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  • I totally agree on the not participating in Facebook group comment threads. The comments are usually so spam-y and they’re from older people who just aren’t my audience. Basically a waste of their time and my time.

    I love these tips though girl!

    • Right?! I used to delete a lot of comments right after people posted them because they were so embarrassingly spammy. Thanks for stopping by Katherine!

  • great tips! I love to engage with fellow bloggers and explore new hashtags!



  • Awesome tips! I find that everyday photos tend to do better for me than blog post photos. People love seeing “behind the scenes” 🙂

    • Thanks Suzanne! That’s true, people don’t seem to like product-y photos as much haha.

  • These are fantastic tips, I have also noticed that searching the hashtag I am going to use and liking and commenting on posts prior to actually posting is helpful 😉

    • Haha I do the same thing, but after I post the photo! 🙂

  • Brittany Daoud

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I’m definitely going to look in to an IG pod!

  • Hannah Palamara

    These are awesome tips! Definitely implementing them ASAP

  • I hadn’t heard of the Instagram pod method, that is interesting! :]

    // itsCarmen.com

  • Ashley

    These are great tips! I always notice my photos do much better when I have spent some time engaging with my followers the day before!

  • hal

    Great tips – love the idea of using your own voice!

  • Great tips! I’ll have to keep these in mind for my posts!

    | diaryofasouthernmillennial.com

  • These are such important tips! I love Instagram but it can surely be time consuming.

  • She and the Whale

    great tips! I’ve never been interested in instagram basically I thought people on this platform can be a bit mean and always judging, turn out I was super wrong 😂

    • Haha I’ve met a lot of wonderful people on Instagram! 🙂

  • This was so thorough thank you! I’ve been working hard on my IG this month and you’ve given me such great ideas! 😀

  • Sophie Whiffen

    Great tips! I’m addicted to Instagram – love it!

  • aria

    Interesting blog you like.

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  • Maria

    All of these are great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Marie Ernst

    All of these are so important! Answering comments is always so fun!

  • These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!! I started blogging to meet new people, so engagement is my favorite part of blogging. 🙂 I couldn’t agree with you more on these points.

    xx Nikole

  • Amy

    Such great tips! Engaging with your followers is so important!!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Miss ALK

    Amazing tips! Many of these have helped me already and I’m looking forward to using them even more this year!

    xoxo A

  • Kimberly Hsieh

    I totally agree with you about engagement! It shows that your followers actually enjoy your content 🙂 also holla at pods <3

  • #4 & #5 are two things I always mean to do but I’m not sure where to start because I don’t know what accounts are “similar” to mine! I almost feel weird “assuming” someone will like my content based on someone else’s postings — I think I need someone with an impartial view point to tell me!

    • I took a quick look at your feed and your feed is very pretty/girly! I’d recommend liking fashion or lifestyle related posts under the #pursuepretty, #thatsdarling, #darlingmovement, and similar hashtags!

  • Ashley Frank

    Great ideas! I currently don’t have an Instagram account for my blog. I’m thinking of starting one but I’m not sure what I’d post.

    • I think Instagram is essential for blogs, and I definitely recommend taking a look at the Instagram accounts of similar bloggers for inspiration!

  • nicole simonetti

    I’ve hit a plateau w/ my engagement & following on instagram and have been hearing a lot about the ‘pods’ lately. think it might be something I have to either get involved with or start myself! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

    • Glad this helped you Nicole, good luck with it!

  • hannah ijih

    Thanks for sharing, I have taken your advice and joined the Facebook groups 🙂 xx

  • Kristen

    Very insightful! I love your tips. They are very helpful!

  • Dallas Calhoun

    Thank you this was really insightful! 🙂
    I never thought about looking at my target audience and trying to analyze which time would be the best to post for them!

  • I totally agree on using high quality photos! I never post iPhone picture but thats just my own preference. I also spend 30 min every 2 hours commenting on other peoples instas and answering all comments on my own post!

    • Most guides say to comment on photos once a day, I totally didn’t think of doing it on intervals! Great tip Bella 🙂

  • Love these! Commenting on bigger instagrammers helped me so much.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

  • All great tips!

  • Felisha Brunson

    Absolutely love these tips! I’m not the biggest fan of pods, but I love all the other tips!

    xo, Felly // http://www.fellybee.com/diy-kylie-cosmetics-paper-clips-free-cut-file/

  • Elly Leavitt

    love these tips! not sure how I feel about instagram pods tbh but everything else is so spot on. I always tag the brands in my photos, it’s helped so much!! x

    • I’m on and off about Instagram pods, I find that half of people in them end up being lazy and leaving lame comments I end up wanting to delete or liking/commenting 2 days later when it doesn’t matter anymore haha. Glad you enjoyed Elly!

  • Annette Dattilo

    Great post Jessica! I am new to Instagram so still feeling all the vibes involved, but each one of your points make so much sense. I love that you stated ‘engagement’ vesus followers. Through my little experience on Insta the engagement is so much more rewarding versus the ‘number’ aspect of it. Thanks for sharing. Have a good one.

    • Thanks so much for reading Annette, I hope these tips work for you!

  • Awesome iG tips <3

    Enclothed Cognition

  • mckenna bleu

    I love all these tips you shared! Theyre great to build your instagram account

  • Mary La Fornara

    You have some really great tips. There are some I’m definitely going to be trying.

  • Sophie Louise Buckle

    Really great tips that actually work!!”


  • phantomfrogstudios

    Nice tips! I only recently started instagram, and I will definitely try and take some of the forward with me!

  • Christine Dam

    These are great tips. I just recently started an insta gram account so these will all come in handy. Thanks for sharing these!!

    • I’m glad this helped you Christine, you’ll have a lot of fun with Instagram! 🙂

  • Great tips! I hadn’t thought about geotagging my photos.

    • Thanks Michelle! I look through geotags all the time so I always make sure to use them as well!