For less than $7, you can purchase a venti iced Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks — or 500 Instagram followers. The former will suit your sweet tooth; the latter will put you on track to be a bonafide influencer. And with Instagram influencer standing comes lucrative brand deals.
How TO Buy Real & Active Instagram Followers
Buying Real Instagram followers is insanely easy and has become relatively cheap. In 2012, Forbes reported that you could get 1,000 followers for $90. Now, there are numerous sites, including Buzzoid and iDigic, where you are able to get as many as 10,000 followers for under $70. That’s not much once you consider that top influencers can bring in hundreds of thousands and perhaps even millions of dollars in brand deals.
The followers that you buy can be a mix of bot accounts and valid users that have signed up for what is called “credit Likes” or “follow swapping,” states Evan Asano, CEO, and founder of influencer marketing agency Mediakix. In those circumstances, users will follow others to make credit which may be used to get more followers to their account.
But if your profile currently has 500 followers, there is a sensible reason you probably do not need to go to get a 10,000-follower package: Instagram has a team of workers who work to detect fraudulent activity, such as Like and Follow incentive programs. There’s a great chance your account might get suspended and insulting — or terminated entirely.
But if you opt for a smaller-scale purchase — 100 followers for $2.97 or even 500 followers for $6.99 — this risk gets much lower. “There is very little downside to buying followers,” Asano says. “It’s very tough to get flagged in case you generally follow Instagram best practices. In other words, you post on a regular basis and also have involvement.”
The engagement factor is important whether you’re buying followers to be able to get noticed by brands. While large brands do care about how many followers an influencer has, a number of Likes and remarks that somebody is getting per article matters more.
“It will not look good if you are purchasing followers but they’re not participating with your content,” Asano says. “Brands are becoming savvier. They are taking a look at the participation rate per post in contrast to a number of followers.”
The more followers you have, the greater your participation per post needs to be so for the ratio between the two to seem legitimate. That said, buying Likes is at least as simple as purchasing followers and remains comparatively inexpensive; 10,000 will cost you about $70 on most sites. But remarks come at a higher cost. Maybe that’s fine for your budget if you’re only doing it for a couple of photos, but if you begin doing it for each article, plus buying Likes and followers, then things start getting very pricey.
Of course, there’s also the matter of your conscience. Yes, buying followers is pretty commonplace — it is not tough to check through a person’s followers and determine that accounts are bots. But would you really feel alright knowing that your profile’s achievement is mainly fake? That’s a question you’ll want to ask yourself before you start shelling out to followers and engagement.