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Getting started to grow Instagram with Combin

Application overview

Combin is a desktop tool, designed for safe and convenient Instagram audience growth. The application allows searching profiles and posts of potential followers by multiple different queries and performing single and mass actions. Combin processes following, liking and commenting actions in strong accordance with individual Instagram activity limits and at a speed that doesn’t bring suspicion the activity is automated.

The application operates directly from user computer, doesn’t perform unsolicited actions on user’s behalf and allows analyzing and filtering interaction inefficient, already engaged and previously unfollowed accounts. Combin doesn’t use or sell fake accounts to boost the growth. All results received after the application use are genuine and depend on the frequency and quality of user interaction with the correctly targeted audience, apart from other Combin-unrelated factors (content quality and relevance, publishing time rate, etc.)

Logging in

After installing and launching Combin, login using your account credentials. The application doesn’t store or share passwords, only uses them for the access token request. Two-factor authentication is supported.

Activation

As soon as you log into your account within Combin, you are taken to the Profile tab window.

Free version users may move to the Search tab or Users tab to start searching for potentially interested accounts and managing their current audience.

Combin subscribers should activate their subscription keys before starting to use the features to increase search results and in-app activity limits.

In order to activate your subscription, click the key icon located at the top right corner of the Profile tab. Paste in your key into the specialized field and click Activate.

Search

Potential audience search is initiated through the Search tab. Open it and click the Add Search button to start looking for profiles and publications to engage with.

Posts search

Once you opened the new search window, the Posts category is displayed.

Post search is performed by single and multiple hashtags and locations, as well as by different variations of single and multiple hashtag+location combinations.

Note that search by multiple hashtags brings results that contain either one or the other hashtag, not all of them in each post. Some users prefer these type of searches to save time from creating a separate search for each hashtag/location.

Search by hashtag

Type in a hashtag into the specialized field. A list of similar hashtags and number of tagged posts for each option will appear. Pick one of the tags by clicking it.

In case you want to create a multiple hashtags search, click the “+” icon located to the right from the hashtag field. A new hashtag field will appear below the default one. Each time you fill a newly created search field, the option to add another hashtag appears.

Tip: If you are at a loss for what hashtag you should search by, think of words that describe and represent your business, occupation and account content, as well as keywords your potential client is likely to use. Specialized sites and services, such as Display Purposes provide many relevant options to choose from.

Search by location

Posts tagged within specific location can be found by either typing in the place name into the specialized field located below the hashtag field, or picked on the interactive map.

In order to open the map, click the map icon located to the right from the location field. The interactive map has three tabs: Auto, Manual and Recent. The first two are search modes, the third one is a list of places user searched by recently. They are saved for a quick subsequent search initiation in the future.

Drag the interactive map using cursor or type in the location name into the Move to field located at the top left corner of the map in order to find the area you want to search within. Enlarge or reduce the map using “+” and “-” icons to cover bigger or smaller area.

Auto search mode: Define the location search radius on a map, click Next and give the selected area a name, then click Apply. Combin will automatically detect places within the selected radius and display the results from each place in one search results window.

Manual search mode: Click Search to start determining all available places within the selected area. Once all places are loaded, select all or some of them you want to search by, click Next to entitle the places group and then click Apply.

Note that searches by country, city, region or state names bring no results or very few after a long time. Combin finds posts by specific places Instagram users tag their posts within (streets, shops, parks, museums, clubs, etc.)Selecting a more general location causes the application to firstly find all the smaller places within it, then all posts tagged within each. As a result, the application generates the results for hours. It’s better to use a more specific place for search, as described above.

Search by hashtag and location combination

Fill both the hashtag and location fields, specify the date of posts publishing and the number of search results. Click Find.

Note that combination searches take longer to generate as they require gathering and analyzing more data than single searches.

Users search

Start searching profiles of potentially interested accounts by opening the Search tab and switching from the Posts search category to the Users.

Type in a username of a competitor’s account into the specialized field and specify whether you want to search their followers, followings, commenters, or likers.

Among the above, there is also a user list search option. It’s meant for a quick search of specific accounts you know you want to interact with, but which are not in your following/followers list to easily find and are a trouble to search among hundreds of other user search results. Pick the user list option from the drop-down menu and type or paste in usernames of those accounts, the profiles of which you would like to find. Separate the usernames by space and click Find.

Search results sorting and filtering

Sorting and filtering the results before applying actions help hiding inapt posts and profiles and engaging with the hottest content first.

You may sort users by number of followers and filter out already liked and commented profiles, your followers, following, previously unfollowed accounts, private and public accounts.

You may sort posts by date, number of likes and comments, and filter out already commented and liked posts, posts of previously unfollowed account, and the ones published by your following and followers.

Both users and posts search results also provide the option to filter out publications and profiles of Irrelevant and Relevant users on condition the Analyze users when searching setting is enabled when the search is initiated.

Tip: Accounts you are not interested in engaging with may be prevented from appearing in the search results ever again by adding them to Black list within the application. Click on the profile with the right mouse button and picking the Add user to Black list option.

Interaction

Attract attention of potential audience by single and mass following, liking and commenting. Liking and commenting actions may be applied not only to newly found accounts but also to those you already follow to maintain communication.

The following, unfollowing, liking, and commenting action buttons are located at the upper left corner of the search results and the Users tab windows.

The amount of the recently published posts for user liking is adjusted at Tools > Preferences > Activities > Like last.

Tip: Accounts you don’t want to accidentally unfollow during mass unfollowing actions can be protected. Open the Users tab > Followings select one, several or all accounts, click on one of them with the right mouse button and pick the Add user(s) to Safe list option.

Accounts that do not mutually follow you back can be found and mass unfollowed at the Users tab > Followings > Not follows me by selecting the accounts and clicking the Unfollow button.

Multiple different comments may be left for numerous posts and accounts in batch. Open the Recent category within the commenting window and click the bookmark sign to save comments as templates for future use.

Note that Instagram algorithm is sensitive to repeated and very similar comments. Make sure the text does not come off as spam-like and keep an eye on how many alike comments are you are going to leave. The recommended ratio is 1 text variation per 5-7 comments.

Tasks

Once you’ve chosen profiles and posts and applied the actions, the application automatically schedules them for safe, gradual performance in accordance with Instagram activity limits.

The progress can be monitored at the Tasks tab. Action tasks can be removed and cancelled by clicking the “X” sign located to the right of each task.

In case a big number of task or few massive ones were scheduled, it takes some time for them to be processed. Task processing intensity may be changed at Tools > Preferences > Activities > Intensity. There are three processing intensity modes: Safe, Optimal and Risky, which differ from each other by the length of time interval between the action performance.

Note that Risky mode should only be used temporarily to speed up big tasks. Regular use may compromise the account.

Combin is not cloud-based, it works from desktop and has to be launched at least in tray in order to process the scheduled tasks.

Tip: Create multiple small tasks instead of a couple of big batches to make them progress faster.

Gradually schedule more tasks each week and the amount of allowed Instagram actions for your account will be increasing. Combin will respectively be able to process more tasks hourly and daily.

Logging out

Open the Profile tab and click on the logout icon located next to your username in the main tab window.

Note that as soon as you logout of your account, all related information will be irretrievably lost, including contents of Unfollowed, Safe, Black lists, as well as search and task history. Backup account information if needed before logging out.

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