Before you begin to build your audience on Instagram, it is important for you to have uploaded some images so that you’ll have some starter content that shows off your brand’s personality.

Now, one very important piece of advice: unless you’re a well-known brand such as Apple, Nike or Samsung, you’ll want to avoid posting endless images of your products. You need to think very carefully about the story you’re going to tel and the images you’re going to upload to tell that story. Once you are confident that you have a solid collection of images to show off your brand, you can start to build your audience.

In the following article, Nicole Martins Ferreira describes how to get your first 10,000 followers if you are just starting out:

How to Get Followers on Instagram: From 0 to 10k Followers

When you’re just starting out, it can be exciting to imagine how many followers your Instagram account can get. But truth is, your first 10,000 followers are the hardest to get. Why? No one knows who you are yet. You’ve still got to prove yourself as a successful brand and influencer. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. If you follow this guide on how to get followers on Instagram, you can probably hit 10,000 followers in only six months.

How to Get Followers on Instagram

#1. Join Instagram Engagement Groups

Some Instagram influencers who are just starting out have seen their Instagram followers increase fast. What did they do differently? They joined engagement groups.

engagement groups to gain followers on Instagram

While it can be tempting to join the biggest Instagram engagement groups, truth is you’ll get a more targeted list of followers by sticking to your niche. You can find engagement groups for travel, beauty, fashion and more.

In these groups, you can get followers and likes from people who have shared interests. But if you’re serious about getting the attention, you should also return the favor by following fan pages for people who join the group.

I’ve had friends get 2,000 new followers in only a couple weeks using this strategy.

While it might not help with immediate sales, it helps you gain credibility early on so your Instagram page doesn’t show that you only have 38 followers. This is more of a short-term strategy for your first few weeks on Instagram not a long-term one for getting Instagram followers.

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In the following article, Lauren Holliday describes how to effectively increase your Instagram followers by 7X in 30 days based on a case study in which a user increased his Instagram followers from 212 to 1,400 in one month:

How to Increase Your Instagram Followers by 7X in 30 Days

If you’ve ever wondered how average people develop massive Instagram followings seemingly overnight, you need to meet Max Chafkin.

Chafkin, a writer at Bloomberg, had a measly 212 Instagram followers last fall. A month later, he had 1,400.

How’d he do it?

It all started after reading a rant by an anonymous executive that claimed Instagram influencers are talentless. How talentless are they, Chafkin wondered? He reached out to two influencers, whose answers conflicted.

“If it were so easy to be an influencer, then every single person on earth would do it,” Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of the massive social media marketing agency Vaynermedia, told him.

“If it were so easy to be an influencer, then every single person on earth would do it.” — Gary Vaynerchuk

But Daniel Saynt, owner of social media marketing agency Socialyte, disagreed. He said that anyone, even Chafkin himself, could quickly gain a large following on Instagram with the right guidance.

Why should you care about Instagram? The payoff can be huge. According to Forrester, Instagram delivers 58 times better engagement than Facebook and 120 times better than Twitter. In fact, when the research company looked at seven social networks, six of them showed had an engagement rate of less than 0.1 percent. For Instagram, that number was 4.21 percent.

In the following video, Nenduboy teaches the fastest way to grow your Instagram account:

So, there you have it. A range of ways to blow up your Instagram account.

Now, having a ton of followers on Instagram won’t mean anything if those followers are not going to your website and translating into leads and sales for your business. However, the fact remains that the more followers you have, the more people you can drive to your landing page.