How To Get Your First 1000 Engaged Followers on Instagram

If you sit with your Instagram account and hope it will grow engaged followers by itself, you will wait for a long time. 

Looking at the statistic, 30% of Internet users are on Instagram. This platform has the highest level of engagement for brands, with 2-7% percent of users interacting with each post. It may seem like you just need to jump in and post the beautiful pictures, but in fact, it still takes an effort to build your followings.

There are plenty of tips on Internet how to grow an Instagram account. However, many of them work with bigger accounts and won’t work well with a few hundreds of followers.

The first thousand of followers on any social media is usually the hardest one because people are barely paying attention to the small accounts.

Most people who follow you there are usually your friends. That’s fine if it’s your personal account, but for growing your business or personal brand that’s not enough.

You can buy followers, but those are just numbers, and they are useless with the new Instagram algorithm. Now the engagement with the pictures is way more important than a number of followers.

In this article, we’ll go step-by-step how you will get your first 1000 engaged followers on Instagram.

coffee on a photographers desk engaged followers

1. Complete your BIO

There are two parts what you can take advantage of when you create your profile:

  1. Your Username. 
  2. Your Name.

They both can appear in the Instagram search result. In this case, if you create a brand around your name, then your Username should be your name. 

For your business pages – it’s the name of your business or if you create the thematic account, include the keyword there so it will be searchable.

For the Name field, include your keyword there too: something, which briefly describes your business or your target audience. 

There is no need to double-write your name in the Name field, but you can do it if you like and still add 1-2 keywords for your business.

The rest of your BIO isn’t searchable. However, give the introduction to who you are and what you do, so people will get to know you more through it.

2. Connect to your friends

Follow people who you know. Search through your Facebook and Contact list. They will get the notification about your follow and may follow you back. They are your first followers.

Turn your followers into clients

Don’t forget the ultimate goal of all your Instagram content:

To turn your followers into paying clients.

Make it easy for followers who are ready to book you to do just that. Just add a link in your Instagram bio that connects to your HoneyBook contact form. When a follower hits submit, they’re automatically funneled into your HoneyBook pipeline so you never lose track of a lead again. Best of all, you can set up an automation to respond to your inquiry ASAP (and even send out follow-up emails if they don’t respond!) 


3. Look for your audience

From the beginning, describe your potential audience for yourself (create an avatar). 

Then, look for other accounts, which serves your audience. Not your competitors. But those who focused in their posts on people who you want to attract.

If you are a designer of kid’s clothes, then accounts for moms, kid’s training centers, kid’s events, or other kid’s fashion accounts may fit your audience criteria.

If you are a fitness trainer, then fitness centers, sports stores, healthy lifestyle account in your area may have the audience you need. 

Find the accounts, which post on a regular basis and have a good engagement with their content. 

Create a list of such accounts for your brand and then start engaging. 

Go to their profile. Comment on their posts. Follow their followers and interact with those new people. You need to get their attention and get connected before they will be willing to buy from you.

4. Communication is the key

Do you know that you see only 30% of the content of people who you follow? So don’t follow more people than you are following. 

The same for your followers, they also see only some content of people who they follow. The key point here is to start communicating with people, so they will check your feed, follow you and keep engaging.

The more people engage with your post, the higher it appears in their feed.

Your posts are also competing with each other. This way, the post, which got more engagement, shows first than the one with the less engagement.

5. Post the content interesting to your audience

Testing the variety of posts on different small business accounts, I found that besides of just posting the product picture there are several other types of posts work well: 

  • Before/after posts in service or work cases.
  • Sharing your client’s stories about using your service or product. Whenever you have a chance, tell the story about them.
  • Testimonials. Don’t be shy to ask about it or if they post something on social media ask if you can share it on your Instagram too. Every time you want to share someone’s experience, ask for the permission. Most of the time people won’t mind, but if they don’t want it, then you will avoid the unnecessary problems.
  • Educational posts about your product or service. Sometimes people don’t know what else they can get or how to use stuff better.
  • Including questions or call-to-action to the post can increase the engagement.
  • The quotes, which are relevant to your business message. If your company focuses on the service or product, then a lot of quotes look like a spam and will get a low number of likes and comments, but posting it from time to time give some further engagement. 
  • Implement the branded hashtag and encourage the followers to use them in the capture so they will have the chance to get featured on your account.
  • Sharing behind the scene photos or videos showing the process of your work.

Treat your social media as the high-standard online edition. Every time before you tap the ‘Post’ button ask yourself if it fits your social media ‘magazine’ and would you engage with this post? Is this worth to share? If the answer is ‘No’ or you doubt if you would engage with the post, then the post is weak.

6. Be consistent

Be consistent in your posting even if it will be just a few times per week. Pick the comfortable schedule for yourself. Don’t try to run a marathon from the first day or you will get burned out fast. 

Once you got used to your optimal schedule, you can post more. When you post regularly, you consistently get to your follower’s radar, so they always remember about you.

When you don’t post for a while, you stop showing up on the people’s feed and even if you will start posting again you may lose the connection with some followers, as you won’t get to that 30 % of people’s posts they see.

7. Start a conversation

If you engage with your followers, start writing a simple open-ended question in the post. Ask them about something. 

From the beginning most likely they won’t write anything. However, keep doing that even if it looks like you are talking to yourself for now. 

The important part is if you want people to start the communication on your feed, go to them first and comment on their feed for a period of time with the proper comments.

Yes, it’s time-consuming. But when you do that, you will see that people start replying your questions too and the interaction with your other posts will grow.

Till you involve people to the conversation with you, posts with the open-ended question, ‘tag the person,’ ‘fill in the blank’ will get the minimum to zero effect with the low level of engagement.

8. Use the right hashtags

Hashtags help you to be discovered by other people. On Instagram, you can add up to 30 hashtags. Use many or all of them. 

Search for relevant hashtags for the topic(s) you post. 

Then, create the lists of them for each subject you post about. Pick those, which has a number of images about 500,000 or less. Those search results update is slower. You can also add 1-3 top hashtags to get the ‘quick’ engagement for the post for the first few minutes.

Save them in the phone app. When you publish the picture, just copy and paste them to the capture or the first comment.

9. Get to the Instagram Search Top Results

You can get more exposure and followers when you get to the Instagram top posts for the certain hashtags. This is the area at the top of the Instagram search result with only 9 specially selected pictures. 

While Instagram doesn’t tell you the algorithm of choosing pictures for the top, there is something you can do. 

The point is to get more engagement with your post within 1-2 hours after it got published and better from the accounts with the big followings. 

Here are more tips: 

– Post at the time when more of your followers online. If you have a business account, then check your statistic. 

If no, then look at your posts, at what time people engaged more with your account. 

– Prepare the high-quality image, which will fit your niche. Well, that’s actually what you should always do on your account. 

– Pick the hashtags relevant to your niche. They shouldn’t be too popular. The more popular it is, the harder to get to the top if your account isn’t big yet.

– If your picture has other people or brands on it, tag them. They get the notification about your post, and there is a possibility that they will engage with it too. 

– It’s good to have the relationship with the bigger accounts. If you don’t have any, start interacting with them. The perfect result is when they follow you and begin like and comment on your posts. When the accounts with a large number of followers engage with your picture, then you get more chances to get to the top. 

– Then post your image and track the results. Check the search feed of the hashtags you use. 

The post usually disappears from the top within 24 hours. 

Also, it’s possible that two of your posts get to the top, but then they will compete with each other. 

It seems complicated, and you won’t get to the top every time, but if you do it right, there is a big chance to get there quite often. 

10.  Post videos and use Instagram Stories

There are two ways of using videos on Instagram: on the main feed or Instagram Stories. Video content can get 34% more interactions than the regular photo pictures. 

Depending on the complexity of your product or services, tutorials can go a long way in making sure people know exactly how to use it. 

The main feed lets you host longer video, and they stay there till you want. 

With the 10 seconds Instagram Stories you can show a quick tutorial or the step-by-step process with each video. For example, for fashion stylists, it could be how to add some stylish accessories to the clothes. The food bloggers can share each part of the recipe. 

Share an update about a new blog post or the limited sales. Use Instagram Stories Live feature to connect with your followers from everywhere. Vacation? Conference? Meeting? Stream it right from there.

If you aren’t selling a physical product, host a tutorial covering why your service is essential. Incorporate testimonials and success stories from previous clients. 

Show how your product or service is different from the rest. Set yourself apart from others with a little creativity. 

Also, if you go to the search feed, at the top you will see the most interesting stories from all over Instagram. They are personalized to the user’s interests, so your story can be shown to entirely new people.


Getting your first thousand engaged followers may be a slow process. You may use one tip from above, decide that it almost doesn’t work and leave it. To make it really bring you the results, use all of them at the same time. Simply go step by step. If you do it right, maximum it will take you a month to get from 0 to 1000.

Want to learn more about how to crack the Instagram code? Check out our Ultimate Guide on how to use instagram for business.

Marina Barayeva

Marina Barayeva is a professional photographer and a founder of She writes about social media marketing, business and personal branding for creative entrepreneurs and small businesses. She helps people to be visible with their work. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MarinaBarayeva.


  1. This is the best guide I have ever read about instagram. Many of them out there already count on that you have thousands of followers, this was just the perfect guide of how Instagram works. Should be good ever for the bigger accounts!

    1. Thank you, Josefin! Glad you found it useful. I had the same problem when I started with Instagram; I couldn’t hit even 1000 followers for several months. The tips from already popular accounts didn’t work that much as I expected, but these steps helped me with a few accounts. Your Instagram feed is beautiful! Share it with the world 😉 And let me know if you have any questions.

          1. Please help me, can you share follower to me….?!

      1. Hii I really need followers for my friend his instagram name is Tony’s.stuff please
        He would like to have 4.5k

    2. Thank you so much for all the knowledge and info. It’s so honest and helpful. I’m not yet at 100 (I’m at 83 followers ) and I’m hoping this will help 🙂 Thanks again!

  2. wow!

    1. Thank you for checking the post, Di! Let me know how your Instagram growth is going

      1. Outstanding

    2. I need followers help me

  3. beautiful post..!!!

  4. Very Nice article. Instagram is indeed a fastest growing network among social media, it’s the best way to attract the younger audiences.

    I use hashtags to get more followers and likes on Instagram. So I would recommend the same to people to start typing their thoughts and they will instantly receive the good hashtag suggestions. To get the task done more easily I usually prefer to search for popular social media hashtags posts, the internet has a number of good posts to provide the required information.

    Anyways, this guide will help lot of those who want to have more Instagram followers. Thanks for sharing this article with us. Great tips by the way..!!

    1. That’s a great tip too, Barakha! Glad you enjoyed reading the guide. Let me know how it works for you

  5. Great information thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

    1. Glad it helps, Rahul. Let me know if you have any questions.

  6. Anyway this guide will help lot of those who want to have more instagram followers. Thanks for sharing this article to with us. Great tips by the way!

  7. Great to use

  8. Great content! Very useful info. I had followed the same steps but it was not enough for me. Once I used to grow likes number on sponsored posts, it did work well. Now I prefer just organic growth.

  9. First of all, you need to create a complete portal of your Instagram account. The followers will be ensured that you are ready to interact with whatever posts you are going to post. Also, always create a content with a theme. Your account must be indicating a certain kind of content theme and as a beginner, you should always interact with your followers, which is helpful in bringing local followers from your Instagram’s given geographical location.

      1. K den

  10. Oh yah!!!!!!!!

  11. Plz 20000 followers

      1. pls Folow me and i folow you

      2. No

  12. Well I have been doing many steps and ways to boost my profiles but nothing helped me and atlast i decided to go for the paid ones and tried many sites but they don’t provide genuine followers,likes etc and was facing same issues with other sites too later decided not to for the paid one and again searched for the good sites that provides genuine services and later i found a site SMMSUMO which really helped me a lot to grow my account and believe me they really provide me good quality services and with 2 years of replacement protection i decided to go with them even you can try SMMSUMO WEBSITE once.

  13. Hey Marina…
    Thank you for writing such beautiful article. Your tips on how to make 1000 followers by taking step by step process has changed my position on Instagram.
    Using popular hashtags has really drawn number of crowd to my account. Thanks for your precious advice.

  14. I whont i lot of followers

    1. Follow the tips above to grow your account and let me know how it goes

  15. I’ve had instagram for a while now n I’ve tried so many apps n followed many steps.4000 followers would be enough for me at the moment. If u could give me that then I’ll know to use this site just plz let this work

    1. Hi Keenan. Follow the tips above to grow your account and let me know how it goes

  16. Hi Rosalena. Follow the tips above to grow your account and let me know how it goes

  17. You can also use services to attract subscribers.

    1. Be careful with the services and use only official partners

  18. These Ways are very important for increasing the number of Followers on Instagram, there is no doubt about it. But I have already used Alwaysvirals service & they gave me very good service to increase the number of Followers on Instagram, which I am now enjoying & the number of Followers on My Instagram has multiplied earlier. So You can take this service from Alwaysviral or search Alwaysviral on Google.

  19. Getting a 1000 followers shouldn’t be hard, if it does probably your feed sucks.. after 1-2k it gets really hard, I’ve been using to grow my audience, its been really amazing ( grew a few thousand in a matter of 3-4 months ) but do you recommend this as a long term strategy?

    1. I wouldn’t recommend it as in your interest to gain followers that really like your content and would like to come for more. Instagram shows your content more to those who interact with your account and then to the rest of the followers. If people won’t engage, then many will miss your posts — not much value from the significant number of followers that don’t see your content.

  20. 1k follows

      1. Please help me to increase my followers of Instagram as fast as you can
        muhammad_01taha please follow this account

  21. Marina, your tips on “how to get the first 1000 engaged followers on Instagram” is very beneficial for me and I gained my Instagram followers. I am very glad to read this article. So, Thank You very much for sharing this article with us. Keep updating us with the informative post.

  22. Oh I felt like giving up after 48 hours, it was exhausting just as you mentioned. It is slow and I feel strange liking post and commenting for complete strangers but I guess it is something you need to do. Your advice was very helpful and hey anyone reading this follow @sparxtak. Thanks.

    1. It takes time, but it works and it’s a fast way to get to your first 1000 Instagram followers

    1. You will see the growth if you will follow the steps from the post.

  23. Comment (required)ok let’s me try

  24. I’m really want 1k Followers on my Instagram account bcoz I’m working very hard to earned Followers on my account but I’m totally fail pls help me

    1. Follow the steps from the post and you will see the growth. Probably you miss something from what I’ve shared

  25. Let’s go

  26. Very nice and informative post about getting the first 1000 followers. Well, instagram nowadays very popular among people. You need to put consistent effort into getting followers. I also try the same but your article will make an impact thanks again!

    1. Instagram is very popular now. Glad you enjoyed the article 🙂

    1. Follow the steps above and you’ll grow your followers

    1. Follow the steps above and you’ll grow your followers

  27. Nice

  28. Hey Marina, these are really great tips. I totally agree that getting first 1000 followers an intense activity. When it comes to increasing Instagram followers then you should focus on creating engaging, fresh and informative content for the audience. Without good content, you cannot win followers. No matter how many tips you take on the board.

    Increasing your follower count is more likely if you use the different platforms of promotion. For example, promotion on social media platforms is the perfect way to drive the traffic to your Instagram page or account and increase the followers. Join different groups and communities to promote your content. You can also use paid ads.

    Yes, consistency is also important. Not only does it increase your followers but also help in retaining the existing followers. But, Some people, in posting consistently, compromise on the quality of the content which takes them on the wrong path. So, Always prefer quality over quantity and create top-notch content.

    Running a giveaway contest, Collaboration with niche influencer, Share for share, reaching out to different bloggers, and asking them to include your content in their relevant posts are some other strategies that you can use to increase followers.

    You have mentioned that you can buy followers but those are just numbers. Actually, I have an amazing experience with buying option. I buy from ( They supply real Instagram followers by promotion your content on different online platforms and provide excellent customer support. There’s also a money-back guarantee. So, I would highly recommend buying Instagram followers from them.

    I really enjoyed reading your post. It’s informative and interesting. I would definitely recommend others trying out these tips. I hope you achieve your chosen end result!

    1. Thank you, Oren. I still wouldn’t recommend buying followers. Instagram integrated a more strict algorithm in 2019 and buying followers is a risk to get your account blocked.

  29. These Ways are very important for increasing the number of followers on Instagram, there is no doubt about it. But I have already used Alwaysvirals service & they gave me very good service to increase the number of followers on Instagram, which I am now enjoying & the number of followers on my Instagram account has multiplied earlier. So You can take this service from Alwaysviral or search Alwaysviral on Google.

    1. Thank you for sharing Stephen. I’d suggest being very careful with any apps or services that promise to gain followers. If anything goes against Instagram policy, then your account can be blocked and you lose them all.

  30. You can do whatever you want if Instagram decided to cut down influencers deals they will not allow people to see your posts. The only option is to start on other platforms before they get overcrowded.

    1. Grow your followers on another platform too is a good option. Thank you for checking the post, Maria!

  31. i need help. its been a while since i started my account @helolemons , maybe people dont find its name attractive so im thinking to change it to hajrainspires. i only have 85 followers. maybe you can help me with chosing the name

  32. Thank you for these tips. It can get a little lonely and exhausting when you’re just starting out, and you put in a lot of effort into posting daily, only to hear crickets. These pointers act as a reminder that we need to be consistent and proactive. 🙂

  33. Great and very indepth but some points are a bit confusing eg..point 5 item 7 about the branded hashtag – how to add to capture? thanks

  34. Amazing blog post!!
    You have shared valuable information about Instagram followers. This post may help people. Keep it up!!

  35. Could an account be affected by the Instagram algorithm? usually, you do get organic followers on a daily basis but for some reason no traction.

  36. I like this page

  37. It didn’t work for me

  38. Very helpful and Great information,
    we appreciate advise especially coming from a professional.
    Thanks again and keep up the great work!

  39. Yet another great blog post, thank you for sharing this information.
    This guide has helped me gain my first few hundred Instagram followers!

  40. thanks for the post.

  41. Nice guide on how to get engaging followers on instagram. thanks a lot.

  42. I am really happy to say it’s an interesting post to read. I learn new information from your article, you are doing a great job. Keep it up.

  43. Nice tips! but you can also try ZeInsta, one of the best tool that can help about your followers on your IG account.

  44. Amazing blog post!! I have also a similar post that also helps you to gain highly engaged followers. It’s a bit too specific and the thig is that it has worked for me. #tried_and_tested

  45. Such valuable information. Growing your Instagram followers is not an easy task, but not impossible either. You need to follow some rules and get creative with how you market your content.

  46. This is excellent and useful post. Thank you to author for this

  47. Love the amazing post, keep up the good work.

  48. Thanks for this amazing guide on Instagram followers. Its a great read.

  49. At first I thought it was difficult to get 1000 followers, but I changed after reading your article, I thought I would try it.

  50. really great piece of informative content to get free followers on instagram. thanks a lot for sharing.

  51. Wow. Great post on engagging instagram followers. Loved it.

  52. Thats a great list of tricks. Thanks for sharing them.

  53. Thanks for these amazing tricks for insta. Loved them.


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