How to Increase Instagram Followers

How to Increase Your Instagram Followers

Instagram has become one of the most popular social media platforms, especially for bloggers. Why? Well, Instagram gives a little insight to the lives of those behind the camera showing their interests, hobbies and day to day goings on through the media of photography.

Of course taking a photo on your phone and publishing it online doesn’t necessarily make you a photographer. But it definitely does change the way we look at the world. Thanks to Instagram I have become more aware of what is around me, appreciating anything from a pretty bridge to my delicious cup of coffee. Even if it’s just a photo of my laptop on a messy duvet, these types of photos offer some sort of comfort and enjoyment to those who look at them.

So, why and how do photos of cake or outfits of the day get people so many followers? If getting more Instagram followers is something you’re wanting or if you’re simply looking to boost your Instagram feed into something beautiful then read on…


Firstly and most importantly to me is photographing what is real. The whole Instagram Husband thing for example is hilarious but it does show the fakery of many popular Instagram style photos.

I know A LOT of people will tell you to take time with your photos, arrange the table, play with lighting etc. but for me, I like to share what is happening in real life. Not something I have set up (well not entirely). I take about 15-30 seconds to snap my Instagram pictures.

If I go somewhere for coffee and cake and they present it so beautifully I want to snap it, then awesome. But if I have to sit there and make it look good then surely I have created an image that is false. If you’re one of those people who has to arrange the setting of images then that’s cool, but I believe reality overrules the illusion. This is a personal preference!  Of course, the prettier, the better!


As with any type of photography natural light is key. No need to over edit or go OTT on filters. Again, getting an image based on the realistic presentation is what makes bigger Instagrammers stand out. If I want to take a photo of something I have bought or want to show what I’m up to (mainly coffee and blogging) then I just move it over to a window, click and back to the cosier (and mostly darker) area of the house!


Harsh filters and make images look over edited. It does make me wonder if the image was good in the first place when I see photos that are super edited.

You need to find a filter that suits your personality and creates an aesthetic you want. VSCO cam is my go-to for filters (HB1 or S2 are my favourites!). It’s also great because you can copy the settings over to other images as well as get a little preview of how your images look along side each other.


Don’t over use the hashtags as it can look a little desperate so use tags that apply to your blog and/or image. For example if you do beauty blogging try the hashtags: #bbloggers #beauty #makeup and mention any brands you’re using.


Liking other people’s photos and commenting on them can really assist in getting your account noticed. Don’t spam and Instagram will know and block you from writing or liking anything. Be honest, kind and try and say something a little different.


Pop your Instagram username in the bio of your Twitter, add a widget in your blog and promote it online every now and again to let people know you’re present on the ol’ Instagram.

These are steps I take to keep my Instagram pretty and personal to me. It’s also how I managed to increase my followers. Of course, if you’re a large blogger or are already big on other social media then that helps a lot but don’t simply copy what everyone else is doing. Find inspiration, yes, but be yourself. 

Owner of this little blog! A lover of coffee, Disney and old stuff, blogging about my loves, passions and opinions.


  • Reply Julie December 28, 2015 at 4:11 am

    I love that you stress being real over fake. Most of my Instagram photos are imperfect but real. That’s how my life is so that is what I post. And while I like a lot of photos I don’t comment too much. I should work harder at that.

    • Reply Laura December 29, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you! Yes I think people try a little TOO hard sometimes and people can see through that xx

  • Reply Stanlee January 3, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    You keep sending me an email about your freebies but they are impossible to open and save. What’s up with that?

    • Reply Laura January 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      I’ve sent you an email! Not sure what’s happening but they are working fine for me and I’ve had no other complaints. Sorry this is happening xx

  • Reply Demilade January 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Wow I never thought about it that way. The real vs fake thing I mean. Beautiful post, thank you for sharing .xx

    • Reply Laura January 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you so much Demilade 🙂 Happy you like it! xx

  • Reply Majean January 9, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you for the tips. Love the real over fake theme in the post. Simplicity is sometimes the best option x

    • Reply Laura January 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      I’m glad you liked the post Majean! 🙂 xx

  • Reply Esraa Bassiouni January 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Really your article is amazing. on my personal instagram I get more likes than my other blog instagram. I guess I am trying too hard.

    • Reply Laura January 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Thank you for your comment Esraa! I wish you lots of success! xx

  • Reply Maria Marques January 10, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I so agree with you! And that video is awesome, haha xD

    Love, Marie Roget

    • Reply Laura January 10, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Haha! The video is fab and so spot on 😛 xx

  • Reply Miss Pippi January 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I really appreciate it that reality is so important for you!

    • Reply Laura January 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you Pippi! I think capturing a part of your day as opposed to living around Instagram and social media is important. It’s not to everyone’s taste but I think it’s definitely something people should try a little more 🙂 Look for beauty and not just create it 😀 xx

  • Reply drusilla January 11, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you!

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