1. You should not  use an awkward username

If you make your username hard to find, people won’t be able to find and follow you. Use the same username as your Twitter handle and make it something easy to recognize, whether it’s your real name or your business name.

2. You should not set your profile to Private

Unless you are using Instagram solely for personal reasons and don’t want to network, do NOT set your account to Private.

3. You should not post without a caption

No matter how stunning the image is, it needs a caption. Posts with captions get higher levels of engagement – they are a pathway to interaction with your audience.

4. Don’t overuse or misuse hashtags

Hashtags are extremely important on Instagram and should be used on every post, to increase reach. Choose 10-15 relevant hashtags to include in your caption. Don’t use popular hashtags like #tagforlikes or #onedirection or #love. Actually, by using general hashtags, you end up not showing your photo on any hashtag.

5. Respond to your followers’ comments

When people take the time to comment on your posts or ask questions, do not ignore them! Respond (using their @username to notify them) and thank them or answer their question. When used regularly, comments will significantly improve your relationship with your audience.

6. Be Unique/Original 

Users prefer original and Unique Content. Just because you like another Instagram user’s photo doesn’t mean you can post it as your own. If you want to include user-generated content (UGC) in your strategy, have users tag you or use hashtags on their posts. When reposting, always, always, always provide proper attribution.

7. You should not use images from Google searches

Just don’t. Instead, you may like pexels.com

8.  You should not buy followers in bulk

They won’t serve you in any way. On the contrary, they’ll ruin your chances of reaching the popular page and they won’t actually like or comment on your posts.

9.  You should stick to instagram guideline sizes when creating images.

If your image is not the correct size Instagram will crop or resize your image as you upload. This can cause your image to display incorrectly, cut out important parts or dis-pixel your image

10. Do not use Instagram bots unless you are sure of its system, heres why

The Good: They Boost Social Media Presence –

Instagram bots are designed to boost your social media presence without you having to lift a finger. Instead of you scrolling through your Instagram feed and liking, commenting, and following, the Instagram bot does the work for you.

The Bad: There Are Lots of Fake Accounts –

So, you might be jealous of Selena Gomez’s 128 million followers, but you shouldn’t be. There are plenty of reasons to believe that many of her followers are fake.

Back in 2015, 24 million Instagram accounts were fake. Later that year, Instagram conducted a purge which caused celebrities like Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber to lose millions of followers overnight. But unfortunately, it didn’t solve the problem.

As an entrepreneur myself who knows the importance of efficiency, in this particular case, I would NOT recommend using Instagram bots to help grow your following.

So there you have it.  things I recommend you DON’T do on Instagram in order to be successful!

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