Sunday, August 5, 2018

Build Your Instagram

Occupation: instagram. Who would have thought it? Now unless you are a Love Island contestant, your followers aren’t going to just increase overnight. It’s a time consuming job; but when you can do it from the comfort of your own bed with a cuppa- it isn’t really that bad! Here are some ways to get you started: 

Stay on trend. Instagram is always introducing new features; questions, music, polls etc. Be the first to try them out and use them on your page. The day IGTV came out, I found a random old video and added it straight away- this will keep your followers interested. 

#love your #hashtags. Hashtags are a great way for people not following you to find your page. I personally don’t like to write my hashtags in my caption- but I add them as a separate comment below (it has the same affect.) Popular tags include: #like #love #fashion #l4l #amazing #instadaily #instafollow #iphoneonly #style - you get it. Ok it’s a bit cringe but everyone is doing it and it gets your post to a much wider audience.

Plan your feed.. (yes I schedule my posts!) With the Instagram layout, it’s important that the pictures look right on the page. 4 selfies in a row? Now that’s a bit excessive. Download the app UNUM. It allows you to see what your page will look like with the pictures you want to post. 

Timings. You want your picture to be seen by the maximum amount of people... you didn’t buy that cute outfit for nothing right? Good times to post: Monday - Friday before 9am (then everyone starts work), Monday and Sunday after 8pm (because what else is anyone doing apart from chilling on the sofa) and a Saturday after 10am (lay in day!) This might sound ridiculous but trust me- it makes a difference! 

Interactions. Reply to all your comments individually! Follow people similar to you. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and DM someone... what’s the worst that can happen? 

Instagram has become a job for me and I have no shame in admitting that I love it! I’ve met some incredibly inspiring people through the app and I love reading uplifting stories. NOTE TO REMEMBER: Despite all of the above, Instagram isn’t real life. I post holiday throw backs pretending to “live my best life” when really I am in bed. I take 100+ images just to get one shot. I edit out the scar I have on my arm via photoshop. I copy people’s captions. I buy clothes to take pictures in (so I can tag the brands) but then return them.

My advise is to love your page and build it in a positive way; but if it is ever getting you down, take a step back and remember what is really real. 

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