Anyone who's launched a profile on Instagram will know how demoralising it is when you make a huge effort to gain less followers than most teenagers have without trying. So with the hope that I can save others time and research, here's what I've found successful in my journey to 500 followers. The key to my strategy has been to find real followers. Don't be tempted with companies that offer to gain you thousands of followers. Followers who don't care, or aren't real (in many cases) won't engage in your posts and that will stop you from growing.