How to Get Followers on Instagram Ethically & Easily

When you’re figuring out how to make money blogging, it’s not long before you’ll get sucked into the pressure to grow your following and focus on the numbers. This makes blogging super stressful when it shouldn’t be! That’s why today, we’re talking about how to get followers on Instagram ethically and easily.

A few things before we get started:

  1. If you find this post helpful, will you please do me a huge favor and pin it on Pinterest so we can share the knowledge with other bloggers to make their lives easier?
  2. You might be wondering what makes me credible to write this. Even though Blog Like a Gem is a new website as a space for me to share my blogging knowledge, I run an established, profitable lifestyle blog called The Gem (and I’ve successfully grown my Instagram account to over 10K).

Are numbers everything?

Some people will tell you numbers are everything. Other things you read will tell you to focus on creating great content and the people will come.

I’ve tried enough strategies to realize that there’s a healthy balance between both worlds where you can prioritize creating impactful content while also being mindful and ethical about the quantitative size of growth! So, let’s talk about how to ethically grow your Instagram.

This post will walk you through my top tips on how to get followers on Instagram including the ethical, simple steps I took to reaching 10K followers. Once you learn how to gain a real and engaged audience, you get closer to being able to make money blogging.

The best way to increase real followers on Instagram:

Genuinely interact with the audiences of related accounts

I know, I know… this is groundbreaking news.

BUT there’s something everyone misses about this method

How I grew my Instagram account to 10K

You might have heard of this method before because it certainly has a lot of potential. In fact, it’s how I grew my Instagram account to 10K. But, most people do it without intention, which results in a lot of time wasted and no real results.

For it to work, first you need to really think about what accounts your ideal followers are interacting with. Take for example, my ideal audience for my lifestyle website, The Gem (which is primarily focused around mental wellness and fashion), is likely interested in the realness of accounts like Jenna Kutcher’s and the timeless style of accounts like Julia Engel’s of Gal Meets Glam.

So, make a list of people that the people you’re trying to attract would already be following. Then, and this is so important, wait for those accounts to post and GENUINELY interact with the people who are liking and commenting on the larger account’s just posted photo. Like right after they post and the minutes that follow.

You’re liking/commenting on the posts of the people who just liked or commented on the larger account’s post. You’re not commenting on the larger account’s post and crossing your fingers that it will bring new eyeballs to you. Make sense?

Timing is everything for this method to work.

Think about it… If you’re interacting with someone who left a comment on someone’s post 2 hours ago, there’s a high chance they’re probably not on Instagram anymore, which means they’re way less likely to notice you and head over to your account when they get back on the app.

You need to catch them when they’re on the platform!

Yes, this method takes time, but you aren’t just growing numbers. You’re learning more about the interests and habits of your ideal audience. Plus, you’re making REAL connections that will help your engagement rate and the long term growth of your brand.

This is about more than numbers

This method has connected me with my most engaged and supportive followers. I continue to interact with them all the time because these people are truly the heartbeat of my brand and blog. I am SO grateful for them and can even consider some of them online friends of mine.

So yes, it’s okay to do things will a goal of growing your numbers, just never forget that behind every single real follower is an actual human being who is interested in what you’re doing! Nurture that!

Make sense? If you have questions on this, just let me know in the comments below!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Excellent post!

    1. Thanks so much, Lorie. I appreciate that! It would mean the WORLD to me if you would pin it on Pinterest!

  2. Awesome post! Thank you for sharing ☺️

    1. Thank you so much for reading it, Grace! It would mean so so so much to me if you would take just a moment to pin it on Pinterest! <3

  3. Some good suggestions here. I made it to 10k without too many problems but have stayed there for ages! Any suggestions on how to continue growing?

    1. Great question! What strategies did you use to make it to 10K? I really believe genuine engagement at the right time is the best way to keep growing, but if there’s a strategy that’s already been working for you, it’s also worth doing more of what’s already working for you, too!

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