Don’t Just Be an Instagram Socialite, Here Is How You Can Earn Money Off It

If I may ask you, why did you create your Instagram account in the first place? If you’ve created your account just because you want to socialize and join the moving train, trust me, you are not alone. So many Instagram account owners today have created their accounts just for the fun of it. A place to spend their me-time, a platform to catch up with the latest trends in the world, a chance to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrities, and an avenue to stay up to date with the latest happenings around the world. But have you ever thought to yourself whether there is more to Instagram than just a place socialize? Whether there was even an opportunity to make money off Instagram without necessarily selling or offering any service on it. If you’ve harbored these thoughts before, then that’s good for you! But for those who haven’t, well, we say to you: welcome to the digital age, an age where you can earn six figures off social media without leaving your couch.

Instagram: A pool of money

Over the last few years, Instagram has enjoyed such growth and rise that it is now regarded as one of the most populous social media platforms in the world. As a matter of fact, the platform has over 1 billion monthly active users, thereby ranking as the third most popular social network, proudly behind only Facebook and YouTube.

That’s pretty amazing, right? Little wonder why so many brands are now dedicating a substantial percentage of their social media marketing budget to this image-heavy channel.

But what does that mean for me? Some may quip. Well, you just sit tight and read on.

If you’re prepared enough to ring the bells, commit the time, and spend the required efforts, you too can easily find yourself in a position where you can start making hundreds or thousands of dollars in cool cash.

Now that I’ve been able to whet your appetite, I’m sure you are already wondering what it is that you need to start doing.

Just stay calm, it’s actually simpler than you may think. So are you ready to hit the ground running? Let’s bounce!

The first step to take

Nobody wakes up one day and start earning money off Instagram. Never! In order to make a name for yourself and earn some cool cash from the platform, you need to build a brand for yourself first. But you need not be fazed by the sound of the word “brand.” In this case, we are simply referring to your normal Instagram profile!

So, first thing first, what’s your following like? Do you have hundreds of followers, or are you still struggling to amass a good number of followers? In order to realize your dream of making money off Instagram, you really need to build a healthy following, that is, your profile needs to be flooded with a huge number of followers. Although there are some platforms that can offer you free Instagram followers, you can still boost your following through these simple techniques:

  • Fill your bio with rich, catchy, and attention-grabbing info (portray yourself like a celebrity, lol)
  • Post interesting content regularly
  • Photography is king (regularly take some cute snapshots)
  • Use relevant hashtags
  • Engage with your followers (let them feel the need to always stick with your profile)

Now that you have all you need to boost your following let’s now dive head-on into the business of the day.

Want to make money? Instagram is waiting for you.

Affiliate Marketing

Provided you have a healthy number of following on Instagram; affiliate marketing can be all you need to start earning your six figures. With affiliate marketing, all you have to do is post and promote products on your page, and the product owner pays you per sale. There is no technicality involved at all. The product owners know that you have the audiences, and they are willing to pay you a commission off the sales they generate through you. So, it’s always a win-win for both sides. This type of marketing is particularly popular in the fashion niche, so if you’re lucky to be a fashionista, then you can expect to find some pretty big deals rolling in.

Create sponsored posts

Having a huge number of following is, no doubt, crucial. But when you’re lucky enough to have engaged followings, you can even earn extra by creating original sponsored content for brands. Don’t be fazed by those marketing jargons; what we mean in simple terms is that by creating photos or videos highlighting a product or a brand, you can earn a little extra. These posts are usually accompanied by relevant hashtags, mentions, links, and captions.

Sell your photos

Sounds straightforward, right? Yes, it is! Do you have some pretty, high-quality photos on your Instagram account? Why not put these photos out for sale? If you’re good at taking some nice photography shots, Instagram is a great place to showcase your photography to individuals and agencies. To personalize your images, you can add watermarks. But make sure that you list all the selling details in a concise manner.

Promote small businesses

If you have the time and the following, you can make money off Instagram by simply mentioning, listing, and promoting small businesses on your page. To make this work, you may need to pitch your brand to those small business owners within your niche. Most of them are often interested in any digital effort that can get their brand names to the world. So, when they discover that you have the following and engagement, they will be so glad to do business with you.

Sell your account

Why not devote your time to building and selling Instagram accounts? If you are so good at building Instagram profiles, boosting Instagram following, and engaging audiences easily, then there may be an opportunity for you to earn a lot on Instagram. Usually, there are individuals and agencies willing to buy already grown Instagram handles.

This content is sponsored by Uday Tank.

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