If you’ve followed me for long, you know I’m an absolute fan-girl of Vanessa Lau. Today I’m giving you a quick low down of her top eight Instagram hacks to grow your Instagram. These come from a couple of different videos, which you’ll find at the end. Let’s get right into the hacks!
1. Make Good Use Of Your Name Area For SEO
Basically what you’ll want to do here is add in what you do. So, instead of me having Jennifer Weiner or Southern Hospitality Consulting, I have Jenn | Web + Graphic Design. So if someone searches for Web or Graphic Design I have a chance of showing up. Pretty cool, huh?
2. Write Good Captions
Her second tip for Instagram growth is to write good captions. This one seems like a no-brainer, but I still see posts with nothing but hashtags or emojis. This won’t increase your followers, but it could lose you some. Watch the video to see her awesome tips for this one.
3. Mix Your Hashtag “Sizes” To Maximize Instagram Growth
This one requires some research but is well worth it. I know… I know! But trust me, it will help you gain some followers and it will help you find communities you want to be interacting with. Watch the video for Vanessa’s strategy for mixing it up (Your Mileage May Vary… I go even more niche than she recommends, personally)
4. Change up those hashtags!
She recommends keeping several groups of hashtags on your phone. I actually keep mine in a spreadsheet as I post using a scheduler. You’ll want that research you did in number three. This keeps the algorithm happy so you don’t get flagged as a spammer for using the exact same hashtags with every post. Yup, it still happens from everything I can find out.
5. Engage with the Community to Grow Your Instagram Followers
Make it so! You’re going to want to respond to every comment as you’re growing your followers on Instagram. You’ll also want to comment on posts in hashtags that are related to your biz. You know you can follow those, right?
6. Use Your Other Platforms to Increase Your Instagram Followers
Vanessa herself will tell you that a lot of her growth on Instagram has been due to having a successful YouTube channel. Where is your most successful social media channel? Be sure you mention your Instagram there!
7. Answer Comments Of Your “Competitors”
Now, I think there are no competitors as there’s room for all of us. However, we need a way to frame this tip. Of course, you should always be super respectful of the other person. Also, just be chill and helpful to the person commenting. Never directly pitch to the commenter. That’s no way to grow on Instagram. It’s truly an asshole thing to do, and you’ll get called out on it.
8. Turn On Post Notifications For The Big Dogs In Your Niche
Wow. the last tip! You want to do this so you can leave thoughtful comments quickly on those big accounts to get some exposure! Vanessa says to try to be in the first five if you can!
Find Vanessa Online
You can check out her Youtube, her website, and her Instagram. If you go to her website, you can get her top Instagram tips for growing your followers by scrolling to the bottom. It’s a great guide to have to keep up with the first five hacks here until they become a habit.
Here are The Videos With The Hacks To Grow Your Instagram
I also made a little playlist of my favorite hacks for Instagram. Yes, those two above are included. Save them for later!
What’s Your Take?
Did these tips help you? Which one are you most excited to use?