I use to hear stories all the time about how people were 3x ing their followers and seeing a 5 billion percent increase in traffic and crazy stuff like that. I use to brush it off and taking it all with a grain of salt. When you hear large statistics like that you can't just go on believing it's always true. They could've made it a little more dramatic than it really was. Maybe it simply didn't happen at all but they had the right strategies.
Whatever the case, I never believed it was possible. Until it happened to me that is...
Since March of 2017 (it's July 1st 2017 upon writing this) I've been busting my actual ass to gain my followers. My planner account @planwithlexi has 1100 followers. So starting from scratch was a horrible experience. It took about a year of constant posting and interaction to make it to 1100. I was NOT about to have that be the same case with @paperandaplan.
I felt like I was getting nowhere. I just didn't get what the issue was...
Yeah Instagram's algorithm wasn't how it use to be. I couldn't wake up at 5 am and guarantee I would be the first person to show up on 90% Of my follower's feeds because chronological got the boot. It was all about engagement now. Despite having some comments here and there it didn't seem to do anything. Something was off.
Then I did something that would triple my following in one month.
I went from 200 to nearly 600 in one month. 580 to be exact.
In May I decided to join the Instant boss club. (Oh no! There it is. The plug!! Haha don't leave yet I'm gonna share real information not just a product.)
In a nut shell the instant boss club is all about helping new (and experienced) instagrammers boost engagement and followers while teaching valuable lessons to get ahead.
The club includes:
Instagram lessons to help stay up to date with your Instagram knowledge and try out some new tricks.
Comment pods that are actually ACTIVE
Access to organize and participate in loop giveaways
and so much more.
The community is so supportive and Jennifer (owner of the IBC) is always on hand to answer questions and give you personal suggestions.
The club is geared towards businesses but I think bloggers and personal brands can benefit from this as well. You'll have to see it to believe it.
Why does the club make a difference??
All of the features added to the club are updated every month. So you're getting the latest Instagram boosting lessons, printables, graphics, etc. It has really made me step up my game.
Before joining the club I knew there had to be an easier and faster way to get to 1k. It took me a while year all on my own without anyone commenting on my pictures and lessons to help me. I was basically self taught. It showed because it took WAY longer. If my traffic keeps up the same way, I'll be able to do it in a fraction of the time. Like 3 months.
There is a huge support system behind the group as well, and I am always looking forward to new information being released. There's not like one or two lessons. There's gotta be at least 15 to 20 lessons in there right now and it'll just keep growing as the months go on. It's the club that keeps giving seriously.
One of the steps to gaining more followers is t o have the perfect Instagram Bio. There are 4 major components you need to have in your bio right now:
- What you do
- Who you help
- Personal thought
- Call to action
To learn more click here and read on how to write the perfect Instagram Bio. you'll be surprised how important this is.
The next step we take is perfecting your feed aesthetic. This is one you'll have to experiment with a little. My biggest tip would be to focus on your colors, fonts, and subject matter. Be somewhat strict about it too. This helps to brand your feed and images so you can stand out from everyone else.
Imagine you just threw a bunch of colors together and it was all quotes and a bunch of words everywhere and you didn't plan your feed at all. Someone who lands on your page isn't going to be interested. This is gonna sound bad but if you dont have a branded feed I'm not following you unless we are friends.
Join comment pods . This step alone boosted my engagement so much that I started placing in the top posts section of my hashtags. This is super important to your visibility and reach.
The new Instagram algorithm works off engagement like I said earlier. So getting people to interact with your posts is KEY.
Try posting a relatable quote. These usually do the trick because people feel so connected with them. You can also try spicing up your captions. I know they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a picture alone won't sell your brand to someone who has never seen you before. Sure they might stick around for the pictures, but the chances of you converting them to loyal followers (and possibly customers) is extremely low.
I can teach you everything you need to know (for free) about Instagram in just 5 days. I just opened up my free Instagram email course ! Click here for more information. If you want to triple your followers, take the course. It's the exact steps I took.
See you soon!