So you want to be an Instagram pro huh?  Do you ever find yourself feeling a little jealous of Kylie Jenner? Do you wish you could just take a selfie a get a bazillion likes?

 

Well unfortunately, us common folk have to work a little harder at becoming insta-famous.

 

 

I can’t guarantee that your instagram account will become lit overnight.  But I’ve got some pro tips to share with you that will help you grow your following and make you look like you’ve got your Sh** together.  Because let’s face it. None of us are really that picture perfect ?

 

Pro Tip #1 : Schedule your posts

 

When it comes to social media in general, consistency is key. Your followers should expect you to be active and posting content on a regular basis. Instagram is no exception.

The best way to stay consistent is to schedule your posts. By picking specific days of the week to post your content, your followers can anticipate when to get online and look for your stuff.  Otherwise if you post randomly, it  will be a lot harder to build a following, especially in the beginning.

 

Now you’re probably thinking “How the heck do I do that? There’s no scheduling feature in Instagram!”

Yes. There is no scheduling feature in Instagram. That’s why I use the Later app.

Not only can you schedule your Instagram posts, you can also see a visual preview of your profile. That way you can drag the photos in any position you want on the feed.  Have you ever wanted to make cool Instagram feed designs. This app will allow you to do it.

Pretty cool huh? ?

 

 

Pro Tip #2 : Watch your hashtags

This whole hashtag thing can be really frustrating  and a pain in the ass. I know.

And to add more fuel to the fire, Instagram has started to ban A TON of hashtags. A lot of them seem really random too. like #kansas or #eggplant. SO WEIRD!

If you want to find out which hashtags are banned for 2018 check out this list

It’s also important to research popular hashtags. You don’t want to put a bunch of random hashtags on your photos that might sound cool, but in reality there isn’t an audience for them.

Here is a list of some tools you can use to research hashtags:

 

Khloe knows what’s up

 

Pro Tip #3 : Add calls to action in your profile

Your Instagram might be bangin with comments and likes. But if you have a business to run, you want a lot more than that. You want to migrate that traffic from your Instagram account to other outlets, like your website.

By default, your profile only allows you to have one link, but you can get around that with the link tree app.

Link tree allows you to have a link on your profile that will go to a separate mobile friendly landing page where you can post multiple links. This is great if you want to drive your followers to sign up for your newsletter or read your latest blog post.

This alone turns your Instagram from the most shallow social media account you have to a serious money maker!???

 

 

Pro Tip #4 : Use manual camera apps

The key to success with Instagram all lies within that beautiful pic right? Well if you’re using the default camera app on your phone you need to STOP! That’s for basic bitches!

If you really want to get the most of your camera and take the perfect pictures every time ( but you’re also like me and don’t have the money for an amazing DSLR ) you need to use what’s called a manual camera app. Manual camera apps give you full control of your cellphone’s camera, giving you most of the same features of a standard point and shoot.

Your food selfies will never be the same!

There are a tone of options to choose from for both iPhone and android, but here are just some to name a few.

For iphone

Android

If you’re planning on shooting video, I definitely reccomend you purchase Filmic Pro. If you have a nice camera phone that can shoot HD, it will make your videos look AMAZING. This app is so good it will make you look like a pro videographer. No joke!

 

Are you ready to go out there and grow your Instagram? Go take some selfies!


Also published on Medium.

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