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Here’s my deep dark secret: I don’t like social media.
What kind of blogger doesn’t like social media?!
The truth of it is that I love blogging because I love writing and I love helping others – whether I’m helping them find a great deal or monetize their blogs, it’s all fun! I did not, however, get into blogging to put my personal life on display. I’m a private person and I live a fairly boring life so there’s really nothing I could share that anyone would be interested in seeing. As such, I’ve skipped Snapchat and Periscope and while I signed up for an Instagram account in 2011, I basically ignored it for a couple of years. Then, for some reason last fall I thought that perhaps I should get more serious about Instagram.
I stumbled upon a Facebook group that was forming at the time, Instagram Posse*, and loved the sense of camaraderie and commitment everyone had to growing their Instagram accounts. I watched in awe as some people grew their accounts quite quickly and I used many of their tips to grow my own account. Over the past year I have grown my account from 350 to 17,000+, which I’m quite pleased with although I was definitely one of the slowest growing accounts in the group. A couple of people grew their accounts to over 30k in just six months!
The reason that many accounts grew quite quickly is that the founders of the group are firm believers in the “Follow/Unfollow Method” for gaining followers on Instagram.
If you’re not familiar with the follow/unfollow method, it basically involves following people on Instagram and then unfollowing them a few days later, all the while hoping that the other person won’t notice or won’t care and won’t unfollow you. It’s likened to giving someone a tap on the shoulder and saying, “hey, check out my account!”
I, personally, have mixed feelings on this method and haven’t ever fully done it myself. I do a modified version where I will follow people on Instagram and then only unfollow those that never follow me back. Of course, look at my following compared to others and it’s pretty clear that my way is probably not the way to achieve a high follower account in a short amount of time.
Using the follow/unfollow technique on Instagram isn’t for everyone. Lots of people hate it. Many Instagram users get pissed when someone follows them, only to unfollow them… and then follows and unfollows them again a few days, weeks, or months later because it can be difficult to keep track of who you’ve previously followed (then unfollowed). It’s understandable, though – nobody wants to feel like they’re just being accumulated as part of a number. If you’re looking for other ways to grow your account, check out 21 ways to increase your Instagram following for 20 alternative methods!
BUT, If you have been looking for a way to grow your Instagram following quickly and you don’t mind that there’s a chance you could piss off a few people along the way, then I highly recommend picking up the Instagram Decoded Guide, which goes through the ins-and-outs of using the follow/unfollow method and, perhaps most importantly, provides detailed hourly instructions for how to go about it. In addition to this Instagram technique, they also cover lots of other ways you can grow your following, but I mention this guide specifically because it talks about the Instagram follow/unfollow method, which many other people dare not mention.
The guide isn’t cheap. So many people have found success growing their Instagram account by following their method that the Instagram Decoded Guide now costs $149.99, which is definitely more than I would usually recommend paying for an e-book. The reason I’m recommending this one to you guys is that very few people are willing to talk about using the follow/unfollow method to get Instagram followers even though that’s exactly what they’re doing themselves. At some point, organic followers usually kick in to propel your account to superstardom, but the follow/unfollow method provides a quick, easy, and free way to get your Instagram account off the ground.
Topics that are covered in the guide include:
- Setting up your Instagram Profile
- The 10 Steps to the Perfect Post on Instagram
- Defining your Instagram Account
- Hashtag Research Strategy and Implementation
- Instagram Follow / Unfollow Revealed
- Increasing Your Instagram Engagement
- Understanding the Instagram Algorithm
- Schedule and Checklist
Along with the purchase of Instarevealed Guide 5 you will receive access to the InstaRevealed VIP Group, where you can geek out on Instagram strategy. I’ve found that people are genuinely interested in helping one another grow their Instagram followings. Not everyone is doing the follow / unfollow method, but it doesn’t matter. People are always willing to provide advice or answer questions.
*Have you heard of the Instagram Comment Pods? They originated in this group! Not in one yet? Join the Facebook group and then join a pod… it’s free!
What are your thoughts on the Instagram Follow/Unfollow Method? Have you tried it? Have you found another strategy that works better for you? I’d love to hear!
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