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.

how to get more followers on instagram for free

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.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the tips. Looking forward to learning a whole lot more! Please follow getsmokinhot on Instagram.

  2. 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

  3. Love the tips! Thanks. I am: http://instagram.com/beyondmybluedoor

  4. 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

  5. Great post here is mine

    http://instagram.com/courtneydolinar

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. http://instagram.com/chaoticallycreative

    @ChaoticallyCreative

    Thanks!!

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  10. 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?

  11. I love Instagram, and this was a great post thank you so much for sharing! http://instagram.com/jennworden

  12. Great post! I’m still having trouble gaining followers on a lot of social media sites — Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest — so any info is definitely helpful!! My instagram is http://www.instagram.com/brassandwhatnots. Thanks!!

  13. Great info, I use instagram but would live to get more followers – I have a food blog so pictures are a main part :) @queenbskitchen

  14. Already following SITSGirsl! I’m at http://instagram.com/vanillahousewife
    Thank you!

  15. Great tips, I think a posting schedule would ruin the whole effect:)
    http://instagram.com/labride

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

  17. This is a great post. i’m really loving Instagram and getting to connect with people all over the world via pics. Come follow me I’m at http://instagram.com/Lylaland1#

  18. Love Instagram – it is so addictive. You can find me @LMABoutique

    Thanks for a fabulously informative post :)

  19. I will never get this part of my blogging, because I don’t have a smartphone. It is not something that is in my budget :(

  20. I love Instagram! I hashtag everything. I love seeing your pics! Follow me- I follow back! Thanks!

    http://instagram.com/theunextreme

  21. I love Instagram too! I am at @Organizedisland. Warning – I post lots of food photos LOL!

  22. Great tips! I live for some lively Instagram photos. Feel free to follow :) Instagram: @wegotkidz

  23. 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

  24. Love this! Thank you for the amazing tips! I’m @LoveAtFirstBook – http://instagram.com/loveatfirstbook

    Woo hoo!

  25. 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

  26. I just barely joined Instagram, so this is really helpful! I’m now following SITS Girls (@2justByou). =0)

  27. I just joined instagram a couple of months ago and I’ve been working hard on increasing my followers. But it’s been slow.
    http://instagram.com/littlesuperheroes

  28. I need to spend more time on Instagram!

    Here’s mine: http://instagram.com/michellenahom

  29. I have been slowly working on growing my Instgram followers
    http://instagram.com/flouronmyface2

  30. Great Encouragement and tutorial on Instagram. I’m a newbie on Instagram but I really like it!

  31. I’m still new to instagram and this was so helpful. I’ve been trying to figure it out myself and it’s been a fail. Thanks again for the insight!
    My instagram is
    http://instagram.com/embracingthegoodlife

  32. Love the gram!

    Here is my handle:
    http://instagram.com/callherhappy

  33. Love the tips, and Instagram – here’s mine. :)

    http://www.instagram.com/honeyandbirch

  34. I also love using and searching hashtags on Instagram!

    I’m @MommaDJane http://Instagram.com/mommadjane

  35. I don’t take many pictures for either blog. Is it worth adding Instagram?

  36. Great tips! I love Instagram. Here’s me: http://instagram.com./teamarcia

  37. Thanks for the tips! I had a hard time figuring out how to link my facebook and instagram! Here I am: http://instagram.com/heatherssweetsandtreats

    Thanks!

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