How many blog posts have you read through all saying the same thing over and over again about how to boost engagement on Instagram?? And that instagram pods are the way to go? I can guarantee you it is one of the most blogged about things out there purely because some bloggers try and make a living out of promoting ways to get better engagement. Don’t get me wrong, I am not slating that at all and I am well impressed by people who managed to do that, but for me it never worked.
I have spent hours on Pinterest and Instagram trying to find ways I can boost my engagement on Instagram because its pretty slack and its getting to the point that I wanted to give up. I even started messaging some of my blogging friends as an SOS. I was totally confused as to where I was going wrong. I was literally stuck on 2800 followers.
I have been in comment pods since I started blogging because when I started blogging two and a half years ago (WTF its been so long?!) they were the new big thing. I joined a few and then I even created some of my own, but the reality of comment pods is that after a few weeks ~ maybe a month ~ after they were created people start not replying, and some people just drop out all together, especially in pods where there is A LOT of people.
I joined one with nearly 30 people in, and when you have nearly 30 people posting up to 3 photos each a day its hard work! That could be almost 90 photos you have to go and comment on and it takes bloody ages I will tell you that! Then other pods I was in literally had two of us active in so it was a real mix!
Being completely honesty, for me comment pods made me fall out of love with instagram, and it became very much a chore to post and then have to routinely comment on the same pages. I loved some of the posts I was commenting on and I met some lovely bloggers, however when you comment on the same pages and the same to your Instagram to me it looks a bit dodgy??? Like not real.
Anyway, long story short I left all my comment pods, I think I was in 6 overall and instantly I felt so much more relaxed! I didn’t have to worry about catching up on time and I would often do it before I went to bed, and after I left I could go to bed without worrying about it.
As for my engagement…. *drum roll*…. it has improved SO SOOOOOOOO much! I have gained over 300 followers in the last month maybe, maybe a bit less than that and I haven’t gained that many followers in over a year! Its because I can spend my time researching useful hashtags and organically grow my engagement by connecting with other bloggers who post about the same things as I do.
There is always that debate whether comment pods damage your Instagram algorithm because of Instagram not liking the made up engagement from the groups and I can so see that it is true! I have left my pods and my engagement is so much better and my page visits have increased by 300% LIKE WHAT?!!!!!!
Are you in any Instagram pods??