Posted on Apr 08 2021 byin Affiliate Marketing Blog Blog Post Blogs
When it comes to growing your Instagram account, there are a few faux pas that you want to steer well clear of. One of those faux pas is buying fake followers.
You may be reading this wondering why you shouldn’t, as it seems like an easy and sure-fire way to grow your Instagram account, but when things seem too good to be true, they probably are. Here we tell you why you shouldn’t buy fake followers and what you should do instead.
Why Are Fake Followers Bad?
Fake followers are exactly that, they are fake. They are empty accounts that take up space in your follower list but fail to add any value to it.
One of the most important algorithms on Instagram is the follower to engagement ratio.
The more engagement you have on your content from your followers, the higher the chance that Instagram will show it to other users. Fake followers don’t engage with your content at all and ruin this algorithm.
Buying fake followers can also get your account blocked and worst-case scenario, it can also get you banned. So, don’t take the easy way out!
The opposite to buying fake followers is investing in a sustainable growth strategy, these growth strategies are developed and deployed by growth services. They are more expensive than buying fake followers, but you get what you pay for!
You can opt for one of two growth services, you can either go the fully managed one or you can opt for an Instagram growth service that you manage yourself. It all comes down to how much time you have and how much control you want to have.
Managed Growth Service
These are more expensive than the services that you manage yourself, but they are operated by people that Instagram experts. When you sign up to these services the first thing, they will ask you is the characteristics of your target demographics.
Where are they located? What are their interests? How old are they?
Then they will ask you what accounts are similar to yours.
All these data points help to build a cohesive and sustainable strategy whereby your account manager will engage with accounts that match your data points on your behalf. The result is an organic growth strategy that compounds over time.
You won’t see millions of followers over night, but you will begin to see a slow increase followed by a faster ascent as your follower to engagement ratio increases and Instagram, shows your content to more users.
Self-Managed Growth Services
If you want more control over your growth strategy, you can use a tool that you can configure yourself to grow your account.
The word configure may seem daunting, but don’t worry they are pretty simple and straight forward to use. You will need the same data points as the managed growth service, but you input this data yourself and then manage the account. The good thing about a self-managed service is that you are able to make changes at the drop of the hat, however, you don’t want to be doing this on a regular basis.
You want to give your strategy a chance to develop and embed itself within Instagram before you start making too many changes. So, if you sign up and only see an increase of 5 followers on the first day, don’t be put off. These services work on engagement, they will comment, like and follow users that match your parameters and in return these users will do the same to your content.
These results compound over time as you will have a higher level of engagement on your feed and be rewarded for it. One thing you will need to be aware of though when you set up this growth service is not to go overboard with actions. You will need to limit the number of actions per day, otherwise you risk getting your account banned. Make sure you set a sleep time (minimum 7 hours per day) and don’t breach the maximum limit of actions (the service will advise you on this!)
When it comes to buying Instagram followers, just don’t. They will wreck your Instagram account and make it so you can’t grow properly. Instead utilise a growth service which will grow your account safely and effectively.
You have a choice of either a fully managed service or a self-managed service, either way both of these options are far better than buying fake followers.