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Top 10 Instagram Photos of 2016

I still love Instagram as much as ever!

I didn’t travel much this year. Instead, I paid off my remaining credit card debt and squirreled away all my money in order to spend a year-long working holiday in New Zealand So, I relied heavily on past travels for photos to share on Instagram. I even shared photos from trips to the American Southwest and Italy that I took a decade ago. I also captured great shots from mini-adventures around Cape Cod.

Here’s a couple interesting tidbits that set this year’s crop of photos apart from the year before. All ten photos were posted the second half of the year. This is when I began experimenting with hashtags and tagging accounts. The number of likes on these photos surpasses the likes on photos from last year by 100-150 likes. Naturally, the number of likes increased as my number of followers increased.

I’ve learned to work with the new Instagram algorithms that put more popular photos in higher rotation on user’s feeds. Using a combination of Instagram business account insights and statistics from the Instagram photo planning app UNUM, two very useful management tools. Between the two tools, I can post photos at ideal times and track engagement and impressions to learn what people like to see.

I’m excited for what’s to come in 2017, but for now here’s the most-liked from 2016.

Top 10 Instagram Photos of 2016

10. Sandwich Boardwalk – Sandwich, Massachusetts

9. Sandwich Boardwalk – Sandwich, Massachusetts

8. Popponessett, Massachusetts

7. Napa, California

6. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park – San Diego, California

5. Hoxie House – Sandwich, Massachusetts

4. Sandwich Glass Museum – Sandwich, Massachusetts

3. Humboldt County, California

2. Kalmus Beach – Hyannis, Massachusetts

1. Telluride, Colorado

Thank you to everyone who follows along, likes my photos, and leaves comments, whether it’s been from the beginning or just recently. I truly appreciate the support!

To see ALL my photos head on over to my Instagram account! I’m now in NEW ZEALAND so follow along to see the country through my eyes. 

For behind the scenes sort of things, follow along on Snapchat: TransformedThruTravel (b.quaglieri)

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    March 16, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    These are all absolutely fantastic, but #8 stuck with me the most. The shell on the bottom left is just perfectly placed – love it! 🙂 Very inspirational stuff here!

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