7 easy hacks to get more followers on Instagram

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So it happens with you quite often! You post an amazing photo of you enjoying a cold beer at Goa or munching on nachos at a newly launched pub in your neighbourhood on Instagram. Unfortunately not many people double tap on your post. But then you find your friend working posting a photo of a Café Latte and getting 300 likes. You aren’t jealous of the stupendous success of your friend but you keep thinking what went wrong. You did use hashtags, so did he. What else did he do to increase his likeability? Well, it's not just you who is obsessed with Instagram. We are too! We are constantly finding ways to bring in more followers.

This is why we spoke to Pankaj Rahul Singh, Co-founder and COO at TSD Corp--a digital identity management company that handles the social media interaction of your favourite cricketers like MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and IPL teams like Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab followed by Ministry of External Affairs.

And here are the hacks they shared with us that can get you more followers on Instagram:

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Posting a #ThrowbackThursday photo

Posting a #ThrowbackThursday photo
You can't share a picture from a bash held last week as a #tbt picture.

"#ThrowbackThursday has evolved into a weekly photography upload game that does have some sort of strict rules. The idea of a 'throwback' relates to an ode to your past. A photo from a year ago may be acceptable for the more lenient Instagram watchers, but when it comes to #tbt, the older the photo, the better," suggests Pankaj. This essentially means baby photos, your graduation image or the beautiful saree you wore to the farewell are a big thumbs-up.

Selfies are boring

 Selfies are boring

No one wants to see their feed bombarded with multiple posts of your face, so cut down on the selfies, unless of course you are a makeup enthusiast and your face is where all the action happens.

Don't use a difficult username

Don't use a difficult username
"As Instagram's search function isn't as efficient as other websites, a simple username will ensure that people are able to easily find and follow you," he says.

Don't overuse or misuse hashtags

Don't overuse or misuse hashtags
"Hashtags are very important on Instagram and should be used on every post to increase reach. Choose 5-7 hashtags instead of 7-10 to include in the caption," he adds. Since the function of a hashtag is merely to help search relevant pictures on the medium, adding useless hashtags is pointless.

Use this:

#incredibleindia #fort #mandu #history #travel #holiday

Instead of this:

#iwokeuplikethis #beauty #bliss #holiday #nofilter #nikonphotography #iconindiatours #incredibleindia #travel #traveling #TagsForLikes #TFLers #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravel

Don't overlook your followers' comments

Don't overlook your followers' comments
"If people are taking the time to comment on your posts or ask questions, do not ignore them, as it will impact your relationship with the audience," says Pankaj. Be it information about the filter you used to the name of a lipstick you are wearing, be responsive and interactive on the medium.

​ Don't snip other Instagram user's content

​ Don't snip other Instagram user's content
Or in other words, don't do what both Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner have done, and attribute someone else's work as your own. "Just because you like someone else's photo doesn't mean you can post it as your own. There are some third-party apps that will allow you to re-post another user's post while giving proper attribution to the original user," adds Pankaj.

Don't follow everyone who follows you

Don't follow everyone who follows you
"Don't feel obligated to follow someone just because they followed you, and don't buy followers in order to increase the reach of your page," he suggests. It's okay to pick and choose, depending upon the kind of content you want to see on your newsfeed.
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