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Instagram Pods : The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

There’s no denying that multiple users on Instagram are members of one or more Instagram Pods (yes, myself included). What are Pods? Think of them as private groups where members share their latest posts in order to gain comments and/or likes. Are they cheating? Possibly.. depending on your view but there’s definitely some pros and cons.

Instagram Pods : The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The Good
Of course the ultimate goal is to grow your Instagram and pods are really beneficial when trying to gain engagement on your own posts. The more comments and posts the better and let’s face it, the Instagram Algorithm is tough to compete with so any engagement is helpful.

Although there’s a lot of criticism for using pods, one thing that is hugely beneficial and a little forgotten about is the support you receive. I’m not just talking about Instagram but any other social media platforms or just general subjects, reach out for advice and more times than not someone will be kind enough to reply. Pods can be friendly places and full of people in the same position as you. For me personally, I’m drawn to the sense of belonging and pods are a place of just that.

The Bad and The Ugly
Let’s tie these two together for easy reading shall we? You’d be crazy if you presumed there’s no backlash to the concept of using pods. As I mentioned before some people look at pods as nothing less than cheating so perhaps that’s something to consider before announcing it to the world (she says as she anxiously types this post).

Another downside to pods that seems to occur a lot is that not everyone chips in. Be cautious of individuals sharing their own post but failing to commit to comment on others. Don’t be afraid to give a polite nudge because pods only run well with equal effort.

Well that’s all I’m going to say on the somewhat controversial subject. What’s your view? .. And if you’re interested, here’s my Insta.

Instagram Pods : The Good, The Bad And The Ugly


  1. March 21, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    Yeah I know what you mean, it can be a bit of a let down from those who follow/unfollow or don’t bother. However I’ve met some lovely people, as you were saying and enjoying interacting with everyone too. I’ve also got some great advice from fellow bloggers about various different things too. It’s nice to have that support xx

  2. March 22, 2018 / 1:21 am

    I think another negative about pods is the content — sometimes it can be quite difficult to find pods that a specific to your niche. I’m in pods where I’m liking and commenting on that I have absolutely no interest in, but I try to find something to comment about. People, however, don’t always do the same, and sometimes I end up with comments that say something like — “This is cool.”

    But, I think pods are a great way to build community and help with the algorithm!

    Lovely post! x


  3. Rosa
    April 17, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    I stopped using pods. I found it was something very difficult to keep up with and I ended up on there all hours of the day.


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