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How I Gained 1,000 Instagram Followers Last Month

How I Gained 1,000 Instagram Followers Last Month

I somehow managed to gain 1000 followers on Instagram last month.

Although it was a lot of work getting it done in just a month, it was definitely worth it.

I’m now officially at 5,000 followers on Instagram!

I implemented some of the methods I listed in my guide on how to increase engagement on Instagram and tested out some new ones.

So, how the heck did I manage to do it?

The real question is, how did I manage to stay sane while doing it?

I spent most of my free time and every chance I got on Instagram for an entire month, and it’s not as easy and fun as it sounds.

Some people use like or comment bots, some use apps that help you follow and unfollow people, and some simply buy their followers, but I prefer to be as organic as possible, and it can get pretty time-consuming.

If you’re curious to see how I managed to gain 1000 Instagram followers in just one month, these are the methods I used.

Where I started before this experiment

This time last year, I had almost 1,800 followers, but I didn’t seriously start growing my Instagram until about 9 months ago.

It took 8 months for me to gain over 2,000 followers, and I managed to gain half that number in just March alone.

I started at almost 4,000 followers on March 1st and ended with 4,960 on April 1st.

So, I ended up gaining a total of 960 (we’ll round it up to 1000) Instagram followers in March.

The methods I used to gain 1000 Instagram followers in one month

1. I made sure to like at least 100 photos under different hashtags every few hours during the day

Every two to three hours, I searched up hashtags relevant to my niche and liked photos.

I made sure to like a minimum of 100 photos, but I usually liked around 200 photos from at least two different hashtags.

I wasn’t extremely selective, but I made sure to avoid liking photos of things like drugs, selfies of dudes, and children, because none of those matched the target audience I was looking for.

Most people don’t get many likes on their photos, so when you like their photo, it catches their attention, and they oftentimes like your photos back.

One of my older photos went from ~900 likes to almost 1,100 during this time.

If you use this method, be sure not to like photos too quickly and not to exceed 350 likes per hour, as you will get temporarily banned from liking photos.

2. I tried to comment on at least a third of these photos

Liking isn’t always enough to get people’s attention.

I tried to leave genuine comments on at least a third of the photos I liked, and I made sure to comment only on photos I truly thought were nice.

I really dislike when people leave comments like “nice!” or “fun!” on my photos, so I kept that in mind when commenting on other people’s photos.

3. I tried to post every single day

It feels impossible to have content to post every single day, and I don’t know how people find time to create so much of it!

I tried to shoot a lot of outfit photos last month as these tend to get the most engagement for me, and I tried to spend at least a few hours every weekend shooting flat lays.

According to Social Blade, I gain an average of 31 followers a day, and I don’t think that would be possible if I didn’t post daily.

How else are people going to find your account if you don’t post new photos for them to find under hashtags?

If you’re stuck on what to post on Instagram, I have a blog post all about Instagram photo ideas.

If you don’t have time to shoot new photos, look through old ones for things you haven’t posted before.

4. I created an aesthetic on my feed

Back in January, I decided to get rid of my Instagram aesthetic and just post whatever I wanted.

While it was more relaxing to not have to worry about planning how my feed looked, I wasn’t really seeing much growth and my photos weren’t doing as well.

I definitely think having a theme or aesthetic is essential to growing your Instagram.

Have a plan for your feed and make sure everything looks cohesive together.

I like to use the app UNUM to plan my feed.

Is this Instagram growth sustainable?

While it was fun to watch my account grow, it wasn’t really fun spending all my time doing “chores” on Instagram.

Last month I heard a lot of people struggled with engagement because of the new algorithm, but I found that doing all of these things really helped mine.

I haven’t been doing any of these things since I reached 5,000 followers, and my photos have dropped from getting 500-900 likes to just 500-600 likes per photo.

My follower growth has also slowed down.

How I gained 1000 Instagram followers in one month:

  1. Liking at least 100 photos under different hashtags every few hours during the day
  2. Commenting on at least a third of these photos
  3. Posting Instagram photos every single day
  4. Creating an aesthetic on my feed

So there you have it: all the methods I used to gain 1000 Instagram followers last month.

If you decide to go all out and try all of these methods, I’d love to know how it works for you!

What methods have you used to grow your Instagram account? What worked and what didn’t work for you? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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  1. Keri H says:

    Yes, teach me your ways, babe <3 Such hard work and you totally deserve it!

    Enclothed Cognition

  2. yay! congrats! I haven’t been very good with my IG yet since I’m still focused on writing content for my blog — but this is very high on my to-do list! Pinning this and saving it for later <3

  3. Jessica Lam says:

    Aw thanks girl! Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jessica Lam says:

    Thanks Justine! I hope this helps you ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. kiki says:

    thanks – The aesthetic aspects stumps me a bit – I’m a home stager and interior decorator (and blogger) I post pics of my projects and they all look different (as my clients all have different tastes) Do you think I should stop doing that and only post images that are more or less of the same look?

  6. Jessica Lam says:

    I think as long as all the images are edited similarly and taken in the same kind of lighting, it should look fine! This account posts photos of very different interiors, but it all looks cohesive because their photos are all taken in natural light and are taken from afar to show a lot of detail:

  7. Francesca Gariano says:

    Congrats on 5,000 follow Jessica! Your feed is always top notch. Thanks for the awesome advice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Treslyn says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips Jessica! Will definitely be implementing these in my Instagram growth strategy.

  9. Nina Ahmedow says:

    Great tips! I’m trying to post every day this month to see how that goes. I don’t really have the time to follow all these tips, so I want to go step by step. Once posting every day becomes second nature, I will continue with the next steps. Even if that takes more time, I think it makes more sense for someone who has a full-time job. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. thesofieyahdiaries says:

    Thanks for the tips!! If I wasn’t at school right now I would totally be implementing these tips xD I wish I had the time…

  11. Lyndsay Burginger says:

    Wow, some great tips! I think I would lose my sanity if I spent so much time on Instagram!

  12. Sheila says:

    Ooooh, this is very interesting! I totally feel you on the hard work pays off thing. I spent a good time posting 2-3 times EVERY day and definitely saw growth, but ended up getting burnt out. I’ve been hella stagnant at 6k (always gaining, always losing) and I think I’ll try your liking and commenting strategy to see how it works for me! Great post!!

  13. Cristina says:

    This is so useful! I’m trying to grow my instagram too, so thank you for sharing you good key practices. Also I woud appreciate it a lot if you could take a look at my insta and maybe give me some feedback (@janded)?

    Cristina | *janded

  14. Erica says:

    Oh, I hate dealing with all those constantly changing algorithms. i put so much time into Facebook until I realized that I was never going to beat that damn algorithm. So now I’m just starting to focus on Instagram and have had much better luck with just a small following. Thanks for all the great ideas for getting my Instagram following going.

  15. KenyaRae says:

    Man oh man! You must have a decent amount of free time to like 100 photos every few hours! I don’t even think I like 100 photos a WEEK let along ever few hours! I’m glad u truly earn your followers or in ur words organically! If I had more time I’d probably do this! I’m working on it !! Congratulations on your growth and increase of followers!

  16. KenyaRae says:

    Man oh man! You like 100 photos every few hours? Jeez o Pete! I do t even think I like 100 a week! This has definitely encouraged me to try harder! Congrats ๐ŸŽ‰

  17. Milan says:

    This is just what I needed! I was just thinking about this today and what I needed to do to help boost my following. Thank you for sharing your tips love.

    xo, Milan

  18. Kimberly Hsieh says:

    CONGRATS GIRL!! These tips are super helpful and I will definitely try to do them more!!

  19. Jessica Lam says:

    Thanks so much Francesca! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Jessica Lam says:

    Good luck Treslyn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Jessica Lam says:

    That’s a great way to go about it! I’d love to hear if these tips end up working for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Jessica Lam says:

    Haha you can do baby steps!

  23. Jessica Lam says:

    Good luck Sheila!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Jessica Lam says:

    I wish you the best of luck with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Jessica Lam says:

    Good luck Christina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Jessica Lam says:

    Thanks Milan! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Jessica Lam says:

    Thanks so much KenyaRae! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Jessica Lam says:

    Hehe thanks Kim!!!

  29. Cristina says:

    Thanks! Well, I edit my photos in Lightroom, since most of them are taken with a DSRL camera and I edit them according to the composition, to make them look closer to how the naked eye would see them. That’s probably why it looks like I don’t follow a certain pattern, but I’ll try finding and using one. Thanks a lot again, Jessica!

  30. tracey che says:

    Wow!! Will definitely try and implement this advice!!

    xo Tracey

  31. Jessica Lam says:

    I hope some of these tips help you Tracey!

  32. Thank you so much for sharing this advice! I look forward to seeing the results of implementing it in my own strategy (:

  33. Jessica Lam says:

    Good luck Dianna! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Jade Cao says:

    Great tips! I’m still very new to this whole social media blogging so these are definitely helpful! Thanks!

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