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10 unconventional ways to grow your Instagram account

10 unconventional ways to grow your Instagram account

1. Don’t use banned hashtags

Using the wrong hashtag on your post could get your account shadowbanned. This means your post won’t show up for any of the other hashtags and evidently your engagement will decrease dramatically. There’s over 100 banned hashtags, and some you probably use! Some examples are #Asia #Cheeky #KillingIt #NewYears #PushUps #Snapchat #TGIF. Weird, right? Just do a quick google search before you hashtag your Friday night drinks. Here’s a full list of banned hashtags.

2. Always use a location tag

Using a geotag is particularly beneficial for a business that has a physical address as more and more people are using Instagram as they would TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google etc. Have you ever looked at an Instagram location of a cafe to see what dishes look best? You can also search in the “Places” section like Google for what you’re looking for. Here is an example of a search on Instagram for “Vegan Restaurant”.

Don’t forget about adding the location to your stories. When someone clicks on the tag, it will not only show all the posts tagged in the location, but also a live stream of people currently there.

3. Join or create a pod

If you’re engagement is lacking on Instagram and you can’t seem to get the comments rolling, join (or create your own) comment pod. Many influencers keep this as a secret trick to and a way to “hack the algorithm” and boost your post to the top of the feed. A comment pod is a group of 10-15 Instagrammers, bloggers or businesses that share similar content and have the desire to get more likes, comments and followers. When you share a new post, you DM it to your group for everyone in the thread to go and comment something genuine and positive, hopefully encouraging others outside of the pod to comment too!