This article is NOT for everyone trying to grow an Instagram account.
– If you are someone trying to grow an Instagram account for your modeling or you want to create and grow a model promo page, this article is for you!
– If you have a premium Snapchat, Onlyfans account, Manyvids account, etc., this article is for you!
Who am I and why am I writing this?
Currently I run 3 Instagram accounts, 1 focused on Hip Hop [@curatedflame] which has a small but strong fanbase of 1500 followers, another focused on Hip Hop and Instagram models which has 154K followers [@dopedealertv], and a secret back up account focused on Instagram models that I started little over a month ago that has 5.3k+.
When I say Instagram models, I mean, women whose actual professions run a range from model, exotic dancer, musician, adult film actress, and more. They are using Instagram as a tool to gain a paying fanbase and I get contacted by more and more daily looking to grow an account. I also get contacted by other model promo pages that want to grow as well. To both of these categories I end up giving them a lot of the same info so I decided to put it into this article, I hope it helps you.
One of the biggest questions I get asked is “what kind of content should I be creating / posting?” Some of you reading this will think this is an obvious answer but for others it isn’t. So here’s what I tell everyone who asks me;
You are the content. Get creative but also know sometimes even a simple video, such as you walking, can get tens of thousands of views and hundreds of reposts.
Cover Photo and Wow Factor
The cover photo for your IG videos is so important but so many overlook this! And when you run an account like I do that has over 150k followers, I see the difference a cover photo makes. When I post a video I make sure to find the very best cover photo possible because when it’s a boring cover or something that doesn’t have a wow factor, then the views are going to be low even when you have a lot of followers. Even though I have over 150k followers on @dopedealertv I still have videos that only get a couple thousand views but when the cover photo is just right, the views can rack up to well over 100k+ views.
For example look at the picture below, that is a screenshot of the cover photo Instagram automatically selected for me when I was creating a post.
I could have just used the image above as the cover photo but after scrolling through the video I settled on the following image as the cover photo;
You can see that between the two options the second image has more of a “wow factor” and I know this because the video would end up earning me 1,919 followers;
and it has 351k+ views on IG as of this writing.
Public vs Private
There are many ways to grow an Instagram but the main way everyone tries to grow an Instagram is through hashtags and yeah that is the simplest way, but because it is the easiest, it has all the competition. I will admit that with my main account, I have implored a strategy of mainly using hashtags and keeping the account public which has grown it to 154.8k followers.
However, I must stress that with a public account I have had to use a continuously changing stream of hashtags amongst a couple other things to keep growing. But for the hashtag strategy, I have had to post multiple videos and pictures daily, for close to 6 months, using tons of hashtags. I have had to do serious research to find the right hashtags and after hundreds of hours of various related work, it has gained me about 30k followers. This is good and I recommend utilizing a public page that uses hashtags only when you get over at least 25 – 50k followers. When you have a large following and you use hashtags at least in my case they rank higher than when I post with hashtags on an account with a smaller following.
So if you don’t already have your account on private, do it now. The reason you do that is when someone wants to follow you they have to request and wait for you to accept. When you are doing this do not accept your requests immediately, only accept them when you have stacked up a couple hundred followers at a time.
Once you have your account on private proceed to the next step.
This part of the strategy I learned during a discussion with a girl I was doing promo for on IG. She told me that in the one year she has had her account, of 11k followers, she grew it by using Tinder and from one promo post before she came to me. This intrigued me and I asked her more and from that conversation, I began experimenting and it boils down to simply this;
- Create a tinder account if you don’t already have one. Like now, immediately. I can’t believe it took me this long to realize how useful of tool Tinder can be.
- Sign up for tinder+ that way you can switch locations.
In your bio DO NOT promote your premium, onlyfans, or manyvids, and don’t put your cashapp name.
- Add 3 or more photos. In your bio put something simple and then put your Instagram account, something like “ayeee not on this much, add me on IG _______”.
- Come up with a list of 3 different cities that you want to grow a following in. Once you have done this I recommend that you create a consistent-ish pattern of switching your location between those 3 cities. But do not do this frequently as to the point that tinders algorithm would notice, you don’t want to get banned. I don’t know if this is a possibility but I have to assume that it might be.
With this part of the strategy, I get 25+ new follower requests a day.
The Instagram story is simply one of the best tools I have seen for growing a following. Every day on DopeDealerTV I post videos or pictures on the Instagram story and for each video or picture, I tag an account. Usually, its someone who sent it to me and purchased a promo or someone I work with on a regular basis who does some promo for me but every now and then I slip in a tag for a backup account of mine. I started doing the last part because of all the people asking for shoutouts and I really wanted to gauge the real strength of this tactic. So I created a backup account and began shouting out that backup account, I eventually grew that backup account to 21k followers and then sold it.
This is the most basic part of the strategy and how you tackle it, is up to you. You can find similar accounts that are of the same size following as you which will help you stack up a couple followers here and there. But a less time-intensive way is by paying for shoutouts from bigger accounts similar to you or you can reach out to bigger account.
For example, with the DDTV account, my IG story posts can get up to 4k views in 24 hours. When I post a models video or picture, she can expect to get anywhere from 200 to 800+ profile clicks in a 24 hour period. If she has her profile on private a good amount of those profile clicks convert to followers.
That’s all the advice I got:)