Instagram shoutouts – how and why they work

Once you’ve started building your Instagram page and communicating with your friends and their friends on Instagram, you start to wonder: how do I reach out to a wider audience? Essentially, how do I get a huge fanbase without actually being someone famous outside of the Instagram community? And how to get more free instagram followers?

There are several ways you can accomplish this and it’s all about this three-word formula: liking, commenting, shouting (no, not literal shouting). Firstly, you have to like other people’s photos. You cannot expect others to focus on you if you are not expressing appreciation of their posts too. As far as we know, there are no limits regarding the number of posts you can like, so feel free to like as many photos as you want. Actually, the more you like, the better. It may take some of your time, but that way, more and more people will become aware of you and start liking your photos as well, and hopefully, follow you if your page is appealing and interesting. You can come across people’s pages through your friends’ pages, but you can also use hashtags. Search anything you’re interested in, simply by typing in keywords. For example, if you’re interested in tattoo art, you can search for photos using #tattooart, #tattooedmodels, #inkedmodels, etc. Make sure to like a lot of them and you’ll quickly see that other users respond well to that. There is one more “trick” you can use if you wanna gain a big number of followers and you wanna do it fast. Search for some very popular tags like #followme, #like4like or #instadaily. Scroll down and like photos that come up and you’ll quickly start getting feedback. Second step in gaining followers is – commenting. It usually isn’t enough just to like other people’s photos. Liking can be done fast and impersonal, whilst commenting provides a more personal touch and people will be more interested in you. Also, there is considerably less comments on photos than there is likes, so this increases your chances of getting noticed. Always keep your comments polite, charming and warm. You don’t have to post long comments, simple sentences of admiration or support are quite enough. You can keep them general or you can aim at a more specific approach – address some details about the person or object in the photo you’re commenting and you just increased your chances of a follow-back even more.

Last step, and probably the most powerful one, is shouting. Shouting, in Instagram terms, means giving shoutouts and shoutouts are basically a form of advertising other pages. Hashtags are sometimes used to accomplish this but mostly it’s about tags. Essentially, you are drawing attention to other people’s pages and asking your followers to follow them. This way, you are exposing someone’s page to a whole new group of potential followers that they never would have reached otherwise. The idea behind is that, if you do this for other people, they will do it for you too. It would be perfect if you could accomplish this with major brands and not just personal pages, but that would be easier to pull off once you’ve gained at least 10-20 thousand followers using these other methods. But, you’re free to try that too, of course. A good advice though would probably be to target smaller brands and not the major ones. For example, if you’ve gained 3000 followers, find businesses with 10 000 followers, start using their products, take photos with them, post them and give them a shoutout. It might even work immediately, but if you do it a few times and that brand sees that you’re a devoted user of their products and you’re putting a good word out there for them, there is a high probability that they’re gonna show your support to their fans in general. Some users practice asking for shoutouts, but that might not be such an effective method and also, it might make you seem “desperate”. Instagram is a community in itself and in every community in which you wanna be successful and respected, you have to maintain a good reputation too. Let people follow you for you and the fact that your posts are interesting, and not because you asked someone to tell people that they should follow you.

These would be, in short, some of the most useful tips for reaching lots of people on Instagram. Follow them and we guarantee you’ll see your page growing and people becoming more and more interested in your personal brand.

 

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