What? I thought Instagram was just for scrolling all day long.
Well you are totally wrong, people actually make money on Instagram. So, if you want to know how people make money on Instagram, stay tuned until the end of this article.
In this article you will learn ALL the ways people can actually make money on Instagram.
So let’s list them up before starting:
Start your entrepreneurship journey through Instagram.
Work as an influencer.
Be an affiliate marketer.
Work as an influencer:
So let’s start defining the term, an influencer is a person who has the ability and power to affect the purchasing decisions of others. This could be easily done if you have a GOOD lifestyle that people are dying for.
We will need a little example to clarify things here, if you want, for instance, to make people buy some sort of magical pills that are good for losing weight and building muscles than you CAN’T do that while being overweight, people won’t trust you.
But, if you really have the body that they are wishing for and that you actually have the shape that they are wishing for, you’ve won. They will certainly BUY it.
Don’t get me wrong, the point Instagram Influencing is not about scamming people in order to make money. The opposite.
The whole point is about building trust with followers, making a safe space for them to interact, share new and trendy information and also products or services (That’s the part where the influencer makes money from.)
So, right now, being an Instagram follower is kind too rosy.
But let’s keep it real.
Being an Instagram influencer is really hard. It relays on your ability to make strangers trust you without knowing you!
It all start with having followers, the number? It doesn’t really matter, the key to making money from Instagram is engagement.
Influencers make money on Instagram from sponsored posts. Basically they promote other brands products. And brands don’t usually look for a high number of followers since they could be fake.
Brands are looking for an engaged active community that will buy their products.
See? The key word to mastering the game of successful influencers is: Engagement.
So, here’s a little step by step guide to start your journey as an Instagram Influencer:
FIRST: Find your niche.
Talking about niches is like talking about majors in university. It is the thing you want to specialize in. This step is the most important since it’s all about building your brand, you want to make sure to choose a niche you are truly passionate about.
Here we are not talking about overnight success, it’s all about realistic long term goals.
So what does passion have to do in all of that?
Let’s be honest, passion has a lot to do with success. The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something.
It will be your motivation when things are not going well, or if you feel like giving up (and you shouldn’t!)
SECOND: Build an audience and trust.
This is where the real work starts. Building an audience takes time, you shouldn’t be doing those quick methods for gaining fake 10 000 followers overnight. You should do things the old fashioned way.
How? The magic world is: patience.
Have patience while having a smart strategy. Keep on posting good quality content that attracts visitors. Go to events, meet with likeminded people and share their Instagram on a story, they will likely do the same and boom you’ve gained some new followers. Comment, like, post content, stories whatever. Be as present ON A DAILY BASIS. Be consistent. Keep on doing those small repetitive steps each day, and you will see your followers number rising drastically. That’s the time when you will have to thank me.
THIRD: Start profiting.
That’s the part you’ve been waiting for! Making money on Instagram. But how? Simple question, by partnering with brands.
When you are just getting started, and with the massive competition already going on in Instagram. It is hard to be seen. No worries we have some little ways to get noticed by brands.
First one is pretty obvious. So instead of wasting your precious time waiting for brands to notice you.
What about you reaching out for brands?
You just have to contact the brands you admire the most, convince them to work with by saying what you have to offer for them in return, and if you did all the steps above in a great way, then trust me there’s no reason they could refuse. You are exactly the type of influencer they need for their brand. A trustworthy consistent and most importantly passionate influencer.
Be an affiliate marketer:
Affiliate marketing is what most people on the Internet make money from. It is all about earning a small commission when someone clicks on your link and buys the product.
Affiliate marketing is great since you won’t be worrying about the product, shipping and the customer service.
You just have to recommend your favorite products and provide a link that they will click through in order to purchase it.
So how to start affiliate marketing?
You can do it directly with a brand, or by joining an affiliate program.
Here are the little baby steps you need to follow in order to succeed in becoming an affiliate marketer:
FIRST: Select a niche.
As mentioned above, be passionate about your niche.
The affiliate marketer niche is a bit different from the Influencer niche.
Influencers can choose, for instance, fashion as a niche, the content can be as diverse as it could possibly be, from shoes, apparel to jewelry moving on to bags and the list is endless.
On the other hand, the affiliate marketer can have a kind of a “product-oriented” type of niche. And start by selling a different range of watches for example.
SECOND: Join an affiliate platform.
Affiliate platform programs offer you the possibility to choose the product from a range of products the ones that fits exactly your niche.
There are a lot of affiliate programs out there, one of the most popular (and also the most profitable) is Amazon associates, Amazon is literally love, there are plenty of ways to make money from Amazon and that’s why it’s my ultimate favorite platform, there is also the Aliexpress Affiliate Program
THIRD: Start profiting.
Now that you have chosen your niche, joined an affiliate program, you have to make a business plan. It is basically a strategy to reach your daily/ monthly/ yearly goals.
This part is very personal, since it strongly depends on your monthly income goals.
If you want to make just a few dollars from Instagram instead of wasting time scrolling, that would be great and pretty easy to achieve.
If your goal is about making Instagram your side hustle to make you an income that will support you financially then, you will have to work a lot more.
But if you are big dreamer, and you are thinking about something more than just a few dollars a month. Entrepreneurship is the key.
And that my friends, leads us to the last part of this article, which is:
Entrepreneurship journey through Instagram:
Why spend a lot of time selling other people’s products and making their brands grow and gain more visibility when you can do that to yourself with the same exact skills? Why invest in other people’s dreams when you could invest the same energy (and more since you will more motivated) for your own sake? Why remain in other people shadows when you could be shining on your own?
E-commerce has made it extremely easy to start an online business, with the raise of platforms such as Printful and Shopify, selling PHYSICAL products has never been so easy.
There’s a lot of small profitable business ideas you can start from TODAY.
I am proud of you; you have made it to the end of this article.
Now is the time to start.
It’s not a get rich quick scheme.
You are not going to be the next overnight billionaire, but it’s not impossible, if you really willing to put in the work it does take to make it happen.
It always seems impossible until it’s done