Most people know that Instagram is one of the most popular social networks out there and probably the number one most recognizable network for photo sharing. With its easy to use tools such as photo filters and captions, it is a great way to get that professional edge to your amateur photos. But did you know that you could take that professionalism one step further? Did you know that you can actually make money on Instagram? Here’s how!
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No matter what method you use to make money on Instagram you are going to choose in the end, you are going to first have to build up a solid following. For monetary purposes, you can think of this as building up your client list or marketing, but the bottom line is that you want to have as many followers on your Instagram account as possible.
You can do this organically by posting great photos, commenting on other people’s photos, following others, sharing your photos on other social media accounts, etc. You can also look into purchasing Instagram likes and follows, but be sure to do your research to decide if you think it’s worth it or not as some people have called it a scam run by fake Instagram accounts.
Hashtags are probably going to be your most useful tool on Instagram as they connect you to other people and other topics. Using hashtags is almost an art form since you want them to be relevant to your photo while at the same time being fairly broad so the hashtags show up in tons of searches. With time, you’ll get the hang of it.
Setting Up Your Instagram Store
Once you have your photos up on Instagram, you’ll likely realize that there’s no way to directly sell them through the app. What you need to do is set up a store for your viewers to go to in order to buy your pictures. Here are a few options:
- Third-party sellers such as Twenty20 will take care of the printing and shipping for you as well as give you a place to set up shop, but you only make 20% of each sale
- If you want to handle everything yourself—including your profits—set up your own website. Bear in mind that if your website becomes popular, it can be taxing to keep up with orders, printing, shipping, etc.
- MLSP. If you are a member of MLSP or My Lead System Pro, yo don’t have to worry about setting up a store or shipping, etc., because all of this is taken care of for you.
After you’ve set up your store—be it on your own or through a third party—link all of your images on Instagram to the storefront. Place the link to purchase the print right in the caption of your Instagram pic, but be sure to shorten the link with TinyURL or Bit.ly so you still have room to say something about the photo.
Marketing Products on Instagram
Finally, you can also sell products straight through Instagram. You can sell your own products if you like, or you can partner up with a company (affiliate marketing). Be sure you have enough of a following to prove to the companies you can sell their products and then prove to them with numbers and photos that you are competent. Then, work out a contract (you can find companies easily through Popular Pays and QuickShouts).
When you’re ready, simply take quality photos of the items you are selling and link them in the same manner as above to the storefront. There are many different ways you can do this—some people link to their own eCommerce website, some to Amazon for affiliate sales. Whichever manner you choose to sell the products, understand that the more unique your pictures, the better your description and the more prominent your Instagram, the more sales you are going to pull in. You are not the only person selling things online, so use your unique Instagram skills to make an impact in your wallet!
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