Even though I don’t blog for money, I can’t help but still be a little obsessed with my Insta numbers. It feels so good to get a follower notification, and I know I’m not the only one who’s hooked on that feeling. Some of us try to capture more of that by leaving dozens (hundreds!) of comments and likes, others do the follow/unfollow method, and then there are the serious bloggers–the ones who pay to automate the whole process.
I tried one of those automation services–Instagress–for a week to find out what it was all about.
Instagress is a website–not an app–that you can finely tune to like, comment, follow, and unfollow on your behalf.
You link your Instagram account, and from there, you have full control over how much engagement it does for you. I had mine set up to leave 30 likes/hour and follow 20 people/hour.
You can even schedule when Instagress runs. See, you can’t run Instagress and use Instagram at the same time. If you happen to leave comments and likes manually while it’s running, the Insta Police are gonna getcha.
One thing I didn’t do? Automate comments. Dear Lord, that is a terrible idea. We’ve all seen those lame comments that say, “Nice pic!” or just a nonsensical string of emojis–those are automated through things like Instagress. Guys, if you ever use a service like this, PLEASE don’t automate your comments. Please.
Anyway, it costs about $10 a month, although it gets pricier if you’re paying week by week or day by day.
First, let’s talk hard numbers. On a regular day, doing my normal engagement tactics, I was averaging 18 followers on Instagram per day. With Instagress, it dwindled to a measly 9.
Second–and this was what really killed me–my feed got SO clogged with shitty accounts. I had it set to follow followers of some big accounts (like New Darlings), and a lot of them are just normal people taking selfies. Not inspiring. I never wanted to check my feed because it would be picture after picture of poorly-lit table settings.
The Bottom Line
Honestly, don’t waste your money on something like this. There is no substitute for the human touch. If you’re really desperate for followers, even manually following and unfollowing is a better option than Instagress.
Have you guys ever tried something like this? How did it work out for you?
By the way, since I seem to be doing a lot of these “seedy underbelly of blogging” type posts, let me know if you have any burning questions about the blogging world and I’ll see if I can answer them!