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Pankaj Rahul Singh

Pankaj Rahul Singh is cofounder and COO of TSD Corp, the digital identity management company that handles the social media interaction of MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and even the Ministry of External Affairs.

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7 Tips to Get More Followers on Instagram from Dhoni’s Social Media Team

Because honestly, no one likes to follow that jerk who overdoses on hashtags

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7 Tips to Get More Followers on Instagram from Dhoni’s Social Media Team
7 Tips to Get More Followers on Instagram from Dhoni’s Social Media Team

If you plan to increase your followers on the photo sharing site, you can't but benefit by following Instagram etiquette. Here are the seven tips you can consider to ace the medium, because honestly, no one likes to follow that jerk who overdoses on hashtags.

1. Posting a #ThrowbackThursday photo

You can't share a picture from a bash held last week as a #tbt picture. #ThrowbackThursday has evolved into a weekly photography upload game that does have some sort of strict rules. The idea of a 'throwback' relates to an ode to your past. A photo from a year ago may be acceptable for the more lenient Instagram watchers, but when it comes to #tbt, the older the photo, the better.

This essentially means baby photos, your graduation image or the dreadful saree you wore to the farewell are a big thumbs up.

2. Sharing only selfies, all the freaking time

No one wants to see their feed bombarded with multiple posts of your face, so cut down on the selfies, unless of course you are a makeup enthusiast and your face is where all the action happens.

3. Don't use a difficult username

As Instagram's search function isn't as efficient as other websites, a simple username will ensure that people are able to easily find and follow you.

4. Don't overuse or misuse hashtags

Hashtags are very important on Instagram and should be used on every post to increase reach. Choose 5-7 hashtags instead of 7-10 to include in the caption. Since the function of a hashtag is merely to help search relevant pictures on the medium, adding useless hashtags is pointless.

Use this:

#incredibleindia #fort #mandu #history #travel #holiday

Instead of this:

#iwokeuplikethis #beauty #bliss #holiday #nofilter #nikonphotography #iconindiatours #incredibleindia #travel #traveling #TagsForLikes #TFLers #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravel

5. Don't overlook your followers' comments

If people are taking the time to comment on your posts or ask questions, do not ignore them, as it will impact your relationship with the audience. Be it information about the filter you used to the name of a lipstick you are wearing, be responsive and interactive on the medium.

6. Don't snip other Instagram users' content

Or in other words, don't do what both Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner have done, and appropriate someone else's work as your own. Just because you like someone else's photo doesn't mean you can post it as your own. There are some third-party apps that will allow you to re-post another user's post while giving proper attribution to the original user.

7. Don't follow everyone who follows you

Don't feel obligated to follow someone just because they followed you, and don't buy followers in order to increase the reach of your page. It's okay to pick and choose, depending upon the kind of content you want to see on your newsfeed.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

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