Here are my top tips to help you maintain your sanity while using Instagram. Instagram is a great way to engage with people around the world who have similar interests to you. I have an account where I post my own travel photos:@authorlovestravel. But, unfortunately, Instagram also has many fake accounts and people whose main priority is to develop a huge following.
Here are my top tips for avoiding the most frustrating pitfalls.
1. Spot the bots
Instagram has millions of bots. These are fake accounts and you are sure to be followed by quite a few of them. Luckily, they are easy to identify. The profile will usually have an unconvincing name and the supposed person will often claim to have an impressive job such as a surgeon or petroleum engineer – or simply to be a “caring” person. The account will usually have just a few posts with no captions or captions only one or two words long. Alternatively, the account may be marked as private. The best approach is to go to your settings button and report that account as spam. Instagram will block them from your site and, after investigating, will often send you a message a few days later to say that the account has been closed down.
2. There’s no need to follow everyone
You are not obliged to follow someone because they followed you. I suggest that you take a look at their profile and posts, and only follow people with similar interests to you. For instance, apart from family and friends, I tend to follow people with accounts about travelling or writing. When making a decision, look at the number of people that person is following. If that is far less than the number of followers they have, they are not likely to be interested in genuine engagement.
3. Be polite and friendly
When someone likes your photo, it is considered polite to take a look at that person’s latest post. It’s also nice to reply to any comments you receive and comment on other posts occasionally. But be alert to comments consisting only of an emoticon or one or two words, such as cool shot or love your feed. They are probably written by an automated service, so you can ignore them or give a one-word response. I suggest that you ignore or delete comments from anyone asking you to follow them or any other comments that you don’t like.
4. Stick to your sphere of interest
Life will be easier if you stay focused on your sphere of interest. Following people will tend to attract further followers, so if you are, for instance, a lifestyle blogger who has followed an account focused on gardening, you will attract more followers with gardening accounts who won’t stay with you in the long term.
5. Don’t be fooled by follow – unfollowers
Unfortunately, there are many people on Instagram who will follow you in the hope that you will follow them. Then they will unfollow you within a few days or weeks. That tactic has been allowed to flourish because Instagram does not have any easy way for you to see who has unfollowed you. To avoid falling prey to that sort of behaviour, I suggest that you download the free version of a followers app and log into it occasionally. You will quickly be able to see who has unfollowed you. With the press of one button, you can immediately unfollow everyone on that list. That will eliminate the problem.
However, it is quite okay to unfollow someone if you have a legitimate reason for doing so, such as no longer being interested in their posts.
6. Don’t use automation
Never be tempted to use automation or other artificial means to try and gain followers. Is that really what life is about? Nobody wants a phoney follower or to interact with a bot, and making use of those services may get you banned from Instagram.
7. Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry about the number of followers that you have. Instagram is meant to be about interacting with people, not gaining a following. Most important of all, keep your time on Instagram to a minimum as it can be quite addictive and time-consuming.
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