Okay. So I have this five minute rule that I’ve never shared, but its been a big key in growing my Instagram account over the last year to over a hundred thousand followers. And also, more importantly, it’s been a big key to helping me show up higher in the algorithm and build real relationships.
So anytime I have downtime, like I do right now, I basically go into my phone and I do this five minute roll, and I do this every day whenever I have five minutes, and this is really the only thing I do actively on Instagram each day to make sure that I’m engaging, building my engagement, building my authority in the algorithm, so that I’m constantly growing my account. But I don’t really spend more than this five minutes a day on the platform unless I’m doing post.
So I’ll show you what that is in just one second. So, the five minute rule, if your excited to hear this, give this Article alike and make sure that you hit that subscribe button. If you haven’t subscribed yet, what are you waiting for? Subscribe and hit the bell to get notified every single time I post a new Article on this channel and I’m going to kind of go through each of the categories that I do this five-minute rule in so that you can fully understand the process.
So first thing is that its broken into sections. So the first section that I do, it’s called existing audience. So basically, anyone who follows me that day or anyone who engages with my content that day, there’s a couple of things that I do to further nurture the relationship. If you haven’t watched my Article on owning the Instagram algorithm, make sure you check it out because you’ll see in that Article the three key factors to owning the algorithm and making sure that you show up in the newsfeed.
Key factors is relationships.
So, if you check that out, you’ll see that one of the key factors is relationships. So that’s why this is so important to me. And this is why I do this five minute roll every single day. So the first thing is, people who comment on my content on my feed or people who messaged me in my DMS or people who follow me, what I’ll do is Ill send them a voice message. So I send some people voice messages and just introduce myself and say, “Hello“ because sending rich content in DMs is really valuable to the algorithm to say, “Wow, you must actually have a real relationship with this person if your taking the time to send a voice message. “So it’s going to actually help you show up in that persons feed more. The other thing that I do is I send video messages to say welcome or I ask questions, and a big thing that Ill do is ask, “Why are you here and what did you want to see from my account and what are you looking forward to learning from me?
“And that can help me find great content topics for my Instagram feed. The next thing I do is polls. I love asking questions on Instagram and using it for data and information on what my audience wants, both for my free content and my paid content. So Ill go on and Ill invite people to things or ask questions. So one of the big things that I use polls for it is, if I have a new opt in or I have a new webinar or master class, Ill go on and say, “Do you want to come to the master class tomorrow? Vote yes or no. “And whoever votes yes, I then go through that list and I send a direct message to every person who voted yes with the link to sign up for the webinar. And its a great tool to get more butts in seats for your webinar and basically interacts directly with people, which people kind of get surprised by. The next thing I do is questions. I love the questions feature on Instagram stories. So Ill ask a question and I do this a lot when it comes to figuring out what kind of content you want to see on YouTube. Ill say, “What do you want to see on my YouTube channel? “And people send me all these ideas, and a lot of the times those ideas then turn into my YouTube videos like todays. This actually was inspired from a comment and a question I got on Instagram.
The next thing is, after I post a new photo, and this is still under my existing audience or the audience that’s already there following me or just new to following me, whenever post a new photo on my feed, I will go in to the previous photo that I posted on my feed and I will like, so I will heart every single comment on that photo until Instagram cuts me off, but I will like every single comment on that previous photo to kind of ding and notify those followers on my account that I have a new piece of content that just went up and it’ll grab their attention to come back to my account and find that new photo. So that’s just my existing audience category and that five minutes, that’s one thing Idol. You don’t have to do all of it, but pick one of those things to do every day within that five minutes and you’d be surprised how many of those things you can get done to nurture those relationships.
- So the second thing is finding like-minded accounts. And this is so important because if your trying to wait for everybody else to fondue on social media, your never going to get found. I often say, “Don’t be the cool guy at the party.
- Be the friendly guy at the party because no one wants to talk to the cool guy at the party and they’re intimidated by them. “So you want to be the person who goes out of your way to talk to everybody. So what I will do is I will actually go onto my account and I will search keywords or tags within my niche and I will find new people to interact with.
- The other cool bonus factor of this is that if I do this, I’m also finding all of these great pieces of content that I will then save and curate for my own feed or for my story to share later. So its allowing me to gather content that I really love as well. So I’m interacting, I’m gathering content, and on those pieces of content that I really like, I will heart them and I will leave a valuable comment so that I can get on that persons radar. And I will also interact with people in the comments on that post to, again, expose myself to a whole new audience to help me grow my account faster.
Use Hashtags And grow Instagram account.
So the next thing is hashtags. And I have a whole list in my phone of the hashtags that are relevant to who I want to be attracting and the kind of audience that I know I want to be following me. So I go through that hashtag list every day in this five minute rule, and I basically go in and I search the hashtags on Instagram and I find people, like I said before, Togo and interact with and I find content that I can save to use on my account or to share in my stories.
But, most importantly, I use those hashtags to find people that I haven’t interacted with yet or that haven’t heard of me yet, and I go in and I direct message them or Ill comment on their post or Ill respond to something that they put on their story just to get on their radar to say, “Hey, I’m here. We haven’t met yet, but I’m super excited to introduce myself.
“And when I’m talking about hashtags, I use a tool called Flick, which I explained thoroughly in this video on how I post on Instagram. So we can show you a bit of that right now, but make sure you go watch that full video because that’s
How I find the right hashtags??
How I find the right hashtags to be attracting with on Instagram and its an amazing, amazing tool. So well link to that below. Look at this hashtag tool here, you can see that you can type in anything. Its called flick. tech. It’s about $10 a month, $11 a month U. S. And it’s really, really good. Now, just like anything, this is going to take you a minute to create these hashtag groups, but it is so worth it because you’ll see a huge increase in your engagement. So say I want to look up YouTube videos. And it’ll even populate some of the things that come up. So let’s say, YouTube videos.
And the next thing is, once I build a relationship with people on Instagram and I introduce myself or we start talking back and forth, I won’t make time to then follow up with them, a week, two weeks, a month later, and I will make sure that I’m consistently interacting. So it’s not this onetime thing, but we actually open a dialogue and that’s what happens when you voice message or video message new followers.
They know its a safe place for them to actually talk to you and you have no idea how many of those conversations that I’ve started with people have turned into paying customers and clients because they know that I’m a real person that they can actually interact with. So make sure that you continue to nurture the relationship and continue to interact with those people, especially if you have a new account.
Really value those new people who follow you because they are the people that are going to be with you in the long run if you value them in the beginning. Now, the next thing is making sure that you respond, like I said, to pretty much everything. When I was first starting to grow my account, everybody got a response and still to this day I have over a hundred thousand followers on Instagram and I still do my best to respond to every single DM that I get. Some of them end up in spam and I don’t see them, but I try and respond to every single DM that I get, every question that I get. And I just block out time outside of this five minute rule, like once a week, to go through and answer all my DMs. So, like I said, I’m not on Instagram all day, every day. I have this five minute rule and everything I just mentioned goes into that five minute rule. I interact with existing accounts that follow me, my existing audience that follows me. I interact with like-minded accounts to grow my following. I search hashtags to grow my following and curate content.
I build the relationships with people ongoing in the DMs and I make sure that I’m responding to everything in my Direct Messages. And if you have a smallish audience, there’s no excuse, you should be responding to everything in your DMS because that’s what’s going to build relationships and help you show up higher in the algorithm on Instagram. Now, if you’ve enjoyed this, let me know what your biggest takeaway was from this video and what your going to start doing on Instagram. If you haven’t followed me on Instagram yet, you can find me @Malik_vasid. Head over there, follow me, shoot me over a DM, and you’ll see, Ill respond. If you like this video, I’ve got a whole playlist dedicated to Instagram growth and getting real results on that platform. Make sure you check that out here and make sure you check out my video on how to find the right hashtags and how I post on Instagram right here. If you like this, hit the like button below. Be sure to subscribe and share this with your friends or anyone who needs to see it. And Ill see you in the next video. Bye.