How to Be IG Famous Fast: Getting Big on Instagram

Social media stardom 

There’s no doubt that we’re now living through the age of the social media star. On every major platform, there are influencers who wield a certain amount of power simply because they have built a large audience as well as a strong connection with that audience. 

As for getting big on Instagram specifically, people can have different motivations. Some just want to share their work with a lot of different people from all over the world. 

Others want to increase their following so that they can become a full-on influencer who earns tons of money from sponsorship deals with huge brands, but we’ll be talking more about that side of things later. 

Our main goal here is to give some tips for how to be IG famous fast. It’s definitely possible to grow your following quickly, but it all depends on your content and your IG personality. 

It’s all about the content 

We can’t forget that Instagram is primarily a visual platform. Yes, you can add quite a bit of text underneath each of your posts, but only a fraction of the people who see one of your posts will actually bother reading it. 

That’s why it’s so important to focus on your content from the visual side. For most IG creators, the majority of their content will be photographs, but video and visual art also work very well on the platform. 

Right at the start, you need to ask yourself which of these things you think you’re the best at. You can certainly improve any of these skills over time, but knowing where to start and what you’d like to post are crazy important to getting more followers. 

Become a part of your target demographic

Before you really get your account going, you could even ask some friends how they feel about different ideas you’ve had for posts. Ask whether this sounds like the kind of content they’d like to check out on IG. 

If you travel a lot, document your trips with your account. If you draw commissioned sketches, post one or two a week. If you perform live in some capacity, don’t be afraid to share that with the masses on Instagram. 

Use tags to your advantage 

Tags are incredibly important on just about any social media platform that offers the feature to users. 

Yes, tags technically tell other users what your post is really about, but much more importantly, they tell the algorithm what each post is about. 

When your tags are accurate, the algorithm will promote that post based on how many people are searching for that topic right now. 

On Instagram especially, you can give each post a whole bunch of different tags to increase the chances of new people (non-followers) finding your post and hopefully your profile as well. 

But you should also try to avoid putting too many tags on your posts, too, especially if you already have a big following on your profile. You don’t want to look like you’re trying to game the system, even if you actually are. 

Interact with your followers 

A very big part of social media fandoms nowadays is the parasocial relationship between the creator and their followers. 

What this means is that, despite never having met the creator in question, fans of that person can start to feel a very intimate and personal connection to that person. 

While we would never recommend that you abuse these kinds of relationships to create a stronger bond, it can be very helpful to your social media brand when you interact with your followers to some degree and make them feel accepted and heard. 

You’ve no doubt heard all kinds of creators and influencers talk about how much they love their fans and how they’re the best fans in the world. Sure, there’s some exaggeration happening there, but it’s also just a good move for their online presence.

Photos and videos

Post on a regular basis 

This is another tip that has a lot to do with the algorithms behind different social media services and how they choose to promote content. 

Basically, the ways most algorithms operate today, you need to post content on a regular basis to avoid being left behind by the platform itself. 

Let’s say you start out by posting new content about three times a week. You’ll probably get promoted a good bit and earn some new followers. 

But if you suddenly start to drop off, only posting once a week or every other week, the algorithm will essentially assume that your account is less active overall and will promote your content less and less. 

But if you can keep up the pace while also maintaining a healthy work-life balance, you’ll have a much better chance of making it big on IG.  

Consider sponsorships 

We know this is the part you’ve all been waiting for, when we get to the heart of the matter: how you can start making money from your Instagram presence once you’ve gained a significant following. 

For a lot of people, sponsorships are why they want to get big on IG in the first place, but the truth is, you can use sponsorships to attract even more followers and enhance that social media presence you’ve worked so hard to create. 

Best of all, you don’t need to have 50,000 followers to start looking into sponsorship deals. Sure, the more followers you have, the more you can expect to earn through sponsorship deals, since it means your sponsored content will reach a larger audience from the get-go, but you can get started with as few as 2,000 followers. 

Several online platforms now cater specifically to what are called ‘micro-influencers.’ Essentially, micro-influencers have roughly 1,000 to 5,000 followers, and while they’re not going to earn crazy influencer money from sponsorships, there are plenty of smaller brands eager to work with these kinds of influencers. 

The platforms we just mentioned act as the bridge between micro-influencers and brands. It’s not guaranteed that you will get approved for inclusion on these platforms, but they’re definitely your best bet for getting early sponsorships, rather than reaching out to brands yourself.