“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you”
This little series is well and truly on it’s way. I’m loving it each week and hope you guys are to! If one person can take something from each post I’m one the moon with that!!
Here’s a list of what I’ve covered so far:
This week I wanted to talk about Instagram!
Niall tells us about the meaning behind the name here. He tells it better than I do….. Thanks Niall 🙂
Over 700 Million are active on Instagram and this number is only growing. I am new to Instagram for my blog. I’ve had a personal one for over a year now and I have separated the two. On my blog account I have set it up as a business one which you can do free of charge! See more on this here!
I have only started using it properly in the last month. I do not have a gazillion followers but these are the things I have been doing with it that have been increasing my reach and helping me get a few more followers each day!
Remember….. Oprah wasn’t built in a day!
Are we following each other on Instagram? If not hit my link….
Here’s my 7 Tips on using Instagram to get you started. This is what works for me!
Have you filled this in? Do people know about you and what you do? Have you a link to your website so they can find out more??
Fill this section in as best you can. Find others like you for inspiration. Go to your favourite Instagram accounts and see what it is they have here. Use it to your full advantage. When people click here it’s the first thing they’ll throw their eyes on and you wanna make sure they can see what your about!
Are you following others? Find like minded people and give them a hit. Check out what they are posting and what you like. This is also helpful to find out what you don’t like as well! Ruling things out is sometimes easier than ruling things in.
Also, I do check the follow / following count. If there miles apart from each other I’m like hmmmm… I cannot be the only one….
Start Interacting and Commenting
See a nice pic, heart it! Like it so much it makes you stop for a second… comment!
Instagram is a social platform, be sociable! Once you start doing this people will notice and respond in kind!
How often do you post? When I first started I did it when I remembered to. Maybe once a week… For August I set myself a goal of posting daily. The change I have noticed personally has been amazing! Its something I will be keeping up as much as possible!
Find a balance that works for you and see how you get on.
Hash Tag #
It has been proven that a post with a hash tag gets more results than a post without.
If your new to hashtags, start basic like #cat, #coffee #love
The more you get used to using them the more natural it will become for you. The current top list of hashtags are below. You can also see the number of uses on the app when inserting them. Look out for this. The bigger the volume the more popular they are.
Change it Up
In the beginning I would recommend posting a few different kind of pictures. Selfies, quotes, moving pics, landscape.. See which ones work best for you and then use that information to help you move forward.
Changing it up every now and again keeps things fresh. If your followers see the same thing day in day out they’ll simply get bored and wander off. Not what we want!
Follow / Unfollow
One of my major pet peeves in this world is the follow unfollow trend that is used way more than I would like it to be. If you commit to a follow, see it through. Unless its not what you thought it was or have had a change off heart.
There are apps now for this so people can easily see what your doing…
The app I use for this is Followers+
Are you using Instagram with your blog? What tips do you use to increase traffic and use it to your advantage? Please do share with us below.
Until next week…..