Instagram started as a mere photo sharing platform with a small workforce. The platform started to grow like clockwork and was soon bought by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for a whopping $1 billion.
Now Instagram lies in the top 10 most used social media platforms with over a billion monthly active users.
So how to harness the power of these many users and make some money? Well keep reading as we will show you the top ways on How to Make Money on Instagram.
How to Make Money on Instagram
1. Gain More Followers
Let’s be honest. You need to have a decent following in order to make some money on any social media platform. More followers mean more exposure which means you have a better chance of turning your leads into sales. If you have got at least 1k followers on Instagram then you are good to go.
- Like photos in your niche.
- Create a theme for your photos.
- Socialize more.
- Create a hashtag and encourage others to use it, too.
- Host a giveaway.
- Use Instagram Stories.
- Encourage followers to take action.
- Geotag your photos.
- Figure out what your audience likes.
- Link your Instagram account to your other networks.
- Approach popular users to collaborate.
These points are taken from Melyssa Griffin post and you can learn more about them in detail here.
2. Provide a Link to Your Blog
Whether you post an awesome picture or a great video, you must include Call-to-Action in your post. Whether it be link to your blog or any other method, it should be clearly visible to your audience.
For now, Instagram doesn’t allow clickable links in the post so you can either paste the link in the post description for the user to retype it again in the browser or provide the link in your bio as bio links are clickable.
3. Harness the Power of Affiliate Marketing
Many users who have a huge following make money on Instagram by becoming an affiliate for other’s products. They share a traceable link or code of a product and when a user makes a purchase using that, the affiliate gets a commission. How much commission? That depends on the product affiliate is promoting.
You might lose your followers if you become too pushy and start doing this more often. Always make engaging posts to promote affiliate products so that the user doesn’t get annoyed by the ad you are posting in your profile.
4. Sell Art on Instagram
Instagram is a great way to show your art to the world as well as sell it. You can sell a number of virtual products like poster photos, paintings, drawings, animations, videos etc.
You can also show your photography skills and post awesome picture to be seen by the world. People who like those photos may hire you for the coverage of their personal or professional events. There are many people who have made their photography portfolio on instagram and are earning a decent amount by being hired as a photographer.
5. Start a YouTube Channel
If you are good with camera, you can start your very own YouTube channel and promote it on Instagram. You can make videos about what you like and share the teaser of those videos on Instagram.
If you are confused about which category to choose for your YouTube channel, here is a quick info graphics of most popular business currently present on YouTube.