As you know Instagram is probably the most popular Social Platform right now, putting Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter aside, people are extremely active on the Instagram network. Initially Instagram was about posting photos and has since evolved to include Video and Carousel posts. One of the biggest challenges with any Social Account is getting people to visit and interact with your content. I’m going to help you with some free Tip and Tricks to give you a small advantage to gaining engagement and hopefully more followers.

Hashtags – The easiest way to grow your account is to use the tools that Instagram provides within the App itself. One of the features we all know about is the hashtag. Using relevant Hashtags with each post is a must. When using a #hashtag with your posts will include your picture in that category. If you photo or video is in a relevant category, users who enjoy that type of content will be able to discover you.

How many Hashtags? – Instagram allows you to use a maximum of 30 hashtags, “You can use up to 30 tags on a post. If you include more than 30 tags on a single photo/video, your comment won’t post.” Just because you’re able to use that many, doesn’t mean you should, infact the perfect amount is closet to only eleven tags. A company recently did some research and found 11 to be the optimal number to use, especially for users with under 1,000 followers.

Which tags should I use? – The first rule is to use the Tags that are related to what you’re posting. If you post a photo of your Cat, you’re going to want to use the #cat tag and any related tags that match your theme. Besides the obvious hashtags, you can also consider using the Popular tags that get the most traffic to the Category Pages, tags like #love #instagood, #me, #cute, #selfie. Naturally you would use the ones that work with what you’re trying to post.

Post GREAT pictures or Videos – The reputation of your page is only as good as the content you post. The higher the quality, the more likely you will gain followers. It’s important to have the highest quality pictures, especially with resolution of todays phones and devices. People naturally will like the higher quality, high resolution content over people use use grainy or blurry posts.

Committing to a Niche – Unless you’re a Celebrity or a person that is popular in society, you should commit to a Niche. Creating a page that is dedicated to a theme or an idea can really help you grow much faster. Is you use the proper Hashtags that are associated with your Theme, your page will be more attractive to similar people. A page about Cats, a page dedicated to Horses are types of Niches you could consider. You can also take it a step further by creating a sub-niche like “Funny Cat Videos”, by creating a smaller niche you’ll increase your chances of having less competition and growing your page to hardcore Cat fans.

These are some basic common sense ideas to help you build your page. If you’re lazy like me you can simply buy your Instagram Likes or use a service that will Automate the Likes Process for each Post. Believe it or not, some of the biggest pages on Instagram started by using purchased likes, followers, comments and various other marketing ideas.