I love instagram, its my favourite social media platform but recently I'm being frustrated with it. From the new algorithm, follow/un-follow tactic to the automated comments that have no relevance to the post (I had a comment saying i'm suited to their page, it was a mens fashion account) It's just impossible to grow your instagram. Now I'm not looking to be insta famous but when I put so much effort into a photo for it to not reach people, it can be disheartening.
So i've joined a few Comment Pods and I'm still not too sure how i feel about them. So firstly if you are wondering what the heck a pod is? it is a way for bloggers who have a similar niche connect and support each other. They'll start a DM group, usually between 10-15 members and you share you photo to the group, each member will then like and leave a comment.
PRO - INCREASED COMMENTS & ENGAGEMENT
My photos are averaging around 15 comments which is a major boost on the 2 i use to get, so i can see a huge engagement boost.
CON - FORCED & FAKE COMMENTS
Some comments seems a little forced and I have felt pressured into forcing a comment because I felt i needed to return the favour.
PRO- INCREASED FOLLOWERS
My following has increased since joining comment pods because we tend to follow each other to make it easier and offer support.
CON - TAKING UP TOO MUCH TIME
I am spending a lot of time commenting on just the accounts in my pod that i don't have the energy or motivation to scroll through my feed and leave comments on other people's accounts.
CON - PEOPLE DON'T PLAY BY THE RULES
A lot of people join the pod and soon become inactive or leave, once they've gotten the new followers.