How To Become More Popular On Instagram
Instagram. An application so popular that many people are now “professional” photographers. However, no matter how hard they try, they don't seem to get any more followers and get popular. Why?
They forget it is a social network
Sure, it's an app to upload and share photos. But some people are missing the key word here, “share”. As with other people. People that will judge it, comment, like it or hate it, and eventually either follow or unfollow you.
A common problem with people not satisfied with the response they get, is their content quality. If you are a teenage girl and post half naked photos, not a lot of people will respect you and even those who follow you, will not stay there for ever. If you are using Instagram simply for the fun of it, then there is no issue with what you post. Some will like it, others won't, you will have great talks with people and that's it. But if you want something more than that, you will have to invest more resources and try harder.
First of all, be original. You can't get any more popular if there are already thousands of people using the same theme as you are, and while at the same time they have their own niche market by adding their personal twists and flavor. Being original is not as hard as it sounds. It doesn't mean you should go out there and take pictures of something no one else does. But what you can do, is make it personal. Instead of just another sunset, add more information to it. Location, background story, unique props, something.
Talk with your followers and interact with the community
That is also something that many people tend to forget. This isn't a photography contest. You will not solely get rated for the quality of your pictures. If people feel like they subscribed to a news feed instead of a living, breathing human that shares the same interests as they are, they will not stay with you for long.
Even if you don't yet have your own personal ideas and styles, you can talk to the people already following you. If it is important to you, you can ask them for ideas and advice on how to make your content better. Believe it or not, they can make judgments while being impartial and see things that you couldn't. You may have been photographing your hiking journeys and thought you were doing a good job at it, but your followers may say that pictures where you focus on wildlife are more vivid and the short stories you add in the captions, more interesting. Unless you engaged with your community, you would never now. You would stick to pictures about nature, while your true talent shines in jokes and puns in short stories describing of the two birds in the photo you just uploaded.
If you want to buy real instagram followers, then fair enough. It will give you a boost in popularity and aid the organic growth of your account. But that fame will be short lived, if any at all, unless you can keep up with what your audience is expecting from you.
In the end, you will have to think about one think. If people plan on following you, they are investing time and possibly effort to do so. They are investing in you and your work. But how can you keep them if you are not also interested in them and you work?