Zara Canada Contest Scam The latest influencer growth tactic

As if there was not enough shade in the Instagram world from comment pods, buying engagements and likes and following to unfollow the latest greatest way to cheat your way to followers is through the Zara Canada  Contest Scam The latest influencer growth tactic.

In law we call this both passing off and misrepresentation where something or someone looks like and acts the like real deal but is really a scam.

STEP ONE create an account and make it look like a real new accountIMG_1498.PNG

STEP TWO offer gift cards to entice people to follow

STEP THREE offer a code to be given 24-48 hours after a promotion is made for the page on Instagram stories

STEP FOUR gain followers

STEP FIVE check for code and realize that Zara Canada is now someone else such as Amanda Baynes who has great content coming soon who bought her account.

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STEP SIX create other accounts and repeat  steps 1-5

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My biggest wonder is how many people will actually stay following once they check for their code and see it’s a new account they lost my follow already.

I wrote this story to warn other not to fall for the scam and also because Instagram needs to step up their reporting game. They shadow ban legit accounts and withhold people’s likes but do not have any way to report accept its spam and it’s in apropriate they allow no elaboration like Facebook so by the time the check the account in a few months it will look real and won’t be taken down. Who knows how many times this scam has gone on prior to me noticing it yesterday because I see at least two more pop up today.

What do you think about this latest way to get followers have you experienced this before?

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How I received a Triangl bikini from instagram

Triangl hasn’t spent a cent on advertising, ­relying wholly on the photo-sharing platform — think suntanned ­models frolicking on tropical beaches — where it has 3.1 million followers. “Having no money was a blessing in disguise,” says Ellis. While they do give swimwear to celebrities and others who influence trends, there’s “nothing transactional”, he says. “This way, there’s a sense of authenticity that’s way more powerful than a billboard.” Triangl’s own account boasts over 3 million followers, and the image-based social media platform has been crucial to the company’s cult following. reported The Australian  

Thank you to Triangl and Erin and Craig for sending me my beautiful swimsuit

Visit  Triangl.com if you want to get your hands on one of Triangl’s signature styles

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A new bloggers thoughts on the dirty side of Instagram

There are things “Influencers” just don’t want any brands to discover, in today’s blog post I share the secrets the knowledge and the dirty side of Influencers and content creators.

Robot Followers

  • signs of robot followers are
  • lots of profiles with no pictures
  • followers who when you actually click on them, are following 5657 people with only 100 following them or they have 2-16 stock photos

I’m not accusing everybody of buying followers , even though I know people do, but I am encouraging people to go through their followers and block and delete and report their bots.

Follow spikes

One of the most obvious signs of an inauthentic influencer is follow spike. Someone had 100 followers and you check a few days later and they have 20 000.

People claiming to have authentic growth who really grow because they follow a bunch of people who follow them back and then they unfollow them hoping they wont notice

If you notice someone has a ton of followers and are not following a ton of people and they follow you, they will probably only unfollow you once you follow them and hope you don’t notice.

Some people pay companies to grow a following for them by generating likes and getting follows by following to unfollow using software.

lots of followers but no likes or comments 

If someone has thousands of followers and gets 3 likes they are definitely not real.