Blog Series – Tips From a Newbie – Instagram

24 Comments on Blog Series – Tips From a Newbie – Instagram

“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:

Facebook Groups

Blogging Schedule With Angela

Are you Mobile Friendly?

Pinterest

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….

Mrs S. LDN

Mrs S LDN Instagram Account

Here’s my 7 Tips on using Instagram to get you started. This is what works for me!

Bio

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??

Instagram Bio Example

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!

Start Following

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.

Follow vs Follower Example

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!

Like Comment Example

Instagram is a social platform, be sociable! Once you start doing this people will notice and respond in kind!

Post Schedule

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.

Popular Hashtags

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.

Instagram Post Examples

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.

Follower+ Icon

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…..

xoxo

24 thoughts on “Blog Series – Tips From a Newbie – Instagram

  1. My first insta picture dates back to 2013 and now I have 83 in total. On average, that’s maybe once a month.. Tell me about the post schedule 😀
    Btw, I really love your last pic! xx

    1. Slow and steady wins the race I hear 🙂

      I have promised myself one a day until the end of September. I first set an alarm each day to get into the habit and now its just normal to head over and check on my notifications etc. Thats now my reminder to post! I’ve been finding it helpful and the daily posting is increasing my numbers!
      If you check my page out you’ll see I’m just posting every day stuff… I’m not reinventing the wheel or anything!

      Give it a go and see what works best for you. It’s quite a user friendly social media platform I think, and quicker than the others I find…..
      Let me know how you get on with it!!
      xxxx

    1. Ou you so should! Im having a great time on it! Have you got a personal account? It’s fun and i think the easier one of them all to use. Let me know how you get on with it if you do give it a whirl xxx

    1. Thanks!! And for explaining it better than I could!
      Loved your posts on all the social media platforms and the hash tag birthday 🙂
      Keep up the good work!

    1. Oh the dog posts get me every time 🙂

      If you do I’d love to hear how it goes so do keep me posted! But beware, once you get hooked that’s it 🙂 It can be addictive!

      xx

    1. Oh please do keep us posted!! Would love to see how you get on with that!

      Im kinda getting a little addicted if I’m honest 🙂

      Are we following each other?

      xx

  2. Awesome tips Hazel! I’m with you on being annoyed with the whole follow/unfollow business. It used to get so confusing as numbers would go up and down and I had no idea who was doing what. I used an app as well so I can see if someone who followed me is just unfollowing me an hour later 😒

    1. Within an hour?? Jesus how do people keep up with that, I can barely remember who I looked at an hour ago let alone followed!!

      How are you getting on with Instagram??

      xx

      1. I’m thinking it’s bots. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn there’s a bot that follows randoms, then unfollows them after a certain time.
        I still love Instagram! I mostly focus on what picture I want to share, then just scroll through my feed and see what everyone else is sharing. I don’t actively find people to follow, only blog related ones 😀

        1. It must be now you say it! How they can be created I have no clue!!
          I love looking at all the pics, i like to think it helps my chances of taking better ones and finding inspiration 😉 xxx

  3. Such a helpful post! I also use that app to track the fake accounts that follow you and unfollow as soon as you follow them back. Instagram can get so competitive sometimes, I try to post a couple of times a week and I’m trying to get into using stories more 🙂

    1. It’s so annoying! I just don’t get it! Those apps are fab. Trying to look for one for twitter, do you know of one?

      Yep, i’m trying to post daily, once your into it though it’s not as hard as I thought… Stories, now thats another thing, not sure I’m there yet… that and i can’t stand to hear my own voice 🙂

      What do you post on your stories?

      xx

      1. For Twitter I use a site called Who Unfollowed Me.

        I tend to use Stories for images/videos I may not want to be kept on my profile in the future and a story may only reflect a feeling or mood at that time and after 24 hours it will disappear. I don’t like my voice either so I don’t speak, maybe one day I’ll work up to it.

        I think some people also Stories for mini reviews or a series of pictures. For example, at a restaurant you may take an image of the outside or the menu and post a picture later of your food.

        1. Ou Im gonna try this one! Thats the only platform i can’t see whose doing what so will be handy to know! Thank you!

          Oh thats a good point, it goes away… will keep this in mind! Me to, Im working up to it, one day 🙂

          xxx

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