How To Find The Right Telegram (Engagement) Group For You
The hardest period of time in the journey towards becoming an Instagram star is the very beginning.
Absolutely nobody knows who you are. Your page is amongst hundreds of millions that exist but don’t move the needle at all. Without the right connections and the correct strategies, you’ll be clinging for straws.
To make matters worse, it seems as if the top 1% are the ones who are getting in on all of the action. Only a few succeed while everybody else loses.
You’ll be happy to know that this is NOT the case.
As a matter of fact, there’s a little known strategy that both newcomers and seasoned veterans are using to increase their engagement rates on Instagram and grow their followings.
The best part is that it’s completely free and you get to make a ton of connections to other people within your niche.
It’s like networking without having to leave your house and spend thousands of dollars on conference fees, food and travel.
This supposed secret to engagement success can be described as highly active engagement groups on Telegram.
But what are engagement groups? And more importantly, what is Telegram?
Let’s start off by talking about engagement groups…
What Is An Engagement Group
An engagement group has numerous names for it. Some people call it a Telegram Group or a Telegram Pod.
It’s a group of individuals that specifically work together to like and comment on the posts of all the members in said group. You scratch other people’s backs by engaging with their posts, and they’ll scratch yours by engaging with the posts you share in the group.
At the end of the day, everybody’s overall engagement goes up and all is well. It’s a pretty straightforward concept.
But why use Telegram specifically?
What Is Telegram?
Telegram is a secure messaging app that you can download for free onto your phone. If you’ve ever used something like WhatsApp or Viber in the past, then you’ll know how to use Telegram.
Where Telegram differs from the competition is that groups can be as large as 10,000 participants, file upload size can be as high as 1.5 gigabytes, and supposedly the end-to-end encryption allows for superior privacy.
Creating and managing engagement groups on Telegram is just as easy as it is on its competitor apps.
In the context of Instagram, Telegram has become the go-to app for engagement groups on the basis of the features described above.
If you take a look online, you can easily find a directory that contains all of the engagement groups hosted on Telegram.
Some are more private and charge you a fee to join, while others will limit entry on the basis of factors such as niche and follower count.
Why Are Engagement Groups So Popular?
Ultimately, the goal of engagement groups is to hack Instagram’s new algorithm.
A few years ago, Facebook changed its algorithm so that your feed was no longer chronological. Instead, you were fed updates on the basis of your engagement with a certain user or page.
Instagram followed suit and made the same changes to its own algorithm. Therefore, if you don’t have a lot of followers who are engaging with your content, it’s far more difficult to get your posts exposed to new users.
Engagement groups try to bypass this by having your posts followed with human interaction, in the form of likes and real comments from people who enjoy your content.
With a greater level of engagement on your post, the Instagram algorithm will rank it higher and allow your post to have greater reach.
In fact, if you’re really lucky, you’ll have the rare opportunity of appearing on the “Explore” page. This is publicly available to every single Instagram user, and you are now seen by MANY more people.
The benefits of this approach are fairly obvious: With higher engagement rates and better-written comments on your posts, you’ll increase your follower count at a faster rate and get closer to successfully monetizing your page via more leads and sales.
However, there are two important caveats about these groups:
- Telegram is hands down the superior option for joining a successful engagement group.
Before Telegram, there was something called “Instagram DM groups.” On the app, you are limited to a group discussion of 15 people max.
Now, compare that against an option with superior scaling. Thousands of members in a single engagement group versus a mere 15? I don’t have to tell you who the winner is. 😉
- Most people who rely too much on engagement groups fail to understand how the Instagram algorithm works.
Social media expert Jenn Herman from JennTrends.com explains this situation beautifully on her website, so I’ll just paraphrase her insights below…
The Instagram algorithm focuses on the interactions of the user themselves. The top of their feed is going to show then content that they most frequently engage with.
This means that your content will appear on the top of the feeds of the members in your engagement group. Likewise, their content will appear at the top of your feed if you are participating in the group.
But what about the feeds of your FOLLOWERS? Following the logic above, it seems as if engagement groups may be futile.
Except that they aren’t. Jenn concedes that getting more engagement on your posts in the form of increased likes and value-added comments will add legitimacy and credibility to your brand.
If potential followers see that your posts are getting a lot of buzz, they may be more inclined to engage with your content, follow your page and even become a trusted connection in your network.
In other words, you’re not necessarily gaming the algorithm itself. Rather, you’re simply creating the appearance of being somebody who is worth a follow in the eyes of a stranger.
How Do I Join A Telegram Engagement Group?
Now that you know about Telegram engagement groups and how they work, the next step is to find and join one.
Many of the links to join these groups are private, which means you’ll have to hustle in order to find them.
You need to be invited by somebody who is already in the group, reach out to people who are getting high engagement (as they might be in the know about engagement groups), or message the group’s administrator and pray that they let you in.
Those are your three options for joining.
With that information at hand, let’s learn how to maximize your success with Telegram engagement groups…
Telegram Engagement Group Tip #1: Find a group that enforces rules, and make sure you follow them too!
I cannot stress how important it is that you review any rules that form the group. Groups that aren’t strict in their rule making and enforcing are almost always the groups that will give you a poor ROI on engagement.
Feel free to ask the admins for a copy of the rules, but they are usually available as pinned posts that are accessible to every member when they open the group.
You are joining the group with the implicit agreement that you will abide by their rules, and they have every right to kick you out if you repeatedly violate the rules.
That means don’t be a leech. Don’t be the one guy or gal who doesn’t engage with other people, or leave half-assed comments on other people’s Instagram posts.
I can tell you that getting “unbanned” is quite difficult. Some people will charge you to re-join the group, but at minimum you will be out of the group for a few days.
Therefore, it is in your best interest to be a good human being and actively participate in adding value towards other group members.
Every single engagement group is different in the rules and requirements that are established. Once again, you are responsible for knowing them and abiding by them.
Telegram Engagement Group Tip #2: Find a group that caters specifically towards your niche
This goes without saying, but your engagement is going to look “spammy” and “automated” if you’re joining a generic engagement group.
If that’s your only option, then it’s not a bad idea as a temporary option.
But your primary goal should be to join a group that is highly related to your specific niche.
Not only will the comments on your posts be more authentic, but you can also be exposed to your target market in the form of your group members’ followers.
I previously mentioned that you may appear on the “Explore” page, but there’s an alternative feature called “Suggest Users” that the follower of your group members may be able to see.
It’s just another way of getting your content in front of the right audience.
Telegram Engagement Group Tip #3: Focus on keeping your word with one group before you join another one
I need to warn you: Depending on the group you are in, you may find yourself actively interacting with multiple posts every single day.
In particular, if you find that one engagement group isn’t giving you the results you’re looking for, you may find yourself immersed in many engagement groups at the same time.
Not only are other people relying on your engagement in a timely manner, but you are also relying on their engagement to appear at the promised time. That’s why it is so important that you find the right Telegram engagement group, as explained in the previous tips.
It’s also important to ensure that you are truly committed to getting your time’s worth out of these engagement groups. This means that you’re willing to do what it takes to get results.
Do NOT think for a second that you can cheat the system!
There are certain members who are responsible for vetting your participation, and there are bots that are specifically programmed to monitor your liking and commenting on other group members’ posts.
Let me take you inside a Telegram engagement group and explain exactly how this works…
These groups operate on the basis of “Rounds.” Rounds can be defined as a time period in which everybody in the group will engage with a post published by an individual Instagram user.
Due to the group size, there are multiple rounds that happen throughout the day.
All members receive a notification roughly 30 minutes prior to the start of a round. You will see the user who is about to put out a piece of content, and you are responsible for engaging with it.
(NOTE: You have the option of choosing which rounds you will engage in and which ones you will skip, as long as you communicate your absence in advance)
Once the round starts, you have a limited period of time to engage on the posts. Sometimes this can be a like, a comment, or both depending on the group’s rules.
The timeframe in which you need to participate (or catch up in the event of an absence) also depends on the rules being enforced in the group.
Some groups may also have you pay it forward by interacting on other people’s posts within the same timeframe (via a like, comment or both).
For example, if there are 50 members in the group and they have an hour to provide me with my 50 likes, I need to give out that equivalent number of links within that hour.
Once again, read the group rules carefully! Some will allow you to “catch up” in the event of failing to engage within a set timeframe. Others will blacklist you if you fail to engage within the timeframe, whether you are the one whose username is being published or not.
This may sound a little obsessive at first, but it is the tried and true way which allows everyone in the group to get the engagement rates on their content that they seek.
Telegram Engagement Group Tip #4: See if you can get people who are in the same time zone as you (a difference of 1-2 hours is OK).
I mentioned earlier that Telegram groups are ridiculously effective due to the massive group sizes.
However, another major component is the speed at which your content receives engagement.
You want your posts to get the majority of its engagement (likes & comments) within the first 30 minutes of posting.
An hour can work as well, but 30 minutes is ideal. You’ll never see a timeframe of more than 2 hours in any given engagement group.
This rapid increase of engagement tells the Instagram algorithm that your content should be ranked far higher, and possibly be placed in the Explore page or the Top Posts section (if you choose to use a hashtag in your post).
This is critical to remember. If your engagement is too thinly spread out, you will not be able to take full advantage of the algorithm.
And for that reason, you want to try and work in a group that operates in the same time zone as you.
You’ll have a far higher chance of getting the engagement you want, you won’t have to worry about time zone conversions, and you can engage at a time of the day that works best for you.
Telegram Group Tip #5: Don’t limit your engagement exclusively within the Telegram Group
It’s not too likely that Instagram will shadowban you if you use engagement groups.
However, that doesn’t mean you get to limit yourself to a single group and ignore direct interaction with your followers, the target demographic containing your ideal followers, and fellow influencers.
You need to simultaneously participate in multiple engagement groups and engage on Instagram as you normally would.
You also need to ensure that fellow group members are constantly active and have a genuine base of followers.
There are too many people who buy all of their followers and give off a false impression.
Your best bet is to use GetIGData.com, plug a person’s username in and see if there are any irregular peaks or drops in their follower count over a period of several days.
Granted, this may be impractical for extremely large engagement groups. You may find that vetting out 5 randomly selected members will do the job just fine.
Should You Use Telegram Engagement Groups Forever?
There’s a lot of debate about whether or not people should use Telegram engagement groups in the first place, so here’s a good benchmark to follow:
Use engagement groups liberally to scale to your first 10,000 followers, and gradually move away from using them as you reach 100,000 followers.
By that point you will no longer need to rely on engagement groups. Your daily activity on Instagram in the form of posting content and directly interacting with others will be sufficient to support you.
Engagement groups aren’t necessarily illegal, but they do have a bit of a dirty reputation.
Some people view them as a form of cheating, as it implies that you are unable to grow your brand in an authentic way. It may also imply that your engagement on the platform is automated and fake.
Either way, they’re not bad as a temporary boost. But they are just that: Temporary.
Scaling back will eventually allow you to see if you are truly resonating with your audience in the form of engaging content. It’s the best way to achieve long-term growth.
Also…once you get to the point where you wish to A/B test your content, engagement groups will only screw up your results and create false impressions. Something to keep in mind!
“Engage” Your Way Towards Instagram Fame!
Engagement groups are definitely a smart strategy for using Instagram’s new algorithm to your benefit, and they certainly help newcomers get the momentum they need to grow their page.
They need to be used strategically, and they need to be used correctly.
Just remember that nothing will ever be able to replace the hard work of having to engage with your followers.
Like and comment on some of their posts. Respond to their direct messages with a reply that sounds like it was written by a human being.
That’s what it takes to build a massive community that is loyal to you and your wisdom.
A community of raving fans will buy any product or service you put in front of them.
A community of people who view you as the person who has the answer to all of their questions and problems.