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Tailwind: The Number One Pinterest Tool You Should Be Using

Tailwind: The Number One Pinterest Tool You Should Be Using

Tailwind allows you to schedule pins to Pinterest…which leads me to a fun announcement! This week’s blog posts will be all about PINTEREST!! It’s literally a bloggers favorite tool for bringing in traffic. But not only that, it will also help you to continue to bring traffic for months or even years to come. If you’re not on Pinterest yet…GET. ON. IT. Like, seriously. Go make a profile right now and then come back and read this blog series! Pinterest will be your favorite blogging tool if you use it right!

I recently went from 100k profile views (which is still a lot by itself) to over 200k monthly profile views. I know eventually these numbers will translate into website views if I stick at it! This blog post is going to be part of a blog series – my first blog series! I have spent countless hours researching how to get traffic from Pinterest and I am so excited to share with you what I’ve learned! By doing all that I’m going to share with you, I was able to grow my profile views by over 100k! That’s a lot!! My website will slowly benefit from it. I’m just being honest, you will see results right away but you’re not going to go from 0 website views to 50k website views overnight. You might, however, go from 0 views to 50 views and that’s really good. Just keep at it, keep pinning, and it will pay off eventually! Let’s get started!

Hey! I wrote a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

check out my 5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram post

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This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you in advance for supporting Aly Dawn Photography!

pinterest business account

If you’re at all serious about blogging, then you need to invest some money up front. It will make your life a whole lot easier if you buy the right tools for your blog. Before investing any money, though, one thing you really need to do is make your Pinterest profile into a business account.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • you can track how your pins are doing – which is really helpful in determining which pins are bringing you traffic (more on this in this post)
  • you can turn on rich pins (again, we’ll talk more about that here)
  • more traffic!

I found this handy little guide to making the transition into a business account really helpful. Do all that it says up until she starts pitching her class to you (I’m sure her class is awesome, though, if you’re interested in taking it!). I’ll dive in a little further about what she talks about in this blog series, but essentially, we want to first transition our Pinterest account into a business one.

tailwind – why you should use it

The number one thing I did to help get all these page views was use Tailwind. Now, I really wish I could tell you that I didn’t have to pay a cent to get more page views, but it’s not true. That being said, it is possible to build up your Pinterest viewers without Tailwind, it’s just a whole lot harder and more time consuming! You could do exactly what Tailwind does everyday but spend hours doing it! With Tailwind, you set it up on one day and let the magic happen in the background (you still have to pin daily).

Tailwind Pinterest App

Here’s what Tailwind does – it allows you to schedule your posts and then posts them for you. It sounds so simple but it works magic! Like I said above, though, you can’t just let Tailwind be the only stuff pinning. You still should strive to pin at least 10 pins each day. If you don’t believe me about how great Tailwind is – give it a try yourself! They have a free version and best yet is that you don’t have to provide your credit card information at all to try it out. I love it when that happens! You get 100 free pins to try with Tailwind. I must warn you, though, if you do this free trial you will fall in love and have to upgrade to the paid version. That’s what happened to me. 😀

So the reason Tailwind is such a success is because the more active your Pinterest profile is, the more followers you will get, and the more repins you will get. Which is the ultimate goal. Tailwind just makes it easier to look like you are always pinning, even when you’re not.

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tailwind – why i love it

Ok there are some pretty awesome features included in Tailwind. I’m not gonna lie, it’s definitely worth the little investment! Especially since it will bring you traffic. My favorite features of Tailwind are below:

  1. bulk scheduling – I’ve already touched a bit on this and I will talk about it more in a little bit, but the bulk scheduling is great! I love how easy it is.
  2. best time to pin – this is literally the best feature ever! Tailwind will analyse your profile and tell you when the best time to post would be. That way, the pins that you schedule will automatically post to those best times.
  3. set intervals for pins – I just recently found this feature and it’s great! If you are a contributor to group boards, this handy little feature is for you! Setting intervals will help it look like genuine pinning and not spammy
  4. warns you about spam – speaking about being spammy, Tailwind will actually warn you about if you’re pinning something that might be spam. Which is really helpful! It will let you know about broken links, as well.
  5. tailwind tribes – which are apparently better than Pinterest boards! I’m still working my way through being in a tribe, but they basically work the same.

There’s many, many other great wonderful features about Tailwind. I legit might have to do another blog post haha!

But for now, let’s take it one step at a time.

tailwind – scheduling

Now that you’re giving Tailwind a try (and if you’re not, just give it a free trial!!) let me show you what I did to increase my Pinterest traffic! I literally saw results in one week. That’s pretty incredible! When I say results, I mean I saw people pinning my pins and website views coming from Pinterest.

Before I go any further, if you haven’t read my blog post about making pinnable images yet, you really need to read that first before you read this post! If you don’t have pinnable images on your website and images that you could pin weekly from your website, Tailwind won’t help much.

tailwind – as a backup

So, I really want to stress that Tailwind shouldn’t be doing all of the work. You should schedule pins (I like to schedule my own pins, the ones that come from my blog) and then also be pinning every day. So, you’re still doing some work, but this way Tailwind is posting your pins at the best time of day for your viewers to see them. And what’s more, is that you can special loop it so that it doesn’t look like you’re spamming boards!

I could write an excellent post about special looping, but I really don’t think I could do a better job than Suzi does at Start a Mom Blog. Her looping tutorial is so fantastic! I use it all the time.

So, again, you’re scheduling pins with Tailwind but you aren’t letting it do all the work. You still need to pin pins. But what pins are good to pin? And should I just mindlessly pin pins? Well…

what pins to pin

No. You should just pin any old pin. Make sure it fits your niche. Are you a wedding photographer? Pin wedding pins! Niche down even further and pin rustic wedding pins to a rustic wedding board. Pin indoor reception pins to an indoor reception board. Etc.

Another thing I really want to point out is make sure your pins don’t lead to a bad link. Make sure they are taking you to what the pin says. If the pin says ‘How to earn money blogging’ and then it’s all about food…then that’s a bad link! Make sure you are pinning quality pins!

how to use tailwind to schedule pins

This is a very brief tutorial. Tailwind has plenty of videos and help to show you how to use their system. But basically, I usually go to the homepage of Pinterest or I go to a group board (are you on group boards? If not, you should definitely join some! My group board is for photographers big and small to share their tips and tricks. If you need a tutorial on how to join group boards, I wrote an article just for you!) and then I click on the fancy little Tailwind google chrome extension.

You then select the pins you want to schedule and then click ‘go schedule’ now you can decide which board these should be pinned to. Then you’ll just click the ‘schedule all’ button. Now, if you go back to Tailwind, ALL of those pins will now be in your queue ready to pin at the best time! And because I’m really bad at explaining things, here’s a video that should help you understand it better:

Interested in trying Tailwind? Try it out for free here!

tailwind tells you the best time to pin

Yep. That’s right. Tailwind let’s you know (well, it actually does it automatically) when it’s the best time to post. As soon as you schedule a pin and put it in your ‘queue’, Tailwind has already done all the work to figure out when to post your pin and will now just pin it at the most precise time. Pretty cool, huh?

After you hook up your Pinterest account to Tailwind, Tailwind will analyze your Pinterest account and figure out the best time for your profile to post pins. Ahhh. It’s so sweet. It’s customized for each profile! That alone should make you pay Tailwind, haha! I’m only half kidding!

after two weeks of using tailwind…

After only two weeks of using Tailwind, my profile went from 100k views to over 200k views. WOW! And My pins were getting way more exposure, with less work and half the time. I’d call that a win. Take a look at my analytics from Pinterest:

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tailwind is the best tool for pinterest

I really think that everyone should invest in Tailwind. And, again, if you aren’t sure if you’ll like it or not, Tailwind let’s you try them out for freeI’d call that a win.

But don’t worry, I have other information about how to grow your Pinterest traffic without using Tailwind. The benefit of Tailwind is that it does a lot of the work for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get genuine traffic without it!

In the next post in this series, we’ll talk about how to get traffic without Tailwind and what you can do to grow your Pinterest profile.

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Hey! This is part of a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

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How to Get Pinterest Traffic With Group Boards

How to Get Pinterest Traffic With Group Boards

Pinterest is a bloggers best friend. If you haven’t made your Pinterest profile into something that will bring you lots of traffic, you have come to the right place. I wrote a blog post about how Tailwind can bring you lots of traffic with little work. But I wanted to point out that it is possible to get your Pinterest profile up and going without spending a dime. Tailwind just gives you some of your time back, which is really handy. Because money is time in the blogging world #amiright. So, stick with me in my handy blog series and we’ll talk all about Pinterest and how it can benefit your blog.

Hey! I wrote a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

check out my 5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram post

Aly Dawn Blog How to Get Pinterest Traffic with Group Boards

This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you in advance for supporting Aly Dawn Photography!

pinterest business account

If you’re at all serious about blogging, then you need to invest some money up front. It will make your life a whole lot easier if you buy the right tools for your blog. Before investing any money, though, one thing you really need to do is make your Pinterest profile into a business account.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • you can track how your pins are doing – which is really helpful in determining which pins are bringing you traffic
  • you can turn on rich pins
  • more traffic!

I found this handy little guide to making the transition into a business account really helpful. Do all that it says up until she starts pitching her class to you (I’m sure her class is awesome, though, if you’re interested in taking it!). I’ll dive in a little further about what she talks about in this blog series, but essentially, we want to first transition our Pinterest account into a business one.

track how your pins are doing

I really love this fancy feature that comes with a Pinterest business account. You get an email every so often telling me which pins are hot and I love this because it helps me understand which pins worked and which ones didn’t. You can also go to Pinterest > Analytics > Overview to learn more about what pins are doing well and which ones aren’t.

Pinterest Group Board

turn on rich pins

One thing you might notice when you go to the analytics page is it will say ‘pin type’ and then usually have an R underneath it. The stands for Rich Pins. And if you don’t have this feature turned on, you need to do it right away. Rich pins help you track your pins. In order to turn rich pins on, you need to connect your website to your Pinterest account. I found this handy dandy guide to be excellent for connecting your website and turning on rich pins. And bonus! It also tells you lots of juicy information about Rich Pins and why you should be using them!

By turning on Rich Pins you will be getting more traffic just from that simple step. Rich pins make your pins look more professional and therefore make people want to repin them more. I also love that rich pins can be connected to your website, so that you know exactly what pins are working. Go switch to rich pins now – you won’t regret it!

join pinterest group boards

The video below will walk you through how to join group boards and why they are good for your Pinterest profile!

If you’re anything like I was when I first started investigating how to use Pinterest, then you probably haven’t heard about Pinterest group boards. WELL. Let me tell you about them! The number one thing I love about Pinterest group boards is that they are free. Yep. Free!

The reason you want to join pinterest group boards is because you’ll pin your pins to this board, and then someone else who is also a member of this board will pin your pin to one of their boards. This increases your traffic. Joining and finding boards aren’t hard at all. In fact, I even have a Photography Tips Pinterest Board you can join if you so wish! Just follow the instructions at the top to join (and if you’re still having trouble, just leave a comment below!). Joining Pinterest group boards is probably the number one thing I did to build my Pinterest traffic over night. I didn’t have to work very hard to get traffic from the boards.

how many boards should i join?

I’ve seen a few different opinions on this…don’t join a bunch, join a bunch, somewhere in the middle. For me, I joined quality group boards. What do I mean by quality group boards? I mean group boards that don’t have a ton of contributors. If the group board has a ton of people adding pins each day, then your pin can be lost.

You also want to give what you take. If you pin a pin to a group board, you want to be sure to pin a few of the other pins to your own boards. Sharing all of their content with your followers. That’s the main point of group boards, is to help each other reach more people.

You also don’t want to join a board that is dead. This is a little tricky to tell, though. You’ll probably have to join and see if it’s dead or not. If you pin one pin and then a week later you’re still the only one pinning your pins to the board…you might want to leave that board!

Be smart about the boards you pick!

how to find group boards

The only hard part about joining boards is finding boards in your niche. That’s the key, in your niche! If you are a photographer, like myself, then you’ll want to search up in the search bar on Pinterest ‘photography tips’ as you are typing this, a drop down will appear. At the bottom it will have ‘Boards called ‘photography tips’. You’ll want to click on that.

PinterestBoards

After you click on that, a ton of boards will pop up. So how do you know a group board from a regular board? There will be a little circle at the bottom with different profiles in them. See below:

Group board

After clicking on a group board, you can usually find in the board description how to join the board. It usually involves you emailing someone. If there is no instructions on how to join the board in the description, then you will need to contact the boards creator. To figure out who the board owner is, just look at the top right of the board. There will be a few profiles shown. The first profile shown is the board leader. Message them on Pinterest and they usually let you join if they feel like you will benefit their board.

That being said, if you aren’t a photographer, don’t join the photography tips boards. If you don’t sew, don’t join a sewing board. Make sure you are joining boards that are specific to your niche.

Once you get accepted into some of these group boards, you will want to start pinning your pins! For this to get you traffic to your website, it’s important that you are pinning your pins. You want to make sure they are relevant to the group boards topic. Again, if you join a photography tips group board, don’t pin a pin that is about sewing. That’ll get you kicked out fast. 😉 Join boards that will benefit you!

If you’re not sure how to create pinnable images for your website, check out this post!

A great way to find group boards that will benefit you is to find a influencer in your niche and look at what group boards they joined. If they work for your niche and what type of pins you want to pin, then you should see if you can join it!

what if i don’t get accepted into any boards?

Sometimes it takes a while for group board owners to get back to you. And then other times, they don’t. Sometimes group boards aren’t accepting any more contributors. When I first started, I just sent a ton of emails and I got accepted into about 50% of them. I didn’t have much following and I didn’t have very many pins on my profile.

I think if you still aren’t being accepted into pinterest group boards, it might benefit you to start pinning a ton of pins from the top contributor. That way, they see that you pin quality pins (because it’s their own pins!) and they see that you are active on pinterest. Many group board owners will check your Pinterest account, and if they don’t see any of their pins there and you’ve never interacted with them on social media, they will have a difficult time believing you’ll be an asset to the board. Poor-performing group boards can hurt a Pinterest account.

Before applying to any group boards, you want to make sure your Pinterest account is up to date. I wrote the perfect tutorial for this! Check it out.

pinterest group boards will bring you traffic

I’ve touched on this a little bit, but let’s talk about why pinterest group boards will bring you traffic.

First and foremost, they will bring you more exposure because when you pin a pin to the group board, someone who also contributes will pin your pin to their own boards. Most group boards also have a lot of followers, probably more than you have, and they will also see your pins and pin them.

By contributing to group boards I grew my website traffic significantly. I went from about 10 page views to over 100 page views a day. This was just from about a week of pinterest group boards.

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Hey! This post is part of a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

How to Make Pinnable Graphics with Canva

How to Make Pinnable Graphics with Canva

Have you heard of Canva? Oh. My. Gosh. I love Canva so much. I use it for all of my blog’s graphics. It’s so easy to use and the free version is all I need! Although, the paid version does have some nice features, I just don’t see a need to upgrade to the paid version yet. Canva is great for creating Pinterest graphics and pinnable images. If you want to be successful at advertising your blog on Pinterest then you need to make sure you have a pinnable image on each blog post. If you’re interested in learning what a pinnable image is and how to make one, then stick with me!

Hey! I wrote a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

check out my 5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram post

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canva – creating a pinnable image

See the image right above this text? That’s my ‘pinnable’ image for this post. Notice how it’s long and vertical? That’s the perfect size for Pinterest. Pinterest images need to be vertical instead of horizontal. You want to make sure you always have a vertical image to pin to Pinterest.

So, there are some other programs out there you could use. You could even use Photoshop to create your pinnable image. But I have found that Canva is the quickest and easiest free program to use! I really like the features it offers and how quickly I can get my pinnable image made. Time is money!

canva video

Since I’m really bad at explaining things without showing you an example, I made a quick video for you to follow and learn how to create a pinnable image in canva. I tried to make it short and sweet! Just so that you get an idea of how to use canva and then create your own designs in canva.

images for pinterest graphics

So, you’ve gotten really good at creating and designing your Pinterest graphic…great. But now you might be wondering, how do I get beautiful images for my graphics? You can go about this different ways. One way is to learn how to take pictures. My blog that you’re reading right now has some nice photography tutorials, browse around! You might learn something. Another way is to use stock images. I would recommend learning photography. You don’t have to have a fancy camera to get good images for your blog. You can use your iPhone or Andriod and get good images. I’ve seen tons of bloggers do that.

Here are some of my tutorials that you could use with your phone to get better images:

Photography is very important for your blog. So it’s not just a matter of writing excellent content, but also a matter of making your images look as professional as possible. This really takes time and practice. Don’t get discouraged. Take images for your blog, and as you get better with photography, update your graphics for your posts. You should be updating your blog anyways as you learn more and become more experienced.

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Hey! This post is part of a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest

5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest

So I’ve been on Pinterest for over a year now. Followers has been the hardest thing to build up. I get tons of page views and repins, but I don’t have a lot of followers. But I recently changed the way I approach this and the result has been awesome! I was able to get about 100 followers on Instagram in less than a week. I was floored! It might not seem like a lot to you, but it’s a lot to me. Where before it took me about a month to get 10 followers, if I was lucky. I’m excited to share with you my 5 tips to get followers on Pinterest. And best yet? These tips are all free. 🙂 That’s something I love to hear. Because, let’s be honest, blogging can be expensive when you are first starting out. Now, I want to put a disclaimer out there: these tips are not going to get you thousands of likes overnight. In fact, you’ll be lucky if you get 5 followers overnight. But stick to them, and it will eventually pay off. I promise.

Hey! I wrote a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

check out my 5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram post

Aly Dawn Blog 5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest

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1. follow those you want to follow you

Tip #1 is to follow those pinners you want to follow you. I love to go to a big influencer in my niche and see who is following them. Then, I follow those people! It’s obvious that these people are following that big influencer in your niche for a reason: probably because they like what they are pinning and are interested in that specific topic. Think about the typical person on Pinterest: what are they doing? They’re searching specific topic and pinning to try for later. Right? So your best bet is to follow the type of people that are interested in your specific topic.

That’s why I love finding someone big in my niche to follow their followers. For me, I am there to help photographers better their photography. A big person in my niche would ClickinMoms. I go to their profile and search through their followers. I like to look for mom’s and other photographers to follow on Pinterest.

By doing this one simple trick, I’ve gained 50 followers in less than a week – I think that’s a win. Let me know how your results were!

2. repin from those you just followed

So the whole point is to try to get your name out there a whole lot. You want to repin pins that are relevant to  your niche from the people you just followed. This will cause your name to pop up in their notification bar. Meaning they’ll see your name more and possibly follow you.

Pro tip: Don’t just repin any pin, though. You want to make sure it’s relevant in your niche and to your boards.

3. join group boards

I wrote a killer article about group boards that you should check out. But, essentially, joining Pinterest group boards will help get your content seen by those who follow the group board. This is excellent in not only getting repins but also getting followers.

If you’re interested in learning more about group boards, check out the article I wrote on how to join group boards.

Pro tip: Join group boards that are specific to your niche! If you are a photographer, don’t join a group board for Arts and Crafts, join a group board for Photographers. Make sure it’s niche specific! And then pin your pins to these boards. Don’t have pins or need help making pinnable images? Check out my blog post how to create pinnable images in Canva to get started.

4. update your board descriptions

This feature is great. You can edit your board descriptions by going to that board and clicking on the pencil icon to edit it. Then add what category it is for and write a nice board description filled with some keywords.

how to gain pinterest followers

By editing the board descriptions, this helps get your board seen and hopefully gets you more exposure and in time, more followers!

Don’t forget to include some keywords, though. You want your board to pick up the right type of followers and not just anyone. So make sure your description describes exactly what your board is all about.

5. add keywords to your pins

When you pin a pin from your website, make sure to update the description with keywords that will help get your pin seen. This is totally similar to the tip above, but keywords are so important in your Pinterest profile. It’s even beneficial to put keywords in your name and profile description. I was so shocked when I learned about this tip. And since putting keywords literally everywhere my Pinterest profile has picked up so much traffic. I was literally blown away with my results!!

And they just keep getting better.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Pinterest. I post about helping photographers learn how to edit, shoot, and even blog better. So if any of that sounds intriguing to you, then go ahead and follow me!

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This was part of a blog series to help better your Pinterest experience:

As always, if you have any insights and if any of these tips helped you, please let me know! I love to update my blog posts based on what my audience needs.

5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram

5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram

I seriously love love love (did I mention, love?) Instagram. Instagram is so addicting. I sometimes have to remind myself to put my phone down and not get sucked into the awesomeness that is Instagram. Now, I am no expert at getting followers, I’m probably a complete noob. But, I have been taking some notes for the past couple of months on when I get the most followers. Also, if you’re new to Instagram, sincere followers can sometimes be hard to come by. I want to discuss my approach to Instagram and what has worked for me. As well as advise against certain things. So, if you’re ready, let’s get started.

And bonus! There’s a freebie at the end. 🙂

check out my How Instagram Made Me a Better Photographer post

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what I mean by sincere followers

Ok, so there’s this thing called an Insta-bot or something along those lines. DO NOT fall into the trap of these bots. They get you likes, yes, but they are not sincere! What I mean by sincere is people who are actually excited about what you post. I have quite a few of sincere followers, and I will take one of them over 10,000 likes from those bots. Seriously, my sincere followers make my day everyday. They are the ones who comment and like every single one of my posts. Yes, that’s right. I have followers like that who love me. And you should, too!

So, when I say sincere followers, I really mean people who actually care about what you’re posting, and people who follow you for you, and not for another like.

Alright, now that that’s off my chest, let’s get down to business!!

If you’re interested in having a nice long read about Instagram, this book, Instagram Marketing: Social Media Marketing Guide is a great source of information. It also has excellent exercises for you to do to help grow your following and also how to market your brand on Instagram. I highly recommend it.

Read from the experts: I am no expert, so if you’re really serious about growing your Instagram, please check out this great post by Neil Patel Instagram Marketing 101 – psssst! It’s free. I’ll walk you through how I’ve been able to grow my Instagram following slowly but surely. These tips do work, but they take time and patience. Let’s get started.

my 5 ways to get sincere followers on instagram

1. post regularly

You don’t have to post everyday, but make it a goal to post every week. Set up a schedule and stick to it. Your followers will start to get used to how often you post and anticipate it. So, if you’re all over the map and posting whenever, weeks apart, it might be hard for people to want to follow you. Pick a schedule that works for you. Test out different things. Say one week, post everyday and see how it affects your following. Post 3 times a week and see how it affects your following. Play around with it. For me, I decided that daily works best for me and my followers. Sometimes I skip a day, but for the most part, I try very hard to post daily.

2. be consistent

I cannot stress this enough. Consistency is very hard, though. You have to work really hard at it. What I mean by consistency is your images look the same. If you like the moody pictures, try to always post moody pictures. If you tend to like the light and airy pictures, post light and airy. You could even go so far as to only post one genre of photography. For example, you could only post macro images. I tend to go with my style being consistent. I am a moody picture type of gal, so I try to make sure all the pictures I post to my Instagram are moody. That doesn’t mean all of my pictures are moody, per se, but all the ones I post to Instagram are!

The worst thing ever is seeing an image that you absolutely adore and then clicking to go to that person’s account and none of their images look like that. That doesn’t get you followers. I typically don’t follow someone if their work is all over the place. I am looking for consistency in the people I follow.

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3. like and comment

This is hugely important. If you post an image, you should be comment and liking at least 100 other posts. Yes, that’s right. You can’t just expect people to see your account from posting one image a day. And posting more than once in a day can turn people off (I’d say that should be part of your experimenting, how many times a day should you post?).

When I post an image, I always put hashtags on that image. After I post, I go to one of those hashtags and just stroll and like and comment. Here’s the catch, don’t just like and comment on every image you can possibly see. Be a sincere follower! Comment on images that make you stop in your tracks! Like those images that you enjoyed. If you didn’t enjoy the image, don’t like it. And then if you find an image that is absolutely amazing, go to that person’s account and see if you like their account. If they have images you’d like to see on the daily, give them a follow.

As well as going in and looking at images from a certain hashtag, also make sure you like/comment on the people you follow. Be a sincere follower to them, and they might just return the favor!

I can’t stress this tip enough!

4. reply to comments

So I did a little experiment this past week. I’ll get to that in just a second … before I started getting serious about building up my followers, I wasn’t very consistent (oh! There’s that word again!) with replying to the comments  I received. I didn’t like replying right away, so I thought, oh I’ll just wait a day or two before I comment again.

Ok, fast forward to now. I did an experiment where I replied to a comment as soon as I saw it pop up. And you know what? I actually got more comments/likes on the image where I replied right away versus an image I didn’t reply right away. Perhaps that image was just better, I’ll never know for sure. But it definitely got me hooked to replying as soon as I can.

Here’s the deal, when you reply to a comment, it shows that you really do care about your sincere followers. And if you have sincere followers, you better care about them! They make Instagram fun. 🙂 Trust me.

5. use hashtags

But don’t just use any old hashtags. You really need to do your research on this. Luckily for you … I already did the research! If you’d like the Hashtag Guide, then click here! It’s just a little bonus for you because I love my readers. 🙂

Aly Dawn Photography Hashtag Guide

Remember, one post can only have 30 hashtags, so you want these hashtags to be as relevant as possible.

my growth

By following these tips, I’ve been able to grow my following by 400+ followers in just under 2 months. That might not seem like a lot, but trust me, for Instagram, it is! If you following these tips religiously, I can promise you sincere followers.

*Since these pictures were taken, my IG has gone from around 895 followers to 1160 followers! It’s been under a month. THANK YOU! And if you don’t follow me already, head on over to Instagram and give me a follow. I post my lifestyle pictures there and often times tips and tricks.

What is something you’ve done to see lots of Instagram growth? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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