HOW I GENUINELY GAINED 1,000 FOLLOWERS IN 60 DAYS ON INSTAGRAM | A Classy Fashionista

HOW I GENUINELY GAINED 1,000 FOLLOWERS IN 60 DAYS ON INSTAGRAM

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

At one point or another, whether you're a blogger, social media influencer, or business owner, you've wondered how in the world to gain followers on Instagram. I was spending way too much time on Instagram researching how I could make my feed better and how I could reach more people, and honestly, I forgot why I was even on Instagram to begin with.

Days and even weeks would go by, and I simply had no interest in posting or even creating content. It's because I had lost my "why" behind what I was doing. Instagram is my platform to share a bigger purpose and because I was so focused on growing on Instagram, I simply forgot about my purpose.


The whole point of Instagram isn't to make money, gain a million followers, or have the prettiest feed. I mean, of course all of those things are amazing and can be one of your goals, but it can't start out that way. Instagram is all about community and engaging with others in a genuine way. It's about sharing your heart, sharing life, and sharing content you're passionate about.

No business ever starts out with just wanting to make money. It starts out with a purpose to share something with others. Just like Instagram, it's all about creating a community of those that have similar interests and resonate with your purpose as well. If there is no passion behind something, you're going to burn out, become uninterested, and your "community" will see right past that.

Once I allowed myself to actually enjoy creating content and posting on Instagram again, I started to get more genuine engagement on my photos. I stopped caring about the number that was at the top of the screen and focused on who was engaging with me and engaging with them to cultivate community right then and there.


I was interacting more with the accounts that I was already following. I was liking and commenting on their photos and responding to their stories. I wanted them to know that I cared and that I was genuinely interested in what they had to say. You want to know what happened after that? They started engaging more with my content. All it takes is for someone to make that first step towards creating a community and soon you'll have a village.

Connecting with new accounts brings me so much joy, too. I started interacting with new accounts I wasn't following that were in my niche and guess what?! They started to interact with me, too. It's honestly so simple. If you like their hair, tell them. Do you think they're pretty, freakin' tell them. If you love their account, follow them. Build each other up.

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I have made so many friends through Instagram that I have met up with in real life for coffee dates. It's so amazing what can happen when you cultivate a real community on your platform versus a community full of just "numbers". Sometimes I think back and realize if I had never gone through and liked so and so's photo, this friendship might never have come about. Instagram is a beautiful place if you let it be.

So in saying all of that, here are a few of my main tips on how all of this ultimately led to gaining 1,000 genuine followers on Instagram. There are so many different techniques, but I found a way that helped me gain 1,000 followers in 60 days! Yes, you read that right. 1,000 in 60 days.

Now my strategy is not guaranteed  to gain you "x" amount of followers in a certain amount of days, but if you follow my technique, there's no telling just how much you will grow!

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One // Engage with those you follow

Engaging with those you follow is so important. These are the people that have inspired you. When you're inspired by something, what do you do? You react, you engage, and you want to know more. The same should go for engaging on Instagram. As you're scrolling through your feed throughout the day, be sure to engage with as many people as you can. Liking their photo is the easiest way to engage and let someone know that you want to keep building a connection.

To take your engagement a little bit further, read, and I mean actually read their caption from start to finish, and then engage with their post with a comment. If you want to take your engagement to a whole new level, follow through with your comment, head to their bio, and click on the link for their newest blog post or their website!

Two // Engage with your followers

Our followers are the life and meaning behind our Instagram content. They are the ones that allow our Instagram accounts to flourish and be open to new opportunities. Let's face it. Without our followers, those of us that have monetized our accounts would be nowhere. We owe them something, and that something is genuine engagement.

If one of your followers comments on your post with a question, do your best to answer it. When they complement you, say thank you. If they send you a DM, respond and let them know you are listening and show them you care. Engage with your followers, they're your biggest fans. By creating a connection with your followers, they will stay with you for the long haul.

Three // Engage with potential followers

We have an endless amount of potential followers, but in order to gain lasting followers, we must be strategic with our engagement. A simple way to engage with potential followers is to engage with others in your niche. Not only will you genuinely love their content because it's similar to yours, it's highly likely they will love yours, too!

When you find an account you want to engage within your niche, like a few of their photos, comment on a photo you genuinely love, and follow them, if and only if you are obsessed with their account, their feed inspires you, and you share the same heart & goals. Following inspiring accounts will benefit you whether they choose to follow you back or not.


I just love sharing my heart for community and what I have learned as an online influencer. 

That's why I'm so excited to bring you...


This e-book is filled with the goodness you've read above, plus tons more! My e-book is thirty-two pages filled with knowledge & tips that will help you discover more insight on exactly how you can genuinely gain followers on Instagram. Throughout the past year, I dedicated time to growing my audience & influence on Instagram through genuine interaction & engagement.


THE BASICS //

This section will help you learn tips & tricks to refresh your Instagram bio and give you tools to develop a consistent & cohesive theme. You will also discover how to craft your captions to cultivate engagement, utilize purposeful hashtags, and know how to research your peak posting hour.


ENGAGEMENT //

In this section, you will learn how to purposefully engage with others. I cover engaging with those you follow & your following, and why it's a crucial component to your growth. You will also discover tactics to engage with potential followers and where to find them.

GROWTH //

This section will help you set attainable goals to grow your Instagram following. You will also gain access to trackers so you can genuinely gain followers on Instagram.

My trackers are unlike any you've ever seen before. They auto-populate achievable goals for your Instagram growth & you can't get them anywhere else!


They have been such a huge help in my growth on Instagram. They keep me on track & motivated, and I just know these trackers will do the same for you.


It's time to invest in yourself & your brand to grow on Instagram. I hope that the contents of this e-book and my trackers help you take your Instagram to the next level.

Let's make Instagram fun again. Personally, I love planning out my feed, creating content, and being creative. In the end, it's important to gain followers. That's why you're here, and it's how bloggers & businesses (that's you!) grow their online presence.

So, get creative, be yourself, be genuine, and see the growth you deserve.


27 comments

  1. These sound like great tips and I hope some day I can employ them, but it takes such an investment of time and I feel like I wish I could spend less time on social media, not more.

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    1. You can take as little or as much time as you want implementing these strategies! I usually spend about 20 minutes a day or one TV episode engaging and interacting! :)

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  2. Love this. I've been trying to find ways to grow and I'm glad you shared this. I can't wait to start using it.

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    1. Thanks Jasmine! I hope you've been enjoying the e-book & trackers! Now that I'm finished writing my e-book, I can finally spend more time engaging and growing myself again.

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  3. This post cam at a perfect time for me. What a great reminder. We get so wrapped up in growing our blog, sometimes we forget to just enjoy interacting and helping others. That is why I started blogging inthe first place.

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    1. Yes, exactly!! It's been so freeing to just love Instagram again!

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  4. Love these tips--I really need to step up my Instagram game!

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    1. Thanks girly! Yes--and it's so easy to do that!! :)

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  5. I need to really implement these tips! I’ve been struggling to stay consistent so this helps!

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    1. Definitely try them out--let me know how it goes for you!! :)

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  6. This is a great post. Thank you for the tips, it is definitely far too easy to get caught up in numbers and forget our why. :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Getting back to the "why" makes posting and Instagram fun again!

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  7. This is such a great list of tips! I love how you are growing organically and engaging with your community!

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    1. Thank you so much, Helen! Forming a community is the best way to grow!

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  8. OMG girl how exciting!! Congrats!! I've always thought about doing an ecourse, but never looked into it! I agree that you need to remember to engage with the followers you have! It's easy to forget about them when you want more followers! Great post!!

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    1. Thanks Kelsie!! You should totally write one!! And yes, exactly!! It's so, so important to maintain community!

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  9. Thanks for this! Instagram is so frustrating to grow sometimes.

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    1. Of course--and yes, totally agree with you. I'm hoping this helps peeps grow!!

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  10. Yes, this is so important! A lot of people forget the whole engaging part on Instagram when it should be our #1 priority.

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    1. YES! Exactly--it's definitely a HUGE part of growing and maintaining growth.

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  11. I find growing Instagram incredibly time and energy consuming. While I like taking photos and edit them, I honestly prefer to invest the time in my blog. I'm very tired of the follow4follow game on Instagram.

    I'm happy that you managed to grow yours, congrats!

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    1. The whole follow for follow has been sooo devastating, but just focusing on the loyal followers has been a total game changer. But, I totally get you--invest in your blog the most, because it's all yours!

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  12. You go girl - sounds like you've cracked the code for yourself!!

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  13. These are great tips for genuine growth! That's impressive growth!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I'm hoping these tips help tons of people grow!

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