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How To Make Money On Instagram

Dennis Menez

How To Make Money On Instagram


Sometimes, being constantly glued to your phone can pay off. Marketing on Instagram offers social media enthusiasts the opportunity to land a side job where they get paid to post pretty pictures and acquire free stuff.

The picture and video sharing social media app, Instagram, is one of the largest social media platforms with over 100 million active users.

Instagram has become a lifestyle for people, especially the youth.


But beyond gaining followers and getting likes and comments on your account, have you really ever thought of how to turn your Instagram account into a money-making machine?

How To Get Started

1. The first thing you need to do is attract lots of followers.

Business brands always look for accounts that have a strong and loyal followership and engagement. Most brands don’t really care about your followers counts, they care about the likes on your posts and engagement. You can’t have an account with 40k followers yet you are struggling to get 2k likes.

The number of followers that brands require their influencers to have depends on the company, campaign and project but most brands generally require that their influencers have at least 5,000 followers. Others tend to select influencers who have at least 10,000.

2. Fill the right information in your bio with your contact information.

What you mostly post about and where you come from. By looking at your bio someone should have a clue of what you do or who you are. Make it easy for people to find you by adding some keywords and also hashtags.

3. Post consistently and stylishly on Instagram


Your feed is your social media “CV”, which brands use to determine whether or not to hire you as an influencer. A good Instagram presence means consistent, tasteful photo posts and captions. The bigger your Instagram portfolio is, the better your chances.

4. To grow your numbers, you need to post regularly.

This makes it possible for you get noticed by your growing followers. But it might backfire if you post so many pictures all at once. It’s adviseable to post one quality picture a day. Make sure you take quality pictures or videos. Good pictures draw the attention of Instagram users.


5. Use relevant hashtags for posts.

Hashtags are like passports for Instagram posts to travel far and wide. Include hashtags that best describes your posts.

6. Also, interact with your followers.

Create time every day to interact with those who follow you and those you follow or any random user also in your industry either by commenting on and liking images.

After doing all these, then you are ready to turn instagram into a money-making tool.

Here are some ways of making money through instagram


1. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is promoting a product and getting paid per sale or per post. You find bloggers promoting products on their blogs or website. This can also be done on instagram. It’s either brands ask for your service to promote their brand or you go in search for brands you can work with.

On instagram, you post images highlighting brand products and services, driving sales through their URL provided by your affiliate which is put on your bio, with a click on a URL, you make a sale.

2. Create Sponsored Posts (Find Sponsors!)

Creating contents for brands is also another way of making cash on Instagram. You don’t have to be a brand ambassador to be used by a brand. As long as you have an incredible number of followers, you can earn cool cash by creating sponsored contents for brands.

3. Sell Your Photos

You can sell pictures through instagram to individuals or companies. Don’t forget to watermark your pictures and appropriate hashtags to attract intending clients.

4. Promote Your Business, Products Or Services

Instagram is not only for fancy pictures anymore, it has become a business hub to advertise business and services. If you have a business and you need to promote for sales, why not post a lovely picture or video which gives a description of your business or what you do.

You can also promote events and different campaigns. Most brands and start up businesses need influencers to promote their products or services. Try and approach some.

5. Sell Your Instagram Account

Instead of de-activating an instagram account when you don’t feel the vibe anymore, you can just sell it off to someone who is interested. You would be surprised how much money you could make by just selling off your instagram account.

Thinking of where to start…. Here is a list of possible businesses that you can approach. If you have a large number of followers try approaching

Travelling agencies, Hotels, Clubs, Restuarants, Botiques, Shoe stores/clothes stores/clothing line, Event organizers, Musicians


You can also try this. 

  1. Open your Instagram app
  2. Go to settings
  3. Click on ads
  4. Then click on ads activity (this will show you all people who are trying to market their products or services)
  5. Start dming those Instagram accounts


Try your luck and approach as many people/brands/businesses as possible. I’m sure some will reply and give you an opportunity to work with them.

Always remember that the more established an Instagrammer is, the more they can charge for their posts.

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