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How to Get on the Instagram Explore Page in 2022

By Erica Salvalaggio

Updated on July 27, 2022

8 minute read

Discover 10 ways to land on the Explore Page 🚀

Published May 22, 2019

Stay on top of the biggest social media marketing trends!

Landing a feature on Instagram's Explore Page is one of the most underrated ways to get discovered on the app.

As an algorithmically-curated feed of content, the Explore Page can help you:

  • Reach the right audience

  • Boost your engagement

  • Accelerate growth on the platform 

So, how do you secure a spot on Instagram's Explore Page? We're sharing 10 tried-and-tested tips below.

How Does the Instagram Explore Page Algorithm Work?

Instagram's Explore Page algorithm curates content on a user-by-user basis, making every Explore Page unique.

It does this by tracking the type of content users regularly interact with, and showing related posts on their Explore Page:

According to Instagram, this content exclusively comes from accounts you don’t already follow, since the purpose of the Explore Page is “to help you discover new things.”

Keeping this in mind, landing a coveted spot on Instagram's Explore Page can give your content a serious boost in engagement — especially as you'll be reaching people who already engage with similar posts or videos.

To learn more about the Explore Page algorithm, read: This Is How the Instagram Algorithm Works in 2022

How to Get on the Instagram Explore Page: 10 Must-know Tips

Instagram's Explore Page is curated by the app’s algorithm, which decides what content to serve users based on two main factors

  1. What type of posts a user has previously engaged with

  2. How much engagement (including likes, comments, and shares) a relevant post has

In other words: The number one way to get your posts on the Instagram Explore Page is to make them as engaging as possible.

But there are other things you can do to improve your chances too. Discover 10 tactics below:

  1. Take a Look at Your Own Explore Page

  2. Start Making Reels 

  3. Post When Your Audience Is Online 

  4. Experiment With Different Post Formats 

  5. Use Strategic Hashtags

  6. Partner With Other Brands and Creators 

  7. Run Contests and Giveaways  

  8. Add Keywords to Your Post Caption

  9. Use Instagram Analytics to See What’s Working 

  10. Try Instagram Explore Ads

Tip #1: Take a Look at Your Own Explore Page

Before you start creating new content, take a step back and do some research.

Spend time on your own Explore Page and ask yourself: 

  • What types of posts are featured?

  • What hashtags and keywords are used in the captions?

  • What makes these posts so engaging?

Once you have a better sense of what works, you can take inspiration from those posts to create your own.

FYI: Later is a social media scheduling tool trusted by 4M+ brands, creators, and social media managers. Sign up today and schedule your Instagram posts in advance — for free:

Tip #2: Start Making Reels 

It's no secret, Instagram is prioritizing Reels.

The popular video feature is showing no signs of slowing down, so it’s important to make Reels a big part of your strategy in 2022 — especially if you want to get on the Explore Page. 

With Later, you can level-up your Instagram Reels strategy by planning and scheduling your posts in advance. Learn everything you need to know in the video below:

Tip #3: Post When Your Audience Is Online 

Your content has a much better chance at increased reach and engagement if you post when your audience is online.

But how do you know when that is? 

After analyzing over 35M feed posts we discovered the best times to post on Instagram:

Best Time to Post on Instagram

And when you sign up for a Later account, you can take advantage of the Best Time to Post feature so you can reach your unique audience when they’re most active.

That way you can increase your engagement and the chance to land a spot on the Explore Page — talk about a major win!

Tip #4: Experiment With Different Post Formats 

Another way to boost engagement on Instagram is by experimenting with different post formats.

Think: Single static images, carousels, and video content.

Here at Later, we discovered that carousel posts have the highest average engagement rate of all feed post types (excluding Reels):

The takeaway? While it's great to mix up the formats you're using, getting creative with carousel posts can help you get more engagement.

Looking for a little inspiration? Check out these eight creative ways to use carousel posts on Instagram.

Tip #5: Use Strategic Hashtags

Hashtags may not be as popular as they were in 2012 but they’re still a valuable tool for discoverability and increasing your odds of appearing on the Explore Page. 

Think of them as a way to label your content. 

Instagram will try its best to label your posts accurately, even if you don’t have hashtags, but including them makes categorization simpler for the algorithm.

It also makes it easier for Instagram to serve your posts to the most relevant users.

Follow in the footsteps of British baker Lily Vanilli, and use a combination of broad (#cakes) and specific (#edibleflowers) hashtags to describe your post, your industry, and target audience:


Ready to take your hashtag strategy to the next level? Check out Later’s Instagram Hashtag tools to help streamline your workflow now! 

Tip #6: Partner With Other Brands and Creators  

Partnering with brands and creators on Instagram means you can easily tap into each other’s audiences — a handy tactic to increase your engagement and secure more Explore Page features. 

And in any good partnership, the collaborators should share something in common.

That way, content that comes out of your collaboration resonates with both audiences equally — leading to higher engagement.

Take for example this partnership between cosmetics brand Kosas and beauty influencer Steph Hui:

Since both camps share similar ethos and work in the same industry, the collab (and content produced!) feels like a natural fit.

It’s the perfect recipe for landing on tons of Instagram Explore Pages!

PRO TIP: Make sure any collabs you do feel authentic and are in service of your audience and customers. An audience-first approach always performs best.

Tip #7: Run Contests and Giveaways  

On Instagram, contests and giveaways are an effective way to encourage engagement from your community, reach new audiences, and get on the Explore Page. 

It’s even better if, like Toronto-based vegan restaurant chain Fresh, you combine this tip with the previous one (collaborate with another business or creator) to run a joint giveaway.

Double the visibility and engagement? Check!

Launch your first Instagram giveaway without a hitch by following our step-by-step guide: How to Host an Instagram Giveaway

Tip #8: Add Keywords to Your Captions

Adding keywords to your post's caption can help the Explore Page's algorithm understand what your content is all about.

The best Instagram captions have:

  1. A killer first line that introduces the topic and convinces you to keep reading

  2. A specific call-to-action (if you want viewers to leave a comment or go to your website, tell them!)

  3. Clear, descriptive language that’s easy for the average user to understand

  4. A consistent tone of voice so your audience can differentiate you from other brands

While all of the above elements are important, the third point is the most essential to get on Instagram's Explore Page.

instagram seo

By using relevant, descriptive keywords in your Instagram captions, you can help the algorithm label your content correctly.

TIP: When writing your captions, brainstorm possible keywords that you weave throughout your copy.

Tip #9: Use Instagram Analytics to See What’s Working 

Sometimes your best-performing Instagram posts will surprise you.

A photo, video, or Reel that you didn’t think would resonate does, and vice-versa. That’s why it’s crucial to track your social media performance. 

You can access your Instagram analytics directly through the app, but it’s often easier to use a third-party tool, like Later's Instagram Analytics, to measure how your posts are performing.

Later’s Instagram Analytics have separate Post Performance and Story Performance dashboards.

Later's Instagram Analytics lets you track up to 12 months worth of Instagram feed posts, Reels, and Stories, and filter by key metrics like engagement, reach, likes, comments, and more.

It’s the easiest way to get a visual overview of what posts are performing best, so you can tailor your strategy and get on as many Instagram Explore Pages as possible!

Ready to start improving your Instagram performance with analytics? Sign up today and explore the Instagram Analytics dashboard!

Tip #10: Try Instagram Explore Ads   

If you’re looking for a guaranteed way to reach users via the Instagram Explore page, Explore Page Ad placements are a solid option. 

Image courtesy: Instagram

While your ads won’t appear directly on the Explore Page, once a user clicks on a post from their Explore Page, they will appear between non-paid photos and videos in-feed.

It's a sure-fire way to extent your reach and improve your visibility on the app!

Getting on the Instagram Explore Page is a great way to grow your audience on Instagram fast, and if you follow these 10 tips, you’ll increase your chances of landing that coveted feature.

So test out Reels and carousels, go heavy on the hashtags, run a contest or two, experiment, keep track of your performance, and have fun! 

Ready to level-up your Instagram strategy? Plan, schedule, and publish your posts in advance with Later:

Plan, schedule, and automatically publish your social media posts with Later.


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