The Science of Instagram: How to Get More Followers and Likes


I never really used Instagram, but once I learned that it has over 100 million users, I had no choice but to start using it.

“Why?” you may ask.

Well, not only can you leverage it to promote your personal brand, but you can use it to promote your business as well.

When I first started using it, within the first few days my account climbed to one hundred followers, but then it slowly stopped growing. I was still gaining a few followers a day, but it wasn’t significant enough to gain any traction as my one hundred followers resulted in no more than thirteen likes on any one of my images.

So, over the weekend I started learning everything about Instagram: what causes users to like images, what causes them to follow others, and how you can get more people to find your images.

I then applied what I learned to my account. Now, I am consistently gaining over two hundred followers a day, and my images can easily get well over a hundred likes. Best of all, I am able to achieve these results by only following 5 people (I know, I need to start following more people).

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If you want to get more followers and likes on your Instagram photos, here’s what you need to do:

Connect your Instagram and Facebook accounts

This is probably the most obvious way to grow your Instagram account… 20% of all users of the service are also on Facebook.

When you connect your two accounts to each other, your Facebook friends will notice it and start following you on Instagram as well. Based on the data from my own account, 3% of your Facebook friends will start following you on Instagram. If you happen to post a status update on Facebook asking people to follow you on Instagram, that number can increase to just under 5%.

Use popular tags

Just like with Twitter and other social sites, Instagram users prefer certain tags over others. If you use these tags within your photos, they are more likely to be discovered by other users. Here are the top 20 tags on Instagram:

  1. #love
  2. #instagood
  3. #me
  4. #tbt
  5. #cute
  6. #photooftheday
  7. #instamood
  8. #iphonesia
  9. #picoftheday
  10. #igers
  11. #girl
  12. #tweegram
  13. #beautiful
  14. #instadaily
  15. #summer
  16. #instagramhub
  17. #follow
  18. #iphoneonly
  19. #igdaily
  20. #bestoftheday

Use popular filters

Similarly to using popular tags, users prefer photos with certain filters over others. Here are the 10 most popular filters you can use:

  1. Normal
  2. Earlybird
  3. X-Proll
  4. Hefe
  5. Rise
  6. Valencia
  7. Amaro
  8. Brannan
  9. Lomo-fi
  10. Hudson

Instagram users prefer commenting over liking

If you want your images to get more likes or comments, you need to start engaging with other users. Before you do, you need to understand that people do more liking than commenting. Every second people create 575 new likes versus 81 comments.

So, if you take the time to comment on someone else’s profile, that person is more likely to come back to yours. People will not only comment on your photo if you comment on theirs, but they are 401% more likely to follow you in this case.

Liking other people’s photos generates more followers and likes for you

For every one hundred likes I did on random photos of other users (whom I didn’t follow), I generated 21.7 likes on my photos and 6.1 more followers. I did not have to follow people back for this to work.

By analyzing my account data on, I learned that by liking hundreds of photos of individuals that weren’t my followers, not only did I increase the number of my followers, but I also had people from outside of my friends’ network liking my photos.

Because I was liking hundreds of photos a day from random accounts that I didn’t follow, 43.26% of all my likes and 31% of all comments on my photos came from people who weren’t my followers.

Timing is everything

From analyzing 46 users and over 1,000 photos on, I’ve determined that Monday at 5 PM, PST, is the best time to post a photo. That is when you are most likely to get the greatest number of comments and likes on your photos.

The second most popular time to post a photo is either on Wednesday or Thursday at 3 PM, PST.

Also, a photo is the most active during the first three hours. 46.15% of all comments happen within the first hour, and 69.23% of all comments happen within the first three hours. So, if you can’t get traction within the first three hours of posting a photo, it is probably not going to gain traction down the road.

Are you showing off and being personal?

By analyzing the likes of over 1,000 photos, I’ve found that images that are about lifestyle (fancy cars, homes, living a luxurious life, etc.) or that are personal tend to get the most engagement. Photos that don’t contain either of those two elements tend to get 11.4% fewer likes.

Combine your images


Images like the one above are multiple images combined into one. You can create them through apps like Diptic. My business partner Hiten Shah posted the image above and quickly got 75 likes and 5 comments. Images like those tend to get 19.41% more likes and 22.4% more comments than images that aren’t collage-like images.

If you want to get the most traction with your photos, take the extra time to take multiple shots and then combine them into one image.


If you want to grow your account by a few hundred followers a day, the best way to accomplish it is to randomly like thousands of images a day. This is a tedious task, but as you can see from the growth of my account, it works really well. The biggest flaw with this model is that 16.6% of your followers will be fake: they will either not participate or they will be bots.

Based on the data above, you should ideally be:

  • Taking multiple lifestyle and personal images
  • Combining those images into one with Diptic
  • Using no filters on the image
  • Using the tag #love
  • Posting at 5 PM, PST, on Monday

If you follow the suggestions above, you’ll maximize your Instagram likes and grow your follower count faster than if you just shared your shots randomly.

So, what other ways can you boost your likes and followers?


  1. Great post Neil Patel, as usual.

    I’ve got to agree with “timing”. That is probably the most important thing here when dealing with Instagram.

    • Timing is really important. I’ve learned the hard way that posting at night isn’t too smart…

      • Ah, but your “night/day” will be my “day/night” (GMT+8), which is perfect timing for me!

        Love this post, Neil, as with all your other wonderful tips. Thank you.

        • In that case, it can work well for you. 🙂

          • Anna, it is best take photos that just capture a natural image. However, the whole appeal of instagram is that it provides nice filters that really give the images a nice pop. Thanks for reading the post!

            • This is a great article! I totally agree! I think if you are interested in any hobby and u do it..its the best to find a community. I am a photographer and I started to use hashtags for photographers and people started to like and comment pictures…and i did the same for them, so i think it works. Moreover, I am talking to many of them and we are going to collaborate soon.
              If you are interested in my Photo gallery – Welcome – @annamonnika

              • That’s great Annamonnika! Nice job on figuring out a way to get more engagement with your photos. Creating and marketing hashtags is a great way of attracted people to you.

              • Hi Annamonnika,
                Thank you for your comment and insight! I’m a budding photographer as well and I’d love to know the hashtags you use to engage, get more followers and end up collaborating too, if that’s okay with you.

                What sort of collaborations do you do? I’m stuck at 175 followers but one of my images got featured on a page which has around 19k followers and got around 900 likes! But it yielded just 4-5 followers! I’d love to know more if you could help out.

                Thank you Neil for your article as well! Super awesome.

            • Leonardo "List Legend" LaVito :

              Indeed. 😀

              If I recall correctly, the reason Instagram took off was when…

              … one of the founders of Instagram was on vacation with his girlfriend when they were in the early stages of developing the app.

              And his girlfriend remarked that, she didn’t think she would ever post a picture on such an app.

              Because everyone’s posting such lovely photographs from their phones.

              Her poor photography skills would surely earn her the scorn and laughs of all her precious best-friends-forever.

              Upon closer inspection at the type of photos she was talking about, Kevin Systrom discovered that the photos she was talking about were actually “prettied up” using filters.

              They immediately added filters to Instagram.

              And the legend was born…

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      • Keith Whitman :

        Also having a lot of followers already is probably the best way to get even more as ironic as that sounds. I would recommend getting followers from to help increase your exposure first. Then I would stick to the rules in this post to maintain the followers I have and get even more.

      • Hi Neil. I am a musician/entrepreneur…. I have a multi part question. First, is their a system that obeys instagram TOS where someone can do the manual “liking a billion pictures a day” for me ? Second, I just recently got my instagram account permanently suspended.. I’m assuming I liked too many pictures. Is their a limit ? And third, do you have any recommendation on getting YouTube traffic/views that obeys all you tubes TOS?

        • I don’t know, I would have to check it out as the TOS have changed on both of these sites over time and I have not kept up to date with them. 🙁

          • did you know that if you leave too many comment in the same times into many accounts, IG will suspend you? and how the odd to make your post visible in search feed?

      • Not your friend :

        I call bs (don’t feel bad cause your 1 of hundreds of inaccurate opinions, not facts on Instagram) I won’t even go into it but will call you out on you personal acc. You have two. One has 240 followers and the other has 500. You clearly stated your account was receiving over 200 new followers a day? So your account must have only been active for three days? So you lied, something so many critics and fake wanna be bloggers like yourself do cause u want to be popular, that’s why you did the stats for Instagram. Ok I must say this as well, connecting your page to Facebook is a complete waiste of time. Only followers you will get are your friends from highschool and family so watch your language cause your grandma is on Facebook. Beside the fact that you can just upload you contacts if you want them without using Facebook. And last, but certainly not least is tags and filters. DO NOT TAKE THIS GUYS ADVICE. Top tags are specific to situations, yes u can add the love tag to almost anything but you onlyntag specifics. And the point of tags is to reach a larger audience for the subject your posting. Not just to get more popular because no matter how good you tag I’m not gonna care at all about your fitness or crafts page. And NO ONE knows which filter you use so there not liking the dang filter. Smf

      • Not your friend :

        The single most uneducated guess on the use of Instagram I’ve seen, and your a lier buddy your page has 500 followers lol omg you said u were getting 200 a day new followers. Loser


        Great post I love this and tweeted this post and also subscribe to your list.

        P.S I have mention Your post”HOW TO BUILD TRAFFIC THROUGH FORUMS” on my latest article “101 working ways to grow traffic in 2017” which you can check here

        Cheers Nekraj

    • Make Money Online :

      @Leith Your are absolutely timing is most important to get more followers and liks.

      But we have to share quality photo also.

      Another one connect with FB is one of the best way to get followers and likes.

      @Neil Once again Neil Great Article.

    • how to get more followers on instagram :

      Timing Alone is not the right factor, What I have found is that 90% of the people around have only one type of picture to post most of the time that would be about nature. Instagram is flooded with that, I agree that people love to see it but will they like it and comment it all day with the same type of feed? In my view you will have to get more creative with what you post. People should feel like liking and commenting. I know that its not an everyone’s cup of tea but Its worth trying. Do you agree with me Neil?

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  2. Grea post Neil. I am inspired to jump onto Instagram now and surely, I am going to follow you there! Thanks for the great insights.

  3. Sunil Pratap Singh :

    The timing Info was really good I am sure it will work great .. Thanks nail ..

  4. Great post Neil, it almost made me want to use Instragram for business. My big resistance to joining Instagram is the fact that there seems to be an endless amount of new/trendy social media tools. I think I’m going through social media overload. One minute it’s Facebook, then it’s Pinterest and now it’s Instagram. What next?

    • Yea, that can easily happen. You just have to pick the social channels that are most related to you and your potential audience. For me it is Facebook and Twitter.

      Pinterest doesn’t work to well for my audience. I will soon find out about Instagram too.

  5. Chris Kilbourn :

    Neil, Do you use any bots to automate the picture liking? Also, would this high activity annoy your followers? I’m fairly new to Instagram and have seen similar problems with highly active Facebook users.

  6. Darren Moloney :

    If you have the time to do this then great (liking and commenting on others photos) but even with that kind of approach it’s hardly targeted marketing…. still I enjoyed reading the stats so thanks for that! 🙂

  7. Good post.

    1. It’s about being YOU.
    2. It’s about your niche (visual niches work best)
    3. Commenting back to your community
    4. Reaching out other people in your space (making friends)
    5. Contests, contests, contests

    Instagram is a tool for driving traffic, but I see are really only GREAT for niches that are highly visual like Weddings, Shoes, Fashion, Celebrity, to name a few.

    If your business isn’t visual, no worries, it’s just not the source for you and your business.

    • I never thought too much about contests on Instagram, but from what I read up on it, people have been having great luck with contests.

      I’ll have to give that a try.

  8. Neil,

    That’s some really interesting data you’ve found – Any thoughts on Instagram’s benefit to B2B companies?

  9. April Golightly :

    Great advice! I just liked 100 pictures. This is so much fun. Not really work. Thanks.


  10. Nice post Neil but what has it got to do with monitizing, it takes half a week to do fb and twitter and I think going down this road is going to blow up in our faces for no benefit except to fb etc… lots of work but its time to get real and dispense with this social media crap brfore we are taken from the wheel dead.

  11. Maybe I’m missing something but enough is enough how much manipulation can we take before we rake the walls down. Facebook is a joke Twitter is probly the best but Google is forcing us into something we rebelled against years ago, its time for a rethink… find us on facebook is the greatist load of b******t it should read find us at our .com or are am I mad. Think people before they catch

  12. Neil – What software are you using to like/comment photos? I doubt you’re doing this manually…

  13. Clayton Johnson :

    Hey Niel,

    In the beginning of the article you mention that you can use this to promote your personal brand / business.

    I took a look at your account and noticed you just had a few pictures that were relatively benign / personal in nature. With the focus on getting more likes and follows–are these just vanity metrics for fun, or is there a more defined strategy that you’re going for / measurable goal? Maybe just for personal brand awareness?


    • Right now I am just using it to promote my personal brand. Later on I will shift focus to promote my business.

      I don’t have key measurable metrics, but may later on in the future.

  14. Brittany Botti :

    Great tips Neil…thanks for putting in the research and sharing it with us! Going to try some of these tips for a client. Starting now, since it’s 5pm on a Monday!

  15. So far, I’ve only been using Instagram for personal photo sharing. This is a great idea. I’d like to maximize Instagram’s influence for my business. I know this one tip that will give you lots of likes and comments for the #love tag – post pictures with quotes. They’re very popular among the loveful and lovelorn and younger users. They also work on other social networks, especially Tumblr and Facebook, and maybe Pinterest too.

    • Yep, it is the same concepts that work on most social sites that also work on Instagram. There are a lot of similarities between Instagram and Facebook.

      • Sohail Sarfraz :

        Hey Neil,

        First of all great post!

        Secondly did you measure the % of likes on your own photos that convert into followers and % of comments that turn into followers on your page?

        Just asking as Instagram ads seem a great way to build a following but don’t have the option to set followers as an objective but merely video views…


        • Sohail, I didn’t get that granular. I just tied the views to engagement because conversions are what matter at the end of the day.

  16. Just this past weekend I was trying to start using Instagram but quickly lost patience. There is some blog that is mostly images that I like to read. The blogger was posting less and less and is now saying that she is mostly on Instagram (I gess it’s just much easier). So I thought that I’d sign up for Instagram. Man, what a pain. I went to it through my computer, the Instagram’s website is next to completely useless in terms of getting people started. I had no interest at this point to check it on my iPhone. All I wanted to do is to view on my computer some bloggers’ images that they post on Instagram. Turns out for that you have to pay $4.99 to get it on your computer. And even this basic information was not readily available on Instagram itself, I had to google for such information. So I just said, “Forget it. It is ridiculous.”

    What I don’t get is this. I can see if someone sets up a regular website (such as this one) and then uses FB, Twitter, Instagram etc to promote it. But some people just set up or operate something in just one of those social media and seem to forget that lots of people are not on that social media.

    Really enjoyed this post though, Neil! Did you get many people then go from Instagram to your site? Also how do you deal with the fact that you have several sites (, etc)? Can you link to different ones from your Instagram images?

  17. Your post interests me to try Instagram and get some good followers and likes. Your list of popular tags is wonderful. Why don’t you tell us the secret of finding the popular tags?

  18. Good One Neil, felt happy while reading it. I too agree with the point that combining the images will get you more likes and comments. I will definitely try out the tips you have mentioned.
    Thanks for sharing this useful tips.

  19. great article.
    I love that you put effort in determine the right time to post.
    I do think it will affect impression and reach.
    thanks for sharing!

  20. As always you have done it again. I like to keep coming back to your post because I know I will get to learn something new and fun. Using instagram to promote your business, I for one had not given it a thought. Your post is definitely a guide to do it right in promoting your personal brand or business with he maximum effect. Thanks!

  21. Googma Sansar @ Make Money :

    Hi Neil Patel ! Thank you for sharing new ideas to reach large number of audience with minmum cost. It will really helpful to establish a brand. I have been blogging sice a 2005, but did no know this kind of idea. I will try according to your guidence. I appreciate your contribution.

  22. What also matter is quality of pics, how often and which field/industry.

  23. Neil, I wonder, does what you use for running this blog allow one to easily incorporate as part of the post a survey question(s)? I mean, it could be interesting, for ex., to post in the post itself a question whether readers use Instagram and if so whether they use it for pleasure or business or both and also how often and for how long.

    I read a couple blogs that are in (what an odd place for people to have their popular blogs there, but is nonetheless huge and very popular among some). They have an easy option there for the blogger to easily add a survey question so that readers can answer. It’s actually fun and very informative.

    THANKS for all your effort!

  24. Great post Neil, I was curious to see as to what works and doesn’t when dealing with Instagram, i especially enjoyed the bit about commenting vs. liking. Thank you

  25. Leslie Drechsler (@ppcbuyers) :

    Great post Neil. I assume web.stagram top tags list is most used tags vs most searched tags? I’d like to see list of most searched tags, know if that exists?

  26. Nice Article, this will really help the beginners like me to attract more traffic and more follows.

    I will give a try by opening an account with instagram and link to facebook and le tme see the results.

  27. Great Article… Much of the information is relevant to so many sites. Thinking about how catchy, funny, controversial or spreadable any thing you do on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram is so important. Title it right to catch attention and then post it at the right time. As one of your commenter noted it can be overwhelming, but it is life now.

    You note some of the weekdays to post, but I have seen alot on posting on weekends at certain hours, as it is about traffic online vs competing post or ads online at that hour too.

  28. KSingh - Blogger :

    Instagramm is great no doubt. However I still find it difficult to convince small businesses from investing time and resources towards building their presence on Instagram. For Twitter and Facebook, the benefits seem more obvious.

  29. Thank you Neil for sharing the tactics you implemented for growing your network in instagram. Timing plays a important role in almost most of the social networks.

  30. Combining images is literally a key point to remember when trying to go high with instagram. I always had this idea in my mind. Those kind of collages were already a part of my facebook profile from a long time. Its quite true that we need patience at everything. Social media has helped businesses to promote themselves in a pretty different manner.

  31. Really cool idea of combining pics.. will check out all your suggestions on growing readership base for my instagram

  32. Neil, this is amazing! One thing concerns me a bit. I see about 5-6 images in your instagram that were big hits prior to Nov 19 when I assume this post was published. Did you base your “5 PM PST on Monday” assumption based on the results from 5 individual incidents? Not questioning your authority, just want to understand where the trick is:).

  33. Hey Neil, I just started using Instagram as well. I have found a way to drive traffic by using images that attract interest, that interest gets them to look at my profile where I have an offer. They click a link and it takes them to my page. Free traffic! Awesome post!

  34. Hello Sir, Gr8 post. Could you also please tell me How to make our app a sensational hit. Any Tricks or Tips?? It may sound ridiculous as if there would be something like this, every Appreneur gonna use it. I just want to know to make it a successful app. I am working on my very first project, it’s an android application. Thanks!

  35. I have not yet used instagram but even celebs are using it there might be some catch to it which can help in increasing traffic as well, but its more of a social presence than the actual traffic

  36. I think leaving a few days between your uploaded images help. If you upload them in one go you aren’t going to get as many likes as if they had time apart.

  37. Great article Neil, been waiting for some analysis on Instagram. I’m curios though, is Instagram a worthwhile investment for gaining website traffic? With my experience, I haven’t seen much referral traffic from Instagram though interaction on the app itself is good.

  38. THanks sooo much!! it worked!! as i was reading what tags to put, i went back to myold photo and tagged it with that and instantly withing 3 minutes i got 5 more likes 🙂 from people who arent even following me!

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  40. I did as instructed and I’ve been getting many likes, but I can’t seem to get many followers. Any suggestions? My Instagram is @lucky_finds

  41. ^^^ Ok i will add this ;
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  45. neil,

    does it realy work when you like 100 foto’s and then you get some likes back and followers ??

  46. YESS thats how thing goes in instagram !

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  48. Seems very vain, shouldn’t your focus be taking great pictures and enjoying what’s out there. Do you actually like the photos you “like”

  49. Taswir Haider :

    I heard about Instagram but didn’t try it ever. Your experience with Instagram is good. So I am going to check it out now.

  50. Rafael Baldini :

    i’m from Brazil, Rio , And i dont understand Your reference for the best time to post ! The fuse here is like, 5 hours

  51. Rafael Baldini :

    5 hours more than NYC for example

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  53. My old instagram – @haleyttaylorr got hacked. i made a new one – @haleysurfer , but i still like my old one more. What should i do?

  54. Follow me please, I’ll follow back 😃

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  56. It is really helpful, thank u so much Neil for sharing the article

  57. I’ve always need more followers. Good post!

  58. HEllo!,,,,,

    Hi!,,,,,Great tips Neil…thanks for putting in the research and sharing it with us! Thanks,,,,,,,,,


  60. I never comment on blogs or posts i find on google mainly because im too lazy but i HAVE to say something about this one…I liked about 20 photos so far and I have gained 5 followers in 7 minutes. I haven’t even used the tags or even gotten to liking 100 photos yet! It’s exciting!

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  66. Thanks for this useful post. I love the fact that it is not theoretical but you’ve applied these strategies yourself and showing us what you’ve learned.

    Keep it up and keep sharing great posts.

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  68. Only use hashtags that are related. For example, #iphonesia is used for Instagrammers from Asian countries, so why would an American use it? Also, there’s nothing more annoying that seeing several lines of hashtags on a picture. Frankly, it looks desperate, and obvious.

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  70. Omg thank you so much for posting this… Just recently joined instagram and no one was following me and now after seeing thus like tried out the liking of loads of pictures and it actually works! Didnt think it would :O out of about 30 pics i liked 4 people have asked to follow me 🙂 thank u again xx

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    What’s up, yeah this article is truly nice and I have learned lot of things from it concerning blogging. thanks.

  72. Ok you mentioned how you like photos of people you don’t follow, and people who don’t follow you will like your photos… how does that work? I only see photos of people I follow in my feed..

    • I’he liked about 250 different photo’s and I haven’t gotten any followers, so those of you who commented, FOLLOW ME AND I’ll like ALOT OF YOUR PICTURES! (I need you all to help me so I can win a bet) so follow and you’ll get likes on all your pictures, I have 700 exactly and I need 300 more so follow me @Prince_of_Africa17

  73. I have only one doubt, i always get likes on my pics with random people that have more followers than following, they have like 15k followers and maybe they just follow 200 or less, are they robots? How do they get that quantity of followers?

    • It could be either or a mix of both. Some people are extremely adept at using the strategies I outlined on this blog. Thanks for reading!

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  75. I’m just now starting to use Instagram, so this article will be very helpful setting up and understanding how to utilize it effectively. Thanks for the great article!

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  77. At this time I am going away to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming
    over again to read other news.

  78. Thanks! This helped a lot, especially the hashtags. With those hashtags, the second I post something I immediately get 6 likes and it goes up to 50! 🙂


  79. Haha, this stuff actually works. Doing an experiment with @knowtheiam – let’s see how long it takes to can get 1000 followers. Did you have any further insight into the “cheap labour” for liking photos?

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      3. I think it just depends on your picture. Sounds like someone may have helped you out there (someone who has a lot of followers) and other people saw the pic on their following feed.

      4. I think overall just provide content and follow people back, while liking their pics.

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    • Elliane, that has never happened to me. That is very interesting. I think you may need to contact the instagram team or someone at tech support. I do know, however, that sometimes if the hashtag is against the terms set forth by instagram they will not allow it. I think that is the best I can offer at this time. Let me know if this gets resolved. I am curious too.

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  243. Excellent info. Definitely will pass on this knowledge to employees.. Keep it up!

  244. Great post Neil. You are completely right. People feel important and appreciated when you like their photo and it often results in a follow back. You just have to be careful with overliking as Instagram only allows 100 likes an hour. Space them out.

    Also search for a hashtag that is relevant to your business and then like all results with that hashtag. You can get far better results from targeted users with common interests to your business.

    Thanks for the post Neil.

  245. thanx so much Neil its really working.

  246. Mohit Chauhan :

    Nice article..!!

  247. Great! this article helped me a lot to gain more followers. Thank you for this Neil.

  248. Insta-Follow.Com :

    Thank you for article! I have been always using this service it generated real followers and real interactions. But now I think I could get followers by myself!

  249. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all folks you actually understand what you’re talking approximately!
    Bookmarked. Please also visit my website =). We can have a hyperlink exchange arrangement between us

  250. Thanks Neil for this guidance. To be frank I dont know how to get followers and likes. hope these things will help me out.

  251. I think Instagram’s broken. It says @neilkpatel has 644 followers, following 0, 0 posts.

  252. The use of popular and ‘trending’ hashtags really, really helps, Neil. This is a nice article to read, especially if you want to grow your followers on Instagram. I own a fashion line and our Instagram account initially got a thousand real followers from an Instagram service called, but now I’m thinking of sponsoring some contests to grow the following even more! 🙂

  253. I think it would be interesting to remove your followers that never like or comment, so you build up a group of followers that actually interact. Is there a way to do this?

  254. Neil, did you stop using instagram? I checked out the id you gave (@neilkpatel) and #nothingtosee? I saw grumpyfoot’s comment – the good news is that account is up to 800 followers. Thanks for the great suggestions, I’ll give them a try.

  255. Hi Neil

    10 most popular filters Link not working –


  256. I love this post. I’ll try what i’ve learnt. Please follow me @xparanza

  257. Great post. Congrats

  258. Thanks for finally writing about >The Science of Instagram: How to Get More Followers and Likes <Loved it!

  259. Hazel Garratt :

    Hola! I’ve been reading your weblog for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the fantastic work!

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  261. It’s an amazing post in favor of all the web people; they will obtain benefit from it I am sure.

  262. I think those were some realky good tips…..
    Follow @sikinika.lacrete

  263. Grea post Neil. I am inspired to jump onto Instagram now and surely, I am going to follow you there! Thanks for the great insights.

  264. Great post Neil. I am inspired to jump onto Instagram now and surely, I am going to follow you there! Thanks for the great insights.

  265. Thanks a lot for this. I’ve been having trouble getting a lot of followers on Instagram and now I understand why.

  266. Hey Neil, First i want to say thanks for this post regarding how to get more followers and like on instagram. I have a account on instagram, but not getting any followers, so i think this post will help me to gain more followers and like on my share.

  267. Haven’t really tried to focus on increasing the followers, but after reading this I might want to try it out. Thanks!

  268. Hey Neil Nice info share thanks for this

    You always share great stuff this time instagram, keep it up


    Hey Neil please tell me the SEO that this website is doing good or not….

  270. If you’re looking to gain 100-150 Real Instagram followers every day while doing nothing, Checkout

  271. Hello sir,

    thanks for sharing this post on Instagram. Daily reader of your articles, thanks for making us understand the SEO explicitly.

  272. Hey,

    Nice post. I noticed that following around 100 people who liked images of people in the same niche as yours usually get’s around 10-20% to follow you back.
    I did this over a month and got about 1000 followers but then I started using crowdfire to unfollow everyone that didn’t follow me back because you get limited to 7500 people to follow per account.
    I will try liking and commenting on others to see how it converts.
    Feel free to follow me 🙂 my account is @mypathtopassiveincome


  273. Great post for beginners like me! Thank you for sharing. I believe that all these information will help to increase the number of followers in my account. I will try!. Here i my Instagram @BrigadeiroBee

  274. Wow, amazing tips and hashtags is most important on insta.

  275. Hi neil, i reads ur article its totly gud and the timimg concept is beneficial to lot of peoples…………..!!!!

    • I’m glad it was helpful Rachit. If you have any questions or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  276. great post Neil! One thing it really helped me a lot is to always put a “location” in the picture that you upload 🙂

    • It comes down to the tiny little bits of optimization you need to perform that makes the biggest difference

  277. Remarkable! Its really awesome article, I have got much clear idea on the topic of from this article.

  278. I don’t use instagram so far. Some researches say it good for girl oriented-blog. Thanks, anyway.

  279. Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any tips for first-time blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

    • Welcome to the blogging world. Learn and write everyday, as much as you can. That doesnt mean publish everything, start with 1 blog post per week. Just be consistent with whatever you do. It will take time, but you can hustle and make it happen

  280. Bettye Simonds :

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!

  281. Tamandeep Singh :

    Hello, i am from india, plzz tell me that timing you can say That is according to which country,, @tamanrooprai

  282. Hei there,

    Funny that we have the same name and similar interests, your blog is pretty awesome and i got a new perspective on how to market my services and appeal to my target audience.

    Keep on rocking!


  283. 🙂

  284. Clara Tanone :

    Based on the data above, you should ideally be:

    Taking multiple lifestyle and personal images
    Combining those images into one with Diptic
    Using no filters on the image
    Using the tag #love
    Posting at 5 PM, PST, on Monday

    ARE YOU SURE ABOUT USING “no filters on the image”

  285. Hey!
    Do you think keeping the Instagram account private fetches more followers or not keeping it private.?
    Well anyways people can follow me on instagram i_peccavi

  286. Leonardo "List Legend" LaVito :

    Great post, as always, Neil! 🙂

    “So, what other ways can you boost your likes and followers?”

    In addition to using ‘hot’ tags, I’ve also found it’s incredibly effective to dig in deep and use niche-specific tags, depending on your niche.

    Certain niche-specific tags will do better than others.

    Often you will find celebrities in your niche who frequently use a specific set of tags over and over again. Those tags also get quite a lot of exposure, and are a good jump on.

  287. :

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about skin care.

  288. Follow me also @Latunde_Manuel,???… IG is so hard in getting some people to follow you

  289. Tally erp 9 :

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing ?

  290. Good post, I think choosing the correct hashtags plays a very important role in targeting your account to the right people, good one Neil!

  291. I personally observed tht TIMING is most imp…. whenever i post pic after 6.30 (evening) my post gt max likes….!!

  292. You can find lot of good advice for your ig account from this article. When i started to use these methods i gained followers,likes,..
    But its going to take lot of time. When you get over 1k followers people will follow you easily when they see that you have lot of followers @mikalamberg

  293. Interesting, Neil, Interesting.

    I’ve never been into Instagram thing but considering the fact that it’s growing rapidly. I’m gonna get into it now. 🙂

  294. Tanjeet Saggu :

    These Tips Actually Works With Me! Thanks Neil!

  295. Happy Diwali Wallpaper :

    Hahaha Thant’s Great Neil Thank you very much for this fantastic article. Keep it Up

  296. Ashwani gautam :

    I don’t agree .Even though this can’t get you 200 followers a day . my page @planet.earthpix
    is having great content
    i use top #tags
    everything you said .but only problem is that followers are not increasing

  297. uthman Saheed :

    I have been the type that neglected Instagram for long because I thought am not the picture typ. But in recent, I got to know that picture speak volume and I starting using it. I belief this post will realy help me.

  298. Hmm, I’m using to get them. It is easiest way I think. It allows to find followers right in my neighborhood, I’m glad it.

  299. Thank you Neil for sharing. I’m from Italy making an experiment on Istagram with my account is @easy.traveller. If you want to increase your followers in a fast way, the best you can do is to pay the shoutout. It means that you pay a strong account with lots of followers which will mention you through a picture saying “please follow my friend > @easy.traveller”, for example. How much does it cost? It depends by how many days you want to be mentioned and for how many photos. The range is from 10$ till 100$. This is the fastest way to increase the number of followers in your account. You can rich about 10k-15k in less than 1 month. Personally, I do not use it very often, just at the beggining. My account achieved 1430 followers. Sorry for my English. See you soon. Raffaele

  300. Nathan Vega-Ayala :

    I want followers so I can get a girlfriend

  301. Start by lowering portion sizes of unhealthy meals and not eating them as often.

  302. 10 most popular filter link is not working.

    Btw your stuffs are really awesome.

  303. This post really open my eyes to a lot of things I wouldn’t have known…. Thanks a hundred times.

  304. Patel Vaishali :

    Hey Neil,
    should I get more followers if I follow more peoples?

  305. I like your post, but I tried doing this you said about. Didn’t work as I wanted. Maybe I did it wrong. After that I tried app and it surprised my expectation ’cause I started getting more followers. Finally! So, I advise you this app too

  306. Hi there Neil,

    You really gave here some kick-ass tricks to get more followers and likes to our Instagram account. I congratulate for it, and now I’ll apply these techniques to my account and I’ll update here about the results.


    Clay Smith

  307. Nicely written article! These tips helped us gain some traction on IG (@NoWayOutSTL).

    I have had some learning lessons along the way. Niche-specific hashtags are definitely the winners for likes. I like using popular hashtags like #fun and #follow, but I’ve found that these tend to attract bots that follow and then disappear after a day or two. As for timing, I just started using an app called PostBot that analyzes my posts and sends notifications throughout the day of the best times to upload. It has been pretty good so far! Planning ahead is definitely key. Apps like Hootsuite help with this, but I really didn’t like the interface too much.

    Thank again!

  308. Thanks for your tips Neil. I hope you always share post like this

  309. Business Ideas :

    Hi Neil, thanks for this marketing guide. Please can this model work for building followership on Facebook and Twitter?

  310. There are many ways to get likes on Instagram photos and videos other than adding hashtags. Some of the ways are to publish a meaningful picture or something that is eye catchy, be active on Instagram, prefer photos over video, ask your friends to mention you in their caption. There are other options to get likes on Instagram, there are apps which allow to you get any number of likes you wish. One of the apps which I have used is Get Likes on Instagram and it works wonders.By just a few hits on other people’s picture, you earn coin which you can use to generate likes on your own picture.

  311. Kandy Frankfurter :

    E também por este motivo, um varão precisa entender que é forçoso apreender estas diferenças para descobrir quais frases deverão ser usadas e em quais ocasiões elas deverão desabrochar numa fale.

  312. Atualmente, longe disso evitar meu revérbero, eu dou um extensa sorriso em qualquer espelho que eu vejo meu rosto!

  313. whoah this blog is magnificent i love reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You understand, a lot of people are looking round for this info, you can aid them greatly.

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  318. Vanita Moriarty :

    Se houver nenhum gênero de incerteza sobre seu tratamento, não deixe de esclarecê-la com médico.

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  320. Se você é daquelas pessoas que só de ler a decreto de um remédio já acha que está com todos e cada um dos efeitos colaterais, avisamos de rosto: mantenha a calma!

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  322. I think what you said made a bunch of sense. However, think about this, what if you were to write a killer headline? I ain’t suggesting your content isn’t good., however suppose you added a headline that makes people want more? I mean The Science of Instagram: How to Get More Followers and Likes is kinda plain. You ought to look at Yahoo’s home page and note how they create post titles to grab viewers to click. You might try adding a video or a related pic or two to grab readers excited about what you’ve got to say. In my opinion, it could make your website a little bit more interesting.

  323. Se houver nenhum gênero de incerteza sobre seu tratamento, não deixe de esclarecê-la com médico.

  324. Nos casos de dúvida do diagnóstico do classe de queda-de-cabelo, que não é freqüente, é possível que -se fazer uma biópsia do couro cabeludo (retirada de um pequenino pedaço de pele para examinação ao microscópio).

  325. Esperanza Buckman :

    Eles fazem parte da síntese de queratina do cabelo e também também unem as fibras individuais de queratina no cabelo.

  326. Como a síndrome do pistilo policístico costuma frisar os quadros de alopecia androgenética , varias vezes próprio tratamento da síndrome já apresenta bons resultados em relação à queda de cabelo também.

  327. Onita Thompson :

    Ocorre que, indivíduo portador da alopecia androgenética (careca) passa a ter um cabelo extremamente fino.

  328. Muhammad Creer :

    Para comunicar essa ação dentro do Sebrae e impactar os colaboradores, foi criado um enxoval de peças, como e-mail advertising, banners, banners para Intranet, peças para digital signage, além de painéis nas paredes das escadas e cartazes junto aos elevadores.

  329. Esse comportamento completa deixando cabelo mas oleoso, que poderá motivar dermatite seborreica , que por sua vez tende a aligeirar processo de queda.

  330. Chastity Peppin :

    Ou por outra, a queda de cabelo pode advir de uma sustento deficiente e também de transtornos emocionais.

  331. Gail Greenberg :

    A alopécia androgenética feminina, ou alopécia difusa dependente de andrógeno, é a desculpa mas geral de queda capilar nas mulheres; afeta quando menos 30% das mulheres caucasianas (brancas) posteriormente os 30 anos.

  332. The bigger question is – why do you want more followers? Everyone seems to be on this quest to get more followers as if it’s the holy grail. why? What does that get you? As a photographer, remember, photography was for what Instagram was originally created, followers do nothing. I’m more intersted in likes- sincere likes from real people who actually like and appreciate my images – that’s where I get my buzz from- i could care less if I get fake likes from robots. Mindless sheep follow and mindless people pay for them – think people – create something and maybe real people will notice you!

  333. Melisa Rosenhain :

    Posteriormente este primeiro passo, profissional usa um dermógrafo – aparelho próprio para micropigmentação e também diferente de aparelhos de tatuagem – agulha descartável e também abundantes tons de pigmentos para traçar os fios com perspectiva e profundidade, deixando a sobrancelha com um paisagem muito natural.

  334. Clarice Terrell :

    Uma das melhores jeitos de olhar a queda de cabelo é identificando as suas causas, porque desta forma será possível combater erradamente em sua origem.

  335. Outras doenças, como a síndrome de Cushing , a hipertensão , hipertireoidismo e também a síndrome do ooteca policístico podem estar relacionadas ao apresentação da diabetes – e também da queda de cabelos.

  336. Hassan Douglass :

    A técnica é indicada para falhas de sobrancelhas devido ao mau uso da pinça ou de processos mas graves como calvície (perda totalidade de fios) e pessoas que sofreram quimioterapia.

  337. Great Article Neil, I found this article very useful when trying to grow my Instagram, I think its similar to what you did.

  338. Arletha Stirling :

    No meu caso, estou com uma queda de cabelo aumentada em consequência de estresse ( provavelmente), e inclusive aumentou também uma seborreia,e também excesso de oleosidade no cabelo.

  339. Outstanding! Your guide helped me a lot to get more followers and likes! Now I can use proper and relevant tags for more likes.
    Thanks a bunch

  340. I’m using Rexam’s Instagram Pocket Rocket.. awesome and easy method to grow Instagram account and earn from it. I’m using it about 10 days, earned good so far (about $500).

  341. Such tips are good but I tried to follow them and didn’t succeed. I read a lot of posts and serached that people use apps to get followers. I was advised to use and would like to know your opinion about apps. Thank you

  342. Thanks for useful tricks.

  343. Wonderful Post Neil, so true!

    I’m building my brand and relationships follow me @dustinreyna !

  344. How sad society has become that our aim of success is to get our photos liked on Instagram. It just shows that Instagram feeds from the narcissistic people of the world who need to feed their big egos.

  345. Stefanie Shipman :

    A verdade é que se você também deseja muito fazer com que sua parceira tenha continuamente muito prazer e também se sinta continuamente feliz com seu desempenho sexual, você deve procurar saber pessoas que já usaram método Segredos da Ereção Total e também que aprovaram seus resultados.

  346. Instagram shows me suggestions to follow people or orgs “based on likes.” But I’ve never liked anything on Instagram or Facebook (the accounts aren’t even connected). Also, the people/orgs appear to be of entirely no interest to me either. Is this an Instagram “scam”?

  347. Acima de tudo para superar situações como essas é preciso descobrir perdoar, sabemos que olvidar nem constantemente é verosímil, porém quando perdoamos de coração tudo se torna mais simples.

  348. Great tips on getting more instagram followers and likes, I am trying to get more visitors to my blog through social media, your guide has helped me a lot.

  349. Great work! Follow @reemhimself

  350. How do you think about buying instagram followers ?
    This site for example claims that bought followers bring even more new followers though raised credibility.

    Regards Tim

  351. Why diptic?? There are so many nice apps like Pic Collage… Photo Grid…
    Obviously you have mentioned it to promote it… How sad. It has so bad reviews and plus it isn’t free….

  352. Hi Neil
    How to get the best app followers increase

  353. I just found this article–even though it’s a few years old it still comes up first in my google search, so obviously you know what you’re doing. 🙂

    My question is, how in the world is anyone supposed to like thousands of instagram photos every day? That would literally be all you did from sun up to sun down. Is there a program that does it for you that I’m in the dark about?

    Thank you!

  354. Breukelen_Artist :

    Hello Neil thank you so much for posting this article.Wonder if you can offer me some advice? I began posting to instagram in February of this year. As an artist I would like to gain the attention of individuals who want to commission art for corporate and private collections. What hastags do I need to incorporate to attract such an audience?
    Thank you.

  355. I don’t know if you are still responding to these comments , but I tried the Wednesday time and got the worse lack of traffic! I would say late night is a way better time. You might want to update these times.

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  357. Instagram is not only a platform for posting photos and videos but also for inspiring little dreamers out there by sharing their stories. How they started from to bottom and worked hard to be on top. Thank you Neil for a very impressive article!

  358. DO NOT FOLLOW THIS METHOD! Liking thousands of random pictures at random everyday is a great method in 2017 for getting your account shut down. Maybe it worked back then when this post was published but in 2017 the risk for your account to be permanently closed are very high. They have already banned many of those apps that automatically helped you with such methods of “mass liking/following”. The best method to grow your account with really engaged followers today is to simply post interesting stuffs and wait for your follower base to grow. It may take months or years but any other method will either have your kicked out of the platform or leave you with thousands of followers who are totally disengaged.

  359. Why diptic?? There are so many nice apps like Pic Collage… Photo Grid…
    Obviously you have mentioned it to promote it… How sad. It has so bad reviews and plus it isn’t free….

  360. kevin simpson :

    Great article, I use sociallikesplus I joined that few months ago and I get free Instagram followers on there.

  361. Thanks for sharing. Great article i am just start a new website for that I need more followers. I read lots of other articles but this is only helpful for me.

  362. Sush Burak Unver :

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