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Instagram is undoubtedly one of the most powerful tools to grow your social following — and whether you're a travel blogger, vlogger, or photographer, you'd better make sure you have a killer profile.

If you're just starting out, it's easy to be intimidated by competition — but there's really no reason your profile can't be as great as those that inspire you as you scroll through your feed each day.  Attract your dream followers with a killer Instagram profile by following the steps on our awesome infographic below, or read on for more information.

#1 Optimize Your Instagram Profile
That means making a good first impression with a catchy username, a great profile pic and Instagram bio — and including that all-important website URL.
#2 Develop Your Instagram Feed Aesthetic
Instagram is a visual platform — so if you want to capture your audience's attention you'd better make sure your photos are something spectacular. DSLR cameras help, but there's no reason you can't take a great pic with your iPhone either.
#3 Use Hashtags
Engagement is the key to success on Instagram, and hashtags are essential to increase your following. Use them and use them well.
#4 Tell A Visual Story
A good photo is a good photo, but you know what else grabs your audience's attention? Stories. Make yours interesting.
#5 Plan Ahead
If you're terrible at remembering to post, that's okay! But to keep yourself in check, why not use a social media calendar? Plan your content as best you can, making sure to leave room for those every day moments of unexpected beauty.
#6 Tag Brands
Tagging brands you love not only notifies them they've been tagged — but expands your reach. And if someone sees your photo and decides to reshare, chances are they'll tag you too.
#7 Use Geotags
This is basically like a check-in on Facebook. Showing your location also shows a 50 percent higher engagement rate than not. So why wouldn't you?
#8 Use Call To Actions
Engage your audience by asking them questions. Encourage a conversation and the comments will flow.
#9 Reply To Comments
This is likely to get a little more difficult once your following is in its thousands — but to show your followers you appreciate them (and that you're active on your profile) it's essential.
#10 Post Every Day
Posting great quality content frequently is the ultimate key to success on Instagram. It ensures you stay relevant and will help your following boom.