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How to Make Money on Instagram

Trying to make some money on Instagram? Whether you’re trying to make a quick buck or are in it for the long haul, it's not going to be easyHowever, if you're willing to put in the work, you'll be able to reap the rewards.

Create good content on a regular basis

Making money on Instagram, or pretty much anywhere online, starts with content. If you don't have high quality content, you won't be very successful. Putting in the work early on to make great content is just as important as the work you put into promoting.

There are lots of things you can do to improve the quality of your content, but effectiveness usually depends on your niche. A good way to gauge content quality is to ask close friends for honest feedback. Is this something they'd enjoy viewing on their own? Check out other successful profiles in your niche, and see what they're doing.

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Another thing you should be doing is analyzing your engagements. This will help you determine which posts are doing well and allow you to learn from what you did. Look for any distinctions that might be the cause of one post doing better than another. This part usually comes much further down the road, but shows how things come full circle in the process. It's always going to come down to content, no matter how successful you've gotten.

Build a big following

Early on, you most likely won't have many organic followers. In fact, the majority of your following will be family and friends. If you want to make money, this is going to have to change. Building a following can be the most challenging part of making money on Instagram. Still, you need to do it. Without an audience, you won't earn a penny from your social media presence.

Advertising on forums, blogs, and other social media outlets is an easy way to help. Make sure you're sharing your Instagram posts on Facebook and Twitter. This ensures you're reaching everyone in your social media network, not just your Instagram followers. Share your profile on appropriate sub-reddit pages, and submit your uploads to related blogs. Try asking for feedback as well, as this can also increase your chances of engagements. These are all great ways to bring in real followers from across the globe.

The problem most people face when trying to bring in new followers is lack of social proof. Without followers, you can advertise all you want, but the results won't be spectacular. This raises the question: if you need followers to get followers, how do you start? If you're bringing in two or three followers a day it's going to take a long time to build a decent following. You can either keep sharing and hope for a lucky break, or make an initial investment to boost your following.

It’s not very common to get lucky with a viral post or advertisement, so many opt for a different method. That method is buying followers, favorites, comments, and shares. Yes, these are fake social signals, but they work to build social proof. After buying a healthy amount of these to boost your metrics, your advertisements will perform better.

If you do this, keep track of how many social signals you buy. That way you can still analyze your metrics to gauge which content is striving with real visitors. You'll want to know the ratio of real to fake followers you have, so you can balance out Likes and Comments, too. Once you've got a couple thousand real followers, it's time to start making money.

Reap the rewards

With a substantial following, you can start to profit. There are multiple ways to bring in money, so you'll want to test various methods to determine which works best for you. You can try sponsored uploads, sponsored links, affiliate programs, and a lot more. Remember, different niches might perform better with one monetization method over another. Researching and reaching out to brands related in your niche is a good way to find potential paying advertisers (remember, the bigger the brand, the harder it will be to get them to work with you).

You can also offer to promote other Instagram pages for a fee. Tweeters, YouTubers or Viners might want to work with you, too, if it makes sense for them. Keep other social media platforms in mind, because they might have interest in buying a promotion on your Instagram page if the niche works.

The nice thing about having a large amount of followers is that advertisers will start reaching out to you. Don’t stop pursuing deals yourself, but don't forget to keep an eye on your inbox. You might be an e-mail away from making big bucks advertising a popular brand.

Work hard, Get paid

Remember, it all starts with engaging, high-quality content. Then, you build an audience. Do this by buying some and earning others – there is no magic recipe, so try different things to find what works for you. Finally, set up the best monetization methods and watch the money roll in. Keep uploading more content, and always strive to make it better each time you hit Publish. Now it's time to get to work!


Date: January 29, 2016 / Categories: Tips, Uncategorized, / Author: vivi


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