This is an update to a previous entry about Instagram follow limits and how to moderate your activities in order to avoid getting your account into the ‘Instagram jail’ and even avoid the ‘ban hammer’. We are going to do a summary of what’s explained in that post and add what we’ve learnt since the last update.
We attempted to answer this question previously. Things haven’t changed much since but I believe we need a new approach when setting our follow/unfollow limits.
What’s important to note here is that there’s no universal follow and unfollow limits for Instagram, a lot of factors come to play here. I’ll mention a few important ones:
- Age of Instagram account
- Size – Number of followers
- Overall engagement (commenting, liking)
- Active/inactive accounts
Simply stated: aged Instagram accounts (~3months +) are able to follow more than new accounts; accounts with a lot of followers can follow more than those with few followers; active accounts that also have great engagement also tend to be allowed to follow more than dormant accounts.
So what’s the best approach you ask?
I set my follow limit for new Instagram accounts at 300 – 350/day for the first week. I then increase that number by between 50 – 70 every other week that follows until I reach a maximum of 800/day for that account.
It is possible to go beyond 800/day when your numbers grow but I prefer to avoid reaching limits when my accounts would get temporary bans.
Now let’s break that further down.
Say if you have a maximum of 5 hours a day to do the follow/unfollow method (assuming you’re doing it manually), and you’re working on a new Instagram account. That would amount to a maximum of 70/hr or 6 every 5 minutes. Those are very safe figures if you asked me.
The general consensus from the people I talk to and a bit of my own experience is, you can safely like per day upto 1.5x the amount of follows you do. Say, for instance, your follow limit is 400/day, that allows you up to 600 likes per day. Keep in mind that these are by no means any official figures but simple estimates we’ve made from our own experiences.
Personally, I’ve never had to write so many comments to the extent that Instagram stopped me from doing more, but I’ve spoken to many people that are more aggressive with their strategies on Instagram and they agree that a maximum of 250/day would be safe.
Since we’ve already covered new Instagram accounts and how to ‘warm them up’, we should talk a bit about the follow/unfollow approach.
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