How I Grew My Instagram Following

How I Grew My Instagram Following from 430 to 433 (then Back Down to 430) in 30 Days

How I Grew My Instagram Following from 430 to 433, then back down to 430 in one month! It's so easy!If you are an entrepreneur and on Instagram then you are all about growth. You see other accounts in your niche who are killing it on IG and you want a piece of that lucrative pie, right? Of course you do! That’s why I’m so excited to share with you my method for Instagram growth. You won’t believe the five easy steps I took to grow my account by three followers, then lose them just as swiftly, in 30 days.

But reader beware, these aren’t for the faint of heart. We all know that to achieve TRUE growth on Instagram that you have to do it right and put in the time. 

Alright, let’s get down to it because I know you are eager to hear how I had such huge growth. Follow these five steps and in 30 days I’m sure you’ll see similar results!

  1. Watch no less than 15 webinars and Facebook lives of IG growth experts who you can’t quite tell if they’ve actually ever had a successful business prior to preaching about IG growth. But their account numbers don’t lie, so you need to sit through 20 minutes of a terrible intro (while they wait for enough people to jump on so FB promotes it) before they actually get to tactics. Then you realize most of the tactics are fluff and the others you’ve heard before and you realize you won’t get that half hour back of your life.
  2. Spend 23 hours per day following other relevant accounts and commenting on posts to try and drive 1% of traffic back to your account. Then hope and pray with all your might that they follow you back. NOTE: Your loved ones will not understand why your head is buried in your phone all day. It’s cool. It’s just part of being on the path to success.
  3. Stack your social calendar full of interesting events and gatherings so you can share them on your IG stories.How I Grew My Instagram Following If it’s a choice between sharing your kid’s soccer game or an awesome boomerang of Rosรฉ Sunday with your girlfriends, skip the game. Your kids will understand. And speaking of kids… IG LOVES kids. Well, the cute ones anyway. Preferably under the age of 6 and only if they are wearing whimsical and chic clothing that costs more than your entire wardrobe. So prepare accordingly.
  4. Be real and authentic. In the same way that Taco Bell is real and authentic Mexican food. Meaning the photos you share on IG are actually your life, but more palatable to the masses. Posting about T-Bell isn’t a bad idea either…
  5. You’ll want to partner with a brand or an Etsy shop to give away something you think your followers have to have. Then make them jump through 15 hoops in order to qualify for the giveaway. Some ways to make it count is to have them follow you, follow the account the giveaway product is from, follow your sister’s account, tag 25 friends, have all 25 friends follow your account, follow your dog’s account, and have them send you a video of them patting their head while simultaneously rubbing their belly in a circular motion. All of that for the chance to win a $25 item will be sure to get you the growth you are looking for.

And that’s it! How easy is that? And if you do all of those steps I am confident that you will gain three followers and lose them almost immediately. Can you believe it? I wish someone would have told me about this method sooner but I’m so happy to share with you what I’ve learned. 

Oh, and did I mention that I will be hosting a webinar that will give you EVEN MORE amazing insights like these? I’ll be sharing how I grew my FB group from 50 members to 53, so you won’t want to miss out! It’s FREE!

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  • Reply Georgiana Quaint October 7, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Haha, I love this post and feel your pain. I am also constantly gaining and bleeding IG followers and am stuck on a similar number.

  • Reply Sandra October 7, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    You absolutely nailed it. I’m so over those “Grow your Insta following by 10K in 30 days” courses out there.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      yup…such a misleading thing. Get my hopes up, follow their advice, and crickets.

  • Reply Android Tipster October 8, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Satire. Good one!

    I had a good laugh reading this. I got the message too.

    Thank you!

  • Reply Lisa Steele October 8, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Boom! How right you are. And anyway followers mean nothing unless you’re converting them to cash somehow…

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      I suppose that’s true! I’m just happy when people give a shit about what I’m posting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Ruthy October 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Too funny and TOO real!! The “20 minute long intro while waiting for fb to promote your live” did me in ?

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      oh man! that’s the worst isn’t it?? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kara October 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    This is perfect!! So funny.

  • Reply Sachin Khona October 8, 2017 at 9:06 pm


  • Reply FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks October 9, 2017 at 9:09 am

    That’s hilarious & too true!!!

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul October 9, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I just followed you and all your friends on all your Social Channels. ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha, best blogging article I’ve read in awhile. If I could only give one piece of advice to a new blogger (I’ve been blogging about 2o months) is to go head down and spend your time creating great content and sharing it where you can. DO NOT be suckered into every free webinar or purchase those $5, $7, $9, $59 webinar and ecourses. Yep, I fell for all those and none of them helped.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Great advice! I’m trying to send out the best content I can and hoping even one person finds it helpful. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Cindy Richter October 9, 2017 at 10:47 am

    You are so right! and IG is so wrong for sucking us in! Thanks for the laugh today.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Chaya Braun October 9, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    OMG, you are funny!!!! Now, if you had offered a webinar about writing humorous blog posts that get people’s attention, and make people post it in FB groups and send it to their friends…. Now THAT is something I would sign up for! And tell my friend to sign up for too!

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      dang! I’m missing out! ummmm, I suddenly have spot in my brand new 1×1 coaching program about writing humorous blog posts that get people’s attention. haha! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply Beehappy October 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Hahaha this is great! Especially the giveaway one.
    You forgot to mention follow for follow loops. Some of the accounts I follow that seems to be all I see from them, no actual content.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Ah yes! The loops of hell. That’s a good one. Er, bad one.

  • Reply Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures October 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    What a great post! Thank you for the chuckle! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  • Reply Anne October 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    And I thought I was the only one climbing down the IG ladder ?. I’m just wondering how long it will take for me to get to zero. When that happens what will I do, start over? Will the numbers go up if I get to zero? Instagram sucks!

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 10:58 am

      I heard that once you reach zero they reward you with 10,000 bogus followers?? One can hope…

  • Reply Amanda October 10, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Ugh, the struggle is all TOO real! I’m wasting far too much time worrying about all of this. I just don’t know if it’s even worth the time and effort anymore. I’ll continue sharing my content on Instagram, but I’m done with the webinars and useless info!!

  • Reply Reeva October 10, 2017 at 4:05 am

    OMG this is pure genius! Because it’s true! Man I hate Instagram. It’s full of people just wanting to grow followers but brands seem to think it’s the bees knees. So frustrating.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 10:52 am

      For real…it’s the worst.

  • Reply Daniel Weiss October 10, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Thank you for the article, amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the irony

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 10:45 am

      You are welcome!

  • Reply Carmen Baguio October 10, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I needed a good laugh today. I love the “skip the game, your kids will understand”!!!

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 10:45 am

      I mean, we can all agree that soccer is boring as hell.

      • Reply Allison October 11, 2017 at 5:23 am

        Not as boring as cricket ???

  • Reply Laurie October 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I was really hoping for a tongue in cheek comment on photographing on train tracks! Hoping for a snarky follow up! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Agnese October 10, 2017 at 10:40 am

    This has me in stitches! I can relate so much.

    Lots of love,
    Agnese |

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 10:43 am

      so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply torri00 October 10, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Those DAMN giveaways get me every time! How about boomerang of downing TB tacos AND rose all day WHILE making a face contouring video?? I am game to try this with you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

      That has #viral written all over it.

  • Reply The Brash Brunette October 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

    TRUTH! This is honestly the best thing I’ve ever read…thanks for the laughs!

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Happy to bring you joy through the pain Instagram brings to us…

  • Reply Kiki October 10, 2017 at 11:31 am

    You just made my day! I was grinning all the way through reading this! For once, I can relate 100 %. How refreshing. Thanks for this one.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Cindy's Travel Diaries October 10, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I just LOVE your article ! That’s it, I’m gonna apply those tips… But to avoid copying you too much, for the contest I’ll ask my followers to rub their feet instead of their belly… In the IG game, you can’t copy, you have to be original and your true self !

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      You be you! IG loves authentic. Well, authentic and fake at the same time. It’s a delicate balance.

  • Reply Lauren Giles October 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Pure gold!

  • Reply Al October 10, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Yep. Know where you are coming from. But you did not at any point mention photographing a vegan smoothie in a plastic non-recyclable cup! How could one possibly advance without sharing such insights? lol.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Ah! Great point! You’ll catch tips like that, and more, in my upcoming live FB training called “Capturing Hipsters in the Wild: How to Snag Instagram Gold One Smoothie At a Time”. Hope you can make it.

    • Reply Andy October 11, 2017 at 7:46 am

      If the smoothie wasn’t vegan, did you even ‘Gram?

      • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

        You didn’t see my vegan smoothie recipe in my Insta stories then I guess…your loss. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Rebecca Bowyer October 10, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I’m killing myself laughing over this post, thank you! I joked yesterday about writing a post ‘How I gained 9 Instagram followers in a single week!’ Then a friend sent me your post and I’m just going to share it around instead ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      I’m all about efficiency. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Angie Agerter October 10, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    haha the BEST!!
    Up and down with Instagram – no rhyme or reason it seems.
    But in my eyes I’m always going to be ME…like me or not, this will what you see – as my new saying goes my blogging life is life without a filter.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Love that! Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Oneka October 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    This was good and well needed. Im so over the unneccesary shenanigans. It’s old and played out now.

  • Reply Nidhi October 11, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Hahahaha this was too funny! And I see from the comments that a lot of us have been there ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Paula Goude October 11, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Spot on! I just do what I do and if they’re not following they’ll be missing out ?

  • Reply Josephine October 11, 2017 at 4:09 am

    After experiencing the backside of trying to gain followers on IG (mainly having people follow me – yay! – just to have them unfollow me the next…), this was just so perfect! It made me smile and laugh about the situation, which was nice. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Akvile Stan October 11, 2017 at 4:21 am

    You made my day! The pain is so real… when you get up in the morning with 20 followers unfollowing you. I started hating people for some reason, whyyyy?

  • Reply Flo October 11, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Omg, this is so hilarious and true! Instagram isnโ€™t even fun anymore, too many ridiculous changes. So hard to grow when your followers arenโ€™t even seeing your posts. Thanks for the good read, helps keep things in perspective. Iโ€™m cracking up at this!

  • Reply Nicola October 11, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Brilliant! Just brilliant! I’ve been moping around all morning because I want my Instagram to look beautiful with lots of reds and oranges for Autumn but I don’t have the money to go an buy all the props I need. OMG I need to get myself a life!!!!

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  • Reply Jain October 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Lol..i feel ur pain! I lost my initial enthusiasm because of all the fake followers only looking to increase their number!!

  • Reply Toni October 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Made my day! Haha thanks for sharing!!!

  • Reply Tracy October 11, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Oh this totally made me laugh out loud! haha So, so true! So sick of how things are playing out on Instagram as of late, so it is nice to have a little light relief!

  • Reply The slow pace October 11, 2017 at 5:24 am

    This is absolutely genius!!! But, hey I see your three followers back and forth in thirty days and I raise you my ten followers back and forth in one afternoon!
    I always wondered if I was the only one who thought that those webminars, tutorials and articles about social media growth were useless…

  • Reply Roxanne Reid October 11, 2017 at 5:26 am

    I had a good laugh, so thanks for that. I’ve learnt that followers are less important than being true to myself. I’m in a niche travel space and lots of people don’t get it, but I have to be okay with that.

  • Reply Laura October 11, 2017 at 5:44 am

    YES!!! Oh my how true this is, been there, done that!

  • Reply Nicola | suitcase and wanderlust October 11, 2017 at 5:47 am

    This is awesome. Thanks so much, we need more of those articles.

  • Reply Ana October 11, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Loved it ! HAHAHAHA!
    The thing is for me as soon as I gave the daily scheduled posts and constant comments and likes a go, I got less engagement and less followers than my random nonsense :)) So yeah.. I’ll just be doing my own thing, no schedule, no going out of my way to find creative comments for other posts. It is what it is. I like what I like, and when I comment “awesome photo” I really think it is :)) . It will grow on it’s own pace… because dear IG I’m not going to promote anything because it’s doing better than 95% of my posts.

  • Reply Karolina October 11, 2017 at 6:14 am

    That’s a real breakthrough for me, thanks girl!! ??

  • Reply Aaron Collins October 11, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Man this is so on point.

    The only thing you maybe left out was the hashtag strategies to ensure each post attracts a bunch of likes from bots who clearly would never have an interest in your content, comments like “nice post, keep it up!” and new follows from random Russian accounts, people’s pets, and the like who will unfollow you in about an hour, while attracting almost zero real humans since normal people don’t browse hashtags.

  • Reply Simone Cameron October 11, 2017 at 6:50 am

    LOL…seems this is happening to all of us! It’s such a mission!!!

    Loved this post!!!

  • Reply Amrita Sen October 11, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I am loving this post. This is the best one I read today! While reading the caption of the post, I was thinking, “Is she talking about me”? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was like stuck with 404 since long, went upto 409 and then back to 400!!!

  • Reply Christy October 11, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Hahaha, perfect! Mind you, I do have a cute baby who looks awesome in chic clothes. I just need to win the lottery so I can afford to dress him Instagram-style and I’ll probably gain at least 10 followers!

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 8:44 am

      For sure! I would estimate $1,000 in boutique clothing will net you 4.5 followers. ROI is huge!

  • Reply Andy October 11, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I love this post real hard. As a guy in marketing. As a dad blogger. As a human.

  • Reply Sarah Gee October 11, 2017 at 7:53 am

    This. Is. AMAZING.

  • Reply Marjorie October 11, 2017 at 8:01 am

    HAHAHAHAHA This link was recommended to me on a Facebook group for bloggers and I’m laughing so hard at this! I’ve been through all of those steps, then went like “you know what? It’s a lot easier to just have a 9 to 5 job”. But the worst thing about it all are all the fake comments from bots you start getting when you begin to use hashtags to promote your pictures. So annoying. I’ve written a similar rant to yours, here’s the link if you’re interested ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Yes! Or the comments from those who clearly didn’t read the description. My fave is when I use stock photos of beautiful people and they comment “oh! you are so pretty!”. I mean, I don’t correct them…but still.

  • Reply Neosha Gardner October 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

    This is the greatest morning read ever for me lol! Everything is beyond the truth!! I appreciate your humor and this huge laugh I’ve had throughout reading your post lol

  • Reply Suzanne Fluhr October 11, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I was going to post a selfie on Instagram of me grinning while reading your post, but I couldn’t figure out how to take a photo with my phone while reading your post on my phone, so I didn’t, but it will bother me all day. (BTW, watching kids play Tball who still have to wear velcro sneakers because they’re not coordinated enough to tie their shoes is infinitely more boring than peewee soccer.)

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 8:41 am

      The selfie game is hard, don’t beat yourself up. And I agree…Tball is the worst. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Pattymac October 11, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I’m so glad to find I’m not the only one feeling the frustration! Thanks for posting something hilarious and REAL.

  • Reply Katie October 11, 2017 at 8:24 am

    This is hilarious! I feel like everyone is feeling the pain of Instagram so some comic relief is nice lol.

  • Reply Denisa October 11, 2017 at 8:54 am

    This is sooo relatable. Love it.

  • Reply Summer October 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

    LoL I must have read the title about five times thinking my eyes were playing tricks on me. I’m learning not to get caught up on numbers and just do what I love to do.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  • Reply Adrienne October 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

    This. Is. Perfect.
    And whatโ€™s with the buying followers thing? Isnโ€™t the purpose for people to actually like your stuff?!

  • Reply Tyra Skinner October 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Hahahahahaha! Spot on girl! I think I lost about 15 this month and only gained 1, I totally think that one is gonna flake too. Maybe I should take more sunset and sunrise photos. Apparently those are my best photos haha. Friggin Instagram

  • Reply Clazz October 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Brilliant! There’s so much more to life than Instagram, but it’s frustrating as hell!

  • Reply taiwo October 11, 2017 at 9:50 am

    ahahhaha! omggg I am sharing this to everyone on the struggle bus! Love thiis!

  • Reply Darcy October 11, 2017 at 9:55 am

    This is hilariously on point! I also lack stark white walls and furniture to use when posing my kids for pictures.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Ah yes…I have lots of white walls in my home and I’m thinking about renting them out for an hourly fee…new side hustle I’m working on.

  • Reply Sandy Dobbs October 11, 2017 at 10:11 am

    This is SO funny! Especially because so many ch of it rings true

  • Reply Kasia October 11, 2017 at 10:14 am

    This is SO SPOT ON. Sometimes I just want to delete my blog instagram all together. It’s SO frustrating. Thanks for the laugh!

  • Reply Nadeen October 11, 2017 at 10:18 am

    This is a brilliant post!! Thank you for sharing. I have been disillusioned w Instagram lately and you sum up all the reasons. Between the less than authentic pics and the new algorithm and Instagram pods it’s hard to win!

  • Reply tammie October 11, 2017 at 10:56 am

    hahahah! love this!

  • Reply Nina Tekwani October 11, 2017 at 11:00 am

    This is literally the best article on growth. So damn funny!!!

  • Reply Lauren Pelkeh October 11, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Dying laughing – loving your humour!

  • Reply Lucy Corne October 11, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I just followed you so you’re back up to 432. Are you rich yet?

    (Great post btw. I will follow these steps exactly. I hope to reach 60 followers before the end of the year – son is already 4 so time is running out!

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Damn, a 4 year old? Yeah, that window of opportunity is closing fast. Unless he’s small for his age. Fingers crossed for you.

  • Reply Wendy October 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

    This. All of this.
    But– don’t forget to like all the guys you PM you ni Insta asking how you are doing… because it’s now a dating site!
    Just be true and show your real self. Perfectly

  • Reply Krista @ Reroute Lifestyle October 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    You have an incredible sense of humor. Maybe I should do that giveaway with a million hoops to jump through ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Really though…you should write a book!


    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      hmmmmm a book you say? I shall call it “My rise to mediocre social media success while alienating those who love me”. It certainly has a ring to it.

  • Reply Mitali Deshmukh October 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    This is the truth of instagram these days. For past 1 month I am shuffling between 310 to 330 followers. Everyday I wake up seeing my instagram followers notification but the numbers does not really correspond

  • Reply Allison October 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I seriously cannot stop laughing right now. This is so true. I really don’t know what else to say haha. I just loved reading this so much.

  • Reply nicki October 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    this is exactly what the internet needs … if I have to listen to another person say “just post amazing content” I will scream.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      I’ll raise you ‘post amazing content’ for ‘just be your authentic self’. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Jillian Michelle October 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    You just might be my spirit animal. Lololol <3

  • Reply Huong October 11, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I just died! This is HILARIOUS, Andrea!!! LOLOL!!

    She Sweats Diamonds

  • Reply RubyWhiteTips October 11, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Could we possible add out own IG address to our posts here to possibly get new followers that way? Or would that be rude?

    • Reply RubyWhiteTips October 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Also, I think this post is borderline genius if not stepping over that line into all in all full genius. Made me laugh REALLY, I mean FOR REALS out loud. Not just LOL loud, I mean LLLOOOLLL loud. Finally!

      • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

        I think I heard the LOL from here…

  • Reply Cathy October 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    With your great tips I have gained three new followers today, I can’t wait to lose them tomorrow;) Thanks for the laugh!

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Yes! Congratulations on your success! It feels good.

  • Reply Jamie October 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I love it!! So many think that they have the best tips. Your honesty is the best, by far!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply francesca murray October 11, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    That was funny! But what happens when you don’t have kids AND you don’t drink rose?! *gasp*

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Try twitter? You only have to be funny there…

  • Reply Ispyprettyplaces October 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    This says absolutely brilliant. Pissed myself laughing at the truth of it all. Great work!

  • Reply Deli October 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Funny and true! The struggle is real in the battle for more social media followers especially in IG ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for making me chuckle this morning in my part of the world ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Pia October 12, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Thatยดs hilarious! Itยดs awesome and itยดs true at the same time. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Kristine Li October 12, 2017 at 3:54 am

    I love your wonderful sense of humour! No. 5 is superb โ€“ loop giveaways which once felt ingenious but now just gets on my nerves when I see a flatlay of products. I must say, there’re indeed many experts of fluff these days! =P

  • Reply Jessie October 12, 2017 at 9:17 am

    DYING!!! It’s ALL. SO. TRUE.

  • Reply Hope October 12, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Andrea, just for writing this post, I am going to follow you in Instagram and not unfollow you no matter what. FROM BOTH OF MY ACCOUNTS! So that’s two new followers. BTW, loved this post. It’s exactly how I feel about Instagram right now!

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      SCORE! Two for the price of one. My strategies are working…;)

  • Reply cotcodec October 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Hahaha, that’s a good one… BTW I have a GIVEAWAY for yall! And everyone is a winner…!!
    I give you “me” as a “real follower” –
    (Rules of the giveaway: DM me with this genuine hashtag #onemorefollower … I will follow you back – hahaha)
    Warning: I don’t sell anything! I just share the stuff that I make and I have a dog and two cats and I like Ti-punch with rum and lime. (and sometime rosรฉ…) Oh yeah also, very important: I am not a hater… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Casey October 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Omg this is my favorite article I’ve ever read and I think we should be BFFs. Or at least we should start an Instagram Pod and be the only ones commenting on each other’s posts.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      If the Instagram pod will guarantee me terrible growth then I’m in!!

  • Reply heather October 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    You just made my week. HILARIOUS.

  • Reply Chanel October 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Hahahah I LOVE this !

  • Reply Swati October 13, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Stumbled on this and made for such a hilarious read ! Thanks for making my day (of the 30 mins of it at least)

  • Reply pinkoddy October 13, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Love it – this is obviously why my follower account is going backwards right now

  • Reply Simona October 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Perfect post for a Friday morning, read while wrecking my brains on the same topic! Hilarious! I thought I am the only inept one that cannot master the otherwise “very simple” task of getting followers on IG. I actually gave up months ago when faced with the same issues: post, post, post get one follower and lose 5 in the process. Mind boggling… Anyway, if it’s any consolation, I raised the number of your followers by 1 and I promise to stay there… ?

  • Reply Leah | A Relaxed Gal October 13, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I live this! You summed up my thoughts about these Instagram growth trainings and posts beautifully.

    I’ve stopped signing up for courses because they really are a waste of time and full of fluff.

  • Reply Monika October 13, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    It’s the best post I’ve ever read about growing followers on Instagram. Honestly, I feel the same. Though, I managed somehow to gain and lose 20 followers in a week. Achievement unlocked ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 14, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Next level! This week shoot for 30 gained 40 lost. Good luck!

    • Reply Tricia Murdock | Chocolate Musings October 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

      That IS next level! It’s hard not to ride the social media rollercoaster. But it feels so good when you deny that ride and just continue in life.

  • Reply peo peo peo October 14, 2017 at 1:56 am

    i grow my follower base from 209 to 970 in almost 2 months now, and im taking my actions slow (9 posts, tho before i start to take the game next lvl, i had about 20 posts, delete them all and start all over again) (image of my followers growth in past 2 months)

    • Reply peo peo peo October 14, 2017 at 1:57 am

      i dont really understand those people who complain about slow growth, the only person who holding yo back…its you:S

  • Reply Andrea October 14, 2017 at 3:19 am

    This is the BEST article Iโ€™ve read so far! Growing IG followers organically is a tough job ? I keep opening these accounts and theyโ€™re all like 10k, 15k … wtf, thatโ€™s impossible! And then I open their pictures to see how many likes they get and realize itโ€™s fake followers ? itโ€™s a crazy world, IG. But seriously m, love love love this article, sums up exactly how I feel ? thank you โ˜บ๏ธ

  • Reply Tricia Murdock | Chocolate Musings October 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Isn’t this the truth! It’s so hard not be obsessed. Then when you see the notification that someone followed, and you look at it – and you can tell that they are following you just to get you to follow them back. I count the days before my IG drops a notch in followers and know that they have left my tribe.

  • Reply Stephanie October 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

    So true! So many “how to” posts are just “what happened when I bought this” fluff posts. I hate that.

    I don’t mind buying things but I do mind expecting a tutorial and not getting one.

    And yet my frustration with these types of posts/webinars/courses has lead me to create my own blogging blog in a way. ? It’s my mission to create ACTUALLY USEFUL content.

    Thanks for the actually authentic blogging post haha. I think we’ve all been there at some point. I’ve taken the “I’m just gonna post and if people notice me, great” approach because this is exactly what happens. I could be spending that effort elsewhere.

  • Reply Carleeh Mulholland October 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Best IG growth blog post ever!!! I needed this today, to remind me that followers dont matter, only friends!
    I am a all natural growth page and I have been at the same number for 3 months now, with all the follow unfollow crap. Now I only follow people I genuinely like and if they engage with my page more than once I follow back IF we have stuff in common.

    I have seriously given up on all the IG “knowledge” and going back to my roots, real everything. I have never bought followers, likes, or comments, but I have played the strategy game, DONEZO! I could care less if girls got 10, 20, 30 thousand followers, my under 10k is great! They came and stayed because I am real, that makes me feel good. Almost 6k WOMEN ONLY is absolutely a win for me.

    thanks for sharing this, I feel like we could be instabesties, you read my mind, and SAID IT OUT LOUD. awesome!
    xoxo Carleeh

  • Reply Lynn October 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Hahaha, I love it! And I totally get it. I finally decided (today!) to give up (temporarily) on Instagram and focus on other channels that drive traffic to my blog. I know it’ll give me more time to do things with better ROI – no more spending precious time on emails, blog posts, webinars, courses, etc. about upping your IG game. No more staying on to of IG pods, creating/editing/schedule daily posts, sharing posts on Facebook groups. After spending so much time watching my IG numbers go up after hours of work only to find they drop right back to again, now that I’ve made this decision I feel so free!

  • Reply Cass October 14, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    This is BRILLIANT!! You have completed nailed it, and I feel your pain!

  • Reply Crystal October 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I am def sharing this post. The struggle is real.

  • Reply kristine October 14, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    You snagged my “follow” on IG because of all your hilarious replies. ‘Gonna hafta’ update your article. Thanks for the laughter!

  • Reply MB Banks October 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This was absolutely hilarious lolol

  • Reply Tracey Gee October 17, 2017 at 1:06 am

    This is the best post I’ve read all week! Thank you! Hilarious.

  • Reply Nicola October 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Sooo funny. I actually think you may be a genius.

    • Reply SelfiestoSelfless October 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      I like you. You seem to know what you’re talking about.

  • Reply Katie | H October 18, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Thank you for this. Just turned my hashtagfrownieface upside down!

  • Reply Sylvie November 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Such a great article!! Thank you! I actually just took a little break from IG (about 2 weeks) and the funny thing is that I actually GREW my following. LOL!

  • Reply Vicki March 23, 2018 at 12:48 am

    WOW such an amazing article! Keep the articles coming ๐Ÿ™‚

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