Wow, 100,000 real Instagram followers!

When I first started around end of May 2016, I didn’t really think about it. I was more focused on how to grow my account and build a page that others want.

Furthermore, I had to learn and experiment because I knew nothing when I started. Nobody I knew in real life had any knowledge about Instagram to help me. No big Instagram accounts to shoutout or like my posts.

After I bought an Instagram bot for 6 months, I set small achievable goals.

First target was to gain 100, then 500, then 1000 new followers a day.

Towards the end of September 2016, I knew my Instagram account was gaining momentum once I gained an average of more 1,000 new followers per day.

On 1st November 2016,  I hit 100,000 followers and gained more than 35,000 followers in the past 30 days. Just look at my numbers taken from Socialblade below:


Not only that, I have an average of more than 5,000 likes per post. My Instagram posts that went viral have more than 10,000 likes.

In short, I had great engagement in a niche rampant with fakes and ghost followers. I also have better engagement than most accounts twice my size.

Want to know what makes a good Instagram account? Check my other post here.

What I did to gain my followers?

I googled and look for valuable information and tips to grow.

A great place for information is the Instagram section on BlackHatWorld(BHW) forums. Link here.

The information and discussion about Instagram there is more effective than any advice or tips provided by other self proclaimed social media gurus.

As mentioned previously, I bought an Instagram bot for 6 months. I used Mass Planner because I found it user friendly and free of bugs, during my 5 days free trial.

I also post 3 times or less a day to avoid spamming my followers. So, posting didn’t take much time.

However, I did spend more time looking for unique and attractive content from other Instagram accounts.

Last but not least, I joined Instagram engagement groups on Telegram. I strongly believe, this is the most important thing I did and wished I joined earlier.

Honestly, I was stuck at 400-500 new followers per day until I joined these engagement groups and without them, I would’ve failed to hit 100,000.

I will talk about Instagram engagement groups extensively in another post because it’s important and need it’s own topic.

Total cost to gain 100,000 real Instagram followers?

Less than 50 bucks!

I hate spending money and all I bought was an Instagram bot.

The bot I bought from Mass Planner cost $44.95 for 6 months(Standard Plan).

No Instagram shoutouts from big accounts were bought because I don’t believe in shoutouts.

In addition, accounts that grow using shoutouts have below average engagement.

Within 6 months, I build an Instagram account with more than 100,000 real followers with above average engagement. No fancy tools or sophisticated analytics required.

An Instagram account that people would want to follow or BUY!

In conclusion, with enough time and research, anyone can do it for less than 50 bucks.