Within three years Instagram has gathered over 150 million users, numbers that are still rising as we speak. If you haven’t yet tried this spectacular photo-cum-video sharing application, then it is time to get yourself an Instagram account. Sign up free for this social networking account and build your networking base.

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The trick to using Instagram successfully is getting as many followers as possible. If there are no followers linking or sharing your content then there is no reason for being on social media network. However, don’t be disheartened as now there is a way to get as many followers as you fancy. Though it isn’t something that happens overnight, after all ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ but the result will be fruitful.

So let’s get into the details of how to acquire more Instagram followers:

1. Share Images that Connects with People

The most popular Instagram accounts have a common theme i.e. all the photos they share are those that connect with people on a personal level so that they can relate to it. They are unique, original and appealing. Sharing such photos will establish a connection between you and your audience, which is the perfect way to attract people and hook them for a follow. In short, your Instagram account should be original and authentic for establishing a connection with others.

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2. Post at the Right Time

Before you post anything on your Instagram account, make sure you keep in mind the time zone most of your target audience lives in, especially the time they are most active on their Instagram account. Since it’s a mobile app in nature, there is no particular time for people log in to their accounts; however they usually sign in when they have some spare time like early morning, on weekends or while on the way back home. A photo usually takes four hours to get lost within the news feed. If you want to prevent this from happening then you need to consider the time your followers log in to their accounts and publish your post for maximum effect.

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3. Proper Use of Hash Tags

Search on Google or Webstagram to find out the trending hash tags that are used to upload photos. Then you can use these tags to complement your photos or videos in order to generate more interaction. The popular hash tags that are used commonly are #love, #instagood, #photoftheday, #followme, #cute, and many more. However you don’t want to go overboard by using these hash tags.

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4. Follow Others

The world is based on the philosophy of give and take. Unless you follow others, they will probably not follow you. Hence, if you want people to come to you, you have to put yourself out there instead of uploading photos and waiting for people to follow you. Look for users and brands that you prefer, based on common interest and like; comment and share their images to build a connection. You should follow Instagram star accounts and build a rapport with them. It doesn’t hurt asking for a shout-out either. It is a simple philosophy – the more you engage, the more exposure you will get.

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5. Complete your Profile

New Instagram users should complete their profile in a way that features a call-to-action, web links and branded hash tags. Your bio depicts who you are and whether the users will follow you or not. The trick to completing your bio is to not sound desperate, pleading or spammy. Never use words like “Follow me” in your bio; instead write something that will grab the user’s attention as to who you are and why they should follow you. Keep on updating the bio as and when required.

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  1. Use Filters

It is filters that made Instagram so popular and unique over the three years of its existence. Filters gave people an opportunity to personalize their images. The more captivating and original your photos are, the more the Instagram users will share and follow your account. There are almost 20 filters in the Instagram account, which is why there is no excuse for your photo to be filter-free.

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Now that you’ve got the hang of Instagram for social networking, build a fan following with these tricks. Let us know if this has been helpful or if you have other tips that helped you!