How many blog posts have you read through all saying the same thing over and over again about how to boost engagement on Instagram?? I can guarantee you it is one of the most blogged about things out there purely because some bloggers try and make a living out of promoting ways to get better engagement. Don’t get me wrong babes, I am not slating that at all and I am well impressed by people who managed to do that, but for me it never worked.
I have spent hours on Pinterest and Instagram trying to find ways I can boost my engagement on Instagram because its pretty slack and its getting to the point that I wanted to give up. I even started messaging some of my blogging friends as an SOS. I was totally confused as to where I was going wrong. I was literally stuck on 2800 followers.
I have been in comment pods since I started blogging because when I started blogging two and a half years ago (WTF its been so long?!) they were the new big thing. I joined a few and then I even created some of my own, but the reality of comment pods is that after a few weeks ~ maybe a month ~ after they were created people start not replying, and some people just drop out all together, especially in pods where there is A LOT of people.
I joined one with nearly 30 people in, and when you have nearly 30 people posting up to 3 photos each a day its hard work! That could be almost 90 photos you have to go and comment on and it takes bloody ages I will tell you that! Then other pods I was in literally had two of us active in so it was a real mix!
Being completely honesty, for me comment pods made me fall out of love with instagram, and it became very much a chore to post and then have to routinely comment on the same pages. I loved some of the posts I was commenting on and I met some lovely bloggers, however when you comment on the same pages and the same to your Instagram to me it looks a bit dodgy??? Like not real.
Anyway, long story short I left all my comment pods, I think I was in 6 overall and instantly I felt so much more relaxed! I didn’t have to worry about catching up on time and I would often do it before I went to bed, and after I left I could go to bed without worrying about it.
As for my engagement…. *drum roll*…. it has improved SO SOOOOOOOO much! I have gained over 300 followers in the last month maybe, maybe a bit less than that and I haven’t gained that many followers in over a year! Its because I can spend my time researching useful hashtags and organically grow my engagement by connecting with other bloggers who post about the same things as I do.
There is always that debate whether comment pods damage your Instagram algorithm because of Instagram not liking the made up engagement from the groups and I can so see that it is true! I have left my pods and my engagement is so much better and my page visits have increased by 300% LIKE WHAT?!!!!!!
Are you in any Instagram pods??