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Total Instagram NEWBIE goes on a Instagram journey - 0K to ??K

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by RedRed, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. RedRed

    RedRed Junior Member

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    What's up everyone? Today I'm coming at you with this thread to keep track of my progress on my Instagram journey.

    Some information about me
    You all can call me Red, I am an 18 years old student from the Netherlands. Well, I am not really studying at the moment since I quit school this year.. I will be going back to school in September. I am currently working anywhere from 30 to 50 hours a week, earning myself some good cash. Besides the normal day jobs I work, I have started making some money online. Last month I made around $150 online. This month, I already passed the $150 and hope to make $300 this month. I have absolutely 0, nada experience building Instagram accounts and had not even ever used Instagram up to 12 hours ago! I used to build some smaller Twitter accounts (1-10K) but was never really all that succesful at those, unfortunately. The many threads on Instagram and threads on Instagram journeys got me inspired to get back into the social media game.. And so it happened, Instagram it became!

    Why am I going on this journey?
    I have always been quite interested in the social media game. I hope to make some extra cash by building some Instagram accounts and monetizing them later on. I mean, who wouldn't mind some extra cash on the side? Besides the cash, it's also a good way to pass some spare time while watching tv, drinking a beer or handling my other business.

    What have I done so far?
    Approximately 12 hours ago, I created my Instagram account. I then scraped some pictures to post and since then have been following other users and liking a ton of pictures.
    These are the current stats:

    Following 379
    Followers 59
    Posts 4

    I will be doing all the work manual for now, I read this will give you better results!

    Completely unsure whether these results are any good but whatever... I guess I will learn as I get further into this journey.. I guess this would be a good moment for me to ask you guys some questions on follow limits etc.

    Advice needed...

    How many users can I safely follow per hour / per day?
    How many pictures can I safely like per hour / per day?
    Is commenting any safe? I read about users getting banned over commenting..
    When posting comments, do you just make natural looking comments? (Apologies, I'm an newbie...)

    My goals

    Well.. I haven't really set any goals for myself since I am totally new to this Instagram scene. Some good milestones would be hitting 1k, 5k, 10k followers I guess. Not sure when a account can be monetized safely without risking losing too much followers etc. I will have to read more about it to get myself a better idea.


    That's it for now guys. I will be posting in ~12 hours again to share my results for the first 24 hours! I hope to update this thread every one or two days afterwards. :)

    CHEERS!
     
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  2. abdurrakib

    abdurrakib Junior Member

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    Good luck on your journey, mate! Keep us updated.
     
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    Good Luck on your Journey :)
     
  4. payayy

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    On IG there's a 7500 total following limit and 100 per hour.
    Since you do it manually, like me, I suggest you to give 3 like a comment and a follow to the same person, 1 out of 4 will follow you back. For when you have too many followings, use something like CrowdFire to menage your fanbase, it tells you even the hourly limits. When you have 500 followers start to ask via DM to people to make some shoutout echange.

    Hope that helps you. Keep it up, I'm definitely following you, dude!
     
  5. RedRed

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    Thank you very much for your response. Your tips are very useful. Until now I was just randomly following and liking stuff. I will apply your method as to when I follow someone. What about the hourly liking limits? Are there any limits?
     
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    No limit, I think! But wait someone that knows better! Glad I helped! ;)
     
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    Good luck with your journey!
     
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    please share advices here to when you get it.
     
  9. RedRed

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    As promised, I am updating this thread after the first day.

    Day 1

    Following 627
    Followers 153
    Posts 7

    Results are better than I expected them to be for my first ever day using Instagram.. I felt as if the follow back ratio went up a lot when I started to like several pictures, comment on one of them and then follow the person.. I felt as if this was getting me much better results than what I was doing when following the first 300 or so.. Or am I just getting extra followers because of the comments?
     
  10. RedRed

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    Bad news.. last night my Instagram account got kinda locked.. It wants me to phone verify it.. I am trying to do it however I am not receiving the SMS with the code!

    Anyone knows how to fix this?
     
  11. RedRed

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    Day 2

    Had to create a new account because the first needs phone verification.. and it wont accept my own number. I hope this is not something that will repeat itself..

    Stats of new account

    Following 143
    Followers 34
    Posts 2

    Hope to come back with some better results tomorrow! ;)
     
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    Keep it up OP. You're doing better than I did when I first started out on IG.

    Cheers.
     
  13. RedRed

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    Thank you :)

    Any advice is welcome guys, what are some good practices, bad practices? Should I comment some pics or should I refrain from commenting (read it can get you banned more easily)?

    Pretty much any advice you might have is welcome!
     
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    Goodluck on the journey man. I think with every journey, the biggest thing is staying committed. I recommend reading some other IG journey threads to get some of the basic questions cleared up as they come up time and time again and you will be sure to have some of the same ones.

    As far as commenting goes, if you are doing it manually then you are probably fine as long as you dont over do it. The only thing I wouldn't do is put a link in your bio to a website, affiliate offer or anything YET. It seems as if this is the main reason for bans lately.

    Best of luck
     
  15. AmateRasu

    AmateRasu Power Member

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    save up until you can afford to buy FollowLiker + VPS :) You'll gain followers 100% on autopilot. There are many safe settings found here in the forum
     
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    OP, as long as you menage it manually, your profile is goint to be hardly banned. As eXclusivejobs wrote, don't overdo it and you'll be ok. It's a good technique: even if it's goin to take time at the beginning, when you arrive at 2-3k, you'll have A LOT of real followers and engagements. This means 20+ new followers everyday, without doing nothing.
    Keep it up.

    P.S. For phone verification there are sites that offer a phone number to get rid of phone verification. Try to search it in the forum.
     
  17. RedRed

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    I decided to take it the manual way because I read people are getting much better results the manual way.. Also, since I'm new to this whole IG scene, I do not feel like spending any cash yet, still exploring this all.


    Thank you. About the phone verification - I know about such sites (although they never worked for me before).. what if I can get one to work and then it asks for the verification again.. I would need the same number right?..
     
  18. payayy

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    Yeah, dude. I think so. But do you think that they'll ask for it multiple times? It never happened to me!
     
  19. RedRed

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    Could be.. Facebook asks for it multiple times. How long have you been into the IG biz? How big is your account now?

    If it does happen.. well.. you are screwed, I guess?

    EDIT: What's really weird atm: I can't follow through the app but I can follow some people through the browser. Didn't follow that much people.. only like 170 in 15 hours now
     
  20. RedRed

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    anyone know what is causing the problem above ^?