I’m in the travel photography niche with about 2k followers. Had my account for about 2 years now but only really got into trying to grow it towards the end of last year. I only post content I create myself and try to post everyday if possible and am trying to grow it as sort of a personal brand.
I have been taking 30-45mins manually engaging with hashtags in my niche, specifically targeting hashtags relating to my country. I try to like recent posts on these hashtags and post personalized comments on posts that I feel are good. However I have only been gaining about 30 followers per week and other similar accounts have been growing much faster than me despite doing about the same things. I do not wish to do follow/unfollow on this account unlike my other theme pages as I have seen a number of instances where fellow accounts in the same niche and location as me have been exposed for doing follow/unfollow and it ruined their business and account.
What other ways could I go about growing without doing F/UF? I’m open to trying anything other than F/UF and using automation