How to Get Your First 1000 Instagram Followers

When it comes to knowing how to get your first 1000 Instagram followers you really need to focus on your goals right from the beginning.

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The means:

  • Uploading high quality and engaging photos/videos on a regular basis
  • Posting at the best times
  • Interacting with your followers
  • Interacting with other accounts in your niche
  • Building long-term relationships with influential users

There are many other factors at play when it comes to getting Instagram followers but these are the basic aspects you should worry about when you just start growing your account.

In this post I want to share with you a few different techniques I’ve personally used and read about that you can apply to get your first 1000 followers in a relatively short period of time.

On my first account it probably took me a year to get my first 1K, but that was following more of the basic methods and not really taking advantage of everything I learned since then that I’m sharing with you today.

My second account only took a few weeks to reach 1000 followers and has been growing ever since.

Hopefully you’ll be able to achieve a similar level of growth and as long as you keep up with it you’ll be able to gets plenty of followers.

Getting Your First 1000 Followers on Instagram

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Set a Goal

Before applying any of the more technical techniques, you want to start by setting a goal for yourself.

Be realistic – you’re not going to get 1000 followers in one day, but you can definitely get that many in just a month if you work for it.

You also need to know why you want that many followers.

Do you want them to promote your business, share a service, gain new clients, increase your leads, grow a bigger social media following, or what?

Once you have set a goal and you know why you want such a large following you’ll be much better off with applying the following steps and achieving what you set out to do.

Create a Quality Bio

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Having the right looking bio is a lot more important than most people think.

Without the right information you’re going to lose potential followers right off the bat and confuse people looking at your photos if you don’t bother to fill it out properly.

You only have just 150 characters to fill out your bio with so you want to make sure you’re including all of the right information and any points you want to get across.

In your bio you’re going to want to:

  • Share with your potential audience what you’re selling or what service you’re providing
  • Direct visitors to your page to take action
  • Provide a link that they can follow through to with their action

The bio area is where you can grab Instagram users attention and let them know immediately the value you’re providing and what your account is all about.

This isn’t where you want to share super personal information like what your favorite color is or who you’re dating at the moment – that’s just distracting and a waste of value page space.

It’s very important that you include a direct link to your website, blog, landing page, service, or whatever you’re trying to share/promote so that people always are given the chance to visit.

After visiting you can turn them into a lead and eventually a customer or prospect depending on what you’re providing.

Research and Use the Right Hashtags

To start building a targeted following right from the start you want to focus on finding the right Instagram hashtags to use on your photos.

Hashtags are how people will find your photos and account organically and without them you won’t be able to grow your audience at all.

You want to be using hashtags that your audience and influencers in your niche are using and avoid any that are too popular or not related to your product, service, or content.

For example, if you’re trying to promote t-shirts you’re not going to want to use hashtags like “love” or “designersIG”.

Anyone search these aren’t going to potential customers and it’s unlikely that they would buy something that you have for sale.

Instead, you need to determine which hashtags your audience is currently using.

To do this you can explore accounts related to yours and see the hashtags they use for all of their photos.

Try to find accounts that already have a lot of followers and that appear to be successful so that you have a good example of what to model your account after.

With the t-shirt example, look for other accounts that have lots of followers already and are selling t-shirts on Instagram or other clothing products.

After you find out which hashtags they’re using you can start using them on your own account and start getting views on the photos you’re sharing.

If people like your product/service and you’re using relevant hashtags then they’ll start to follow you so they can keep up with the quality content you’re posting regularly.

Once your audience starts to grow it’s time to move onto the next step.

Engage with Your Audience

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Knowing how to increase Instagram engagement is an important metric that you need to be taking advantage of, especially as a beginner.

With the list of hashtags (you should be using at least 20 by the way) you’ve discovered, you’re going to want to start searching them and following relevant accounts that are already using them.

When you find a new account quickly check the bio and scroll through a few photos to see if they’re a competitor or a potential customer/follower.

For potential customers and followers you’re of course going to want to:

  • Follow them
  • Like 3-10 of their photos
  • Comment on at least 1 of their photos

This is an effective method at getting more Instagram followers for two reasons.

First, the accounts you like and engage with are going to wonder who you are and head over to check out your own page.

If they like what they see they’re going to like, comment, and hopefully follow you.

Second, people are going to see you engaging with others and are going to wonder who you are.

This is going to lead them to your page and as long as you’re posting high quality content and have a great bio then they’re likely going to follow you.

One tip I want to mention here is that you should be leaving actual comments and trying to encourage conversation rather than just commenting something like “wow” or “great shot”.

This will let you start a conversation with the person you’re engaging with and also helps to show that you aren’t a bot or spm account.

Consider Instagram Automation

Follow Adder

There’s no doubting it – Instagram can take up a lot of your time when you’re trying to grow your account.

When done properly, Instagram automation can be extremely effective at getting you more followers and you can save a lot of time without having to stare down at your phone screen for hours on end.

If you are using an Instagram bot I still recommend browsing Insta and using it on your own for engaging and following relevant accounts, but a bot can really help you out.

The different automation software available is designed to perform some of the more mundane and repetitive tasks, such as following and liking, without your direct input.

One thing to remember is that using bots is against the Instagram terms of use, though if you’re careful with the settings and not too aggressive it’s unlikely that you’ll run into issues when using one.

I personally recommend using FollowAdder, as it’s my automation tool of choice ever since Instagress was shut down, and it comes packed with features that make growing your account a lot easier and more streamlined.

Using different tools, such as FollowAdder, MassPlanner, and any of the other more reputable ones, allow you to:

  • Like
  • Comment
  • Follow
  • Unfollow

These actions are done without you having to physically do it on your device and you can completely customize the actions these tools take to grow a targeted following.

The way these bots work is by browsing Instagram and doing the above actions based on the settings you’ve chosen.

They most will look for photos or videos related to the tags you want to target but there are plenty of other settings you can specify as well.

Following and engaging accounts with the hashtags that are relevant to your product or service is going to help you quickly build up your follower list with accounts that are actually interested in what you’re offering (given you’re still uploading high quality content at this time).

If you are considering using a bot, something I don’t personally have a problem with and you would be surprised how many people are using them, you want to be careful when you have it running.

When you’re careful it’s nearly impossible that you would run into any problems, especially when you’re just using it like a normal person would, but when you have it running 24-hours per day and liking or engaging with hundreds of people per hour is when you will start encountering issues.

Before settling on any one bot, make sure to take the time to do your research and check out any reviews you can find.

Many tools offer a trial period so you can test it out to see if it’s for you and when used properly these automation tools can really help you to grow your account in a much shorter period of time than you would be able to on your own.

As I mentioned up above, I personally recommend using Follow Adder (click that link to check out my review) and you can also see some of the different options on the post I wrote about the best Instagram bots to use.

Get Your Photos Featured

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For those of you that have already spent some time using Instagram you may have noticed that there are accounts that exist simply to feature amazing photos and great content.

Uploading high quality images is something you need to be focusing on from the start but once you have a good base of photos you should begin to look for relevant accounts that will feature your photo.

The best way to get featured is to keep an eye out for any accounts that promote other users photos and has text in the description that says something like “use our specific hashtag if you want to get featured”.

Make sure to use these hashtags and you can even send a quick message to the account letting them know of any great photos that you have recently uploaded so that they’re more likely to feature your content.

There are quite a few accounts that have been created just for this purpose and many of them have tens of thousands up to hundreds of thousands or millions of followers that you can get your account exposed to if you’re featured.

You’ll definitely see a surge of followers and engagement if you do happen to get featured and this can be a good strategy to get tens or hundreds of followers rather quickly.

As always, for this to work properly you need to make sure that you’re uploading high quality photos and keep in mind that this might not work with every niche.

Run an Instagram Giveaway

For those of you that are creating an account to promote a product you’re going to want to consider running your own giveaway once you have a few hundred organic followers.

To run a giveaway, some things you want to consider include:

  • Choosing the right prize that your audience is actually interested in and is still relevant to the product that you’re promoting
  • Uploading content that includes a Call-to-Action to follow/like/comment
  • Making sure the rules and directions on how to enter the giveaway are clear and easy to understand
  • Ask users to tag at least 1 friend that they think would like to join the giveaway

Once you have everything set up you just need to upload a few photos about your giveaway and promoted to your social media platforms until the deadline.

This will definitely help you get quite a few followers and many of them are likely to stick around if you’re uploading high quality content and engaging with them regularly.

Work with Influencers (Shout Outs)

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Even with a very small account it’s still possible to work with Instagram influencers and to get some shout outs to boost your following.

The way a shout out works is you share a post that your influencer has posted and you promote it your audience – the influencer will do the same for you and each of your followers will head over, check the others account, and engage or follow if they like what they see.

You should make an effort to build a relationship with influencers before you start asking for a shoutout.

This way they’re more likely to say yes and promote your content.

Otherwise, there are plenty of people that will accept payment to do a shout out to their followers and the costs for this can start at about $20 and can range up in price to a few hundred or thousand dollars depending on the status of the influencer.

Upload Great Photos Regularly

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The last thing I want to share with you when it comes to getting your first 1000 followers is that you need to be uploading high-quality photos on a regular basis.

By regular basis I really mean that you need to be uploading every single day, and even more if you’re able to.

In a popular niche, like travel or fashion, then you shouldn’t have any trouble finding photos to upload.

On the other hand, if you’re in a less popular niche then you’ll want to be taking your own photos or using a copyright free image website, such as Pixabay, to source your photos from.

For organic growth, engagement and uploading regularly is the best way to get more Instagram followers and make your way to that iconic 1000.

It’s Your Turn – Start Getting Followers!

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After going over all of these different tactics I hope you have found some helpful information here for growing your own account.

I recommend starting out trying just a few select tactics to see how they work for your account and trying new ones as your follower number grows.

Like I said, it’s possible to achieve 1000 followers in just a few weeks but it could be quicker or take you longer depending on the niche you’re in and how persistent you are.

Even after you’ve reached your goal, keep using these tactics to continue to grow your account.


  • Set a Goal
  • Create a Quality Bio
  • Research and Use the Right Hashtags
  • Engage With Your Audience
  • Consider Instagram Automation
  • Get Your Photos Featured
  • Run a Giveaway
  • Upload Great Photos Regularly

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