Automation is still effective, but finding a bot that won’t get blocked is no longer easy

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Historically, Instagram bots have been a relatively inexpensive, effective, and easy-to-use tool casual users could employ to rapidly increase the number of people that discovered their accounts. For most, it was the only way to grow on Instagram without having to rely on the unsustainably expensive and ineffective Promoted Your Post feature. That is coming to an end in 2021.

This year, automation is still effective but finding a bot that can automate interactions for months, without being blocked or having to change your username, is no longer simple or easy.

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How Instagram Combats Bots in 2021

In 2019, Instagram began implementing measures that effectively curved the use of automation bots within its user base. In 2021, they are close to perfecting them. Although Instagram keeps its bot detection strategies private, from users’ experience we know that they reduce bot activity by implementing the following measures. …

By understanding niches and their phases, understanding what you need to do to grow your account will become clear

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Long term monetizable growth on Instagram depends on your understanding of niches, their four phases, and your ability to pivot between them as your niche evolves over time.

If your account has recently stopped growing (like many accounts have), the most likely culprit isn’t the algorithm or what hashtags you use, or even whether you’re using Reels. The solution to your growth problems lies in identifying your niche’s phase and taking the corresponding course-of-action.

By understanding niches and their phases, understanding what you need to do to grow your account will become clear.

What Is an Instagram Niche?

An Instagram niche is a term used to describe topics on Instagram. …

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Most of us think of the Instagram Algorithm as some sort of puppet-master pulling the strings behind the scenes; deciding who gets seen on the app and who doesn’t, based on its own secret tastes and agendas…but that’s not the truth.

The truth is that the Instagram algorithm does indeed decide who gets seen on the app and who doesn’t, but it doesn’t have tastes or an agenda — it has a purpose.

Its purpose is the same as the purpose of all other features built by Instagram: to keep your eyes on the app for as long as possible so they can sell your attention to advertisers to maximize profits. …

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The most effective way to grow your Instagram account over a long period of time is to understand the principles of what it really is and how it works.

Instagram’s design and features will continue to change, but the core principles of what it is and how it works won’t. If you understand what Instagram is and how it works, you’ll understand what you need to do to grow on the platform and how to adapt whenever it inevitably changes. It’s truly the only way to create sustained growth over a long period of time.

So, what exactly is Instagram? Although Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, would you like you to believe that Instagram is an app that exists to help you express your individuality, share everyday moments, interact with your friends, and find support and encouragement (those are literally the words they use — see photo below), the truth is that it’s not. …

A tutorial for something surprisingly hard to do

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Instagram claims that it’s their responsibility to foster a safe and supportive community for everyone, but their actions do not reflect that.

Without a simple and easily reachable customer service channel where users can effectively challenge wrongful content takedowns and shadowbanning, the Instagram community isn’t truly safe and supported by Instagram itself.

Sadly, Instagram does not provide an accessible customer service channel, but there is a way to contact Facebook’s customer service team who will help resolve your Instagram problems (if you have an Instagram business account and Facebook Ads Manager account). Here’s how you do it.

Set Up a Business Account

Turn your Instagram account into an Instagram business account. You can’t contact Facebook’s (and therefore Instagram’s) customer service without one. …

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I recently went through an experience that helped me see how Instagram’s internal community-safety policies uphold the censoring of black bodies and the suppression of POC-run accounts on the platform.

It all started a few weeks ago when I reposted this photo from the amazing @yayasituation on one of my accounts, @potteryforall:

If you don’t, it’ll forever work against you

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If you already have an Instagram account that creates consistent, highly-differentiated, and engaging content, or even if you’re just starting out, having an intuitive and easily searchable Instagram username can be the difference between growing your account quickly or rarely being discovered at all.

I know it sounds extreme but it’s true. In a highly-competitive and saturated Instagram environment, like the one we live in now, every single detail of your account counts. Unfortunately, optimizing our Instagram username is an aspect many of us completely ignore.

Why Your Instagram Username Matters

Your username is the Instagram equivalent of your brand name (it’s also actual your brand name if Instagram is the channel through which most people interact with you). The more intuitive and easy it is to remember and search for, the more likely it is that people will discover you and share it with others — which will result in your Instagram growing at a faster pace. …

And everything else you need to know about them

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In any social media platform in which there is the potential to earn an income by growing an audience, there will be automation tools, more commonly known as “bots,” developed to help users “growth hack” accounts.

Like it happened on Instagram with the rise of Instagram bots in its early days, bots are now making an appearance on TikTok and it’s likely the best (and possibly only?) time you’ll be able to use them in order to effectively and safely growth your account.

Why Is This the Best Time to Use TikTok Bots?

Unlike Instagram, which is now heavily monitoring and regulating accounts with an Instagram bot, TikTok is yet to implement any serious type of regulation on interaction automation. Inevitably, they will also implement heavy monitoring and regulation on bots on day, but it hasn’t happened yet, so that makes this the best time to use TikTok bots in order to grow an account on the platform. …

We all think it’s important, but is it really?

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Many people think that growing their Instagram account is an important and necessary part of life on social media, but very few of us have stopped to ask ourselves, “Is my Instagram account actually worth growing?”

At its core, growing an Instagram does one thing: it increases the number of people who visit your Instagram account or, in other words, it generates additional traffic to your Instagram account. Additional traffic can be potentially valuable (depending on what you do with it) but it also comes at a price. Effectively growing an Instagram account takes a lot of time, energy, mental health, and monetary resources. How do you know if the results you might see from growing your Instagram are worth the effort you’ll need to invest in order to grow it? …

They’re not the same thing, and you must know the difference to pick the right one

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Most people in search of an Instagram post scheduler are trying to solve one problem: how to not have to stop everything you’re doing, take out your phone, fumble around on the Instagram app, upload your content, and publish it several times a day. Once you have your content, it can be the most time consuming and disruptive activity of maintaining a consistent posting rate on your Instagram account (which is essential for growth). For small business owners or solo entrepreneurs, it is also one of the most common obstacles faced when trying to execute an Instagram strategy effectively.

Although most Instagram post schedulers offer helpful features, such as content collaboration, grid visual planning, and bulk uploading (which help most corporation or agency-based social media managers), many of them don’t actually offer the most critical feature that small businesses and solo-entrepreneurs need: a software that directly uploads and posts all types of scheduled content to Instagram. They all have limitations around what type of account you need to have (only business accounts) and what type of content you can automate (only single photos and videos). …


Eduardo Morales

@pinlord 📌 @potteryforall 🌱 & @macramemakers 🍶on Instagram. Demystifying how Instagram works👌🏽 Follow for updates:

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