Blog

How to Gain Followers

If you’re on Instagram or really any social media platform to market something, you’re going to need a large following. Whether you have your own shop, brand repping, influencing, or whatever it is, you’re going to need to have followers. How to gain followers is a pretty secretive thing in the social media world. A lot of individuals do this in a “hush-hush” manner because they don’t want to be looked down on. My way of thinking in the IG world is we’re all trying to grow & we all are different, so why not help one another out. Especially in the influencing world, it’s not our decision if we get picked for jobs or not, it’s the companies, so why not support & help one another. But like I said, not everyone thinks that. I’ve literally been blocked from individuals I thought were my IG friends because of them wanting to be secretive about their influencing & followers. It’s seriously crazy to me! So that’s why I’m going to share what I did to get the following base I have.

BTW, I do not think I’m some pro at this. Not in the slightest okay! I am really just trying to help bring some light to something that nobody wants to talk about & hopefully help people getting started on social media. I still have SOO FAR to go but I do think I have passed a few mile markers that would help others to know about.

      1.  Open Follow Loops

I briefly mentioned this in a past post about brand repping, but this seriously is one of the first things I did to grow my following & it really helped! This is not something I do anymore, mainly because I don’t have time in my schedule but if I did I’d probably still be. This is a simple, FREE way to gain followers. All you have to do is search the hashtag #openfollowloop , #mamafollowloop, #bloggerfollowloop, etc and tons of options will pop up. Of course make sure you find one that is actually currently open & not an old one. You also want to pick ones that fit with your “niche”. For example, since I’m a mom blogger, I’d choose one that is related to that such as the #mamafollowloop. You go through the specific open follow loop you chose & follow everyone that has already posted to their page. Once you have followed everyone, post the image & rules to your page so that everyone that goes in behind you will do what you just did and follow you too. So when you get follow requests from individuals with that on their page, follow them back. It’s just a “if you follow me, i’ll follow you” program, but it’s for individuals with the same “niche” as you so they are more likely to remain following you. It’s a great way to find other pages you may end up really loving too. Here’s some examples of previous ones I was apart of.

      2.  Shop/Company Giveaways

A lot of small shops or even larger brands love to host giveaways. It’s a great way to gain followers, as well as try to win some goodies! The rules to enter include to follow the accounts participating so if you want to win, you gotta follow. Some places will require a giveaway to be apart of their agreement to work with you, but it’s also a good way to ask for a collaboration. When you reach out to a shop/company to collaborate you can pitch the idea for a giveaway & how it would be a great way for you both to gain followers.

For these types of giveaways, it really just depends if this will be a photo you take & upload for the giveaway or if they will want you to post a image they created for the giveaway. I’ve done both. Usually if it’as an image I actually take, I leave that photo up on my page forever with the caption changed to CLOSED. But if it’s an image they provided, that only stays up until the giveaway winner has been claimed. My opinion is if it’s not my photo, it shouldn’t permanently be on my page. But everyone is different and this is totally up to you.

You also do not have to have the word GIVEAWAY on the photo. I have posted tons of giveaways with brands where I did not have that on the image, only written & explained down in the caption. That’s another decision that is up to you & the brand. Here’s a couple photos where they were giveaways (which you will still find image & info on my page) that do not have Giveaway written on them.

 

      3.  Paid Giveaways

This is probably one of the more “controversial” ways of gaining followers. Paid giveaways are something I found out about a few months ago, and in my opinion are just fine. This is a giveaway that you join to be apart of & it costs you to do so. There are tons of these giveaways out there, and tons of these giveaways that are fake or just plain bad. So this is something that I totally encourage you to do your research with to make sure you’re joining a legit giveaway. You can find giveaways from $20-$500+, yes I said that right $500+ to join a giveaway, CRAY CRAY! And just like before, you can find them for your niche. If you have a lifestyle page, you can find $1,000 Target shopping spree, Homegoods gift card, etc etc. When I first started doing giveaways, and to this day I’ve really only did a handful or so, I started with smaller ones. Giveaways that had $25-$50 buy-in to participate. What I realized is that you def gain followers based on what you are putting into the giveaway. The more the giveaway costs, the most likely you are to gain more followers. The problem is there is no guarantee with any of this. A giveaway may happen that was expected to gain 500 followers or whatever and not. And you have lost out on what you paid for. But from my experience, I’ve never really had a horrible giveaway. I’ve had ones better than others for sure, but nothing that I thought “worst mistake ever”  lol. The whole concept and the entire reason you’re having to pay to be apart of this giveaway is:

  1. You are paying for the item that is being given away
  2. You are paying for the cost of the sponsors to be apart of the giveaway

The whole way you are gaining followers is because they have found certain sponsors, which are just IG’ers that have large followings to join in & post this to their page. So therefore, the thought is you now have access to a lot of their followers. Do you get every follower they have, no….no way. But you do usually get a decent amount based on what the buy in was. And a lot of paid giveaways now are telling you what they expect the giveaway to pull in for followers.

The controversy of this is that it’s just like buying followers. In my experience though, it’s nothing like it. When I first was starting out on IG & joining open follow loops, I started to receive dm’s from people trying to get me to buy followers or pay them to increase my page following. I received a lot, & ignored a lot. But at one point I received an offer that was free to try. They would give you 500 followers for free in hopes that you would be WOW’d and pay them for more. I decided to give it a go since it wasn’t costing me anything, and I’m glad I did honestly. I realized real quick what this buying followers meant, it’s bullshit. Excuse my language, but seriously it is lol. All you are doing is getting fake, bogus accounts. I mean literally it’s ridiculous. These “followers” are not going to actually engage & help grow your page because they are not real. And if a brand looks through your followers and sees all these completely obvious bogus accounts, they will not be thrilled about working together. The whole point for brands to work with you is to share & market, how the heck are they going to do that with fake people?!?! So, I learned real quick I never wanted to buy followers & thankfully because I didn’t pay for anymore followers from this person they took them back. THANK YOU! haha

That is the thing to be careful with when signing up for a paid giveaway. Some shady people create giveaways just to get your money and then to keep you happy send you bad accounts to follow you. That way it looks like you got your moneys worth from the giveaway. I also recommend paying attention to what the sponsors niches are and from where they are from. If every giveaway you do has overseas sponsors, that’s where all your followers will be from & US brands will be less likely to work with you. Oh and they also now started doing these “hidden giveaways” where you don’t have to post on your page. This way you don’t have to clutter up your page with giveaway posts, or if you’re in the middle of a campaign you don’t have to interfere with it etc. Only the sponsors that are apart of giveaway are posting to their page. These usually are much more expensive to join. My opinion on paid giveaways, is that as long as you’re finding a legit giveaway, it’s worth it. Yes you do loose followers once it ends, but you keep more than you loose. I’ve had good luck with the few I’ve done and I really believe it helped grow my page overall with engagement.

I have started working with a giveaway account that is legit & I’ve had good results in. They also have a great range of giveaway buy-ins as well as different themes depending on what you’re looking for. The page is @instaloops1 (https://www.instagram.com/instaloops1/) & I do have a discount code you can use for $2 OFF a giveaway. Code: TIFFANY

      5. Put in the Work

This is not every method to gaining followers. There is follow/unfollow method where basically your mass following people in hopes they will follow you & then unfollowing them once they do, in hopes they won’t notice & continue following you. I don’t like that and I’ve never done that. But you can google on it if that’s something you’re interested in & I do know they make apps to help do this easier.

Really I’m sure there are tons more ways of gaining followers that I just can’t think of right now but really none of it matters if you’re not putting in the work. If you’re not creating & posting good content then you’re page is not going to have good overall engagement. And by engagement I mean comments on photos, likes, saves, profile clicks, etc etc. These are all important things that brands look at. It’s a cliche thing to say because it can be said about anything you’re trying to do, but that’s because its true.

You put in the time, you put in the work, you will grow & succeed. 

I truly hope this helps you & if you have any questions or if I missed anything, leave me a comment below. And don’t forget to scroll down & hit the follow button to be alerted of the next post!

 

 

Tagged , , , , , ,

About parenthoodbabystyle

101 thoughts on “How to Gain Followers

  1. I have been super interested in the secret giveaways to grow my account. I’ve been stuck just over 10k, but am worried about my demographics. I know you stated to watch the location of the sponsors, but I know so many companies ask to see my male vs female ratio and top cities. Would you be willing to show those, to help others like myself that are worried before jumping in on these giveaways. It definitely seems like the way to go, and I just assumed it would alter those poorly, but I guess I’m wrong?

    1. Thank you so much for checking out my page & asking questions. It really means a lot!
      As far as demographics go, that’s def something to keep in mind but since the giveaways I’m doing are niche related and I’ve checked out the sponsors who are majority ladies too, it hasnt affected it much. I think before I started giveaways, I was at 10% men and 90%women. Now after doing giveaways I’m 18%men and 82%women so not that much of a difference. I’ve had no problems with brands worrying about that ratio or even questioning it. I hope that answers your question, let me know if I can answer anything else!

  2. Love all this detailed info! I’m pretty new-less than a year blogger/IGmer and it is a lot of work that only bloggers know and learn as we go! Love your page mama!

  3. Good day I am so grateful I found your site, I really found you by error, while I was researching on Aol for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a incredible post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the minute but I have saved it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the superb work.

  4. Thanks for your posting. My partner and i have often noticed that a majority of people are eager to lose weight when they wish to show up slim and attractive. Having said that, they do not always realize that there are many benefits for you to losing weight as well. Doctors declare that over weight people come across a variety of diseases that can be perfectely attributed to the excess weight. The good news is that people who are overweight in addition to suffering from several diseases are able to reduce the severity of their particular illnesses by means of losing weight. It’s possible to see a gradual but noted improvement in health if even a moderate amount of fat reduction is realized.

  5. r0d3nt is a rapist and mentally ill do not trust him. R0d3nt raped 2 girls at hacker conventions andrew strutt wife Sichan Li is in the United States illegally. r0d3nt has an undiagnosed psychiatric disorder from a head injury. r0d3nt has taken money from Lebanse Intelligence Officer and recently arrested hacker and owner of Krypton Security Khalil Sehnaoui. andrew strutt accepted a hotel suite in Las Vegas in 2015, 2016, and 2017 in excess of $2,000 a night from Khalil Sehnaoui. andrew david strutt wife is a former reporter and Chinese Communist Party reporter. andrew david strutt wife has access to his secret material. DOB 6/3/1975 sprint phone 321-917-5986 google voice 702-514-0650 works at leidos cyber

  6. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after
    I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all
    that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say great blog!

  7. Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad
    and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
    I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  8. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know
    a lot about this, like you wrote the bolok in it
    or something. I think that yoou could do wioth some pics too drive the message home a bit, but othe than that, this is fantastic blog.
    A great read. I will certainly be back.

  9. Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m inspired!
    Very helpful information specifically the remaining part :
    ) I deal with such information a lot. I used to be looking for this particular
    information for a very long time. Thanks and best of luck.

  10. Cool one! Interesting informations over this site. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be much more useful than ever before. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. I’ve spent 2 hours searching for such informations. I’ll also share it with some friends interested in it. I’ve just bookmarked this web. Now with the search done, I will watch some online hot gay cams. Thanks!! Greetings from Los Angeles!

  11. Simple and easy!! Interesting info over this web. It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. I ‘ve spent some hours looking for such tips. I’ll also share it with some friends interested in it. I have just bookmarked this website. Now with the job done, I will find some online trans cams. Gracias!!! Greetings from San Antonio!

  12. I was more than happy to search out this internet-site.I needed to thanks for your time for this excellent read!! I definitely having fun with each little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you weblog post.

  13. I believe this is one of the such a lot important information for me.
    And i am satisfied reading your article. However want to remark on few common things, The site style is great, the articles is
    actually nice : D. Good activity, cheers

  14. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout
    out and say I truly enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects?
    Many thanks!

  15. I do not even know how I ended up here, however I thought this post was once great.
    I do not understand who you are but certainly you are
    going to a well-known blogger for those who aren’t already.

    Cheers!

  16. Greetings! Quick question that’s entirely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My weblog looks weird when browsing from my iphone 4.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to resolve this problem.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. With thanks!

  17. You’re so interesting! I do not believe I’ve truly
    read through a single thing like this before. So great to
    discover another person with some original thoughts on this topic.
    Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is needed on the web,
    someone with a bit of originality!

  18. After looking into a handful of the blog articles on your blog,
    I seriously appreciate your way of writing a blog.
    I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future.
    Take a look at my website too and let me know what you think.

  19. Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but
    I was wondering if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  20. Hi this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know
    if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted
    to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would
    be enormously appreciated!

  21. Perfect! Interesting tips over this website. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more helpful than ever before. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. I have spent 3 hours looking for such tips. I will also share it with my best friends interested in it. I have just bookmarked this website. Now with the job done, I going to enjoy some free online model cams. Thanks!! Greetings from Odessa!

  22. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading
    your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  23. Hola! I’ve been reading your website for a long time now
    and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you
    a shout out from Humble Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up
    the good job!

  24. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto
    a friend who has been conducting a little homework on this.
    And he in fact ordered me lunch due to the fact that
    I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this….
    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time
    to talk about this subject here on your web site.

  25. Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading
    correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

  26. Definitely consider that that you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be at the web
    the easiest factor to be mindful of. I say to you,
    I definitely get irked whilst people think about concerns that they just do not realize about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and outlined out the whole thing without having side effect , other folks
    could take a signal. Will probably be back to get
    more. Thanks

  27. This is the right website for anybody who wishes to find out about this topic.
    You know a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a fresh spin on a subject that’s been written about for many years.

    Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!

  28. Hi, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your website in Ie, it looks fine but
    when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that,
    superb blog!

  29. I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be what precisely
    I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content in your case?
    I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you
    write related to here. Again, awesome weblog!

  30. Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve take into account your stuff
    previous to and you are simply too excellent. I actually like what
    you have bought here, certainly like what you’re saying
    and the way during which you are saying it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to stay
    it sensible. I cant wait to learn much more from you. That is
    really a terrific website.

  31. Simply wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness in your post is
    just great and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject.
    Fine with your permission allow me to grab your feed to
    keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the gratifying
    work.

  32. Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa?

    My website addresses a lot of the same topics as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you might be interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Superb blog by the way!

  33. When I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify
    me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I receive 4
    emails with the exact same comment. Is there an easy method
    you are able to remove me from that service?
    Many thanks!

  34. Hi there, i read your blog from time to time and i own a
    similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam responses?
    If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any
    assistance is very much appreciated.

  35. Magnificent beat ! I wish to apprentice whilst you amend your site, how could i subscribe
    for a weblog web site? The account helped me a appropriate deal.
    I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered brilliant clear
    concept

  36. Hello, I do think your web site may be having web browser compatibility problems.

    Whenever I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues.
    I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!
    Aside from that, wonderful blog!

  37. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and
    I am impressed! Very useful information specifically the final phase :
    ) I handle such info much. I used to be looking for this certain info for a long time.
    Thanks and good luck.

  38. Hi there great blog! Does running a blog like this take a
    great deal of work? I’ve very little understanding of coding however I had been hoping
    to start my own blog soon. Anyway, should you have any ideas or techniques for new blog
    owners please share. I understand this is off topic however I just wanted to ask.

    Thanks a lot!

  39. Thanks for another magnificent article. The place else could anybody get that kind of info in such an ideal way of writing?
    I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I’m on the search for such information.

  40. Hey there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give
    a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics?

    Thank you so much!

  41. Greetings, I think your site may be having web browser compatibility issues.
    Whenever I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads
    up! Aside from that, great blog!

  42. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to
    me. Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking
    back frequently!

  43. Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other
    websites? I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have
    you share some stories/information. I know my
    readers would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely
    interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  44. It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I have read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you few interesting
    things or tips. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article.
    I want to read even more things about it!

  45. Hi, i believe that i saw you visited my blog so i got here to return the favor?.I’m attempting to in finding issues to enhance my web site!I suppose
    its adequate to make use of some of your ideas!!

  46. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve take into account your stuff prior
    to and you are just too fantastic. I actually like what
    you’ve received here, certainly like what you’re saying and the best way by which
    you say it. You are making it entertaining and you continue to care for
    to keep it smart. I cant wait to read far more from you.
    This is really a great site.

  47. HiHelloHi thereWhat’s up, I log on tocheckread your new stuffblogsblog regularlylike every weekdailyon a regular basis. Your story-tellingwritinghumoristic style is awesomewitty, keep doing what you’re doingup the good workit up!

  48. Hi there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re utilizing?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot
    faster then most. Can you suggest a good web hosting provider at a reasonable price?
    Thanks, I appreciate it!

  49. You actually make it seem so easy together with your presentation however I find this topic to be actually something which I feel I would never understand.
    It kind of feels too complicated and very extensive for me.
    I’m having a look ahead on your subsequent publish,
    I will try to get the dangle of it!

  50. Heya excellent blog! Does running a blog similar to this
    require a great deal of work? I’ve very little understanding of computer programming but I was hoping
    to start my own blog soon. Anyhow, if you have any ideas or tips for new blog owners please share.
    I understand this is off subject nevertheless I simply wanted to
    ask. Thanks a lot!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *