Day 9: Amateur efforts can get you to 100 followers in 8 days

Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash
  1. Post twice a day Mon-Sun with minimum four hashtags and strong focus on the captions
  2. Balance funny photos/videos with raw cuteness
  3. Post at opportune time windows
  4. Allocate 15 minutes a day aggressively liking and commenting on others’ posts
  5. Document findings every other day to troubleshoot
Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash
  1. It’s important to curate the people you follow on IG, because there’s no point bloating up someone else’s follower count without getting much in return. Your cat’s cute, babe, but it’s engagement I’m after. When you surround yourself with (read: follow) people who also follow you, you create this safe little echo chamber of positive reinforcement
  2. Photos do better than videos in terms of post engagement so far. It seems the IG crowd have an attention span of 3 seconds, so videos can’t even make the cut unless you spell out the spoiler in the caption right away
  3. There is a ‘New to Instagram’ label that appears on accounts that are, obviously, new to IG. This function played a big part in my ability to target the right accounts and convert them into followers. I will cover this in detail on Day 11/12
  4. My content appeals to a specific type of person and geography, and this will determine the timing windows for my posts moving forward. I will cover this in detail on Day 13/14
  5. There are many ways to get engagement on IG, from interactive Stories, to giveaways to competitions. I will cover this after I’ve hit 500 followers. I’m trying to be optimistic here

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