I wanted to reach out to a handful of people to help grow their brands. There is no SEO on this page and people will struggle to find it.
If every 2nd person knew about this we would have hundreds of entrepreneurs/musicians/photographers all getting massive followers and increasing competition. Also, if this is not followed correctly and you get greedy/excited, there is a chance of getting your account banned.
Let me start off by saying that this information is kind of dangerous and should be used carefully and responsibly.
Instagram and Twitter growth hacking.
Instagram is one of the BEST ways to market your business, product or service. It has a much larger organic reach than any other social media and is known to bring in more conversions.
Twitter on the other hand, does not have the reach of Instagram but certainly has its automated SEO benefits. By combining these 2 efforts, you will gain some serious reach and get your name out there really quickly. I also believe that SEO is changing, and the best way to get a website ranked is through good user experience and social media among other factors.
Currently I have more than 30 000 followers across all my business Twitter and Instagram accounts. You can do this too.
I’ve been using this method for almost 2 months while traveling. It’s virtually no effort and will take a maximum of 10 min of your day once you are all set up. I have gained many followers and got accounts banned through my experiments and boundary testing.
I’ve done a ton of research and testing since then to avoid that and we are going to do everything in “cautious” mode in this post to avoid getting your account banned.
I want to share with you some free tools that small to large companies can use to grow their brands and social exposure on a national to global level. I have tested the boundaries and received the repercussions so you don’t have too. Unfortunately If you don’t follow my/the guidelines you can expect the same to happen to yours.
This blog post is purely to help people I know, and their friends. For this article I ask you not to share it on social media but are more than welcome to send it to friends trying to make a brand – please DO NOT send this to any marketers, it’s super easy to make money like this and I would hate my advice to be monetized, I stand to lose on all fronts that way.
I’m doing this for feedback, so I would really love to know what happened, was it easy to follow and would you want something like this again etc. Anyway let’s get started!! :D
Instagram and Twitter growth hacking – the basics
The best ways to gain followers on Both Twitter and Instagram is by following people that are interested in what you have.
Using Twitter to gain followers and authority
Twitter is great for building followers and getting a little stream of website traffic and SEO link authority to your site or social profile – yes you can use social profiles to boost social profiles. :) This helps the web pages/social profiles gain authority and rank better on search engines. With Twitter there is always the chance that your tweet goes viral which helps everything!!
Twitter is also a great tool if you want to direct some traffic to something over the course of a day or week. Simply just tweet about it with the link every hour or more and your tweets would have brought in a reasonable trickle of traffic (depending on your amount of followers – that’s why getting a lot of really relevant followers is so important). Twitter is one of the few social media platforms that you will get away with posting multiple times a day and not seem spammy. :)
How to gain Twitter followers
As mentioned earlier, following people is the best way to get people to follow you. You can use the manual way by clicking “Follow” from Twitter and then follow the suggested relevant people in your niche. There is also various software to do this, I’m going to tell you the only 2 you really need for now.
You can use the free Archie software (if the page does not load after your connected your accounts click here to go to the dasboard) it’s very little work because it does both Instagram and Twitter at the same time.
* update they also do Soundcloud (for the musicians out there) and have a platform for Pinterest.
Archie is great for the free trial they offer (no credit card required) but after that it becomes relatively pricey after per month and that’s why I bought other software. Don’t despair there is another free tool you can use to grow your followers once the Archie trial is done.
Another awesome free tool to use is Tweepi. It’s a very targeted and easy to use tool which they are always improving. You don’t need to click sign up, just “Login” and authorize them with your Twitter (make sure you logged into Twitter with you business account), this will allow you some of the free basic access yet powerful limited features this site offers. Use the followers section finding highly targeted people on similar niche accounts.
Finding the correct users followers to follow is one of the most important factors of this tool. Use filters like “last tweeted” as it’s one of the best filters to target tweeters that are active on Twitter recently and are more likely to follow you and engage with your brand.
Gaining followers on Instagram
Instagram works on the same principles as Twitter.
Follow people and they will follow you back. You need to make sure you have more than 12 pictures if you plan on gaining followers and make sure the last pictures on your account are awesome, for the best follow back ratio.
So for Instagram you can also use Archie software the same as Twitter.
Once that free trial is finished you can try another free trial of Instagress. This trial allows you to schedule and choose your settings. Please don’t use fast unless you have tested medium for more than 2 weeks and your Instagram account is older than 1 year. This software is super easy to use and will be a breeze once you have tried Archie.
Ive been wanting to write a guide for instagress and Archie but need to find the time for it.
Here are someTwitter and Instagram growth hacking – some tips
Some pointers to try and get the most out of the Social media tools.
To make the most of twitter send a Direct Message to new followers asking them to like your FB page or check out your website. This tool is super easy and will do it for you. I did write a guide for how to use Tweepi and a really cool tool called Social Jukebox.
Make sure your accounts have some details and a good bio with content, people want to know what they following at a glance, a first impression is all you have – make it count.
Try and have your account following less people than your followers. I try aim for 2/3rd or less… You could maybe go to 1:1 but I wouldn’t go anything more.
When putting hashtags into Archie or Instagress, use targeted more specific hashtags. Its pointless having tags like #awesome and #yummy because anything can be those things, by adding an extra word you can make them more targeted. eg. If I’m a photographer in Africa I would want to add maybe #awesomeafrica, this will target people that really like Africa and will be more inclined to increase your followers > increasing your pic likes > increasing engagement > therefore increasing your reach > ultimately increasing your page traffic and authority. If you a baker target #yummymuffins and this will target people who like muffins and baked
If you a baker target #yummymuffins and this will target people who like muffins and baked goods.. The more specific the better. Also try have around 5-10 hashtags, not 30 and not 2.
Download the Tweepi chrome extension, save on clicks and time. By clicking on the Tweepi button it automatically does every action on the page instead of having to click on “follow” on every one. They also have an option/promo to Tweet about them and then you can load 40 people in your list instead of 20. – This is a big time saver, and you can delete it after.
Make them very broad. The comments with target your hashtags the broader your comments are. eg. Someone take a picture of their burned ruined flopped muffins and tags #yummymuffins (which they will do, people love using hashtags for the most irrelevant or sarcastic things) and you comment “Wow, awesome job they look delicious” . This does not look good for your account.
Also, make more than 20 comments, if Instagram recognizes that you posting the same comments you will get flagged and banned.
DO NOT PUT “Follow @nameofyouraccount for more awesome pics” in the comments, it’s spammy and Instagram tracks the word “follow” You will get flagged as a spammer and possibly banned.
How to not get your Instagram account banned with Instagress or Archie
Don’t run the Instagram on Archie and Instagress at the same time. Maybe finish with Archie free trial first and then use Instagress free trial.
Give your accounts breaks. This is not a sprint it’s a marathon, you are already in the 0.01% that is aware and using this software.
Rest your accounts, run it for a couple of hours, tweak it and then run it later again.
On Instagram, dont follow and unfollow more than 30 people an hour, they limit you at around 50, but my goal is to try and get you followers and not get your account banned.
Run your account on “slow” settings. I don’t want to recommend anything faster but the rule is that the older your account the faster your settings can be.
If you have anything to ask you can reach out to me on Twitter @mattgdavison