Instagram is by far my FAVORITE Social Media platform. There is something about it that seems more genuine than anywhere else. Maybe it’s the community or the fact that the platform is highly focused on great visuals and creativity. Or maybe it’s the simple, yet very elegant, design and UI of the app. Whatever it might be, the platform is a great place to turn your hobby into a profitable business, form a community and follow your dreams.
Instagram is a very fun place, no matter the number of your followers. You don’t need to have thousands to sell your products and find loyal customers/people interested in your brand. However, the number of your followers does matter if you want to grow your account. The more followers you have, the more (and better) features you can use and the more tricks you know.
There are three important milestones you need to focus on, the moment you start your Instagram account. Focusing on these objectives will boost your profile and allow you to taste the sweet life of Instagram.
Today, I am going to go through all three of them, so let’s get started!
> Instagram Milestone #1 - Reach 500 followers
It might sound like a random number but reaching 500 followers should definitely be your top priority as a new profile. Why 500 followers?
As soon as you gain 500 followers on your Instagram profile, you would be able to properly use a very important feature that would help you grow your profile - hashtags in Instagram stories. And just like a regular post, using relevant hashtags in your stories will increase your exposure and your story will reach hundreds, if not thousands of people (depending on the volume of the hashtag and the relevancy of your story).
All of them would be potential followers as they are probably interested in this specific topic. If your story is with great quality and you also have a nice feed and a catchy biography, a big number of these viewers can become your new followers.
To clarify, you can use hashtags in your Instagram stories before 500 followers but you won’t get any viewers from the selected hashtags.
For more information, find out here why you don’t get any viewers from hashtags in your Instagram stories.
> Instagram Milestone #2 - Get to the four digits - Reach 1000 followers
Although you don’t get a bonus from reaching 1000 followers, this milestone is a very important step in your Instagram journey. Why 1000 followers?
To get so many people, interested in your profile, is not an easy task. But if you are able to get 1000 people, interested in your profile, then you can also get 2 times more, 10 times more, 100 times more and so on. Because you know what’s working for your niche and Instagram account.
You will know what steps to follow and what works for your profile and you would be able to multiply it. But if you never get to these 1000 followers, then you can never be certain what worked and what not because clearly, you don’t know yet. Maybe you are not the person to grow your Instagram profile.
And that’s completely okay.
-> Instagram Milestone #3 - Get to 10k followers
To reach 10 000 followers and get the Swipe Up option is not a short-term task. Unlike the previous two important milestones, getting 10 000 followers on Instagram requires time, dedication and utilizing the right methods for your account. This is the most obvious Instagram milestone you WANT to achieve because once you hit 10 000 followers, you will be able to add links to your stories. And that’s a huge deal.
This feature will give you the opportunity to convert some of your Instagram followers to website traffic. This will make it easier not only for you but for your followers too. With one swipe, they will be able to look at your website, shop, blog without leaving Instagram. You can add any (appropriate) link, hype your audience with new products, announce giveaways and so much more.
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