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My journey to 10k instagram followers

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by retiredat30, Jan 5, 2016.

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  1. retiredat30

    retiredat30 Newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I am new here but I have been lurking for some time.

    I wanted to start a sideline project that I can hopefuly one day make some $ from.

    I chose Instagram as my medium because the simple image posting and behaviour of the app appeals to me.

    Keep in mind I have never used Instagram before, I like how it looks but I have zero knowledge about it.

    Week 1:

    I took some time to choose my neiche, I will not release what that is here but I do know that there are other BHW members who are in the same game.

    - Thought long and hard of a cool account name. Was happy to see it was free. yay
    - Account description - Completed.
    - I know some graphic design so I created myself a cool Icon/logo thing
    - Spend many hours collecting unique and amazing content from various blogs, pinterest and personal websites.
    - I have enough content for a weeks worth of 1 a day posting.

    I used the basic strategy of following users from authoritative accounts in my neiche.
    I still to this day use this as it is yielding around 30% follow back.

    After week 1 I had already 1k followers. Not dead followers or bots but commenting and liking users.
    Some of my earliest posts were climbing to 100 likes after only a few days.

    I took advantage of Instagress - They have a free trial period, I used this to keep my account engaging with others while I work my day job.

    Week 2-6:

    Still using the same strategy of follow / unfollow. Not on the same day ( I know this)

    4600 followers to date. Average about 200 likes per post daily.


    • Is this good?
    • Am I doing it right?
    • Tips from the pros?

    I will update as I go along and learn more too.
     
  2. edwinmichal

    edwinmichal Regular Member

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    Welcome to BHW, All the best with your journey OP
     
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    Not an expert but your strategy looks solid. Keep it going and put up some more updates.

    Goodluck
     
  5. retiredat30

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    Thanks guys for the support and welcomes.

    I forgot the mention that I use Crowdfire app on my android phone. It's really flipping cool for doing the whole follow/unfollow.
    Best part is that it remembers who you have unfollowed before so you don't add them again. And... It's free. :)
     
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    How does Crowdfire and Instagress work together for you? Are you using them simultaneously? What is one doing that the other is not?
     
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    Week 6 with 4600 followers?
    Yeah, it's decent, could be better, could be worse but depends on niche.

    Whats your avg engagement % now?
     
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    Currently got 1k on insta, hoping to find some tips here later on.
     
  9. mrbasha

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    If possible. Can you please explain exactly how following users from your authoritative accounts in your niche benefit you main page? I though that when they follow back they will follow only those authoritative accounts and not your new account, I am puzzled.

    Of course, best of luck with your journey, thanks for sharing with us.
     
  10. retiredat30

    retiredat30 Newbie

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    FYI- I hit 5k followers yesterday.

    I am not able to to proper quotes yet as my BHW account is too new. meh

    MrRobertCrawley

    To answer your questions, yes I use them simultaneously. Crowdfire is used purely for following and unfollowing where as Instagress is used for likes and for comments.

    Thenub

    I am not sure of the term "engagement" for Instagram, is that measured by both likes and comments or just likes?
    Likes per post is between 4-8% of my total follows. Older posts being the 4% and newer posts up to 8%. I have monitored my competition and they are doing between 1%-4%. That is on accounts that have over 1m followers.

    Comments on page range between 3-16 per post. Some are typical (at)user comments others are real comments.

    One more thing to add, I have been receiving a lot of DM's recently from users who wish me to feature their "niche thing". A few of which I have actually featured.

    mrbasha

    I am slightly confused by your question, it could be that I am not explaining myself very well. Please bare with me as I try break it down.

    1. I have only one account. Perhaps you thought I had more than one?
    2. I follow users from big accounts every day.
    3. Users who I follow will then follow me back at an average rate of 20-30%.. ( sometimes this can be as high as 50-60% I have noticed)


    Thanks for the feedback and questions. I am really enjoying this forum
     
  11. Dark Walker

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    Really great journey...wish you good luck and you will soon reak that 10k mark!
    btw, can you give a invite to Instagress? I really want to get it, but they currently have an invite system.
    Best of Luck! :)
     
  12. retiredat30

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    I don't see anywhere to invite! Are you sure that is for Instagress?