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5 Instagram Tips to Help You Grow

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Good Morning and happy Wednesday! Well let’s just cut the crap it’s HUMP DAYYYY!!! 🙂  Hope everyone is off to an amazing day! I’ve been super busy running around this week and working out twice a day.  It’s been tough but I know it’s good for my body so I’m trying to keep at it.  Today I want to talk about a topic that seems to be everywhere, at least for bloggers.  It’s all about Instagram.  I’m going to be sharing some Instagram tips that have helped me and hopefully help some of you! (Especially with this new Instagram Shadow ban) -_-

Tip #1 Engage, Engage, Engage!

Okay so this one is pretty obvious.  You are on a social platform so be social! I love finding new people that have common interests or share the same love for food! (That’s right foodie Instagrammers I’m talking about you!)  I think it’s kind of silly that some people don’t think this is a key to growth or don’t do it because they feel like people will find them.  NEWS FLASH: WRONG! Just be social and make new buddies and don’t forget to continue to interact with those who already support you.

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Tip #2 It’s not all about the numbers

The number one question (literally) that everyone has is how do I grow?  How do I get to 10K? Are numbers important of course but don’t kill yourself trying to get to that 10K.  If the girl next to you grew her Instagram magically with unicorn dust don’t sweat! You will get there too and your results will be a lot different than hers (trust me).  It’s going to take time, hard work, and patience so just try to remember you aren’t doing anything wrong.

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I was a firm believer in using like 20 different hashtags.  Well with Instagram changing the game yet again, don’t.  I’ve been using somewhere between 5-7 hashtags and putting them in my caption instead of my comments.  No, I’m nowhere near the amount of likes I was getting before but it keeps me from getting shadow banned.  Try it out on a couple of your photos and see where it gets you! 🙂

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Tip #4 Use Instagram Stories

I was not a huge fan of Instagram stories whenever it first came out.  I mean no filters!?! But recently I’ve been utilizing it daily and it’s gotten me some great feedback! Your followers will see your floating head (or title) and this may get them to come onto your page.  Make sure to integrate something to make them go to your Instagram or something to have them engage with you! That way you can remind them to check it out on your Instagram.

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Tip #5 Remember Instagram isn’t God

I don’t want to start to much commotion over this but I’ve been seeing everyone getting so riled up about Instagram.  Trust me, I get it it’s a HUGE business opportunity for many users and helps many get there name out there.  I just want to say that when you started you didn’t start with Instagram and say hey I’m going to make a blog out of this.  You started with a blog and then converted Instagram to match.  Let’s just all calm down and drink a margarita! I know it’s been a rough month for so many people (including me) but all we can do is keep on keepin.  If your following is loyal then you have nothing to worry about! 🙂

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XOXO,

 

Silvia M.

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56 Comments

  • Reply Jasmine Maria

    All great tips for new beginners. Instagram can be a pain but it’s just a social media.

    May 10, 2017 at 9:26 am
    • Reply Silvia

      Yes girl I agree!

      May 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply daynnarichelle

    Thank you so much for this post, I definitely needed to read this! I’ve been freaking out so much about this Instagram shadow ban thing. I’m glad to know there are ways around it and Instagram isn’t the be all end all. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    May 10, 2017 at 10:42 am
    • Reply Silvia

      No problem! Glad you enjoyed!

      May 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Sydney Power

    These are great tips, I think engaging is so important!

    May 10, 2017 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Tilley Hanson

    Great tips and you are so right about the last point! It is so easy to let it control your life 🙈

    May 10, 2017 at 10:58 am
    • Reply Silvia

      It is but it definitely shouldn’t.

      May 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Nicole Booz

    Tip #5 is my favorite! Numbers really aren’t everything and as long as you’re feeling good about the content you’re putting out, your account will eventually grow!

    May 10, 2017 at 11:24 am
    • Reply Silvia

      YES YES YES! I totally agree!

      May 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply rainbowflash94yahoocom

    Definitely important to remember that IG isn’t everything! And I’ve gotten really into stories lately too!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    May 10, 2017 at 11:44 am
    • Reply Silvia

      They are so good for engagement!

      May 10, 2017 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply fairyprincessjord

    Remembering Instagram isn’t god is a big one! It’s sort of “the social media platform” right now but it shouldn’t keep us tossing and turning at night. Love your tips for engagement and on a side note your outfit is super cute (:

    May 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Aww thank you! I’m so glad you agree with this!

      May 10, 2017 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Johnson

    Number 5 is so spot on. Instagram is not the end all be all. It is tough to remember sometimes. Great post!

    May 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Dawn

    Great tips babe! Love it all!💛💛💛

    May 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Katrina

    That’s interesting about using less hashtags… gonna have to give that a try!

    May 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Yes it has helped me!

      May 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Annette Dattilo

    Perfectly written. I love the way you relay your tips. Real, straight to the point, with a splash of you sass! 😘❤️ Thank you for sharing.

    May 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Thanks girl 🙂

      May 17, 2017 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Erin

    Yes!! Thank you for this! I completely agree. I want authentic conversation and engagement with followers. And I love to share the love with those I follow. Thanks for being so positive and reminding us what is really important. 🙂

    May 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      I’m so glad you agree!

      May 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Kate Simpson

    I wish I had just kept my personal instagram page instead of starting a new one for my blog, it’s a lot of work running two instagram accounts!

    May 10, 2017 at 6:11 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      I could only imagine! But sometimes I wish I had my personal one because there are so many other things I would post that I can’t because it’s not my personal one anymore.

      May 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply jennyblaisdell

    I’ve been loving using Instagram stories lately! It’s definitely helped me engage with my followers more.

    May 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply thefashionbrief

    Great tips! I need to utilize instagram stories more! I’ve also been using less or no hashtags because of the shadow banning – instagram is so annoying to me right now haha

    May 10, 2017 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Oh I totally agree! Try using Instagram Stories more! It’s helped my engagement. 🙂

      May 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Virjinia

    These are great tips! I can never get the hang of Instagram. I do my best and then it changes. I’ve learned to go with the flow!

    May 10, 2017 at 7:56 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Omg I so agree! It’s a new game everyday.

      May 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Great!! Thank you so much for this post!! I am new in here so it really helped me !😘💐 and yes , IG is not God ! Super de acuerdo! 🤗

    May 10, 2017 at 10:42 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      So glad you enjoyed it love!

      May 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Thank you so much for all the tips! I am new in the blogger world so it helped me a lot!💐😘

    May 10, 2017 at 10:43 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      No problem! 🙂

      May 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Alex

    Instagram is that friend I don’t like right now! I’ve been on it since it began, and I personally feel like I’m being penalized for it! My engagement, no matter how much I engage, is terrible!

    May 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      I totally know what you mean. It’s been super frustrating lately.

      May 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply sunshineandmunchkins

    These are great tips. I try really hard to reply to everyone who leaves me a comment on IG and it can be really time consuming, but I think it will pay off in the long run.

    May 10, 2017 at 11:46 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      I was doing that also but have ultimately fell behind. I need to get back to doing that!

      May 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    I such at Instagram. I always have. lol. It’s just SO much work to keep up with them always changing and honestly… I don’t get too many people coming to my site from Insta. Just I just don’t sweat it too much. It’s FUN. But you’re right. We need some margs.

    May 11, 2017 at 12:16 am
    • Reply Silvia

      Haha I’m glad you agree!

      May 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Rachel R Ritlop

    Haha i like #5! haha honestly the only thing that really works IMO is #1!

    May 11, 2017 at 7:45 am
    • Reply Silvia

      Thanks Rachel 🙂

      May 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    These are great tips!!

    May 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply McKenna Bleu

    That purse with those shoes…. YES! I love this outfit combo!

    May 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Thanks McKenna!

      May 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply xoxobellablog

    Such great tips!!! I agree with number 1!! sooo true

    May 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Anna

    Great tips, Sylvia! Instagram has become so annoying lately!

    May 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply angelalambert7

    Loved this post!! I love Instagram, but sometimes we all give it too much power. Loved all your tips!!
    Angela

    May 11, 2017 at 11:37 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      I totally agree Angela!

      May 17, 2017 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Amber Starr

    Great tips! I’ve been messing with the number of hashtags I use and I feel like using less (around 10) has helped some. Engaging is so important…people want to interact with you, not just follow along!

    May 12, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    • Reply Silvia

      Me too! It’s helped so much!

      May 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm

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