Social Media Marketing

Instagram Shadowban Fix

Instagram Shadowban Fix + Everything You Need To Know

Today we're going to get down and dirty on the unstable subject of an Instagram shadowban fix.

Why unstable? Well, Instagram hasn't stated that they actually implemented a shadowban on the platform, but most users think otherwise.

Personally, I think its just from me and you breaking some rules and being put on the 'naughty list'.

Not to worry though, let's start fixing this problem.

 

What is an Instagram Shadowban?

An Instagram shadowban hides your Instagram posts from users who don't follow you, and also hides your posts which have hashtags attached to them in the hashtags explore page.

This makes it very hard for you to reach new new users who don't follow your account and destroys your efforts in growing your followers.

 

What causes an Instagram shadowban?

It hasn't been officially stated by Instagram, but these are the trending topics that can cause your account to receive the shadowban-hammer :(

 

  • Botting/Automation

Liking/Following/Commenting/DMing too many users per hour can cause your account to be flagged. Stick to the limits of 900 follows, unfollows and likes per day & only 50 comments/DM's per day.

 

  • Uploading posts with the same hashtags

Instagram may think your spamming if your uploading more then 3 posts per day, with the same hashtags on each post.

 

  • Selling affiliate/CPC offers OR coming off spammy

If you use Instagram to sell affiliate/CPC offers just be thankful your account isn't fully blocked. Instagram doesn't like people using their service to 'cheat' users. Also if you're constantly spamming users, this can cause you to be shadowbanned.

 

 

Here's Instagram's response to the issue. It 'kind-of' provides us some insight as to why it could be happening, but at the end of the day they're ultimately saying that they want you to use the platform in a positive way.

The shadowban is their to reduce toxic behaviour.

 

Instagram Shadowban Fix - Instagrams response

 

 

How to know if your Instagram Profile is Shadow Banned

Knowing if your shadow banned isn't the easiest thing to confirm.

The best way is to upload a picture with hashtags, and use a friends phone to see if your picture shows up in those hashtags for you.

Alternatively, there's a great tool which checks if you're shadowbanned: http://shadowban.azurewebsites.net/

 

Instagram Shadowban Fix - Test

 

 

How to fix your Instagram shadowban

Let's now discuss the steps towards an Instagram shadowban fix.

With Instagram's response to the situation, the best way to remove a shadowban is to follow their rules, offer great content for users and not come off as spammy.

 

 

1. Stop using the same or flagged hashtags

If you use a single banned hashtag in your post, Instagram will prevent your post from appearing on any of the hashtags you used.

Keep up-to-date with the hashtags you're using, while that sounds easier then it is, there is a full list of banned hashtags here: http://thedatapack.com/banned-instagram-hashtags-update/

 

 

2. Put your hashtags in the caption (not in the comments)

This is a trick that works for a lot of people.

"People reported that when they put their hashtags in the comments, their post was shadowbanned after 1 – 2 hours."

Here's a quick tip to make your caption clean whilst still using hashtags: use 5 (or more) full stops, bullet points or any other means to separate your caption from your hashtags. For example:

Our new family member! The extra strawbelishious smoothie 👍🏼
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#sunday #freshjuice #smoothies #toronto

 

 

3.  Relax for 3 days

Take some time off Instagram. Go outside and sing with the birds. Stop uploading. Just don't open the app for a few days and everything can reset back to normal.

It's like saying "Hey Instagram, I understand you may be concerned with my account, but I am human and respect your rules".

 

 

4. Stop automation for 3 days

If you're running FollowLiker or something similar to automate your account. Stop running it for minimum of 3 days.

You're most likely causing Instagram to flag you due to liking, following, unfollowing, commenting or DM'ing too many users in a short period of time.

If you keep automating, it just lets them know you are a bot.

 

 

5. Remove old linked third party applications

If you have old third party services connected to your account you want to go and remove them.

They may still be trying to access your account and Instagram doesn't like every third party service due to their business update.

 

 

6. Slow down your uploading

Been uploading more then 3 times per day? Slow things down and mix up hashtags for each image to be relevant to the content you're uploading.

By uploading a lot your going to be triggering spam filters.

 

 

7. Switch from business to personal

If you took the leap to using a Instagram business account, some are saying that if you switch back to a personal account it can fix the issue.

 

 

8. Resume automation, but slow it down

Finally, you can turn your automation back on but increase your delay times by adding an extra 10 seconds to them.

Instagram accounts aged under 3 months have reduced limits. With time these will increase and you'll be running into less issues :)

 

 

Conclusion

Slow things down. Move your hashtags from your first comment into your caption. Only use 30 hashtags. Stop automating for a week.

Don't panic, everything will work itself out - Instagram is always making changes to the app, and naturally good and bad things will come from it.

 

Thanks to the following sources for sharing information on the topic:

 

Let us know in the comments if you've been shadowbanned and found a fix for it!

 

 


How to convert Instagram followers to customers

Hello, beautiful people of the Instagram business world.

Trouble converting your Instagram followers into customers or email list subscribers?

I had the same issue, it can seem a bit tricky when you don't have a clear strategy in front of yo face.

Not to worry though, because I'm going to show you exactly, in 3 easy steps, how to convert your Instagram followers into customers...the SMART way!

 

 

Before we jump into the gooey fountain of success, I want to clear up one BIG important thing with you.

Instagram followers are worth...$0, nothing, nada, not-a-thing.

Why?

Because if Instagram shuts down all of those followers are gone: slowly slipping into the nether of doom. Or something like that.

So your main take away from this guide is to turn your Instagram followers into your own stored information, where you can contact them giving information or providing an offer for your product or service.

And this is how you do that...

 

Step 1 - Get a freakin' email list already!

If you don't have an email list,  just get one.

Hundreds of online business owners always advise you (at least the legit and successful ones) to get a freakin' email list from day one and to start growing it.

 

Now be a minion and copy the successful online business owners, get an email list...

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You want an email list so you can convert your Followers into email opt-ins.

There's 2 reasons you want to do this:

  1. Converting a follower into an email address allows you to market to them at any time and secure them in case Instagram shuts down or your account gets banned
  2. If a follower does opt-in to your email list it means they're actually interested in what you offer (as most likely 60% of your followers on Instagram don't really care about your product or service)

 

Now there are lots of email marketing tools out there. I did the hours of researching when I first started and I went for two services to grow my list and haven't looked back:

 

ConvertKit - Email marketing and automation

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ConvertKit is just bloody brilliant.

It's an email marketing and automation service that helps you grow your business. It is clean, simple and just gets everything right. I have used Convertkit for 1+ years now and have no complaints.

This is the service I recommend and many others like the respected Pat Flynn from smartpassiveincome.com recommend.

This will let you collect emails and automatically send out emails to new subscribers so you can tell them about your product/service.

Click here to sign up for ConvertKit

 

LeadPages - Email Opt-in forms and boxes

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Lead pages is a luxury option for you fancy shmancies out there who want great email opt-in boxes.

 

I'm a huge fan of using Leadpages for collecting emails (email opt-in forms) and using ConvertKit for storing and sending out emails to customers and leads.

In this guide, I won't be covering how to setup the services as both of them have amazing tutorials built into the interface of their service and I know your smart enough to figure it out ;)

IF you just want to grow an email list, get ConvertKit. Leadpages is just a luxury opt-in form.

Click here to sign up for LeadPages

 

Step 2 - Make an irresistible email opt-in freebie

What you need is a damn good reason for someone to give you their email.

Hey, you already may have one which is great!

If you don't, then...

It's time to put your thinking cap on and say "what can I give away for free that people reeeeallly want in my niche?".

 

Now don't go too crazy with the ideas, it can be something super simple that you can use as an opt-in insensitive.

Here are some great examples you can use:

  • Give access to a free mini-course
  • Email them a list of the 'Top 10 SOMETHING HERE TO GIVE BENEFIT'
  • Let them download or email them a free 5-10 page eBook
  • Send them a free guide on a popular problem in your niche
  • Offer them a free trial for your service for 10-30 days
  • Something from your main product or service (like 10% of it such as a section of your main e-course)
  • A cheat-sheet of step by step actions to achieve a goal

 

Take a look at this one here to see a live freebie in action (that's the whole web page, super simple and LeadPage's lets you create these without HTML/CSS knowledge)

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The Gorgeous Long Form Lead Gen Page

The Long Form Landing Page That Builds Your Brand

 

 

Now you want to make a new landing page specifically designed for this offer you are giving away for free.

This limits confusion when a visitor comes to your site -- no searching for the form or sign up link hidden at the bottom or side of your page.

Ultimately your page needs 3 things: add your email opt-in form, set up the page to and give a reason why and then you're all done just like the examples above!

  1. A compelling heading with the main benefit of your freebie
  2. Short paragraph explaining the freebie a little more
  3. A picture or illustration of your freebie so people can see what they're getting
  4. One Opt-in form using either Convertkit or Leadpages

 

Check out the examples above if you need some inspiration :)

PS - Here's more example opt-ins from Leadpages: https://www.leadpages.net/the-ultimate-list-of-free-landing-page-templates

 

 

 

 

Step 3 - Tell your Instagram followers about your freebie

80% there!

Finally you simply need to let your followers on Instagram (and visitors to your profile) know about your irresistible freebie they can get.

How?

Let them know in your bio that they can get your freebie + make sure to update your link to the landing page with your opt-in box/form is. Example at the end of your Instagram profile bio: Get your free Instagram marketing mini course: aaronward.com/free-instagram-mini-course

 

Then you can also post about your freebie too and mention it in your captions.

Don't go too crazy though. Mention it casually at the end of captions.

This example from Melyssa Griffin just had to be shared:

melyssa_griffin Instagram Post Example

And if you are going to post about it do it 1 time in every 10 posts to not spam users about it.

Your goal is to direct users to the link in your bio essentially, as that takes them to the email opt-in, you collect the email, give them something for free and then have the opportunity to sell them your main project/service.

 

Finally, you can use this free opt-in you've created anywhere, it doesn't have to be only for Instagram followers. It can be for website visitors, add it on Pinterest, let your Twitter and Facebook fan base know too :)

 

Let me know what your free opt-in will be to convert your Instagram followers into email subscribers!


6 Best Apps To Edit Instagram Photos

The 6 Best Apps to Edit Your Instagram Photos

A key to growing your Instagram profile is having a high quality and damn good-looking photos. Today I'm sharing my favorite and instant go-to apps to edit your Instagram photos with you.

Luckily the easiest way to do this is by using you smart phone combined with some dope photography apps to help you take your photos from zero to hero... or something cheesy like that :)

 

Let's go!

6 Best Apps To Edit Instagram Photos

 

1. Snapseed - FREE

"Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google." - App Store

Snapseed - Apps to Edit Your Instagram Photos

This app is freaking awesome when it comes to retouching your photos. If you want to take your editing skills to pro-level this app is for you.

 

The app includes a ton of tools with some of the best being:

  • Tune image – adjust exposure and color automatically or manually with fine, precise control (7 controls)
  • Details – magically brings out surface structures in images
  • Transform – fix skewed lines and perfect the geometry of horizons or buildings
  • Brush – selectively retouch exposure, saturation, brightness or warmth
  • Lens Blur – add a beautiful Bokeh to images (background softening), ideal for photographic portraits (11 Bokeh types)
  • Glamour Glow – add a fine glow to images, great for fashion or portraits (6 styles)
  • Face – add focus to the eyes, add face-specific lighting, or smoothen skin (10 predefined styles)

 

Trust me you want to try this app, that's why it's number one on my list. 🏆

Get Snapseed for iPhone here

Get Snapseed for Andriod here

 

2. VSCO - FREE

"The best app to edit & share photography. Edit your photos with film-inspired filters & professional image tools." - App Store

VSCO - Apps to Edit Your Instagram Photos

VSCO has some super dope filters to make your images look amazing. ✌️

Ever heard of that little thing called color grading? This app nails it with its filters -- they're honestly so so damn good.

 

Here are the features as listed on the iTunes app store:

  • Film-like presets to give your pics a high-quality, professional film look.
  • Download hundreds of free and paid filters in the store.
  • Includes 19 of the best editing tools including exposure, contrast, and crop.
  • RAW editing, including high-resolution images.
  • Easily capture moments with the in-app camera, including manual controls.

 

I always recommend you use VSCO first to edit your photo, make adjustments and do standard editing then move to other apps after.

Get VSCO for iPhone here

Get VSCO for Andriod here

Visit VSCO website here

 

3. AfterLight - $0.99 (totes worth it)

"Afterlight is the perfect image editing app for quick and straight forward editing." - App Store

Afterlight is the only paid app I'm listing here.

It's only $0.99 which is super good on the bank statement. #winning 💸

The app is brilliant for adding textures and frames. These really make your photos stand out to the next level.

They're not a 100% necessary step to apply to your photos but can make them super cool so I couldn't resist to tell you about it.

 

Here's what's included:

  • 15 adjustment tools
  • 74 filters
  • 78 textures
  • Cropping and transforming tools
  • Frames (they put your image into a letter or shape)

 

Get Afterlight for iPhone here

Get Afterlight for Andriod here

Visit Afterlight website here

 

4. A Color Story - FREE

"A Color Story focuses on fresh photos, bright whites, and colors that pop. Rather than forcing you into a moody look" - App Store

No lie, this app is super cool.

Need help making sure your edits are dope? No problem!

It's super fun and easy to use this app so you won't have to be a tekwiz for this app📱

 

Here are the features listed on the app store:

  • 100+ carefully crafted filters, incl. purchases
  • 40+ movable effects, incl. purchases
  • 20 FREE tools, including curves
  • Custom filters saved from your editing steps

 

Get A Color Story for iPhone here

Get A Color Story for Andriod here

Visit A Color Story website here

 

5. Cymera - FREE

"Cymera is a powerful editor and an all-in-one beauty camera." - App Store

Here's one for you beauty gurus!

An all-in-one app to help you bring out the sexy in a photograph. With lots of features, you can apply any adjustment you need to make sure your photograph is model magazine worthy.

 

The beauty features:

  • Best For a Natural-Looking Glow
  • Professional Filters For Fabulous Results
  • Variety of Camera Lenses and Silent Mode
  • Collage and No Crop InstaFit Features
  • Retouch Your Photos Instantly Without Photoshop
  • Shape your dream body with new features!
  • Super Easy and Fast Editing Tools
  • Upgrade Photos with Unique Items

 

Get Cymera for iPhone here

Get Cymera for Andriod here

Visit Cymera website here

 

6. Fotor Photo Editor - FREE

"Fotor is a one-stop photo editing, sharing and sale platform. It's considered the PhotoShop lite" - App Store

 

Boom! #6 is an app which has been labeled as a Photoshop Lite.

That means lots of powerful features which are easy for you to use. 🙏

Most of all there's a sweet feature which simulates a DLSR (digital camera) and provides you with beautiful depth of field (background blur).

 

Here are the other features:

  • Editing photos with professional picture editor
  • Enhanced camera with Photo Grid, Big Button, Burst, Timer, Stabilizer, and Square
  • Customize your photography to different lighting situations
  • A massive range of updated Photo effects and filters

 

Get Fotor Photo Editor for iPhone here

Get Fotor Photo Editor for Andriod here

Visit Fotor Photo Editor website here

 

What are my recommended apps to edit your Instagram photos with?

If it comes down to what my go-to apps are, it would be VSCOCAM and  Snapseed to retouch if required (such as removing a spot).

And it's worth checking out all the free apps to edit your Instagram photos to see what works best for you!

Finally, keep your Instagram feed editing consistent. Keep to a similar look on your photos and that will increase your likes and comments!

 

So go out there and start grammin' some cool stuff!

 

Let me know what you use for your Instagram photo editing.


Mass Planner Alternative

Mass Planner Alternative

Looking for a Mass Planner alternative?

No problemo.

With the service just being shutdown I respect that a lot of you may be scrambling for a new application with similar functions.

FollowLiker is your answer.

Check out my video covering it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Sk_vb_InM&lc=z13rwhn54nf0uz2kh23eyriwjv3ly552o

 

Super fast QnA about FollowLiker

 

What is FollowLiker?

FollowLiker is an Instagram automation application

 

What OS does it run on?

Windows, MAC, Linux

 

Does my computer need to be on to run it?

Yes

 

How much is it?

1 Time payment starting at $50 for 1 Instagram account and $100 for unlimited accounts.

 

Mass Planner alternative links?

I wanted to include any links I mentioned in the video to help you easily navigate and get setup ASAP:

 

FollowLiker Website

http://www.followliker.com/

 

FollowLiker Free Course

http://courses.aaronward.com/p/instagram-marketing-automation-beginners-guide

 

The Ultimate FollowLiker Course

courses.aaronward.com/p/followliker-course


Pinterest Profile Tips for 2017

5 Must Do Pinterest Profile Tips for 2017

It's Pinterest profile tips time.

These Pinterest profile tips will guide you through the process of converting your profile into a traffic generating machine.

Sounds good?

Damn right it does :)

Let's do this.

 

5 Must Do Pinterest Profile Tips for 2017

 

 

1. Get a Pinterest Business Profile

First things first.

It's time to say goodbye to your standard profile.

And upgrade to a Pinterest Business Profiles which gives you access to Pinterest Analytics.

This new feature will let you see what pins are working best and how your profile is performing.

 

To get a Business Pinterest profile do the following:

Go to your Profile page.

Then click the three little dots icon (see picture below  for guidance)

 

Enable Pinterest Business Profile

 

Choose "Access business tools"

 

Pinterest Access Business tools

 

Fill out your information and then click "Convert". Here's an example of mine

 

Pinterest Create Business Profile

We will talk about how to you can access analytics later after converting to a business profile.

Next up you want to up-date your profile to look like a Pinterest pro.

 

 

2. Edit Pinterest profile basics

 

Let's start off by showing you my profile.

And then dig deeper into each part.

Pinterest Profile Example Aaron Ward Media

 

Business Name

This should simply be the name of your business.

Or if you're a personal influencer like myself, add keywords after your name.

This lets people find your profile easier, for example when someone searches for Blogging tips I have a chance to show up in their search results.

Also adding these keywords let's new people know what you do.

 

Picture

You want this to be either your business logo or a clear head shot.

Use the same logo/head-shot you use on other social media to be easily identifiable.

Here's how mine looks:

Pinterest Profile Image Aaronwardmedia

 

Which is exactly the same as my Instagram profile picture:

Instagram Profile Image aaronwardmedia

 

 

Username

Try and get your own name or your business name here.

I use aaronwardmedia as that's the same as my website + most social media accounts.

 

About You

The about you section is where you give people a taste of what you're all about.

Think of this space as letting someone meet you for the first time.

And hey, first impressions count.

 

There's 2 very important things you want to include here.

  1. Short introduction of who you are, let knew people know what you do and if you can help them
  2. A call to action (visit my website/follow me etc...)

 

Example #1:

Creators of beautiful wooden watches made ethically in Indonesia. Shop our new bamboo collection by visiting our website:

 

Example #2:

The wiz-kids of social media. We help you grow your audience through creative content. Explore our work on our website:

 

Location

Let them know where you're at :)

 

Website

Add your business website here.

Next you want to confirm it.

Depending on your platform (Wordpress, Shopify etc...) there's a way to do it.

I'm going to link you to Pinterest's super helpful guide to confirm your website.

View the guide here: https://help.pinterest.com/en/articles/confirm-your-website

 

 

3. Your boards

Our third Pinterest profile tip is about your boards.

You may already have boards created, with some lovely pins on them.

Great, but are they related to your business?

From now on you only want to create boards related to what you do.

Because I teach social media + blogging tips, all my boards are related to these subjects.

Take a look...

Pinterest Boards Aaronwardmedia

 

You want to do the same.

Step 1: Delete/make all irrelevant boards private

Step 2: Create 7-10 boards related to your niche

Step 3: Create 1 branded board for all the content you create (mines called Aaron Ward's Tips). This will be for your blog posts/products etc...

 

4. What to pin

Pinterest has million gazillion trexajillion pins.

 

Pinterest Search Social Media

 

So which ones should you pin?

You want to start having a search for pins which you think will really help your audience and add these to the relevant boards.

Over time you will start creating some awesome boards which has a ton of links to lots of helpful guides.

At the same time, you want to pin anything you create to these boards as well + your branded board (remember my Aaron Ward's tips board).

 

So to summarize in a step-by-step actionable routine:

  1. Spend 30 minutes a week (minimum)
  2. Find pins in your niche by doing a search for keywords
  3. Pin helpful guides, articles, tips etc... to a relevant board you created
  4. Pin anything you create from your blog etc... on to your branded board

 

5. Pinterest Analytics

As promissed I would show you how to see your profile analytics.

Go to your Pinterest account.

The click Analytics top left of your browser > Choose Overview

Pinterest Analytics

This window will then give you a ton of information about your account.

You can see which pins are working best, so you can say let's pin more 'Instagram Tips' because it works better then my 'Twitter Tips' pins.

 

To finish up the Pinterest profile tips

Badaboom you're profile is fresh and will start gaining views, followers and leads to your website.

My profile when writing this was super fresh and new.

Less then one month old.

It had 450 pins.

68 followers.

Yet I was still getting 2.5k views per month, let's say 10% of those end up being visitors to my website...

that's a free 250 interested visitors #winning

 

Leave me a comment on your your Pinterest profile is going!

 


FollowLiker FAQ

FollowLiker FAQ | Instagram Edition

Gals and guys,

Here it is.

The FollowLiker FAQ to slap those questions you have in your mind out the window...

so you can focus on growing your Instagram profile :)

Lets get into the questions.

 

Questions

  1. Do I need to keep my computer on for FollowLiker to work?
  2. What is a proxy and do I need to use one?
  3. How many Instagram accounts can I run on 1 IP address/proxy?
  4. What is a VPS/VPN and do I need one?
  5. How can I run FollowLiker 24/7 when I can't keep my computer on 24/7?
  6. How do I run following, unfollowing, liking and commenting all at once?
  7. Why do you make a separate project for uploading?
  8. How do I avoid getting Instagram shadowbanned with FollowLiker?
  9. Where can I get the best settings for FollowLiker?
  10. Do you teach a course on using FollowLiker?
  11. What are the daily Instagram limits?
  12. My account is brand new should I do anything specific?
  13. Can I use my Instagram account on my phone while automating?

 

Got an other question? Leave a comment below!

 

1. Do I need to keep my computer on for FollowLiker to work?

Yes your computer needs to be on and not asleep with FollowLiker open and running for it to automate your Instagram account.

 

2. What is a proxy and do I need to use one?

A proxy is an IP address (basically). You want to run 3 Instagram accounts on one IP address.

After you run 3 Instagram accounts on your computer IP address, you will then need 1 private proxy to

You can get proxies here:

High Proxies - http://aaronward.com/recommends/highproxies

 

3. How many Instagram accounts can I run on 1 IP address/proxy?

3 Instagram accounts per proxy/ip address is the best for safety.

 

4. What is a VPS/VPN and do I need one?

A VPS is a computer you pay a monthly fee to access through an application on your own computer.

You essentially are renting a computer which is turned on 24/7.

This means you can put FollowLiker on your VPS and leave it running 24/7 if you can't do this on your own computer.

You can get a VPS perfect for FollowLiker here: 

Green Cloud - http://aaronward.com/recommends/greencloud

 

5. How can I run FollowLiker 24/7 when I can't keep my computer on 24/7?

Check out the answer above for question #4. You will need a VPS :)

 

6. How do I run following, unfollowing, liking and commenting all at once?

You make 1 project and simply select those tasks :)

 

7. Why do you make a separate project for uploading?

It's a personal preference that makes my workflow easier.

Because I can then always jump into that project and only think about uploading content and avoid all the other settings.

 

8. How do I avoid getting Instagram shadowbanned with FollowLiker?

You don't really. There is no official information on shadowbans.

The best way to avoid it is to mix up hashtags when uploading & make sure to follow my settings to keep safe.

 

9. Where can I get the best settings for FollowLiker?

You can find them in one of these places:

My YouTube channel

My Blog

The Ultimate FollowLiker course

 

10. Do you teach a course on using FollowLiker?

Yes I do :)

It covers everything you will ever need to know about FollowLiker + Instagram marketing tips

Course: The Ultimate FollowLiker Course

 

11. What are the daily Instagram limits?

Liking: 1000 per day (28-38 delay between each like)

Following: 1000 per day (28-38 delay between each follow)

Unfollowing: 1000 per day (28-38 delay between each unfollow)

Commenting: 10 per hour (350-400 second delay between each comment)

DM'ing: 100 per day (500-600 second delay between each DM)

Posting: 2-3 images per day is the best practice.

 

12. My account is brand new should I do anything specific?

To fully make sure your account doesn't get blocked in any way, it's good to set your delay settings to: 36-48 seconds for all general tasks such as liking/following/unfollowing

 

13. Can I use my Instagram account on my phone while automating?

Yes and no. Sometimes you will get lucky and there won't be any issues or account lockouts/temp bans. Other times you will get banned for connecting in two different locations at once or experience lots of captcha lockouts/temp bans.

I always recommend to not use your account on your phone for the best safety.

 

I hope the FollowLiker FAQ helped.

If you have any more questions please leave them below

*they will be added to the FAQ too :)


FollowLiker Tutorial for Beginners

The Ultimate FollowLiker Tutorial for Beginners

Boom! The FollowLiker Tutorial for Beginners.

 

Let's talk about gaining Instagram followers.

Using FollowLiker of-course!

This guide is 100% made for beginners and focuses on how to gain followers only.

What's great is that this setup is super simple, easy to do and will always work.

Check out the contents below -- you can click on them to jump ahead or simply go through the guide step by step.

Enjoy the FollowLiker tutorial!

 

FollowLiker tutorial contents

 

Introduction

FollowLiker is an excellent application to grow your Instagram account by automating repeatable tasks such as following, liking, commenting etc...

Today I'm going to show you the best and most simple setup to gain the most Instagram followers per day.

Best of all?

They're targeted too. 100% human and super active on Instagram.

Let's begin the followliker tutorial...

 

Video guide (optional)

If you want to watch the setup in action.

You can watch the video tutorial here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkH6MRcOHiQ

 

 

Creating a project

Open up FollowLiker and create a new project.

You can do this by going to File > New Project... (top right of the application)

FollowLiker Tutorial - New Project...

When  creating a new project, make sure to tick box/select "Each account should have separate settings.".

FollowLiker Tutorial - Save Project

This ensures that every Instagram account you put in FollowLiker has it's own settings and isn't copying them from one account.

I like to call my project "Global" as I know it's going to be my project where I place all my Instagram accounts.

You can call your project anything you wish though :)

Make sure to save it in the FollowLiker folder (should be default) and click "Save".

PS - You never have to save your project after this. FollowLiker automatically saves any changes you make when you close the application.

 

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General Settings

Thumbs up! New project made.

Now you're going to change the general settings.

Go to File > General > Settings...

FollowLiker Tutorial - General Settings

We want to change some options here and I'll explain them:

FollowLiker Tutorial - General Settings

Account per Proxy: 3

This setting tells FollowLiker how many Instagram accounts it should run on one IP address. You want to only automate 3 accounts on 1 IP address to stay safe.

Account Threads: 100

Account threads means how many accounts to automate at the same time, setting this nice and high just makes FollowLiker automate all your accounts at once.

Automation Interval: 30 -60 seconds

This is basically FollowLiker's break between doing tasks. For example you follow 10 people, then FollowLiker takes a break for 30-60 seconds (random number each time). We just speed this up to ensure all tasks are completed each day. If you ever find that your tasks are taking too long, simply half this number. If your tasks are completed too quick, double it.

 

Hit "Save" and let's move on to the next section.

PS - We are ignoring the other tabs as they're more advanced settings and this is a beginner tutorial. If you're interested in learning about advanced FollowLiker settings you can have a look at The Ultimate FollowLiker Course by clicking here

 

Accounts table (aka adding your account)

Let's add your Instagram account to FollowLiker.

This is super quick and simple

A rule of thumb in FollowLiker: If you see white space - right click to bring up a menu.

Right click in the Accounts Table > New...

FollowLiker Tutorial - Add an account

Add in your username and password to connect to your Instagram account.

FollowLiker Tutorial - Add Account

Ignore the proxy field and click "Save"

 

Wizard Tasks

It's time to choose Instagram tasks to automate.

Double click your account in the accounts table.

Alternatively: Right click your account > Custom Settings... > Wizard...

FollowLiker Tutorial - Open Wizard

This will open up the wizard where you will choose what you want FollowLiker to automate.

To gain followers you are going to select:

FollowLiker Tutorial - Wizard Tasks

Scrape User

Scrape means find in FollowLiker. This task finds users for us to Follow.

 

Follow

FollowLiker will follow targeted users based on queries you set up (next part of the guide).

 

Unfollow

This tells FollowLiker to unfollow users you are following.

 

Retrieve Existing Followers and Followings (optional)

This setting tells FollowLiker to find everyone you were previously following and also everyone you are already following.

If you don't want to unfollow people you are currently following: turn this off.

Leave it at it's default 260 setting.

 

Shuffle Tasks

This will randomize how the tasks are executed. If this was off FollowLiker would do this:

Follow > Unfollow > Follow > Unfollow > Follow > Unfollow etc...

If we turn on shuffle tasks it makes it more human. It would look like:

Follow > Follow > Unfollow > Unfollow > Unfollow > Unfollow > Follow > Unfollow > Follow > Follow > Follow > Unfollow etc...

 

Advanced Settings

This will show us more options in the task settings.

 

Why these tasks?

You are going to be following users and then unfollowing them to keep a cycle of fresh users finding your account.

By following a user they will get a notification that you followed them, this is the 'best thing you can get on Instagram: a follower'. The goal is that they will follow you back in return because the users you target will be interested in the photos/videos you post and your profile.

We will look at how to target users in the next section of this FollowLiker tutorial for beginners.

 

Instagram fact: you can only follow 7500 users max. That's why we need to unfollow everyone we follow. Yes some people will unfollow you but you don't want them sticking around as they truly didn't care about your account. Plus it will only be a tiny amount of people who unfollow you when you unfollow them.

 

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Task Settings

Awesome! You have selected tasks.

Let's start adding settings.

Press "Next"

You will see this window of lots of buttons. Because this is a beginner guide we will skip over this.

However I have made note of useful settings you can play with here.

FollowLiker Tutorial - Wizard Blacklist and Whitelist

 

Blacklist

In this table you can add in usernames of Instagram accounts to avoid

A good one to add is: Instagram

 

Blacklist Words

In this table you can right click and add in keywords or #hashtags to avoid on Instagram.

To avoid a word type it in like: nastycontent

To avoid a hashtag type it in like: #nastycontent

 

Whitelist

This table lets you add in usernames of Instagram accounts you don't want to unfollow

 

Whitelisted Words

These are words or hashtags you can specifically target. It's not a great option as it reduces the amount of users you can find.

 

Press "Next" and you will be in the Scrape User Settings (aka Find Users Settings)

You are going to select the following:

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape User Settings

Scrape User Limit: 40

This is the maximum amount of users followliker will find. It does this multiple times a day so you can leave it at it's default.

Ignore private users

They generally don't want to be followed by  random peeps so we keep it on :)

Ignore users with no profile image

This takes away spam profiles, unactive accounts and generally less dedicated Instagram users.

 

Next you want to Right click in the query table > New...

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape User New Query

Before we jump ahead let me explain how this works.

You are going to be finding users who have commented on and liked a competitors posts (videos/photos).

Why?

Because they're the most active users who care about that competitors posts.

You're posts should be very similar to this competitor -- as that way when you find this user and follow them -- they will see your Instagram profile and be interested in your posts.

 

You are now going to add two queries to do this.

 

Query #1 - Users who commented

This query tells FollowLiker to find users who have commented on an Instagram profiles posts.

You will want to add a username like so: @username

The @ specifically tells FollowLiker to find posts that username has uploaded, not comments containing "username".

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape Users who commented

Press "Save" and repeat the step of Right clicking the the query table > New...

 

Query #2 - Users who liked

This query tells FollowLiker to find users who have liked an Instagram profiles posts.

You will want to add a username like so: @username

The @ specifically tells FollowLiker to find posts that username has uploaded.

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape Users who liked

Replace @username with a competitors Instagram username.

For example you could use @GQ if you are a male clothing company.

This will find users liking and commenting on GQ's posts: these users are most likely interested in male fashion/clothing.

 

You can add multiple queries, I generally repeat this step 4 more times: totaling 5 competitor accounts with 10 queries.

 

Here's what your FollowLiker Scrape User Settings should look like:

FollowLiker Tutorial - Scrape User Settings

 

The other queries are optional to use.

The two queries mentioned above are the BEST to get ACTIVE and ENGAGED Instagram followers.

 

Here's a quick reference to all the queries and information about them:

  • To find/follow users who posted photo that has a particular word/tag in its caption, select "Users Who Tagged" under "Query Type", enter the keyword/hashtag in the "Query" field and save.
  • To find/follow a user's followers, select "User's Follower" under "Query Type", enter the Instagram username of the user in the "Query" field and save.
  • To find/follow-back your followers, select "User's Follower" under "Query Type", enter your Instagram username or this tag: <@myusername> in the "Query" field and save.
  • To find/follow users who liked a photo or a photo that has a particular word/tag in its caption, select "Users Who Liked" under "Query Type", enter the keyword/hashtag/photo ID/photo URL in the "Query" field and save.
  • To find/follow users who commented a photo or a photo that has a particular word/tag in its caption, select "Users Who Commented" under "Query Type", enter the keyword/hashtag/photo ID/photo URL in the "Query" field and save.
  • To find/follow users by keyword/hashtag (in profile or username), select "Normal Search" under "Query Type", enter the keyword/hashtag in the "Query" field and save.
  • To find/follow a user's following, select "User's Following" under "Query Type", enter the Instagram username of the user in the "Query" field and save.
  • To find/follow only users suggested to your account by Instagram, select "Suggested Users" under "Query Type" and save.
  • To find/follow users by location, select "Location" under "Query Type", enter the name, zip code or address of the location in the "Query" field and save. Example: New York, United States. You can also use this page to get valid locations: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/
  • To find/follow users who liked a specific user's photos, select "Users Who Liked" under "Query Type", enter @username in the "Query" field and save. Example: @CNN
  • To find/follow users who commented a specific user's photos, select "Users Who Commented" under "Query Type", enter @username in the "Query" field and save. Example: @CNN

 

Press "Next >"...

You are going to change the settings to the following:

FollowLiker Tutorial - Follow User Settings

WARNING

If your account is new to automation please be aware of your Daily Follow Limit. Start small and grow to this number daily.

Day 1: 25-75

Day 2: 50-100

Day 3: 75-125

Day 4: 100-150

Day 5: 150-200

Day 6: 200-300

Day 7: 300-400

etc...

If you want the best settings and information on keeping safe and growing accounts check out The Ultimate FollowLiker Course by clicking here.

 

Follow to Following Ratio: 0.00

This keeps a ratio of how many people your following to how many followers you have. Honestly it's useless for growing your account so keep it default 0.00 and this basically means "no ratio".

 

Follow Limit: 6-12

How many users to follow in one Follow task interval. Each time FollowLiker says "lets follow some users" it will follow anywhere between this number.

 

Daily Follow Limit: 800-900

Like mentioned above, if you are new start small. Instagram has a daily limit of following 1000 users. I aim to keep your account safe and stay 100 under this limit. Your follower gains will still be epic.

This number means how many users should FollowLiker follow per day.

 

Delay Follow: 28-38 seconds

This is the delay between each user FollowLiker follows. This works along with the Follow Limit setting. FollowLiker will follow 6-12 users, between each user it follows it will wait 28-38 seconds.

Fastest case scenario: You follow 11 users with a delay of 28 seconds between each user. That's 5 minutes to follow 11 users.

 

Follow Users who have: 0-500 Followings

A great setting to basically ensure you don't follow anyone who is following over 500 Instagram accounts.

Why enable this? To reduce competition when you post. For example if you post and image and someone is only following 500 people (let's say 10% of them are also uploading, that's 50 people) you are competing with 50 people to get your post in front of that user. If another user is following 5000 people (10% upload, that's 500 users posting every day) you have to compete with 500 other posts.

This setting will help you get more engagement over time, as your posts competete with less users and get seen more :) #yay

 

Ignore Private User

Once again ensure we don't follow private users as they generally don't want random peeps following them :(

 

Press "Next >"

You will now want to setup the Unfollow User Settings like so:

FollowLiker Tutorial - UnFollow User Settings

Follower to Following Ratio: 0.00

Same as the following setting. Basically useless and just keeps a ratio of how many users your following to how many are following you. Keep it at 0.00 to turn it off.

 

Unfollow After: 2 Days

After we follow users, give them 2 days to follow you back otherwise unfollow them. They didn't care or are not active enough.

 

Unfollow Limit: 5-10 default

How many users to unfollow during an Unfollow task interval. This happens multiple times a day like all the tasks :)

 

Daily Unfollow Limit: 810-910 (the same as Daily followlimit + 10)

You always want this to be the same as your Daily Follow Limit + 10. You want to add the +10 so you are always unfollowing more then your following. This will ensure you never reach the Instagram limit of following 7500 users.

If your Daily Follow Limit is 400-500, then your Daily Unfollow Limit should be 410-510.

 

Delay Unfollow: 28-38 seconds

The time between each user FollowLiker unfollows.

 

Don't Unfollow Followers: Turned off

This will tell FollowLiker to unfollow people who are following us. We need to disable this so we never reach the 7500 follow limit.

 

Blacklist Unfollowed Users

This setting will place everyone you unfollow in your blacklist (talked about in the beginning of this section). The blacklist contains usernames you want to avoid/not follow. This will ensure after you follow someone, they will never be followed again by your account.

 

Press "Next >"

 

Finally to finish up you want to choose your automation time.

I like to automate between 6am-11pm at night, most people are awake during this time and are (in my mind) more likely to see your notification.

You can leave all the automation weekdays: on (there's no need to turn them off)

FollowLiker Tutorial - Automation Time

 

Whoooo! Press "Finish"

FollowLiker is setup and ready to automate. You can start automating by pressing "Start"

FollowLiker Tutorial - Start

Note: It's normal for the progress bar to never reach 100% as you will forever be continuously automating until you press stop.

 

You can then see (after 24 hours) your gains by Right clicking your account > Statistics...

FollowLiker Tutorial - Statistics

And you're done! The FollowLiker Tutorial for Beginners is finished :)

If you have any questions check out the FAQ below or leave a comment!

 

FAQ

Does my computer need to be on for FollowLiker to work?

Yes you need to have your computer on (not asleep) with FollowLiker running for it to work.

 

Can I do liking, commenting, DM'ing etc...?

Yes you can do anything you wish :) This FollowLiker tutorial is a beginner guide to gaining followers. You can check out my Blog or Youtube channel to find more guides specific to those tasks.

 

FollowLiker is not working, help!

Right click your account > Activity Log and see if there are any error messages.

If this doesn't help please contact FollowLiker support by clicking here

 

How do I contact FollowLiker for support?

You can contact them here

 

Do you teach other social media stuff?

Yes I do - check out my blog for more tips

 

My daily limits are not being reached, how do I fix this?

You will want to go to File > General... > Settings...

Reduce your Automation Interval down to 15-30 seconds.

If your daily limits are still not reaching the required time. Either increase your automation time (end of the setup wizard) to 12am-12am OR reduce the automation interval down to 5-10 seconds.

 

Do you offer Instagram/FollowLiker coaching?

Yes you can see all the information and book a call with me by clicking here

 

Is there an advanced course where I can learn everything about FollowLiker + the best settings to use?

I sure do! You can see it here: http://courses.aaronward.com/p/followliker-course

 


7 tips to make on how to make the best Instagram photos

7 tips to make on how to make the best Instagram photos

Hey guys and gals,

 

I wanted to share with you this pixel perfect info-graphic from Curalate. It shows you 7 tips  on how to make the best Instagram photos.

A lot of the time it can be confusing what makes a great Instagram post. Generally it comes down to some very simple things which are easy to overlook.

Take a 2 minute break and check it out below so you can start uploading the right content.

Here's to getting more likes, comments and followers!

 

7 tips to make on how to make the best Instagram photos


Later.com - Free Instagram Analytics Tool

Later's Free Instagram Analytics Tool

Later's Free Instagram Analytics Tool

Later just announced and released their newest feature: a free Instagram analytics tool.

If you're not too sure what 'Later' is, they are a company who developed an Instagram scheduling service which is beautifully designed.

They have now introduced a free Instagram analytics tool for all their users and a paid Instagram analytics tool which is included for their pro members.

You can read more about later's free analytics tool here:

https://later.com/blog/free-instagram-analytics/

Later Free Instagram Analytics
Image Credit - Later.com

 

Why Instagram analytics are important

Understanding how your Instagram following grows is critical for your Instagram accounts performance.

If you want to generate sales or gain more followers, you will need to know when your followers are commenting and liking your images/videos.

When you know this information, it makes it easier for you to gain more followers, likes and comments.

Later offers a few powerful tools which will show you this information. Their main dashboard will display your Instagram likes, comments and engagement.

This information then lets you know the best time for you to upload and the type of content your audience loves. So start uploading more cat pictures and less quote images! Or whatever your audience likes :)

Instagram Analytics tool - Later.com
Photo Credit - Later.com (Instagram analytics interface)

 

How you can get Later's free Instagram analytics tool

Later allows anyone to sign up for free.

You can sign up for free here:

www.later.com

The free account will let you upload 30 pictures for only 1 account each month. They then offer paid plans to upgrade your limitations.

What's great is that you also get access to their free Instagram scheduling tool. Which makes both of their tools work perfectly together.

 

Later's Instagram analytics tool features

Here's a bit of information on the tools offered by the service and how you can optimize them.

 

Likes and comments

Instagram Analytics tool - Later.com
Photo Credit - Later.com Instagram analytics dashboard

You can easily view your photos and videos engagement, figuring out the types of images users like and when they are most active. This allows you to then define what content you should upload and the best time to upload it.

If you nail these two down. Then you will start seeing more engagement at a faster rate, which means you'll reach the explore page and top posts for the hashtags your using. This will result in more followers and users discovering your Instagram account.

 

Link Tracking

Instagram Analytics tool - Later.com
Photo Credit - Later.com

 

Oh god yes.

This is amazing for your business. This tool let's you track your bio link clicks and click through rate.

This feature uses Later's Linkin.bio feature (see it here: https://later.com/linkinbio). This feature allows you to display a shop feed of your Instagram using a custom URL.

This makes it easy to see when users are clicking on your link. Let's say you upload a promotional image you will then be able to see if it drove users to click your link. Seeing if it was successful or not.

 

Conclusion

If you haven't starting collecting analytics for your Instagram account. There's no better time than to start now.

And what's great to is that Instagram isn't a complicated platform. Therefore, the analytics are very easy to read and understand making strategizing and planning new content easy for you.

Peace out,

- Aaron


Instagram New Feature: Post Multiple Photos or Videos

Instagram upload multiple photos or videos - new feature

It's finally here.

Instagram just released a new update which allows you to post up to 10 photos at once.

This can be very useful for sharing a sequence of events of your brand moments or stories.

Check out the video officially released by Instagram showing off the feature below:

https://vimeo.com/204951185

You can start using this today and see it live in action.

But before you do that I wanted to share one example of how I would start using it...just to give you an idea of how you can start optimizing it for your business.

 

Business example

Let’s say you sell a software service such as Later.com (they offer Instagram post scheduling by the way).

You could create a series of images showing how to use your service/product.

It could start with a normal image, with a captivating headline such as “Schedule your Instagram images in 5 steps” with a bright color background like their branding.

You could then make 5 images that take the user step by step through how-to use their service, showing that it is easy to schedule Instagram posts.

In your caption you would mention that anyone can try this out for free by visiting the link in your bio.

You then start to get signups and new potential clients… and best of all how easy was that?

This feature is super cool and I’m sure brands are going to start using it quickly, so make sure to keep an eye out for trends.

 

- Aaron