10 Creative Ways To Earn Money On Instagram

By: | September 11, 2017 | Tags: , , ,

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Instagram was started in the year 2010, and at first, the initiative of the app was to create a platform on which you can share only photos with your friends and family. But now this app is third on the list of most used apps. It is being used for personal as well as business use. People are earning a great amount just through Instagram.

Yes, it is true. We are all capable of making money on Instagram; however, it takes a little more effort than simply uploading a couple of pretty photos and BAM money in the bank. So, here are some ways which you can follow and earn money through Instagram!


  • Affiliate Marketing


Affiliate marketing is promoting someone’s products and getting paid per sale. An affiliate is more invested in making sales for the partner brand—not just generating awareness—in exchange for a commission. With Instagram, you post attractive images highlighting their products and drive sales through your affiliate URL provided by your affiliate. Add your affiliate links to your bio, and then when someone purchases through your affiliate URL, you’ll make a commission!

So if you have an account where you regularly talk about different products, sign up for some affiliate programs and earn a commission every time you make a sale.

Tip: To make your affiliate links short and precise, you should use a URL shortener like bit.ly, especially if you are including them in your Instagram bio.


  • Create Sponsored Posts


Among so many many ways that you can use to earn money from Instagram, one is finding sponsors and creating sponsored posts. The sponsors could be any brand or business looking for promotion through you.

The idea here is to show off brands that you can personally get behind and to show your followers how that product/brand fits into your lifestyle.

The most important thing here is if you want more and more brands to reach out to you for sponsored posts, you need to have a big fan following and make sure they are your engaged followers.

Tip: You should use services like Vibbi to gain followers on Instagram fast, as it will help you to get more and more sponsored post opportunities.


  • Post High-Quality Photos


Despite the new features, Instagram has always been about sharing beautiful images. Nothing will entice your prospects or monetize your account more than high quality, yet beautiful images. If you have a business account, post high-quality pictures of your products and even if you provide any service like you are a gym instructor, you can add photos or videos of your clients during their gym training. You can cash as many customers as you want through posting creative and fascinating videos or photos of your product and even service you provide. The point here is just to grab the attention of customers.


  • Sell Your Photos


An obvious one, surely? Why not use Instagram for its sole purpose, i.e., to showcase your photography?

If you are a professional photographer (or amateur but keen!), then forget about any other platform to showcase your talent.

Instagram is a great way to showcase and sell your shots to both individuals and agencies. You can add watermarks to your snaps and use the captions to list all selling details concisely. Just keep in mind that there are millions of Instagrammers who post high-quality pictures on this app so, you need to try a unique approach to gain followers as well as visitors attention. Use appropriate hashtags to pull in new followers towards your shots and get a conversation going with some influential photography agencies.

There are also a few sites that you can use to put your Instagram photos for sale, including, but not limited to Twenty20 and Community Foap


  • Promote Your Business, Products Or Services


Well, one of the most common ways through which you can earn through Instagram is by promoting your own business or brand. If you run your own business, then Instagram needs to hold an integral place in your marketing matrix. If you have a business of selling product of some sort, try posting creative and beautiful shots of your product. Some creative ways include posting behind the scene pictures of your product; how it is actually made etc. get your followers to post pictures of your product and then repost those pictures and many other ways like these.

Make sure to make your account in a business theme, use a business related profile picture, write a creative bio and make sure that you also add your website link in the bio.


  • Use the Brand Promoting Videos


Pictures are a fabulous way to attract a customer base so just think what a video will do. Post a video of your product or service you provide. Think out of the box to make videos that are worth a thousand pictures! You can make a huge following by just posting a creative and fabulous video. And afterward, you can cash them by just showing your clients why they should use your product.


  • Organize Campaigns and Events


By using Instagram, you can run business-related campaigns to share the knowledge about your brand. Get people to like your images and follow you because you’re running a cool campaign or an event. The world is craving for cool and stylish products, organize your campaign in such a way that it satisfies them. Provide them offers and coupons to get more engagement.

Another way is by sharing special promotions or coupons to get your followers involved in a contest and turn those leads into sales. Ask them to double-tap or tag a friend to get their name in the draw box.


  • Paid Advertising & Shout-Outs


Well if you’ve got an enormous amount of engaged audience you can simply sell your influence for cash by promoting other people’s accounts or company’s products and services. You can also branch out into other niches, grow your following, and use what you’ve already learned about monetizing your account.


  • Get Testimonials From Your Customers


One of the best ways to earn money through Instagram is to get some testimonials from your satisfied and happy customers. People always like customer response, and if they find numerous positive responses, then they tend to buy your product. You can increase your customer base this way.



  • Sell Your Instagram Account


If you have a huge fan following and very engaged followers, but at some point, you think you had enough of Instagram and you are ready to move on, then you have good news of winding things in a good way. You can sell your Instagram account to anyone you know and wants to buy it or you can use some sites like Fame swap or Viral accounts that can help you sell your Instagram account.

So, selling your account can also help you to make money through Instagram.

Now’s The Time to Make It Happen!

So now you know the 10 handy ways to make money through Instagram, you’re all set to start building your empire. Whatever way you are going to follow, just keep in mind that it must match the business you are dealing with and always stick to your niche. Moreover, it’s known that hard work surely pays off and it will pay for you too.

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  1. Nancy L Fox | at 9:07 am

    Janice this is such great advice. Funny enough I just got accepted into an affiliate program called Rewards Style. My plan is to use it on instagram. After reading your post, I’m more excited about it.
    Thank you!
    My best,

  2. Prince Akwarandu | at 1:47 am

    Hi Janice,

    These are amazing ways to make money on Instagram.

    I haven’t engaged more with Instagram. However, these are great tips to make thousands of dollars (if not millions of dollars) online. I’ve seen individuals organize campaigns and events while they get paid for it. I believe that the quality and quantity of followers anyone has will determine the kind of money he or she makes. So, to make more money using Instagram – get more followers, quality ones.

    Thanks for sharing this great guide, Janice.
    Prince Akwarandu recently posted…Building Online Confidence: 4 Powerful Ways To Increase Your Online RelevanceMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 2:46 am

      Hi Prince,
      I agree with your comments.
      Anywhere we have a large social media presence enables us to monetize there. That’s why I keep growing my Twitter followers.
      After reading your comment, I am inspired to grow my Instagram followers. Thanks for the inspiration and the comments.

  3. P V Ariel | at 12:10 pm

    Hi Janice,
    This is indeed yet another surprising post to me.
    Though I have an account there and was bit inactive. 🙁
    Never knew the vast opportunities it provides to its users.
    Thanks for this wonderful shout out!
    Will surely be active again and will fetch more mileage! 🙂
    I appreciate your effort to say it loud with the connected links.
    Keep sharing
    Have a great and profitable day.
    ~ Phil

  4. Smiling Notes | at 2:28 pm

    This is great information, Janice. I have done a few sponsored posts on Instagram so far but have not tried out the other methods. I am just curious about one thing – you mentioned about the service Vibbi for increasing followers. Have you tried them out and had success with them?

  5. Chery Schmidt | at 5:25 pm

    Hey Janice! I am taking all your tips in and oh so ready to start making money on Instagram!! I have had people DM me and ask me if I wanted to do a shout out for them, but had no idea I could make money with this,, OH YEH! Time to DM these people back..

    Awesome tips my friend.
    Thank You
    Chery :))
    Chery Schmidt recently posted…The Essential Elements Of SuccessMy Profile

  6. dawn | at 6:26 pm

    Great suggestions! Instagram is definitely a platform I’d like to stand out on, but I’m just having a hard time fitting it in with Facebook, Pinterest, and my blog( and work). I’ll keep these in my mind for when I am able to devote more time on it.

  7. Charmi Gupta | at 5:21 am

    Earning money from Instagram Account is the interesting way of some extra money from home.
    Keep sharing with us.
    Great list.
    Have a nice day.

  8. mehedi hasan | at 6:36 am

    I just got accepted into an affiliate program called Rewards Style. My plan is to use it on Instagram. After reading your post, I’m more excited about it.

  9. How to Make Money on Instagram | at 9:44 am

    I have just subscribe this video and also landed on your blog post, I hope now I will get the amazing success from Instagram Marketing. I have tried the Facebook, but didn’t get the success, I think instagram is completely marketing platform than it. Can you share some more tips on how to choose the best affiliate network? I am looking forward to hear from you, Thanks for this amazing blog.

  10. ramy | at 7:56 am

    Hello, I was taking a look at your article and I must say I found much of the information you provided to be quite helpful and insightful. I’m actively involved in the “social media” industry with owning and operating a platform that provides the ability for individuals to “buy” and “sell” Instagram accounts.
    I’ve been actively purchasing Instagram accounts for quite some time dealing with only high-quality accounts to ensure I provide only quality and highly sought-after pages. Since starting in this business, over time, I’ve had plenty of requests from users requesting me to add an option for them to submit their Instagram page for sale to my network (initially, my platform was only selling accounts and I did not offer users the option to list their Instagram page for sale).
    With so must interested being expressed in this feature, over the past week I’ve rolled out the option on TooFame.com which allows page owners who are interested in selling their page(s) to list it for sale.
    If interested, I encourage you to visit http://www.toofame.com. If you find our platform useful and helpful feel more than free to link to us.

    • Janice Wald | at 8:00 am

      Hi Ramy,
      I have an article in draft form about how to make money online. I’ll mention you and link to you. Can you please tell me where you found my article? I always wonder. Thanks!

        • Janice Wald | at 8:30 am

          Hi Ramy,
          Thanks for answering my question. I was hoping you’d say that. I’ve been trying to boost the post to Page 1 on Google! I’m off to copy-paste your information in to my draft right now!


    • Janice Wald | at 11:24 am

      Hi Ramy,
      Exciting! Much appreciated on my end as well! I love collaborating! Publishing each other’s links will help both of us. As I mentioned earlier, I’m trying to boost this post’s visibility at Google. If you publish the link, it would really help me. Thanks.

  11. ramy Halloun | at 11:11 am

    Hi Janice, My reason for contacting you today is because I’m looking for promotional opportunities on high-quality sites that would be interested in listing my platform/site.
    I’ve recently launched a feature for users selling their Instagram page(s).

    By listing my platform on your site, my service would receive exposure while you’d be providing value to your visitors as I’m sure your site receives visitors that are looking for ways to sell or buy Instagram pages.
    By listing my service on your blog (make money from instagram), visitors will be provided with a “source” for a service that they’re already looking for making your blog a “go to” source for the latest and updated services within the “social media” industry.
    URL: https://toofame.com/sell-your-instagram-account/

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