As you started to get more into the Instagram food creator scene, did you ever implement any changes is content, posting times, hashtags, strategies or other general things that made your account grow bigger or faster?
Oh yes, there is always something new to learn about how to be seen on this platform 😊. At first I used to take photos with my phone, I edited them with an Instagram filter and that was it. And I am not saying it's something wrong with it, but I definitely saw a change after I started using a proper camera to take my photos and Adobe Lightroom to edit them (I have a Canon 700D, btw 😊). If I gained my first 1000 followers after 6 months of posting daily (sometimes twice a day), after starting to use my camera I gained 1000 followers each month or so. Finding the best time to post it's also very important. I tried different hours and based on the engagement I got on my posts, I started posting at around 9pm. Oh, the hashtags. The improper use of them got me shadow banned more than once 🤦♀️. My main advice regarding hashtags are:
- Always add as many hashtags as possible. The limit is 30 per post and I usually add 28 or 29.
- Use hashtags that are relevant for your post.
- Don't use the same group of hashtags for every post because you might get shadow banned. I did this. I used to have a group of hashtags written on my phone's notes and I just copied them in the caption of my posts every day. But Instagram doesn't like it when you do so and they got me banned. Since then I write my hashtags every day. Of course they are similar every day because I make the same kind of foods, but I am careful to also add new ones to every post and to mix them up so there won't be problems anymore 😊.
I think that if you want your account to grow the main thing is to be consistent. The algorithm can be mean sometimes and a powerful demotivator, but you have to keep posting. I post almost daily, once a day. That's what works for me. Try getting better and better and styling your food and taking photos of it. Interact with your followers, with those commenting under your photos. Reply to them, go to their accounts and show some love back. Be an active part of this community and things will sort themselves out 😊.