If you ever thought about buying followers, likes or comments to boost your Instagram account keep on reading as there are a few things to consider before you make a decision that can’t be undone and that you might regret later on. Things aren’t as straightforward as you think, there are some serious risks attached to these kinds of practices so hopefully, I make you a little wiser in this post.
Let’s start with the cons first to not influence your opinion in a too positive light
Your followers are most likely fake
There are dozens of services but there are less than a handful that results in real followers, and even in those cases you can’t be 100% sure that the quality of the service gets maintained in such way that they remain real forever. Most providers have a database of accounts but once you exceed certain thresholds they tap into less legitimate ways to gain followers for you.
Others don’t always appreciate it
If you gain a lot of followers in a short amount of time you might deal with prying eyes from your competitors. Good chance that they get jealous and start to report you so be careful and never share what you are doing with anyone, not even your best friends as it can easily work against you.
Engagement levels drop big time
Do you know that Instagram belongs to Facebook? They purchased it a few years ago and the advanced bot detection methods they apply to Facebook are integrated at Instagram as well. Because of that, there is a very real chance your practices won’t stay undetected. At Facebook, it’s a known fact that the less engaging your audience is the more they lower your reach to get in touch with your genuine fans. This is probably the most important reason to stay away from dubious practices to grow your Instagram account.
Getting your account deleted
If you really take it to the extreme they can ban you for buying Instagram followers. you won’t be the first one to have experienced that. Just browse around on online forums or at sites like Trust Advisor and you’ll see many people complaining about this.
It’s not all bad though, let’s look at the benefits
Giving yourself a headstart
When you are just starting on Instagram and you have zero followers it looks unattractive to people to follow you, as the first thing they think is that you are unpopular so buying a few hundred followers is not that bad of an idea, simply to get the ball rolling.
Trading followers for followers
Although this isn’t the most ethical method of methods it does work, adswaps are common practice at Instagram and this can start as small as you want. Sure the other party won’t be happy with this but you can always publish one of their post at a later point when you do have legit followers so that you don’t come across as a thief.
More credibility = better conversions
We all use these social widgets on our website, even I bought 2000 fake likes for my main website, simply because 200 likes don’t look all that great so now clients are much more likely to purchase one of my services and conversions are all that matter.
Summing it up
As you can see there are some serious downsides to buying Instagram followers so make sure you don’t overdo it. Nothing wrong with giving it a little push in the right direction though.