Instagram Now Allows Auto-Scheduling & Auto-Posting!
This week Instagram announced that finally, auto-scheduling and auto-posting from third-party vendors is allowed!
I am going to show you how to enable this feature on your account, and share some strategies on how to rock your Instagram like a pro.
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What Does This Auto-Posting Instagram Announcement Mean?
What this means is that now you can schedule your Instagram posts in Tailwind, and they will just post them for you, without needing to send a notification to you to post it yourself, as was the issue before now.
This new feature will save you a ton of time!
How To Auto-Schedule Your Instagram
To enable this feature to work, here’s what to do:
This new feature is currently only available to business accounts. Log into your Instagram, click edit profile, and switch your account to a business account, if you aren’t already using one.
Then log into Tailwind and start uploading your images and filling out the captions. You can use the Tailwind Hashtag Finder to discover the best hashtags to include.
Next, schedule when you want the images to be posted to your Instagram account.
That’s it! No push notifications, no ‘time to post’ reminders. Your Instagram account is now automated, just like your other social accounts are with Smarterqueue.
30 Day Instagram Challenge
To celebrate the Instagram auto-scheduling announcement, I am doing a 30 Day Instagram challenge and I would love it if you’d join me!
I have created this 30 Day Instagram Challenge as a way to boost my engagement, discover new accounts to follow, and hopefully reach some new followers at the same time. I am using my beauty blog @BeautyIsCrueltyFree for this challenge, and I’d love it if you followed me there and or @HerPaperRoute! I will be happy to follow you back too!
We all want to grow our Instagram accounts and beat the dreaded Instagram algorithm, and this 30 Day Instagram Challenge specifically addresses this!
Beating The Instagram Algorithm
Instagram only shows your latest post to 15% of your followers. If your post does well with those followers in the first half hour, say, you get a lot of likes from them, then Instagram will show the post to a few more of your followers, and so on. When you engage with other accounts, give likes, give comments, and reply to people who comment on your images, your ranking goes up, and so does your audience size.
Basically, Instagram wants to see that you are using the platform like a real person. Instagram rewards you by boosting you in the algorithm and showing your account to more people when you are active and engaging.
Checking in once in a while just to see how many likes you got and then leaving does nothing for your rank in the algorithm, in fact, it affects your rank negatively and sets you back.
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The trick to growing your Instagram account and ranking high in the algorithm comes down to three things.
- Consistency – You need to keep your account active by posting new content every day
- Engagement – You need to engage with other accounts, such as giving likes and comments and responding to everyone who engages with you
- Aesthetics – Instagram is a visual platform, and the most important thing about the content you post is that it must be visually pleasing to look at
This 30 Day Instagram Challenge Aims To Boost You In The IG Algorithm
Here’s the deal:
Instagram Challenge Step 1
I am posting THREE photos to Instagram EVERY DAY for 30 days. First off, that is going to be a challenge in itself because that is a lot of space to fill up with content. I am going to have to really plan ahead. I am using Tailwind to plan my feed, plan my comments, hashtags and schedule the images to be auto-posted at 9am, 12pm and 3pm PST every day.
You can even pre-plan the layout of your Instagram page with Tailwind by using the 9 Grid Feed feature. This way you can make sure that your images are visually pleasing and will look good together, before they go live.
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While you are planning your posts, you will want to make sure you use the best hashtags for your niche. You can get my ebook Haute Hashtags, which includes over 1000 of the best hashtags for bloggers and entrepreneurs for free here:
Instagram Challenge Step 2
Next, I am entering each photo into a daily Telegram thread specifically for Instagram engagement.
You may have heard how Telegram helps boost your Instagram engagement. This is a group of hundreds of people who all jump into the chat at the same time and all like everyone’s latest Instagram image.
This would be insanely time-consuming to do this by myself three times a day, so I am using a service to do it for me. The service I am using is called IG Viral Rounds, for just $1 a day they automatically drop my latest photo multiple Telegram engagement threads, engage with all the other participants on my behalf and ensure that my images are getting maximum exposure.
Using this service has opened my account up to a whole new world of new Instagrammers I wouldn’t have seen before, and who wouldn’t have seen me before, which is awesome!
I have discovered and followed hundreds of new people and businesses, and as a result, I have gained hundreds of new followers and even new customers!
All I need to do is make sure that I have a new photo posted to Instagram before 9am, 12pm and 3pm. And since I have Tailwind auto-posting for me at those times, I don’t have to do a thing, aside from schedule my photos!
Instagram Challenge Step 3
How To Join My 30 Day Instagram Challenge
You can join this challenge by starting any day you want, any time of month or year, so why not start with today?
What to do:
- Set up LinkTree (free) in your Instagram bio, with all the links you want people to go to, such as your blog, your affiliate links, your business sales pages, your email opt-in, ect)
- Get the Tailwind app, (here’s a free trial) and start uploading, planning and scheduling your images
- Participate in Telegram engagement threads, or subscribe to IG Viral Rounds ($30) or IG Power Likes ($47) who will automate your image posts and engagement in the daily Telegram feeds for you
- Then all you need to do is hang out on Instagram a bit each day and be your awesome, engaging self!
- After 30 days, see how many new followers you’ve made
- Don’t forget to download my FREE Instagram hashtags ebook!
Follow me@BeautyIsCrueltyFree / @HerPaperRoute and let me know how the challenge goes. and how well your account grows!
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