I say improving your Instagram account as I am assuming you already have an Instagram account that could do with some TLC. If you haven’t thought about using Instagram yet then bare these tips in mind in setting up your account . These tips are all that I have found and in improving your Instagram account will help you gain more likes and comments but also can steer traffic to your blog. But of course, if you want to post what you want, how you want then that is perfectly fine too.
Improving Your Instagram Account – Theme It
Instagram isn’t just about taking a few photos and slapping them up and then wondering why its just your high school mate, mum and Aunt that like your pics. Well, it can be of course but if you have twigged that it’s also a way of getting people to your blog then you will need a bit more than a cute pic and some luck.
If you’re trying to send people to your blog then something I have found that works is a theme. More importantly, one that fits and works with your blog. A theme can be the style of the photos, colours or in mono of the photos, items etc. When a visitor first comes across your Instagram account and see its been thought about, planned and is in keeping with the blog it makes an impact. A positive one.
Instagram is a social media site. The hint is in the title….social. Only the likes of the Victoria Beckhams in this world can take a selfie, add it to Instagram and get thousands and thousands of likes and comments. Unless there is something you haven’t told me then you will need to be active and social on Instagram to get likes and comments. This means liking other people’s pictures, commenting relevant comments on their pictures etc.
You can test this out by doing this one evening. Take a note of your followers. Then spend an evening going through the search section on your account. You know where all those pictures are from people you don’t follow. Find ten pictures you like on ten different accounts and like them and comment on them. An hour later do it again to 10 more people. Do this as much as you like. Then the next day check you follow number? Take into account how much it normally grows a day and see if it’s improved. I bet you it has.
Hashtags are there to help people find stuff that is relevant to them. How are people going to know you have a picture on your account of an amazing sunset if you don’t hashtag it. Yes, your followers might have seen it. But if they follow lots they might have missed it go through on their feed. When you post up your picture try adding hashtags that are relevant. So the amazing sunset wouldn’t have tags like #morningrain as that’s got nothing to do with it. As you type your hashtags Instagram does tell you how many posts are posted with that hashtag. Go for a variety of sizes.
Hashtags are also useful when you are searching. So say you took the test above but couldn’t find any pictures you like or want to see other accounts in your niche? Search using hashtags of your niche to find fellow accounts. See how their account feed looks. How can you improve yours now you seen theirs?
Fill Your Profile In
Your chance to tell the Instagram world what you do and how you can help them. So no just your name will not do. Use a picture of you or your logo and tell us about you. Oh and the obvious bit but make sure you have put the URL of your blog or site and it works….i.e you spelled it right.