10 Creative Ways To Earn Money On Instagram

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

Do you want to earn money on Instagram?


I earn money on Instagram and today’s guest author knows how to earn money on Instagram.

Soon, so will you!

Let’s get started learning how to earn money on Instagram.

earn money on Instagram

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!

How to Earn Money on 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.

Related Reading: Affiliate Tracking


  • 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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This post was contributed.


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  1. Jitendra vaswani


    Instagram has grown very wide and is one of the most trendings social app right now. These tips are really helpful and can be used to make a side income.

    Thanks for sharing this article,
    Have a great day ahead.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jitendra,
      I agree Instagram is hot! For this reason, I have a post coming out soon about how to make videos with Instagram.
      I see from your headline you are knowledgeable about affiliates. That was one of the tips in the article.
      Thanks for your comments.

  2. John Doe

    For sharing all your ideas on how to make money Blogging. Your suggestions on Instagram Are fantastic

  3. Nancy L Fox

    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,

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Nancy,
      Wow! Congratulations! Exciting news! You should be excited! Thanks for writing. Too many people think monetization is a pipe dream.

  4. Rena

    Loved this Janice! I have become much more successful at Instagram recently after putting a plan in place. I love it a lot more than Facebook!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Rena,
      More than Facebook?! That’s high praise! If you’d ever like to guest post about your plan, you’d be welcome. Good luck with it.

  5. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

    It took me a while to get into Instagram, but now I really like it. I’m using it mostly to promote travel photos. I deleted some of my older posts because they didn’t fit into my theme. It’s fun.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Rebecca,
      Instagram IS fun. I think that’s why it’s so popular especially with the younger crowd.
      Thanks for writing to share your enthusiasm for Instagram.

  6. Kyla Matton Osborne

    Great tips, as usual. I am not yet on Instagram, mostly because I am not a great photographer. But I’ve recently decided to pair up with my daughter, who is an artist and much better at taking photos than I am. We will soon have a presence on Instagram for our yarn arts projects and, I hope, also for 24 Carrot Diet!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kyla,
      Well, I love to use my iPhone, so perhaps I’ll fit right in! Thanks for writing. Good luck sharing your projects and your Carrot Diet at the site.

  7. Katina

    Ah Instagram! I love the platform but it doesn’t love me. However I am thinking about starting over….one day.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Katina,
      There are a lot of ways to use Instagram to generate online attention. This post just scratched the surface. For example, I have a post coming out soon about how to make videos with Instagram! Stay tuned!

  8. GiGi Eats

    Sponsored Posts. That’s how I roll. For me, it’s definitely the easiest way to earn compensation on Instagram. But I am no sell out!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gigi,
      Thanks for writing with this testimonial that people can make money using Instagram. This post provided inspiration and ideas but to hear someone actually does it makes the idea plausible. Thanks for writing with this validation.

  9. Lisa

    Those are really good ideas! I haven’t been very active on Instagram lately. Guess I need to step up my game! Lol!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lisa,
      This article was submitted by a guest author. I am also inspired to step up my game at Instagram also. I have been doing that since this post came out.

  10. Prince Akwarandu

    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.

    • Janice Wald

      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.

  11. P V Ariel

    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

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Philip,
      Thanks for the comments. Like you, I have been inspired since this post was published to try to boost my Instagram followers. I’ve monetized at Twitter. Instagram next? Who knows!

  12. Smiling Notes

    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?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shamira,
      Thanks for writing. I’m following you on Instagram and enjoyed your #bloggerlife video. I will be posting on Instagram videos soon, so I’m getting an education =)
      My answer is no, I haven’t. The post was a guest post. I have not used that service myself.

      • Smiling Notes

        Thank you, Janice 🙂 I enjoyed your recent video on Instagram too. And thank you for clearing my doubt. Looking forward to more info on Instagram.

        • Janice Wald

          Hi Shamira,
          So glad you liked one of my first attempts at making an Instagram video. I will be making more, so stay tuned! Congratulations on your success at Instagram.

  13. Chery Schmidt

    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 :))

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Chery,
      If they are going to pay you to give them a shoutout… You go, girl. Of course write them back. Good luck with that. There is no reason we can’t monetize. We work hard at our passions!

  14. Rajesh

    Hi Janice, I was living in the Wild. Thanks for enlightening me 🙂
    Loved your post

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Rajesh,
      I thought your comment about living in the wild was funny. Thanks for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

  15. Aditi Patel

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips.

    Recently I started using influencers in the same niche to promote my services and it is working great for me. I like the engagement on my Facebook and Instagram posts.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Aditi,
      It sounds like you’ve shared a great tip! Can you please elaborate? How do you get the influencers to share your services??
      Thanks for answering my question.

  16. Amrita

    Good tips for making money with Instagram.Loved how topical and to the point it was.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Amrita,
      Great to see you. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for coming by.

  17. dawn

    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.

  18. Charmi Gupta

    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.

  19. mehedi hasan

    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.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mehedi,
      I’ve never heard of this program. Congratulations.

  20. How to Make Money on Instagram

    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.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jack,
      What do you mean by personal page? Do you mean Facebook page?

  21. ramy

    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

      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!

      • ramy

        Thank you, Janice! this very helpful, I appreciate it a lot.
        I’ve found your article by searching google “make money through Instagram”

        • Janice Wald

          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

      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.

  22. ramy Halloun

    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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  24. Revglue

    Hi Janice Wald, Instagram is a great place to make money. If you have a sizable following, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make a respectable living from your Instagram account. Share other people’s products, whether you decide to partner with a brand and promote their products or not.

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