How to Get More Followers on Instagram: 10,000 Instagram Followers in 2 Weeks

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Update: Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded on some of the details in the post below as of February 2016, to give more insight into the early days of how we went about getting more Instagram followers and built our massive Instagram account. Also, make sure to check out Part 2 of this series, “Half a Million Real Instagram Followers in 1 Year: How Foundr Did It“ for even more awesome Instagram strategies!

How to Get More Followers on Instagram

Chances are you’ve heard of a little app called Instagram. It’s a bit hard not to notice one of the most popular social media networks in the world. Based upon its simple premise of users sharing and liking images, it’s easy to see why you might think Instagram isn’t for your business.

However, Instagram has proven to be one of the fastest-growing social media networks in the world, and everyone is scrambling to find out how to take advantage of this gold rush. Which begs the question: What do I need in order to make a mark on Instagram?

The answer is followers. It’s the ultimate Instagram metric, which basically states in raw numbers how popular you are. For brands, it defines how many people will be able to see all of the nice images you publish. Followers are basically like cute puppies; the more you have, the better off you are.

So the bigger question is: How do you get more followers on Instagram? Like, lots of Instagram followers. To make your business explode. And quick. Well, we’ve found one pretty good method of doing just that.

About two weeks ago, Foundr launched its Instagram account (you can find it here. Check it out!). In that time, we went from 0 followers to more than 10k followers on Instagram. We achieved this by following a relatively straightforward process we hacked together. We’ve written out all the steps in the process, so read on if you’re interested in how to get more Instagram followers and make your business explode!

As you can see from the image below, Instagram has increased our customer conversion rate by more than 30%!

how to get more followers on instagram conversion rate

The attention you get on Instagram, and the audience you attract, is significantly more interested than any other social media channel, barring Facebook (which has its own limitations). That’s the power of having a visual narrative that is fully in your control, which is why we’ve seen our conversion rate skyrocket—people are genuinely interested in what we are sharing and offering.

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The first step to getting more followers on Instagram is to generate the right content. This might seem obvious, but we always see it getting neglected. Find out what your customers enjoy seeing on Instagram or what themes resonates with them, and populate your account with relevant images.

A good way to find out what your customers like is by checking out what your competition is posting, or what kind of imagery is used in the websites or blogs that are popular in your industry. There are types of images that work well with most industries, though; posters with inspirational or humorous quotes, quality food photography, or scenic images are safe bets in general.

If you’re in an industry where what you’re selling is already visually appealing, photos of what you do is not a bad idea either. However, keep such images in the minority; posting a lot about yourself on social media is just like being the person at BBQ who only talks about themselves.

On that note, it’s really important that you don’t run the risk of “oversharing.” A celebrity can get away with it because a large part of their appeal and brand is their personal life. Fans are genuinely curious as to what Beyonce is having for dinner or what exactly it is the Rock is cooking. If you’re running a personal account, that’s also totally fine, because it’s explicit and clear that this is an account for sharing your everyday life.

However, if you’re running a professional account, unless your personal photos actually fit in with the theme of your brand, it’s not a good idea. For example, as a CEO or founder, a personal photo of how you’ve organized your work desk would fit in with your theme. A personal photo of you in Vegas doesn’t have the same effect.

Oversharing means that you lose out on engagement because your content is just too off topic and confusing to build a consistent to get more followers on instagram guide like foundr magazine


On Instagram, engagement is king. For best results, we found images that trigger an emotion or questions that elicit some thought work really well. For example, this image below got over 10% engagement. For Instagram, we’re told that 1% engagement is really good, so go figure!

how to get more followers and high engagement on instagram


Aim to post on a regular basis, about once every three to four hours. However, don’t bulk post a whole bunch of photos in one sitting; users will often regard this as spam and unfollow you. Think of it like sowing seeds. You don’t want to just plug all your seeds into a hole in one go; you want to spread them out.

You’re going for consistency. If your audience can’t comfortably rely on you to post regularly, you’re not going to find many people willing to follow you on the off chance that you’re going to post something every now and then.

Fortunately, you can schedule your content if you use a tool like JustUnfollow or Latergramme. Unfortunately, Instagram’s API doesn’t let other services post for you, but you can pre-fill and batch them.Using Latergramme to get more followers on instagram guide

*Please note you can only post from the Instagram Mobile or Tablet app. You cannot post via the website when you are logged in.


On Instagram, your bio is crucial. You can best make use of this section by having a strong call to action (which is basically marketing speak for an instruction for your viewer to do something). You can use up to 150 characters, so a short snappy CTA works best. For us, it was: “Get your free copy of Foundr today! more followers on instagram bio CTA

In order to create a strong CTA, you want to be as simple and no-nonsense as possible. Because you only get one live link when it comes to Instagram, which is in your bio, you want to be able to get as much value as possible out of that link.

A strong CTA should be an absolute no-brainer for your audience. You already know that they can see your content, so make it worth their while to actually take a look at your bio by offering something that you know they’ll love.


Hashtags (keywords preceded by #) might seem like something only annoying teenagers use, but that’s not quite true. They are a way for viewers to navigate easily to topics they’re interested in. Attaching #hashtag(s) to your image, therefore, enables your content to be found easier by those who don’t already follow you. First, research the most popular hashtags to your niche, and then compile them. For us, this involved building a huge list of keywords that we found were relevant to what we do and what our images generally are about (#entrepreneur, #business, #startup). Second, start a comment on the photo and insert the hashtags there.

Remember, don’t put your hashtags into the description of the photo itself. Putting them in the comment section instead will hide your list of keywords after others have added comments. You also won’t unnecessarily bulk up your photo description, allowing you to you keep your description section free for a compelling blurb about the to get more followers on instagram Example Post 1 with CTA


Under the description in each photo, include another call to action. This CTA would be more relevant to the photo, and probably not be the same as the one you used in your bio. It’s a softer ask.

You can think of a CTA as a way to remind people that there is an action they could take. By adding a CTA to your image, all you’re doing is reminding your followers that they don’t have to just scroll on past, they can actually do other things, including liking your picture, or writing a comment.

Remember, the one thing you want to improve upon the most with your audience is engagement—you want them to be interested in and personally connected to your brand and your account. Gently encouraging them to invest less than a second into each post does wonders for cultivating that engagement!

Examples of CTAs are “tag your friends who are like this,” or “double tap if you agree.” Always give your fans something to do. This helps your account spread like wildfire. You wouldn’t expect it, but “double tap if you agree,” in particular, has been a surprising magnet for interaction on Foundr’s posts.get more followers on instagram using a CTAget more instagram followers by tagging


In one of our previous posts, we stated that one of the keys of content marketing came down to copying others. When it comes to Instagram marketing, it is no different. With the right tools, we can replicate the success, down to the users, another brand has had. In order to help us do this, we found this super cool, super powerful tool called “Crowdfire.” Crowdfire allows you to see which people follow a specific brand, and then follow those users. It also allows you to unfollow those who have not followed you back.

The reason this tool is so valuable is that it allows you to find large groups of people who would be potentially interested in your brand. For us, we looked up other brands such as Fast Company, found out which people followed that brand, and started to follow those people via the “Copy Followers” function. Following someone on Instagram gives them a notification that links them to your own page and gives them a chance to follow you back, so following a lot of people allows you to pique the interest of many others.Copy Followers How to get more followers

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Another feature of Crowdfire shows you which users you follow, but don’t follow you back. This allows you to quickly unfollow those who are uninterested in what you do. We got a paid account for $9.99 a month, which unlocked the ability for us to hide which users we had followed and then unfollowed in the past, preventing us from following the same person twice.

Keep in mind due to Instagram restrictions, you are only allowed to perform 400 actions a day (an action either being a follow or unfollow). So make sure you max out the number of actions you perform every single day. We got into the routine of three days of copying followers, and then one day of unfollowing.get more followers on instagram by Unfollowing

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Networking can work wonders, not only in real life, but also in the social media sphere. There are accounts on Instagram that will do a “share for a share,” allowing your content to make an appearance on other pages if you do the same. Do a quick hunt for these pages in your industry (they aren’t hard to find), and get in touch.

When we started, we also managed to get introduced to this huge network of entrepreneurs, all with accounts of over 20k+ instagram followers. They helped us out big time by sharing our content, and there are similar networks for all kinds of industries with users who are all willing to help out, so long as you return the favor, of course!

Remember, if you help people and don’t expect anything in return, not only is it good karma, but it comes back to you tenfold. So don’t approach joining and teaming up with other accounts with an attitude of “what’s in it for me?” Rather, think of it as just helping your fellow man out, and you never know, good things may happen to you down the road.

You don’t want to be the type of account that just produces content without actually engaging with others, because trust me when I say you won’t be getting very far. Take the time to actually focus on the social aspect of social media and I guarantee you’ll see amazing results.


Lastly, we spent about $100 paying for shoutouts from other popular accounts. It’s a great way to buy Instagram mentions. Research the popular accounts that are relevant in your field, reach out to them to see if they’ll be willing to do an Instagram shoutout for you, and how much that will cost. This will let you gain access to larger networks that you previously might have not had access to before.

When you’re just starting out, it can be a little intimidating to ask other accounts to do a shoutout for you, but the benefits really do outweigh the costs. Having a large account shout you out will do more for your follower count than anything else. But it’s super important to make sure that you’re choosing the right accounts to get a shoutout from.

If you’re choosing an account based on pure followers and their theme or audience doesn’t match yours, then all you’ve done is wasted time and money, because there’s no guarantee that such a shoutout is going to get you a good ROI.

One other note here: Everyone makes these connections via an app called Kik. It’s strange, we know, but this seems like the place where deals go down.

There are a few different types of shoutouts.

  • Caption only shoutouts: The page uses its own image and style that it usually would, and mentions your page in the caption. This works, but is not as effective as your own image or branded image. Caption only can be a cheaper alternative.


  • Your own image with your product or service + caption. This works better than just a caption-based shoutout, but you have to make sure the call to action is good. Some accounts will only let you put up the image for a certain period of time, and others will let it stay up. Usually the higher traffic the page, the more you see rules and restrictions.

The strategy behind the shoutouts can also vary. What we recommend is for the CTA to follow your page, as you can capture the audience and engage with them more. We have tried both pushing the Foundr subscription and getting the viewer to follow our page, and we have found it’s way more effective to get them to follow you. You have to remember you can’t put clickable links in the captions, so it can be hard to get people to perform specific actions. This is why a concise bio is so important.

Prices for shoutouts will vary by account. We found that the pages with the best results are motivational, business accounts, so you need to find high traffic pages that have good engagement. We constitute good engagement as at least 1-2% of likes per how many followers the account has.

Also be sure to be active in the comment section of every shout out post. It’ll significantly drive up your own engagement levels and increase the chances people will bother to click through to your account.

For an account with decent engagement and 200,000 followers, we wouldn’t pay more than $50 per shoutout, and we would want to use our own image.

So those are the steps that we went through. Before you go running off to do all of that though, we’d encourage you to think about why you’re on, or want to be on Instagram.

We can’t guarantee this method will work as effectively for you as it did for us. Instagram is certainly a powerful tool, but it’s not really for everyone. A few questions you might want to ask yourself are:

  • Is my industry, or what I sell visually appealing?
  • Am I willing to share stuff that isn’t directly related to what I sell?
  • Do I have time to engage in a new social media platform?

If you answered no to one or more of these questions, you might want to rethink why you want to jump on Instagram marketing. You don’t want to be wasting resources on something that just isn’t for you. Otherwise, we’d encourage you to use our guide to boost your followers! Let us know, did our guide help you? What other cool strategies have you found to reach out to more people?

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Editor’s Note: Since this post originally ran, Instagram has only become more instrumental to Foundr’s growth and brand. We’ve become increasingly enthusiastic about this as a great way to build an audience, and have developed some in-depth, highly useful tools:

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  • Great article. Love the practical advice on building an IG following. It’s clearly working for you guys, because that’s how I found out about foundr 🙂

    • Josh Li

      Oh wow! Well there go 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying Foundr so far

    • Glad to hear you enjoyed it Jordan! Good to see our tactics are working 🙂

    • Chances are you’ve heard of a little app called Instagram. It’s a bit hard not to notice one of the most popular social media networks in the world. Based upon its simple premise of users sharing and liking images, it’s easy to see why you might think Instagram isn’t for your business.

  • wow! Really cool article, specially #3 and #4 !
    I agree with Jordan, you guys are doing a really good job! That’s how I found out about foundr too!

    • Thank you Lucas 🙂 We are here to help however we can!

  • Kat H

    Really useful article Josh!
    The company I work for has been tossing around the idea of a company instagram account, but we couldn’t decide if it was going to be worth our time/effort. Some of your points at the end (is the brand visually appealing, do we have time to manage a new social platform, etc.) pretty much made up my mind for me. Thanks!

    • Instagram is booming right now! Glad to hear we helped you make your decision 🙂

  • Chris Backe

    Question: how do you batch schedule un JustUnfollow? Is that only available in the paid upgrade?

    • To batch schedule you have to use the iPhone app ‘JustUnfollow’. Enjoy 🙂

    • You have to use the ‘JustUnfollow’ app on your phone!

    • Hi Chris,

      I work at JustUnfollow on Instagram Scheduler named TakeOff. There are two ways to use it.

      One is to use it in the JustUnfollow’s mobile app. Otherwise, you could simply download TakeOff as a standalone app at

      Let me know if you need any help! 🙂

    • You can batch @chrisbacke:disqus 🙂

  • Hi Josh, Super excited to know that JustUnfollow has helped you fire up your Instagram marketing efforts! Your words shall definitely motivate our team to work harder and add more power to JustUnfollow. Wishing you kickass growth and success!

    • Thank you for getting in touch Shyamal! We love your webapp, its a game changer 😉

      Keep up the great work!

  • Entrepreneurial News

    Great article! What software/application do you use to edit and create all the photos?

    • Thank you 🙂

      Most of the Foundr branded articles are created in Indesign CS6, however we also use an application on iOS called ‘WordSwag’ which we highly recommend too!

  • Thanks for this article. I’m a big user of Instagram personally but have only recently started helping someone manage an Instagram account for their business and these tips are really helpful. Thanks for the tipoff about JustUnfollow. Going to check it out now 🙂

    • Hey Radhika! You are most welcome, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • nate

    Okay so I have a naive question, how did you go about finding the right accounts to work with to shout out? I did a quick hashtag search and there are millions of photos with hashtagged “shoutout” lol. Is there any method you use?

    I really loved this article. Theycomments were also extremely insightful

    • Not a naive question at all! Don’t look by hashtag search, look at what your current followers are following and engaging with. You can bet that your accounts niche has quite a few influencers that they are following!

      Glad to hear you loved the article 🙂

  • Anthony Octavio Ramos

    Just FYI, the original poster cannot leave tags in comments anymore…you might get one or two tags in before you get a red error message when commenting. Have to go back to putting them in the description.

    • Hey Anthony, I’m not quite sure what you mean by this my man?

      • Anthony Octavio Ramos

        Unfortunately I get a weird error / red exclamation point whenever I try to add more than a few a tags to my posts with comments. I’m told there’s a 30 tag limit, but I get the error when adding fewer than 30 tags to a post in a comment.

        I have yet to find the person who knows why I’m getting the error. :/

        • Just keep removing hashtags, till you hit the max 🙂

  • Bobby B

    “Followers. It’s the ultimate Instagram metric that basically states in raw numbers how popular you are”…not sure if this statement is really accurate…Instagram and FB are littered with fake and inactive accounts, take the number with a grain of salt and look at the dollar value of each follower you have…then you have the ‘ultimate’ metric.

    • Hey Bobby,

      You raise a fantastic point! What we meant by that statement is, people use your followers as a metric for how popular you are, but of course engagement is definitely king, and you are spot on! Check out the Foundr Magazine Instagram account, we are almost at 100,000 followers now after being on Instagram for under 5 months and our engagement is really solid!

      Hope this article helped you 🙂


  • Great tips!

  • Stanley Smith

    Great advises, thanks you for sharing! I’d like the article even more if you’d added some useful applications. I think they’re a crucial time-saver, so i’m always looking for new ones luckily they’re released quite often. I personally use about 5+ different apps on daily basis. I can’t imagine editing without Whitagram and VSCO Cam because i don’t like instagram’s everlasting filters. Efficient management is impossible without detailed statistics, so is my choice. When it comes to following management i use to easily get rid of up to 5000 users not following me back in one day. And finally a scheduler – in my case – to keep posting consistently. For most of these apps there are analogues, but always inferior: they have either higher price or fewer functions. If you know some interesting apps please do suggest them to me, i’d highly appreciate that 😉

    • Hello Stanley, fantastic suggestions! We will look to a new article as this was wrote about 5 months ago, and our account has grown 50x since writing this!

  • Great article.

  • Avinshu Aneja

    Hi nathan, this article was very helpful. I have one Question – I am planning to market my app the same way and i have already sorted out and listed down a few pages for shoutouts from them. I just wanna know – how many shoutouts are enough in a certain period of time ? and How much traffic does on shout out from a page that has around million followers would get ? how much spending is the correct amount of spending for such kind of marketing? Eagerly waiting for your reply.

    • it just depends on your goals and metrics @avinshuaneja:disqus – I cannot say how much traffic a shout can bring, because it really just depends, you have to test, and you have to make sure that page has a great target audience for your product / service! You should get at least 500+ followers from a million account that shouts you, just depends? Some bring 3000? some bring less?

      In regards to spending, it comes back to your ROI! Wish I could be of more help!

      • Avinshu Aneja

        Yes thats true. It depends alot on product/service. and many other factors involved. Thanks for the reply @nathan chan. Much appreciated. all the best for your future endavours. Foundr is awesome.

        • You’re most welcome @avinshuaneja:disqus – At Foundr we’re here to serve entrepreneurs however we can!

  • Avinshu Aneja

    Hi nathan, this article was very helpful. I have one Question – I am planning to market my app the same way and i have already sorted out and listed down a few pages for shoutouts from them. I just wanna know – how many shoutouts are enough in a certain period of time ? and How much traffic does on shout out from a page that has around million followers would get ? how much spending is the correct amount of spending for such kind of marketing? Eagerly waiting for your reply.

  • mteblog

    Great tips. I just discovered this article.

    One thing I don’t understand. You said and I quote “When we started, we also managed to get introduced into this huge network of entrepreneurs, all with accounts of over 20,000+ followers.”

    How can you find this type of network?

    • Networking is key when looking to build partnerships!

      • Anfani Nation

        Are you able to share the name of the network or how to “look to build partnerships”? Or if you can metion it thats ok too

        • Unfortunately I cannot @anfanination:disqus – However we do go into this stuff in depth in our paid course – Instagram Domination (

  • Elizabeth

    I love this article. Thank you.

    I got super excited and tried your method, but then I was “temporarily blocked” because I started following too many people. Do you know what the magic number is to follow/unfollow? I am bummed because I am reading online that a temporary block can last up to 4 weeks. Have you ever had this happen to you Nathan? Thank you again for this article!

  • Jami

    Great article Nathan, thanks!! I’m very active on IG-I love it. My customer base covers several industries (schools, businesses, brands, events like marathons, groups like roller derby teams). I know narrowing down to a niche is important, but do you think selling to multiple niches (even when just starting out) can work? On IG I’m thinking about promoting to a different niche each week-1. follow users in that niche, liking and commenting on their posts. 2. Put out 4-5 fun/funny/socially relevant posts with “tag someone who…”. 3. End the week with a pic of my product geared toward that niche with call to action/promotion/discount code. Am I on the right track!

    • I think it’s always good to keep things simple. The more you overcomplicate the more confusing it is for your target audience.

  • ItzkDrama

    Hi, My account is about like drama. And i want my account to be popular. But is really hard for me to get lots of followers. How do I get lots of followers on instagram, real quick and real followers which likes my pictures.

    • Simple, follow this blog post and do the work! There is no shortcut!

  • richard smith

    Hi Nathan! I really enjoyed your free webinar and got massive value from it! Like all other things, it seems as though we are being inindated with 105643 new “companies” that promise “instant insta fame” what are your thoughts on companies that sell “legit” followers are employ tactis like follow to unfollow?

    • You can’t buy followers! Don’t trust it!

  • isz sufryna

    hye there.good article and am using crowdfire now..but i curious to know if they can detected my instagram profile when i copy their followers.. thank you so much nathan 😉

    • Great question @iszsufryna:disqus – I’m not too sure if Instagram can detect this!

  • Harrison

    Last time I checked, Instagram has limits of 60 follow/unfollow an hour. If you do a batch greater than 60 in CrowdFire, will CrowdFire delay/space out your actions so that you don’t exceed 60 for each hour? Or do you need to manually self limit yourself to less than 60?

    • That is correct, there are definitely limits!

  • Michael Santangelo

    Great article! I subscribed to get the Instagram Cheet Sheet but I never received an email. I tried too different email accounts and still didn’t get it. Can you help? Thanks 🙂

    • Thanks @disqus_uksNuvHwi7:disqus – Please do contact our support team via our contact form –

  • These are some awesome tips! I just started really paying attention to my Instagram account and have been doing a few of these.

    • Glad you got a ton of value from them @NicoleWilliamsCollective:disqus 🙂

  • Sameh Henein

    What a great post 🙂 I love it. How can I dwonload the Instagram domination pdf? I Just listened to your podcast on the wpelevation and I’m big fan from today. Thanks for the awesome podcast

    • Hey @sameh_henein:disqus – Please visit

  • Dwayne Jackson (Dailyurbancult

    well what payment system do you use for the shout outs through kik. bit more detail on that would of been appreciated. cause like i dont want to trust some stranger with credit card details or money transfer than they might not allso fulfil the request so you paid for nothing etc

    • We recommend using PayPal!! @dwaynejacksondailyurbancult:disqus

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  • Great advice. The only thing I’d like to add is that Instagram has changed their description feature. It now only shows a certain number of characters so you have to get your point across ASAP.

    • This is a great point @kelseyvere:disqus – We wrote this post over 1 year ago now! It’s time for an update and a revisit as we’re now at almost 500K+ followers 1 year later!

  • Crowdfire. Got it. Now off to figure out how to work that thing. Cheers!

  • Amy Taylor

    This is all awesome advice for newbies – thanks! I know this is over a year old now but I’m always dubious about using 3rd party apps to get followers etc after a certain Twitter app got shut down – along with the accounts of anyone who was using it!
    Are you still confident Crowdfire and JustUnfollow are safe to use to aggressively build up an Instagram following?

    • This is a great point @disqus_xpHwAKLmdZ:disqus – We’re looking to write a new article to show our updated progress 1 year later, as we’re now at 500,000+ followers in 13 months!

      Crowdfire is a very legit app and company 🙂

  • jean-luc Tan

    Thanks Nathan for this article, it has been helpful!

    • You’re welcome @jeanluctan:disqus – Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Ace Rich

    Great tips shared in this post! I actually find it helpful to edit videos too that are fun and interesting.

  • Thank you Stanley! Glad you enjoyed this one!!

  • Hey @disqus_yPjsrJRFtq:disqus – Glad you enjoyed it!

  • We used the strategy once we got to 100k 🙂

  • Billy Mantel

    Great article Nathan. Real entrepreneur spirit in providing valuable tools and knowledgeable information in asssisting other’s success. I am now a fan of foundr and its structure.

    • Thanks @billy_mantel:disqus – we’re here to serve!! Please do share this with a friend that might find some use to it if get the chance 🙂

  • Natural Linens

    Great article, As a novice at Instagram and social media overall, this article has a lot of beneficial information to refine my presence on Instagram. thank you! looking forward to the Instagram Master Class!

    • Glad you enjoyed it @naturallinens:disqus – That’s what we do at Foundr! Post epic stuff to help entrepreneurs 😉

  • Klemen Zupančič

    Thank you! Really useful stuff!
    Missed your masterclass today, didn’t know about it :/ Will be any more maybe? Thanks!

    • You’re welcome @klemenzupani:disqus – No worries at all, please do email our support team and they will be able to look after you!

  • instagram is high then higher ..people work for this ides ..
    do his job for his boost up..

  • Yannick Pichler

    Great article Nathan. Question about crowdfire. Is there a way of following an account’s followers with one click or do you need to do it individually? Do you need the upgraded account to do so?

  • Roland Travas

    Nathan, can Instagram be done only from a Smartphone or is it possible on a lap top?

    • Smart phone only! But there are some tools that do publish via computer for you but they generally void Instagram’s terms!

  • hi Nathan, thank you for your inspirations!! do you recommend that we switch gears at some point and no longer need to do the follow-unfollow? I can’t imagine following 10k people 🙂
    and I see foundr only follows 100 or so accounts, so did you use the strategy to a certain point, then scaled back? were your fans annoyed when you unfollowed them? thanks a million!!!

    • You’re most welcome @apieceofrainbowananda:disqus 🙂

      I do recommend you switch gears, we did this for the first 100k!

  • PLo Robles

    Great article!! I’ve ran @sole_nation for a couple years now and what you’ve suggested to help your accounts is pretty much what I did.
    Now I’m trying to grow it more any advice?

  • Nathan, This is quite insightful and practical.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re welcome @fasorantidamilola:disqus – Glad it was helpful!!

  • Nice and very good guides to get real instagram followers. Instagram top social media that is best to engage to make advertise on any field.

    • Thank you @ariaclarke:disqus – Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Eduardo Cummings

    Hello..Got a question, using other imagery to promote yourself is good?

  • DM

    My business partner and I are currently using Instagress to help grow our lifestyle account. Is it a bad idea to use crowdfire in conjunction with Instagress? Instagress recommends you don’t take manual action while it’s automated processes are running, but I have done this to some degree so far without issue.

    • You shouldn’t use both at the same time. It’s asking for trouble @disqus_U7t1ZKSvKg:disqus

  • P Chan

    Very Useful Article Nathan. What do you do to attain followers for a new account now, with the new CrowdFireApp update?

    • Since this update, you either do it manually or remove this tactic from your strategies list.

  • Yes always credit where you can Patrick!

  • Since this update, you either do it manually or remove this tactic from your strategies list. Hope this helps Jenny!

  • Since this update, you either do it manually or remove this tactic from your strategies list. Hope this helps! There are no other tools for this!

  • Thank you @disqus_BDQNuAFDIa:disqus

  • Spot on @disqus_GQ5Pmx4SEk:disqus – Hashtags can be a great way to reference your content, but also find people that are interested in your content!

  • I liked most strategies and tactics but I hate the “follow you and I follow back” thing because it still looks like begging, you know? I prefer to invest massively amount of time building up my value cup and deliver it to society.

    Eventually, followers will come.
    And stay.

    Nice article nonetheless.
    Best regards
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    • Hey @disqus_Jxl69k4hZ7:disqus thank you so much for the feedback, and like anything please do take what is useful to you and discard the rest!

  • Thanks @graavaa:disqus – Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

  • Thanks @monty07:disqus – Glad you enjoyed it, please do keep us posted on how you go with the implementation of what we’ve shared!

  • Prem Sagar

    Nathan, Thank you very much for the article.
    You and foundr rock brother.
    You have inspired me a lot.

    Although I have a question about this article, You talked about following or copying brand followers. How is it then Foundr is following only 83 now, Do you unfollow all the others who follow you back too as time passes by???

    • You’re most welcome @disqus_KpGFdIbTec:disqus – We’re here to help entrepreneurs however we can at Foundr!

      We used this tactic a lot early on, but as time went on we don’t need to any more due the size and growth of our account. I think it’s only a good one in the early days.

  • Danny Flood

    Great article but I’m stuck with the shares for shares and networking. Can you write more about how you actually find the accounts to engage with? I mean is there a tool for finding people, like Followerwonk for Twitter? I downloaded Kik and it’s just sitting on my phone, I have no idea how to even get started using it.

    • Thanks @dannyflood:disqus glad you enjoyed it! To get started it’s all about networking and serving first and asking later. Reaching out to other accounts to develop relationships and partnerships! Hope this helps!

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    Ran into this post today and have just loved this step-by-step guide. Thank you so much for your tips, Nathan!

    One last thing: I’m trying to download your free eBook “How to Get Your First 10,000 Instagram Followers”, but it’s not being sent to my email. I already registered my email and nothing has arrived – checked the spam box as well. How do I get it?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hey @ericoshimada:disqus – Glad you enjoyed this post, in regards to the ebook, very strange. Please do contact our support team, and they will take care of you!

      • Érico Shimada

        Will do so. Thanks

  • Camilla Vestergaard

    Great article, thanks Nathan!!!!

    Unfortunately I weren’t able to attend the webinar Yesterday, so was extremely
    happy when I saw my inbox this morning with a link for it!

    For such a long time I pushed my superiors for getting Instagram, which in the
    end finally succeeded 🙂 However I have small question for you: I’m working for a
    Danish e-commerce (actually a German company, but they have a page in Denmark), but we aren’t posting our images in Danish! Would you
    recommend to use the language of the country or what would be most engaging?
    Since our Instagram is in English, the Bounce Rate gets higher when they enter
    a Danish page

    • Thank you so much @camilla_vestergaard:disqus – yes these strategies work no matter what countries or language 🙂

  • Michael

    My girlfriend has got little more than ten thousands followers. She uses zen-promo, hash-tags. Remembers the timing and so on. Longer than two weeks, but she has done it.

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    • Thanks @typearls:disqus – Glad to hear you get so much value from it!

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  • Abegail Smith

    Great article! This one is helpful, thanks for sharing keep it up,

  • Alex Perevalov

    Great article Nathan! Will try to stick to the plan and see how far it would get me. Quick question though on #4 hashtags, if you don’t include hashtags into your media description then it would not be associated with those tags if you add them in the comment would it? Would not it reduce chances of your media to show up in relevant search results?

    • @alexperevalov:disqus – Thank you 🙂 It looks spammy in the description having your hashtags there!

  • Proshifter

    Very helpful Nathan. Thanks for the great article. As a startup business, I needed some advice on how to manage my business’s Instagram account.

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  • Jan Pahor

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    I’m also doing great with my strategies, DM me on instagram to exchange some knowledge 😉

  • Alex Sullivan

    Nathan, awesome to see you doing so well. I have been following foundr and reading your tips for a while.

    1 question I have is about follow bots. I tried it and while my audience grew my engagement dropped like a stone. Doesn’t IG hit you in the algos 😉 for follow bots?

    • Appreciated @disqus_GQALJflx88:disqus – I recommend not to use bots!

  • Hi Nathan!
    Thank you for this article. Helped me write my own article regarding this subject.

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  • Those are great tips and I would definitely try them. I have been trying my luck on so many techniques, hope I find a solution with one of the above.

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  • Mary Hetherington

    Hi Nathan,

    Excellent article with a ton of useful tips! I’m hoping you can help me out with a quick question. For awhile I used Crowdfire’s Copy Followers feature to grow my account. When they discontinued that, I moved to Instagress, but now it’s gone as well.

    I’m hopeful that your team has found a new tool that people can use to help people grow their accounts. The other tips work very well, but Instagress was really speeding things up. Can you let me know what your current recommended tool is?

    I’d really appreciate some guidance on this,



  • This is a great article, Nathan.

    We actually followed some of the steps in this article and blogged about our experience. We have over 100 followers in less than one week and lots of engagement (100+ likes for our posts).

  • Peter Kovacs

    I really enjoyed this article. Thanks for reminding me about networking. In todays connected world we often forget that we are still dealing with humans and that it’s important to build relationships. Even if you never see the person, it’s still important. I’d suggest to try to get on a Skype video call (or meet for coffee) with anyone who is very important for your to build a strong relationship with. That visual human contact is going to strengthen the relationship and make you stand out.

  • Cameron Kinney

    Great article! Now is a great time to market on Instagram. I have tried everything from cheap bots, to paying an expensive freelancer to grow my following. The best thing I have ever tried is Relaxed Social Instagram Agency. I got 300 new followers each week. Thats my tip.

  • Vernet Florent

    Thank you Nathan for this great article. Question : Can you upload the link of the app Kik that you mention in Shoutout part ? I can’t find it on web. thank you

  • Brody Danger

    Thanks so much for all of the pointers! Since I have followed these steps my account has started really booming. My IG which is under @dangerbrody is slightly different because I post for a variety of different topics and followers. However everything that you have said really helped boost my following! Since you recommended, network network network! I will end on a networking note! anyone who enjoys outdoor photography, food or adrenalin sports please follow me @dangerbrody Thanks!

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