A Word Of Advice About Buying Followers #IGTravelThursday
I’ve kept quiet for quite some time now and after two years of this phenomenon that I’d like to call “the miraculous rise in Instagram followers,” I’ve decided to give you the honest truth about it. If it wasn’t happening so often, I would probably just keep it all to myself, but since this seems to have become a common trend in 2013, I think it’s time to shed a little light on the whole thing.
Instagram is filled with photography rockstars. There are travelers that take the most extraordinary photos and make you feel as if you’re traveling with them. They shed light on new locations and show sides to the country or city that you may have not otherwise considered. These users have something that’s very special and that something is what gets them the thousands of followers that they have. That something is called – passion. If you’re really and truly passionate about something and you have the skill to pull it off, magic happens. People will read what you have to say and they will follow you because they want more of what you’re bringing to the table.
Then, there are people who you may follow and you’ll notice that in an hour (or a day), that person has jumped 1,000-5,000 followers. It’s happened to me more times than I can count. Unless you have been featured on Good Morning America or have had a huge amount of press thrown your way, there is no reasonable explanation for a 5,000 follower jump in 1 hour – especially if each and every one of those followers is a bot with one photo to their name.
“But, my numbers aren’t rising fast enough,” you may say. Or perhaps you want the “numbers” to impress a PR rep or agency for an upcoming campaign. Here’s the thing. You can’t fake success. If you have 5,000 or 14,000 followers and 90% of those have been purchased, people know! True followers follow you because they LIKE what you are putting out there and therefore they will again LIKE your stuff. If you have 14 thousand followers and you only get 10 likes on your photos, it’s just one of the many tell-tale signs of a phony account. PR reps notice, your followers notice and your peers notice. Don’t lose the respect of those that you’ve worked so hard to gain because of your impatience.
“So how do I increase my reach? How do I gain more followers?”
Not to sound cliche but – be authentic! What are you passionate about? What are your likes and dislikes? What makes you tick? As a traveler, what are some different perspectives that you can give to the location where you’re at? Can you improve on your photography skills? If so, search online on how to make your photos better. ASK your friends. Join groups such as Instagram Travel Thursday and get involved in linkys. Those are just a few ways to increase your reach.
Remember – you can’t buy true success and dishonesty won’t get you anywhere – ever. In fact, it will do the opposite.
Oh and by the way, if you are active on Twitter, the same information above applies to you too.
Oh and by the way if you’d like to follow me, I’m @childmode on Instagram.