I always believe in keeping things SIMPLE and FREE, if possible.
So, here are the important tools I used for Instagram:
When I first started, the Instagram section of BlackHatWorld is a great place for information and discussion.
Sign up and ask questions there! You need to look for Instagram engagement groups there too.
The Instagram bot I used to execute TARGETED likes, follows and unfollows, is Massplanner.
For less than 50 bucks(Standard Plan), you get to use it for 6 months plus 5 days free trial.
From what I read from users of various bots, Massplanner is more stable, constantly updated and user-friendly compared with other bots. Support is great too whenever you need it.
To check other Instagram accounts, I use Socialblade.com.
What Socialblade does is that it allows us to track our own account growths as well as other accounts.
I use it to sniff out fakes and benchmark myself against other accounts.
No sign-ups required. Just submit your Instagram account handle and it’ll start crawling.
Then, you’ll be able to track the progress of your account without any fancy apps.