Instagram tips from a teen

Instagram Tips From a Teen

Instagram Tips From a Teen

I recently decided to start an Instagram page for my blog. I experienced a few issues when I first started the page. For about two weeks, I couldn’t post anything. I would make a post, and Instagram would instantly remove it for “violations.” It was weird, but I think the issue has sorted itself out now, so down to business.

But creating social media content for business is not the same as the content one typically posts for a personal account.

To get my mind in the game, I sought the expert advice of my 14-year-old, Jesse.

Some of you may think it’s crazy to take business advice from a 14-year-old, but he has more followers, more posts, more reels with more views than I do, so he probably knows something I don’t.

He also just started his 3rd Instagram page.

And when I asked him for his top Instagram tips, the kid nailed it. (Yes, I am biased but, he NAILED IT.)

Jesse’s primary focus is increasing followers, likes, and engagement, and here is what he has to say.

Instagram tips

Instagram Tip #1-Consistency is Key

Post often.

Post relevant, valuable content that leads to follower engagement.

Ideally, every day. Once in the morning and once in the evening if possible.

But even if you only post once a week, make sure you stay consistent in your schedule.

Consistent posting lets people know you are active on your Instagram account, which will boost your reach and followers. Your reach and engagement will drop off as soon as you stop being consistent in your posting schedule. 

This is no different than publishing blog posts.

Consistency is key.

Instagram Tip #2-Reels, Stories, or Posts?

Reels typically get more views.

But ideally, you need to spread your content out between posts, stories, and reels to see what will work best for you.

Testing different posts will tell you what type of content your followers enjoy.

Pay attention to Instagram Insights.

Instagram tips: use Instagram insights to track analytics

Insights are available for every post and will tell you how many likes, comments, shares, and saves a post has and the reach and profile visits generated by the post.

There are also insights available for your account.

Instagram tips: use Instagram insights to track analytics

These numbers are essential. They let you know what works, what doesn’t work, and where you need to improve. Again, not much different than your blog analytics.

Now that Instagram is working for me, I can create a consistent posting schedule, and these numbers will rise.

Instagram Tip #3-Post Out Of The Ordinary

Be the person setting trends, not following trends.

People love new and exciting posts that they haven’t already seen a million times.

Once a post trend becomes viral, you’re too late; move on.

Posting original content will keep people interested and engaged with you and your content.

So think outside the box and be creative with your posts.

Instagram Tip #4-Only Post What You Love

If you are not happy with the post, video, or reel you have made, no matter how much time and effort it took to make it, don’t post it.

Now I’m going to interject here.

Only posting what you love is NOT the same as posting what you think is perfect.

Kids are much more forgiving in this area than most adults are.

Publishing content is almost always better than publishing perfect content because, in our eyes, it will never be perfect. Most of the time, it won’t even be good enough.

So ask yourself;

  • Does it align with my core values?
  • Does it fit my niche?
  • Does it speak to my followers/readers?
  • Does it bring value to or help someone in some way?

If yes, why wouldn’t you love it? Or why wouldn’t you post it?

Don’t wait for the perfect post.

Instagram Tip #5-Edit

Always take your time with editing.

You don’t need fancy editing tools, but you have to take the time to make your posts look amazing.

Great editing can make or break a social media post.

Editing is especially important for videos and reels.

Hmmm, just like editing can take a nonsensical blog post and turn it into a grand, meaningful, SEO-optimized magnum opus.

Ok, that may be a stretch, but you get the point.

Editing is important.

Some of my favorite advice on editing is from Henneke at Enchanting Marketing.

Instagram Tip #6-#Hashtags

Always use #hashtags in your Instagram posts.

Hashtags increase your organic reach putting your post in front of more potential followers.

Be sure to use hashtags relevant to your niche and audience.

Instagram Tip #7-Engagement

Always reply to comments on your posts.

Being engaged with your followers keeps them coming back to check out your posts.

It also increases the organic reach of your Instagram account.

Besides, if someone has taken the time to leave a comment on your post, the courteous thing to do is leave a reply.

When I asked him what he would do if someone left a nasty comment, his reply “you delete them ASAP. You don’t let people say nasty things on your posts.” Fortunately, that hasn’t been an issue he has had to deal with yet.

And when that inevitable time comes, I’m sure he will follow his advice and delete those comments.

Conclusion to 7 Great Instagram Tips

For a long time, Instagram has been my favorite social media platform.

I find inspiration, motivation, advice, and overall good vibes on Instagram. It helps me steer clear of the energy-depleting and soul-sucking drama that tends to be standard on other social media sites.

Fortunately, these Instagram tips sound like good solid advice to me.

Running a successful social media account is much like running a successful blog.

You include the same principles in your social media posts as you do in your blog:

  • consistent posting schedule
  • testing what works
  • original and valuable content
  • engagement
  • editing
  • doing what you love

As I said, Jesse nailed it. I had no idea he knew so much about leveraging social media.

Teens are fearless when it comes to using social media. They are not afraid to try different things. It is quite amazing.

So if you need some help leveraging social media, find a teen to give you a hand.

Next week we will work on shooting some Instagram reels, plus I will get him to show me some of his editing tricks. I don’t know how the kid does it. You can check out his Instagram for yourself here.

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What are your thoughts on using Instagram to promote your blog?

Are there any tips and tricks you would give that I haven’t covered here?

What is your favorite social media platform to use for business?

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SharlaAnn is a blogger who focuses on helping others develop the mindset and skills needed to build successful blogs. She is always up for a challenge and is a determined student of personal development and SEO.

8 thoughts on “Instagram Tips From a Teen”

    1. I was quite impressed with Jesse’s insight. Talking to him about this was an experience for sure. It sometimes amazes me how much these young people know about stuff like this and how confident they are about it. Yes, consistency is key, but the chat we had about engagement with your followers was great too. Of course, the live version covered online safety, etc that I didn’t think needed to be included here.

      I’m happy to hear you are back on Instagram Ryan. I really do enjoy the platform and will head over and follow you. 🙂

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  1. Hi SharlaAnn,
    Thank you Jesse! I learned so much here from these valuable tips. You made it so simple to follow. I often get tips from kids. Sometimes when I go to Youtube to fix a technical problem kids make doing it so much easier.
    Consistency is the key. It works with everything we do from writing a blog post to posting on social media. Hey, and thanks for that tip about hashtags…I always forget that lol.


    1. Hi Donna,
      I also always forget hashtags. I usually have to go back and edit the post to add them in.
      Kids do make it easier, don’t they? I think it’s because they don’t feel the need to get all technical and try to sound smart. This is what you have to do and that’s it, straight to the point without all the extras.
      Jesse says thanks for the comments 🙂
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  2. Hi SharlaAnn,
    What an informative post on Instagram. Having said that, I fully agree with Ryan as well as Donna, and the blog author Consistency is the key in any field of online work blog or social media. Other tips too are very serious to follow to get more results.
    Great share Ann.
    Keep sharing, I am here today via Donna’s share on Twitter about this informative post.
    Best Regards
    Philips from Hyderabad, India.
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    1. Hello Philip,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and thank you Donna for sharing my post on Twitter.

      No one can argue that consistency is key to having a successful blog or social media following. I believe this is closely followed by engagement. Commenting, replying, and connecting with your readers and followers is essential.

      Thanks again, hope to see you back here soon.

      Take care,
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  3. Thanks for sharing, Sharlaann.

    I’ve tried so hard to learn how to use Instagram for my blog but it hasn’t been so easy so I wrote it off.

    I was just wondering if insurance blog readers actually connect via IG, but I was wrong.

    Yes, Jesse, was actually right as it regards the strategies he shared with you.

    I will try some of the things he mentioned in my other Instagram pages.

    Thanks for sharing once again.

    – Lovinda

    1. Hello Lovinda,

      Everyone is on Instagram. Or so it seems.

      Seriously, if you have a teen in your life, get them to help you! Mine has taught me so much about the technical stuff. Things like how to make reels (haven’t done one yet but it’s on my to-do list) with music, voice-overs, and editing.

      It has been great.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and let me know how everything goes.

      Take care,
      SharlaAnn Matyjanka recently posted…Transferable Job Skills That Make A Great BloggerMy Profile

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