Even if you just have a hundred followers on Instagram you can make extra money from your photos just by implementing a few things. First of all let’s make it clear that Instagram is not going to pay you money itself, no matter how popular you are and how many followers you have.
You will need to come up with a way to monetize your online presence on Instagram. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to do and there are actually a few methods you can implement depending on how popular you are on Instagram.
- Use your Instagram to drive visitors to your personal website.
The easiest and the best way to go about monetarizing your Instagram is to put a link in your Instagram’s bio to your personal website or blog. This way interested people will go to your website or blog where you can put posts and links to advertisers that will pay you commission whenever someone buys through those links. For example, if you are really into fitness and working out, how about writing a post on your website explaining to other people what supplements you use and when. At the end of the post just insert the links to the website where they can buy those supplements and whenever someone will click and purchase you will earn a commission.
Pretty much this first method focuses on taking people from Instagram to your website where they will either purchase something through you or will become your followers or preferably both. Another example would be any photo where you are wearing the new or expensive dress. How about letting other people know where you got this new dress and earning money at the same time? Just put a link in the comments to the post on your website where you can get more into details about your new dress and where you got. If you don’t have a website you might want to check this article “How to make a website in less than 24 hours?
2. Contact brands directly to see if they want to advertise through your account.
If you are really popular on Instagram and you already have more than 10,000 followers you may consider contacting a few brands directly to see if they want to advertise through your account. It might take some time to find a company that will be willing to do so but it always worth a try and there is not much to lose. The best way to contact potential brands you want to advertise for is to email them. Just create a standard well-written email explaining how you will help the brand to gain more customers and send it to a few dozen companies.
3. Sell your photos at online marketplaces.
There are quite a few websites where you can sell your photos such as Twenty20, iStock Photo, SmugMug, Fotolia and etc. If you are taking unique high-quality photos it might be a good way to earn some extra income from your photo collection.
4. Create your own product and advertise it through your Instagram account.
You can also consider creating your own product if you are really good at something or even writing an eBook. Just post a picture of the product on your Instagram and then link to your website or blog where people can purchase it. This works especially well if, for example, your Instagram showcases your hobby such as fitness and you are trying to sell a book on the fitness related topic.
5. Conduct paid shoutouts on your Instagram page.
If you have lots of followers you can make money by posting someone else’s photos and charging for it. This usually includes image and hashtag of the brand who is advertising on your account.
6. Advertise your services on your Instagram page.
Instagram can also be used to advertise your skills and it might be a great way to get clients if you are doing freelancing.
7. Sell your Instagram account.
At the very last you can make a significant amount of money by selling your Instagram account.
As with anything else, it takes the time to start earning a significant amount of money on Instagram unless you already have a large number of followers.