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Instagram Success Story: From 1,000 – 14,400 Followers In Just Four Months!

Holy crap! This entrepreneur grew her Instagram following from 1,000 to 14.4k followers in just 4 months without using auto bots or other sleezy tactics. Super impressive and inspirational! Love reading these types of Instagram success stories!

If you’ve visited my blog before you know I am always talking about Instagram and it’s ability to sky-rocket your business. So much so that you may even be tired of hearing it from me (😱!) So I recently asked one of the students from my course, Infamous to Influential to share her Instagram Success Story with you.

Natasha St. Michael is the face behind the stunning Instagram account, @theclearskinessentials. She is a certified health coach who specializes in teaching women how to get clear skin through proper diet and self care. Natasha grew her account from 1,000 to over 14,000 targeted, engaged and profitable followers after taking my course, Infamous to Influential, just 4 months ago!

Here’s her story:

Tell us a little bit about you and your business

“I specialize in helping women heal breakouts and adult acne naturally through adopting a healthier diet and gentler skin care routine. Programs I offer include one-on-one telephone coaching, and video courses walking you through what needs to be added in and taken out of your diet and skincare routine for clear gorgeous skin.”

Instagram Success Story

Before you started Infamous to Influential, what were you struggling the most with when it came to Instagram?

“I didn’t quite understand what Instagram was, or how I could really use it to grow my business. I had done a lot of research on the internet and was able to set up my account properly and post images, but I found I lacked ‘a system.’

What results did you see from implementing the course materials?

“I joined Infamous to Influential on the day I hit my first 1000 followers. 4 months later, I now have about 14.4k followers!

Going through the course and implementing all the instructions, I currently gain 1000+ followers/week. It’s also doubled my website traffic, and I get 10-30 new email subscribers/day from Instagram.

I also have to say that I’ve noticed a significant difference between the quality of web traffic I get from Instagram compared to Pinterest – even though Pinterest generates a lot of web traffic, my stats have shown that the referrals from Instagram convert much better into email subscribers, customers, and much more page views (whereas the referrals coming from Pinterest come to read a specific article, and then go right back to Pinterest to pin the article or continue on their search). I find Instagram is such a great way for a new audience to get to know you and by the time they reach your website they’ve already established a relationship/connection with you and are thirsting for more.

And lastly, since starting my Instagram account just a few months ago, I’ve made so many new professional connections and have had the opportunity to work with a few luxury natural skincare brands as well. This has been so invaluable, and wouldn’t have happened without starting my Instagram account and doing everything properly from the beginning.”

Did you have any ah-ha moments?

“My biggest take away from Infamous to Influential was learning to clarify exactly who your target market is (and making sure your IG account is in sync with your target market). I can’t tell you how important this is (and something I see so many people and brands overlooking and making massive mistakes). Your IG account is telling a visual story about you or your brand, and if that isn’t consistent with your brand or the products you’re selling, it could turn potential customers off or be very confusing.

I also really appreciated Alex’s strategies for gaining an authentic following and building a strong community. Her strategies are extremely targeted (not using bots, robots or programs) but knowing who your target market is, and how to find them and connect with them on Instagram. This ensures your following consists of a real audience that wants what you have to offer, and not a following of a bunch of random people (which is surprisingly quite common!)”

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-10-11-16-am(Check out Natasha’s quality engagement! Comments from real potential customers and nearly 600 likes!)

How has your business changed or improved since taking the course?

“Since taking the course and learning to be very clear about who my target market is, it’s not only helped me create a very consistent Instagram feed, but also really helped me organize my entire business and make sure everything I’m doing and offering is in line with that target market.

Not only that but daily sales for my courses and coaching packages have increased, I’ve doubled my daily web traffic and email sign-ups, and I feel a much stronger connection to my audience. I’ve also seen a substantial increase of followers on all my other social media accounts, which I know is coming from Instagram.”

What’s next for you and your business?

“Right now I’m working on a 60-Day Clear Skin Email Course. I offer a Free 5-Day Acne Solutions Email Course which has been a hit with helping my audience to start clearing up their skin, not only giving them great diet and skincare strategies, but the feedback I’ve been getting is that the daily emails keep them motivated and on track with making all the diet and lifestyle improvements. So, the next step now is to make the full course and launch it early 2017!”


About Natasha
Website: www.theclearskinessentials.com
Instagram: @theclearskinessentials


Um?? How amazing is Natasha?! I am so proud of the work she’s put in and the results she’s seen. Natasha started in the same place as you and I – without a real strategy when it comes to Instagram. She did however have a goal of creating awareness for her business and eventually turning a profit. After implementing the steps in Infamous to Influential she now has a thriving business that she (and I!) are happy to share with others, and you can too!

If you are ready to take the reigns on your Instagram strategy, sign up for Infamous to Influential.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the course please contact me.

What do you think of Natasha’s Instagram Success Story? Do you have a similar story? 

Let me know in the comments!

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52 Comments on "Instagram Success Story – 1,000 to 14.4k in 4 months!"

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Erin Ortiqeaux

Congrats on your success! I always love to hear how people put tools and techniques to good use and build on them.


Congrats!! Great to hear these stories!

Lauren | talk of the trains blog

Amazing!! I need to look into doing this!


OMG congrats on the crazy great success!! That is so inspiring to see. Gotta check this out for myself to see if I can have the same results =]



I love your programs… was deciding on signing up for this and dediced to actually do hashtag hero first!


I definitely need to step my instagram game up. Thanks for sharing this!


Wow, congrats on the accomplishment! Sounds like a great program!


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Corina | Now THAT I Can Do, Mama!

Uh-mazing. I love her insight about how IG traffic is more engaged than Pinterest traffic. That totally makes sense!

Julian Caldwell

Love the success. Just trying to get my hands around how to leverage Instagram more effectively.

Marcela Pulido

Wow, that’s incredible!


Great testimonial. So glad she saw such huge success through Instagram. It is my favorite social media platform as well.

Ashvin Nankoo

Really good post. Will definitely follow up with the course!


Holy–that’s amazing! I’m interested in particular since she’s reaching highly targeted readers and that they appear to be higher quality than what is coming to her site through pinterest. It’s a good reminder that I need to up my insta game 🙂 stopping in from blog loft Facebook group!

Ance Antovska

Thank you very much for this post really helpful for me. Congrats on your success!


This is awesome.. thanks so much for sharing


This is so great.. thanks so much for giving us some insite on improving our instagram followers

Ghastly Girl

Instagram is such a great resource and I’m only just now beginning to focus on really targeting my specific audience. Great information! Congrats on your success 🙂


Wow! Very impressive! I have always struggled with Instagram. Thanks for this!


this is so awesome, happy to hear it worked for you!


That’s some really amazing growth in a short amount of time!

Sincerely Miss J

Wow! Very inspiring!

Virtuous Mama

I need to check out this course! Thank you for sharing this success story!!

Gregory Pozo

This is awesome! Her story is inspiring and shows the power of instagram.

Anmaria Djong I One Lazy Chic

your first paragraph is really me. I really don’t understand what is the use of instagram to grow my blog. Thank you for such an inspirational post.

Atzimba Pahua

These tips were great! Congrats to her! I

Liz @ Downtown Demure

Awesome story! I really appreciate her suggestion to have a defined target market and customer base as I’ve been slothful about that work. So glad I found your blog via Social Society!


Really understanding your target audience and being super specific about who they are is such a crucial step. Great post, and so awesome that Natasha’s business is taking off like this.



These are great tips!! I’m trying to grow my instagram following now and i’ll def be saving this for later!


Congrats. I have my blog page for over one year and not even 1500 followers. I was inactive on it for a few months tho but still. Within the past couple months I have tried my all in posting and promoting but still nothing significant.


WHat a great story! Those results are amazing!!


Wow, this is awesome! Congratulations!!


Wow! She’s doing phenomenal! I still struggle with identifying my target market. I seem to be all over the place.


Thats impressive! Im just shooting for 5,000 followers right now!

nana yantina



This sounds awesome! I definitely need to look into it . Thanks for sharing!


Ah I’m struggling with my insta game, these tips are awesome! and I’m so inspired by your success!

Nilushi Rathnaweera

Love to hear that. All the best


This is great! Thanks! I have been focusing a lot of my attention on Pinterest lately so this is a greta reminder to focus on Instagram as well!

The Gypsy Gurl

Congratulations for your success. Will definitely check out infamous to influential.


Amazing story. i am not active on insta will give it a shot from now on


Wow what an amazing successful story!!! Keep on rocking!


This sounds amazing! I wish I liked instagram though!


Awesome to see that your course is working!:) congrats:) thanks for sharing!


great tips, I am bookmarking this post for future reference. I’ve been trying to grow my Instagram for a while now

Saint Facetious

Great to hear stories like that, where success for real people actually is possible. Thanks for sharing!

the sophia diaries

wow, these results are amazing! I totally gotta look into this course one day! x


Congrats,I would be so happy when I finally make it to my 1000 mark. I will have to learn all the techniques.


that’s incredible. Getting growth and real engagement on Instagram is really hard now, so I love hearing about success stories. It gives us all hope.

Wynne Katherine

Great post! and congratulations on your success!