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Thread Contributor: gabbian0High followers, Low engagement
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Hi, i know this topic could be old already, but i want add some new data to this issue. After 5 years of hard work now i have 21k+ followers. When i had 10k my likes average was around 1000 (about 10%), most of them were coming in the first hours after posting. My posting style has always remained same. Now my average likes are around 100 and i need a full day to get that. I know, new instagram algorithm and so on, but then why i see people with 2k followers getting 300 likes per pic? And i'm not talking about different pics, but SAME pics (not similar, but SAME, i'm a photographer and my pic go both on my feed and model feed). For a period, i tried to sign as business so i could access INSIGHTS and see what's happening. Well, after 1 day of posting, my pic was SHOWED ON 5% of my total followers (around 1000). It means that i don't get likes anymore not because people doesn't like my pictures, but because they ARE NOT EVEN GETTING showed to my followers. I'm not shadow-banned cause i can see my pictures on my hashtags, but even if that was, i don't ask to be SEEN by external people, but just my followers! Is it possible that Instagram is performing a kind of "level-up", by showing more people with less followers instead of people with a big audience? Why 20k people that are following me can't see my post on their wall? This is really getting annoying cause i'm doing everything right but i feel like someone put a weight on my ankles. Any clue?

Ps.: please don't answer things like "you have to pay to get engagement" (not true) or "use hashtags properly" (not true) or "be more active" (not true)
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#2
I had this same issue for the last month and tried fixing it on my own... I seriously think everyones engagement is suffereing drastically on Insta. I never quite fixed the problem so I hired an agency to help because it was really hurting my business. I used Relaxed Social, and they helped me gain not just followers, but way better engagement rates. I went from around 50+ likes per post to 130-160 per post now.
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#3
The algorithm change messed with the old way of getting likes, comments, and followers. Activity matters.

Also you say that you have been working at this over the last 5 years. A lot of people have dropped off that signed up back then. They didn't cancel their account, just stopped using them.

Looking at socialblade I can see you started using a service on Aug 1st to do follow/unfollow. I have a feeling that people are getting penalized for doing that tactic. You have gained 4k followers in 2 months but at what cost? Seems like you have actually found that out.
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#4
Use hashtags man. If you don't want to put them in the post itself, just add a comment to your own post with all of the relevant hashtags. It definitely helps
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#5
I deal with the same thing, I go back to posts of mine from over a year ago when I only had about 10-15k followers and was hitting 900+ likes and 100+ comments per post.. now i'm at 44k and get around 300+ likes depending on the content. It's very frustrating!
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#6
Lol my engagement rate has gone to shit too, and my pictures only reach like 1.2k to 1.8k on average when I have 10k followers. I only get around 300-350 likes per photo when I used to get like 450-600 per photo.
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