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If you’ve been using Instagram for a while, yet only have a handful of followers to show for it, or are rarely receiving likes and comments on your photos, these tips should help.

In the past, we’ve told you how you can get tons of likes on Instagram 5 Tried & True Tips For Winning At Instagram & Getting Tons Of Likes 5 Tried & True Tips For Winning At Instagram & Getting Tons Of Likes When it comes to getting noticed on Instagram, there are basic rules to follow as would be the case with any social network - post regularly, interact with users, include an interesting description with your... Read More . These tips included using hashtags, taking part in community activities, and engaging with other people, among other ideas. Today I’d like to throw a few more tips your way so you can really take your Instagram account to the next level.

Don’t Post Too Often

When you don’t have any followers, you don’t have many people to annoy by constantly posting too many photos. But as soon as you start receiving more followers, be careful not to inundate them with too many postings per day. Looking at the figures for my client’s accounts, I’d recommend not posting more than 2-4 photos or videos in a 24-hour period. And space them out! Don’t upload them all at once. To do this, you can use a service such as Latergram.

Use The Right Filter

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Although most photos are uploaded on Instagram with #NoFilter, the top three filters in terms of the interaction they garner from users are Mayfair, Inkwell, and Walden (according to this great post on the Buffer blog). There’s obviously some psychological work at play here, but in short, be mindful of the filters you use if you’re looking for more interaction.

Use Only Your Best Photos

Take a look at the people you follow on Instagram. Unless they’re friends, celebrities, or fun and useful Instagram accounts 15 Awesome Life Hacks You Can Find On Instagram 15 Awesome Life Hacks You Can Find On Instagram Who doesn't fancy a shortcut? Life hacks are ingenious tricks that can make your life easier, whether it's as simple as fitting two bowls in a microwave oven or making a DIY stand for your... Read More , you’re likely following them because you love their photos. So put yourself in your followers’ shoes, and only share with them photos that you, yourself, love.

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When people land on your Instagram account, you want them to be blown away with your phone-photography skills. This won’t happen if you’re posting badly-lit, badly-composed shots of your unkempt morning breakfast.

Think About Picking A Niche

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If you’re trying to get tons of Instagram followers, it’s likely you’re looking for a certain kind of follower. If you travel a lot, you probably want to appeal to other travellers. If you’re a foodie, you likely want other foodies to follow your food adventures on Instagram. So keep this in mind.

Make sure that each photo you upload will be interesting to your ‘ideal follower’. One of the main reasons people unfollow each other on Instagram is because the photos being shared simply don’t resonate with them, so be careful not to fall into that trap.

Find Out The Best Day To Post

Thursdays are the most popular day to post on Instagram, but on average, Sundays are the most effective, based on numbers of interactions received. This may be because Sundays are when fewest photos are uploaded, so the higher interaction might be due to less competition. Either way, you could use this information to your advantage.

This doesn’t necessarily mean posting on Sundays will be best for you, but by using a platform such as Starigram to keep track of stats on your Instagram account, you’ll be able to learn the best days and times to post to your particular audience.

Use A Good Number Of Hashtags

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Using popular hashtags is one of the main tactics to get more people to see (and therefore interact) with your photos and videos, but using too few means a drastic decrease in the amount of interactions you’re likely to receive.

Obviously, to keep your Instagram followers relevant to your interests, you should only use relevant hashtags, but by finding 8-15 popular hashtags for each photo should result in plenty more likes and comments. Just remember not to overdo it!

Include Calls To Action

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If you really want more interaction on Instagram, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Ask a question in the caption. Ask people to like the photo if they do, in fact, like it. This method works for getting more interaction on blog posts, as well as website, Facebook and Twitter interactions, and it works just as well on Instagram.

Show ‘Behind The Scenes’

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People love stories, so if you’re running a business Instagram account, don’t be afraid to show what goes on behind the scenes. Many of the most popular business accounts and celebrity accounts on Instagram are packed with photos of the team behind a company, back-stage shots, selfies with interesting people, etc. People don’t want to see just photos of your products, they want to see what goes into creating that product, and they want to learn about the person/people behind the account.

More Things You Can Do

If you want to stand out, another great way to do so is to edit your photos using a different photo-editing app. There are plenty of options out there. You can check out our reviews of Handy Photo Want To Stand Out On Instagram? Edit Your Photos With The Amazing Handy Photo Want To Stand Out On Instagram? Edit Your Photos With The Amazing Handy Photo There's one thing to be said for Instagram: it got us all into a photo-editing craze. Not that editing photos is anything new, but with Instagram in the picture, everyone wants to be editing photos... Read More and Repix Tired of Instagram's Effects? Try Repix For Android To Give Your Photos A More Unique Look Tired of Instagram's Effects? Try Repix For Android To Give Your Photos A More Unique Look Repix combines a straightforward interface with diverse and powerful editing options, topping it all off with a no-nonsense business model. Read More for some examples.

There are other Instagram tools and apps 9 Beautiful & Useful Instagram Tools To Get More Out Of The Service 9 Beautiful & Useful Instagram Tools To Get More Out Of The Service After telling you how you can browse Instagram on the Web and on your desktop, after teaching you how to backup your Instagram photo collection, and being pretty sure you all know how to use... Read More that can help you make better use of the service. These can help you find Instagram photos on the Web, create Instagram albums, and do lots of other fun things with Instagram. If you’re an avid Instagram user, you might also want to backup your photo collection Polaroids In The Wind: Have You Backed Up Your Instagram Account? Polaroids In The Wind: Have You Backed Up Your Instagram Account? Ah, Instagram. There isn’t much that hasn’t been said about the photo-sharing phenomena. When I think about it, it still surprises me how a simple app like Instagram achieved such am superior status, but even... Read More outside of Instagram. Start using these to make the most out of your account!

What other tips do you have to help gain more followers and interaction on your Instagram account?

  1. Andrew
    September 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Oh, if you gonna attract real Instagram users then better use services of zen-promo.com . It searches for people who use Instagram in your city. And the ones who will like you also will follow you. It is simple enough way of getting active followers.

  2. Emmitt
    September 8, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Follow the cutest English bulldog!!!! @emmitt_the_bulldog

  3. Mia
    August 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Please check out @becomingallwoman! Encouraging photos and quotes for all!

  4. Talia
    August 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Everyone follow my account @dylanobriennhq. Thanks

  5. no name.
    August 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I've made a quote page ( @therealestquotess ) , but can't seem to get noticed, any active followers or followers fast.. i could use help.

    • Rob Nightingale
      August 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Maybe try some of the tips mentioned in this article...?

  6. kyle mcaden
    July 29, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I would really appreciate if you could help.....

  7. kyle mcaden
    July 29, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I run a quotes page:- @the.wordly.things....Just started it a week back....But I don't know how to make people notice it.....

  8. Melxoo
    June 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    There's a celebrity I like. I want him to notice me and ask me out. I'm not famous. It'll never happen.

    • Melxoo
      June 13, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      He's so beautiful and cute. I want him so bad. I wish he followed me, liked my pics, commented, and asked me out. It's so hard to find a boyfriend. No guy likes me.
      ;-;

    • Rob Nightingale
      July 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Not much I can do to help you there, I'm afraid! :P

  9. gianna lombardo
    June 4, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I'm just trying to get noticed by a celebrity but its kinda hard when she has 3.5 million followers.

  10. ??????? ???????????
    August 25, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Good article and sound advises, thanks for sharing ;) But there's a thing that seem to be missing, you never mentioned third-party applications, but as it is known to me, every business uses apps very actively. It's vital to know your followers interests, so a statistical app like iconosquare is an absolute must-have. Less important apps like postso.com (scheduling posts on different social media including facebook, twitter and many others) and fast-unfollow.com (bulk unfollowing up to 5k users per day) won't do that much for improvement, but they save a lot of time that could've been spent on boring routine actions.

    • Rob Nightingale
      August 25, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Good points. When I wrote this article, Instagram's API was much stricter than it is now, so I was dubious about mentioning too many third party apps. Now it's API has opened up a bit more (i.e. recently it launched it's own Hoowsuite app), it's meant that there are many services, such as the one you mentioned, have become much more useful to users.

    • Rob Nightingale
      July 13, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Good point - Iconosquare is a great app to integrate, but the problem with Instagram is how strict it is with third party apps. There's so little access available to the app, that many third part apps can't do all that much.

  11. Rob
    April 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for you comment! That looks like a pretty useful tool- I'll definitely take a look at it in more detail! :)

  12. mRINAL
    April 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

    You can also try insta tag app for android, which has popular tags already set into it. so all you need to do is, copy paste them and you will get much more like than you have expected.

    Quite use if you ask me.

    • kiera
      December 26, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      i think that is a brill way there is also tag people like more people and they will follow

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