Get More Instagram Followers: #AskCWH Episode 2

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We all want them…..

No, not donuts. Instagram followers!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a blogger, an Instagram influencer, or a high school student; I bet you that you would never turn down a couple more (or a couple thousand more) Instagram followers. While numbers are arbitrary, engagement is everything. An increase in followers means an increase in the number of people engaging with you over that picture of your latte. No shame in that!

Now this isn’t just a post for how to get more likes on Instagram, but tips for how to grow your Instagram following the honest way, so people and brands will find you. (Because buying follower packages and collecting spam accounts doesn’t count, missy!)

As is Friday tradition, you can watch this episode of #AskCWH in video form:

No headphones? It’s alright, chica. Let’s dive on in:

First things first, followers are not for sale

I’ve recently been contacted by companies who’s sole mission is to provide you with packages to get more followers. For $36 dollars, you can have your photo up on their Instagram page for 3 hours and you can get 1,000 followers.

Does this work? No. Should you do this? No.

la croix collage

You don’t need sketchy scam sites like that. It’s totally free for you to tag relevant brands in your photo for a chance to be re-grammed and have thousands of eyes on your picture! Here’s an example of a picture I posted of my favorite La Croix beverage cans. They didn’t pay me or ask me to do this, but when they saw my picture, they thought it was cute and regrammed it to their 33,000+ followers! I gained quite a few followers from it and didn’t pay a cent.

How can you stick out to these brands and popular accounts? Easy… take better pictures! 

Pictures in good, natural light are more aesthetically pleasing than shadowy, heavily filtered images. You don’t need a fancy camera, just a window or a bit of sun and you’re good to go.

Also, make sure your pictures are cohesive and cohesive to your brand. 

What I mean by this is that your photos should each fall into a similar color scheme or editing pattern. Don’t post a picture of a turquoise beach and bright pink peonies and follow those up with a dark and moody picture. Call it an “Instagram theme” or call it chicken salad – doesn’t matter. It looks better if your gallery sticks to one aesthetic!


The second half of that tip is to make sure your photos match your brand. If you blog about makeup and fashion, put that on your IG account! People aren’t going to want to see pictures of you and your friends at the bar if they are following you for makeup tips. (Instagram has dual logins now, so maybe look into creating a separate, personal account if you can’t part with your Friday night bar grams.)

Lastly, and MOST IMPORTANT…..Use relevant hashtags! 

How do people and brands stumble across my account? Hashtags! I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, so I won’t go crazy. Just remember, hashtags are your friend. Did you just upload a picture of your cute Kate Spade bag? Tag them and use the hashtags #livecolorfully and #katespadeny. Imagine Kate Spade (Kate freaking Spade!!!) regramming you to all their purse-loving fans. #Goals.


If you have any more questions for me, you can post in the comments below or shoot me an email at You might just see your question on next Friday’s episode of #AskCWH!



  • Great tips! I always receive emails from those scammy companies. I can’t believe anyone actually pays them money to post their pictures. Organically gaining followers and engagement takes time, but is well worth it. Xoxo Mindy

    • cristina

      So well put! I think earning your followers is definitely the best way to grow. Have a great weekend, girl!

  • My favorite quote “call it an instagram theme or call it a chicken salad”, hehe! So many great tips, I’m trying to create a more cohesive instagram account.

    • cristina

      Haha thank you so much! I’m loving your instagram ,girlie. Especially all the cute pics of you and your man!

  • Love this post Cristina! It’s always great to touch on how to benefit from Instagram, and you rock at it!

    XO, Rachel

    • cristina

      Oh please girl, you are the real queen! Xoxo!!

  • I stumbled across your blog on Instagram and am in love! Love how simply you broke all of your tips and as a new blogger they were so helpful to me! Can’t wait to become a regular reader of yours! XOXO

    • cristina

      You are so sweet! Glad you’re here, lady!

  • Those emails about paying to feature your Instagram account make zero sense to me! But I was super happy to read about the Kate Spade hashtags… I’ve posted a photo or two with her products and had no idea there was a unique hashtag! Now I know to look for them for other brands!


    • cristina

      Yeah girl! Maybe see ya on their instagram one day 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend!

  • I really need to start tagging brands in photos and have prettier photography. Photography is my weakness unfortunately so it’s something that I really need to work on.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • cristina

      Photography is the toughest part! I’m definitely completely self-taught. I love to get inspiration from Pinterest!

  • These are all great tips for growing an Instagram following!! Thank you for sharing them!

  • These are awesome tips! I’m always trying to grow my Instagram and I’ve found that what works for me is engaging with other people by liking and commenting on their photos.


    • cristina

      That’s such a good tip! I try to go through and like and comment on my favorite hashtags once a day.

  • This is such a helpful post! I have really been focusing on growing my social media accounts lately, and tagging relevant brands in my posts is not something I had thought of before. Thank you for sharing this!

    • cristina

      Thank you so much! Tagging relevant brands is the best. You get to have a little fan-girl moment if they comment or like, haha!

  • Great tips! I’ve always struggled with gaining new followers until recently when I started to have a constant colour scheme. xx

  • I had never thought about tagging the brands in the photos before. I really like that. Thanks so much for the tip!

    • cristina

      You are so welcome! Yeah, I’ve found that it really helps to grow your exposure because you get followed by brands and by people who love the products and services you love 🙂

  • Amy

    These are awesome tips! I’m in the process of perfecting my instagram theme. Love the tip about the Kate Spade tags!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Great tips! If only Kate Spade would regram me. Year made!!

  • Olivia

    These are great tips! It is so annoying when companies contact me trying to get me to buy followers… no thank you!
    Miss Olivia Says

  • I love your instagram! These are such helpful tips!

  • Elana

    I love this video! I’m focusing on growing my Instagram this month so these tips will really come in handy.

  • Being regrammed from companies has been my biggest help!

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  • Great tips (as always). It still baffles me how companies think they can attempt appeal to today’s bloggers by paying for a feature on their site in order to “gain followers” – not real.

  • Great post! Instagram is definitely so important and engagement is KEY!
    The Fashionista’s Diary

  • Love this! I have been putting more effort into my gram lately and I am so happy with the results!

  • Girl, you are gorgeous. You don’t even need makeup 🙂 Loved this post. Literally taking your advice right now. Can’t wait for the next episode.