How to Get Instagram Famous This Year

Today I’m going to tell you how you can become famous on Instagram from scratch.

This isn’t one of those crappy posts that stands on a soapbox and tells you to use hashtags and good photos. We all know that by now. Instead, I’m going to list my proven methodology step by step.

How to Get Instagram Famous in 2020

I have used the following steps over and over again to create countless profiles that have huge followings for all sorts of clients in different niches.

Some of it wont be pretty, but it works.

Create an Attractive Profile

This goes without saying, but you need to create your account and fill out your profile completely. Look at other accounts in your niche to see what they do well. Don’t copy them directly but definitely look to them for some inspiration.

Make sure you choose a username which is memorable, for example:

  • MyName1975 isn’t a good username
  • CoolestCars is a bit better

Make sure you’re only using HIGH-quality photos and videos. There’s plenty of guides on this out there so I won’t cover this in detail as it goes outside the scope of this article – however, I can recommend the Adobe Lightroom app as being both lightweight and brilliant for editing photos. If you’re not sure if your photo is good enough to post – then don’t post it!

Get Active

Now you have an account, you need to get some meat on it. No one is going to follow you if you have 2 posts. Aim to publish 30+ photos over a 4 week period and include captions that are 2-3 sentences in length – enough to get attention but not so long that it becomes a chore.

Over these first few weeks, you can start following people. Follow some influential people in your niche and perhaps a few fans too, but don’t go crazy on this. Your following should always be WAY less than your followers count. Otherwise, you just look unpopular.

Sign up to Stellation Media

The next step is to use Stellation Media to automate your actions and engagement with real users, aimed at your target audience. Let me explain:

The good thing is this organic growth service is easily the best money you’re going to spend whilst marketing yourself or your brand on Instagram. You may have heard of Instagress – which was a pretty infamous Instagram bot before – well Stellation Media is a newer, compliant, and safer alternative.

Stellation Media is a growth company who will market your account for you. You don’t even have to set anything up!

Instagram automation is the best way you can reliably grow your Instagram fan-base with real, genuine Instagram followers. There are so many dodgy services online, they promise free Instagram followers and likes. Don’t fall for these, look after your account and use a trusted service with a good reputation. You can’t cheat your way to fame, so use organic methods, like the Stellation Media growth service to attract real users.

If you skip this, then I’m sorry my friend, but your results will be lacklustre at best. This is the difference between the brands with 3000 followers and 100,000. I’m not exaggerating.

Schedule A Post Every Day

Yes, every single day.

Research has shown that daily Instagram posts are necessary to keep your followers engaged to the highest level.

Content is king, and it’s important that you keep your uploads interesting/engaging to keep your users wanting to come back for more!

It’s important you never miss the peak posting times, and always try upload during them, this is going to get the best reaction on your upload, helping you fast track your growth. (Of course, while a growth service is helping increase your exposure on Instagram) This completely lets you focus on putting out the utmost best quality content.

You can use a scheduler to schedule your posts ahead of time. So you can set this all up a week or month in advance and forget about it, letting you never miss a peak posting time ever again!

Do some research to find out the best time to post. Generally, the best time is evenings between 7pm and 9pm as that’s when most people have spare time to browse Instagram. However, this can vary depending on your geo-location and niche, so make sure you do a bit of research and perhaps some A/B testing here.

Watch The Results Roll In

If you have awesome photos and a cool niche there’s no reason why you can’t build a viral Instagram account in a few months with these steps.

I have done it for many of my clients now, some of those accounts now have over 400,000 followers. The best thing is, that these accounts have a genuine fan-base which lasts forever!

Many of my clients have now quit their day jobs and make a full time living from Instagram, there are many ways you can monetise your following – I’ve seen some influencers with 200,000 followers easily making 100k/year from monetisation methods. Growing a social media fan-base in this day and age is very valuable.

I just follow this same process every timerinse & repeat.

Questions? Have Your Say

If you have a question about my methods to gain Instagram fame then please comment below and I’ll help you if I can.

22 thoughts on “How to Get Instagram Famous This Year”

  1. Quinn,

    I think this is pretty sound advice for those getting started. I’d also add that it’s important to think about commenting on other people’s photos as this is also a good way to help build both a following and engagement.

    Based on your review from several months ago, I did purchase Followadder and have found it to be quite helpful. As an experiment, I started a new IG account using the various features of FA and build a decent following—but more gratifying the engagement rate of the user base is really high. So, I think the product is very good. I would endorse it and just as a word of advice to others say that this is a bit of learning curve to get the hang of “lists” but once you do it moves along very quickly and that the tool works for you in a way that is quite intuitive.

    Please do post the screen shot about sniping followers from similar accounts as this is something which I’ve been trying to figure out. I’d also suggest that perhaps you ask some of your community to share some “how-to’s” that they’ve discovered with the tool and some issues that they re trying to resolve.

    • Thanks Michael that’s some really solid feedback that I will take action on. Screenshots coming very shortly! 😉

      When you mention commenting are you referring to doing it manually or automatically with Follow Adder? I’m really not a fan of automated comments I feel like it’s too spammy and takes away from the brand image you’re trying to build.

  2. I remain unconvinced by Instagram and i am not sure how a large following would really benefit you anyway. Even with 50000 you still need to get them to a link to get them where you want them to be. Saying that i guess the brand offers would come in if you have a big following. Does Follow Adder work for you? What’s your following now on Instagram?

    • One of the best features of Follow Adder (in my opinion) is that it has a “like back” feature. So anyone who has liked any of your photos will be targeted, which, if you want, means you can like back your followers’ photos.

      This stops it being like Facebook where you get a follower and they are just forgotten and never see anything you post ever again.

      This, along with a short message on your photos to click the link in your bio does drive significant traffic for my previous clients and niche websites I have found.

      My current following on my personal account is 12k but I don’t use bots on it (except to evaluate new software) because I link to all these articles which Instagram probably doesn’t appreciate – and I don’t want to get banned 🙂

  3. Hey Quinn,

    I used to have Archie and I was hoping that Follower Adder would be as easy to use as that. I simply want to enter in a competitor’s name and target their followers by liking their posts. I don’t want to follow their followers but I am struggling to see how to set that up to only like. Any advice on the settings?

    • I’m sorry to say that Follow Adder might not be the right software for you in this instance, it has a lot of ways to target but not in the way you describe. Please take a look at Instato instead.

  4. Hi Quinn! Thank you for a great article!

    I just downloaded FollowAdder and I’m still trying to understand how it works. Do I have to keep my computer on all the time in order for the program to work? Can the computer be on sleep-mode?


  5. Hi again! I just wrote my first comment here a few min ago. If it’s possible, could you please leave my full name out (just write Inga) thanks 🙂

  6. Hey! Your blogs are awesome! Hopefully it’ll be as good as it sounds.

    I recently stumbled across you on my Instagram as either you followed me or the bot did.. either way, it worked as I’m now reading your blogs and .. also following you.

    My question is, when is the right time to be instagram famous as I’m still building my blog. I hope to make it live by the end of this month (Jan 2018) but trying to build up awareness through Instagram first of what my niche is about. So is it worth me going through the aforementioned steps first or shall I get my blog up and running first so I actually have a product to show?


    • Hi Miel!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      I don’t tend to use bots on my public account because I don’t want to be banned when writing so much about them! I just use bots when testing out & trialling new software, which is what I’ve been doing the last few days 🙂 Nice to see it working so well though!

      Sure, you can start building a following before starting your blog – many people do this and never have a blog at all! But it’s definitely a good move to have a blog in the long run 🙂

  7. Fast question – can I use Followadder AND [REDACTED] together, or just [REDACTED] alone ? (cause I already have Followadder)

  8. Great post, Quinn! Thank you for posting such useful content. The screenshots are especially helpful for visualizing how the service actually works. Question — What about your B2B clients? Does this strategy usually work better for B2C clients?


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