In recent years Instagram has grown exponential and have higher user engagement than other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Instagram has 22% more engagement than Twitter and 18% more user engagement than Facebook. So what does that means to business or any other influencer?
This means that if any Instagram influencer or Social media business house has followers in Instagram, they will receive more comment and likes (user engagement) then in Facebook and Twitter.
With over one Billion active users as of March 2018, Instagram has become the most popular social media platform after Facebook. Brands are promoting their product on Instagram with a high P/E ratio. With all the cut-throat competition lined up, companies have started to employ black hat method to get more users and followers on their Instagram profile.
New methods have formulated to deceive Instagram algorithm for promoting stories and product. There are many methods by which companies are promoting the product and influencing visitors. Some of them are as follows
- Fake followers
- Fake Influences
- Fake auto comments
- Fake auto likes
- Fake geotagging tools
- Fake picture liking tool
- Fake linking of stories to get a higher spot
- Promoting fake events
- Promoting fake giveaways
- Promoting fake Ads
- Spreading the negative news on competitor product
- Search Engine Optimization of Instagram Algorithm
What is Fake Instagram Followers Account?
Fake Instagram follower’s accounts are created using free emails and used to exaggerate a social media influencer’s or brand building method. These fake accounts are used to do comments, likes and following on certain account.
There are many websites which are providing fake followers with real money, people and brand use those services to get huge followers to make their Instagram Profile looks legit. These accounts are created by using bots which keeps on making such type of account using Google free pictures and other social media platform pictures.
Like for like VS Fake Instagram followers account
There are two types of methods to gain fake followers for your Instagram account.
- Like for like account
- Fake Instagram followers account created by bots
What is like for like Instagram Account?
In these type of account, users will like your profile when you like someone else profile. This method works on a coin system where you need to like other Instagram profile account to gain some coins. These coins when accumulated can be used to get free likes or followers or share.
These accounts are difficult to detect and can avoid Instagram algorithm as these accounts are maintained by real people. We will give methods to find these types of accounts which are operated by real people but are used to get free likes and followers.
What are fake Instagram followers accounts created by bots?
These accounts are created by bots with free emails and fake profile and can give you free likes, comments, share or followers. These types of services can be purchased from any websites which give a huge discount on these types of services. These fake Instagram followers accounts are easy detected by the Instagram algorithm, and it can ban your Instagram account.
We will give methods to find these type of accounts so that you can find out which social media influencer and social media brands are using these black hat tactics to outperform.
How to check Fake Followers on Instagram?
According to one leading Internet security researchers, as many as 12% of Instagram accounts are fake with more than 35% of Instagram account are inactive. Almost all fake account is made by bots these days which try to evade Instagram algorithm and avoid the ban.
But what are the main characteristics of fake Instagram accounts which you can use to identify fake followers are as follows:
- Copied or No profile Image
- Few Posts
- Low “followers” but following everyone
- Compare Followers Likes
- Gibberish username
- Spammy comments
- Account action for a few days then it will be in a dormant stage
- Empty or Gibberish Bio
Copied or No profile Image
If you want to detect fake followers on Instagram, then one of the best ways is to check for the profile image. All most all bots use copied or no profile to make a fake Instagram account. If any Instagram account has no profile image and it is old, then it is a fake account.
There are many bots that use copied images from the internet and uses them to make an Instagram profile. You can check all those fake accounts by one simple method.
How to check any Instagram picture for genuine or copied?
If you think anyone uses fake Instagram picture or image in their profile, you can check that in one simple method.
- Download that profile picture or image to your PC
- Now open Google images https://images.google.com/
- Click on search by image button present there
- Now click on upload an image
- Now upload the picture to Google and wait for some time
- It will show similar images or picture of the person
- If the image is genuine, then it will not show any other image or picture
- If the image is copied, it will show the source and reference from where it was copied from.
The second most important feature is ‘fake account contain few posts.’ Fake Instagram account are made for one purpose to follow other or give gibberish comment on another post; they did not waste time on making a post. As all the accounts are made by bots, they did not make new stories or post from time to time.
Fake Instagram account follow a very simple formula, keep on making an account and follow other Instagram account. All the fake Instagram accounts are control form software which has Proxy, VPN, and Servers. They make thousands of Instagram account daily to give fake followers to any account.
Low “followers” but following everyone
One of the best features to check fake Instagram followers is to compare a follower’s vs. the following ratio. Typically Followers vs. following ratio should be 1:1 or 1: 10, it should be between these two values. But if you check any fake account, you will find that they are following thousands of the Instagram account by being followed by none.
Always remember, fake accounts are created to follow other Instagram account, no one will follow these fake accounts as they don’t have any profile pictures and bio. They did not share any stories and participate in any debate or comment.
Compare Followers vs. Likes
According to influential marketing Markerly Statistics, for any unpaid post for an Instagram account having 1000 followers have an engagement ratio of 8 % and above 1,000 to 10,000 followers it drops to 4%. It further drops to 2.4 percent when followers increase from 10,000 to 100,000 followers.
Now, it is very easy to check if any Instagram Influencer is using fake followers or paid followers in his account to get more likes or comment. You can compare the followers vs. like or comment ratio, and instantly know which one is a fake account.
This is one of the best methods by which you can instantly come to know fake account. All most all bots use a similar pattern to make a new account; they will add some random string of letter or words to make an account. As they make thousands of accounts every day, they did not pay attention to the fake profile name. Every account name contains some short of computer-generated gibberish username, which is very easy to identify.
Some of the usernames which you will find in the fake account are as follows:
Bots are updated every day to evade Instagram Algorithm, but if you pay attention, you can find all bots created an account. Now a day’s bots started commenting on any story or page. But one thing which is lacking in those bots comment is substance and relevancy. Bots will comment on any topic but they will not have any clue on the story, or their comment will be clueless on what topic the post is discussing.
Remember this, bots are now updating day by day to compete with Instagram Algorithm, and one to the best evading procedure is to make a comment or engagement to other stories to look genuine. But as they have thousands of fake account to maintain, they did not find correct content or comment for a specific post. They will use all generic comment which is good with all post or stories.
Bots will generally comment in few words to avoid any controversy. Some of the comment which bots give on every post is as follows
- I love this
- I also want this
- Great post
- Keep posting
- Valuable info
Account action for a few days then it will be in a dormant stage
This is the most important pattern which every bot or human is making fake Instagram followers follow. They will make thousands of account daily and start following other account or clients. After some time when fake account got sufficient account to follow, they will stop following the accounts.
They will make a new account and start following others Instagram accounts. You can find suddenly thousand of the following will stop commenting or liking your stories. Those all account is fake, and they will never again interact with any stories or post.
Empty or Gibberish Bio
All bots created an Instagram account has an empty or gibberish bio or copied bio. As bots did not have time to write great Instagram Bio, they rehash old bio’s which often work out to gibberish, as bots did not understand the meaning of the Bio. The best way to make thousands of Instagram account is to make the profile hidden, in this way you don’t have to write a bio for your fake account. This is the tactics most of the bots or human making a fake account use.
So, when you come upon any Instagram account with empty or gibberish bio, consider it as a fake Instagram account.
So, after reading this article, you may come to know how to do free fake followers check in your Instagram profile. We have summarized some 8 top methods to spot fake followers on Instagram. If you are on Instagram check our methods and comment below if you find any fake followers in your account.