I would first suggest slightly rephrasing the question itself since there are fast ways and then there are sustainable ways that bring long-term results.
When just starting out on Instagram with the objective of using it for
business or influencing, some people are compelled to buy followers and likes and take a shortcut, thinking they tricked the system.
The truth is - this does not work. Even though results are very fast,
instant in fact, they cannot compare to those achieved through dedicated work and thought through strategy. The followers you gain are bots that are easy to detect by other users and will not contribute to your sales or influence.
The organic way of gaining a following is far more time consuming and requires having a strategy and dedicating a lot of time to achieving your goals. Here are some things that you should think about:
- Deciding on a theme.
Everything will make much more sense if you have a particular theme that you’re running on your profile since you’ll have peers to compare to, trends you know you have to keep an eye on, specific audience, frequent hashtags etc. The options of what can be Instagram content are infinite, so trying to cover everything will lead to being good at nothing.
- Once you have a theme, you should identify your competitors.
I don’t necessarily like calling them that, since these people can easily contribute to your success given you form a good relationship with them. Anyway, other influencers in this field are an important in terms of helping you stay on top of new trends and common practices.
- To continue with the previous point, finding and connecting with other people who are on the same journey can help you a lot. It’s always a good idea to reach out to them and see if there are any opportunities for collaborating and cross promoting each other’s content.
- Hashtags can be incredibly powerful when it comes to growing an account organically. A good hashtag is one that is relevant but not too broad or overly abused to the point where it doesn’t necessarily have appeal to your target audience.
Hashtags that have several thousand views are great for getting your content on the Explore page which is guaranteed to get you noticed.
- You should use hashtags to find and engage with other people who use them since this is a known way of getting noticed and followed by the relevant audience. You can also find these people among your competitor’s followers and use the same method of approaching them.
Now if you want to set small goals and buy few followers and likes
for starting phase then you have the same strategy but more effective result. Just do the things according to above mentioned points and boost those initiatives by buying few
followers and likes.
The points I brought up are broad, since every particular theme and profile have specific things that only apply to them. These however can and should be used in all scenarios.
Be patient and best of luck!