The Best Way to Gain Followers & Likes on Instagram

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Gain more followers on Instagram -- and, in turn, more comments and likes -- by posting quality content on a regular basis and interacting with other Instagram users.

Tip

  • Avoid hiring the services of companies that sell followers on their own sites or on third-party platforms. Followers acquired this way are, in most cases, either fake accounts or users who are highly unlikely to have a genuine interest in your content.

Post Quality Content

Posting original, quality content at frequent intervals on your Instagram feed can help you gain new followers and keep those you already have.

Upload Original Images

No Instagram user likes to see the same pictures over and over in their news feeds.

Keep your content fresh and exciting by either taking pictures yourself using your device's camera or by transforming existing pictures by, for example, adding a funny caption or creating a montage.

Tip

  • Always make sure that you hold the rights to every picture you upload -- or that you received express permission from the rights holder -- to avoid violating the Instagram terms of service or breaking the law.

Post at Frequent Intervals

Due to time zone and lifestyle differences, not all Instagram users use the app at the same time of day. Spreading your uploads throughout the day can therefore help increase the number of people that sees your content and, in turn, grow your followers count.

Tag Your Content

Hashtags -- keywords or phrases starting with a hash sign -- are an integral part of Instagram. They allow users to search for content related to their interests or find images that are similar to photos posted by accounts they already follow. Add a few relevant tags to every image you upload to Instagram to ensure maximum visibility for your content.

Interact With Other Users

Follow Other Users' Accounts and Like Related Content

When you start following other users on Instagram, those users might follow you back, therefore helping you increase your followers count.

In addition, liking or commenting on content posted by other users can entice their followers to check out your account and, if they like what they see, click the Follow button.

Warning

  • Avoid following too many users or liking too many photos at once as doing so can appear suspicious to Instagram, which may result in the company temporarily or permanently disabling your account.

Ask for Free Shoutouts

Shoutouts are special posts in which one Instagram member invites her fans to follow another user's account.

While popular Instagram users sometimes charge for shoutouts, it is possible to receive free shoutouts by sending a direct message to users who post content that is related to yours. Ask whether they would either give you a free shoutout or to participate in a "shoutout for shoutout," an agreement in which you give a shoutout to their account in exchange for a shoutout to yours.

Share Your Instagram Posts on Other Social Networks

If you already have followers, fans or friends on social networks such as Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter, consider sharing your Instagram posts on those communities as well, along with a comment inviting users to follow you.

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