At some point in your Instagram career, you must’ve asked yourself, “Should I buy followers?” Let me elaborate on this topic, from my perspective.
We’ll start with what and where these followers come from. Bot followers are inactive, inorganically created accounts. Some look real, some look fake. They are created by scripts that generate tens of thousands of accounts on a daily basis.
How do you gain bot followers? Typically, using certain hashtags such as “Like4Like,” “Follow4Follow,” etc. will attract bot followers, as they’re scripted to follow accounts that use those hashtags. 99% of pages on Instagram have bot followers. Liking certain photos, using certain hashtags, etc. WILL get you bot followers. It’s inevitable.
HOWEVER, do not get this confused with organic pages that are scripted to follow you on certain actions. Many organic pages have third-party scripts that follow/unfollow or like/ comment on certain pages if the script is triggered.
Another method people use, is to purchase these bot followers. It’s against Instagram policy to inorganically pump followers, so I HIGHLY suggest to AVOID purchasing followers.
Let’s talk about the pros and cons:
Benefits of Buying Followers:
- Your page seems bigger than it’s true size
- You can charge more for advertisement posts
- You may be able to network with other big pages
Cons of Buying Followers:
- Expensive (ranging from $10-80 per thousand followers)
- Your page may get flagged and most likely banned by Instagram
- 0 Engagement (fake followers won’t don’t like or comment on photos) - Frowned upon by the entire Influencer community
People see right through fake accounts - your engagement will be trash. Even if you have 100k fake followers, you’ll be lucky to get 50 likes on your photo. It’s extremely expensive, and on the rare occasion, a company will fall for your fraudulent service. You won’t be able to monetize a fake account. Monetization only works if you have an organic and loyal audience.