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5 Best Practices for Instagram Success

With over 200 million users and a user base growing very strongly, Instagram is doing fantastically well. If you have an Instagram handle and are trying to get more followers there, here are 5 simple tips that will all help you do the same.

Be patient with your edits
Instagram’s filters make it incredibly easy for you to make your original picture better than it is. But, it makes it a bit too easy, with most users just spending half a minute to a minute editing their pictures, before excitedly uploading it.

Take a good look at the filtering and edit tools and play around with all the options to see what they do. There’s a chance that you might discover a tool that you have never used before, a tool that can make your picture look like a billion bucks as opposed to a million bucks!

Embed your Instagram pictures on your Blog or other web content
If you have a personal blog or blog somewhere on the Internet, Instagram gives you a very easy option to embed pictures you share at Instagram, with simple to use code that you can copy paste into most CMS platforms like WordPress or Blogger. This isn’t the same as copy pasting an image as an embedded picture will take the user right back to your Instagram page, where there is a chance for them to follow you, winning you a lifelong subscriber.

# with tact
Use too many hashtags and you run the risk of coming across as an attention hungry spammer. Use hashtags that are too common and you run the risk of never being able to use the power of hashtags. The right way to use hashtags is to pick hashtags that are niche and very relevant to your image, without being one of those hashtags that everyone abuses. Instagram even has a page advising you about how to use hashtags and we recommend that you read it to understand what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work.

Pretty up your profile page
No one’s going to follow your Instagram handle even if you have the most stunning of pictures, if you don’t have a good profile page. When people come to your profile page, they want to see a stunning cover image, a witty description and learn more about you, before deciding to look at your pictures and then decide to follow you. If you haven’t done it already, spend at least an hour trying to brighten up the look of your profile page. You will instantly notice an uptick in followers once you begin to share your pictures again.

Share beyond Instagram!
Though Facebook owns Instagram, there is no automatic sharing of your Instagram pictures on your Facebook wall. Remember, there are millions of Facebook users who are still not on Instagram. You can lure such Facebook users to your Instagram page and then convert them into an Instagram user, winning a follow, like and a loyal fan in the process!

So, there you have it, 5 simple but very efficient tips that will let you get more traction from your Instagram shares.