It seems many small-time bloggers are becoming a little disheartened with losing followers especially over on social platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.

Of course followers aren't everything, I would much prefer having a fanbase of loyal and regular readers, rather than an army of spam or fake accounts following my feed and not really being interested in anything I have to say.

Instagram Chat With Katy English: 5 Top Tips To Grow Your Following.

Having said that it is important to me (and many of you I would think) to notice a steady growth on all of the platforms I use consistently. It's encouraging and for all the hard work which goes into blogging (whether you have 100 followers or 100,000) it provides motivation to keep working even harder. It's nice to see all that hard work paying off.

For those of you in need of a little Instagram pep talk and for some top tips, I enlisted Katy for a little help. I haven't managed to put a plan into action for my own Instagram feed yet, however if you need a few pointers to get you back on track or are keen to build your base, then keep reading. I know for sure when I get a free minute or two I will be sitting down to work through this list.

Also head on over to Katy's blog where she can really help with the nitty gritty!


1. Check Out Alex Tooby's Instagram Course
It's a free, 7 day email course. Alex concentrates on specifics, such as fixing your bio and finding a theme. When I get a spare minute this is something I am definitely going to try.

2. Push The Boat Out
Instagram is SUCH (emphasis on such) a visual platform. Publish your best photos only.

3. Brainstorm Your Feed
What do you want to achieve from your account? Focus on subjects which are really of interest or are relevant to you. Make sure your pictures are great quality and avoid stock photos. If you do use, be sure to credit and tag the original owner.

4. Redefine Your Bio
Once you have a clear idea of where your feed is going, match up the bio. Add personality and indicate the type of photos you will be posting. There's only 150 characters to play with, but you can do it! Be more you and less generic! It's the first thing visitors see when they arrive, so make it count. First impressions!

5. Research Those Hashtags
Set aside a couple of hours one evening. Put the kettle on, grab that fancy notepad and write. Pick a few of your favourite Instagram accounts (under 100k followers) that post similar photos to you. Click through their hashtags and note down the hashtags until you have a long list. Try hashtags which aren't so generic, so your photos don't get lost in a black hole among the millions out there.

If you do try these steps out, I would love to know how you get on. If you do have your own tips or use proven methods which have helped you to grow your following please drop below.

Good luck with your Instagram quest.