Can you make money on Instagram?

Can you make money on Instagram?
April 9, 2017 No Comments Entrepreneurship,Quora Content Frank Wesley

My answer to Can you make money on Instagram?

Answer by Frank Wesley:

It’s important to be consistent if you want to make money on Instagram. First, it’s a good idea to be tonally and thematically consistent. Some successful Instagram stars go so far as to use the same filter in all of their posts. Others stick to a single theme that appears in all their pictures, like pictures of their shoes on interesting floors, for example.

Instagram success is often built on a consistent image. Unless you’re already famous, you may be better off sticking to a theme rather than just posting images of your life or yourself with your friends.

autoresponderSecond, it’s a good idea to keep the quality of your pictures consistent. If you have some beautifully styled pictures mixed in with less considered posts you’re less likely to make it big on Instagram. Remember, you can always have two accounts, one for unedited personal pictures and a separate, curated account for money-making purposes.

Third, it’s wise to be consistent with the timing of your posts. If you post a handful of pictures over the weekend and then nothing during the week, you won’t maintain consistent visibility in people’s feeds. It’s a good idea to post daily. Some even go so far as to post at the same time of day.

Affiliate marketing is basically when you promote a product and get paid per sale. You’ll often see bloggers doing this with sidebar banners promoting their affiliates or even through specific product specific reviews and/or posts.

So, it’s pretty much the same method with Instagram.

With Instagram, you post attractive images highlighting the merchant’s products and drive sales through your affiliate URL which will be provided by your affiliate merchant.

There are quite a few companies you can work with here. Here are some:

  • Sharesale: Find companies you want to work with, sign up for their affiliate program, get approved then start promoting. In some programs, it’s easier to get approved if you have a blog or website.
  • Ebates: Refer people that love deals & discounts, then get commission.
  • Stylinity: great for fashion bloggers. When people shop using your link, you’ll get commission.
  • ClickBank: Choose from thousands of great products to promote.

You then would put your affiliate URL in your captions or in your bio.

You could also use a link management platform like to shorten and customize your affiliate link if it is ridiculously too long.

You could also connect your blog (if you have one) which would have a review or post containing the affiliate link with your Instagram profile so that there is that connection with your followers.

This type of marketing is particularly popular with clothing on Instagram, as you can post your outfit of the day with the affiliate link sending followers to your outfit details …. fun right?

For those involved in the travel industry you could set up and use affiliate marketing when writing reviews for hotels and venues on your blog and then simply directing followers to book through your link.

There are many different approaches you could investigate. The number one strategy though is to take action. None of what I suggested will work unless you act on my suggestions. For additional suggestions and support, you might want to participate in this free Instagram Marketing Video Course.

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