What we learned from the 10 most popular Instagram pics of 2017

Your Instagram feeds probably didn’t change much from last year. Selena Gomez still reigns as the queen of Instagram, but Bey made her mark on social media this year by casually announcing her pregnancy by posting a photo from her maternity shoot shot by Awol Erizku, who was featured in Forbes 30 under 30 List.


But if your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 include rising to fame as an Instagram influencer, then you should take a cue from this year’s most popular Instagram posts. Here’s what we learned from the top 10.

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10. Selena’s 25th birthday post

ALWAYS post a pic on your birthday! It’s the only day of the year where everyone on your feed seems to care about you.

9. Selena on a bike

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Improve your analytics by posing seductively in perfect makeup in casual, carefree settings. Yes, you can follow in Selena’s footsteps and have a photoshoot in the middle of a bike ride, but try other activities for your most liked candids! You can take Insta-worthy pics while horseback riding, skateboarding, snowboarding, anything that involves a board, really.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo’s family pic

Family mood ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Newsflash: your followers want to see more of your life than just your selfies. Specifically, followers gain more connection with their favorite influencers when they share intimate life moments, such as family pictures. They want to see where you get your glowing skin and perfect eyebrows from. Bonus points if your dad is a world-famous soccer sex symbol.

7. Selena’s Met Ball ‘gram with The Weeknd.

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EVERY couple can re-create a dramatic, accentually lit moment like this. All it takes is a beautiful (preferably sparkly) ensemble, and a slick dressed partner, gala not included.

6. AND, their adorable selfie.

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If you don’t have a glamorous excuse for an obnoxious photo with your new bae, have no fear. Your followers want relationship updates at all times. That’s why its important to feed them with the tea when the time is right. On your next outing with your new fling, snap a quick selfie in excellent sunlight, to ring in the likes.

5. Cristiano posts another baby pic.

So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life 🙏❤

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Even if the newborn isn’t yours, people still melt when they see babies on their feed. Be sure to snap a pic of the precious little one when a loved one gives birth. Or be the professional first birthday photographer of the family.

Just don’t overload your feed with babies. Because as you’ll notice, all the baby ‘grams on this list are from the infants’ first photos — not the 30th time they appeared on Instagram because their mom/dad/aunt/whoever wouldn’t stop posting pics of them.

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4. Beyoncé’s twins on their one-month birthday

Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

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See? First pic of Sir and Rumi = third most popular pic of the year. Tots like Blue Ivy and North West don’t even make the list anymore. It’s not cuz they’re not cute, it’s just that there’s something to be said for playing hard to get with pics of your child.

3. Selena Gomez picking up a new kidney

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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No explanation needed here. An extravagant moment like this will receive hundreds of likes, regardless! But don’t go selling your organs on the black market just for Instagram stardom.

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Side note, what a year for Selena!!

2. Cristiano Ronaldo’s new bb

A Alana Martina acaba de nascer! Tanto a Geo como a Alana estão muito bem! Estamos todos muito felizes! ❤️

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Again, this is his baby’s first photo. There will never be another first baby photo!

1. Beyoncé’s twins

Beyonce broke the internet ten months earlier when she revealed she was pregnant with twins! While the internet had an astrological breakdown over the fact the twins would in fact be Geminis, it also couldn’t help but express immense praise and love for Bey.

The BIGGEST Instagram lesson you could learn from the success of these posts, is the demand for LOVE. Regardless of the new features, the censors, the drama, and the photoshop, you too, can achieve a fan base if you post what’s true to heart. Happy posting!

[H/T Teen Vogue]

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