Last Updated on November 8, 2020 by Jason
If you do not want to know why mass unfollowing is a “thing” on Instagram, but you still want to clean up your inactive followers or followers who don’t follow you back, you can start using either Stellation Media or Growthoid now to get the job done.
However, it is good to know why we unfollow certain users and why such a tool is important to doing mass unfollows. If you are interested in knowing the scoop regarding mass unfollowing and two of the top third-party growth services that make it easier than ever, keep reading.
When you use a third-party growth service with unfollow as one of its features, be assured it will take only a few clicks in the system to start auto unfollowing users who are inactive or who are not following you back. You can even set it up for the amount of time you will accept for someone to follow you back and let it automatically unfollow those who fail to follow you back in that given time.
Did you know that by using these systems you can maintain your follower/following ratio looking natural while you grow on the platform? You can also feel confident that all new followers gained are truly interested in your Instagram profile.
What is the point of unfollowing users?
Users on Instagram are likely to make judgment calls based on what you are putting on your page and who you are following and/or how many users are following you and how many you follow.
If you’re following too many people, that can be considered a sign that you’re a spammer, you do not understand how to use automation tools, or that your profile channel is so bad that people do not want to follow you back.
Following more people that are following you (inequality in numbers) makes people think that something isn’t right about your account. You cannot grow your Instagram if it looks suspicious to others.
How do you know when it’s time to mass unfollow others?
Your ratio numbers will tell you when you need to unfollow users on Instagram. Here are some ratios and descriptions to help guide you provided by Workmacro. These numbers represent a comparison to your followers. See how it works here.
- <0.5 – 1 Spammer: People see you as inexperienced with automation tools and/or you are spamming users to try to get followers.
- 0.5 – 1 Suspicious: You are probably using Instagram automation tools and following the wrong people or are generating low quality content resulting in a low follow back rate.
- 1 – 2 Normal: This can mean you are somewhat successful at using automation or you are generating amazing content to grow your Instagram follower base.
- 2 – 10 Micro-Influencer: These users have mastered automation or their content is trendy and popular which helped to grow their account.
- 10+ Influencer: Influencers are considered micro-celebrities, rising stars, or people that are very popular on more than one social media channel.
If your ratio is within the <0.5 to 1 (spammer or suspicious, you need to mass unfollow).
Which users should you mass unfollow to improve your ratio?
Unless you know what to look for, knowing who to unfollow can be tricky. It will be time-consuming to go through every follower, which is why Stellation Media and Growthoid are good services to have.
The three main kinds of Instagram users to unfollow:
- People who haven’t followed you back
- Inactive accounts
- Fake/Spam/Bot accounts
Mass unfollowing is the easiest, fastest way to get this done quickly and efficiently without spending hours or days to do it yourself.
Why unfollow users who haven’t followed you back?
The intended way to build your Instagram account is to follow similar users (size and niche). The idea is that these users will reciprocate. This ideal is beneficial to all users, and especially small or new users just getting started.
However, if you follow large numbers of users and they don’t reciprocate, the ratio of followers to following looks unbalanced. You can balance that out by using Stellation Media’s mass Follow/Unfollow feature mass unfollow users according to your settings.
Why unfollow inactive accounts?
Some users on Instagram are not active or become inactive after some time on the platform. There could be many reasons for that, but it happens. If someone you are following has been inactive for longer than 6 months, it’s wise to unfollow.
You can manually go through and check the activity of your followers which will take a lot of your time, or you can use Growthoid’s mass unfollow feature to handle that for you.
Why unfollow bot accounts?
It is much harder to uncover bot or fake accounts without knowing the signs. Some of the behavior you might see in a bot or fake account includes:
- A huge following, but a significant lower amount of followers
- Large following with poor or no content
- Followers are mostly new or inactive accounts
When you see activity like this it is best to unfollow those users. Bot accounts are designed to act much like inactive accounts that don’t engage or post content. Another term used for this kind of follower is a ghost follower. Using the tools from Stellation Media or Growthoid, you can mass unfollow these users.
You can also choose to grow your account while you are cleaning up followers using either Stellation Media or Growthoid. That is what these companies do. They are experts in the social media realm that you should be using to protect yourself from unwanted followers and help you grow popular and credible.
If you want to unfollow users yourself, here are some tips:
- Don’t overdo daily unfollows as it makes it look unnatural and like you are not human.
- 200 is your limit for unfollowing, and 10 per hour is a good practice that will protect your account
- Start with 50 per day and don’t go all out 200 per day. It looks more natural and isn’t suspicious.
- Use the least interacted list to prevent Instagram’s algorithms from flagging you.