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My Instagram Journey to 100K Followers

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by LocalStalker, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. LocalStalker

    LocalStalker Registered Member

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    Hello Everyone!

    First off I'd just like to say this is my very first post on BHW and thank you all for reading it. I admire all of you contributors, I've been reading and reading and reading various posts across all the forums daily for the past couple weeks now ever since I stumbled upon this site.

    So, I've decided to document my Instagram Journey to 100K Followers and update you guys semi-daily on my progress.
    I recently bought an account in the "Girls" (pretty broad, but to be more specific I'd say its like most beautiful girls on Instagram, etc.) for $50. I then spent another $2 on 3200 followers (for no reason, just couldn't resist the price) a couple days ago. I am currently at 23.4K followers. I spend hours a day manually liking various photos on hashtags like "girls", "iggirls", "beautiful", etc. I ended up creating an iMacros bot for Firefox to do this for me after my thumbs developed a minor case of carpal tunnel... Not really ;). But I did create the bot, this rapidly likes pictures (can do 100 in a few minutes) and rapidly follows at the same pace. I am keeping in mind the 350 like/hour limit (I'm managing 250) and 20 follow/hour limit (I rarely break 10) to keep the account safe.

    Now time for the bad news. Before I bought the account, the seemingly successful and (surprisingly very helpful) previous owner declared that he (or she) got an average of 300 likes/photo and 20 comments/photo. I average 100 likes and 0 comments. Either they were lying, which doesn't SEEM to be true considering all they did for me (created advertising banners to sell shoutouts, set up account, etc.) or I am doing something totally wrong. Do you guys have any ideas on how to increase engagement? This account has never had followers purchased besides the 3K I bought.

    Now to account specifics. This is the end of the second day of me actually posting on the account. I uploaded 3 pictures today, and 4 pictures yesterday. Each of the descriptions include two emoji's and a one word comment. Example: :D:p flawless. (Except the emoji's would be more like a fire emoji and diamond emoji or something). The 7th pictures I uploaded I added a BUNCH of hashtags using Webstagram's hot/trending hashtag list pertaining to my niche. I don't know if this will help engagement, I can only hope. I also tag each of the females featured in my photos on the line below the first one and above the hashtag bundle.

    Now I have a few questions for you all. How can I actively and rapidly increase my engagement of follower and increase my follower count? Open to ANY AND ALL ideas. Secondly, what are some steps to start monetizing the account with shoutouts? I've been reading other journey's across BHW and I've noticed they use Fiverr and websites like that, but would people really pay for them? (I don't mean to sound naïve, the question could be rephrased as "how often do you expect someone to be interested in paying for a shoutout?) Thirdly, I recently made an account on FameBit and sent out a few sponsorship requests to companies on there, but would a CPA or CPI system on my account work also? Please explain exactly how it would if you can. Fourthly, are there any free automated bots you guys would recommend that I can leave running, say overnight? It would be nice to have constant engagement. Lastly, are there any S4S groups available to join with a large amount of followers? Not leeching, I mean large as in around the same count as mine (23K).

    I want to thank you all for you interest (or disinterest, if you got through the whole thing I assume you enjoyed it :D) in my first post!
    As previously stated, I intend to document my Instagram Journey to 100K semi-daily, so you call can keep up with it if you please and so I have a record of it.
    I appreciate all the responses to my various (and somewhat "nooby") questions, and will be sure to reply to them as promptly as possible!
    P.S. I also respond to PM's :eek:

    Followers: 23.4K
    Total spent: $52.00
    Total earned: $0.00
    Average engagement: 100 likes/photo
     
  2. Twickburns

    Twickburns Junior Member

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    Welcome to BHW!

    The account originally had 21.2k followers correct? If so, 300 likes per post is pretty low, so 100 likes is low. Did the original owner exchange shoutouts? Are you posting content very similar to what the owner posted? The only thing I can think of is shoutouts unless the content you're posting isn't up to par.

    Right now I personally would be working on building the account. I would stay away from Fiverr odds are Instagram is going to crack down on them eventually and ban accounts that are linked to Fiverr. Plus the money you would make on Fiverr wouldn't be worth the spam on your page and you will eventually lose followers. Start by manually following/liking or botting to build it up. Once you get pretty good engagement (which will come) you can exchange shoutouts to similar niches. There are alot of Kik and Skype groups on BHW for SFS.

    Seems like you're playing on the safe side when it comes to botting but I caution you don't be greedy. I was and lost an account. I was lucky enough to get it back but the outcome could have been different.

    I'm definitely going to subscribe!
     
  3. LocalStalker

    LocalStalker Registered Member

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    The account originally had 20.1K followers I believe, but close enough! Yes it is extremely low and that's why I am very worried I got ripped off... The original owner claimed to have sold plenty shoutouts just 3 weeks before I bought the account (it was inactive for 3 weeks before I bought it). Yes the content he posted was literally the exact same as I am posting currently. Awesome, I'll try to figure out some pattern of manually liking and following to build like you said. One more question, is there a specific limit to following...? How many per hour or day? I read somewhere it was 20/hour but that seems small.
    I appreciate all the help!
    And thank you :D I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I (hope) to! ;P
     
  4. Redox123

    Redox123 Power Member

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    Seems like there are lots of fake followers, or they're inactive, because of the age of that account.
    Here are lots of threads with limits. Use the search function. You will find help there
     
  5. LocalStalker

    LocalStalker Registered Member

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    Awesome!!
    Will do, thank you!
    And yeah i believe a lot of these followers must be inactive :/.
     
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    crocopufc Newbie

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    how can you monetize from facebook/instagram followers?
    send them on some landing pages?
     
  7. Twickburns

    Twickburns Junior Member

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    Don't worry about that. As long as you keep it going and posting regularly the engagement will grow. It's easier to grow a 23k account than a 0 account. So don't worry about it! People would rather follow a 23k account than a fresh account.

    As far as following per hour i'm not sure as I use FollowLiker to do all of my work for me. But yes, there are alot of guides on here.
     
  8. LocalStalker

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    I believe you can sell shoutouts, or do a CPA system. But believe me, I am nowhere near an expert!
     
  9. LocalStalker

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    Okay awesome, I'll peruse the forms a bit more! If i can ask, how many followers does followliker bring you in every day? Just curious :)
     
  10. Twickburns

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    I run 6 fresh accounts and all have different settings. (under a month old)

    3 of the accounts are phone verified 3 are not.

    The 3 that I have verified I follow 500-600 a day , never unfollow the same day, and probably gain about 250-300 followers a day. It's very similar for all three when it comes to growth. The accounts have 1.5-3k followers each. Very fresh.

    For the non-verified I do 350-400 a day, never unfollow the same day, and gain about 150-200 a day. These have around 3k-4k each. I started these before I purchased phone verified.

    These accounts are all under a month old.

    Just don't get greedy and you should be fine! I did and lost a weeks worth of growth.
     
  11. SEMWORLD

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    I can see already you have invested few $, consumed more time and took better decision. But why you didn't get the better feedback? That's the problem.
    Guys, I think you have earned inactive traffics. That's really very harmful for such job. Reading your article already I understand that you are a hard worker. Carry on guys, Believe you'll get a good day. Bye......
     
  12. LocalStalker

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    UPDATE:
    These past couple of days I have been following as many as I can and like spamming various people. Got a 16 hour ban (sadly during the day) so that definitely slowed my progress
    Overall followers: -76 (assuming these are some of the purchased fake ones, I am not too worried at this game)
    Money spent: 5 (decided to buy 5000 likes over my whole profile to boost authenticity due to low engagement, but organic engagement is climbing
    Money earned: 0 (currently talking with one company about a $75.00 shoutout, hopefully that doesn't fall through!)
     
  13. Twickburns

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    $75.00, that's exciting!

    How did you come across the company? Randomly DM'ed you or did you approach?
     
  14. LocalStalker

    LocalStalker Registered Member

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    They were in my feed under "Sponsorship" so I DM'd them and we talked for a while, shot a high deal of 150 first then cut it to 75. He likes the idea and now is going to talk to his partner. So to answer your question, I approached them :D
     
  15. Twickburns

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    Very very nice! Keep it going!
     
  16. LocalStalker

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    Account was hacked. Information in my profile. Will update here on news. Started a new account in a different niche just incase, but losing 23K sucks!