hawaiian weed instagram

Follow me on my journey to growing an Instagram account organically from scratch. I wanted to give myself a time frame so this doesn’t go on forever, so I’ll be documenting my journey for 30 days. I’m excited to see where this account will be by the end of this. I hope you are, too. I also hope that through my journey you’ll find something to help you out on yours. Enjoy!

Day 1 – August 30, 2019:
I decided to try my hand at growing Instagram accounts. I had a spare account sitting around and decided to use that one instead of creating a brand new one. The account was crap though so I used it but started from scratch. I removed all the followers I had, unfollowed every account that I was following, changed the username to something more SEO and niche friendly, changed the profile picture to something that reflected the new username and niche better, then I removed all the pictures that I had posted and started sharing niche related photos. For those of you that are wondering, I chose to start off with a “weed” Instagram account. Why? I like weed. I also figured it would be easy to get followers, especially through hashtags. It’s a very specific niche and I feel like I know how to find these followers. We’ll see though. This niche is hit or miss.

Results:
0 followers
0 following
3 photos
13 likes
0 comments

Day 2 – August 31, 2019:
The first thing I did with the account today is follow some other accounts in the same niche. I followed 10 very popular weed Instagram accounts including Weed Maps and High Life. Yeah, I went really big for this one. I want to note that I specifically chose to follow 10 accounts. It keeps me under Instagram’s radar. Once I finished following 10 accounts, I shared a photo. Same as always, I used multiple popular hashtags. I also like to throw in lesser used hashtags but rarely anything with under 100,000 uses. Since sharing the one photo, I’ve gained 5 followers, 12 likes(10 on the new photo alone) and 1 comment. All within an hour.

Results:
5 followers
10 following
4 photos
24 likes
1 comment

Day 3 – September 1, 2019:
I went to the site Best Hashtags to find some popular weed related hashtags that I can use for my photos. I’m slowly collecting popular, and less popular but still pretty popular, hashtags. I posted a photo using 30 hash tags, as I always try to do(30 is the limit) and received some love almost immediately. The results were really nothing to boast about though. I posted the photo at about 11am.

Results:
5 followers
10 following
6 photos
35 likes
1 comments

Day 4 – September 2, 2019:
I went straight to Instagram and searched for the hashtag “mary jane”. From there, I found 10 more accounts to follow. This time I made sure to look for real people to follow, not big brands. I also made sure that their feed was related to weed more than anything else. I also checked to see that they were still active.

Results:
7 followers
21 following
6 photos
35 likes
1 comments

Day 5 – September 3, 2019:
I want to stay under Instagram’s radar so I’m avoiding following any accounts today. I came across one account that was too good not to follow so I followed it, but it was just the one. It’s always nice to do some natural following. I shared two photos at 1:45am -10HST. They say 6am is the peak hour but I wanted to see the results of posting at 6am in another time zone. It was a failureā€¦ I did not receive any results until several hours later. Also, you may notice that I am following less people. This is Instagram’s doing, not mine. I have no clue why they unfollowed two accounts, especially since those accounts are still around.

Results:
14 followers
19 following
8 photos
47 likes
1 comments

Day 6 – September 4, 2019:
I decided to take a break from promoting this Instagram account. I still received a little but of love though. I let the hashtags do the work for me.

Results:
14 followers
19 following
8 photos
47 likes
1 comments

Day 7 – September 5, 2019:
11am seems to be a good time(my time) to post pictures so I posted two. I’ve spent some time researching the best hashtags for my niche(weed) and came up with what I think are the best ones. I’ve made a list of 30 hashtags for each type of post that I make. Weed in general have their own 30 hashtags, joints have their own 30 hashtags, dabs have their own 30 hashtags, etc. I’ve also bookmarked GoodReads.com on popular relaxation quotes. I feel like these quotes match perfectly with my niche. Best-Hashtags.com really helped me out with this one. To come up with a caption for my posts I use goodreads.com. I am seriously considering automating the whole process since I really just need to copy and paste. The following results are from within 15 minutes of posting the two pictures.

Results:
14 followers
19 following
10 photos
59 likes
1 comments

Day 8 – September 6, 2019:
I decided to automate the process. I’ve used a lot of different schedulers but Apphi is my favourite one. They will 100% schedule the post for you and post it when you scheduled it for. Other schedulers will allow you to set a time to post but will only send you a push notification when the time comes, instead of actually posting it. So I set up a free trial with Apphi. The free trial comes with 10 free posts per month. 6am is peak time for me so I set the 10 posts up for 6am, everyday, for 10 days in a row. I wanted to post more than once a day though so I went to another post scheduler. I found Later and it offers 30 free posts under their free membership. I set up 30 posts to be posted at 6pm every evening for 30 days in a row.

Results:
14 followers
19 following
12 photos
80 likes
2 comments

Day 9 – September 7, 2019:
Since my posts are automated I decided to focus on other things. I’m going to go to each profile that follows me and comment and like a bunch of pictures. There is something called the 180 rule, which means to comment and like 180 pictures, but I do not have time for that. That’s way too tedious for me. I chose 5 pictures on each account and commented. I chose another 5 to like. I also chose another 10 people to follow. I wanted to make sure these weren’t big brands but that they were active and weed related, or at least liked weed related content. To do this, I went to my list of followers and checked out who they were following. 99% of the people my followers chose to follow were weed related, or 420 friendly, accounts.

Results:
16 followers
29 following
14 photos
96 likes
3 comments

Day 10 – September 8, 2019:
I feel like I’m doing the same things everyday so I decided to take a break for the day. No commenting or liking anyone’s photos. Since my posting is automated I guess technically I’m still working on the account. Real results are starting to come in!

Results:
22 followers
28 following
17 photos
135 likes
3 comments

Make sure to read Part 2 to stay apart of this journey.

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