10 Tips To Gaining Instagram Followers

I basically grew up on the internet, at the young age of thirteen I made a Tumblr blog and instantly gained a ton of attention on there. I went from 100 followers to 10,000 to 70,000+ followers, and then decided it was time to move onto Instagram. After 5+ years on Instagram and 8+ on Tumblr, I would like to think I have racked up some useful tips to help you gain more followers! Most of these tips are aimed at Instagram and Tumblr, but I’m sure they can work for any social media site! Those are just the sites I consider myself to have the most experience in. So, If you want to know how to increase your following just keep reading.

#1. Find your niche
What do you like taking pictures of or blogging about? There are a ton of niches to choose from, but a few examples would be fashion, food, fitness, lifestyle, and travel. I would consider myself a lifestyle blogger because I post a little bit of everything. For example, I have fashion posts like this some skin care flat lays here and a lifestyle shot like this. So find what you enjoy posting about and make that your focus!

#2. Have a good quality camera
No one likes seeing a low quality, dim lit pictures, it just isn’t eye-catching so make sure your area is well lit and high quality! I use my iPhone X for all my photos, so you don’t need a DSLR or anything, iPhone quality is pretty good, and natural sunlight is my favorite way to shoot. 

#3. Use filters
Filter are great because if you use the right one you can dramatically make your posts more appealing! Once you find a filter you like make sure to use the same one for all your photos so your feed has a theme going on. For my Instagram, I like a clean, bright and airy look, so I mostly use Lightroom now, but for my old posts, I used VSCO filter A6. Also remember to edit all your photos (temperature, exposure, contrast, etc.) because most likely your pictures are shot in different backgrounds and lighting so the filter will look slightly different on each picture, but with a little editing, you can make them all look identical. (If you guys would like a seperate blog post all about editing pictures and what all those settings mean, let me know!)

#4. Utilize hashtags 
This is so important for Instagram and even for Twitter. If you have a business account, you’re able to see how many people have seen your post just through hashtags. My trick for Instagram is to use about ten hashtags, sometimes more sometimes less it just depends on the photo. So the trick to being successful with hashtags is to go through and find hashtags that are relevant to your post. What I do is I choose half my hashtags that are popular, these would include posts that have over 1million posts under that hashtag. Then, I try to include ones with less than 100k, this way my post is more likely to be visible since there’s less content under those hashtags. For Twitter, just 1-3 relevant hashtags are enough since there’s a word count limit and you don’t want your tweet to look too crowded and long. 

#5. Have a public account
It might not sound like that makes a huge difference, but people like seeing your content before they choose to follow you. Also, hashtags won’t show up if you’re a private account and you won’t show up on the discovery page either if your account is private. 

#6. Attach a face to your social media
Just post some selfies every once in a while! People are more likely to remember you and your content if they recognize you, that’s basically how I gained such a huge following on Tumblr. I also found that when I post pictures of myself on Instagram, I gain a bunch of new followers as well, so give it a try! 

#7. Tag all relevant brands
If you post outfit pictures or pictures of any products make sure to tag all the brands shown in the post. That way, your post will show up under that brand’s profile under their tagged pictures which will reach a wider audience and potential new followers. If you’re really lucky and the brand sees your content and likes it, they might even repost and give you credit which will be a huge win for you. 

#8. Make genuine friendships and collaborate with others
If you’re an influencer or blogger find people in your niche and interact with them. Don’t do this in an “I’m using you for exposure” sort of way, of course, but if you’re a beauty blogger then find other beauty bloggers to talk to and interact with. You can take it a step further and if both parties are interested you guys can collaborate together by giving each other shoutouts. This is a great way to gain some new followers because chances are their followers will be interested in your content as well if you both are in the same niche.

#9. Host a giveaway
Either by yourself or split the cost with a few other people, so the prize is bigger and more people are likely to enter. I did this about a month ago with a handful of other bloggers and influencers on Instagram and it was a huge success!

#10. Interact with your followers
No one likes bloggers or influencers who don’t talk to the people who support them. Simply like comments, reply to some and try to answer DMs. Also posting polls and interactive activities on Instagram stories is a great way to gain peoples attention. One thing I always used to do on Tumblr back in the day was host question or story hours and my followers really seemed to enjoy that and so did I. 

Those are my 10 most important tips on how to gain followers on social media! Thank you so much for reading, I hope you guys enjoyed. Got any of your own tips on how to be successful on social media? Comment them down below!

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before College

Hey guys and welcome to another blog post! This upcoming fall I will be entering my senior year of college, so I feel like I’ve done this college stuff long enough to have some good insight. So here are the ten things I wish I knew before college:

  1. You will 100% miss your mom’s homemade food. I know this doesn’t apply to everyone because some of us go to different coasts or even countries for college but for me, this was a huge thing. So if you can, try to bring as much of it back with you when you go home for breaks. Sure eating out is fun, but after four years of college, it’s going to get tedious and expensive!
  2. Not everyone is your friend. People have their own hidden agendas, and honestly, most people I’ve met are only in it for themselves, so choose your friends very carefully. 
  3. Major in something you’re interested in and want to do, not something your parents want you to study. At the end of the day, it’s your life and you’re going to be doing this for a very long time, so might as well choose something you’re passionate about. 
  4. It’s all fun and games until you start going out too much and get caught up in that lifestyle. You need to learn to balance and focus on your school work; There will always be another party.
  5. When people tell you not to live with your friends, listen to them! Living with your friends can get distracting and overwhelming. It’s all fun and games the first year, but after a while, you will start seeing how problems in the dorm room are beginning to affect your friendship.
  6. It’s not “uncool” to get to know your professors and participate in class. Your professors are real humans with a lot of experience and resources in their hands! Creating strong relationships will benefit you in the future when you need recommendations or even for networking; you never know who they’ll have contacts too.
  7. Do NOT lose sight of your mental health. Unfortunately, it happens to a lot of us in college and it’s a very dangerous place to enter. Study hard of course but always focus on yourself and your health. Don’t pull all-nighters for every test and put too much strain on yourself; it’s not going to benefit you in the long run.
  8. The first guy that breaks your heart in college will literally feel like the end of the world. Listen to me when I tell you this, it will 100% only get better from there. Freshmen college boys are just as bad, if not worse, than high school boys. They will hurt you, you might trust the wrong people and relationships end, but I promise you will be okay again. 
  9. Most colleges are high school part two when it comes to drama and gossip. Try not to get caught up in that kind of stuff, and distance yourself from people who thrive on drama. It’s emotionally draining, and we left that stuff in high school for a reason.
  10. Take every opportunity that you’re given. If there are networking events or internship fairs get your butt to those places! Don’t slack or say you’re only a sophomore you still have years left until graduation. No, start making moves now because no matter what field of study you’re going into, there will always be competition.
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Radiating Positive Energy: How I Improved My Life

The Art of Positive Thinking

You probably hear it all the time, put this thought out into the universe, and it’ll make it come true, put out positive energy to get it back. Some of you are probably skeptical like I first was and might even think it’s a bunch of baloney and that’s understandable. It’s not an exact science or something you can necessarily prove to someone, but to me, it’s all about putting out into the universe what you want to get back. It makes sense to me because if you’re negative and angry all the time then that’s what you’re going to radiate off to other people around you and that’s the same type of energy you’ll attract. Here are some of the tips and tricks I’ve started incorporating into my lifestyle since 2018 and I truly haven’t been more at peace.

You Attract What You Put Out
The most important lesson I’ve learned in my 21 years of life is the saying that you attract what you put out. So if you’re someone who’s constantly negative or angry then those are the types of people and circumstances in your life you’ll be attracting. Don’t dwell on the past or circumstances you can’t change; this will cause you to always live in negativity. Take some deep breaths, understand why it happened and how you can grow from it and then slowly move on from it.

Another necessary change I’ve made to my life is controlling my temper. I have my father’s anger, which let me tell you is a nasty one! I am definitely a hot head, which is not a good thing because you continuously live in a state of uneasiness and rage. Summer of 2018, right before I started my junior year of college at a new school, I decided I would control my temper instead of letting it control me. It was a long process, it still is sometimes, but take my word for it, living a calm, in control lifestyle is so much better than an angry one. I focus on taking deep breaths and not taking actions when I’m mad because everything is much more rational when you think about it with a clear head. I also don’t let things out of my control bother me, I choose to walk away and clear my head because what’s the point in getting worked up over something you can’t change?

#Drop Them 2019
You can change yourself all you want, but the people you surround yourself with have a significant impact on your life and your mood. That’s why the summer of 2018 I decided I didn’t want anyone in my life that wasn’t contributing to my growth and success. Honestly, one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself and my mind, and you need to start doing the same! There is no reason for you to deal with someone who brings you down or is filled with negativity and finds the bad in everything when there are people out there who literally radiate happiness and support.

De-stress Your Mind
You can do a bunch of things such as blogging, journaling, meditating, or doing yoga to help deal with stress and declutter your mind. Whenever I’m either worked up or feeling less positive, I love to go to the gym and de-stress. If I’m in between classes and can’t get to the gym, I pull out my favorite notebook and start jotting away. I got into journaling when I first started college, mostly as a way to create content for my Tumblr but I’ve kept up with it ever since. I don’t even write about my feelings, but instead, I draw and find ways to distract and calm myself down. Yoga and meditating are also two amazing habits to pick up, and it’s super simple because you can do them in the comfort of your home with a youtube video.

Have any other tips and tricks on how you live a positive lifestyle? Comment them below!

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