Let me just start off by saying that I have absolutely nothing against people who buy their Instagram followers or acquire them from third-party apps. I don’t agree with it, but it’s definitely a simpler way to attract people to your account and encourage them to organically follow you, and that’s really everyone’s goal in the end.
I don’t buy followers on Instagram for a variety of reasons, and I thought it’d be interesting to share to see if anyone else had similar or different thoughts.
1. I don’t want to trick potential sponsors
It’s a well-known thing that influencers get free products and get paid to promote products. When you start having a larger follower count, sponsors will start pouring in (as I’ve witnessed from others on Instagram). I personally don’t think it’s fair for sponsors to think they’re reaching an audience of 10,000 people when they’re really only reaching 1,000.
2. I want to learn how to do it on my own
I work in digital and social media, and all the companies I’ve worked for want organic followers who are actually engaging with their content. This means I have to learn how to gain genuine followers. It’s different for every kind of Instagram account, but a lot of methods are generally the same, which I talk about here.
3. It’s obvious when you don’t have real followers
It’s not very convincing if you get an average of 100 likes per photo and have over 10,000 followers, or if you get 20 likes in the first hour of posting a photo when you have a large following. I personally think 10% is a good like ratio, so if you’re going to buy followers, I recommend making sure your follower count is around 10 times your average number of likes.
4. It’s something to be proud of
It’s not easy to gain tons of Instagram followers, hence why there are so many guides and courses online. I may not have tens of thousands of followers, but knowing I’ve gained every single one of my followers from my own efforts makes me feel a lot more proud of it.
Have you ever bought followers? Are you against it? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments!