Are you a regular instagram user ,scrolling through reels and commenting and double tapping on posts from other people.
You might have heard stories from people making huge money from social media which has fascinated you and that is why you are here.
If your question is can you make money from Instagram? Then the answer is yes.
Instagram is growing very fast and it has huge potential. It sees over 500 million daily active users and users spent an average of 53 minutes per day on Instagram .
There already a lot of people who have build their business around their Instagram account and earning some decent money.
How you can also do it is what I am going show you in this article.
Numbers are important and no one can deny this fact.
An Instagram page with 10k followers will always make generate more revenue than the one having 1000 (only if the followers are real).
On the other hand having 100k fake followers will not make much.
Engagement and the niche plays a very big role in making money on Instagram.
If the engagement on your instagram page is good then you can start making money with as low as 1000 followers.
Make sure you choose a niche because the earning potential of an instagram page is hugely dependent on it’s the niche.
Instagram is for creators and Mark Zuckerberg himself said that “Our goal is to be the best platform for creators like you to make a living,” at creator week in June 2021.
You just need to have good content and patience if you want to earn from Instagram.
Now let me tell you how you can grow your Instagram account in some few but proven steps
How to get more followers on Instagram
1) Optimize your Instagram profile
Your Instagram profile consists mainly of 5 things- 1) Profile photo, 2) Name, 3) Username and 4) Bio and 5) website
It is the first thing which someone visits your Instagram page sees.
If you want to build an Instagram business then your profile must look professional.
1) Click a nice picture of yourself and upload it as the profile photo or you can upload a logo which represents your page and your brand.
Using a logo make more sense if it is an Instagram theme page and a logo is easily recognizable.
2) The username is the string of characters at the top of profile. The name is the bold text below the profile photo.
Keep your username as simple as possible, avoid using numbers and special characters.
In that way you can keep it search friendly
3) Your Instagram bio is the place where you can give a small description about your Instagram page and what type of content your followers should expect from you.
You can also very effectively use a link to send your audience to your website/blog (if you have one) or you can give a affiliate link to other products.
2) Create follow worthy posts
Instagram is a visual platform, what looks good sells good on Instagram.
There are a lot of graphic designing tools and softwares available on internet.
Among all the sites canva is my favourite.
Canva is super easy to use, which make it idle for beginners.
It has 100’s of pre-maid templates which you can use for your instagram post or you can also create your own design from an empty canvas.
Canva is an easy solution to your instagram stories, posts, highlights, reels and much more.
The best thing about canva is, it is free for every-one. It also has a pro version with some added features which is pretty reasonable.
You can start with the free version, it is more than enough for a beginner in the world of content creation.
3) Use all the features of Instagram
Instagram is a social media platform with the highest rate of engagement and the reason is the variety of features they offer to engage with your audience.
Instagram’s Product Marketing Lead confirmed that users who use all of Instagram’s features stand a better chance of engaging with audiences and building strong followers.
So, you cannot expect that uploading 2 or 3 posts a day will help you gain more followers.
Some of the most popular features of Instagram which you should use regularly are-
Reels- It allows you to entertain your audience with videos which are of less than 30 seconds.
Instagram Reels gives you the opportunity to reach new audience and it gives you the highest rich among other features.
I will recommend you to upload a reel on daily basis if you want grow and increase your followers on Instagram.
Instagram Stories- Stories are the perfect way of interacting with your followers.
You can use stickers, pools and many other options available on stories to engage with your followers.
Posting stories 3 to 5 times a day is recommended (disappears after 24 hours).
Posts- As you know posts are the most regular way to upload on instagram.
Create post which catches people’s attention and take use of the description to make people follow your page.
Post 3 to 4 times daily.
IGTV- On IGTV you can create videos of 15 seconds to 10 minutes, where you can share valuable informations related to your niche.
There are no recommendations degrading frequency, it depends on when you are ready and how comfortable you are.
Lives- It can be up to 4 hours these are often tutorial or interview-based.
To make your live more successful, create some hype through stories and posts before the live.
4) Use relevant hashtags
If you want to grow and reach new audience through your posts then using relevant hashtags are very important.
4 tips to find the right hashtags–
- Keep experimenting with different hashtags and indentify which hashtags are giving you better reach.
- Analyse your competitor’s hashtags and mix them with some of yours.
- Use hashtags with low competition,
- You can also use a tool to generate hashtags.
5) Be consistent with your posts
Instagram has become very competitive and to stand out you need to be consistent with your posts.
Consistency is the key to success not only in Instagram but in all aspects of your life.
6) Always reply to the comments and DMs
Replying comments and DMs serves more than just the purpose of being courteous.
Replying to comments and DMs also help more people discover your page and attract potential advertisers or potential clients.
These are some proven tips which can help you grow and gain more followers on Instagram over time.
Now, once you gain some good amount of engaging followers it’s time monetize your instagram account.
Here are the best ways to Make Money on Instagram
1) Promote affiliate links
Promoting affiliate links is one of the most effective ways to make money from instagram even with very less followers.
In affiliate marketing you don’t need to have your own product,
You just have to pick a product related to your instagram page’s niche which has an affiliate programme and join it.
Now, you are ready to promote your affiliate link on Instagram
As an affiliate marketer you will earn commission on each sale you will able to make through your unique referral link.
When-ever you drop a post or upload a story which is related to the product write a call to action, inviting your readers to click on the link in your bio.
Some of the affiliate networks where you can find a product which best suits to your niche are-
2) Create and sell your own digital product
Selling digital products is a very popular way to monetize your page on Instagram.
If you are really good at something then you can sell it and interested people will buy it from you.
For example if you have a page on cooking then you can create a recipe e-book and sell it to your followers.
Or , if you have a page related to fitness and workout, you can sell your personal training and workout programmes to your followers.
Like this you can create and sell your own products and make money from Instagram.
3) Sponsored posts
Although is the most common way to make money on Instagram but don’t think too much about this way of making money if haven’t hit some decent numbers in terms of following.
But still if you want try it and you haven’t reached even 5k followers then there is nothing wrong in it.
Just reach out to page owner who are in the same niche as you asking them if they are interested in posting or promoting something on your profile.
Keep the rates very low or according to the engagement on your page.
These are some of the most popular and effective ways to earn money from Instagram even without a lot of followers.
Instagram has hugely grown over past few years and is still growing and will continue to grow in popularity and users.
It is the right to grow on Instagram and take it seriously.
Just like any other business Instagram needs efforts and builds over time and once it will gain some popularity and numbers you can easily monetize it.
Provide value, create good content, be consistent and follow some of these tips on these blog post and you are good to go.
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