Instagram 101: How I Improve My Instagram Feed!

Ah, Instagram. Where else would you find countless bloggers struggling to find the perfect filter while watching their cup of perfectly frothy coffee go cold?

I love Instagram, I really do: it’s amazing for inspiration and motivation – and of course searching the #bunniesofinstagram hashtag and sobbing, because bunnies.

I’ve been working on my feed lately; trying to find my own voice when it comes to my little square space on the internet. I’m still experimenting with my photo editing – expect a post on my editing routine soon! – but here’s a little list of some techniques I’ve been using to improve my account, use hashtags properly, and grow my followers…

PS: you can follow me on Instagram at @littlebudget

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  1. If you want a super pretty bright white feed (like I’m attempting… key word being “attempting”), go for a plain background for your photos. I’m a flatlay lover, so 99% of my photos are from this pretty top-down angle. I’ve tried various different backgrounds, but my favourite has to be an A3 sheet of white card. It’s a game-changer, trust me.
  2. To track your followers (and those pesky unfollowers – I see you, boo), think about investing a pound or two into an app that’ll show you as much data as your little heart could desire. My app of choice is simply titled “Followers” – I forked out 79p to get updates whenever someone unfollows me (how annoying is this whole ‘follow/unfollow’ thing some bigger accounts are doing?!), follows me, or tags me in something. You can also pay a lil extra to see your most popular posts, hashtags and times to post. Sorted.
  3. Don’t be afraid to delete photos. What you thought was a super cute lil snap of your Christmas tree against your lavender living room wall mightn’t look so cute against your bright white feed (this is from personal experience. It looked terrible). Curate your photos, and you’ll be happier with the overall result!
  4. Join a comment pod (or two)! Comment pods are groups of users who like and comment on your photos once they’re posted. Not only do you get to meet a group of like-minded users, it’s nice to get some genuine comments on your photos and support each other.
  5. Hashtags. The bane of my life. I’ve made myself a bulk list in my Notes app which can be easily copy ‘n pasted into a separate comment under my newly posted photo. Some of my favourites include #thegirlgang (because who doesn’t want to find new sassy queens to follow?), #grlpowr (ditto) and #flatlay. I could get lost on that tag for DAYS.

Do you have any fail-safe tips to improve your Instagram game? Hit me up on Twitter @little_budget and follow me on bloglovin so you never miss a new post!



  1. January 25, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Ah I love this post so much! I could never figure out Instagram because of it’s not algorithm, and although my followers are growing I’m not getting much engagement so maybe I need to purchase that app…

  2. January 26, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Ooh very handy post! I love Instagram but definitely don’t use it to it’s full potential. Have downloaded the app and hopefully will be an Instawizz in no time x

  3. February 24, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    This is such a great post! I’ve been struggling a lot lately with gaining 10 followers and losing 10 followers at the same time and not understanding why. I’ve really been trying to work on my feed too but I think that app sounds like something I might need to invest into!

    Ellie x

  4. March 28, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I also bought a few sheets of cardboard the other day, I figured I’ve got to put some effort into the ol’ Instagram account. A comment pod is an interesting concept- I’ve never heard of it before! How do you find one/take part in one?

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