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So, for manual Instagram users (no bots), what is your daily ritual for gaining followers?

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by maybeshewill13, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. maybeshewill13

    maybeshewill13 Newbie

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    I have recently discovered this site and it's been a big help so far. I'm still trying to figure out a few little things to nail down my daily process for getting followers. In case it's relevant I am currently at 1400 followers, grown organically up to 1250 with 61 posts through only following and liking people I actually want to follow and posting my photography. I only started this new process yesterday.

    So far, below is my process:

    1. I will go to a large account (usually 500k+) in my niche and go to their followers, then go through and follow their most recent followers until it won't let me anymore (usually around 60).

    2. I go to hashtags relevant to my account and go through, like 3-4 pictures of each users photos and leave a comment, hoping they'll check out my account and follow. I only follow these guys if I really like them.

    3. Every hour I go through and un-follow about 50-100 people (starting from bottom up so I'm not un-following the most recent people I've followed).

    I'm wondering if there's any particular rules I should be looking out for to ensure I am not banned. IE should I only follow X amount of people per day, and only un-follow X amount per day?

    Also, how do you try to ensure you have a receptive and interactive audience? I don't want to be one of those account with 20k followers only getting 300 likes per photo. I do only follow those following my niches large accounts and hashtags, so I figure there's got to be a large amount of those interested in my work.

    My end goal is to get to 20k followers or so this way and then let it grow organically through posting my photos and using hashtags.
     
  2. imGrej

    imGrej Senior Member

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    Idk if this happens for everyone but i get an instant follow ban whenever i unfollow
     
  3. maybeshewill13

    maybeshewill13 Newbie

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    What do you mean by follow ban? You get banned from following people when you unfollow someone? For how long?
     
  4. Goofy454

    Goofy454 Regular Member

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    Yep, a lot of people got banned for 24 or 48 hours if they try to follow and unfollow on the same day.
    It worked for me for a few weeks in the beginning but not anymore, so I have follow+like and unfollow+like days.
     
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  5. maybeshewill13

    maybeshewill13 Newbie

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    Interesting, thanks Goofy.
     
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    zimarin Registered Member

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    Accounts with 500k+ followers very often have fake followers so all you job of following them are senseless. It's better fo follow those who like/comment posts of account with 500k+. Or try to find account in your niche but with high engagement and scrape their followers
     
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    lennyserrano Junior Member

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    what I do to avoid block is when i unfollow same day what i do is i follow only in the instagram app and then unfollow from other apps such as instafollow or instatrack or etc and if i see that it does not work when i follow straight after i wait at least 1 hour and if I see it does not really work is I wait 6 hours during the day and it usually does the trick because I noticed anyway sometimes you can follow but people can't follow back which is worthless when you try to follow so to fix this I do those 6 hours of wait and it works after.
     
  9. Arditkallaba

    Arditkallaba Registered Member

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    I usually just follow people who comments and likes, they are active and they are more likely to follow you back. Good luck man.
     
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  10. TryDontCry

    TryDontCry Newbie

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    so , ive been on instagram for 1.6 years now , with 166k followers and rising !

    1st : why my account is growing ? original content , idea no one came up with , and posting 3 pics a day , in the first month i was posting like 10-20 photos a day , that was a lot ofc , but all the posts were helpful to my users , if you dont know its for a sport game , i started the first account on instagram ( not gonna say the name ) , and i found my succuss and i know what followers want from me

    1: original content
    2: working hard
    3: keep them updated

    and thats what i've been doing , no i gain about 1-2 k dollars a month by placing 1ad a day , and sponsors
    hopefully that helps you
     
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    Paper-Boy Elite Member

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    Yeah I'm starting to see a similar trend on some of my accounts as well.
     
  12. maybeshewill13

    maybeshewill13 Newbie

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    Good idea mate. May as well follow those who are actively engaging. May I ask what "scrape their followers" means?

    Appreciate the responses guys!
     
  13. StillG

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    How do you know who their most recent followers are?
     
  14. MarianasTrench

    MarianasTrench Junior Member

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    Fake comments and likes exist too..
     
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  16. leonmaximus

    leonmaximus Newbie

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    I have quite an old acc (created 2013) and i never got a follow/like/whatever ban when liking or following or unfollowing a shitload of people.
    However i never followed and unfollowed people on the same day. is it different with an old acc like that?
     
  17. InstaMasta

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    Does getting banned influences the visibility of the account/the rate of followback ? Because I got temp banned a few time trying my account limits and It looks like I get less follow back now.
     
  18. chickendinner

    chickendinner Newbie

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    I was doing something similar, but I found that I was picking up way too many fake/useless followers. +1 for following via likes and comments - if you were using followliker you could add restrictions to filter out fake profiles with their following ratios etc... is there any benefit to following and unfollowing manually? seems like a lot of work
     
  19. leonmaximus

    leonmaximus Newbie

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    what settings do you user to filter out fake accounts?
     
  20. timn421

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    In fl you can set it up to follow only people with a certain ranger of followers or certain range they are following.

    I just started doing a journey in instagram and this ban thing has me worried. I bought FL this weekend and have it set on superduper low settings, but I'm still paranoid. I'm going to offset it with manual follows/likes etc on certain days just because its safer even though it takes longer. The hardest part of doing IG manually is that I lose count of how many people I follow per hour...

    IG is really getting hit by reports of ghost accounts and bots. I just read today that about 8% of IG accounts are fake and 30% of their accounts are inactive. I'm sure IG is going to do something to clean house or they could have problems financially..