How to Improve Your Instagram SEO

how to improve instagram seo

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Having a strong Instagram SEO strategy is one of the best things you can do to increase your profile’s reach on the platform. Focusing on search engine optimization can make your account a lot more search-friendly as well as help build community.

What Is SEO on Instagram?

Before we get into how to improve your SEO, let’s talk about what it actually is. Instagram SEO is a little bit different than your usual search engine optimization. In short, it is about ensuring that your content appears in as many places as possible on Instagram. This could include search results and suggested content feeds. It is an extremely important way to increase your discoverability. You have a much greater chance of increasing your following when you have more people discovering your content!

How Does Instagram SEO Actually Work?

The Instagram algorithm indexes every piece of content that gets put on the app. In doing so, it gathers as much information as possible to help determine what the post is about. Once it has determined that, it can also determine who might find it interesting. While Instagram will do all of this automatically, there are certain things you can do to help Instagram better organize and categorize your content.

One of the places Instagram shares content is the Explore page. This is essentially the platform’s very own search engine and directory. Very similar to how you search for terms on Google, you can use Instagram’s search function to find accounts, hashtags, locations, and content.

However, Instagram also shows suggested posts on every users’ feed. This is another place where SEO comes in handy. These suggested posts are a place on a user’s feed that is dedicated to displaying posts from accounts that you don’t currently follow but Instagram has determined you might be interested in. According to Instagram, posts get included in these suggestions “based on posts from accounts like the ones you follow and posts similar to the ones you like or save.” 

A solid Instagram SEO strategy can help you ensure that your posts get featured both for relevant search results and in the suggested content on users’ feeds.

Key Ranking Factors

As mentioned, there are some things you can do to improve your Instagram SEO. However, there are other things you don’t have control over. It’s important to know both so you can tailor your strategy accordingly.

According to Instagram itself, the most important ranking factors on its platform are:

  • Relevance to the search query: The platform will try to match what users search for with top posts, accounts, audio, hashtags, and locations. Each of these categories will appear in separate tabs on the results page. This is the most important ranking factor.
  • User activity: Instagram uses information about a searcher’s previous activity within the app to decide what they might be interested in. If it decides that someone might be more interested in one post, account, or hashtag over another, it will make that show up before other posts.
  • Information about the search results: For searches in which there are a high volume of results, a little bit of a popularity contest takes place. Posts or accounts with the highest number of likes, shares, and follows will show up before other, less popular ones.

5 Ways to Improve Your Instagram SEO

Knowing these small ways to influence your account’s SEO with every post can help you skyrocket your account’s visibility.

Use Keywords in Your Captions

In the past, you could only use Instagram’s Explore feature with hashtags, locations, usernames, and profile names. Now, you can also use keywords. For example, someone looking for cupcakes can simply search “cupcakes” and see any post with that word in the location, account name, or caption! So, writing descriptive captions that include keywords can hugely impact a post’s discoverability. 

Include Keywords in Your Profile Name

If there is a specific keyword you are hoping to rank for, one of the best places to use it is within your name or username. This is because both are searchable on Instagram. Using the cupcake example, you could include the term in your username or in the name section of your account. So if your bakery is called Mrs. Smith’s Bakery, but you want to focus on the cupcakes you sell, you could make your username @mrssmithsbakery and your name something like “Mrs. Smith’s Bakery: Cupcakes, Cookies, and More.”

Utilize Relevant Hashtags

Hashtags are still one of the best ways to reach new audiences on Instagram. When you add a hashtag to a post, it becomes visible on that hashtag’s results page – if you have a public account. Having a well-thought-out hashtag strategy will help you ensure that you are using relevant hashtags on each post to better increase your chances of reaching your target audience.

Add Alt Text

Alt text allows you to write your own custom alternative text to describe your photos. This feature was originally designed to improve accessibility for people with vision impairments, but it can also be used for SEO purposes. After you create a post, you can manually update your alt text, adding extra detail and keywords. 

Consistently Use These Tips

Perhaps one of the simplest way you can improve your discoverability on Instagram is to be consistent! The more you follow the above tips, the easier the algorithm will be able to learn what your account is about. Being consistent teaches Instagram important information about your account. It then uses that information to serve it up to users who might be interested in it.

Instagram Posting from 98 Buck Social

98 Buck Social can help you stay consistent on Instagram, with regular posting starting at just $98 per month. If you’d like to learn more about our packages, you can book a call with a member of our team today![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Have any questions?

We have answers.

Can you help me grow Instagram followers?

We partner with Socialboost to help build Instagram followers. Click the link below to enroll. Plans start at $59/mo.

What photos or videos do you use?

By default, we can use the photos you have on your website as well as utilizing the plethora of photos available to us within our royalty free library.

If you have photos or videos for us to use, depending on your subscription, we welcome you to upload them into a Google Drive folder and share that link with us!

Looking for custom videos?  Some of our plans include videos or you can add them to any plan starting at $98/mo!

How do you mimic my branding colors and style?

As mentioned above, depending on your plan, we can use whatever you’d like to provide us! If not, we’ll resort to using your website or our royalty free library.

That being said, we can come up with custom graphics that suit your branding style as an add-on to your posting subscription.

$98/month for 3 custom graphics each week
$148/month for 5 custom graphics each week

Note: The cost of custom graphics is on top of your monthly subscription cost

What is content review & approval?

Content review and approval is where your social media content creator sends you a weeks worth of posts, prior to their designated publication time the following week.

This way, you will have the chance to give us feedback on each post in case you’d like us to make a minor edit.

Note: One round of editing per post permitted, depending on your plan.

What are the results I can expect from your posting services?

The idea behind consistent posting onto your social media pages is to keep them active with content that promotes your business solutions, educates your audience to showcase your expertise and to also keep things lighthearted, it’s social media after all!

There’s nothing worse for a business than to earn someone looking into what you do, only for them to see a barren social media page. To them, it may appear that you are out of business or potentially a scam.

We are often asked about growing followers and generating sales or leads. These are great goals to have but please understand that those goals are better obtained through paid advertising campaigns.

For more information on paid advertising, please visit our paid advertising services.

Do you use a posting scheduler and how do you get access to my business pages?

We are fortunate to be partnered with to utilize their excellent scheduling platform.

By signing up for our content services, we will set you up with your own Cloud Campaign workspace depending on your plan.

During onboarding we request admin access to your social accounts using a secure platform. This allows us to manage the occasional disconnect when the platforms push out updates.

Furthermore, with your own workspace you are welcome to view and edit content at your leisure!

Why do my posts say “Posted by Cloud Campaign”

We use Cloud Campaign, which is a 3rd party app, to scale social media management and posting. When a post says “Posted by Cloud Campaign”, it is only the admins of your company page that can see this and not your followers.