Stop buying Instagram followers until you finish this article

What happens to your account when you buy followers

Allegue Wessim
4 min readJun 26, 2020


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I´m sure that you heard all kinds of stories about this…

If you are still struggling to grow an audience over the platform than you are probably one of 500 million users that are trying to make it.

But the harsh truth is with the decrease in Instagram’s organic reach and engagement, it became really hard to stand out from the crowd.

Of course, there are ways to fight this out as I list them in this article.

For now, let´s focus on the matter at hand, and get to the bottom of our problem: Is buying Instagram followers a good idea?

1.Instagram Policies

Definitely not!

Instagram prohibits the monetized acquisition of followers.

And I experienced it myself! Although more than 95% of my followers were acquired organically, last year I bought 500 ´fake´ followers to see how the process works with my own eyes.

And let me tell you I instantly regretted it, most of the followers were either bots or fake accounts.

Moreover, both my account reach and engagement crushed.

The cherry on top, Instagram notified me about it and even proceeded to remove automatically all the followers that were bought.

To summarize, if you are using the platform to build a personal brand or long term business, I discouraged you to chose this route.

Instead, just focus on documenting your journey and be appreciative of every follower that you got: It´s a game of quality, not quantity.

That being said, there are still some breaches or ways you could use this service to grow a business.

2. Dropshipping

If you ever experienced working as a drop shipper and used Instagram as the main tool to redirect traffic, then you probably know how hard it is to convert if your page doesn´t have a decent number of followers.

2 Choices present themselves in this case:

  • Either buy a couple of thousands of…



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