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  1. Jyo says

    Congratulations Laura on your milestone…yess u r right, it’s very difficult to gain followers on Insta…and I absolutely agree with the 5th point ✌✌

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you very much! It takes so much pressure off when you realise that you can skip a day or a couple in between uploading.

  2. A- says

    I love your last tip about not having to post every day. That’s definitely something I struggle with, and you’re completely right about posting photos that might not be your favorites. These are all great tips!! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    A- simplylovely90.com

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you for reading. It can be a habit to post daily. If I have photos that I really like, I will post happily. But I always try to think about my Instagram as a whole if that makes sense. Like scrolling your page can help you pick up on what you want to post and what you should hold back on.

  3. SimpleSerenity says

    Congratulations on 4k that is absolutely insane. I find instagram so hard this year, they constantly are changing their algorithm and I’m just so unmotivated to work on it. I’ll definitely use some of these tips, I already do most of them to be honest. xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl! The algorithm changes are so irritating. I noticed that my likes all went down since it changed.
      I guess some people end up seeing your photos all the time on their newsfeed whilst others may not even see one. It is unmotivating and I really hope that realise the complaints and change it back. xx

    • LauraJ says

      I was unsure of it at first because I liked the idea of choosing the best filter for each photo. But overall, I think it looks better when everything is the same and it is also much quicker.
      Now I have all my settings saved and remembered so it’s just click, click, click and then upload. Whereas before I wasted time going through all the options.

  4. Kerry LifeandLoves says

    Instagram is the platform I struggle with the most. I think it is so hard to grow on there. Whilst I am not into themed accounts personally, I will certainly use some of your tips to perhaps try to streamline my grid. Im so random at the moment!

    • LauraJ says

      I think it is good to experiment and see which you prefer. It took me awhile before I realised how I preferred my page to look.
      It is definitely one of the harder social-media platforms to grow. I think it’s because the concept of “instafame” is so well known and a lot of people are trying to achieve that.

    • LauraJ says

      People unfollow all the time. I lose followers everyday! I think the new algorithm is partly to blame and the fact that people are desperate to look really popular with lots of fans.
      I spend at least ten minutes everyday just connecting with similar accounts – whether I follow, like a couple of images or comment. Tags have really helped as well.
      I love your images. There is no reason why you should not have more followers. xxx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you Natalie! I think it is so time-consuming trying to build up a blog whilst also working on social-media. These changes have all been small to do though, so that’s made it much easier.

  5. Beyoutiful says

    Wow, congrats on 4K girl, that’s amazing and you really deserve it πŸ™‚ Love your tips and yeah I’ve also been experimenting with my angles/styles but haven’t been putting much effort into my Insta blog pics. I’m trying to increase my followers account (currently at 560) but most of them are just fake and keep unfollowing. I don’t believe in following someone just for a follow for follow..I prefer genuine ones. But I’m happy that I have 1K genuine followers here on WP πŸ™‚ Def should work on some of the tips that you shared with us, thanks for posting this <3

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl! I think you have really nice Instagram photos. You take the best nature shots – you actually inspired me to take more outdoor images.
      I have an app which unfollows people who unfollow me. It helps delete the people who just follow to unfollow. I like finding new accounts to add though and I think if you add someone, you shouldn’t just unfollow for the sake of it.
      You cannot beat genuine followers and actually many brands prefer working with bloggers who can prove that they have them x

      • Beyoutiful says

        Aw you’re too sweet, thank you for that lovely compliment! Glad I could inspire people with my nature pics πŸ™‚ It’s such a great feeling when you have followers who are genuinely interested in your content!

  6. hoiyinli says

    I usually use the same filter too…not so much the ones that they provide on Instagram as they can make a photo look a bit artificial, but the ones they provide on Snapseed. (I like the ‘pop’ filter.) Other times, I might not even edit a photo when it has been taken in a really good setting with natural light. It really depends on how I feel about the photo because I’ve started to take into account quality and not just upload one for the sake of it.

    I’m still learning but I think this year has definitely been a breakthrough year. I don’t really have a theme but I really love colour and texture which I think comes across on my Instagram through the photos that I take. I’ve also started to follow a pattern where I might have similar photos colour-wise in a row etc. Saying that though, I try to take it easy and have fun. I have a friend who is quite obsessed with taking the perfect photo (way before the editing stage) and I realise I can never be that way and never want to be either, ha!

    • LauraJ says

      I used to use Instagram filters but I think that they are too obvious and like you said artificial. Snapseed is great. If a photo is low quality, their tune setting really helps to make it look better.
      I try and relax now as well. In the beginning, I was so obsessed. But I realised that it was making me feel insecure and encouraging me to over analyse myself.

  7. Mbalenhle says

    YASS! CONGRATULATIONS ON 4K FOLLOWERS.
    I also use the same filter for my pictures – either Tokyo (from Instasize) or Aden (from Instagram). I just hate how sometimes some pics don’t look so good in a particular filter !
    The pattern l use (5 personal pictures then a blog post) works like a reminder for me to post a blog. Nothing interesting ever happens in my life so it’s so hard to post 5 personal pictures before a blog ! I need to gain your confidence and post more pictures of myself

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl!! I get what you mean. Some images look better than others. Lighting is probably more significant than filter right!
      I like how you have included your blog into your pattern. I have not thought about it like that before.
      I end up posting selfies and then I look back and think great – you posted way too many! Haha I do want to wait more for when I have interesting photos to add. x

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