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An Instagram Like Hack Guide to Get ALL the Thumbs Up! 25 Hacks Shown!

Getting more likes on Instagram will help Instagrammers increase their popularity on the platform and attract engagement. It can be challenging, but the 25 Instagram like hacks presented here can help any brand, influencers, or everyday user get the likes which lead to more followers, and the possibility of going viral.

Instagram like hack: Posting engaging content

Have a consistent image filter

Using the same filters for all their images will help users create a sense of consistency for their posts. This helps boost recognition for the account and attract the attention of audiences.

memento mori

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They can add more variety by using different unique filters for each type of posts they make. The image above is actually a perfect example as The Weeknd is using a black and white filter on all images advertising his Memento Mori project.

Do more boomerang posts

Boomerang videos are short GIF-like clips that continuously loop forward and backward. They are made with the Instagram Boomerang app. These posts work great for quickly catching the attention of followers and works both Stories and regular posts.

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A few keep ups outside the East Stand this morning ⚽ #boomerang #oldtrafford #eaststand #manchesterunited #manutd #manchesterutd #mufc #mufcfanpics

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To make their boomerang videos more interesting, users should use exciting scenes as their subjects. Clips with quick and dramatic movements work particularly well with it. They can also use slow-motion clips for a different effect.

Create image carousels

The Instagram carousel feature is an effective way to include multiple images in a single post. Users can create carousels that provide a simple 360-degree showcase of their products. They can also post different products in one carousel.

Adding a bit of interactivity helps make image carousels more entertaining. Splitting one long image into smaller images is one way to do this.  Perhaps the most common is telling a story. Watch the journey of these coffee beans:

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Boom! Roasted

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That added aspect helps encourage people to like the post.

Post images featuring quotes

Posting images that feature a quote is one of the quickest ways to attract more Instagram likes. Audiences always love reading quotes that they can relate to, and even tag their friends for easy likes.

When posting quote images, users should choose the ones that will best resonate with their specific audience and present them in a simple manner to better draw attention.

Create interesting image grids

Coming up with different grid layouts for their Instagram home page is a good way for users to draw audience interest to different photos. There are different grid formats to enhance the look of their main page. When deciding what format to use, users should consider how each image in the grid will work with each other.

instagram like hack using grid layout

The unique example from Boss Babe Inc. above shows you something to try and stand out and be memorable.

Post more videos

Posting more videos is always an effective Instagram like hack. There are a many different video content ideas that users can do, such as:

By coming up a variety of video content, users have a better chance of catching the interest of their audiences.

With Instagram recently launching IGTV, with videos of up to 60 minutes being allowed, video is the future of Instagram. Start thinking about some sort of ongoing series to film to keep this content coming out steadily.

Post photos of followers

People love it when the accounts that they follow post their photos. This also works to show that users do engage their followers, attracting more likes. To make it more entertaining, they should choose candid shots of their followers.

Tagging the people featured in the posts will make them visible to the latter’s respective followers. If you don’t have any good photos to use, a “Post a ______photo and I’ll regram it and tag you!” call to action will help.

Instagram like hack: Caption and tagging

Ask followers questions

Asking questions in captions is an effective way for users to get their followers engaging and attract more likes. Simple yes or no questions work well here. For more involvement, ask more complex questions that can start real conversations, or try incorporating the like button into the question. “Like for yes, comment if no” is a common call to action.

Create “Tag a friend” posts

“Tag a friend” captions are a good way to encourage followers to share a post with friends. Users can share any relatable content and ask their followers to tag friends who will be interested in them. This is a good way to generate awareness in a more organic manner.

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🏀 Drills you should do today #TagAFriend

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Once those tagged people view the post they can like it, or the tagging itself will increase engagement in the post and cause it to be shown to more followers.

Use local hashtags

Users can attract more people from their local audience by using hashtags associated with their area. People are more likely to engage with posts that are near their locations, increasing the chances of getting more likes.

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This Saturday, we are hosting a Summer kick-off party at @sunsetgrille_rest and ALL of you guys are totally invited! Like any good party, there will be live music, drink specials, cornhole games galore, tons of give-aways and a raw bar that's going to be SHUCKING nuts! Grab a friend or two and come start your #203SummerStory with us this Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m…. you're not going to want to miss this! (**There is NO entry fee, but head to our FB page and RSVP to reserve your spot**) 🍉☀️🇺🇸💃🍹🍻 . . . . . . #Connecticut #connecticutgram #connecticutphotographer #ctlocal #203local #thetwoohthree #the203 #203 #twoohthree #ctblogger #ctbloggers #ctsummer #coastalconnecticut #connecticutcothing #connecticutlife #connecticut #connecticutlocal #eastcoast #ctclothing #connecticutlifestyle #ctlife #ctlifestyle #203spring #ctspring #newengland #fairfieldcounty #ctpride #203summerstory #203summer

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These local hashtags can be anything from the name of the city, to a specific event hashtag, or something the local radio station is doing. Users can also search for the most popular Instagram accounts based in their area to see what hashtags they use. Picodash can help you do this if you sign up with them as well.

Tag influential accounts

When tagging influential accounts, users should do it in their photos and not in the caption. This will make the photos appear on the tagged accounts’ feeds under the “Tagged in” section. By posting content that will interest these accounts, users can increase their chances of being featured by them. This makes them visible to the former’s audience.

Write longer captions

Longer captions let users tell more stories about their images, including the context. This helps get audiences more invested in the post and like it. It is also an effective way to share additional information not found on the image, such as the full recipe of dishes featured in a photo.

KETO CREAMY BACON MUSHROOM THYME CHICKEN 😱😍 – Follow @simpleketodiet 👈 for More Daily Recipes Tag Your Friends – Need More Recipes Ideas ? You Can Get FREE Keto Cookbook With 148 Keto Friendly Recipes (Link in the bio ) – INGREDIENTS 4 bone in chicken thighs, can also use boneless chicken thighs or breasts 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons italian seasoning salt and pepper Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce: 1 tablespoon olive oil 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 cup heavy cream ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, stems removed INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degree. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add the chicken thighs and season with italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Pan Sear each side of the chicken for 1-2 minutes until brown and place skillet in oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout. Set chicken aside on a plate. Add olive oil to the skillet and saute the mushrooms until soft. Add the bacon, heavy cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Bring to a simmer until the sauce starts to thicken. Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for another minute. Serve immediately. – via (https://therecipecritic.com/creamy-bacon-mushroom-thyme-chicken/) – – #ketogenic #ketosis #ketodiet #ketofam #ketocommunity #ketoweightloss #ketolifestyle #ketofood #ketones #ketorecipes #ketotransformation #ketogains #ketodinner #ketoliving  #keto #ketofriendly #ketogirl #ketoresults #ketomom #ketofamily #ketojourney #healthyfood #cooking #video #diet #food #recipe #lowcarb #weightloss

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Instagram like hack: Being promoted

Buy Instagram likes

Purchasing Instagram likes is a good way for users to give their posts an initial push and make them visible to more people. Once they are more visible, users will be much more prone to join the crowd and like the promoted photo as well. There are plenty of providers delivering high-quality Instagram likes to try out for this purpose.

To make their purchases more effective, users should strategize how the likes are used. Adding the number of likes that is proportional to the number of followers they have makes for a more convincing push. Buying likes for big events, or particularly important content, is also wise.

Use Instagram Ads for promotions

The Instagram Ads platform features an impressive set of targeting options that users can take advantage of to reach the right group of audiences better. Notice how this is ‘Sponsored' at the top:

instagram like hack instagram ads

To be more effective, these ads should contain more interesting content, such as videos. The ads should also provide something useful, such as a solution to a problem, to better catch the attention of those who have it advertised to them. The worst kinds of ads are, well, ads. When Instagram users feel that they are being advertised to, rather than entertained or informed, they will tune out. Even worse, the accounts could mute the advertising account out of anger, preventing them from ever seeing and liking their content.

Partner with influencers

Teaming up with the right influencers will help users give their Instagram pages a significant boost in terms of credibility. When choosing which influencers to work with, users should consider not only their overall recognizability, but also their general reputation with the target audience.

#ad Excited to be partnering with @sugarbearhair to share their amazing hair vitamins with you! These chewable gummy vitamins are delicious and a favorite part of my hair care routine #sugarbearhair

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They also need to provide these influencers with some help in promoting their products. They can, for instance, create Instagram content that specifically addresses the influencer’s own audience. This makes it easier for the latter to present the user’s Instagram page to their followers.

Finding these influencers is easier than ever. The days of looking through dozens of accounts are over as there are now platforms where influencers can meet with those looking to connect with them:

These options are for those who want to spend a little money. For those who don’t have money to spend on influencer marketing it’s going to come down to appealing to the right accounts by building personal connections.

Host a takeover

Takeovers are a specific Instagram like hack that users can do when working with influencers. The idea here is to let the influencer run their accounts for a short period of time, with considerable hype being built before the takeover happens.

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I will be taking over @nashvegasdotcom's Instagram tomorrow and will be bringing you behind the scenes of the @cma #CMAfest! Make sure to follow them to get an insider’s look. #nashville#nashvegas #nashvegasdotcom #cmafest

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The example above shows a great example. An influencer, the musician, is very relevant. The occasion, a music award show, is perfect. Followers of that account are going to get behind the scenes content like they’ve never had access to before.

This helps bring the influencer’s followers directly to the user’s page. Users can make the takeover more engaging by providing limited-time promotions as part of the event.

Instagram like hacks: Doing promotions and contests

Post discounts and promotions

When posting discounts and other special offers on Instagram, users can go with a simple product shot and large text specifying the offer.

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TODAY 30% discount on ESSENS BEAUTY 💋 #pretty #beauty #essens #essensbeauty #lips #makeup #cosmetics #makeupartists #artists #beauticians #discount #sale #today #decorative @essens_official @essensbeautyofficial

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This makes them more noticeable in people’s feeds. It also encourages them to like and save the images to remind them later.  Even those who do not manage a branded account can share discounts and offers from accounts in their niche. Who doesn’t ‘like’ a discount?

Do “like to enter” giveaways and raffles

“Like to enter” giveaways are an easy way to generate a large number of likes from a single post.

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FOLLOW + LIKE to join our giveaway for SIGNED copies of Ilona's MLP trading card! Check our blog for all info: WWW.MLPMERCH.COM (link in bio) #mlp #mlpmerch #mylittlepony #giveaway #mlpgiveaway #rarity #enterplay #tradingcard

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To make the giveaway more enticing, the chosen prize should be something that the audience will be interested in. Product discounts and freebies work best for this type of contest. The account doesn’t have to be a brand for this to work. Influencers get free product all the time, and that’s easy to giveaway.

Smaller items  from accounts without much money can also work as giveaways because a free small item is still a free small item. It will work best if it’s hyper-focused for the audience. Giving away a free Goku action figure to an audience that’s focused on anime will work well, but might not be as good for an audience that’s only into Marvel.

Use Instagram Stories for promotions

Owing to their short-lived nature, Instagram Stories are useful for enhancing the exclusivity of promotional offers. Users can use it to promote limited-time offers that will get people scrambling to obtain it. Stories also work well for doing live promotions.

Partner with other users for contests

Joining forces with other brands, influencers, or just friends for giveaways is a good way to attract Instagram likes from a larger audience base. When doing such promotions, users should look for other users that complement their content.

Gorgeous looks are set in stone with our latest GIVEAWAY!💎 One grand prize winner will get our ALL NEW White Marble brush set with angled brush holder – featuring 9 beautiful brushes to blend, sweep, and swirl to perfection. Enter now for a chance to live the luxury!💍 . How to enter: . 1️⃣ Follow @bhcosmetics 2️⃣ Comment on the giveaway announcement post telling us which palette from BH Cosmetics you can’t wait to pair with White Marble – and tag 3 friends. . . Good luck, babes!💖 Enter as many times as you like by commenting and tagging more friends! Set profile to “public” to enter. Open internationally.🌎💗 Must be 14 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest ends TUESDAY, September 4, 2018 at 12:00PM PST. Winner announced on this post on the same day after 1:00PM PST. For details go to www.bhcosmetics.com/contest . . . . . #contest #giveaway #sweepstakes #makeupgiveaway #beautygiveaway #brush #makeupbrush #makeupbrushset #beautytools #bhcosmetics

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For example, they can get brands that provide complementary services to their products or content. They can then create a prize package that combines their respective products. The post above illustrates this well.

Do user-generated content contests

Doing user-generated content-based contests is an effective way to encourage continuous likes and engagements. The participants will be the ones actively promoting the posts to their peers, increasing their mileage.

One common example is a likes contest, where participants submit their entries and the winner is determined by the number of likes their post received.

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This is just a reminder that our #publiclandsproud contest is running untilt the end of the month. Get your images and words in to enter. During the month of September, post picture on Instagram featuring America’s public lands, use the hashtag #publiclandsproud, tag @troutunlimited, and tell us why you love public lands. The key to this contest is telling your story. We want not only your incredible images but also your words on why public lands matter to you. The photo-story with the most likes will win a guided day of fishing with a Trout Unlimited Business Partner or an 8’6” 5-weight @Orvis Access fly rod and reel outfit – the winner gets to select their choice. 640 million acres of public lands belong to all Americans, so get out and enjoy your birthright, share your photos, tell your stories and help to keep it public.

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Users can be more creative in the kind of UGC they will ask of their participants to add more fun to the contest and increase engagement.

Instagram like hack: Engagement tactics

Post at high-traffic times

To maximize the visibility of their Instagram posts, users should post during the times when most of their audiences are online. This increases the chances of them liking posts the moment they see it.

Each audience is different, but the research shows that the best times to post on Instagram are:

Since Instagram now uses an algorithm-based feed, that initial influx of likes will push the posts higher on the feeds. More visibility is alway the surest way to getting more likes.

For those who don’t want to post outside of working hours, there are scheduling tools which will handle this. Examples include:

Simply schedule the posts during the working day and the tool will post it during the desired active hours. This is not ideal as it doesn’t allow for replies to comments, so engagement could be less than what it would be with someone responding immediately.

Post consistently

Maintaining a consistent flow of content will help users keep audiences interested in their Instagram page. Accounts which set up a regular schedule lets followers know when a new post should be expected. Driving people to look at the page and like the content.

On the other hand, if they want a more flexible posting schedule, they should alert followers when the next post is coming up. The time between posts is going to be up to the individual account. Daily is ideal, but some accounts, with high-value content, will post slightly more infrequently.

Comment on popular photos

The Explore Feed is a useful tool to find relevant and popular images that users can comment on. When commenting, they should aim to contribute to the conversations around the photo.

Imagine being a hair-related brand commenting on this epic hair flip photo with a great comment like “Our conditioner keeps hair flips like this EPIC.” There's a real possibility that a few fans could see this comment and what to check out the brand:

instagram like hack commenting

This increases the likelihood that they will be noticed by the original poster and the other participants, and get them curious enough to check out their account and like their content.

Follow more people

This Instagram like hack isn't the best, but following at least a couple of new accounts each day is a good way for users to quickly grow their list of potential audiences. To increase the likelihood that these new accounts will follow back and check their photos, users need to engage them regularly after following. The new accounts that they follow should also be relevant to their own content.

Get a ton of likes with any Instagram like hack from above

Just one Instagram like hack from above will help to push any account, using more of the many strategies will boost the important engagement activity known as likes tremendously. To review the overall strategies, they group in these categories:

Combining these hacks into different promotional plans will increase their effectiveness. The next step for any account, or even the first, should be reading this article on getting more free Instagram followers. Lots of likes and lots of followers go hand in hand, and lead to ongoing Instagram success.