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Who Invented The Follow / Unfollow Method?

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The follow / unfollow is a popular social media method, widely used by many successful Internet influencers.

The follow/unfollow is a popular social media method, widely used by many successful Internet influencers. Not just popular, but secretly powerful. Digital records will prove that Ako Stark was the first to discover this method, all the way back in 2011, a year after Instagram was first launched.

In that year, Ako Stark launched a simple meme page full of comedic posts. The content was taken from platforms like Tumblr and iFunny, edited and reposted to Instagram. With very little work, Stark would go on to hit the explore page with every post, without fail.

While he had over 300k followers on his Instagram page, he also had over 500k people he was following. During the early days of social media, the goal was to have as many followers as humanly possible, so of course, people were curious. They started asking questions on Reddit, Ask and Quora. And, inevitably, the questions all asked the same thing:

“Why is this account following so many people?”

Copycat meme pages started doing what Stark was doing and began seeing slow, steady growth in their followers, as well. Around this time, Stark decided to let the chips fall where they may and show the world how he was able to generate so many Instagram followers in just a few months.

He made a YouTube video, where he taught people how to gain thousands of followers on Instagram. In 48 hours, that video had over 4 million views and racked up over 25,000 subscribers. It was a gold mine for those who wanted to get famous, and for those who wanted to take their accounts to the next level.

That was the day Ako Stark changed the social media landscape forever. Immediately after, hundreds of YouTube channels began to replicating his method, producing videos and guides and reactions of their own. It spread like wildfire, and hundreds of bloggers would go on and write about follow/unfollow strategy.

This method was active for about one year. If you wanted to grow your Instagram account, you knew what you had to do. In 2012, Instagram was purchased by Facebook and they introduced a devastating new update: limitations on how many people you could follow, with a cap at 7,500.

This made the Follow / Unfollow method much more difficult to pull off. In fact, many influencers gave up doing it entirely. But the method still works, to this day, and not only for Instagram but for other social media platforms as well. Because, ultimately, with or without a cap, this method relies on a fundamental understanding of social media platforms and the psychology of the people using them.

I am going to explain to you how this genius works and why it should be your next step in gaining more followers.

But let’s not get too distracted by all the great social media platforms out there, and focus on one, specifically: Instagram. This method was heavily used by Gary Vaynerchuk when he was first starting out and now he has over 2.5 million Instagram followers.

You have to understand one thing before you apply this method: if you don’t do it correctly, in today’s world, you could get your account banned.

Break Down of Follow / Unfollow Method

Basically, the idea is to follow other Instagram accounts, regularly, to gain followers on your own account. In other words, you will follow lots of accounts to get just a follow or two back. If you follow 7,500 people around 2,500 people will follow you back. That’s a 33% gain.

Now, let’s say you follow 100k. You’ll get about 33,000 to follow you back, easily. And that’s a big step up from 2,500, isn’t it? I think you’re starting to get the picture.

Avoid The Following Mistakes

Now, the way this will work for you is if you go after a certain niche versus going after everything all at once.

Let’s say you created a travel Instagram account. What you will have to do is use travel keywords to identify those who are already actively trending for big travel tags. Once you identify the accounts, you will have to follow their active followers and those are the ones that are actively liking the posts of that specific account. You will have a much higher chance of conversion than just following all their followers.

Build a Great Presence

Before you start going at it, you will need to make sure your profile is properly optimized, has a great, attention-grabbing profile photo, a clear bio, story highlights to introduce your account, and at least 30 posts that are absolutely great.

Here’s why: when you follow someone who is already following a similar page as you, they will get a notification that says, “Your travel account” followed them. Since your profile looks eye-catching, that sparks curiosity and makes that user want to check out your page. Once they land on your profile, they investigate, they look at your bio, your highlights and the content you post and, if none of those are satisfying to them, they will choose not to follow you.

So, once again for the people in the back: make sure you follow my advice and establish your account before following others.

Avoid Following Inactive Accounts

This is very important because inactive accounts don’t follow back. So you have to know how to spot them. If the account you are trying to follow doesn’t have a profile photo, you want to stay away from it.

My favorite way is, after I follow all 7,500 people, there are some apps out there that let you see your Instagram analytics. I personally like metric Analytics as it lets you see active and inactive followers and you can just unfollow them right from the app.

How Many People Should You Follow Per Day?

This is where many people get busted when trying to effectively execute this method.  Instagram lets you follow up to 75 people per hour but, to not get on their radar, you should only follow about 50 people an hour.

Do not follow more than 1,000 people per day. If you do, you are going to be subject to a ban or simply disabled for one week. Also, this can result in getting shadowbanned, which will prevent any of your posts from trending on the explore page. So stay under 1k per day. To be honest, I’d actually 500-to-700, and no more.

I Followed 7,500 Now What?

Once you max out your account with however many people you follow, do not, and I mean do not unfollow people too soon. You will get banned if you do that.

Once you hit the limit of how many people you can follow, you have to wait at least a week or so to start unfollowing people. Unfollow about the same number of people, between 500 and 700 a day, and no more.

And try not to be tempted to use Instagram bots. You will not get far with it and your account will be subject to shadowban and actually being terminated. I’ve seen too many friends lose great accounts due to fake followers.

 Conclusion

You can use Ako Stark’s method to grow your other social media platforms as well as your Instagram. Only follow those who are in your niche. Make sure you follow active accounts. Don’t follow more than 50 people per hour and 500-to-700 people a day. Wait about a week to unfollow people and repeat the same cycle as when you first followed people.

It works, and you’ll be happy you tried it.

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A Few Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician

Hiring an Electrician

Many homeowners attempt to do home improvement projects themselves, and the results are often disappointing. However, trying to handle electrical work independently can lead to costly errors and injuries. Discover a few things to check before hiring an electrician to get the job done right and stay within the budget.

Proper Training

When looking for an electrician, the first thing to consider is whether they are properly trained. The electricians should attend a vocational school or other recognized institute to learn how to perform the work correctly. Discuss the training process to find the right team for the job.

Review Experience

Comparing electricians includes reviewing their relevant experience performing similar work. Homeowners should discuss the project scope with potential electricians and determine whether they have experience in that area. Also, ask for recommendations and referrals from previous satisfied customers.

Check Reviews

Once homeowners have a list of prospects, check online reviews to narrow down the possibilities based on customer experiences. Often, people discover more about an electrician or other service providers by reading reviews and talking to others. Also, discuss referrals with neighbors, co-workers, friends, and families to determine which services handled the work most efficiently.

Licensed and Insured

Verify your state’s requirement for license and insurance and then ensure the electrician is compliant to protect your most valuable asset. It is often tempting to hire an unlicensed or uninsured electrician to cut costs, but that often adds up to spending more money in the long run. Plus, you could be liable if an accident or injury occurs on your premises, adding even more to the costs.

Verify Credentials and Permits

The first step to verifying an electrician’s expertise is to inquire about licenses and insurance. The next step is to verify these credentials and permits to ensure they are valid and current. A quality electrician will immediately provide documentation for customers to verify.

Talk to Several Electricians

After comparing reviews and verifying credentials, consult with several electricians to find the right one for the project. While all of them might be qualified for the job, homeowners should find an electrician that understands their vision and wants to work with them every step of the way. Take notes during the interviews to review and determine the best candidate for the job.

Compare Costs

While qualifications are crucial to getting the job done correctly, homeowners must also stay within their budget to avoid financial stress associated with unexpected surprises. An electrician should provide a precise estimate and include everything to be done to complete the project for homeowners to plan for payment. The goal is to find a qualified electrician that provides all the services needed for the most competitive price. 

Look for Outstanding Customer Service

Finally, it helps to work with electricians dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and that stand behind their work. Inquire about warranties and other guarantees to verify the project will be completed according to specifications. Then choose the electrician who communicates clearly and makes you feel comfortable about their skills.

Hiring an electrician is often critical to getting the job done right and avoiding additional costs related to injuries and errors. Use this checklist to find a qualified electrician that provides outstanding service within your budget.

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