Today I thought I would share with you, how I improved my Instagram feed. As a blogger social media plays an important role in my blogs growth and traffic, however before I revamped my feed my Instagram was rather irrelevant to my blog.
This is what my Instagram feed looks like now, as you can see all of the pictures are the same size, clear and bight, which I find to be more visually appealing compared to how my feed used to look.
This is how my feed used to look as you can see it was so messy and all over the place. Instagram used to cut off your pictures which would at times ruin the photo, so I used to have an app which allowed you to create a border which essentially shrink the pictures and added a thick border to the picture. The exposure was also turned right up on my photos which decreased the quality of the images.
Image Quality: Make sure you take high quality photos on good lighting, to ensure the photo looks as attractive as possible. You don't need a fancy camera to take high quality photos, I take all of mine on my iPhone 6.
Editing: Sometimes editing a picture can improve your pictures. I rarely use filters on my photos, all I do to edit my photos is to adjust the brightness, contrast and clarify the image, to do all of these things I use an app called afterlight. I also use an app called Facetune, mainly on my eye pictures to smooth and whiten sections of the image. I personally prefer to keep my pictures as unedited as possible but thats my personal preference.
Followers: Okay, I get asked about this a lot! 'How do I get more followers', in all honesty Its all down to dedication and hard work. The tips I can give you are...Follow people who's feed you enjoy and are similar to your own. This way they will be more likely to follow back and also make sure you interact with people you follow. Another tip is to use tags, using tags relevant to the photo generate more traffic to your Instagram page.
What to post: Another thing to consider is what do you want Instagram for? Do you want it to correspond with your blog or just for personal images? If you are wanting it to work alongside your blog is is best to try ad stick to posting pictures which relate to your blogs nice. E.g. I write a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog so I stick to posting mainly beauty images. The odd random picture here and there is fine but you want to try and keep it working with your blog as thats most likely why people are following you.
I went from having around 3,000 followers before I started blogging to 10.1k followers a year later, I managed to grow my following by at least 7,000 in a year just by following these steps.
Feel free to follow my Instagram to keep unto date with me and my blog. I love interacting with people on Instagram so feel free to give me a follow and say hi! -@chloedentonxo
Do you have any Instagram Tips?