Instagram might be my favorite social media app. I love everything about it and then some! When you are using it for fun, a lot of the geeky stuff doesn’t really apply to you, but if you are using it for blogging purposes there may be stuff that you are missing. I came across this topic and thought it might be great to share some of the uses that I get out of Instagram.

make the most out of Instagram
make the most out of Instagram

5 ways to make the most out of Instagram:

1. Make friends

This may sound a little silly but it’s more than just following people. When you do follow someone, take a moment to look through some of their photos and like and or comment on a few that catch your eye. This has been done to me, and I will go through and see who has liked or commented-if I’m not already following them I then will.

2. Keep up with it

Instagram is one of those apps that for blogging purposes needs to be “kept up with”. The more your pictures are coming through the more your name and or blog is showing up, the more people will visit your site and connect with you.

3. Actually use hashtags

While hashtags are fun and most of the time silly, if you take a minute to click-through to a hashtag it will bring you to other people using the same one. If you use the same one a lot, such as #travel, and you click on it, you will find a ton of like-minded people who you may want to connect with. This is a great way to find more people to follow. I know that the #BLPhotoChallenge has been inspiring me to connect more.

4. Bio and website information

Make sure that you have a bio and your blog information listed in your profile. I can’t tell you how many times I will click on someone and there is nothing to identify who they are or what they are about. Big turn off.

5. Return the favor

If you see the same person liking and commenting on your photos day after day, it is only considerate to return the favor, especially if it is a fellow blogger. I think the most important thing is to remember we are all in this together and helping each other out should be encouraged.

*I have one complaint about Instagram-I wish you could create lists and or favorites so that you could more easily keep track of certain people you like to follow. Other than that, I’m as happy as a clam! I am always Instagraming everything!

Why do you or don’t you like Instagram? Anything tips or advice for getting the most out of it? Share in the comments below!!

Cheers!

xoxo Lindsay

32 Comments on 5 ways to make the most out of Instagram

  1. glai
    March 20, 2015 at 9:54 am (3 years ago)

    I also love instagram! it’s one of my favorite social network (aside from pinterest) because I like to view beautiful photos, I’m inspired by them. Thanks for the tips 🙂 As a first step, why don’t we follow each other on Instagram? — @ohmyglai

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  2. Émilie
    March 20, 2015 at 10:50 am (3 years ago)

    Using hastags is what helped me the most! I don’t have a lot of followers so it’s needed for me!

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  3. Kati Rose
    March 20, 2015 at 11:58 am (3 years ago)

    Instagram is wonderful! I never realized the community and relationships that could be found in it. Plus there’s so much pretty inspiration!

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  4. Twitchetts Blogspot
    March 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I like instagram… I don’t know how much blog traffic we get from it, but I enjoy the different view of our blog 🙂 it is more for fun to me. Maybe I should take it more seriously! We are @twitchetts

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  5. Kara
    March 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm (3 years ago)

    The #BLphotochallenge has also helped me connect with other bloggers 🙂

    I think I need to comment more on pictures, like you said in your first point. Thanks for your post!

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  6. juliegagen
    March 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Great tips!! It took me WAY too long to figure out the “social networking” side of Instagram. 🙂

    @julieloveg on IG

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  7. Jessica
    March 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Instagram is my very favorite social media outlet! I love and I love using hashtags to ‘meet’ new people!

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  8. Erin
    March 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Great tips! My Instagramming definitely needs more work lol. Sometimes I’ll go a week or two posting everyday, but then I won’t post anything for two weeks! Fail.

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  9. Lindsay
    March 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm (3 years ago)

    Nice Linds. Actually I shouldn’t call you Linds and assume you’re okay with it, like I am.

    I so love IG. I’ve had to scale it back a bit. Drives my husband nuts I’m always on my phone and computer. LOL

    It’s so hard to keep up with everything, especially if you work full time or have multiple jobs AND you’re trying to keep up with your blog, all of the social media and everything that goes along with it.

    xo

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      March 20, 2015 at 3:43 pm (3 years ago)

      For starters I LOVE being called Lins!! So feel free! and second of all, I also drive my boyfriend cray with my constant IGing of food!! I don’t know why I love to take pictures of my food but I totally do!

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  10. Destiny
    March 20, 2015 at 7:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Girl I NEEDED these tips! I love Instagram but I’m just no good at it! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Justine Y
    March 21, 2015 at 1:38 am (3 years ago)

    Loved everything you had to say and completely agree with #4; I understand that some people want to have private accounts, and that’s fine (Although why not have a personal private account and a public one for your blog? But whatever.), but at least have a short description and/or a link to your site. I am really reluctant to follow people that I can’t see anything about! There have been a few times when I’ve had to almost immediately unfollow someone because of that and I hate doing that!

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  12. Lexi
    March 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm (3 years ago)

    I love insta! I totally agree about the list thing

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  13. Jaclyn Kent
    March 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Great thoughts!! I think the hashtag point is the biggest one that leads me to gain followers and find other people to connect with. Actually clicking those things really opens up a new world! Haha.

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  14. Ashley Gabrielle
    March 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm (3 years ago)

    The one things I have been failing out recently is keeping up with it and being consistent. I need to work on putting up photos more often!!
    Ashley
    ashleygabrielle.com

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