Social media presents us with an outstanding opportunity to make money and become famous. This is not an overstatement because in today’s world we have hundreds of examples of people who have become widely popular because of their YouTube channel or Instagram profile.
You can turn your hobby into a profitable endeavor simply by being smart and not only active. Almost every young person owning a smartphone is active on Instagram or another similar social media. If you know how to appeal to them you will gain hundreds and even thousands of followers which in turn will make your profile or channel viral.
Many benefits can derive from that including offers from sponsors, free stays at resorts, invitations to shows and even job opportunities. However, being smart about your Instagram activity is crucial. Here are a few steps you should follow if you are aiming at growing your Instagram account.
Start by determining whether it will be a personal or a business profile. Upload at least 3-4 pictures right away. Nobody will follow you back if you have an empty profile. Even though it is obvious that your profile is new, it still needs to display some activity. Change your profile picture and work on your bio. This is a short description telling your future followers what your channel will be about. Don’t get too carried away explaining. Your bio even has an effect on SEO so don’t forget to use a key phrase in it.
It probably goes without saying that you will need to follow people so that you can expect them to follow you back. This is why we started by setting up your profile and making it visibly pleasing. Just make sure you follow people in the same niche as your profile. If you have a travel blog/profile then it is best if you go to a similar account that is exponentially larger than yours. Start following 100-200 of the people who liked the last picture on that account. This way you get active people and they are more than likely to follow you back. If you follow more than 200 people 3 times a day, your account will be flagged as “spam” and you will be locked out.
Use hashtags. Put in about 27-28 hashtags in the comment section of each one of your posts. It is best if you save a template with your hashtags and simply copy/paste them into each new post. Choose relevant and niche hashtags. If a hashtag has been used more than 200 000 times, then it’s no good and you should leave it.
Join engagement groups and boost the activity on your own profile. People there comment and like each other’s posts. The more likes you get, the more credible you are according to Instagram. Your posts will be featured in more places and will be visible to new followers.
In short, the more you post, the more followers you will gain. Make sure your content is of high quality. You want good looking photos and no blurry stuff. Your content must be engaging and at the same not very complicated. OH, and make sure you have a public profile. Nobody will follow a private profile and wait for an authorization.