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July 20, 2022
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How to Scrape Instagram Followers to Network with Businesses and Customers

Today Instagram isn’t the newest or the hippest, but still remains one of the top social networking services as around 500 million people are actively using it daily. However, it’s arguably not as fast-paced as TikTok while being more captivating than Facebook. Such a balance means that Instagram can be a perfect place to find an audience of young adults (or millennials, if you will).

Whether you’re part of a corporate team or a solo hustler, a business without an Instagram presence is likely a doomed one. Everyone wants to be someone who has the most followers on Instagram, so that metric is the most important as it indicates how cool or uncool you are, among other things.

Jokes aside, the number of followers indicates the public’s interest in what you have to offer. You will look suspicious, however, if your followers count is high while the likes and comments on your posts are low. That’s why it’s sensible to devote attention to other metrics. After all, the main goal of Instagram is to generate and maintain engagement. Not only do you want to gain new followers, but you also have to keep your current ones interested.

If you don’t know where to start or just wish to grow your profile on Instagram, here are some ideas you can try. This article will cover how scraping Instagram followers and following lists can help you network with potential customers and other businesses.

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Why Scrape Instagram Followers?

In a nutshell, scraping is a process that extracts data from a targeted website such as Instagram. And you may wish to scrape Instagram followers to be able to reach the demographic you cater to.

Sometimes Instagram posts, stories, reels, and messages don’t work. In such a case, you should try contacting your audience outside of the social media platform. For that, you need their contact details (like email addresses), which you can get by scraping their Instagram profiles.

Additionally, when you don’t know what Instagram profiles to network with, one effective way is to sneak a peek at your competitors. For example, you can generate leads by scraping your competition’s Instagram followers and following lists. If you find the right profiles to scrape, you’ll get the usernames of your potential customers and other businesses that you can communicate with.

Scraping your competitor’s Instagram followers

How to Scrape Instagram Followers?

There are many services that export followers from any Instagram profile in bulk. A popular option is to buy the data from the Influencers Club. You can also use their service when in need of an Instagram email scraper. Influencers Club promises to deliver the information within three working days.

There’s also Botster, Phantom Buster, AvoData, and other scraping services – all somewhat different. But if you’d rather scrape Instagram followers yourself, you’ll probably have to write code using Python with Selenium. You can find guides (like this) online.

Alternatively, you can use our Web Scraping API to scrape Instagram accounts. Since it’s a tool that returns data in raw HTML form, you can then use a parsing tool to structure the data according to your needs.

By the way, none of the other services mentioned above provide 24/7 customer support except for us. Feel free to contact our dedicated team at any time!

How to Make Use of the Instagram Followers and Following Lists?

Now that you have a list of Instagram accounts that you can interact with, how should you proceed? You can follow each account, send messages to them as well as ‘like’ and comment on their posts. It’s too time-consuming, however, to go through this process manually. To make it easier, you can use bots and proxies.

Shop around to find some bots you like. A few notable options include Follow Liker and Inflact. Once you pick something out, the next step is to look into proxies because without them, Instagram will immediately shut your project down.

We recommend getting residential proxies as they provide IP addresses of household devices. With Smartproxy residential proxies, you can simply copy your credentials from the dashboard into your chosen bot. Since the danger of getting banned remains even when using bots with proxies, don’t forget to be smart about how you use them. In essence, your bots have to resemble human rather than automated activity.

On a Final Note

If we’ve learned anything today, it’s that the key to successful networking on Instagram starts with scraping the profiles of your target audience and then using the acquired information to connect with them. You can do so manually, but you would be wasting a lot of time. Trust us, it’s wise to use automation.

Automated solutions usually have to go hand in hand with proxies so that your activity appears human-like. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for failure. For this task, look no further than our residential proxies!

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James Keenan

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The automation and anonymity evangelist at Smartproxy. He believes in data freedom and everyone’s right to become a self-starter. James is here to share knowledge and help you succeed with residential proxies.

Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to view an Instagram profile’s followers list without an account?

Unfortunately, this isn’t possible because you’re asked to log in if you try to view someone’s followers. To avoid this, you can use a third-party tool.

How to scrape an infinite scroll list of Instagram followers?

If you use a dedicated tool for scraping, you most likely won’t have to worry about the infinite scroll issue on Instagram. Otherwise, you can use Selenium to implement the auto-scrolling feature.