With over 300 million users sharing more than 70 million photos and videos every single day, Instagram has become a major and highly-populated Social Network. If you are from Planet Earth, there is no doubt you are on Instagram too.
The 90% of the users are using Instagram as a fun way to drive their boredom away, as there are quite a lot of pages on every possible category that is sure to give you some laugh. Well, not only it is a good source of entertainment, but you can even learn those Makeup, Dancing, Singing skills. Those were just to name a few, there are thousands of pages focusing on various categories.
It is known that Instagram gets 75 million (Yes, MILLION) daily users. That’s pretty astonishing but the stats speak for themselves. Instagram is one of the best Social Networks currently.
It’s not a matter of shock that big brands such as, Nike, Addidas and what not are using this Photo-Blogging network to grow their brand and bring in some hefty amount of money by driving sales.
But…Why am I telling you all this? Because, NOW is the best time to cash in on the craze.
If you have a decent number of followers and some good engagement between you and your followers or even better if you’re willing to put in some time to build your Instagram profile from scratch, you’re pretty much already in the GAME.
Set your mind that “Yeah James (or whatever your name is) I am going to put my hands on this Social Network called Instagram to leverage it to its full potential and make some decent amount of recurring cash from it.”
If you’re dedicated enough to put in little bit of extra time from your day and 5 tablespoons of commitment, then boy, o boy. I tell you, there’s some serious cash waiting for you to be made on Instagram.
Does all these sound too much work for you? Or maybe…You don’t know where to start?
Don’t sweat. Let me present the Top five ways you can leverage to make BANK on Instagram.
1. Affiliate Marketing
Ok.. So the first method of generating cash from Instagram is through Affiliate Marketing.
Do you know what is Affiliate Marketing? No? It would have been a shame if I would say “me neither”
I can say Affiliate Marketing is one of the EASIEST methods to start making money from the internet. You know why? Because there’s no product creation involved, there’s no handling of delivery or customer support.
All you are going to do is just promote someone else’s product or service and earn a specific amount of commission from it. Sounds easy, right? But it’s not THAT EASY.
There are different ways you can do to start earning money online, and while they may seem “easy” from the outside, when you dig deeper you know that it actually involves a lot of dedication and hard work.
Always remember, ANY online venture takes it’s own leisure time to start producing some RESULTS. The timeframe depends upon your level of dedication and hustle.
Ok, back to the topic…
The first step you can take towards earning money through Affiliate Marketing is getting a good amount of its knowledge. In short, get to know HOW IT WORKS.
Then, when you’ve gained that level of knowledge, go on and join suitable affiliate networks according to your interest. For your convenience, I’ve listed 5 popular affiliate networks you can join. There’s absolutely no need to join all of them, just select one and move forward.
BONUS! 6. Amazon Associates
The above affiliate networks are suitable for almost every niche, so feel free to check them out thoroughly.
Once you’ve been accepted into the network, you’ll want to pick an offer that seems to convert well with your audience. For example, if your niche is Weight Loss, you would pick a product related to Weight Loss such as Exercise guidebook, detox tea etc. You get the idea, right?
The last step would be to grab your affiliate link and start promoting that to your Instagram audience. Here’s a tip: [Place the affiliate link in the bio section] this way anyone who visits your profile/page gets to see it pretty clearly.
I can say there is NO OTHER social network that gives Photographers an upper hand to showcase their talent. Even if you’re not a professional photographer, your iPhone can do the work for you.
Now, by saying “Sell Your Photos” I don’t mean that SELL YOUR FACE PICTURES. No. Nobody’s going to pay for that unless you’re a celebrity.
Instead, head over to some greenery spot or some place where nature dominates the area. Maybe garden, mountain, hill or….Hh..hey, be safe alright?
Take mesmerizing shots of greens, insects, plant or even your cup of coffee, books etc. Probably anything you can think of.
After taking some breathtaking (Not necessarily) pictures, you can make use of Instagram photo filters that makes the picture POP OUT. POP OUT. UNDERSTAND?
This way you are enhancing the beauty of the picture.
“But now what?” You may ask.
Well, head over to Instagram and start uploading them duh! Put out your contact details and let them know you’re ready for hire or you’re selling the picture. That’s it. Simple as that. If you have good number of images then you should read how to make money with stock photography .
3. Sell T-shirts
“T-shirts? But I don’t own a t-shirt company. I don’t have a warehouse. I DON’T HAVE ANY STARTUP CAPITAL!” You may shout.
Cool down. Your brain has a million dollars inside. You just need to know how to take it out.
What if I tell you, selling t-shirts online doesn’t require you to own a company, a warehouse or any startup capital? Oh and it won’t even turn your hair grey, trust me.
Well, it’s possible but how? Through this nifty website called TeeSpring.
TeeSpring is a website which provides a service. A service which let’s you print t-shirts and sell them for hot profits.
All you gotta do is head over to their website, create an account (It’s absolutely FREE) and setup your campaign which includes the work of uploading your t-shirt design.
Once your campaign is ready, you’re all set to start selling those t-shirts for as much as you want
4. Selling Shoutouts/Paid Promotion
What if you could earn $50-250 a pop doing practically nothingn but just typing few words into your Instagram page?
Have you ever heard of Shoutouts? Or maybe…Paid Promotion? I am sure you did.
Paid promotion means “The advancement of a product, idea, or point of view through publicity and/or advertising.”
In simple words, for a specific price (which you decide) you let a business or individual let advertise anything on your Instagram page. Sounds good, eh?
I would say this is the most foolproof way of making money on the internet.
Your only struggle would be to build a decent amount of followers and engagement. Rest the money comes on AUTOPILOT. Yes that’s the word.
Once your Instagram page reaches at least 15K to 20K, you can start offering Shoutouts or paid promotion or whatever you wish to call it.
5. Sell off your Instagram Page
This is the last method we’ll be discussing and I tell you, I’ll be calling this as “Emergency Cash”
The method in a nutshell: Build a decent Instagram page with some handsome followers. Now what? Sell it away for a price. The money’s yours, the page becomes their’s.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be selling off my Instagram page if I have a good amount of followers. Why? Because it has the potential to earn you MORE MONEY.
But, if you feel you can’t give time to your page and it’s just going down and down the road, the best would be to sell it on sites like Flippa. Just list the details of your page and if it interests the flippa tribe, within few hours or days you’ll see bids coming in to buy it.
How easy was that?
So that was it. Top five FOOLPROOF ways to cash in on Instagram. I hope you enjoyed reading this.
I tell you what, there’s no rocket-science behind making money online. All you need is a lot of dedication, hustle and a little bit of brains.
Do you know of any more methods to make money on Instagram? Let me know in the comments section.