The 6 Ultimate Reasons Why Instagram Follow Loops Suck!

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Hey people, let’s talk about the six ultimate reasons why Instagram Follow Loops Suck!

Before I start, I just want you to know this is a rant, and I want to get it off my chest.

I first started looping on Instagram when I was trying to grow my new account.

While scrolling through, I saw a post about an ongoing loop, I think.

So I read the rules, joined the loop, and participated several times.

And that’s how it began.

The 6 Ultimate Reasons Why Instagram Follow Loops Suck!

So I want to share my experience participating in Instagram follow loops so that you’d know what to expect before you join them.

And I recently updated this post because one of the comments below actually reminded me of more shhh that happened while looping on Instagram.

With that out of the way, let’s begin.

6 Reasons Why Instagram Follow Loops Are Not Worth It

1. Distraction

Instagram follow loops can distract you from everything you have to do daily or weekly.

Because when the loop begins, it can last up to 12 hours.

Imagine what you can do with 12 hours of your day.

And the reason for that is that everyone that participates has to follow the hosts and everyone that follows you.

And because of the time difference from city to city or even to countries, people would join at different times.

So just know that you’d have to spend hours following.

Though I relied on the loops to grow my new account – which worked – other commitments I had suffered.

While chasing numbers on Instagram, I was getting no views or traffic to my blog.

2. Some loop organizers are rude

Like I said earlier, I follow the rules of the loops because it is the right thing.

And also because I don’t want anyone talking down on me.

But one day, I made a tiny honest mistake and got kicked out of an Instagram follow loop.

After looping from the previous day to the next morning, I thought the loop was over (I was still new to Instagram follow loops), so I took down the post.

Guess what? The owner of the loop DM’ed me about it. And I laughed at my error (I play too much sometimes).

But my intention was to post the picture again until it is time to end the loop.

Guess she misread my LOL and went “joke’s on you, ma’am” and blocked me.

I even DMed her to say sorry.

But she ignored me like we had biff before and told everyone to unfollow me.


That very day, I noticed my numbers decline.

But I went ahead to join another loop, which was okay until it started feeling like work.

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3. Ingenuine DM introductions

So in the course of participating in these loops, I met some very nice mommas.

And I also met some that introduced themselves in my DM.

So I reply and introduce myself too.

And then all I hear is crickets.

Okay, she’s busy just like every other mama, I thought.

I didn’t make any conclusions until it happened several times, then I got the message.

They just wanted to tell me about their perfect lives, and apparently, mine is not as interesting.

They don’t give a rat’s a** about me.

So, I stayed in my lane. To hell with that!

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The 6 Ultimate Reasons Why Instagram Follow Loops Suck!

4. The MLM business ladies on Instagram follow loops

Another reason why Instagram follow loops suck is because of the MLM gang.

They are persistently inviting you to join their MLM business because the business you already have is rubbish as far as they are concerned. 

Person: Hey mama, my name is …., I am a SAHM and I own my own business

Me: I am a SAHM, selling clothes on Poshmark, Mercari, Facebook Marketplace and I own a blog.

Person: That’s great. 

Me: Thanks 

Person: I see you work out, you will be a good fit for this product, and you would also make money working from home, have your own business, etc

Me: I don’t do MLMs.

Person: No it’s not MLM.

In my head, I’m like “lady please slide out of my DM the same way you slid in”

No matter how many times you say no, they still come back. They give you some space and resume again.

One lady even unfollowed me because I refused to join her MLM. I noticed the tone of her voice while chatting with her.

She was becoming irritable and aggressive.

Acting like she was doing me a favor by asking me to spend my money on an MLM business.

I stood my ground, and she wasn’t having it.

Then the next day, I noticed she unfollowed me.

Good riddance, I said.

No, she hasn’t stopped messaging me about shakeology.

I don’t do MLMs, I have never seen it as a way of making money from home.

That’s why whenever someone continuously invites me to any MLM business, they become a pain in the butt.

So this is how the MLM gang works

  • You post a workout video; the fitness MLM mommas slide into your dm talking about some shake that’s supposed to help you lose weight.
  • Post a picture of your manicure; the manicure MLM gang DMs you.
  • How about makeup? There are makeup pyramid scheme businesses too.
  • Talk about skincare, skincare gang are already knocking on your door.
  • How about hair? There are MLMs for that too.
  • In short, whatever you do on Instagram, there is always one MLM person that has a product for you.

Telling you how you will be your own boss selling products from home while also recruiting others.

It is tiring.

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5. Followers that are not interested in your content

At first, I enjoyed the loops, meeting other mommies, seeing cute babies pictures.

It was pure bliss….haha.

And as time went on, I noticed they don’t engage with my posts at all.

Meanwhile, I engage with their posts, comment on their kids’ pictures, but no way will reciprocate.

I guess they are too special to return the love.

Anyway, I came to the conclusion that our minds are in different zones.

Their idea of blogging is sharing pictures of their families on Instagram, which is not bad.

But mine is writing and sharing helpful information as much as I can here on this blog.

And sometimes share pictures of my kids on Insta. 

So they couldn’t care less about my posts whether on Instagram or on my blog.

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6. The unfollowers gang on Instagram

The sixth reason why Instagram follow loops suck is because of *drumroll* the unfollowers of Instagram.

These people are just messed up and selfish, in my opinion of course.

They know the rules of the loop: “follow everyone and they will follow you back”.

No, they won’t follow the rules!

Then the owner of the loop and other participants reminds these women (aka big babies) to follow back.

Anyway, after sending DMs back and forth, the big baby finally follows everyone.

But they have a plan up their sleeves, which is, unfollow everybody when no one is watching.

At this rate, I just say no no no, no way! 

Girl, I’m done.

That’s how I stopped looping.

The 6 Ultimate Reasons Why Instagram Follow Loops Suck!

My Final Thoughts On Instagram Follow Loops

Instagram follow loops are a quick way to grow your account, meet new people, but most of them won’t engage with your content.

Because they are not your TRIBE. Find your TRIBE!

And if you make an error (even an honest mistake), you will be kicked out of the loop, and all the participants will unfollow you.

Within a few weeks of looping on Instagram, my followers grew from about 180 to about 2500. 

Cool, right?

Then my followers dropped to 2300 when I stopped.

Do you see what I mean?

Now I get maybe 20 to 30 likes on my post, and those are from the few genuine folks I met there.

Anyway, that’s my two cents about why Instagram follow loops suck!

Have you participated in any Instagram follow loops? Can you share your experience with us?

Thanks for reading.

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  1. I joined one follow loop about a month ago. Then a second and third loop. When I joined, more and more people started DMing me about other loops. I declined them because the first two were tiring enough. And I’ve only been doing it a month. I’d say I gained around 300 followers just from the loops. You’re right most aren’t interested in your content. I did make some connections where people are interested. Honestly I’m afraid to leave and lose the followers that I did gain. I’m almost at 1k. I may just have to take the chance. I gained 500 without the help of loops so I can do it again. Thank you for this post.

    1. Hi Tara,
      Yeah, your followers would grow but the loops are just time-consuming.
      Also. you may lose followers when you leave but some that like your content would keep following you.
      Whatever you decide to do, you would be fine.
      There are genuine people (your tribe) that would stick with you.
      I’m glad my post about reasons why Instagram loops suck was helpful to you.
      xx, Buayifa.

  2. I joined my first follow loop a couple of weeks ago. I found your blog post when I was searching how to opt out of the loop as I have experienced pretty much everything you talked about. Do you know how I can find the loop so I can take my name off? Like you, I’m tired of babies DM me about me not following them back.

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      If the loop has a private group chat like the regular Instagram DM, you can open it and select “leave group”.
      Or if it’s Telegram, just leave the group chat. Then nobody would be able to send you DMs if you are no longer in the loop.
      I hope this helps.
      LMAO @ I’m tired of babies DM me about me not following them back.
      Cheers to leaving Instagram Follow Loops!
      xx, Buayifa!

  3. tbh, i gained over 10k followers with follow loop and my ER dropped from 20% to 0.1%
    follow loop is a great way to increasing followers fast, free and easy! but yeah they dont engaged with you post and dont even bother with you post.

    1. Hi Faye,
      Wow! I can imagine.
      Congrats on reaching 10K followers. Also, sorry about your ER dropping.
      Hopefully, people that are actually interested in your content will follow you and increase your engagement rate again.
      I’m glad you found my post about why Instagram follow loops suck, helpful.
      Enjoy the rest of the day!
      xx, Buayifa.

  4. I have been looping for 2 weeks now and it does suck! I’d say I love 25% of the people bc they are just like me trying to promote their blog. However, the others are MLMs or wanna be influencers. I’m giving myself two more days and then I’m done! Haha Then I’m sure my numbers will go down after I unfollow the ones that didn’t follow me back? Some women are incredible rude too! My husband has told me how it has totally distracted me from life and my blog and hates it. I agree, it isn’t helping. Thanks so much for your post!!

    1. LOL @ wanna be influencers. During the loop days, sometimes I get really worked up and under lots of pressure. So I had to quit. Of course, your follower count will go down because they have groups and they discuss stuff like who followed or unfollowed. Then like soldiers, they will all unfollow you, including the ones you’re following. But like I always say, it is “good riddance to bad rubbish”. Spend your precious time growing your blog and attracting people who actually care about your content. To some of them, their Instagram account is a blog. They don’t dig our kind of blog. I’m so glad you found my post about “5 reasons why Instagram loops suck” helpful. Thanks for stopping by! xx, Buayifa!

  5. I have been on instagram for only a month, and I am already a little exausted. Me, it’s the contests.. You need to fallow 300 (ok 5-6) accounts , and post a story for a chance to win something. But hey, it’s to ” thank” the people for your 1k. o0…. sorry now I feel the need to rant also.

    1. Hahaha. It’s okay to rant, Joanie. I totally get it. It is very exhausting especially the contests and how many accounts you need to follow to win something. That’s Instagram for us! Thanks for reading my post on 5 reasons why Instagram follow loops suck. I really appreciate you.

  6. Heya, this is the kinda topic I have been looking for. Keep up the wonderful work, I read few posts on your blog and they are very interesting and contains sets of superb writing information. you did a great here

    1. Hi Josh. Thanks a lot. I just wanted to rant about how Instagram follow loops suck. I am glad you liked the post. I also visited your blog and I read a few posts. Great blog you got there.

  7. Wow! That’s exactly how I am feeling right now. I never knew that people could be so ingenuine till now. ?‍♀️ These loops are killing me. But I just published my own book and the only reason is to grow an audience for this new publish and my new mercy i just launched. I feel the same way with FB pg follow for following crap. Wow. Thanks for the insight love?

    1. Hi Chrissie.
      I’m glad you can relate, I almost did not publish this post because of people that are easily triggered. But WTH, I am glad I did so that more people would know that Instagram follow loops are just a total waste of time. I do the facebook page follow sometimes, and I know what you mean. People just do it because they feel obliged to, not because they give a hoot about you.
      Congrats on the book publication.
      You got this!
      Thanks for reading, Chrissie. I’m glad you found this post helpful.

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