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Instagram now boasts over 800 million users and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. Of course, like any popular social media platform, there is bound to be a portion of Instagram’s 800 million users that are fake.
Fake followers aren’t good for anybody. They dupe people into thinking they have a larger reach than they do and they dupe brands into choosing the wrong influencers to advertise their products.
Fortunately, conducting a fake follower check, whether it’s for your own channel or someone else’s channel, is pretty simple with the right guidance.
The key is to know what you’re looking for:
Engagement rate: if someone has 10,000 followers but only 2 comments and 5 Likes on every one of their posts, this could indicate that a large number of their followers are fake (or at least inactive/unengaged).
Who is engaging with posts: if the majority of a post’s engagement is coming from non-followers, this could be indicate an unreliable and inactive follower base.
Location of followers: if a channel’s followers don’t make sense in relation to their own location and channel theme, those followers may have been purchased. For example, if a channel is a local dog food company based out of Los Angelas and the majority of its followers are from Siberia, that’s a red flag.
Bump in followers: if someone suddenly gains 10,000 new followers overnight, there’s a good chance that those are fake followers. Use a tool like Iconosquare to keep track of someone’s follower growth.
Drop-in followers: on the same note, if you notice that suddenly a channel has 10,000 fewer followers than they did the day before, this could indicate that Instagram cleaned up a bunch of their fake followers.
Channel content: if a channel’s followers don’t have any posts, haven’t posted in two years, or haven’t even made the effort to post a profile picture, there’s a good chance they are either fake or inactive.
Who they follow: if a channel’s followers are followed by or are following “Fan-buying” services, this could indicate that they themselves are fake or bot accounts.
Usernames: while not as common, channels with conspicuous names like “@followers4you” can be an indicator of fake accounts.
Character of followers: if a truck driver form North Dakota is being followed mostly Russian supermodels and Indian bodybuilders, that’s a good sign that those followers were purchased.
Number of private accounts: random follows from private accounts with small or non-existent followings could indicate that those channels are trying to hide signs that they’re fake (no photos, inactivity for long periods of time, etc.).
Doing a fake follower check is one way to clean up your followers. Another much easier way is to avoid getting fake followers in the first place.
The reason people get fake followers in the first place is typically because they buy a huge number of followers in bulk with no regard for what those followers look like.
Taking the time to create relevant content and selectively engage with your target audience is obviously the best way to avoid this.
If you don’t have the time to do grow your Instagram on your own, there are ways other than buying your followers to quickly grow your following with real followers.
As Instagram has terminated any automated growth activities, using Instagram bots can lead to user shadowbanned (even getting removed forever!).
To solve this issue, AiGrow has come up with a great option for its users to grow their IG accounts in terms of Engagement and Followers 100% guaranteed.
AiGrow’s experts will take care of your activities on your behalf on a daily basis. They log into your Instagram account and perform activities based on the Instagram algorithm.
This way, you’re still attracting real people to your channel, but you’re doing it 100% safe (without the risk of getting shadowbanned). More importantly, you’re creating a follower base that doesn’t require you to constantly perform a fake follower check and clean up your account in the future.
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