massively happy with the results!
     
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    which proxy provider do you use ?
     
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    Hey, I wish you good luck with your journey. I have a one question, how do you avoid re-following people that you have already unfollowed before?
     
  10. withatwist

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    I was using MP and there was a feature with it, that allowed for you to follow different users across multiple accounts. I have to explore how to do this with other bots now.
     
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    Glad to see the accounts are working well! Good luck in your ventures!
     
  13. withatwist

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    No doubt. I think I'm going to hold off from buying any more accounts like we discussed in PM. Trying to focus on quality with what I got going on now. It gets overwhelming. I wish at times that I had the time and energy to manage 5,000 accounts, lol.
     
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    Dude this is amazing! I can't wait to see you reach 150K followers a month. Subscribed to this journey.
     
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    That's a crazy amount of accounts !
    Best of luck mate !
     
  16. withatwist

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    Thanks guys!

    I'm actually down to 64 accounts now. Just lost a couple of my small accounts. I think they banned one of my proxies as I wasn't able to follow/unfollow and it was only accounts on this proxy that was acting up.

    On the bright side, I have gotten almost 9K new followers since Sunday and can't wait to do my update again this upcoming Sunday so stay tuned.
     
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    Great journey, will be following this.
    As I'm still a bit new to this I was wondering how you're keeping track of all your accounts?
    Do you open them in browsers and check what's going on or do you have a few devices you use to check?
    Do you run the automation on your pc or do you run a VPS + Proxy for all accounts?
    One other general question which I see quite a lot with these journeys is that you have to spend quite a lot (for proxy, bot, vps etc) to actually be doing this kind of stuff but I was wondering if you're earning anything of it back already in the beginning or is it more like an investment that (hopefully) pays back later?
    My excuses if there are some stupid questions, nonetheless good luck with jour journey.
     
  18. withatwist

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    Yes, I open them in browsers to see what's going on with them and I have spreadsheets and all that set up to keep track of them and update follower counts periodically.

    I run automation on my PC for now. I thought about using VPS, but for right now, my computer seems to work fine. I think if I was to get to 100+ accounts I'd strongly consider VPS.

    I'm not earning anything in the literal sense, but I will down the road. I'm not spamming CPA offers or links right now. Too risky. My ultimate goal is to sell shoutout packages, or at least turn a few of these accounts into reputable brands by shouting each other out strictly and then sell shoutouts from those accounts. I want all accounts to point to my main account but wouldn't mind if I wnded up having 15-20 "main" accounts after all is sad and done. Accounts that have their own following and websites and Facebook and Twitter pages linked to them in the same way my main brand account does.

    Each profile I set up, I set up in a way that it could stand out on its own, except for the profile accounts.

    And no question is stupid, lol. You'd never know unless you ask.

    My main problem is the phone validation that keeps on popping up. I have 7 accounts now asking to be verified. Usually, I'll wait a few days before validating them with either my phone number or a friend's. But the problem with this of course is that while I'm waiting, means that I can't follow/unfollow with these accounts. :-(

    I need to find a nice easy method to PVA accounts in the US. I need multiple cheap phones but it's harder to get disposable phones nowadays and isn't worth the price to get them just for me to validate accounts but I'm looking into it.
     
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  19. withatwist

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    I forgot to add that right now, even with some accounts on pause, I am on pace for about 25K new followers from Sunday to Sunday which is good. I can deal with that. And also come Monday, I might do my first round of shoutouts from the accounts to my main account, hoping to funnel at least 500 followers to my main account that day, so we'll see.

    I'm just planning out what image I should use and how I'll break that down between the niches, and use a different image for each niche to target better so that I get the follow.
     
  20. withatwist

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    Just another mini update, I have now gained 13,086 new followers from Sunday til this morning. I now have a total of 9 accounts, however, needing to be phone validated so those accounts are on pause at the moment, which sucks since these accounts aren't gaining any followers at the moment.

    I'm now hoping to get 20K new followers come my Sunday update. The good news is that I'm within the range of my goal. The bad news is that it'll most likely be on the low end of my initial estimate of 15K-20K.

    I really need to find a way to phone validate accounts as they occur. I'm looking into buying phones and SIM cards to help this particular issue out and I may start only botting accounts for 4 days out of the week on random days.