Why Bloggers Need Instagram (And How to Get to Your First 1,000 Followers)

Visual content is truly king in the current social media space, and for good reason. With so many potential places to be on the internet, sites- business and entertainment alike- have a limited amount of time to catch a reader’s interest. Since blogs also face this exact challenge, the way bloggers leverage images can be crucial to success.

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Why Bloggers Need Instagram

Instgram is a fantastic visual platform that allows everyone to connect equally. It levels the playing field to allow everyone an equal opportunity to connect with others through their visual content. This can be done via personal sharing, branded content, or even random images that fit into a personality.

Many businesses and bloggers, for example, will share entertaining images along with their own product images, keeping their feeds engaging and relatable. This is a unique way to grab someone’s attention, as a connection over a great photo can lead to a new reader or a new blog to follow. Also, creative and intentional use of hashtags can help lead new leaders to your blog and any promotions you might be running.

How To Get More Followers on Instagram for Free

By reaching people with interests similar to your content, you are more likely to attract long-term readers.

Tip 1: Throw Your Schedule Out Window

In order to successfully connect on Instagram, it’s important to keep a few details in mind. For instance, when posting images to Instagram, you do not necessarily need to follow a posting schedule the way you would with other platforms. While it can be helpful to identify popular times for posting in order to connect with a desired audience, Instagram is one of the more fleeting platforms, and thus a bit more forgiving when it comes to sharing content. However, as with all social media platforms, the more consistent a presence, the easier it is to connect with others.

Tip 2: Know Your Audience… Esp When It Comes To Brands

Another thing to keep in mind when working with Instagram is that brands are watching. Businesses, like bloggers, want to get their content out there in the most appealing way possible to both existing and potential customers. Instagram, and bloggers who leverage it well, is the perfect platform to do this visually. As such, they want to work with bloggers who understand the platform and use it in a respectful manner. As with anything posted online, your content on Instagram can be publicly found and/or shared, so it’s important to be thoughtful with what you post.

Tip 3: Let Your Social Media Accounts Do the Work For You

Finally, amplifying your Instagram content is an important way to extend your reach. One of the best ways to do this is to integrate your Instagram photos with other popular platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. Luckily, connecting your accounts is easy.

How to Connect Your Social Media Accounts to Instagram

First, open the Instagram app on your phone or mobile device. Then, go to the settings option on your profile.

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Once on your options page, select the “Sharing Settings” option.

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Then, select your Facebook account and grant Instagram access by signing into your Facebook account. Do the same with Twitter.

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Now, each time you share a photo, you will have the option to share with your Facebook and Twitter (in addition to any other social platforms you link up to your account).

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About Ashley Abele

Ashley is a mom of 3 young children, social media consultant and blogger. She focuses on strategizing for bloggers and small businesses to help them reach their online potential and subsequent sales potential as cofounder of Other Half Media. When she’s not busy creating blogger outreach programs, email or social media campaigns, she blogs her life, parenting, and frequent moves at My Front Porch Swing. Connect on @AshleyNAbele on Twitter and on Facebook.
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Comments

  1. says

    Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from
    an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to start.

    Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Many thanks

  2. says

    Thank you so much for the tips! Just linked both Facebook and Twitter, so should make life a whole lot easier. My friend, Ree, and I just started our blog; it’s amazing to have this forum to turn to for help. We’re so excited to join such a great community! http://instagram.com/bumpandrunchat

  3. says

    I definitely agree with everything in this post! Although I think that another tip that people don’t talk about enough is quality over quantity. I’ve seen people with over a thousand followers on instagram but can barely get 50 likes. I know that numbers aren’t everything, but likes show interest and agreement with whatever you’re posting. I think that is just as important as the numbers.

    http://instagram.com/duhhkrisellee

  4. says

    I’ve had an Instagram for a while but only recently started using it more regularly. I have it linked up to Facebook and Twitter and have definitely seen some new followers come as a result.

  5. says

    I’ve been avoiding Instagram like the plague because of their new terms and conditions. As a blogger, are you worried that they’ll take your content since they don’t honor copyright laws? Are there any GOOD alternatives to Instagram (other than Pressgram, which isn’t available for my phone) for bloggers?

  6. says

    Great tips! Instagram is my favorite of all the social media platforms. My Instagram handle is @agirltravels

  7. says

    I love using Instagram and am trying to build my audience there. I’ve linked my Instagram with my blog’s Facebook page, and that’s been great. I am wondering how to have that app icon show up on my FB page — I can’t seem to figure that out on Facebook settings. Anyone have insight on that?

    My Instagram: MichiganRunnerGirl

    Thanks for sharing these tips!

    – Heather

  8. Ashlee says

    I never knew you could connect your social media networks with your Instagram for good. I’ve been doing it for each individual picture I post. WOW you just saved me a lot of time haha

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