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  1. Johannes, thanks so much for these wonderful tips. I have been contemplating starting a career in marketing, but it’s all just seemed so overwhelming! But you pretty much covered the marketing basics, so I’ll give it a shot. And I know it won’t be overnight, I’m certainly not delusional, but if I can get to where I can work more from home and spend more time with my family, that’d be perfect. We only have the one and spend so much time away with working out of the house and driving to and from said job. Not a life I want.

    1. Thank you for your comment Ann. Glad I could help!

  2. Is there a way you can mentally “train” yourself to ask for more money? I’m wary on that part. I’ve been doing SEO work for a while, not much happening yet and maybe it is because I am low-balling it, but I just don’t want to scare away any potential customers because I am NOT the expert yet. I’ve done some small jobs and did them good, but to ask for double? Just can’t figure out how to go about doing that. Any tips on that?

    1. Trey, that’s an excellent question! When looking from the client side – they hired you in hopes that your work has a long term return on their business. I always try think of a way to present my services in a way that client is willing to pay what is fair. Fair not by what everybody are asking, but fair considering what their business will get out of it in financial returns. Hope that helps! 🙂

  3. As with any job, there’s definitely work involved and with the way technology changes constantly, you must be willing and able to constantly educate yourself. But if you follow these tips, then you can work for yourself and acquire a better life, as we all want. But keep in mind, it doesn’t happen overnight…..don’t believe everything you read online. But if you can perfect your marketing skills, so many doors can open up for you.

    1. Absolutely agree!

  4. Yeah, after my accident, I wasn’t able to work anymore, as a cop, but I still wanted to work. My wife suggested I look into online marketing (specifically SEO). And as you stated, there is plenty of information for free out there, you just have to look and see who is the best in their field and learn from their experience. Since I started doing this work a couple of years ago, I have already come to make more than what I did as a cop. And with the businesses I work to promote, there is definitely no shortage of potential customers. It’s not overnight, but if you’re dedicated, then it can definitely be a very good job.

    1. Hi Scott! That’s awesome. It’s all about being consistent in your work. 🙂

  5. Hi, good post here. I just started offering content writing at the beginning of the year. I’m doing well for the time I have available right now. I have a few clients right now, and will add more as the word gets out. BUT….I still have my day job. I don’t have a family, so my time isn’t being taken away from anyone and I do still need to pay the bills. I’m hoping to be able to cut down to PRN (as needed) with my job by the end of the year. But I definitely enjoy it, and I can see the potential for much more work. And I have a friend who does have a family and works full-time as security mgr at a retail store, and he’s learning all he can to do SEO work. If you check out the different choices, you will find one you can do. Just learn all you can about it, make sure you enjoy it, as Johannes stated, and you’ll be good to go. Good luck everyone! 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing your story. Best of luck to you too!

  6. […] career in marketing can be a lucrative one both financially and in terms of growth. Most companies are looking for […]

  7. Thanks for this, Johannes! I’ve challenged myself to see how many followers I can get without using any apps/tools. My account is personal, I don’t have a blog and I don’t post seductive pics so this might take a while haha! I’m working on defining the list of hashtags I want to use and why not, even create my own hashtags – I don’t know, perhaps something related to a photography a day? I know these types of challenges are very popular on Instagram….

    1. Angela, that’s great to hear! True, personal accounts are slightly harder to grow, especially when you’re not posting as you said seductive photos. Majority of Instagram is drawn to beautiful women, cars and money and due to that, these niches are so over saturated right now. But, as long as you’re providing value to your followers you’ll do great. Just try to reach different audiences with different sets of hashtags. For hashtag research try using a tool http://hashtagify.me/ .

      Feel free to shoot me a DM on Instagram as well https://www.instagram.com/gettinggrowth/

  8. Great guide! I’ve noticed that having a posting schedule helps since you’re not pressed for time and you know exactly what type of picture you need. For example, you could go for a selfie, one nature photo, one close up, one architecture, and so on, depending on what your account is all about. Also, do you happen to remember the account you’ve used to screenshot the feed picture on tip 11? It looks super cool and I would love to follow it.

    1. Thanks Samantha! Absolutely agree with you on the schedule. It helps to stay on track and you got to be consistent if you want to have good engagement. I believe the account of the screenshot was https://www.instagram.com/theworkinggirl/

      Good luck with everything!

  9. From my own experience, the best way to grow an Instagram account is to post good photos and to post often. The right angle, the right edit, the right focus, all these matter! I’m currently using VSCO and Snapseed and they’re making a lot of a difference. You don’t have to invest a lot, many times these free tools offer everything you need to get the job done. Can you recommend other free picture editing apps? Most of them offer just basic editing for the free version thus forcing you to buy their app/filters.

    1. Consistency and quality sure are the key! In terms of editing photos I agree, using Instagram filters and editing is all good, but in order to stand our you have to use other editing tools. I do majority editing in Canva (https://www.canva.com/). With the free version you can do a lot. And since I also take pictures with my DSLR camera, I use photoshop to fine-tune these photos.

  10. I think the surest way to gain instagram followers is to do your research right and see what others are posting. Following your idols, people that have the same interests as you, just like you’ve mentioned, will help you to better understand what type of content you should post. Since Instagram now allows bookmarking, I save all the pictures that inspire me and when I don’t feel that creative I just scroll through the feed and bam, I know what my next post should be.

    1. Yup, I also bookmark a lot of content. Although I think having a content plan is a great help. I usually plan all my posts during the weekend.

  11. Having the right handle is important too! I hate it when someone has a handle like @onlyblackandwhite and then they post a lot of content that has nothing to do with it. If you’re not sure about it, just pick a username that doesn’t restrict you. I don’t think I’ll buy followers, I’ve noticed Instagram did a lot of cleanups so I want to avoid being the account that went from 10k followers to 100 followers overnight. I’ll use your tips and hopefully I can have a decent following by the end of this year.

    1. Good handle sure is important. Some even buy a good name if its taken. Also, fair point about buying followers. Good luck with your account! Let me know how it’s going.

  12. Hey Johannes,

    Thanks for the excellent post. Not sure if missed it, but there are a couple of Instagram Automation Tools like Socialhawk.co out there which helps us to automate the activities on Instagram. This gives a considerable boost in the engagement with the relevant audience and in turn enabling organic growth.

    1. Hi Samay!

      Sure. There are plenty of these tools. They work very well if you what to do with them. Simply following everyone is probably not the best strategy. For example following our competitor followers who have commented on more than once and with 5+ words could be great tactic. Then you’re following real people who are more likely to follow you and comment on your posts as well.

  13. […] in terms of popularity and user base. Individuals of all age groups and backgroundsare craving to become famous on Instagram; and indeed Instagram is a corking social media platform to become famous and popular face among […]

  14. […] you are reading this article, then I can assume you too desire to become famous on Instagram or maybe you are looking to grabthe Instagram spotlight quickly? If what I am assuming is true, […]

  15. Yeah, I can’t believe we’ve gotten to the point where a site NEEDS to load within 2 seconds or we’re out of there! It’s great that sites can do this and it’s also bad because we’re not as patient as we once were. I, for one, can wait up to 10 seconds easily but I’m the exception :)) I guess.

    I had no idea that the place where my site is hosted can have such a big impact on how it loads in certain parts of the world. Just this thought alone is worth going full on with cloud hosting.

    1. Absolutely Daniel! I didn’t think much about cloud hosting myself. But it really matter from where your site is being loaded. Good luck!

  16. Thank you for making these screenshots of how to setup this type of cloud hosting. It was very helpful when I had to do it myself. I’ve went ahead and followed your lead and invested in a Google Cloud account because my sites were loading so poorly lately that it was just a needed change. I’ve had people tell me my site was loading in as much as 12 seconds where they lived! It was loading fine for me but then I found out that’s not the case all over the world.

    1. Yeah, that’s the problem. One alternative to cloud hosting would be simply to look at from which country the majority of traffic is coming. As for me it’s US. So I could basically get a shared hosting there cheaper, but then visitors from EU and Asia would suffer. Glad I could help. Let me know if you need any assistance setting it up. It can be quite overwhelming at first.

  17. Many thanks for writing this…! It saved my day

    1. Glad to help Chris! 🙂

  18. Why do people still keep their admin user as “admin”? I don’t get it. This is the first thing hackers exploit when they are trying to break into your WP site. And it’s so easy and simple to change.

    By the way, your site loads in under 2 seconds where I live – Thailand – so everything seems to be working well. Thanks for the post, Johannes. Bookmarked it for use when I do get around to doing this myself which should be next month.

    1. Great to hear Kevin!

  19. So many steps! I can’t believe there’s so much to be done to make this work. And I generally hate doing this kind of technical stuff myself so I’ll probably ask around for someone to do it for me. Maybe my brother.

    One of the best things from all of this is I’ve found out about Let’s Encrypt – had no idea you could get this for free. I need to do this and get a cloud hosting (probably from Google) as soon as possible because my site load speed is just not up to par at all :(.

    1. Caroline, actually if you’re looking to set everything quickly I’d recommend going with Hostgator cloud hosting. Not so much work. 🙂

      Glad that you found about Let’s Encrypt. Encrypted connection is becoming more important as Google search ranking factor as well.

  20. I have a question and I hope it’s not a dumb one: why wouldn’t it be ok to change the maximum upload value to 2000Mb? Does that mean that 2000MB would be “wrongly” allocated for this process and you could never use them for anything else even if they’d basically be unused?

    I think you should ask a small fee for doing this for people who just don’t know how to do this for themselves. I would pay for something like this and knowing it was done well and I didn’t mess something up :).

    1. Hi Diane! It’s not a dumb question at all. 🙂

      You should only change to maximum upload limit to whatever you are using because of security. Hackers might try to run scripts from your website front-end to upload files and it might crash the server if it gets a large file requests.

  21. […] on Instagram (@gettinggrowth) after our experiment was over. However, we can recommend his guide, How to Become Famous on Instagram, to anyone starting […]

  22. This is a great article, Johannes.

    We followed a lot of the same principles as GettingGrowth and blogged about our experience. We created a new account on Instagram and, one week later, we have nearly 200 followers (and growing) and high levels of engagement (100+ likes per post).

    1. That’s really great to hear! Keep up the good work.

  23. […] their targeted business goals. There are few websites available which offer a variety of ideas to become Instagram famous, Getting Growth is one of the best among […]

  24. I want to get followers for instagram and my username is @themamakeup10

    1. Hi Joana! I’d be happy to help. Shoot me a message on Instagram @gettinggrowth

  25. Hi Manoula! Shoot me a message on Instagram @gettinggrowth

  26. I want to get followers for instagram and my username is _.vat3rson1._

  27. i am hater

  28. I want to get followers for instagram and my username lukman_utara

  29. Thanks for this guide, it was so easy getting WordPress set up! However, I cant log into PHPmyAdmin (xxx.xxx.xxx.xx/phpmyadmin) as I get: The requested URL /phpmyadmin was not found on this server. Could this be because my IP is not static yet?

  30. Thanks for this article, it has been super helpful! However, when I try access PhpmyAdmin using (xxx.xxx.xxx.xx/phpmyadmin) I get an error: “The requested URL /phpmyadmin was not found on this server”.

    Could this be because my IP is not yet static?

    1. Yes, that might be the case. Try setting it static. Let me know if that works 🙂

      1. I will do so 🙂 But for now I chose to rather deploy the Bitnami version which allowed me to easily access PHPmyAdmin through an SSH tunnel.

  31. helpful. But i have a problem i increased file size from 2m to 50m and try to upload 4m file but getting same error “The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini.” please help me to solve this error i’ll be very thankful to you

    1. Hey! Not sure if it’s still relevant, but did you try to restart your apache server after the change? Also you can add a line code regarding the upload limit to .htaccess and wp-config.php

  32. These tips are extremely helpful thanks!!

  33. Appreciate this post. Will try iit out.

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  35. I’m super late to Instagram but better late than never, right? Now I have to figure out how to make the most of my followers. I was thinking of launching a book with some of my recipes that didn’t end up on my blog and use it as a freebie for anyone who subscribes. I think it’s a good idea, but who knows? How does this sound?

    1. Never too late. That’s a good idea. What you can actually do is give away some recipes from that book as a freebie and then build a sales funnel to sell the whole book.

      1. Thanks for the reply, Johannes. I guess I need to learn more about how to set up a good sales funnel before launch.

      2. Thanks for the reply, Johannes. I guess I need to learn more about how to set up a good sales funnel before launch.

  36. Great tips, when you have a step by step plan and you know what needs to be done things work so much better. I barely have 2k followers so not that much to monetize but I’m slowly learning how to do things my way. I want to continue to learn and adjust everything according to my preferences and create my own path. Hope it works out.

    1. Great Nick! The sooner you start building your email audience the better. Good thing about e-mail list is that it’s yours. You might never know when Instagram gets shutdown or something.

  37. This is a long read! I don’t have an Instagram account except for my personal one but I was thinking of launching my own lifestyle blog and I want to do things right from the beginning (or as best as I can).

    1. Sure! The earlier you start you build your email list the more success you’re going to have in the future.

  38. I love the swipe up feature and I use it every 4-5 stories and the great thing about it is that I get a lot of positive feedback and clicks. My followers love to find out first about the latest sales and discounts – I have a fashion blog – and my click rates are currently at around 25%.

    1. Awesome! Keep up the good work.

  39. Couldn’t agree with the VA part more! Time was and will always be my most valuable asset so if I can find someone to help me cut my workload in half for a decent pay cut why not?

    1. Absolutely! This is one the best things young entrepreneurs can invest in.

  40. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but I’m targeting the wrong people most of the time. My photography skills are okish I guess but I just don’t seem to manage to grow my Instagram to a level that allows me to monetize it more diverse. I barely get 1-2 clicks on my links on Instagram while on Facebook is more than 1k…

    1. Hmm, it depends how many engaged followers you have currently. DM me on Instagram. 🙂

  41. I’ve created my Instagram as a dare but oddly enough it’s doing better than I’ve expected. I’ve gotten a lot of freebies to feature on my account but also paid promotions and here is what I don’t know what to do. How much should I charge for one sponsored post?

    1. I think there’s no right answer here. Try thinking how much impressions and traffic you’re generating to that brand. And compare that to Facebook and Google avg. costs. This should get you in the right direction. You can also try selling bundled packages. Like 3 posts over 2 weeks, 5 mentions in the stories and maybe a mini blog post or something. That packs a lot of value and you can sell it with a much higher rate. Hope that helps 🙂

  42. This was a super informative & helpful article. Thanks for the tips! Check out my Instagram (@highway2yahweh) & if you could give me any tips on how I could improve, or a simple like, that would be amazing! I’m about to take my Instagram to next level…still searching for a super specific niche, though.

  43. Do you have any tips on how to do stories the right way? I just don’t know what to share without it being too personal or too much? My blog is in the vegan-organic niche so except for a quick pic of my lunch or dinner there’s not that much to share…

    1. Think about your followers. Why are they following, what value you’re offering. If they are on the same journey with you then you might also consider putting together some cool recipes and maybe even film yourself making that food.

  44. WOW, this is a lot, Johannes! I didn’t expect it to be so many ways to profit from having a great following. It looks I have to quit postponing things and get to work.

    1. Alan, absolutely! There’s awesome opportunities out there 🙂

  45. I just crossed 1k followers after spending a bit more time with my instagram as I didn’t realized the power Instagram holds in bloggosphere. Thank you for this post, I have a lot of take aways.
    I want to reach more people and empower more lives by sharing motivational and empowering content. I am hoping that I will get that success by following your methods.
    Thank you so much.

    Regards,
    Crisly
    Empoweringanduplifting.com

  46. Thanks 😉 Loved it

  47. Hi Johannes, thank you for sharing your very useful tips. I have an IG issue and I wounder if you could advise please. For the last few weeks when I click follow on a person profile or follow an hashtag I get a pop up message saying Action Blocked. Please try again later. We restrict certain content and action to protect our community. Tell us if you think we made a mistake. OK or Report Problem. I get this from my own account and from a client’s account as well. I usually tap on Report Problem and I also sent IG a message (wonder if anybody sees that) but this keeps going on. Basically I cannot follow anybody now. Do you have any advice? Thank you so much!

  48. I want to get followers for Instagram and my username is ( hella_hammemi ).

  49. Share me on Instagram Please?

    @psychoticshanel

  50. […] if you haven’t read my post “How to Become Famous on Instagram” and you’re looking for even more ideas, then check it […]

  51. Most of the time I don’t know what to post so I just snap my food or my dogs and I’m done with it :))

    1. You know, depends on your objectives. I think that’s perfectly fine if you’re building your personal brand and want to show part of your life. However it might be strange for a brand posting that content. 🙂

  52. Lately I’ve noticed a trend that goes both for stories and insta posts; people tend to aim less for perfection and instead they show their raw emotions. Gotta hand it to Instagram, this is a way better trend and I hope it stays long enough to remind us all that perfection doesn’t exist.

    1. I agree. Authenticity is everything.

  53. Believe it or not I almost never add my location and I didn’t even have a clue this could increase my engagement, big thanks!

    1. Oh! Definitely give it a try!

  54. Wow, a ton of ideas, thanks a million, Johannes! I’m still waiting for the swipe up feature; bring it on 10k already!

    1. I know, I’m stuck at 8k and it seems it takes me forever to reach those darn 10k…

      1. Yea, I know what you mean. You can always run giveaways and do other promotions to increase the growth rate.

    2. No problem! Putting time into engaging with new accounts definitely helps to gain new followers!

  55. These Instagram story ideas make it a lot easier for me to stick to a daily posting routine. I know stories are huge right now, especially after the latest algorithm update and I want to be as active as possible.

    1. Definitely! Some of your followers might not even scroll through the feed and watch only stories.

  56. How don you protect your photos. I don;t have a watermark on mine but have my name and the copyright image in front of my name. Any suggestions for Instagram? Also, thanks for all the informative information.

  57. I’m on the lookout for cool Instagram story templates, they seem to be super popular and all you have to do is fill it in. Angela from @thesundaychapter really hit the jackpot, she went from 40k to 470k in a matter of weeks…

    1. Yea. Her account is on fire. Although getting that much of a growth over a short period of time makes me always sceptical if the growth was organic and how much money was spent on promoting the posts.

  58. I can’t wait to quit my job and start working from home as a freelancer. From there I don’t know where I’ll take it but being able to support myself and make something extra from design gigs will be a big change from me.

  59. Now I really have no excuse not to post, there’s literally no way to hit a block. My posts seem to get less and less likes so stories seem a better approach to highlight my latest posts.

    1. Stories really do work nicely right now. Good luck!

  60. I didn’t expect this roundup post to have so many useful tips, all of these Instagram stories ideas are actionable.

    1. I just screenshot this post and this is exactly what I’ve noticed, all of these work perfect for my account. I’ll add them all in a Google doc spreadsheet so I can easily seem them and start adding daily stories.

  61. I hope to get there but for now Instagram hasn’t been a big referrer, only get 2-3 people a day land on my store from my Instagram account.

  62. Guys, how many stories do you post daily? I never add more than 5 and mostly because I forget.

    1. I never post under 10-12 stories and the feedback seems to be positive. I also love when the accounts I follow are very active on stories. I have a problem with boundaries, I tend to post a lot of personal stuff and sometimes the comments tend to be nasty but that’s social media for you.

  63. @Alexandra – I alternate between having days with 20+ stories where I ramble about random stuff and days when I don’t post at all, I don’t have a certain limit and I don’t think I should.

    1. Yea, I also skip few days when I don’t have anything interesting to say. Don’t sweat it.

  64. I know selfies increase engagement but I don’t feel that comfortable posting them. I’m not the type that feels ok posing or taking a couple hundreds of pics and then posting one.

  65. I go live 2-3 times a week and I think this is great for my engagement. I have to agree with you, for the 2 weeks I had around 10 people online but I went ahead anyway and now I have around 1k for every live. Consistency is key, peeps!

    1. Great! 1k viewers is impressive! Keep it up.

  66. These Instagram story ideas for brands will help me to revive my account and finally get some sales from Instagram. I’m doing a “sneaky” research on all my local competitors and lucky for me, they aren’t that active on Instagram so I can take it over.

    1. That’s awesome to hear! Let me know how’s it going 🙂

  67. All fashion bloggers tapped into the unboxing strategy and I for one, as a follower, love to see all of them so I was thinking of doing the same. I’ll feel weird at first and I don’t know how my followers will react; I feel like I’m showing off so this is why I never did it so far.

  68. You’re a lifesaver, love all these ideas! I don’t feel ok on video so going live is out of question, at least for now.

  69. I started sharing a lot of quotes that promote a positive vibe and it’s a great idea for 2 reasons; it’s easy to share them and I share useful life tips, double win!

  70. So many cool ideas here! I post random pics from my day without any real strategy so these ideas are very helpful.

  71. I myself also enjoy good food Johannes, my initial idea was to start up a cooking account about everything I eat and make, I know that the idea is kind of dried out now but I’m only 15 with a serious passion for cooking. Do you think it’s a good account theme?

  72. Thanks for this amazing and mind-blowing tips, i am new to this and trying to learn everything, thanks again, its much informative 🙂

    1. You’re welcome Wendy! Glad you found it useful!

  73. Thank you so much! Very helpful!

  74. I quick feedback :after step 6, the next one is numbered 8. Not tryed the method yet. Best regards.

  75. Wow!! Amazing post! Before read it, i never aspect that awesome video. I must share it with my friends. I think everybody should follow this tips. I recently read a lot of Instagram tips but this topic is different! If you would like then you can check my instagram @fbytview profile!

    Thanks Johannes Kanter

  76. Great article thank you so much!