How I Gained 1.1k Instagram Followers in 1 Month
Can you believe it? Yet another month and come and gone, in what seems like the blink of an eye. It is crazy to say that March will be here tomorrow! And Spring is a few weeks away.
I thought 2017 just started?! Where has the time gone?
Although this month went by fast, I am happy to say that it was a great month. And I hope February was great for you too! I have waited to create this monthly review for what seems like forever. And I am beyond excited to share with you all that I have done in 28 short days!
This month was good to me. But it didn’t come easy. I worked hard and learned a lot!
I worked each day 8 to 5 for my full-time job. And I always work through lunch!
Then I worked on The Content Bug for at least an hour or 2 each night.
There were many nights that I worked while making dinner. Or I even worked when I was laying in bed at night. For a week, I even woke up at 5:30 and started work by 6. And I woke up at 7:30 on Saturdays and worked for a couple hours to start the day.
Almost every chance I got, I was working.
It was intense. And something I may (or may not) do again. But it was worth it to see the hard work pay off.
In the month of February, I…
- Increased my Instagram following by 1,100+
- Increased my Pinterest following by 115+
- Increased my monthly page views by 167%
- Had a blog post shared over 1,000 times
- Became an affiliate to 5 different companies
- Started an email list (launching next week!)
- Redesigned parts of my website
- And made $6.14 with very little effort!
And this is only my 2nd month blogging!
When surfing through Pinterest, you see a lot of blog posts with how bloggers made $15,000 a month blogging. Or how they increased their social media following by 500%.
And the fact of the matter is, that there are a lot of crazy bloggers out there who work their butts off to make it happen. And anyone can make it happen. You just have to be driven and crazy enough to do it.
To some, my achievements might not seem like a lot. But this is more than I thought I could have done in this month!
If you want to read more about my February monthly review, go ahead and read this blog post! It covers everything that I did this past month to get 1 step closer to my 2017 goals.
If you remember my January review, my goal was to have over 500 followers on Instagram, now I am over 1,500! I exceeded my own expectations. By a lot!
And I couldn’t have done it without you guys. The amount of love I have gotten in a short period of time is amazing! I would have never thought I would be where I am, just a month and a half after I launched this site.
So I want to say thank you! Thank you for being here. Thank you for supporting me. And thank you for helping The Content Bug grow.
Now let’s get down to it. I’m going to share all my darkest secrets on how I got my blog and social media to grow in just a short period of time.
Let’s do this!
My goal for the end of 2017 is to have 50k followers on Instagram. And that is a hefty goal! But I know it is something I can achieve if I work for it.
Remember last month where I said I wanted to have 500+ followers by the end of February. Well, I rocked that goal! Crushed it actually.
My Instagram at the end of January:
My Instagram at the end of February:
I gained over 1,100+ followers on Instagram in a month! Yep, you read that right. In 1 month, I more than tripled my followers. And it was surreal to watch it happen.
How I gained 1.1k Instagram followers
This month, I worked my butt off on Instagram. For a week straight, I was on Instagram at least once an hour liking over 100 photos. EACH HOUR!
I tried to comment on various posts with positive and thoughtful comments. And it wasn’t: “Great photo!”
No. Instead, I would read their captions and respond to what they said. Or I asked how they took the photo. Or how they edited it! I would even go and find new blog posts from fellow bloggers, read the post, and then go back to Instagram to leave a comment about it.
To say the least, I spent a lot of time on Instagram. BUT that was only for 1 solid week. And in that week, I increased my followers by 600+. It was truly amazing to watch.
But I knew I had to slow it down. I was wasting a lot of my time surfing Instagram trying to find other accounts to interact with. Since that week of intense Instagramming, my followers have increased much slower. But it is still increasing each day!
Now, I spend about a half hour in the morning, at lunch, and at night, finding new people to follow. I rarely ever leave comments. But I do try to go through my feed and like the photos. Or I will go to a hashtag I use, and go through and like photos of relevant content.
Also, I try to follow almost everyone who follows me first! Now I do get a lot of spam accounts that follow me. And that’s normal. So if you see accounts that try to tell you that they can help you get 1,000+ followers, IGNORE THEM! It’s spam. Only follow those accounts that are real, and interesting!
Following your followers is a great way to learn more about your followers and what they are up to.
But you have to pay attention to those people who are just following you to unfollow you. Again, this is normal.
I like to use the app Followers Pro for Instagram. This will show you who recently followed you, who unfollowed you, who isn’t following you back, and who you aren’t following back.
About once or twice a day, I go into the app and see who has unfollowed me. And if it is someone who I was following, and no longer have an interest in them… I will unfollow them as well.
I do the same thing with the area that shows me who isn’t following me back. If I have been following someone who awhile, and they don’t stand out to me, then I will unfollow them.
So if you want to weed out who you follow, and know who unfollows you, go get the Followers Pro for Instagram app! It’s free! (Like basically everything else I recommend to you)
If you don’t already follow my Instagram account, go do that now!
To say the least, growing you Instagram is not an easy task. You need to put in a lot of time and energy to really make it work for you.
And the main key to a successful Instagram presence is engagement. So continue to engage, engage, engage! And in time, there will be a great reward.
But also remember that your success is not determined by numbers. It does not mean that you are more successful if you have 10k followers compared to 1k. Instead, just be proud of every step of your journey and work your hardest to reach your dreams.
And if that means having a lot of Instagram followers, then more power to ya!
What are your goals for Instagram? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
Why, hello there! I’m Cathrin, the creator of The Content Bug. But since we are already virtual best friends, you can call me Cath. After working in the digital marketing industry, I decided it was time to share my love for online content creation, social media, and SEO with the everyday hustlers of the world… like YOU! You can almost always find me at a local coffee shop writing, reading and working on new things for The Content Bug. But when I have some free time, I love hanging out with my dog, going to a yoga class, and being outside. Stay connected with me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter to see what I’m up to!
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