Welcome, today we're going to be talking about how to be Instagram famous. Chances are if you found this article, you already know the many benefits of becoming an influencer.
Sure, the recognition is nice on its own, but on top of that, you could also stand to make some money by taking on sponsorship deals or doing collaborations with brands or other influencers.
Plus, you'll be able to build a community of fans that really cares about you and wants to know what you're working on next. But what do you have to do to get to this level?
Most people are probably familiar with Instagram celebrities who focus on modeling or lifestyle branding, but these are far from the only profile types that get lots of attention on the app.
You can get equally famous by posting travel photos, elaborate cuisine, or cute dog pics.
We wanted to get this out of the way right from the start so that you don't feel the need to post a type of content that you're not already comfortable with. There's more than one path up the mountain. It's time to find yours, not someone else's.
If your photos are trash, then people aren't going to be drawn to your page. That's just how it is, especially if you're trying to build up a huge audience.
Thankfully, there are lots of different options for getting great photos that you can post on Instagram on a regular basis.
It's definitely possible to use a DSLR or mirrorless camera to take all your photos, but you'll end up having to crop them to work well on Insta and that's going to be a lot of work when you're just getting started.
However, built-in phone cameras are just going to keep getting better and better, as they already have over the course of several generations of iPhones and Android phones.
As long as you have a smartphone, you're going to get all the photo quality you need, at least for now.
That said, you should still try to get familiar with your phone camera. Mess around with some settings and maybe even edit a few photos right on your phone.
Know how to work the timer (this is especially important) and be able to turn off the flash if need be.
No matter what you're posting, if you want to be famous on Instagram, then you need to post often.
Some experts would say that you should be posting at least once a day to attract more attention, but for now, just try to post about three times a week, making sure that each post is high-quality and fun to look at.
You can even gauge how popular each post is by keeping track of how many likes it gets. If you're getting 100+ likes on every post, then you should definitely think about posting more often than you already are.
On the other hand, if you're struggling to get many likes outside of your group of friends, then it's time to change up your tactics, either by altering your content slightly or by using lots of tags on your posts, which we'll talk about more in the next section.
Of course, the most important metric to keep track of is your number of followers. Pay attention to which kinds of posts earn you more followers. Once you find it, stick to that kind of post for as long as you can.
For example, if inspirational posts seem to earn more followers, don't hesitate to do more of that in the future.
Yeah, we know, the #nofilter tag remains popular after years of use, but here's the thing: Instagram's built-in filters are there for a reason, and if you're not always 100% happy with the results you're getting from your phone camera, they can be a great way to spice up an image.
Filters can change the mood of a photo or just enhance certain qualities. Experiment with these and just have fun!
As for tags, these are super important and should be used with every single post, even after you've collected thousands and thousands of followers.
Like a few other social media platforms, users can search for posts based on specific tags, as you probably already know.
If someone wants to see posts related to a special event or just to a specific hobby, tags help them find those posts easily.
What that means for the Insta-famous hopefuls out there is that you can get a post seen by a lot more people by adding tags to it.
Those tags should always be at least loosely related to the content. So if you're posting a picture of a great meal you're about to have, you should probably stay away from tags about fashion and cars. It's just common sense.
If you're consistent with your content and people like what they see, then it's really only a matter of time until you'll start to gain a whole lot of followers.
But you can't stop there. Sure, having 2,000 followers is great, and you can even start to get some sponsorship deals at that level, though they won't pay much. But our final words of wisdom to you are that you need to keep the momentum going.
No matter how much success you've found on the platform, you need to keep the ball rolling if you want to be a real Instagram celebrity.
Just look at some of the most wildly popular influencers out there. They didn't stop when they hit 100,000 followers and they're not going to stop now that they have many more than that.
If an opportunity comes up to collaborate with another big influencer, take it. These projects can be a great way to expand your audience and get your posts seen by more people.
Take sponsorship deals if you want. Enjoy the perks of being an influencer, but never stop climbing.