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How I Got 1,000 Real, Fun, Awesome Instagram Followers in 30 Days!

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How to Get Real Instagram Followers

Doing everything that you can to build your Instagram following, but it’s just not working?

No worries, let me show you exactly how I grew my Instagram followers to 1,000 in just 30 days!

When I first decided to start this blog, I wondered where in the world I was going to find my blogging tribe. Where else were mommy bloggers hanging out besides their own living rooms? And then one day it dawned on me…Instagram! The problem was I had ZERO Instagram followers and my blog was only a couple of weeks old…I felt a little helpless.

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So I signed up for a FREE Instagram webinar, which turned out to be an informercial for an Instagram course. BOO! I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to pay $400 to learn how to get Instagram followers, so instead I took to the internet and did as much research as possible..and then I just kinda wung it (winged it?) The results turned out better than I expected! I got 1,000 REAL awesome fun followers in just over 30 days (32 to be exact!)

Below I’m going to tell you the exact steps I took to reach 1,000 real followers on Instagram.

Look at what your competitors are doing

Head over to some of your competitors Instagram accounts and pay attention to what types of photos they are sharing and which photos receive the most comments & likes. You can use this information not only to determine what type of content you will share, but also how you will be able to differentiate yourself from your competitors.

Determine your Instagram Theme

If you look at some of the most successful Instagram accounts, you will notice that they have a theme of photos and a color scheme. For example, my target market on Instagram is Mommy Bloggers. I tend to share work station photos, funny & inspirational quotes, my morning cup of coffee, interesting products I find & lastly pictures of myself.

Beyond what type of photos you decide to share, you should also consider a color scheme. Now I know that sounds crazy, but I once heard the advice of “Keep candid and random shots for SnapChat, Instagram is the place for a cohesive collection of images” and I couldn’t agree more with that advice. The more I study successful Instagram accounts the more I see that they have cohesive themes & color schemes. My color scheme for Naptime Nation is lots of White & girly colors like pinks, turquoises & yellow. It all depends on what your target market likes and is attracted to.

Start your Instagram account and upload 6-10 images.

Before you follow anyone on Instagram. You’ll want to upload a handful of photos. It’s okay to do this now, because you have zero followers. This will be the only time that I would ever recommend uploading that many pictures at once. But the truth is you want to appear as legit. There are so many spammer accounts on Instagram, that users have gotten suspicious of accounts that don’t have many pictures.

Post 3-5 Photographs per day

As you are building up a following you will want to post several times throughout day to stay relevant and in peoples minds. Do NOT post 3-5 right in a row, you run the risk of annoying people!Β Once you have followers you can take this a step further andΒ se to determine when the best time to post on Instagram. This tool takes a look at your followers and lets you know the prime times for you to post photos.

Use Hashtags (But don’t go crazy)

I used around 5-7 hashtags on each image and I tried to use hashtags that people were already searching & using; #mommyblogger #bloggerlife #hustle #girlboss & #bossbabe were some of the hashtags that my target demographic was using. Although it can be tempting to use funny or ironic hashtags, I’d recommend sticking with ones that people are searching for.

Use LikesGrowers to Find new Followers

Now that you’ve got your account rocking & rolling it’s time to find your perfect demographic and I’ve got just the tool for you to use, it’s called LikeGrowers. LikeGrowers allows you to set up triggers for certain hashtags. For example, I have my LikeGrowers set up to like 30 photos an hour that are tagged with #mommyblogger & #momblogger. Why? Because that is the exact target market I’m looking for. You will want to do a little research and figure out which hashtags YOUR target market is looking for and then pop them into LikeGrowers.

Follow Everyone That Follows You (Except Spammy Accounts)

Now this rule is one that you must follow! In order to get the love, you must GIVE the love. That means, if someone follows or likes one of your photos, check out their account and if they are legit, follow them. Then go a step beyond and like a few of those photos to show that you noticed them.

Spread the Love

As I mentioned above, Instagram is a two way street, you’ve got to give to receive. So, each time you post a photo & someone likes it. Repay the favor and like one of their images. If you aren’t following them yet, go ahead and give them a follow. This is a great way to show your Instagram followers that you are engaged and enthusiastic about what they are sharing.


Use Crowdfire to Monitor your Unfollows

Everyone has different motives on Instagram, so occasionally you will get followed by an account, ONLY to get unfollowed once you’ve followed them back. This is really shitty and there is no other way to put it. However, you can use a mobile app called Crowdfire to monitor who unfollows you.

Every couple of days I log into my Crowdfire app and click on Recent Unfollowers, this gives me a list of the people who recently unfollowed me. Now don’t take the unfollow personally, some Instagrammers just do this to boost their own numbers. I usually go through the list and unfollow anyone who has recently unfollowed me in order to keep my following to follower ratio pretty even.

Use Crowdfire to Follow your Competitor’s Followers

Now here is a strategy that I employed later in my 30 days, and if I had done it sooner, I’m positive I would’ve gotten to 1,000 in less than that. Within the Crowdfire app there is a place to “Copy Followers”. What you’ll want to do is go ahead and enter the Instagram name of your competitor and it will give you a list of their most highly engaged fans. Then all you have to do is follow them and hope they follow you back.

Comment often on your followers images

Show the love on your followers photos and comment every now and then. No you don’t have to like and comment on every photo one of your followers posts, but it doesn’t hurt to comment occasionally if you have something nice, funny or positive to say! Remember, people post on Instagram in order to receive some them the love!

And there you have it, every single tactic I used to get to 1,000 fun, (and real) Instagram followers in 30 days!Β Now that you’ve got an Instagram strategy, head over to Instagram and follow me @NaptimeNation and I’ll do the same to you!

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Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 76 comments

  1. Kylie

    OK. I’m totally doing a lot of these right now — did you spend a lot of money on Likestagram? I’m gonna assume no, but I just wondered if $10 was enough?

  2. Joanna

    I love this! I will have to check out Likestagram:) really awesome tips!

  3. Dia@ All The Things I Do

    Never heard of Liekstagram but it sounds like a great tool and is on my list of things to do this week. I have been searching hashtags I use often and trying to interact with the images/users who match it. This are really great tips. I will be sharing.
    P.S. It is super shitty when people follow you and then unfolliow once you follow back!

  4. Logan Can

    Commenting and liking others photos has really helped me! Great tips!

  5. Katarzyna

    These are pretty useful tips! I just made an Instagram account recently and still trying to figure it out, hopefully your post will make it easier for me πŸ™‚

  6. Daniela

    From a new blogger to a pro blogger, thank you so much for the tips! I really love taking photos and have been wanting to focus on my Instagram account as a platform to grow my blog. Some of these tips are things I had already been thinking of, but I’m super glad to have learned about Crowdfire! Downloading as we speak … πŸ™‚

  7. Alicia

    Thank you so much, Chrystie, for all of these helpful tips! My blog is almost a month old and I am frantically trying to find ways to gain followers. I learned so much from this post that can help me build my Instagram following. When I started up I jumped in blindly and didn’t really know what I was doing. I’m definitely going to work on my theme. Thanks again for the help!

  8. Allison Jones

    These are awesome tips! I’m always trying to grow my Instagram followers.


  9. Tara

    Great tips, but I don’t Instagram to be work – it’s too much fun! Never heard of Likestagram, but sometimes I get likes on my photos the instant I post them. Must be something like that.

  10. Danielle Greco

    Great tips, these “secrets” really do make a difference. I started using crowdfire, following similar accts followers, and liking and commenting a ton and wow it really made a difference. Glad you wrote this post
    Danielle Greco –

  11. michelle

    i have never heard of likestagram it sounds very helpful. i would also like to start keeping check of who unfollows me so that i too can keep me follower to following ratio good

  12. Bree Hogan

    Thanks for some great tips, I will take these on board as I refocus on my Instagram strategy. Thanks!

  13. Heather with WELLFITandFED

    This was super helpful. Thank you so much! There are some things here that I have not been doing. I am also going to look at likestagram. Did not know about that!

  14. Mama Munchkin (@globalmunchkins)

    Such awesome tips. That is how I grew mine too. But, I hadn’t heard about Likestgram I am going to check it out!

  15. Jennifer @ The Champagne Supernova

    These are all great tips. I recently hit 10K followers by employing many of these ideas. Cheers!

  16. Grady

    Wow, this is really awesome progress – I’m so impressed! πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely be checking out some of these options!

    • Chrystie

      Oh good! It’s very easy to do once you use the right tools and stay engaged πŸ™‚

  17. Kathleen

    I also have an app that let me know who unfollows me, I dislike that people follow you just so you can follow them back and when you do, they unfollow you! (LOL). The app is great.

  18. husna favaz

    Wow! great tips! right in time when I needed. I have started using crowdfire, maybe should be using likestagram too!

  19. *AndreA* (indianbyserendipity)

    Excellent tips Chrystie! I am sure going to try them out! And your Instagram feed is awesome, funny and classy! =) Thanks!

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  21. Vicki

    Just discovered this blog & I love it! Thanks for all of the tips. How did you know which hashtags to use on Likestagram? I feel like at the moment I only really understand what my customer will be searching for, rather than what they will tag their own photos with (I’ve started a fashion blog, so I know my followers are interested in clothing & trends, but not sure they would use those hashtags themselves!).

    Keep up the great work!
    Vicki πŸ™‚

  22. Simon Ostrovsky

    Thank you for this article. All in all, it would be very useful to follow your advices, but ,as for me, i use and it has the same likestagram’s features and even more: find real ad active followers via hashtags, g-location, etc. So, it’s more rational to enjoy more functional app, isn’t it?

  23. Jillian

    This was a really great post. You were insightful and didn’t give the exact same info everyone else and their dog gives! I’m just starting up my blog and business and can’t wait to get to the point where I have a ton of followers I get to interact with!

  24. Katrine

    Great tips. Thanks!

    I’m following you on Instagram now – AND I bought the 10$ Likestagram πŸ˜‰
    I’m also liking and commenting more πŸ™‚
    Hoping for more followers

  25. Beata Redzimska

    Thanks fot that tip with Crowdfire

  26. Vivianna

    Great tips Chrystie! I’m definitely going to checkout likestagram & crowd fire! CF has been emailing me & I’ve been ignoring it for a while…

  27. Joan Petit

    Thanks for the info! l tried and works so well. Nowadays I’m also using and is working fine. do you know another websites with intagram triggers?

  28. Malissa

    Awesome post!! I’m jacking it all up Haha… now I can focus on getting the right followers so I can change some lives! I’m not blind anymore ?
    xoxo Malissa!How-to-Stand-Up-for-Yourself/c1k7g/56ff51f40cf2fa22e0eb94ea

  29. Humaira

    Great article, and super useful focussed tips. I’ve just started adding more cohesive photos and re-imagining my instagram feed. Finally utilising hashtags, and will be using the tips you recommend. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Diana

    WoW! Thank you for this…I am trying to figure out how to get real followers and this is perfect. I know that the algorithm for Instagram has changed (at least that is the rumor I have gathered from other sources, personally it is all voodoo to me and I don’t get all this algorithm stuff just yet), would you change any of this advise with this new algorithm in play?
    But, seriously love the post!

  31. ashley

    I started a likesagram account thanks to you! But I was wondering how many hashtags you use? and what hashtags you use? I’m not really understanding what kind I should use.. My instagram is rustic chic and I love blogging and beauty.

  32. salma

    Thanks alot! your articles help me alot.

    You are an amazing writer πŸ™‚

  33. Severin

    what app do you use to edit your photos?

  34. vinma

    Thank you! I could use each of these tips. I am pretty new to Instagram, so this is so helpful.

  35. Valerie

    This is a great post! I just started my own blog and have been looking for ways to promote it, I will definitely be trying this soon!

  36. John

    Keeping an eye on your competition and what they’re doing can be very useful for growing your following, even better is targeting their Instagram followers directly!

  37. jess

    Instagram has recently stopped apps like Crowdfire doing the ‘copy followers’ option, I’m so annoyed as that sounded like a great and easy way! Do you know of any other apps that have this feature?

  38. Jessi

    Is there a way to set up Likestagram like you did without spending money?

  39. Shawna

    I just followed you. Let’s see it you follow back πŸ˜› haha

    Thanks for the suggestions. I started an instagram about my weight loss (as many have before me) mainly for inspiration and support. I didn’t really care about getting a lot of followers but I do need SOME in order to receive (and give of course) support. I had 8 followers and today I realized I lost one. Since I had such a small amount I went and checked out who unfollowed me. Turns out is was a girl who was following over 4 thousand people… 4 THOUSAND people and my one photo of my weeks weight loss gets me unfollowed by this girl haha I felt kind of sad, like what did I do wrong? haha
    Thanks again!! Great advice

    • Chrystie

      Ha! I think I followed you back πŸ™‚ Don’t take it personally when someone unfollows’s just a game some Instagrammers play!

  40. Carmen

    You, my friend, are a gem. Thanks for all this. Do you happen to know if crowdfire got rid of the “copy” feature. I can’t seem to find it!

  41. Jessica

    Did you find that when you used likestagram, you would have to weed through your likes to make sure that the bots weren’t liking dodgy content?

    • Chrystie

      Luckily, I haven’t ran into this issue yet. But I can see where some hashtags are overrun with spam that it might be an issue!

  42. e.

    One of the best post I seen so far. It’s not about, how many followers you have. I love to interact with my Instagram followers and give some love back to them. Thank you so much for mentioning crowfire. I downloaded to my phone and wow love it!

  43. Sara Hernandez

    This post is fantastic. I love all of the blogging advice you have on your blog. I’ve been focusing lately on growing a following on Instagram. I’m definitely going to be checking out Likestagram and Crowdfire.


  44. Ali

    Totally going to try this. My IG isn’t even a week old. My goal was 400 by the end of the month, but now I’m going to try these strategies and aim for 1000! Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  45. Jamie

    Love all these tips! Just signed up for Likestagram, but do they have a free trial?

    Great post!

    xx, Jamie

  46. Megan

    This is awesome! Thank you for the tips!

  47. David U.

    Oh, you said you used likestagram but what about zen-promo (com?) that I use? It finds real followers in location you set. And that’s awesome cuz’ search process is made with special algorithm that finds people with the same interests

  48. Loralin

    Thank You!

  49. joann

    very interesting! thank you for sharing!!
    but there is a thing… if you follow everyone who follows you, how is that you have over 15k followers and you only follos 1500??? hmmmm
    something is not right…

  50. Su Zu

    Great tips Chrystie. I’m very new on Instagram and this post throws a light on how it works. Glad I found you. I will be following you and hope you return the love

  51. Carly

    FYI, Crowdfire no longer has those Instagram features. Found out the hard way after paying for the subscription. Boo πŸ™

  52. Charina

    Thank you so much for these awesome tips! I can’t wait to get started and gain a solid following:)

  53. sarah

    Hello! So I got the app for Likestagram and it seems like its full of pop up stuff. Am I doing something wrong? Both that and Crowdfire just didn’t seem what I thought it would be…I must be missing something.

  54. Laura Harris

    This is the best list of tips on growing instagram I’ve ever seen! Thank you!

  55. Tanalee

    Such awesome tips. thanks so much for posting!

  56. heather topf

    Great article – thanks! I just got crowdfire, but I can’t find those features on insta, just on twitter – is it something you still use?

    Heather xx

  57. Sara

    These tips are amazing! The ones on this page and on other parts of your blog. Thank you for sharing them — they’re so helpful! My blog is only like a week old so I’m still working on it (and my social media sites) to get it ready to launch so information like this is so important to me. You rock!

  58. Nikhil

    Nice article i will apply this in my instagram account

  59. Lena Dee

    I’m new to the blogger scene and I really love these tips! They’re all note worthy…btw I love your blog setup, great posting. Hopefully someday soon my blog will look as lovely as yours πŸ™‚

    Lena xx

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