What makes a good Instagram bot?

Better yet, what is an Instagram bot? 2017 has been the year of the bots – and it hasn’t passed without its drama, either. Instagram has become too smart for some automation and set out to make sure that this kind of practice is limited to its platform. The shutting down of Instagress put many out of money and out of an excellent way to automate their Instagram business pages.

This led to a desperate search for the next best thing and remaining hopeful that there were going to be other bots out there that would do a similar if not better job. Let’s take a look at five alternatives to Instagress, beginning with the most popular and going down from there.

 

First, what is an Instagram bot?

An Instagram bot is an automated software that either comes with a web-based application or a download from the internet that is capable of performing any repetitive task that you would like it to. The most common ones in association with Instagram are liking, commenting, following, unfollowing, and scheduled posting on your behalf.

Using information collected through hashtags, the bot will engage with your particular niche community on your behalf, while maintaining your page with regularly scheduled posts. The most significant difference between a bot and buying followers is that the followers aren’t fake – if you have an automated system engaging with potential followers posts by liking and commenting on them, you have a higher chance of receiving authentic, genuine followers that have come to your page based on your interaction.

 

What is the best Instagram bot?

1. Follow Adder

Follow Adder is the Cadillac of Instagram bots on the market right now. As well as including all the essential features that a bot usually has, it comes with additional bonus features. They are always working on it to improve the service and add elements based on their demographics’ wants and needs. Follow Adder features a powerful search tool that hunts other people’s pages that are within your niche and focuses on swaying their audience to your page instead.

It has a precise, succinct keyword search within your hashtags that is so reliable, the people it follows on your behalf are very likely to follow you back. Let’s take a look at some of the features Follow Adder has on offer:

1. Commenting and liking – videos and photos
2. Powerful hashtag searches
3. Seven day money back guarantee
4. Delayed scheduling of posts
5. Follow back option
6. Manage multiple Instagram accounts
7. Scheduled posting
8. Able to use software across all devices

 

 

Pros and Cons

Follow Adder has many Pros, including the all-important security issue. It is highly unlikely to get shut down as it works hard to make all activity look as organic as possible and it is currently toted as the safest bot available. The only con that can be found for Follow Adder is that it’s a download, which does compromise security to a certain extent. While it might not interact negatively with your computer at all, the risk is undoubtedly there compared with a web-based application. Despite this, however, it’s still one of the safest bots because a download means you retain full control over the activity.

 

 

 

2. FollowingLike

The next bot down on the list is Following Like. One of the most significant advantages to Following Like that makes it stand out from the rest of the Instagram bots is its ability to manage multiple accounts across various social media websites. Its services provide tools for Pinterest, Tumbler, and Twitter as well as Instagram. This means that if you’re in charge of multiple accounts that span a bit further than just Instagram, you’ll want to look into something like Following Like.

Something to remember when looking into Following Like is that it can be a bit deceptive regarding what it offers. On its website, it gives you a clear idea of every service on offer but doesn’t organize these into categories specific to each social media platform. Some features are exclusive to Twitter while others will only work with Pinterest, but it’s not clear which ones these are precisely just by looking online.

 

Pros and Cons

Another thing to take with a grain of salt when looking into the option of Following Like is that it’s quite expensive when comparing to the likes of Follow Adder. This is because of its range, which is helpful and if you’re somebody who has the budget to take on multiple accounts with the help of automation, then this won’t be a problem. But if you’re still relatively new to the bot world and just need a simple system that is going to cater to one or two accounts, Following Like won’t be very helpful.

In saying all of this, it does come with proxy and account security making it much safer.

 

 

 

3. InstaQ

One of the first things to take into account when looking at InstaQ is that it is another desktop software, which as we know now, has its pros and cons. It does give you a lot more control over the automated activity but does increase your risk of viruses.

InstaQ has the option of a basic or premium service, so you have the flexibility of deciding whether you just want essential automation or additional features. However, in saying this, while InstaQ comes with a free trial allowing you to try it out before you buy, it doesn’t give you a chance at experimenting with its more advanced features. You only have free trial access to the basic features, which means you still have to pay money, and more at that, to get an idea of the features offered with a premium package.

Let’s take a look at the kind of features InstaQ offers:

1. Autopilot system
2. Liking, commenting, unfollowing, following
3. Unfollowing non-followers
4. Send direct messages to followers
5. Hashtag search software

Again, it’s worth remembering that the free trial only offers updates, autopilot, and the follow and like tools. Everything else you have to pay before upfront, which is a little off-putting if you’re just window shopping for now and want to experiment with InstaQ and your page.

 

Pros and Cons

With Instagram having a field day with shutting down various bots like Instagress, there’s no knowing who might be next, and even bots on this list like InstaQ are at risk of having this happen. There is a rumour that InstaQ will consequently be privatizing their system, which means that they won’t have a website for you to access. The best way of finding InstaQ’s services once they’re privatized is by word of mouth, so even if you can’t get past not having access to a free trial, it might also be worth giving it a go before they disappear entirely.

 

 

 

4. Instazood (avoid)

Instazood used to be a good bot and was near the top of the list. But many report that their users’ accounts started getting blocked from Instagram and they are now delivering a bad service.

It covers all the basic features of an Instagram bot – liking, commenting, following and unfollowing. Endeavoring to be able to reach as many people as possible has led Instazood to offer their instruction in multiple languages, which helps if you’re not a native English speaker. They also have online support through their website if you ever get stuck or need a question answered.

Instazood is all about automation. They believe that the faster you automate your activity, the quicker you will see an improvement, which means that once you’ve got a handle on how it works, you can quickly customize it to suit your specific needs.

Instazood is still a far cry from Follow Adder because its features aren’t nearly as strong, but in saying that, because it’s so easy to use and understand, it’s still a good alternative. It also is very affordable for what you get, so if you’re somebody who isn’t ready to jump in the deep end with a bot and just wants something simple yet effective then Instazood is a great pick.

Instazood also offers multiple packages, depending on what your needs are. Each of these packages offers a free three-day trial, which is great for trying to work out which one is going to be the best fit.

 

Pros and Cons

The only con when it comes to Instazood is that it’s a web-based application. This means that you have to relinquish a lot of the control over your activity, which runs the risk of your account becoming over-automated and looking too spammy.

 

 

 

Do Instagram bots work?

Instagram bots work – but you have to choose wisely and approach their services carefully. Because a bot is an automated tool, you always run the risk of your scheduled activity becoming too artificial and then your account looks spammy. However, it’s still significantly better than buying your followers which are almost guaranteed to be fake. At least with an Instagram bot, you know that the followers you are attracting to your page are real and are following you because they are genuinely interested.

It is worth remembering that using an automated bot on Instagram is against the terms and conditions, but it’s all about how you use it. Again, if you carefully monitor its activity and ensure it doesn’t look too spammy, you will avoid looking artificial and get away with it. This tiny, inconvenient con is outweighed by the pros because using an Instagram bot can significantly increase your chances of creating and maintaining a successful, accessible business page. Depending on which one you go for, you’ll start to see the benefits almost immediately, and quickly forget why you were hesitant to try it in the first place.

Instagram is the 18th most popular website on the internet today.

That is huge and something to take advantage of. So if you’re somebody who relies heavily on Instagram to promote your business or you’ve just created an Instagram page for your business, an automated bot is seriously worth considering. Just remember to do your homework thoroughly and tread carefully, making sure that you get as much out of your bot as it can offer.

 

How to Grow Your Instagram Fast

It’s no secret that social media, and particularly Instagram, is the new face of business marketing and promotion. While it’s great for connecting with old and new friends and watching that latest funny cat video, it’s possibilities are endless when it comes to running a business from Instagram.

Instagram, in particular, is a powerful platform for attracting potential clients. However, you’ve got to know your way around the 18th most popular site on the internet if you want to break the door down to having an accessible page. Let’s take a look at some ways you can grow your Instagram and consequently build your business online.

 

What is Instagram?

Instagram, like other popular social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, has tools and features that are unique and original. One notable thing about Instagram is its limit on clickable links. It only features one clickable link per page, located in your bio, so if you’re looking to use Instagram to connect people with your website, you’re out of luck. This means that Instagram is an ideal platform for really focusing on creating and building your brand. In business, this is a vital aspect that often gets overlooked – people think that interested clients will just follow their brand as their business grows.

Instead, you need to work hard to establish a trusted brand that people will associate with your business. Instagram is the place to do this.

Using pictures to sway people your way is a powerful tool. Pictures evoke emotion that sometimes words fall short of, so making the most of this marketing tool through Instagram is highly recommended if you’re someone who is wanting to establish a permanent place online.

 

So How Do You Get An Account?

Let’s look at how you go about setting up and starting an Instagram account. While it might seem straightforward once you’ve read the necessary instructions, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it that will determine just how appealing your page is.

1. Download the app
2. Select “sign-up.”
3. Upload a profile picture and choose your username and password
4. Choose a name for the account – an essential part of establishing a brand
5. You’ll be asked if you want to connect your page to Facebook. This means you can follow friends’ pages, but it’s optional.

 

Setting Up A Successful Profile

With the word count on your profile being so limiting and only one clickable link available, you’ve got to be smart about how you portray your business to attract the right kind of interest. Let’s take a look at the two most important sections of your profile: the link and the bio.

 

The Link

You can choose any clickable link that you want, but remember, you’ve only got one available.

Take your time and really think about where you want to take your followers to show them more about your business and branding.

 

 

The Bio

Just like with your link, your options are limited when writing your bio. Like Twitter, you’re only given 150 characters, which is very restricting and requires you to get creative. Your bio is your initial pitch to potential followers and clients, so you want it to be quick, clever and concise.

 

One of the most significant ways to stretch your bio for all that its worth is turning some of those 150 characters into hashtags. Hashtags are the bread and butter of Instagram and help people find pages within the niches that interest them. Having hashtags in your bio that sum up your branding in a few short words will help followers to see you and attract their interest before they’ve even read anything.

Remember, your bio is a reflection of you and your branding. If you’re going for a professional approach, make sure that your bio is relevant and welcoming, but professional. If your branding and business are more laid back and personable, then portray this as best you can in your bio.

For any branding, try to stay away from emojis entirely in your bio. While they can be fun, they’re better used on personal pages otherwise you run the risk of looking unprofessional and spammy. Try to say everything you need to through your hashtags and wording.

 

How To Gain Followers

Now that we’ve covered the basics of setting up your Instagram account, let’s look at the best ways to attract a healthy following:

 

Identify Your Demographic

Before you even think about publishing your first post, you’ll want to have a serious think about who you want to engage and what kind of niche you’re looking at targeting. If your business is all about makeup and beauty, then you’ll want to target young people who watch a lot of beauty blogs and use relevant hashtags in all their posts relating to their day and nightwear. Each of your posts should directly reflect this.

However, you plan to execute your Instagram business page, having a good idea of who you want to target will help you from the get-go and avoid you wasting any time or precious posts.

 

Hashtags

We mentioned earlier how vital hashtags are in your bio to attract potential followers. They are also just as important when using your page every day and uploading posts.

It’s quite simple. The more relevant your hashtags are to your branding, the more successful you’ll be and the bigger following you’ll gain. They’re the most important tools you could utilize on Instagram, so don’t be afraid and hold back.

The first way you can find the right hashtags for your niche is to do a Google search of the most popular hashtags in that niche. Secondly, you can spend a bit of time researching other people’s pages that fall into your target niche, especially the ones that have grown a successful page.

 

Make Those Photos Count

Instagram is the king of the picture, so you want to make the most out of everyone that you post.

Here are some online tools you can use to spruce up your photos and make them stand out:
 

Snappa.com

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PicMonkey

picmonkey
 

Canva.com

Canva

 

You’ve also got numerous apps where you can fiddle around with the filters and additional features of a photo, saving you getting on your computer than having to transfer it all:

1. InstaSize

2. PicLab

3. Phonto

4. Snapseed

The bonus to utilizing these kinds of apps outside of what Instagram already offers is that it gives you a little leg up and allows you to make your photos look unique and exciting.

 

Videos

Now that Instagram has allowed you to upload videos you’ve already made – it used to be that you could only create videos through Instagram – you can make the most of posting videos too.

You can use some awesome apps on your computer to edit videos that you make and then send them through to Instagram, creating professional brand worthy videos that are going to attract your audience’s interest. Like with your photos, however, you’ve got to remember that videos last a long time and give off a particular impression depending on how well they’re done. Make sure they fit into the style and look that you’re going for.

 

Don’t Overdo The Posting

You’ve probably been told that the more you post, the faster your Instagram following will grow. While this is true to an extent, and it is important to post regularly, there’s a delicate balance to posting just enough to keep them coming back and overdoing it. Posting once a day is more than enough for a regular brand, but sometimes you can get away with posting more often than this if you’ve become popular. Be consistent with it but start cautiously – you can always post more frequently later on down the road.

 

How To Be A Good Instagrammer

There are rules around the Instagram game, and these can’t be found in the terms and conditions. They are social rules, unspoken but actively existing within the community that determine just how a successful Instagram page should be. One of the first rules of thumb when starting out is engagement, engagement, engagement. It cannot be overstated that the more you interact and engage with your following and potential community, the more popular you will become. Let’s look at some ways to maintain this unspoken code:

 

Like Posts That You Don’t Follow

It’s important to remember to like the posts of people that already exist in your feed, but unfortunately, it’s not enough to stop here. If you want to create some attention back to your page, you have to branch out a little bit. Liking posts of people that you don’t follow will stretch your name out there even further and help people that don’t even know you exist see you.

This also applies to hashtags – search all the hashtags that are relevant to your niche and like any posts that feature them. This again will bring those people back to your page and help them see that you have the kind of brand they’re interested in.

 

Comment and Interact

Liking other posts of people that don’t follow you yet seems like enough, right? Wrong. If you want to nail the Instagram game and establish yourself as a permanent resident in the top lists of favorite pages, you’ve got to spend a lot of time engaging and interacting.

Luckily, it doesn’t take up too much extra time – all it means is when you get to these posts and like them, take a couple of extra seconds to leave a comment also. If the post has a couple of hundred likes, this will help you stand out as they will be able to see your name and feel touched that you reached out through a comment. A little networking goes a long way on Instagram.

 

Re-post

One of the most influential networking tools you could come across on Instagram is the re-post tool. This allows you to re-post other people’s posts on your page. Using the hashtag search database, you can hunt down other pages that are in your niche and – particularly if they’re popular pages – re-post them onto your page. This will get their attention, flatter them and make them check out your page too. They might even re-post one of your photos in return, and if they’re popular enough, this could mean putting your branding in front of thousands of could-be followers.

 

Run Contests

Another great Instagram tool that can easily be used to your brand’s advantage is running contests. What is something people love the most? Winning stuff.

Running a contest on your page for people to win a prize or hosting a giveaway will draw people in. Publishing a post about the contest with a description that encourages them to “like, comment, follow and share to win” will not only see you gain an influx of followers but will most likely make those new followers stick around, especially if it’s the kind of brand they’re interested in.

Once they’ve seen what you have on offer, they’re more likely to come back with a contest and stick around to see if you plan to run anymore in the future. There’s nothing like a freebie to get somebody interested in the rest of your business.

You can even go as far as to get them to re-post your photo to enter the draw. This immediately gives you a vast scope of reach and guarantees that hundreds of people that might not have seen your post now have a chance to check out your brand.

 

Other Ways To Grow Your Instagram

Beyond the tools you can find on Instagram, the internet is awash with additional smart features you can use to gain a healthy following.

Let’s take a look at some of these:

 

Instagram Bots

One thing that you might have noticed reading this blog is that a lot of these tasks like commenting, liking and re-posting other people’s posts can be time-consuming.

Starting out, you might have the time and determination to take a couple of hours a day to interact with your community and do your due diligence, but after a while, it can get pretty mundane and boring. Plus, if your business is growing, you’ll want to invest that time in other aspects of it. That’s where an Instagram bot comes in.

Instagram bots are automated software systems that can perform scheduled tasks that you don’t have time for – liking, commenting, following, unfollowing, etc. They usually come with either a monthly or annual fee and vary in features and affordability. One of the best ones available right now is Follow Adder, a strong, secure bot that makes scheduled posting and automated engagement easy. Do your research, though, and make sure you find the kind of bot that’s going to suit your Instagram business page and niche.

 

 

Showcasing Your Instagram On Your Blog

If you have a blog associated with your brand, and chances are you do, why not connect it to your Instagram page? This is a good way to get around the limit of one clickable link in your Instagram bio and is just one more way to attract more people to your page. Plus, the people you’ll be drawing are people already interested, so they’re an easy catch.

WordPress has hundreds if not thousands of widgets that you can feature on your blog and associate with Instagram, so have a look through them and decide which one you like best. One of the nicest looking ones is WP Instagram Widget.

 

 

Have A Widget In Your Newsletter

The more places you’re able to feature a link or widget to your Instagram, the better. It’s all about getting your name out there and linking everything you have online so that your existing clients know you’ve got more information out there, and new clients know where to look for further information.

MailChimp is a great place to get a good set of social media buttons you can attach to your email newsletter.

 

 

Connect With Other Social Media

Instagram is such a dominating community; they even have buttons that can connect you to the rest of your social media platforms. Before you post on Instagram, you have the option of sharing it with other social media you have, which means people who follow you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest can see your activity on Instagram and be taken straight through to your page.

 

Your Pictures In Your Blog Posts

The modern wonders of WordPress mean that you can embed a lot of things in your blog posts to connect your followers with your other platforms outside of the blog.

For example, people have been able to embed YouTube videos into their posts for a long time now – but you can also do the same with Instagram posts, too. There are just two steps to embedding Instagram photos on your blog:

Log into your Instagram account, find and click on the post you want to use in your blog
Copy the URL and paste it into Post Editor

It will become a clickable feature in your next blog post.

Instagram is fast becoming an incredibly popular and powerful tool that you can utilize to network with the people you want and build your brand in the process. There are more than enough tools both inside the app and outside of it that give you every opportunity to establish a strong brand awareness and gather a permanent, loyal following of people.

Do it right, and you’ll see your popularity on Instagram soar with people connected directly to your brand, fostering long-term relationships and guaranteeing repeat customers that will help you reach out further than just Instagram.