Instagram continues to grow exponentially. The acquisition by Facebook and the launch of the Android app continues to help Instagram be one of the world’s most popular social media platforms. Instagram currently has over 500 million daily active users. Those that are new to Instagram may have a difficult time learning the ropes. Instagram isn’t so straightforward and other users can be a little cruel to newbies. Therefore, it is essential to learn the tricks of the trade before rushing forward.
Never Copy Content
First and foremost, you should wholeheartedly understand the importance of originality and respect for others. If you see something awesome someone else posted, you should never copy it and post it as your own. This is a major no-no and will get you in hot water with Instagram veterans and elites! Instead, like their post and give them credit for a job well done. Some apps now allow you to “regram” which is similar to retweeting on Twitter. This allows credit to be given where credit is due.
Never Too Much
When people are new to Instagram, they often make the mistake of firing off way too many pictures at once. If you see something amazing during your travels, you may very well want to snap five or ten pictures. This is perfectly fine, but never post them all to Instagram at once. Instead, post a single picture and give it some time before posting another. If you post too much at once, you’ll flood your followers’ timelines and their only escape will be to unfollow you.
Hashtags can be tremendously helpful, when they’re used correctly. Unfortunately, a lot of people will spam their content with irrelevant hashtags to try and increase exposure. Although this will definitely serve its purpose, it will also annoy other users. Don’t do it, unless you want to be ignored by others. Using relevant hashtags is best.
When new to Instagram, you’ll need to bulk up on followers as quickly as possible. This will encourage many people to plead to others desperately asking to follow their accounts. Don’t do it. This will make you look bad and will only make others wary. Instead, you need to create great content and engage with others naturally. This is truly the only way to gain legitimate followers, without looking terrible along the way.
Another thing to remember is that you’ll eventually need to find other like-minded individuals. In order to do this, you should utilize an Instagram Search. A good search engine will give you the ability to search for other users based on a handful of parameters. Be sure to use these tools to your advantage, so you can find people that will actually be interested in the things that you care about!
Last, but not least, it is essential to keep your account active. If you stop posting content for a long duration, you will be unfollowed by others quickly. Although you shouldn’t post too much, you should post frequently enough to keep everyone entertained and engaged!
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