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So-Called Instagram Experts Have Lied To You! Here’s How To Fix The Damage!

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I’ve got to admit something. I’ve changed my mind about what I’m going to write on this last part of the series.

Why? The answer is simple. You see, in the last part, I told you that I’d tell you all about the super-easy way to find a huge list of hashtags that is basically an untapped source of Instagram goodness.

Well, I am going to tell you where to find them. But first, I’m going to take it one step further and show you something that will put you above most Instagram “experts” out there right now. You see:

 

Those Experts Have Lied To You

I know, I know, not what you wanted to hear. But it’s true. Here’s what I’m talking about:

First of all, one of the main ideas I try to hammer home over and over is that…hashtags open doors…but…they’re not magic. You can’t simply find a list of them, post them every day…and…expect thousands of likes and followers to flood your page. It doesn’t work like that.

Let’s stick with hashtags opening doors for a minute. If you use #instafollow – which currently has 81,281,881 posts inside – you’re opening a door to people who look for that hashtag. You probably already know that. BUT WAIT!

Before you X off this page thinking you’ve found the answer to your problems…there’s something you should know.

And that is the…

 

Big Mistake Most People Make When It Comes To Hashtags

Just because it has 81 Million posts, that doesn’t mean 81 Million people are ready and waiting to see your next post. Hell, it doesn’t even mean those people search for that hashtag regularly. No, what it means is that 81 Million people have used that hashtag up until now.

Do you really think people go searching for #followmeplease? No, no, no, no…NO! They don’t.

Yet 6,661,658 people have used that hashtag. In fact, I’ve seen it given as a suggestion on some Hashtag apps (which by the way, are the worst thing you could use right now for your Instagram…they’re basically like a cancer to your engagement – but I’ll talk about this later.) Onward.

So even though some “experts” suggest you go and find the most popular hashtags out there – based on the number of posts – it’s not the right thing to do.

And think about it for yourself: What I’m saying makes sense, right?

In fact, if you’re skeptical, I understand, I mean, I’m just a guy on a blog…so…go ahead and prove me right. Next time you post, somewhere in the middle of your hashtag group, make up a completely random hashtag. Something whacky. Like: #IHaveACanvasPaintingOfParisOnMyWall.

Okay, then hit post. Now, just because I posted that, you’d be able to search for it and see that there is in fact, 1 post of that hashtag.

Now, ignoring the fact that you might go off and search for it right now just to see if I’ve actually posted using that hashtag, do you really think that 1 person is regularly searching for it?

Of course not. It just means I used it once. So if my hashtag only has 1 post, but that doesn’t mean 1 person searches for it…then…it makes sense that just because 6 million people use #followmeplease…that doesn’t mean 6 million people are regularly searching for it.

So, that’s why you’re not getting the results you want from Instagram. You’re just using the wrong hashtags.

But, using the wrong hashtags doesn’t just give you crappy results. It causes other…bigger…problems for your Instagram.

Problems like:

 

Risking The Shadow-ban

Let me explain.

The shadow ban is an unconfirmed…but…kinda obvious punishment that Instagram has started dishing out to unsuspecting users.

It basically puts you in a “no-go” zone for a while. Which just means, your posts aren’t shown to as many people…your engagement drops…and sometimes…you lose followers.

If you’ve noticed a drop in engagement…or…a drop in the rate you’re growing at, this could be why. The reason you’re put in that “no-go” zone is simple: The hashtags you’re using set off Instagram’s alarm bells.

Look, as a platform, Instagram wants to serve good, quality content to their users. They don’t want to become some garage sale where people just throw what they want, where they want.

Again, let’s look at this logically. Why would Instagram be happy with you posting a picture of your food, a puppy, a yacht, and a selfie…then…tagging all of them with #entrepreneur #quote #motivation #luxury #goals.

Those hashtags are not relevant. There’s no reason that someone searching for #entrepreneur should see photos of your food…or…your shoes.

You might have done this, you might have seen someone else do it…but…either way, it’s not something you should just blindly keep doing. Sure, you might squeeze out a few more likes on every post, almost accidentally…but…you won’t ever pick up any loyal fans doing it.

Why?

Because your fans…and customers…like to think that you’re putting effort into what you do, just for them. They want to believe that you love what you do and you love providing them with your content.

When you think of it like that – do you imagine that they’ll be impressed when they see you using the same irrelevant group of hashtags repeatedly?

No, they’ll think something like this:

“Wow, he’s putting no effort at all into what he does…”

Or…

“She’s supposed to be a Social Media Manager? Even I could copy and paste those hashtags!”

BOTH of these look really bad on you.

So, what do we do instead? What’s the alternative?

 

Use A More Exclusive Set Of Hashtags

By exclusive, I just mean a set of relevant hashtags that fewer people have seen, or have access to.

I’m still talking about a set that you can just copy and paste. And, I’m still talking about a set that you use as a “seed” to find other even more specific hashtags.

At this point, most people reach for their phone, search for hashtag apps, download several, and use those for a while before being right back where they were before. (I know that, because I’ve done it.)

But there’s one huge problem with hashtag apps and lists that websites post for free…

They’re overused..and…they set off the same alarm bells as before.

Here’s some proof:

One of the more well-known hashtag apps is TagFire – a lot of those “experts” we talked about earlier recommend this one – and in September alone, it had a little less than 5,000 downloads.

It had a similar number in August…and July…and June…and so on. That app has been on the app store for years.

That means thousands upon thousands of people have use those hashtags repeatedly, on every post, and they have for years. (I don’t think it’s ever updated.)

So, how about another popular resource? TagsForLikes? Heard of it? A lot of people have. In fact, those “experts recommend this one even more often than TagFire.

And, it shows up on Google for thousands of keywords like: “hashtags for instagram”.

But…

Just like TagFire…the hashtags they give you have been used…to death. 769,000 people every month visit TagsForLikes…and guess what? They all get given the same group of hashtags.

So, what do I mean when I say exclusive? I mean that those 769,000 people can’t just open up the website, steal the hashtags then post them every day like clockwork.

I’m sure you’re wondering how anyone would manage to keep a more exclusive list of hashtags. It’s simple – you just put a hurdle in front of them. Then, only the best type of Instagram user will jump over that hurdle to get the list.

And we know one Instagram expert out there who has a list just like that. Her list is pretty good…and…her customers have said things like: 

“I don’t know what magic potion you put in your hashtag guide but it’s working like crazy!”

I’ll tell you exactly what that magic potion is…it’s exclusive hashtags. And to be honest, we know it’s a good book because…we bought it. To check it over and, y’know…see what all the fuss was about.

But the real question is:

 

How Do You Think It’s Still Exclusive?

Well, she charges $49 for it…and…it only has 40 different niches inside. So the only people that buy it, are serious about using it for growth. They’re not just wanting a quick, cheap fix. They want something that will work.

That’s all great and everything…but…we thought we’d do better, so…for the next 5 days, we’re giving you a more exclusive list (because it’s brand new) of 205 hot niches.

And we’re NOT going to ask you for $49…even though we’re giving you so much more upfront.

No, for now, we’re going to ask for less.

You can get that more exclusive, brand new, list of hashtags…in exchange for…drumroll please…

Just $7.

And, before you think it…

NO! There’s no catch…because…we hate those people just as much as you. In fact, I’ll even start a hunting party with you just to go out and find them…plus, I’ll buy the pitchforks.

Anyway, the only reason we want your email address is so we know you’re serious and we know you’re the type of person who makes the most of opportunities when they come up. We only want the “grab the bull by the horns” type of people. The “seize the day” type of people. The “I’m here to win” type of people.

So, if you want it, come and get it! 

Oh, and if you’re fast…you’ll get a bunch of bonuses that I’ll bet you love just as much as the hashtag book.

 

P.S. – Just remember: The hashtags you’re using right now aren’t working. The ones you can get on hashtag apps and hashtag websites are over-used and will do more damage than good…and…the only way to get hashtags that work, is to find more exclusive lists of them. Plus, you might accidentally use any one of the piles of banned hashtags that Instagram instantly uses to mark you as a spammer! Make the decision to step past all of those “wannabes”!

 

P.P.S. – We’ve removed the Hashtag guide while we update with the most relevant hashtags at the moment! Let us know below if you want to be added to the waiting list!

 

 

 

Download Your Entire Instagram History

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Did you know that you can now download all of your Instagram data?

Yup, that’s right… every comment… hashtag… photo… message…

And it’s actually pretty simple… it doesn’t require any apps or any dodgy looking website either. Instagram does this for you if you ask nicely (click a button to request it) and then a notification is sent to your email when it is ready.

So this secret little button which isn’t so secret anymore can be found if you follow these steps…

  1. Click the settings icon on your profile page on Instagram

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2. Click Privacy and Security

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3. Scroll down to ‘Data Download’ and click the link underneath that subheading which says ‘request data’
(You’ll probably be asked to put in your username and password again)

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4. Click Request Download. Instagram will tell you that it may take up to 48 hours to collect your data and once collected it will be sent to you in an email.

5. Check your emails! You should find an email there which looks something like this…

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6. Click the link in the email to take you back to Instagram and re-input your username and password.

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7. You’ll then see a link (or more than one link depending on how much data you have) which contains all of your information. If you click the link a zip file is downloaded.

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8. Open the zip file and make sure you have a program or app on your laptop which can read .JSON files. Alternatively, you can open the text files in WordPad /NotePad to view but the format isn’t great!

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And there you go… all of your data split nicely into separate files… one for comments, connections, contacts, likes, messages, profile, searches and settings.

At the moment, this can only be done on the desktop site… it’s not available on mobile just yet.

If you’re wondering why Instagram has suddenly introduced this feature… it’s not just out of the kindness of their hearts… its in line with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into play on May 25. Under the GDPR, companies must be more transparent with the data they collect from users and what they do with it. If they don’t then it’ll be a pretty hefty fine for them!

In with the transparency of data usage, users also need to be able to provide and revoke consent when they wish and also have the ability to completely delete any data relating to them. So this is where the Instagram history download comes in… coincidence… I think not.

And if you’re actually wanting to know how to save people’s stories on Instagram… but you’ve somehow ended up stumbling upon this post about Instagram privacy rules… well this is for you…

You can still download anyone’s Instagram story using https://storiesig.com/

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Simply type in the username of the account whose stories you want to save and the site will tell you how many stories are currently available and will let you download each one.

Easy peasy! You’ll never lose that person’s Insta story again.

16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books

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16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books

This is the era of rise of the female entrepreneur. Now, more women than ever are running their own business, creating their own brand and building their own empire. Women owned businesses saw a 60% increase in the past 15 years!

But why now? I’ll tell you why…

Because today a woman makes 79 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Yup. 79 cents.

So, if you’re sitting there at work, dreaming of owning your own business but don’t know where to start, or if you’re building your business as you read this and want a little more ‘inside knowledge’ or inspiration, these books should be on your reading list.

Here are 16 best female entrepreneur books you need to read right now:

1. Shark Tales – Barbara Corcoran

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The ultimate girl power book! Failing 22 jobs, Barbara borrows $1,000 from her boyfriend and changes her life. From waitressing at a diner to building a $6 billion dollar business, Barbara’s story will kick start your motivation.

Follow her journey through this book and you’ll be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work building your own empire. It’s crammed with little gems to teach you how to follow your dreams like Barbara, alongside humour and inspiration to build your dream life, no matter where you’re starting out.

2. Molly’s Game

Molly's Game - Molly Bloom -16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books - Instasecrets

The true story of Molly Bloom, cocktail waitress turned infamous host of the most exclusive poker games in the world. This book tells the story of Molly’s life, how she built the famous underground poker games and the bumps in the road along the way.

Molly’s poker game became the exclusive game of the celebrities, Hollywood actors and millionaires, everyone wanting in, but only a few invited to join the table.

An insight into the luxurious world of the rich and famous, a true story of how quickly things can change and the low down on what Molly learned on the way.

3. Girl Boss

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The now Netflix Original series, Girlboss is an empowering story of Sophia Amaruso and how she went from having pretty much nothing to building the legendary Nasty Gal clothing brand we all love and admire today! And this happened all in the space of ten years!

Sophia wrote this to inspire other girls like her to follow their dreams and never give up. She gives us a behind the scenes walk through of her life from scrounging through thrift stores to designing and building her own clothing line.

All from nothing.

She is a true inspiration and anyone looking at starting a business but thinking they can’t or it’s to hard… you need to read this!

4. Girl Code

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The ultimate guide for female entrepreneurs, Girl Code is a bumper combination of stories, motivational quotes and space for you to get to work on you.

Whether you’re a fully established girlboss or working full time with a side hustle, Girl Code will give you the push you need to build your confidence and inspire you to be successful.

5. Ladies Who Launch

Ladies Who Launch Victoria Colligan -16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books - Instasecrets

Launch… what does that even mean? Cutting a ribbon outside a store? Publishing your first blog post? Making your first $100?

Ladies Who Launch takes it back to basics, describing launching as the first step on your journey to reach your goals. This book is jam packed full of inspirational knowledge and hints and tips to help you on your way to launching and then your full journey to reach your goals and dreams.

6. Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months Melinda F Emerson-16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books - Instasecrets

Yes, it is possible! This book is the must have book if you want to be running a successful business in only 12 months!
Melinda Emerson was voted America’s number 1 small business expert so her knowledge is second to none.

This book covers everything you could possibly need to build a successful business, from developing marketing plans to obtaining finance and keeping your business up and running. Melina covers it all and holds nothing back.

This book gives you the low-down on up-to-date strategies and social media techniques to make sure your business gets off to a head start.

If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business but not known where to start, look no further and start making your dreams a reality.

7. Contagious

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We’ve all seen those products that get way more attention than their identical rivals, and those social media queens who go viral whereas others don’t. Why? Who decides which is winning?

The answer is simple. And this book breaks it down along with how you can take it by the reins and make your product the one on top.

Contagious takes you through the most powerful method of advertising that is around today – word of mouth. The book highlights just how important it is and just how you can use it to help you succeed.

If you want everyone talking about your product or your social media… you know what you need to do.

8. Manage Your Day-to-Day

Manage Your Day to Day Jocelyn K Glei-16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books - Instasecrets

Learn how to handle your day to day goals without the stress of modern life.

Too many women are stressed, working too hard with more tasks to do in a day than is actually possible.

This book shows you how to stop and look at your day differently, providing different methods of tackling those tasks minus the stress and anxiety. Follow the pointers in this book, make a change for the better and start smashing those goals.

9. The Accidental Entrepreneur: The 50 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Starting A Business

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One of the older books on this list but… still an essential read for all you female entrepreneurs out there! The Accidental Entrepreneur tells the story of Sarah-Urquhart Brown who started her own business to follow her dreams. Sarah’s business became way more successful than she ever expected so she’s bundled all of her knowledge and tips together in this book, giving you everything you need to be just as successful as her.

Learn what works and what doesn’t, what to avoid, how to create a mega business plan and how to invest smartly.
Everything you need to make your business a success is here all in one place.

10. She Takes On The World

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An inspirational book every girl wanting to start their own business should read. Learn how to be successful in this digital age with tips, tricks and stories on how to build the business you love and live the life you dream of.

Take on the world and unleash the female entrepreneur!

11. The Chic Entrepreneur

She Takes on the World - Elizabeth Gordon -16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books - Instasecrets

If you’re starting a business or running a business that needs a little rocket strapping to it, then this is the book for you. Learn the 9 dimensions of a flourishing business, then take your dream and make it a successful reality. Elizabeth is the President of Flourishing Business which helps businesses jump start their growth or get back on track.

Learn how to build the business of your dreams and learn what to avoid in the process. Told in a fun but jam packed with tips kinda way, this book is a bookshelf essential for those female hustlers wanting to achieve success.

12. How To Be An Overnight Success

How To Be An Overnight Success - Maria Hatzistefanis -16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books - Instasecrets

The story of how Maria Hatzistefanis built a company from scratch in her bedroom which is now a favourite of the rich and famous.

Maria’s beauty company, Rodial launched it’s first snake serum and the business rose to success, an ‘overnight’ success according to the press. But there was way more to the story than one serum; hard work, stress, and determination carried Maria’s company to where it is now.

This book is filled with awesome advice on how you can build your dream company just like Maria – if this is your dream then this book is what you need.

13. The Modern Female Entrepreneur

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If you feel like you’re stuck in your daily life with big dreams but no way to follow them then look no further. The Modern Female Entrepreneur shows you how to achieve your goals and dreams and live the life you’ve always wanted.

Saija tells you the story of how she achieved her goals and obtained freedom in her life and how you can do it too. Saija takes you through the good and bad of leading your own life along with the tools and strategies you will need to help.

14. Million Dollar Women

Million Dollar Women - Julia Pimsleur -16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books - Instasecrets

The majority of women who start their own business don’t make it ‘big’. It’s like they put one toe in the water and then hold their balance right there. All they need is that helping push to throw them off balance and help them jump right in.

That’s exactly what Million Dollar Women will do. It shows you, the woman entrepreneur, exactly how to take your idea and make it into a million dollar business.

Written by Julia Pimsleur, who built a million dollar company from scratch, this book tells the stories of seven different women who left their normal work lives and dived into entrepreneurship. These stories are laced with concepts and strategies which show you how to take your business idea and make it big.

15. Feminine Capital

Feminine Capital - Barbara Orsler -16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books - Instasecrets

This book shows the different angles that women can approach the world of entrepreneurship and make anything into a success. Packed full of case studies and anecdotes, checklists and strategies, Feminine Capital inspires the woman entrepreneur to take action, be herself and be successful.

16. Secrets of Six Figure Women

Secrets of Six Figure Women - Barbara Stanny -16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books - Instasecrets

More and more women are earning six figures nowadays and this number is constantly on the rise. Not only from entrepreneurship but in the corporate world too!

Learn the seven key strategies of the six figure (or even higher) women and build these into your life to climb the ladder to success. Profit Motive, Audacity, Resilience, Encouragement, Self-Awareness, Non-attachment and Financial Know-How are the seven strategies Barbara has identified from interviewing more than 150 women who earned between $100k and $7m. This book takes you through each of these and teaches you how to implement these to start earning your dream income.

 

 

How To Get Your Best 9 Instagram Posts of 2017

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How to ind your top 9 instagram posts of 2017

It wouldn’t be December if we didn’t look back on all of the good, the bad and the ugly of the year now, would it? And now you can do that with your Instagram too by finding out your best 9 Instagram posts of 2017 thanks to 2017bestnine.com! If you’re wondering which of your Instagram posts scored the most likes this year, this is for you!

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To put together your own grid of your top 9 posts then head over to 2017bestnine.com. All you need to do is type in your Instagram username and click ‘Get’.

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It says it might take up to ten minutes to get your top 9 post due to the high demand, but the few times I’ve done it, it’s been pretty quick – no longer than around 30 seconds!

Once it loads you’ll see a grid of your 9 best performing posts of 2017 and you’ll have the option to post this to your social media or download it.

Underneath the image you’ll see it says ‘Original Version’ and ‘Photo Only Version’. The photo only version is what you want to click if you just want to repost or download the grid. If you want the grid and the number of likes etc. as you see it on your screen, then click original version.

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It doesn’t have to be your own Instagram username handle you put in… so if you’re wondering how someone else’s posts performed this year, give it a shot! Nothing wrong in being nosy… right?!

Inputting someone else’s username might also be pretty useful for you, especially if you’re trying to grow your Instagram and looking to others for inspiration.

So find that account you reallllly like and check what their top posts are. You might find that the ones you think looked best aren’t actually doing that great and the top 9 are full of posts you didn’t expect. It’s worth a look…

If you’re feeling really nostalgic you could even check out your top posts of 2016 at 2016bestnine.com

To learn how to make your own Instagram quote posts for free to up your 2018 Insta game, check out our blog post here.

How To Reallyyy Go Viral On Instagram – Part 3

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How To Go Viral On Instagram

Okay, let’s start where we left off – with a little template of a direct message you should send to all of the shoutout pages you want to work with.

It’s what you want them to do for you. The deets-of-the-deal.

Here’s the template again:

  • You want both a post and bio link shout-out
  • Lasting 3 hours or less
  • To be posted at 7pm on Wednesday (the time and date will probably be different for you)

So, before we get into this, can you see where the power lies? No? I suppose it does just look like a boring bullet point list but…

If you’ve got another few minutes spare, I’ll show you the magic, sound fair enough? Good.

Well in that case, let’s start with…

 

A Post And Bio Link Shoutout

The post shoutout is the most common you’ll see and generally it’s just an account sharing one of your pictures…while (hopefully_ telling their audience to perform an action. You know like: “go follow @youraccount” or “hit like on this one”.

Whatever. The point is, it’s nothing more than them sharing your content.

The problem is: With Instagram’s “one link rule” – you can’t drive traffic…and…that means it’s gonna be hella difficult to see a return on your investment.

Basically, you can’t make the most of the shoutout unless you add another little piece of the puzzle.

And what is that? Well, if you’ve been paying attention, you already know, right? Exactly! It’s…

That you need to also hijack the shoutout page’s bio link too.

Face it. Most of your followers, and their followers, are not going to go to the effort of seeing your shouted-out post, then click through to your account, then click through your bio link.

It’s just too many steps for them to want to take. (We’re all really lazy online – we don’t like effort!)

Plus…you bring out their trust issues. You see, if they’ve never heard of you before, they’re probably not ready to come over and visit your page AND click your link. BUT…

They trust the page they follow. He’s been putting out great content for as long as they’ve followed him…and…

That gives you some immediate social proof.

And trust me, that’s not something you want to underestimate – at all!

Okay, so that explains the power lying in bullet point number 1. But…

 

What’s Behind Bullet Number Two?

Well, to answer that, I want you to think about how Instagram’s feed works:

You post, and it rises to the top of a “chronological feed”…now, I’m not saying that the Instagram feed is always chronological because it isn’t anymore, but…

The more recently you posted, the more “time points” you get. And, as the hours go by, you gradually lose those points.

Think about it: it’s pretty obvious. You don’t open up Instagram and see posts from 3 weeks ago all over your home page and explore feed. Doesn’t matter who posted, it’s not gonna show up. And why do you think that is? Exactly! Because there’s so many posts each day that a single post will be buried within a few hours.

(In fact, 95 million posts are shared every single day – that’s 65,972 posts every minute. Dayum.)

So…

What do you think this means for our shoutout? It means it’s pretty darn pointless paying the extra dollar for a 24 hour shoutout.

Does that make sense? Good.

Well, a 3 hour shoutout is more than enough to get the results you want from every page. Now, you can be clever with this and stagger each shoutout slightly – in fact, now that I’ve said it, you should definitely do that.

I guess I’ve never really noticed that I do that automatically now…but…I didn’t have it written down here to tell you about. Ha, funny how things work out sometimes once you get writing.

Anyway, that’s your second bullet point.

Now, we’ll save the last bullet point for later because it’s about time I tell you about…

 

Step 3: Kick-Ass Content

To be brutally honest with you. There’s not much point (and by not much point I mean NO POINT) in doing this unless your post…and freebie…are chock full of Insta-worthy-awesomeness.

But, we’re not here to create posts, are we? No. We’re here to find out about the system. Yet, being the kind-hearted-and-gentle soul that I am…here’s how to hack your content.

Use Themeforest to buy an ebook mockup pack like this one:
Book Mockup

Or this one:
Book Mockup

Then throw your design on it. Trust me, it’s painfully simple and this quick video will show you all it takes! (Oh, if you check the caption on this video, I think there’s a free mockup offered in a link!)
Book Tutorial

See? Easy. I just saved you a few hundred bucks you’d of paid to a designer to do the same thing. You’re welcome.

And before you go off searching for Photoshop, it’s here too:
Adobe Photoshop Download

Yes, it costs every month but honestly, for the price you’d have to pay a designer, this is a steal. I mean, that one mockup set will have you fixed for the next 6 months of promotions.

But if you really don’t want to pay, you can take the 7/14 day trial and just get to work creating your posts then. Pretty simple really.

Oh, before we move past this part, if you don’t think showing off a physical book is a good idea for you, you could try a mobile, tablet or computer screen mockup like these:

(It’s the same method as before, you’re just uploading an ebook cover instead! Or a website screenshot, app screenshot, course page, etc., etc.)

And just to show you, I’m no Photoshop professional or anything even remotely close, but here’s an ebook I made in 5 minutes using what I’ve mentioned.

Look, that may seem like a lot of effort, but that’s why it’s so good. You see, just like our followers…our competitors are lazy too. They don’t want all this hassle, so they settle for a weak image and a not-so-obvious promotion post.

Then, you come along with your perfect freebie printed up onto an Instagram post…

Guess what? You win.

And do you know why you win? No?

Because first impressions are king-of-the-ring. (Sorry for the cliche.) But you just gave the impression that you’re a professional company, with badass ebook designs on Instagram posts, which most likely means your freebie content is also badass.

And that means…

You get their email address. While your competitor goes off to a dark, lonely corner to sulk.

So…what’s left?

Well…

 

You Need A Caption

A caption that tells those followers exactly what to do, in no uncertain terms. A caption that will leave an impression on anyone who reads it…and…will almost have them burning keyboard-rubber in order to get to the freebie fast enough!

But, most people write crap captions. Captions that your followers have seen a million times before.

And, where would you find a caption like that?

Start here:
How To Write The Perfect Instagram Caption

 

P.S. – If you’re looking for the secret behind bullet number 3, scroll up to the top and put your email address in the free guide on the right. You’ll get a bunch of secrets…probably more than you can handle!

How To Go Viral On Instagram Part 2

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In the last part of this, I showed you how to make the first part of our viral system.

I told you why this strategy is worth it’s weight in gold. What the two methods for finding your niche’s top influencers are (one paid, one free).

And, I told you what the main ingredient was in all of this.

But, before we go any further, you need to make a decision. And that decision is all about your goal for this whole strategy.

Do you want more leads?

More sales?

More traffic to a blog post? (Which needs to have an offer in it somewhere in order to have a chance to bring money back to you!)

Whatever your goal is, there’s one type of page that stands above all others.

Do you know what it is? Aha! Maybe I’ve caught you out this time. No worries.

The best page to do this with is…

 

A Squeeze Page (With A Freebie On It)

Here’s why:

People like free stuff…and…an email address is worth money to you. How much money you ask? Well, that depends on some “stuff”.

“Stuff” like, how active they are, how much they like to spend online, how they feel about you, your product, your company, etc, etc, etc.

The point is: By having their email address, you have a way to reach out to them – which means you can promote offers to them regularly (in between providing value), and hopefully start to see regular income.

You see, trying to make a sale at the first hurdle is suicide most of the time.

These people don’t know you…and…unless you have something exceptional to offer, that you know they want…you might be left disappointed.

But with a freebie, your conversion rate is going to be way higher. Plus, if they’ve given up their email address, they’ve made a micro-commitment – which makes it slightly easier to make a sale afterward.

So, if you know what you’re doing, that squeeze page just became the front cover of your sales funnel. Sweet.

(Remember to always test your squeeze page several times before you drive traffic to it. Otherwise, you could be missing out on potentially thousands of leads…and…thousands of dollars!)

Now, let’s see, where should I start with Stage 2? I know, how about this…

 

The Battle Plan

Alright, your mission today is simple: You’re gonna send out some direct messages. (Here’s all you need to know about how to direct message on Instagram!)

But before we get to that, we need to talk about a couple of things that I didn’t reveal in the last post.

First,

 

The One Thing You Should Do With All Of These Names To Almost-Guarantee You Don’t Waste A Single Dollar

It’s simple. You head over to Social Blade and you plug each name into the search bar. (Make sure you have changed the drop-down menu to Instagram.)

Then, hit detailed stats and check for positive, consistent growth.

That’s all you need to see to give that Instagram account the green light. (Update your spreadsheet with the average followers per day – you’ll see it at the bottom of the detailed stats page.)

BUT WAIT!

What’s a red light? What should you be seeing to stop you in your tracks and remove that name from your list?

Well, let me put it this way – if you see mostly negative numbers, then huge spikes of hundreds, or even thousands of followers per day.

That’s a red light.

And here’s why:

That usually means the page owner is buying fake followers that trickle away every day…because…Instagram hates fake spam accounts, so it removes them. But, the problem is, when the owner gets a little more money, they buy more…and more…and more…until they end up on some poor guys shoutout wish-list (right now, we’re the poor guys)!

So, like I said…

You need to avoid these accounts like the poison they are.

Anyway, actually following that step will guarantee you don’t spend your time chasing up the reasons why your shoutout didn’t work!

Now, what? Hmm let’s see.

How about this time I actually tell you about:

 

Step 2 of The Battle Plan

Okay, you need to reach out to the list of pages we found in step 1…and…ask them first, if they offer shoutouts at all. And second, what their rates are.

(Be friendly when doing this!)

Remember, there’s always room for negotiation. The price they tell you is not set in stone…at all. It’s more than likely they’ve made it up on the spot, or looked at what everyone else is charging and they’ve settled on the same.

Either way, it’s flexible.

Now, that doesn’t mean I’m telling you to go in there, listen to their price, laugh at it and ask for half price. No.

What you need to do is, be tactical.

If you offer a product or service they might benefit from, you could offer them an exchange…

Or, you could be honest with them and tell them if all goes well then you’ll be a “regular buyer”…

Or, you could even wait until you have the lowest offer in that size range (say the range between 400-425k – assuming they’re equal on engagement too) and take that offer back to all of the other pages as a “bargaining chip”.

However you want to negotiate, the key thing you need to do is…never agree to their initial price. The chance is, because it’s your first time in through the doors, they’re gonna treat you like a sucker.

You see, most people value instant reward over long-term customers. So they’d rather take an extra $50 from you right now, than give you $50 off and trust you’ll come back to them again and again. But listen, that’s not a worry for you anymore because you’re one step ahead of them now!

Having said all that: NEVER get aggressive if they refuse to budge on price. Just make a note in your spreadsheet that they won’t negotiate and move on.

Once you’ve got all of your replies (wait a couple of days and give everyone chance to actually get back to you), update your spreadsheet with prices…and…for extra points, response times – a simple “fast, average, slow” is enough.

What next? Well, now we have to tackle the hardest part of this whole strategy…

 

Deciding Who To Pay…And How Many To Pay

My answer to this one is probably going to be little help because…I don’t know what your situation is.

You should pick out as many as you can comfortably afford. But remember, if everything goes right, you won’t need to dip into your own pocket again – next time you’ll use the profit from this time.

And that’s the beauty of this, you only “risk” money the first time. Every time after that is working out of the money you’ve already earned!

Now, I want you to send another message back to your chosen pages detailing what you want from them.

This should include the URL you’ve chosen for your goal (we talked about this at the start)…

Plus the amount of time you want your shoutout to be active for…hint: more is not better on this one…

And finally, when it should all go down.

In fact, I wasn’t going to include this but what the hell, we’re all friends here, right?

Here’s what I send:

Something along the lines of:

  • I want  both a post and bio link shoutout
  • Lasting 3 hours or less
  • To be posted at 7pm on Wednesday

Each line of this little template is packed with hidden power. You see, there’s a reason for each one…and…each bullet point aims this whole plan at almost-guaranteed success.

And don’t worry,  in the next post you’ll find out: What each means…how to inject that same power into your own system…and more.

To give you a bigger sneak-peek into next weeks post – you’ll find out:

  • How to 5x the power of the bio link you use on the shoutouts
  • Why paying extra for a bio link shoutout is the ONLY option – and why anything less is almost-certainly going to reduce your results to dust!
  • The “sweet-spot” of the shoutout window – this will stop you from wasting money on “dead-time” where your post isn’t even being seen.
  • The one question you should be asking every page owner to guarantee the best result…and…how to use one sentence in that message to make sure they tell you the truth! (Without trying to charge you extra!)

 

P.S. If you want to find out how to 5x the power of your bio link before the next episode, you can find out by clicking that link! Trust me, you’re gonna want to do this on your own bio as soon as possible, even if you don’t do it in the shoutouts!

13 Stunning Photos of The Most Instagrammed Places On Earth!

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Well, let’s see…how many of these most Instagrammed places are on your bucket list?

I mean…for me, it’s a no-brainer – ALL OF THEM!

Don’t forget to share this one with a friend!

(Oh…before I forget, these numbers will change every minute of every day…and it’s likely they aren’t THE 13 most Instagrammed places…but…they’re definitely up there according to a study by **)

 


Some Of The Most Instagrammed Places On Earth!

Let’s do this!

 

Disneyland, California, USA
14,615,952+ posts

 

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
7,253,011+ posts

 

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Walt Disney World, Florida, USA
5,465,498+ posts

 

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South Beach, Florida, USA
4,689,396+ posts

 

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Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, USA
3,653,548+ posts

 

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Big Ben, London, U.K.
2,561,617+ posts

 

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Times Square, New York, USA
2,560,272+ posts

 

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Notre Dame, Paris, France
2,517,219+ posts

 

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Oktoberfest, Bavaria, Germany
2,262,885+ posts

 

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Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada
2,198,459+ posts

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Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru
2,195,108+ posts

 

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Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
1,989,316+ posts

 

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Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1,808,173+ posts

 

Most Instagrammed Places - Burj Khalifa

 

 


 

There you have it. 13 of the most Instagrammed places on earth! Let me know below if you’ve been to any of these…and…if you want to find out how to add location to Instagram then click that link! You’ll shoot over to another blog post that tells you all about it!

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How To Go Viral On Instagram With The Insta Viral System

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This viral system will show you a way to get yourself 3000+ opt ins, leads, sales, whatever-the-heck-you-wants within 24 hours. Think about it…

Those numbers could easily turn your life upside down. And, the best part: You can repeat this once a week, every week, if you’re smart about it. And, let’s face it…if you’re not smart about it by the end of this blog post, I’ve not done my job properly.

If you want a definition…then, this system is a way to create the illusion of going viral on Instagram.

So, let’s see, where should I start? I know:

 

First Of All…The Insta Viral System Is Worth It

Look, I won’t hit you with all the usual cliches like “you gotta spend money to make money.” Urgh.

We’ve all heard it a thousand times…and…most of us have probably said it to ourselves when we doubt if this business-stuff is ever gonna pay off. (It will pay off…just keep learning and pushing!)

But the real truth is…for a more predictable way of going viral at least…

You WILL have to spend money.

Potentially big money. BUT WAIT! Before you run off and hide in the cupboard under the stairs. Let me tell you this: “It’s not gonna break the bank Harry!”

In fact, if you do it right. It will cost you the very first time you do it, then…every time after that…any money you spend is from the profit of the last time you did it. Awesome, right?!

So, now you know you’ve gotta dip into your wallet, let’s mush on.

 

Find Your Influencers

There’s a couple of ways to do this:

  • Number 1 will cost you
  • Number 2 is free…but…it’ll take a little more elbow grease.

Yep, between a rock and another rock for some of you – I get it.

Anyway, the paid way (number 1) isn’t going to get much coverage here because if this is the only reason you’re considering the tool, it’s not worth it because…

The tool’s main use has nothing to do with this strategy.

I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome addition to your Instagram toolkit (if you can afford it)…but it’s not an “essential” tool. It’s less of a screwdriver (essential) and more of a fancy metal detector (not essential right now).

Look at me getting side-tracked again. Back to our viral plan.

The paid way involves you heading over to keyhole.com, signing up for an account, searching your keyword…annnnnd…hitting the influencer tab. Voila.

There’s not much more to it on this one.

You can obviously see how easy it is, but…

If you’re like me and you don’t really want to spend money on the first step of a plan that I’ve just told you will cost money anyway…then let’s get to the free part shall we?

(Side note: in case you missed it, that was me protecting your bank balance. You’re welcome.)

So…

 

The Free Way

Grab your phone, open Instagram and head to your search bar. (Magnifying glass on the bottom bar for you newbies!)
Now, the tricky part…

Search for either an influencer you know…or…search for a keyword in your niche.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you searched for MotivationMafia:

Go Viral On Instagram

 

All you need to do is check their following list, like so:

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Most of the time, huge-o influencers will only follow similar huge-o influencers. And, to prove I’m not just making s**t up, check this out:

Business Mindset - Go Viral On Instagram

 

Boom. Another big player straight away. There’s tons more on that list but I don’t want to be showing you pictures all day!

Okay, so, here’s what I do. I make a note of every account I can see that fits the bill, their size…and…a few other top-secret hack-worthy bits I check everytime.

I aim for 5 different Instagram pages, but more often, I’ll get 10-20 because not all of the pages will work out.

(It depends how deep you want to go with this – if you’re a deep diver, you’ll have no problem finding 20 accounts. But, if you want to crack on through this and take the minimum, that’s cool too.)

Let’s say you find 4 Instagram pages that look like perfect targets. Well, those pages are our “seed pages”. Which, by the ways we won’t use after this next step.

And here’s why:

Those accounts often get too big for their boots. They won’t want to help out us smaller accounts and they sure as hell will be too damn expensive to work with anyway!

But, we can use them as platforms to jump to the accounts that WILL work with us.

So, head to one of those accounts now and use the suggested arrow next to the Follow button (or message button if you already follow them).

 

 

 

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Motivated Mindset - Go Viral On Instagram

 

Now, one by one, go through these pages and look for pages smaller than the seed page.

You’ll find  at least one on there…and…when you find it, make a note of it, then repeat the process.

Each account acts as a seed for the next “level down” of accounts. And, like I told you, we don’t want to work with huge-o accounts.

This seems like a good point to tell you…

 

What We’re Actually Looking For

By tracking from big to small, you decrease the “reach” of working with the chosen accounts…but…increase the chance of a reasonable price and a chance at them actually working with you.

So what we’re looking for is this:

  • A sweet-spot between size and cost
  • Which is roughly 500k or less
  • A page owner who isn’t an idiot
  • A page owner who will work with you more than once…and…
  • Most importantly, a completely organic-growth page that’s doing all the right things. (There’s a few ways to do these background checks, but more on that another time!)

At this point, I tend to aim for 30-40 accounts, I go down to 50k followers and back up to 500k. That way, I get to see as many pages as possible, and I stay inside the rules above.

Now, before we go any further. I know what you’re thinking…

“That’s a damn long-winded way of finding an account of that size, but…there’s a method to the madness.

You see, Instagram is “suggesting” these pages to you. And, by working backwards, you usually end up rolling through the big players in your niche.

Think of it this way: Instagram is a company worth $25-50 billion. It seems to me they’re gonna be a hell of a lot smarter than you, me, and any other third party app that can “show you who’s important”.

So you’re basically hacking into Instagram’s brain, pulling out what you need…and…(soon) using it to smash your competitors to pieces.

Anyway, once you’ve got a list of those 30-40 accounts, put all of those names in a spreadsheet (in your first column).

And would you look at that, we just tackled the first part of the “Insta Viral System”.

 

The Next Blog Post On This Strategy Will Reveal:

The one thing you need to do with all those names you found. This guarantees you don’t “waste” a single dollar…and…that you get the most “bang-for-your-buck”.

  • How to make sure your battle plan is air-tight.
  • A clever “negotiation” trick that will keep your money in your pocket.
  • Why linking to any page other than “this one” is a bad idea and will probably cost you thousands in the long-run.
  • How to multiply the power of the “Insta Viral System” using all of this, plus your spreadsheet.

9 Instagram Gifts To Up Any Instagram-Addicted Girls Slay Game!

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It’s that time of year again, the Christmas lists are being written and the Christmas offers have begun.

But wait… before you buy what you think they want this Christmas… you need to ask yourself one very important question… and this year it’s a deal breaking question…

Would it look good on Instagram?

What? Who cares, right?

Wrong.

According to digital media company Sweety High’s ‘Gen Z Holiday Gifting & Influencer Report’, 58% of girls aged 13-16 want gifts that are Instagrammable.

And it’s not just the young ones… 29% of 17-19 year olds and 26% of 20-22 year olds want gifts that will get them likes and follows on Instagram too.

Gone are the days of surprises too for the younger Gen Z girls with 52% wanting what’s on their wish list. Forget the list and letter to Santa… it’s all about the digital wish list now. So, if it’s not on the list… don’t bother, because it probably won’t look right on their Insta feed.

Yup… Christmas just got a whole lot harder. I bet you’re stuck for ideas now, aren’t you?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you…I’ve put together the ultimate list of cute gifts she will love and be able to use to make that perfect Instagram feed…

Here we have…

9 Instagrammable Christmas Gifts which are perfect for the Instagram Addict!

1. Marble Phone Case

The marble phone case is up there with the most popular instagrammed accessories this year. Whether it’s white, pale pink or gold, these cases combined with some cute personalisation make for the perfect ‘clean’ but classy Insta feed.

 

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2. Notebooks

Notebooks, diaries, planners… whatever they are with the super cute hard covers… we LOVE them! Even if they are just used as a prop… Throw a motivational quote or a cute message on the front and pair it with a couple of pens and corner of your laptop… Insta-perfect!

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3. Chunky Knit Blankets

(How comfy do these look?!) It’s the comfy, blogger-type accessory – throw it in the background of anything and it’s guaranteed to make the pic look wayyyy more Insta-worthy. Plus – you will actually wanna use this after you’ve taken hundreds of pics of it!

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4. Polaroid Camera Photos & Accessories

A polaroid camera…. But Instagram is digital…

Yup, I hear ya, sista! But have you seen how cute those posts are with those little polaroid pics in? Pictures of pictures gives the Insta feed that vintage feel – throw a filter into the mix and you got a hella’ cute Insta post.

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Try teaming up the polaroids with some fairy light clips for extra cuteness!

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5. Watches

Yup, it’s the generation who use their phones for everything… but also have cute watches… because they look cute. Am I right? Yup…

Do you ever put a watch on but still get your phone out every time you want to check the time? Yeah?… me too. But hey they’re a gorgeous accessory!

There are loads of watch brands to choose from at the moment and they’re all pretty similar in design, but here’s a few of my favourites that are Insta-worthy!

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6. Slogan Tees

If you haven’t posted a slogan tee pic, then do you even have an Insta? Like seriously, they’re everywhere right now. Those plain white or black tees with a word or witty one liner on is an essential on any Insta feed.

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7. Quotes

Everyone loves a good quote. And while lots of people post a quote picture on their Insta (plain white image with some swirly whirly text), a quote print or canvas will make your account stand out a mile. Especially teamed with fairy lights and polaroids scattered around it…So fetch! (Wait… is fetch a thing yet?)

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8. Long Socks

For the ‘Sunday chills’ picture of your cosy feet (in your socks), hot chocolate, chunky knit blanket and magazine… And i’m pretty sure you can never go wrong with socks… can you?!

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9. Fairy Lights

To give your Insta pics that extra sparkle! Drape them over your bed, naturally scatter them (spend ages neatly placing them) around products or throw into the background of your pics to give that cute warm glow…

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So if you’ve planned a cosy Christmas sharing moments, watching films together and playing games, think again… Well unless those moments look good with an Instagram filter on…

Here’s to a Christmas of selfies and a million dollar Instagram feed.

Who Else Knows You Can Follow Hashtags on Instagram?

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In just a few minutes you’re going to know about Instagram’s latest experiment: being able to follow hashtags on Instagram.

So, think about this for a second…

Have you ever had one of those moments when you wanna follow new people on Instagram but don’t know how to find the right ones?

Like, I wanna follow more people who post about fashion blogging… but who are these people? How do I find them?

The normal way of searching is either…
1. Start to type the key word (in this example, ‘fashion’) in the search bar and watch all the accounts with ‘fashion’ in their name show up…(which doesn’t help at all sometimes because not every fashion blogger will have it in their name.)
2. Or find a fashion blogger and click the downwards arrow on their profile (next to the follow button) to search through similar accounts and find people you like.

But that sometimes takes aaaages.

I don’t know. Maybe you just want to mix up your feed and see content from different accounts.

So how else can you find the people you really wanna follow?

Well… the problem might just have a solution.

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Instagram is currently testing out a brand new feature which lets you follow hashtags on Instagram.

Yup, you read that right… follow hashtags on Instagram

Yeah, I didn’t get it at first either.

But it’s actually pretty awesome…

So this is how it works…

When you click the search tab on the bottom (little magnifying glass) and search for a hashtag (making sure that the ‘tags’ tab at the top is selected), all of the posts which have used that hashtag will show up like normal.

Buuuut… at the top there’s a new shiny button you can click to follow the hashtag! Cool, huh?

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No one seems to know how following the hashtag will affect your feed but I think it might be along the lines of Instagram showing you more posts on your home feed which have used that hashtag, regardless of whether you follow the user or not.

Whilst the hashtag search only shows you the most popular posts and most recent posts that have used that hashtag, it can still give you an idea of who to follow.

So not only can you see the top posts in a niche for inspiration and to keep up with trends and what people love, smaller accounts can use the more recent posts to see who is posting right then and this could get the ball rolling with finding people to follow.

So you will be able to follow your interests and not just be shown content of the accounts you follow plus be kept up to date with the latest posts you need to see.

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It seems like there’s no downside to this yet… I know, I know… But that’s because there isn’t…

In the days when people are over hashtagging and using hashtags that don’t relate to their post, this has come at the right time. This little feature will help you tailor your content even more and sift through the posts which aren’t relevant to you.

Instagram regularly tries out new features on a small pool of users, to constantly try and make the app better for everyone – not all of these may be released so that’s why you might have no idea they’re even happening.

The Next Web reached out to Instagram for further information on the new feature but Instagram declined to say anything more.

No one knows who Instagram has targeted to try out the new feature but it seems to be that Instagram is only rolling this new feature out to the large…and most active accounts right now… only time will tell.

So if you’re one of the lucky ones who has this feature, give it a try and let us know what you thought in the comments below.

Let’s hope this new feature is one that’s here to stay and soon we can all follow hashtags on Instagram!