Instagram Advice Post

Instagram advice from my friends

Everyone has been asking for Instagram advice so I thought I’d ask some of my favorites and even some hubs. Maybe it will help you. I know it always helps me to hear from others I admire. It might not answer all your questions. I know I have a few of my own that come up almost daily…

How do some people skyrocket with not so great content and others stay under 10k for years with amazing content? How do you get comment banned from your own posts? Or even from commenting on a feature more than once? Is there a good list and a naughty list? Is this goodness score a real thing? Does the “business” flag always stay on your account even if you go back to personal? What’s with the order of the feed?

Instagram advice from my friends:

1. What do you think is the key to your Instagram success?
I dont think there is one thing to be fair. Success is so relative as well in terms of social media but the things I think ive managed to do well is improve my photography, I have managed to surround with friends who share my passion and can be as critical as I need them to be to push me to do better. I also think I devote a lot of time to photography and I really believe if you practice something long enough, you will get there.

2. What is your biggest hurdle?
I have a full time job and work 70hrs a week. It can be tough to work although and plan shoots etc

3. What would you say is your brand (and does that matter on IG… what you post)?
I don’t do this necessarily because I want it to be a full time thing. I love photography and my goal with any platform where I represent myself as “thetechcreative” is to hopefully inspire people to pursue what they love to do outside of “work”. Anyone who has met me I think if you asked what my brand was they would say a tech guy who does photography as a passion.

4. What’s your best Instagram advice for others?
In life? Dont do drugs and stay in school.. My advice although biased for “instagrammers?” I would say its to do photography/videography for photography’s sake not for the followers. I know people are going to say oh you got many so its easy but I would be okay with 0 followers. Taking a photo, printing it and hang in it up there is no better feeling than that to me.

— Chris @thetechcreative

1. What do you think is the key to your Instagram success?
Having a good relationship to my followers.

2. What is your biggest hurdle?
Getting up early for sunrise

3. What would you say is your brand (and does that matter on IG… what you post)?
Outdoor / landscape / travel

4. What’s your best Instagram advice for others?
I think everybody knows that people want to see always the same pictures. But the goal should be to break out and follow your own style even if you have less likes

— Ann at @annchristinamberg

1. What do you think is the key to your Instagram success?
I don’t actually consider myself to be an IG success, as I only have around 12k followers. But, if there are two things I feel have helped me grow over time, it would be posting what you are truly passionate about, and genuinely connecting with others who share that passion. This means both being and engaged follower of others, and engaging with your followers in a way that is based on truly wanting to connect and get to know them.

2. What is your biggest hurdle?
Biggest hurdle is reaching new people. Frankly, IG seems to have made this a lot harder in the past year. Meeting new people via new followers seemed to be a breeze and a ton of fun until sometime around the end of 2016. Now it feels like you have to work hard at it and it seems like nothing that used to work is working anymore.

3. What would you say is your brand (and does that matter on IG… what you post)?
My IG brand is probably about seeing the magic and beauty in the everyday everything that maybe most other people would pass by. The idea of “travel” can be as simple as noticing the amazing things in your home town or home state. I love to travel in the real sense of the word, but life becomes more magical when any trip on any day can reveal artistry and beauty in unexpected places.

4. What’s your best Instagram advice for others?
My best advice for others is to bring your true and honest self to the world through social media. There is no reason to soften or hide any aspect of your passions and interests. You will find the world is literally full of like minded people you would otherwise never get to meet. Explore, innovate, teach, and learn though your posts and the rich universe of sharing that social media offers.

— Jim @quark_track

1. What do you think is the key to your Instagram success?
Posting content that means something to me. Also visiting pages often of those I both have met and would love to meet in the future

2. What is your biggest hurdle?
Day job and not having the time I’d like to dedicate on Instagram. It’s tough to balance real life and social media

3. What would you say is your brand (and does that matter on IG… what you post)?
I would really say I have a brand. I do try to incorporate some lifestyle scenes into my landscapes when possible though. Having a brand does help with sponsorships from what I’ve seen though

4. What’s your best Instagram advice for others?
Post consistently. I think it’s key to keep the algorithm in your favor and also keeps your followers engaged. Also reply to comments. I think it means more than you think

— Dené @denemiles

1. What do you think is the key to your Instagram success?
I think everyone defines “Instagram success” differently. If it is by followers and likes then I’m on the low end of the spectrum. I can easily get caught up in this culture for I do love instant gratification but that can never be my end goal. Success for me is being happy and satisfied with my current (posted) image yet always wanting to grow and evolve as a photographer. So current contentment with a “do-over-better someday-soon” mentality. To better answer your question, post what I love and am thrilled if others enjoy it as well… and post often.

2. What is your biggest hurdle?
Time.. time… time.. To be a growing and evolving photographer you have to invest as much time as possible in reading, research, scouting, practice, execution, and analyzing. All this takes time; the more you give the better you’ll be. Pacing myself is key. I have created many forms of art in my life and this one… photography… will be the one I finish out on. It has captured me in a way no other art form has. I must recognize it is a journey for life so I don’t have to accomplish it all at once. I must give time to the other loves in my life like, Jesus and family. Plus work pays the mortgage so it gets a huge chuck of my time.

3.What would you say is your brand (and does that matter on IG… what you post)?
So here is where you’ll see hypocrisy in my life. I so believe in branding, I have read about it and agree with it, yet I’ve rarely put it into practice. Branding as far as a logo and image is still a dream and an idea in my mind. My style on IG is landscape photography. Sometimes a little fox will run through my scene and I attempt to switch but it is the land that captures my soul. Since I’ve been on IG I have developed (unintentionally, which is the power of branding) a recognition of others and their work. Their style and branding points to who they are long before I read their name. This is a good thing for those who are in this for the long haul. I’ve got to get on this!

4. What’s your best Instagram advice for others?
Judgment is so rampant in all forms of social media and IG is no different. Judging myself is the best thing I can do and will result in my personal growth as a photographer. I want to compare myself with myself. I purposefully leave all my early images on an old (and my first social media love) Flickr. I can go through these images and see how I’ve progressed as an artist; both technical and creative growth. I chuckle often as I see an image I so loved (originally) and now see how I could do better. These early images mark where I’ve been and where I’m going. I actually get excited thinking about how my future self might see the images I post today; what will I think, what will I see different, what will I change? Oh… and be sincere. Most people know when you’re not and most people know when they are being played (for popularity, likes, or features).

— Pat @pthomas5313

1. What do you think is the key to your Instagram success?
I’d say for me it’s been learning and practicing technique and composition when shooting. Studying and researching a location and scouting also helps improve my chances of getting the best possible image. I strive to get the best possible image SOC and also a big part for me is also editing. Learning how to properly process your image is key. Most of all I’d say I tend to only post the best photos I’ve taken and try to stay consistent.

2. What is your biggest hurdle?
My biggest hurdle is finding time to go and shoot when the weather is good 😀 so I’ve shifted a bit of my style to focus on photographs that don’t depend on weather.

3.What would you say is your brand (and does that matter on IG… what you post)?
My style on my feed is landscape with lots of LE but now I’m moving towards people and other lifestyle type photos

4. What’s your best Instagram advice for others?
Most important of all I’d say is have fun and enjoy the journey. There are so many amazing photographers out there to connect with and I’ve learned so many things from everyone I’ve met!

— Elaine @himui888

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Instagram advice from hubs:

What do you look for in a feature?
What I look for in a feature is the right style, mood and feeling for the hub. The photos must be of good quality and come from a serious account. I look through a lot of photos of course, so the photos need to be eye catching. I prefer tagged photos from the hubs followers. I also prefer that the photos are taken by the owner of the account and not edited ones from different apps or sites. Also photos are subject to checking to see if they are stolen from other photographers / accounts.

What’s the best way to get featured?
All of the above but also to follow, like and comment on our page. That way you are seen in more ways than just your photos on the tag. And if you get a feature it’s more likely you will get a second one after a while if you remember to say Thank you! 🙂

— Answers from @Main_Vision

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What do you look for in a feature?
What we look for in a feature is a good picture. There isn’t much science to be honest. The perspective, the framing, the uniqueness, the edit, the overall composition. I think the uniqueness of a photo is huge now because of how so many places are overdone. But that is not a deal breaker, a good photo is a good photo.

What’s the best way to get featured?
We look at the hashtags, we look at the tagged people, we look at DM’s, we look at other feature pages.

— Answers from anonymous hub with 77k followers

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What do you look for in a feature?
I don’t really think about it. I choose the photo I like the most in that moment. I try the top 9 first and if I don’t see anything. I move on. I found most of my favorites in the regular search below the top 9. The best way to stand out is a photo with a great sky or something different that I have seen before.

What’s the best way to get featured?
There are now nine of us on RoamFlorida so it’s going to be interesting to see the variety of different tastes. For me, I make sure RoamFlorida is tagged correctly, not a hub or a business that featured a photo from someone else.

— Answers from @RoamFlorida

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What do you look for in a feature?
I’m looking for a clear, relatively unobstructed foreground. Strong color. A sense of place. Unique perspective. Some indication as to location in the geotag, hashtags, or caption, so I can share that information with followers and so that I can tell if the photo is a good fit for the account. We also aim to put up a minimum of five posts a week, across all our accounts, that are from photographers with fewer than 600 followers on Instagram. Most weeks we do more than five posts.

What’s the best way to get featured?
Each of our accounts has an account-specific hashtag. Submit photos to @oregonexplored by using the #oregonexplored hashtag, @idahoexplored with #idahoexplored, @washingtonexplored with #washingtonexplored and to @caliexplored with #caliexplored. We scan submissions multiple times each week to select features for each account. Because of the number of submissions, I miss a lot of great images. Consistent use of the hashtag is the best way to make sure I eventually see your photos.

— Answers from @ExploredCo family

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