While I know you have your own style, and you should definitely stick with that because that’s what makes you awesome, one thing I suggest you consider is something I started doing in my third year. I call them “Instagram Classics.” These are basically photos that have a “hook.” That “hook” could be a prop, a pose, or a trend, but the point is, the hook makes your photo “catchy.” What does it catch? The likes! For instance, some of my Instagram Classics were photos of me using selfie-sticks, photos of me in an exceptionally sexy yoga pose, and photos of me with toys on my butt (which I called “toys on a peach”). I figured out what Instagram Classics were by watching the likes. I’d try a concept in a photo, and if it got a lot of likes, I’d try something else that was similar. Of course, there are also lots of trends on IG (for instance, as I write this, lifting your skirt in a grocery store is a huge trend). Doing “trendy” photos usually gets a lot of likes, too, which raises your engagement, which raises you in the algorithm, etc.
I’ve looked at tens of thousands of babe pages, and one thing really stands out – some babes are good at focusing on their assets, and some babes, well, not so much. By “assets” I mean that part of your body, or that particular talent, or that particular look that your followers love most of all. In all honesty, for me it was my backside. For some girls it’s their breasts. For some it’s their face. For some it’s a particular “look.” For some it’s a particular thing they do. But no matter what it is, you should try to have your photography hone in on that primary asset and show it in close-up, in lots of creative ways, and frequently. It’s what your followers love about you, so don’t be afraid to give them lots of it!
One really valuable thing I did a lot of was track other accounts via socialblade.com, Influencer Database, or by checking out the analytics available on their Instagram profile. You can see what they’re doing, how they’re growing, if their growth is legitimate (real followers vs. fake followers), who else is posting them, who is tagging them, etc. Not only can you learn a lot about what the successful pages are doing, but you can find other successful pages to interact with, and in both cases, you can take what they’re doing and make it work for you or set up trades, collaborations, etc.
I have done a lot of SFS-ing, and you should too. This means you find an account similar to yours and you post them and they post you. No, it’s rarely possible to SFS with pages that are much bigger than yours, but there are lots of pages that are near your size, and you can trade with them in your story and your feed. One tip is if a page is twice your size you could offer to post them twice in exchange for them posting you once. Some girls are worried their followers won’t like it, and that’s fine. If you don’t think they will, then you don’t have to SFS. But one way to make your followers okay with it is to select the photos yourself to make sure they’re something you think your followers will like. Second, if you contextualize the trade for your followers – tell them why you’re showing them someone else – they will be more okay with it. Many of your followers will be glad to see someone you recommend! After all, they love you, so why wouldn’t they love your friends?
I quickly found that doing “live events” was great for follower engagement, purchases from my private site, and new followers. There are lots of types of live events you can do – I’ve seen babes do collaborations, photo shoots, trips – but the key is that it’s something you can promote for several days (“something special is about to happen”) and then, when it’s happening, it’s something your followers need to go check out right away, because it’s time limited. For instance, one thing I did was my Selfie Tours. I would go on 3-4 day trips, and during the trip I would be posting frequently on my Snap Channel and IG Live, and I’d be putting up extra posts about what I was doing. I really found that my engagement and private site purchases took big jumps when I did these Selfie Tours. I would also link these with music videos for songs on my album. My sense is if you can profile a particular talent you have to your followers they’ll show you even more love for it.
I’m sure you’ve read this if you’ve ever checked out one of those “How To Get Huge on Instagram” books (none of which, to be honest, I can recommend very highly), but creating fun, interesting, and engaging captions goes a long way to increasing your engagement, which lifts you in the algorithm, which helps your natural growth. So I recommend you put a bit of time into your captions. Write something people can react to. Ask questions. Be funny. Be cute. Be teasing. Be poetic. Be personal. Do what’s right for you.
I have always tried to remember one thing, and I believe it’s one of the reasons I have a relatively high engagement (likes plus comments) rate. Treat your followers like a fan club. Adore them, pamper them, engage them. The more love you give them, the more they’ll give you. Try to be very personal with them. Flatter them. Let them know how much you like them and value their comments and opinions. Ask them for their ideas! Reply to their comments! Maybe even engage with some of them via DM (for instance, do a contest where you send a couple of them something special). This kind of stuff is known to work very well.
As you might have read, natural growth can really get your follower count soaring. Natural growth basically means Instagram is suggesting your page to followers of pages that are similar to yours. I grew a lot through natural growth. In fact, for a while I was getting around 10k followers/day just through Instagram suggesting my page. So how do you achieve natural growth? By having an awesome conversion rate. If a relatively high number of people who visit your page end up following you, then Instagram’s algorithm will think that your page is a good page and it will suggest you more.
So how to have a great conversion rate? Only post awesome content. Keep only your best performing content up (remove the poorly performing content). Have a great profile pic. Have a great profile description. If you’re interested, we can send you an Account Improvement Review, and our Growth Manager, Dustin, will comment on these things about your page – mentioning anywhere he sees room for improvement. But if you want to go even deeper into how to do these things, feel free to request a private consultation session with Dustin via email or DM and the two of you can discuss more intensively what you can do to get your conversion rate up.
When we help you with your page we always have our eye on your conversion rate, because if you can achieve natural growth, then you’ll literally be getting new followers by doing nothing. It’s pretty great. In fact, our entire growth method is centered on two ways of growing your page that are optimal for increasing your conversion rate and getting you natural growth.
First, we get you in front of followers that we think will like your aesthetic. We have a network of 100s of models and we place your photo according to aesthetic matching. This makes it more likely that someone who sees your shout out will visit your page and then follow you, which increases your conversion rate. This high conversion rate pumps you up in the algorithm and gets you more suggested by Instagram.
Second, our monthly Account Improvement Review gives you concrete, personalized suggestions on how to improve your page, and over time, month after month, as you absorb these suggestions, your conversion rate will go up.
And there you have it – the 10 things I did to hit 3m! I hope you are able to take a lot of value away from these tips for your own page, and I look forward to helping you get there yourself! Please reach out to me at email@example.com if you’d like to work with me!
xxoo – Ona