Gaining followers sometimes can bee extremely hard especially if you want to gain followers the right way! When I say the "right way" I mean not showing your body, buying followers, not being ratchet and not being a thot! That's just me being extremely honest!
Some people use those methods as an easy way out but honestly you don't have to do all of that. Some people think I have a lot of followers and some think I don't. I always get asked, "how did I get so many followers on Instagram?"And honestly by promoting myself and cross promoting with people I've interviewed in the past.
I have three legit tricks that have helped me gain more followers and how I keep people engaged.
I simply know my target audience. I know their background and I know they like real blogs! I've tried doing the whole blogger theme thing and it's simply not for me. That's not what my audience want! They want me to simply bee myself, and not a typical blogger.
You have to know what your audience wants and you have to test out different methods to get it right! Your audience may like your views on politics, they may like your fashion, style, makeup etc. Find your niche and figure out what you get the most likes on.
Hashtags really work! But you have to use your hashtags in the same order each time. I just simply copy/paste my hashtags in my iPhone notes and paste it into each post.
Follow for a Follow/Cross-Promotion
Honestly, when I first started Instagram I would randomly follow people or do a follow for a follow. A lot of people don't like that! However, another method that definitely works is cross-promotion. Collaborating with brands and other people in your field. That's literally what all Instagram comedians do, which is super dope to me! With followers you will get there, don't get discouraged! Also, remember that consistency is key!
Twitter polls!! These really work. Ask your followers what they want to see.