How to get more Instagram Followers by using: Hashtags!

Today I am going to reveal one beneficial strategy for getting your pictures the maximum exposure possible. Following these instruction will get your Instagram posts in the Top Post section under both Popular and Less Popular hashtags. This method works for every Instagram account. No matter if you have 0 followers and likes, or if you have thousands.

The main point of a hashtag should be to maximize your exposure when users search pictures under specific hashtags. Whenever a user does so, they will initially see the Top Post area consisting of nine pictures which obtained the most amount of love, then if they continue scrolling they are able to see the Recent Post section that contains a cluster of pictures.

Get More Instagram Followers by using Hashtags!

Instagram Posts Sections

Top Posts Section

This is the section we all want our pictures to be in. When a post is in this section, it will be seen my thousands if not millions of people. Not only that, your post will remain in this section for a while. If you have ever noticed that one of your pictures received 5x or more likes compared to your other pictures, then its most likely it was featured under the Top Post section.

Recent Post Section

This is the section where every picture is shown in when they use that hashtag. The chances of getting exposure from this section is slim to none since your picture goes further and further down the list every time someone posts a picture with the same hashtag as you. If you used a popular hashtag like #happy #smile your picture will be gone within a blink of an eye. The only way to be successful in this section is to use hashtags that have above 5k posts, and under 500k posts (Better to say on the low side). The lower the posts on a hashtag, the longer your posts will remain visible.

Instagram Hashtag Types

Popular Hashtags

These hashtags have the highest amount of views but also has the most amount of posts making it very difficult for your posts to get lots of exposure unless they are in the Top Post section.

Less Popular Hashtags

These hashtags have a lower amount of views every day, and also have a lower amount of posts every day. This makes it easier for your posts to get some exposure, and its also easier to get your posts in the Top Post section.

Semi-Banned Hashtags

These hashtags usually have a higher amount of views compared to Less Popular Hashtags. Although they are semi-banned they will still show the Top Post section, and maybe a few Recent Posted pictures.

Growing your Instagram account with Hashtags – The Strategy

Now that you know the 2 sections, and the 3 types of hashtags I will explain a good method which will help you get your posts to the Top-Post Section for used hashtags.

Always use 30 hashtags with every post. More hashtags, more chances of getting your picture seen.

Mix your hashtags. Dont use all popular hashtags, and dont use all low popular hashtags. You need to mix it up. Your hashtags should include Popular, Less Popular, and if your niche hash lots of half-banned hashtag, some of those also.

How Does This Method Work?

When you use all 3 types of hashtags, your posts will first start getting some extra exposure from the Recent Posts under Less Popular Hashtags. This will get your pictures some extra likes and comments, along with some new followers. Now that your post has received some more engagement, your pictures will then have a higher chance of getting into the Top Post Section under the Less Popular & Semi-Banned hashtags. This will further increase your exposure.

Now that your picture is in the Semi-Banned Top Post Section, your going to receive even more engagement. This should be enough to get your picture to appear under the Top Post section of the Less Popular Hashtags (If its not already). Now that your picture are in the Top Post Section of Less Popular & Semi-Banned hashtags categorie. They will continue to keep getting more engagement for at least a few hours

Now this is the fun part. Every now and then your pictures will end up in the Top Post Sections of the Popular Hashtags. This is when you see your account growing thousands of followers in a day if not sooner. Each category of hashtag has its own purpose. When you let them work as a team, your growth will skyrocket.


  • Get your picture some likes from Less Popular Hashtags
  • Get your pictures featured in the Top Post Section for Less Popular & Semi-Banned Hashtags
  • Get your picture featured in the Top Post Section for Popular Hashtags.

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TIP: Accounts with little to no engagement should have more Less Popular Hashtags. Accounts with good engagement (400+ likes/picture) should have more Popular Hashtags.

TIP: If you use 1 Less Popular Hashtag, your posts will have a lower chance of getting exposure. If you use 20 Less Popular Hashtags, your posts will have a 20x higher chance of getting exposure.

How To Research & Prepare Your Instagram Hashtags

  1. You will need to collect a lot of hashtags that relate to your niche (there are tools that can help you with hashtag research).
  2. You will need to lookup the post count of each hashtags.
  3. You will need to look at the Top Post pictures under each hashtags, and record the the highest and lowest amount of likes and comments.
  4. Review your account, see how much likes/comments you are receiving.
  5. Find hashtags that contained posts similar in likes & comments, and use these hashtags with your posts.
  6. Find hashtags that have slightly more likes & comments and use under 5 of those with your posts
  7. You should have 25+ hashtags that have a similar amount of likes & comments, and you should have 1-5 hashtags that have slightly more likes & comments.
  8. In total you want to post always 30 hashtags.

That would be it, now go and grow your Instagram  account like a pro!

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