As this list ticks closer to the top spot, the top three in the list might seem obvious to some, but then again, maybe not. Today’s conversation is definitely one of the most popular ever, especially in more recent history. The reason being that when Sharon Fain of Academy of Handmade came on to tell all her Instagram secrets, the audience ate it up.

I don’t really need to say much more than that, except to say that I would not have been able to grow my own Instagram account nearly as fast had I not followed Sharon’s advice. In completely truthfulness, I haven’t seen the growth Sharon did, but then again, I haven’t had the extreme dedication she has. Knowing that much, I realize now that her strategy works, because even with my lack of attention, I have still more than doubled my following on Instagram in only 6 months. Not bad, I think.

No matter what, if there is one take away from this conversation is that the actual numbers of followers do not matter, but rather, getting followers who are the kind of people that like your work enough to share, and hopefully buy. It’s easy to attract people, but are you attracting the right people?

Big congrats to Sharon for making it to #3o on our list.