1. Improve photography + editing skillz.
Probably the most important thing to do as an Instagrammer + a blogger is to improve our photography skillz, I’m still learning. You don’t necessarily need an expensive camera to take great shots but if you’re really into blogging and taking pictures it might not be a bad idea. Most of my daily Instagram pictures are taken with my iphone 5S, while my blogging pictures are taken with my Canon. Knowin your DSL is key to achieving great pictures, I also shoot in RAW for easy editing in Lightroom.
Editing is also super helpful for attracting new visitors. My favorite App at the moment is VSCO, its super easy to learn and the quality is amazing. I love bright clean pictures so my exposure is always super high!
2. Promoting yourself.
Trust me, no one will be your biggest advocate better than you. Promoting yourself and your content is key to growing your Instagram and even your business. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, even when you think you’re being “annoying” who cares! The people who care will stick around and the one’s who don’t, well that’s their loss. Ask friends to follow you and share your content on their social media sites, add your content or pictures to sites like stumble upon! Make yourself noticeable.
Try linking your Instagram to your other media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
I never did this with my old Instagram, I hated how tacky all the blue #’s looked in the caption and I never really tagged anyone in my pictures either which was such a HUGE mistake. Yes the blue #’s look tacky in the first comment, but I learned of a great way to include them so they are incognito. This is truly where I got most of my followers, I researched hashtags that fit my personality and content and I created a mass list on my phone’s notes for easy copy + paste access. You can check out any of my pictures and you can see how I masted the incognito effect most instagrammers are using!
TAG TAG TAG! Do you take amazing pictures of beauty products?! Well then tag the companies! Every once in a while they will notice a great picture and feature it on their ‘grams, so why not?! This is a great way to get notices and build friendships and relationships with companies you might want to work with sometime.
4. Collaborate with companies.
Reach out to companies you would like to work with and try and collaborate with them. I recently collaborated with CaseApp and we hosted a nice little giveaway for a lucky follower who followed both Caseapp’s Instagram account and mine. It was pretty sweet! So reach out and don’t be discouraged, not everyone will say yes but some might and that’s an open door for more opportunities!