Bye Bye Instagram! Hello Ello!

Last Update: May 22, 2019

Hello everyone,

In March I started to use Instagram and after 2,5 months of use, over 400 posts, almost 600 followers I can say I am not exactly convinced using Instagram as a great social tool for my projects.

Now Instagram is not bad, do not get me wrong, but Instagram is moving towards specializing on the bigger sharks selling advertisement and use your data to analyse what advertisement to show you in your personal feed.

The Big Sharks

If you are a big shark, Instagram might work for you after spending money for advertisement. But if you are like me, a starter, it is a hard nut to get exposure at all. Instagram is fine-tuning their algorithm more and more and is not exposing us to a wider crowd unless we get a lot of attention from users by liking and commenting on our posts, which is in the beginning as good as nihil, so making it extra hard to build something up at all.

From my analyse I can tell you that I only reach 3-5% of my followers and that is sheer a waste of time and money. To get more exposure you need to interact as well, with what, others advertisements? That is something I do not like either at all, there is for over 50% of spam on Instagram, posts, personal messages and live story, and that is not exactly I am looking for... Just my opinion.

Instagram Punishments

Furthermore Instagram is punishing anyone who is leading people away from Instagram, say what??? Yes you got that right. Then why using Instagram at all? Well just use it to be present, but my opinion is it is a waste of your time and money to invest too much time in it. You better write blogs on your websites with great keywords and build up your brand first before you go full time Instagram. Oh and do not use automated tools as Instagram is punishing you for those too now...

Now Kyle and Carson said it is a great platform, yes true if you are a big shark already, and Kyle and Carson are big sharks seen the 1.000.000+ WA users they have, so much easier to get their followers on Instagram and get more exposure.

I have followed up their advise, posting personal stuff, no advertisement either, but my experiences are not exactly great. I get an average of 20-30 likes per post, but you have to ask yourself in how far people are really interested, or just clicking like to be liked.

Many follow you to unfollow you just the very next day, week or month too, Very annoying, Instagram says they shadow banning these accounts, but I have not seen much change into that.

Hello Ello

So what is next? An alternative to Instagram? Yes there is. If you are an artist like I am and besides of writing also make art, photos or even music, then have a look at the social platform Ello that is working based on your work as an artist and not with the eye on making money with your content selling advertisement. :)

Off course you do not need to be an artist, although you are if you are a writer. Give it a try and look this platform up. I signed up and will see in how far I can compare it to Instagram. I read an article from a person who left Instagram and switched to this one last year. This person had over 16.000 followers, well that says something right?

Let me know what you use, what is your experience and do you love sheer advertisement...?

ToLiNoLi, Stefan

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davehayes Premium
Interesting post, but not one that should contain surprises really given that it's owned by Facebook and that is leaning more towards advertising and specifically for the big sharks as you call them, because they are copying what Google and YouTube have done and are doing... Business Advertising

Personally, I stopped using Social Media so much back in December, preferring to focus on building my list using the advertising methods which work really well for me and contine to do so...

That sector is specifically geared towards small business advertising, and over the last few years has rewarded me very nicely, hence why I stay in that niche

Equally you don't have to put up with Algorithm changes, such as reach declining and can actually focus on helping people grow their business by documenting what you do either on your blog, through YouTube or in my case a combination of both

Sorry to prattle on but it's based on a daily observation of the changes occurring and transitions needed
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ToLiNoLi Premium Plus
Exactly, Youtube will give you faster exposure with the right videos than Instagram ever will. The so called Live function, what sense does it make to use it to get new followers if it gets deleted after 24 hours??

Only for a sales action or because it won't fit on your profile it makes sense...

I will study some of your techniques to see what can help me to adapt it to my kind of content if you don't mind. :))
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davehayes Premium
Yup feel free.
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ToLiNoLi Premium Plus
Cool. :))
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Fleeky Premium Plus
Ty
❤️
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ToLiNoLi Premium Plus
You are welcome Fleeky :)
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cld111 Premium
Interesting. I'll give it a look. I can't seem to get the hang of Instagram. And like you, I don't really get the point of being on there, except for socially.

- Christina
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ToLiNoLi Premium Plus
Hi Christina,

You hit the nail, looking forward to hang out with you on Ello :))
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accad Premium
Good, you have shared this so I will not waste my time on it. Thank you.
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ToLiNoLi Premium Plus
A presence is ok, but it will only work if you spend lots of time and as described above, if we have no follower-ship at all it will be very hard to build anything up and it is a waste of time, we better build otherwise and can later when the time is right add it, maybe hire someone who will do this for you. (outsourcing) :)
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ShobP Premium
Ello sounding interesting and promising will definitely give it a try.
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ToLiNoLi Premium Plus
I created my account today and it offers interesting alternatives to Instagram, like you can add if you like to get hired / contacted by brands for your business or just to sheer collaborate with others. :)) I forgot to mention that Instagram is also punishing on # and will shadow ban you if you use 30# what was expected to be the maximum, you better go for +- 10# then you need to look up the banned # otherwise you get punished as well if you used a banned one no matter if it got banned afterwards.... :O it all makes it very hard for anyone building a new account on Instagram, therefore try this alternative and foremost please do not use the portals to advertise, just think for yourself: would you love it to see advertisements on your timeline non stop? Cheerio see you over there.
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ShobP Premium
Yes, Also I agree with you, Building an audience with Instagram has become quite difficult now.
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ToLiNoLi Premium Plus
Looking forward to see you on Ello :))
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ShobP Premium
See you too! :)
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ToLiNoLi Premium Plus
I just put up my first writing post :)) I will use it to give short extracts or examples what the reader can expect when visiting my website, promoting my art in this way should be ok. :))
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