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How To Get Your First 10K Instagram Followers

Reaching 10k Followers on Instagram is not as difficult as you thought it is. If you are looking for an easy solution, this may not really work out. It only takes real dedication to make it happen and there will be times when you will want to stop. Just keep pushing through and remind yourself the very reason why you started.

Reaching this goal is not advantaged to only be referred to as an influencer. It also comes with a lot of advantages.

Reaching this milestone must have a business purpose. 

  • You want to work with top brands?
  • Do you want your story to inspire others trying to do this same thing?
  • You want to share your own knowledge and mentor other ?
  • Do you want to promote your business?

Once you find an answer to all these objective questions, things should get clearer in your mind. Working towards that goal should be very soft and smooth

So, what will you need to do to reach the 10,000 followers on Instagram?

I wrote a previous post on Getting started on Instagram for Small Businesses and the FAQs. Read here

Now Let’s Go!

1. Find Your Niche Market

A niche market is a small, specialized market for a particular product or service.

For instance, my account @akeulaconsults. I Incubate and Empower entrepreneurs. I share business related content whether educational or inspirational and also share lifestyle tips.

Once you know your niche, you should go next to plan your account schedules

2. Ensure you Start Out With A Business Account

There are many reasons advantages am Instagram business account would bring to you. If You are not using the business feature of Instagram, you are sleeping ok a moving bicycle then. The Business account gives you the important updates about your audience.

Instagram has created business accounts with exclusive business tools and functions.

By using a business account, you will be able to know more about your audience and get metrics like:

  • Demographic
  • Gender
  • Location
  • Age
  • Time your followers are the most active
  • What type of content do they engage with the most

All these insights will help get your contents to your clients directly, without you shooting aimlessly.

Remember that you want to achieve a goal to reach the 10,000 followers milestone. You should ensure you post to get the most engagement possible.

3. Be Up and Doing (Consistency)

Something that will differentiate you from others is being consistent. Only accounts that are active will grow at a steady pace. Your activeness should involve you posting relevant contents.

Pick the number of times you feel the most comfortable with. Note that you should always come up with relevant content. My advice today is if you are just getting started, I’d recommend you post contents 1-2 times a day for at least 2 weeks.

Reason behind that is.. 

Because that will allow you to generate ideas to know more about your audience. The Instagram Business Tool will help you with this. You will be then able to know:

  • When you should post to get the most engagement on your posts
  • What type of content your audience resonate the most with

Once you know that, you can start slowing down the pace and post once a day or in two days

4. Know Your Hashtags

Hashtag works in two ways, Free and Paid

The free one is doable but you will have to spend a lot of time searching for the right set of hashtags to get you the most exposure. While the paid one does it automatically for you so that you can focus on doing things that matter the most for your business.

There are few online tool to find the most relevant hashtags for your account and understand how to use them properly so you can spend more time creating content.

5. Be Social

One big mistake people do is that they post and don’t engage. If you do that, you won’t get desired results.

If you do not engage your readers or clients , your post will be lost!

So, no matter how many followers you got, be active, answer the comments on your posts.

Also, engage with other accounts that run similar niche. Not only that you will be able grow relationships with people. you share the same passion with but you will also get noticed by their followers who will get interested in what you do too

6. Provide Value

Your content needs to resonate with the audience you are going after. Posting a pretty photo won’t get you anywhere. What you need to do is share content that will encourage them to follow you and engage.

There are 3 types of content that works on social media:

  • Inspirational
  • Educational
  • Entertainment

Pick the one you feel the most comfortable with or mix them together and see what your audience enjoy the most.

With my business account, I share motivational quotes to inspire business owners and solo entrepreneurs to keep working towards their dreams and not give up. I also share some life lessons I believe could help others on their entrepreneurship journey.

Growing a following is not that complicated if you have a strategy in place and I broke down for you the basic strategy I have used when I got started with absolutely no paid advertising.

Make sure to experiment with all the features that Instagram offers, keep the ones that work for you and just be consistent.

By following these tips you will see your following grow over time and reach the 10,000 followers milestone in no time!

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