There’s no sugar-coating it: getting to your first 10,000 Instagram followers is tough. Why? Because when you’re first starting out on the platform, chances are no one knows who you are yet! 😓
However, that shouldn’t stop you from trying!
If you’re wondering how to get thousands of followers on Instagram, the 6 secrets below will get you to your goal – and past it! 🏁
Plus, they might just spare you some struggle on your journey to 10K followers.
So what happens when you reach 10k followers on Instagram?
You now have access to the Swipe Up Link in Stories tool and can upload longer videos on IGTV. A more intangible benefit to your Instagram account is “social proof.”
That social proof is helpful for getting verified on Instagram, promoting your business, getting collabs and reaching new audiences!
As an added bonus, reaching 10,000 followers makes it a lot easier to get another 10K Instagram followers in half the time! 🤩
The following tips focus on essential foundations for your 10K Instagram followers strategy, without shady, spammy or “credit card necessary” tactics.
By incorporating each of the tips below, you’ll bypass quick fixes that could sabotage your Instagram account (like engagement pods and buying fake followers).
You’ll also build a solid Instagram workflow that creates audience connection and helps you collect those 10,000 followers on Instagram faster than ever! 🥳
Psst… if you don’t have time to sit down and read our post, listen in to this replay of our FB Live where we cover all of these secrets and more! 📹
Ready to get 10K followers on Instagram? Let’s go! 🏃♀️💨
When we peep at the many guides and “How to Reach 10,000 Followers” posts online, we can’t help but notice that a key element is usually missing from the beginning.
How to zero in on your target audience. 🤔
If you skip over figuring out exactly who you’re speaking to and creating Instagram content for, you’ll miss an opportunity to connect!
That’s really how you get more followers who really care about what you have to say.
First things first: do some homework on your target audience, and who you envision your ideal follower to be.
Here’s a handy cheat sheet from our Instagram 101 Webinar about who your ideal follower is!
After you zero in on your target audience, you’ll want to gear your content and your profile towards attracting more followers on Instagram.
That brings us to our next tip on reaching 10k followers!
The second secret we have up our sleeve is optimizing your Instagram Profile from top-to-bottom.
Oftentimes, users will focus more on the look and feel of their feed than the look and feel of their profile.
Specifically photo, name, and bio.
Make sure that every aspect of your Instagram profile is clear and approachable.
It should also help a visitor to your page quickly determine whether you’re someone they want to follow.
That’s why these three profile components play a big role in growing your audience to 10k Instagram followers.
Here are some handy tips to get the most out of your Instagram profile!
Your Instagram Photo, name, and bio are the first impressions that bring your potential 10k followers in.
After you capture their attention here, you’ll want to seal the deal with magnetic content they can’t get enough of!
Sound good? Next, let’s talk about how Instagram planning helps you build a following!
Because uploading photos and shooting videos on Instagram only takes a few seconds from your phone, we don’t always think about creating a solid content plan that supports our marketing goals.
However, if you’re vying to reach the coveted 10,000 Instagram followers, you have to start carefully curating your feed now.
Start creating and scheduling an Instagram content plan well in advance.
This gives you an opportunity to carefully plan relevant content, review, and source or shoot images that work well with each other in your 9-grid.
A little bit of Instagram content planning creates content that your followers are excited to engage with.
New audiences will also be fascinated when stumbling your posts in Explore!
Here are some tips to get the jump on planning your Instagram content and reaching 10k followers on Instagram:
To frame our subjects in different ways, we use the VALUE Framework. This stands for:
Valuable: helpful, educational, teaching, or learning
Aspirational: Idealized, tangible, attainable visions or goals
Lifecycle: Building brand awareness, nurturing relationships, encouraging action
Unique: Proprietary, branded and business-focused content
Evergreen: Timely, relevant and useful for years to come!
VALUE is a crucial part of the COMPLETE content-planning workflow that’s featured in our brand-new ebook, “10K Instagram Followers: The Complete Roadmap”!
To help you plan smarter, not harder, we’ve included a sneak peek of the workflow found in the book, including 2 weeks of Instagram content that we planned in just 20 minutes using the VALUE framework!
The workflow helps you plan 5 weeks of Instagram content in under an hour, freeing up your time to focus on other elements of your strategy -including breathtaking visuals!
In Secret #2, we mentioned that your Instagram profile plays a huge role in the first impression you make on a potential follower. This is also true of your Instagram Feed!
When you scroll through Instagram, you see single posts – one after the other.
However, when you visit a profile, you see the users “feed”, or latest posts stacked together in a 9-grid.
Take a look at Peg Fitzpatrick’s lovely Instagram feed.
You can really see how each image in the 9-grid complements each other, which is the goal of your Instagram feed design!
The look and feel of this 9-grid will inform potential followers of your style, mood, and aesthetic.
The better each image looks in with the others, the more likely you are to impress.
You could even win over a new follower immediately and creep a little closer to the coveted 10k followers!
Here’s how to make that happen:
Here’s a glimpse of our 9-grid preview, and how you can arrange your posts to work together seamlessly in a feed worthy of 10,000 Instagram followers:
At this point, you’ve identified your audience, optimized your profile, created a solid content creation plan, and begun to visually design your Instagram feed. The final puzzle piece? Creating a content schedule that supports your marketing goals!
The way you schedule your content is actually integral to getting you 10,000 Instagram followers fast.
That’s because once you have all of the impressive elements you need to create a connection with followers and knock their socks off with your content, you need a way to schedule your posts.
This gives you free time to engage and stay ahead of the game! ⚽️🥅🏆
Here are the need-to-know elements to create a schedule that builds engagement and helps you get 10k followers on Instagram
Here’s a preview of Tailwind’s Saved Hashtag Lists feature, which helps you easily drop in related hashtags for content you post all the time!
Speaking of engaging in the comments section, the final piece of the your “How to Get 10,000 Instagram Followers puzzle” centers around connection-building practices that will keep new followers coming back for more!
Consistency is key in maximizing engagement and bringing in new followers. Instagram users can build expectations for your page and your brand.
When you focus on curating a consistent image, tone, and voice, you make sure those expectations are met and can increase your follower count.
So, how do you make sure you are being consistent? That’s where the planning and intentional designing comes in from Tips 3 and 4.
Taking the time to work out your content first will be rewarded with a consistent feed and Instagram presence that will keep users coming back until they become followers!
Congrats! You’ve done all the heavy lifting of finding your audience, optimizing your profile and planning your content – you’re all done, right?
Not quite yet. Even after you plan your content and create a system that works, you’ll need to add the secret sauce to get thousands of followers on Instagram.
That secret sauce 🥫? A little thing we like to call engagement.
After all, Instagram users love to connect with the profiles and brands they follow and feel like they’re apart of your everyday story!
So after you do all the technical work of planning your content and creating your visuals, you should use all that free time you found (after using a scheduling tool like Tailwind ) 😉to get into the comment section and engage with your followers.
Here are some of our favorite ways to build a loyal following among your existing followers, and attract new ones like bees to honey: 🐝🍯
Using Stories for engagement doesn’t have to be complex, either! Instagram user Geena reached out to her followers for coffee pot suggestions after hers stopped working.
Don’t worry, this Story had a happy ending! With audience feedback, she narrowed down the top suggestions – and her followers felt helpful and included. Tada! ✨(Also, take note if you happen to be in the market for a new coffee maker! ☕️)
Building authentic engagement is a winning strategy for a number of reasons. Users want to be a part of the club, and following a brand or Instagram presence that frequently talks to followers, features their content and asks questions that drive conversation will make them feel included.
All those feel-good vibes towards your brand or presence mean they’ll probably tell friends and family, share your content and give you shoutouts that put you in front of other audiences and push you one step closer to 10,000 followers on Instagram!!
The second major benefit is a lot more technical. Instagram’s algorithm pushes posts with high engagement towards the top of user feeds and search results, meaning that the more comments and likes you have on your post, the higher it will appear to existing and potential followers.
Thankfully, we have a lot of engagement building tips and advice included in our 10K guide, to make unlocking 10K Instagram followers a breeze!
We’re glad you asked! If you want to get to 10K followers on Instagram, you’ll need to create a plan that includes:
You could create an entire plan to accomplish this, OR you could check out our brand new guide with all of these steps spelled out and more!
“10K Instagram Followers: The Complete Roadmap” guides you through your Instagram growth journey from end-to-end. It’s jam-packed with handy worksheets, amazing workflows, and feed-designing tips that you’ll love. 🤩
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Love this post. The info was so helpful and practical tips on changes I can make to be more effective with my Instagram account! Thanks, Kristen.
Hi Shannon! YAY! I'm so glad this post helped and gave you some actionables to take your Instagram account to the next level! Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts, I appreciate it! :)
Rule of thirds is when you have the nine grid lines (or imagine them on the screen) and your subject or focal point hits one of the intersection lines on the grid. Upper left/right or lower left/right. #tailwindtip #ruleofthirds
middle school photo teacher ❤️
Haha, THANK YOU, Shannon! I knew it had something to do with those grid lines, and I was always taught about getting really interesting photos by not centering the subject smack in the middle, but it's nice that I can actually call it what it is when I reference it! I'll share this with Rebekah, too! I appreciate you and your helpful #tailwindtip followup. :)
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