If you’re aiming to be one of those big influencers on Instagram, then these are the mistakes you should be avoiding. However, sometimes even the big influencers make these mistakes when posting content on Instagram.
3 Common Mistakes Instagram Influencers Make
1. Excessive Use of Hashtags
Previously, Instagrammers used to add 50 or even up to 70 hashtags on their posts—with hopes to reach a larger audience. Doing that today with your Instagram posts is a big mistake and could jeopardize your growth as an influencer.
Instagram hashtags are a great marketing tool for influencers, but they can’t beat the importance of content. Instagram wants you to post only quality content so that its users get the most out of their social media experience.
So if you get carried away with those, then you may just get yourself “Action Banned” or your posts may be hidden from your audience. The Instagram algorithm considers excessive hashtags as spam. So put a cap on the hashtags you use in your captions.
Aside from that, avoid repeatedly using the same hashtags for all your Instagram posts. Because that is another thing that triggers the Instagram algorithm. Repeated hashtags may again result in your posts being hidden from users. So make sure to switch up those hashtags!
2. Posting Irrelevant Content
Here’s another common mistake we keep seeing influencers do with their posts on Instagram. Why would you want to post content that has no relation to your personal brand?
Think about it. Your followers are sticking with you because of who you are and what you represent. So posting irrelevant content is just going to be such a big turn-off for your audience.
Here’s an example. There is an influencer who creates regular posts on Instagram about comic books. He managed to build a community of loyal comic fans because of the inspiring content he always released. But then he started to create posts about repairing cars. Then there are times when he’d make quick random non-comic book-related videos about cleaning air-cons or plastering walls and so on.
Fair enough – this influencer is a jack of all trades. But his followers are there to hear about his take on the latest spike with comic book prices. Not to learn about the best method to put up wallpaper.
As an Instagram influencer, you want to avoid posting images, videos, or captions even that your followers are not expecting—as it could prove a costly mistake. Followers may very well move along to the next influencer if they start seeing content that is out of place. Remember, chances are there are plenty more influencers out there covering the same topics as you. People do have choices. So once they have settled on your content, you don’t want to give them reason to settle elsewhere.
Apart from creating quality content, you need to make sure you follow a proper schedule when publishing each post. You can’t be a successful Instagram influencer if you’re just going to post “whenever you feel like it“.
Your followers can be very particular about consistency in your posts. It’s a big mistake to go on a sudden break and expect your audience to be there for you when you come back.
So this last point is to avoid being inconsistent when releasing your influencer-inspired posts on Instagram. Figure out the best timing for when you’ll catch your audience active on Instagram. Then make sure to always post at that time.
If you struggle to create content during the peak hours of when your audience is online—that’s not a problem! You can create posts well in advance. Then use Instagram tools that allow you to schedule posts. So even if your followers are most active at 3 am (maybe because the majority of your fans are halfway around the world), your posts will hit them while they’re online.
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