Instagram Online: 89 Instagram Secrets You Need to Know

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Instagram online or with the app: 89 Instagram Tips and Tricks

Instagram online.

Why do you need to be there?

Instagram has everything you could want in a social media site:

High engagement

Ease of generating genuine followers

Feeling of community

Exposure to one billion people

A creative outlet

Opportunities for website traffic

Opportunities for sales.

If you’re going to put your energies into generating traffic and sales, why not put your energies where your audience is and your customers are?

Are they on Instagram?

One billion people use Instagram online or the app. Everyone is there.

It gets better: Facebook owns Instagram. When you use Instagram, your reach becomes extended across two social media platforms. When I make offers or advertise on Instagram, people looking at my Facebook page will see it.

I went to Instagram looking for traffic and income.

I found a playground.

On Instagram, you can show your followers your playful side.

Let them see your back story without ruining the consistency of the content in your niche on your blog.

You, too, can find belonging, creativity, a place to play and promote your blog, and the highest engagement of any social media site on the Internet.

How?

Just follow these Instagram tips and tricks.

By the time you’re done reading this complete Instagram guide, you’ll know

How to make an Instagram account

How to make posts with engaging Instagram content

How to write Instagram captions that hook your followers

How to make Instagram Stories and Highlights and why you should

How to use IGTV

How to use free Instagram tools for different purposes

Instagram tips and tricks to get targeted followers

Instagram secrets to boost engagement 

How to find Instagram groups and DM (Direct Message) groups

The value of Whitelists

How to avoid Instagram penalties

How to use Instagram to make money and minimize the competition

Instagram strategies from experts

The differences between using Instagram online and the app

Let’s dive into the Instagram tips and tricks that will help you be successful on Instagram, the most popular social media site on the web.

These Instagram tips are effective whether you are visiting Instagram online or using the Instagram app.

According to the DrumUp blog, “Brand engagement on Instagram is 10X that on Facebook, 54X that on Pinterest and 84X that on Twitter.”

Many people are skeptical about whether you can generate enough interest on Instagram to see website traffic and make sales.

Consider these comments from blogger Antony Angel:

“I’m trying to grow my Instagram following but the platform is designed in such that, only if you shell out enough money on sponsored posts, research, analytics, and influencer marketing, can you get some actionable results and a wider reach.”
This post should put such reservations to rest. By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll see how you can generate a following on Instagram online or with the app and monetize your Instagram account.

How to Use Instagram

These Strategies Work Whether You Use the App or Instagram Online

How to Make an Instagram Account 

Creating a business profile is free and easy.

Tip 1: Use your smartphone. The site was originally designed to be used with the Instagram app and not Instagram online.

Tip 2: When you sign up, ask for an Instagram business account. Scroll down to Create Business Profile. Make sure you have a public account and not a private one or you won’t be able to select this option.

Business accounts come with insightful analytics. Also, in late 2018, Instagram changed its algorithm. Supposedly, this change favored business accounts. Business accounts are free. Having an Instagram business account is to your benefit. There is no downside.

Tip 3: Type in your email address. When people click my profile picture, they will see the word “Email” which is a live link. Clicking will enable people to email me. This is great if people want to hire me for blog coaching or a sponsored post.

Tip 4: Import your Facebook followers. Many of your Facebook friends already use Instagram. By exporting them, you can find friends on Instagram, connect immediately, and start with a higher follower count.

Tip 5: Consider Instagram’s suggestions for who to follow. 

How to use Instagram online or with the app

You will see these suggestions on both your computer using Instagram online and the Instagram app.

Tip 6: Do not follow people without a profile picture. Look at the first suggestion. Why not? People without a profile picture aren’t that active.

Tip 7: Be selective in who you follow. Instagram only allows you to follow 7,500 people.

Instagram Profile

Your bio is pivotal to getting the attention of other Instagrammers. The first thing they’ll check out is your bio and in a moment decide if they want to follow you.

Tip 8: Write the best bio you can. Your profile is like your online business card. The characters are limited so make good use of them. I am constantly tweaking my bio.

How to use Instagram online or with the app

Tip 9: Use emojis. They are eye-catching. Whether potential followers use Instagram online or the app, they will notice your emojis. When you go to your profile in the Instagram app, click edit. This will bring up the emoji icon to the left of the space bar.

Tip 10: Include your email in your bio so people can reach you. If you have a business account, Instagram’s analytics will tell you how many people click your email link each week.

Tip 11: Choose a profile picture that reflects what you do. 

When you see me typing on my iPad, there is no question that my niche, the content my Instagram posts will center around, is content creation on the web. Between the computer emoji and watching me type on my iPad, the type of Instagram content you’ll see on my Instagram account is pretty clear.

I actually can’t take credit. I first got the idea from famed blogger Yaro Starak.

Tip 12: Put your main hashtag in your Instagram profile. Notice mine says “blogging.”

Tip 13: In your Instagram profile, offer people something for free. Look at the last line in my profile: “Grab your free resources below” and the arrow points to my free resources in my Linktree link.

Tip 14: Make a Linktree account. You’re only allowed ONE link in your Instagram profile. Which will you pick? Why not pick them all?

How to use Instagram online or with the app

By making a Linktree account, you’re able to link your post links together and list them at Linktree. When people click your Linktree link, they’ll be taken to as many links as you have there. I don’t know the maximum number, but I haven’t encountered it yet, and I’ve been there a while.

How to Make Instagram Photos with Engaging Content

How to use Instagram online or with the app

Image Credit

Tip 15: Choose a pattern you want your Instagram content to follow. Many people choose checkerboard. Will you?

Tip 16: Faces do well on Instagram. (Source: Helene in Between)

Tip: 17. I read the color blue does well on Instagram.

Tip: 18. Make Instagram content with a complimentary color scheme. Choose a color palette and stick to it.

Tip: 19. Use the Preview app to make sure your Instagram content compliments each other. Preview is free. Since Preview is a smartphone app, you can’t use Preview with Instagram online.

Tip 20: The Marketing Vision blog recommends shooting your Instagram photos from above the subject of the photo.

Tip 21: Try to make your feed look different from others in your niche. As people scroll, your Instagram content will catch their eye if it looks different.

Tip 22: Post videos. Anthony Groeper explains you have a better chance of being chosen for the Explore Section, the section that’s shown to the majority of Instagram users. Anthony explains the reason: If you watch a video, you’ll stay on Instagram’s site longer.

Tip 23: Post Instagram content a maximum of 4 times a day. I’ve read fewer numbers but never more than 4.

Tip 24: Post consistently. You don’t want to confuse your readers.

Tip 25: Be consistent when using filters. Your Instagram feed should look like an art gallery, not a jumble of filters. Would you like to see my Instagram feed?

How to use Instagram online or with the app

If you look at my feed, you see a great deal of consistency:

I use blue and colors that complement blue.

My niche, blogging, doesn’t lend itself to visuals. No problem!

As someone who tries to inspire people in their online journey, I have inspirational quotes with pictures that match.

Do you recall I recommended using faces? Look at all the faces in my Instagram photos!

Tip 26: Find a “buddy” in your niche. Share your content with each other. When you tag your “buddy,” their followers will see your content and vice versa. You both end up expanding your reach. Your “buddy” should have roughly the same number of followers as you do.

Tip 27: Choose pictures that evoke emotion. Emotions make people take action, actions like visiting your blog, following your blog, and buying from you.

How to Write Instagram Captions

How long should your Instagram caption be? 

I’ve heard mixed. Some people put their entire blog post into their caption!

Other people advise keeping your caption short.

Tip 28: Vary the length. Then see which Instagram content gets the best engagement from your followers.

Tip 29: Start your caption with a question. Questions are engaging. They make great hooks. Try to ask a question which will elicit at least a four-word answer. Why? The more comments the first hour, the greater the chance you’ll be chosen for the Explorer Section and receive mass exposure. However, if your comments are less than four words long, Instagram doesn’t consider them.

Tip 30: Tell a relatable story in your caption. Stories also make great hooks.

Tip 31: Use inspirational quotes in your captions and Instagram posts. The Instagram crowd loves inspirational quotes. You can find the quotes anywhere: Pinterest, Tumblr, or Google are good places to start.

Tip 32: Use 30 hashtags. Someone compared hashtags to lottery tickets. You’re given 30. Use them!

Tip 33: Make sure your hashtags are relevant to your Instagram content. How? I recommend All-Hashtags. You type in your focus word, and it generates 30 hashtags. You have your choice of Top or Random hashtags.

Tip 34: Vary the popularity of your hashtags. Some people advise against using only popular hashtags. If you do, your Instagram content could get lost in the crowd.

Tip 35: Use the Geotag option. When you tag your location, I’ve heard you have a greater chance of getting into the Explore Section. The Explore Section is shown to so many Instagrammers, you’ll experience tremendous growth if you’re selected for the section.

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Tip 36: Use Best 9 and duplicate the kind of Instagram content that resonates with your followers.

These are my best 9, the Instagram content my followers engaged with the most in 2018.

Tip 37: Use your own name as a hashtag. Your name becomes more recognizable so this strategy boosts your brand awareness.

Tip 38: Put your signature hashtag last in your caption. Then, it functions as your signature. In other words, the last hashtag in my caption is #MostlyBlogging.

Tip 39: Include a Call to Action in your caption. What do you want them to do? Click the live link in your bio? Click the like button? Leave a comment? Share your Instagram content? Buy your product or service?

Tip 40: Ask people to tag 3 friends. This way, your post will get shared and you’ll expand your exposure.

Tip 41: Post your Instagram content according to the following schedule: When people are going to bed, just getting to work, or checking out to return home for the day, they’re most likely to be checking their Instagram feed according to research conducted by CoSchedule.

Instagram Stories and Instagram Highlights

Tip 42: Use Instagram Stories

What is an Instagram Story?

The site has a feature called “Stories.” Stories only sit at the top of Instagram for 24 hours. Everyone who follows you will only see your content for 24 hours. These stories are prominently displayed at the top of all your followers’ Instagram feed and will stay there until the 24 hours elapse.

Although your “story” goes away in 24 hours, you will be able to see in real-time how many people have seen your image or video.

Instagram Stories allow your creativity and playful side to come out.

Tip 43: Put videos into your Instagram Story.

How to save a video to your “story.”

By saving a video to your story, it will sit on top of your followers’ feed for 24 hours.

  1. Open your Instagram app on your mobile device.
  2. Swipe right. This will activate the camera.
  3. Hold the big white button in for a video. Let go of the button when you’re done with the video.
  4. Tap the video when you’re done.
  5. Click the Aa for the font. You can type and change the colors.
  6. Swipe either right or left for filters.
  7. Swipe up for emojis. You can change the size.
  8. Tilt anything you’ve added by pinching the element.
  9. If you wish to save your video, click “Save” at the bottom of the screen.
  10. Choose who you wish to share with. If you want your video at the top of your Instagram feed, click “Your Story.” Everyone will be able to see. If you want to share with individuals, click “Next” and choose those individuals from your contacts.

Note: At the time of this writing, I can not get this feature to work with Instagram online, only using the app on the smartphone.

Tip 44: Put still images in your Instagram Story. Many free tools come with free stock images as an option to using your own photos.

Tip 45: Include Emojis. They’re engaging.

Tip 46: Use hashtags. You’re allowed one hashtag in an Instagram Story.

Tip 47: Include the CTA, “Swipe Up”, if you have more than 10,000 followers. That link is gold. It can take people who see your Instagram Story anywhere you want– your optin form, your product’s Amazon sale page, or a relevant article you’re trying to boost traffic to, for example.

[Read: These are the 9 Pages You Need to Start Earning Money Online]

Tip 48: Use the Storeo app. Since Instagram videos can only be 15 seconds long, the Storeo app will break your video into pieces for you. Just upload them to your Instagram Stories one at a time. Note: This feature is not available with Instagram online at the time of this writing.

Tip 49: Use Instagram Story templates. Canva, Typorama, PixTeller, Spark Post app, and PosterMyWall are examples of tools you can use to make Instagram Story.

[Read PixTeller: How to Make Dazzling Inspirational Images]

[Read PosterMyWall: How to Make a Strong Visual Presence]

Tip 50: Put your Instagram Story into a highlight. Your Instagram content will stay in your highlights and not disappear like your other Instagram Stories after 24 hours.

Tip 51: Have polls. You’ll get feedback on your blog post ideas.

Tip 52: Ask questions. You’ll engage your followers.

Tip 53: Use IGTV. To use IGTV, you need an app. When you make your live videos (as well as recorded videos), make sure you hold your phone vertically. You need portrait orientation. You’re allowed to link to your IGTV in your Instagram Story whether or not you have 10,000 followers. You can save your IGTV in your Highlights and link to your IGTV in your Stories.

Tip 54: Use Collages.

How to use Instagram online or with the app

Using collages in your Instagram Stories (and in your feed) accomplishes several purposes.

I made this collage using the Unfold app.

This is free advertising for me. Making a Story is free, so it costs me nothing to market my books.

Next, your Instagram feed and Story look different from others when you use collages, further drawing attention to your brand.

Tip 55: Use the Slider Option in your Stories. 

Look:

How to use Instagram online or with the app

Do you see how I used a poll? There were only two choices– Yes or No.

What if I asked a question that required degrees of response, for example, Agree, Strongly Agree, Disagree, etc?

The poll option only allows two choices. However, the Slider option allows the follower to slide the slider to show where on the spectrum they agree or disagree.

Go to the GIF feature and select Slider. If you don’t see it, type Slider into search.

When it comes up, type your question.

The Slider is extremely engaging. When your follower slides it to the right, the face on the Slider gets bigger. When they vote, a heart flies into the air.

How to make Instagram Stories but not using Instagram online

Also, like with the poll, you get feedback from your community that will help you make decisions regarding future website content. For example, I asked how comfortable people are making videos. If everyone answers, “Extremely comfortable” on the Slider, there’s little point in composing articles that will tell my readers how to become more comfortable.

I linked to my blog post article telling people how to make videos. I never waste the opportunity to link! Always get in your call to action! Do you see my Call to Action in red on the right?

Note: At the time of this writing, Instagram Story features are only available with the app and not with Instagram online.

Instagram Tools

Tip 56: Use tools for making Instagram quote posts. These perform well on Instagram.

Tip 57: When you make them, use relevant quote hashtags so everyone looking for quotes can find your Instagram content.

Tip 58: Use tools which show you your Instagram analytics. For example, SocialBakers.com is a free tool which will show you your most liked and commented on posts. Knowing this information will enable you to replicate this content to achieve the same kind of interest from your audience in the future. Note: Although I have not personally used Social Bakers, the tool is widely recommended.

Instagram Secrets to Get Followers

Tip 59: Go to LinkedIn and type Instagram into the search bar. Follow people who work for Instagram on LinkedIn. When choosing Instagram content for the Explore section, the powers-that-be may remember you from LinkedIn.

Who to Follow on Instagram

How to Get Targeted Followers on Instagram

Tip 60: Go to the Explore Section. Like and comment. Instagram shows you the kind of posts you have a history of liking.

Tip 61: Type your #niche into the Search bar to find people who create the kind of Instagram content you create. They’ll be interested in your content and likely follow you. You can search by Top Posts or Most Recent.

Tip 62: Follow 30 people an hour depending on your availability. If they’re in your niche, they’ll likely follow you back.

How to Boost Instagram Engagement

Tip 63: Comment on other people’s Instagram content.

Then, they’ll be the more likely comment on your posts.

Tip 64: Like other people’s Instagram content. 

Then, they’ll be more likely to like your posts.

Also, if you don’t comment and like, people will consider you a “ghost follower.” There are tools Instagrammers use to detect and unfollow ghost followers.

Instagram tips and tricks

Tip 65: Use the Instagram Calculator to ensure you are engaging enough. If not, step up your game! That way your followers will reciprocate and engage more with you.

Tip 66: Return people’s comments. This way, people will be compelled to return your comments.

Tip 67: Return people’s comments within the first hour of posting. I heard if people get a great many likes and comments within the first hour of publication, they have a greater chance of being in the Explorer Section.

Tip 68: Include CTA’s (Call to Actions) in your captions. Ask people to like, comment, and share your Instagram content.

Tip 69: Host giveaways. People love giveaways and they are a great way to boost engagement. For example, will you randomly draw from people who commented or shared? When they share, make sure they use the hashtag associated with your giveaway. Then, all you need to do is type that hashtag into the search bar to find the shares.

Tip 70: Share other people’s posts with your Instagram followers. You can easily do this with the free Regrammer app.

[Read: How to Raise Your Instagram Engagement Now, 5 Proven Ways]

Join Engagement Groups and DM Groups

Tip 71: Join Instagram Engagement Groups.

What is an Engagement Group?

Instagram Engagement groups can be found anywhere: Facebook, Instagram, the Telegram app, Snapchat…

The goal of the group is to boost your comments, likes, and follows.

Tip 72: Join an Instagram DM Group

What is a DM Group?

DM Groups are like Engagement Groups. The purpose is the same. The difference: DM groups are only on Instagram.

I’ve also heard Engagement Groups called “DM Groups” since people in the groups communicate through the Direct Message feature.

According to Anthony Groeper, joining a DM group will make your account go viral.

He belongs to 500 groups! He recommends belonging to at least 100 if you want a chance to land in the Explore Section, the section with the most exposure on Instagram.

His strategy: If you send your post 240 times a day to different groups, your account will go viral.

Note: You must be invited to join these groups.

Membership in engagement groups are so sought after, I’ve heard of people pay hundreds of dollars to get in!

I’ve personally never paid to join an Engagement group. Luckily, people in my groups were forming new groups and invited me to join.

If you go to Instagram, and type #DMGroups into the search bar, you’ll see people looking for DM Group members.

You can also try forming your own group. Group admins often ask a lot of their members so you get leverage if you have your own group. For example, many groups require members to follow their accounts.

If you click this link, you’ll be taken to a place where you can sign up for free Instagram Engagement groups on Facebook.

Unfollowing people

Although you can only follow 30 people per hour, Instagram allows you to unfollow 160 people per hour.

Why would you want to unfollow people on Instagram?

You won’t be allowed to continue to follow people in your niche if you reach 7500 followers.

You need to follow people whose content might interest you and whose content makers might follow you back.

You need to unfollow people you’ve changed your mind about, people who don’t return your follow, or inactive followers.

Tip 73: Be patient. Instagram followers accumulate by snowballing. When people see your Instagram follower count is higher than others, the Bandwagon Effect comes into play. People assume if others are following your account, it must be good, and they should follow you as well.

Have White Lists

Tip 74: Have a White List 

What is an Instagram White List? 

Let me explain.

Suppose you want to follow someone who doesn’t follow you back?

This happened to me. I joined an Instagram Engagement group. The requirement was I had to follow the admin of the group. He didn’t follow me back. My Unfollow tool will unfollow him unless I put him on a White List. People on a White List won’t be unfollowed.

How to Avoid Getting Shadowbanned:

Tip 75: Follow the Instagram rules. Follow a maximum of 30 people per hour and unfollow a maximum of 160 people per hour.

Tip 76: Don’t duplicate hashtags. Have various hashtag groups ready to copy-paste. I have a group for my SEO captions, a group for my blogging tips captions, a group for my social media captions, and so forth. Preparing them in groups of 30 ahead of time will save you a great deal of time when you’re rushing to post on Instagram.

Tip 77: Don’t buy followers. Is Instagram cracking down on buying followers?

How to Make Money with Instagram

Are you aware you can use the power of Instagram to market your products and services? Instagram marketing is easy, free, and quick. Instagram marketing is also a common form of advertising.

Don’t believe me? I typed #offers in the Instagram search bar and 451,390 offers came up. Don’t worry, by the end of this post, we will have you beating the competition for consumer attention.

Once you’re able to generate targeted followers, you can actually monetize your Instagram followers.

This link tells you how to monetize Instagram and how many followers you need to monetize on Instagram:

8 Things You Need to Know for Monetizing Instagram

Tip 78: Put your website link and your contact link in your profile. This way, potential customers can contact you.

Tip 79: Advertise your products and services in your Instagram Stories. People will rush to click knowing the offer is time-sensitive since stories vanish 24 hours after posting.

See Tip 54. With one Instagram story, I advertised two of my books using a template from the Unfold app.

Did anyone answer my Call to Action and click within the 24-hour window the Story was visible?

Look: 

Instagram tips and tricks

You may feel 5 clicks in 24 hours isn’t a large number. However, remember I was selling two books with each click. I could have potentially sold 10 books that day without spending a penny on advertising.

Did this method work? Did I make any money selling ebooks during that 24-hour period?

Yes! Look:

How to use Instagram

Note: I made money quickly and easily without needing an advertising budget or blog traffic, and now you can too.

Tip 80: Minimize your competition for sales. Type what you are advertising offers about into the Instagram search bar. To figure out the number of photos posted on a specific hashtag, simply type the word you’d like to use as a hashtag into the search bar on Instagram. Then check the number under the hashtag. This number tells you how many photos using this hashtag are currently on Instagram. The fewer the number, the less competition you have.

Tip 81: Make ads displaying your products or ads of consumers using your products happily. One of the perks of having a business account is you’ll be able to create an ad. However, you have to pay to promote your content.

Tip 82: Engage your followers by having them post pictures of your products or videos of them using your products.

Tip 83: Make sure the photos you post are so visually appealing, they grab users’ attention.

Tip 84: Share special promotions or coupons.

Tip 85: Get your followers involved in a contest and turn those leads into email signups you can eventually market to.

Tip 86: Use Instagram’s shoppable posts. This will cost you, but it’s a way to sell on Instagram.

Tip 87: Be patient. People give their money to people they trust. Generating trust takes time.

Tip 88: Sign up for AmbassadHer. It costs $2.99 a month, but you should make it back when brands hire you. For example, I’ve already been approached from the AmbassadHer company about working with Tide. They offered to give me a reward worth $30 if I bought Tide pods and showed a photo on Instagram and put a link to the company in my bio for 2 weeks. I turned it down, but that’s the kind of offer I received.

It gets better: You see the offers for free. You don’t spend any money unless you apply for the gig.

Tip 89: Sign up for Valued Voice. Problogger Deborah received the most work from this company in the past, she reports.

[Read: 10 Creative Ways to Earn Money on Instagram.]

Experts Share Their Best Instagram Secrets 

I asked two experts, “What are your best Instagram tips and tricks?”

1. Nirav Dave Capsicum Mediaworks 

To make an impact on Instagram you need to, first, know who your target audience is. By researching and finding out your target audience, you’ll be able to come up with a strategy that aligns with your brand and caters to the need of your target audience.

Three effective tips to use:

Share Beautiful and Optimized Images: Instagram is all about stunning visuals. As such, you need to ensure that the images you post are not only high-quality but they are also optimized to improve engagement. Be creative with your images but ensure that it has a consistent look, in terms of grid layout and theme.

Compose a Compelling Caption: A stunning image accompanied by a well-written caption can go a long way in engaging your audience and will get you more like and comments. Just make sure to keep it brief and relevant.

Make Use of Trending Hashtags: To find the trendiest hashtags for your Instagram post, use the Ritetag chrome extension. This tool provides you with relevant hashtag suggestions for text as well as images.

2. Chiranjeevi Maddala Digital Ready

Below are some of the tips that the audience can use for Instagram:

1) Stay updated on all the latest features that Instagram introduces. Make use of those trends to increase audience engagement as well as followers. Following the latest trends shows your audience that you are an up-to-date brand, aware of all the new-age trends.

2) Make your posts creative. Photoshop doesn’t work every time. Infuse creativity in your posts, Include real people, engage concepts, Q&A videos and anything else that you think can positively attract the audience.

3) Avoid a shadowban. One of the things that can greatly affect your Instagram account is a shadowban. Shadowban refers to the condition where your hashtags get undiscoverable. This leads to a lower engagement on your Instagram posts. While this is a temporary situation, you can avoid getting your posts shadowbanned in a number of ways, such as
– Slowing down your posts for a couple of days
– Use mixed up hashtags. Don’t use the same hashtags for a long period of time.
– Don’t use bots for automated liking or commenting

Wrapping Up: A Guide to Using Instagram Online and  Instagram App

In closing, Instagram offers marketers a great deal of potential. Considering the site is gaining in popularity, that potential is on the rise.

When surveyed, 60% of consumers reported finding new products on Instagram. One-third of the Stories viewed are from businesses. According to statistics, over 1 million companies advertise on this popular site. Now that you know these tips, so can you.

Have you tried to boost your Instagram game?

I have.

While trying to learn the ropes, I encountered conflicting information.

When I attempted to research how to use Instagram online or with the app, there seemed to be a lack of definitive answers. Hopefully, this guide brought clarity.

To be a successful marketer, you need to go where your audience goes. Since one billion people are going to Instagram, you should go there too. What are you waiting for?

Readers, please share so other content marketers read this guide and learn the benefits of using Instagram, how to use Instagram, and how to make money on Instagram.

This post also addressed some of the differences in using Instagram online and using the Instagram app.

I look forward to your views in the comments section. What are your best Instagram tips and tricks? Do you have any suggestions for using Instagram online or the Instagram app?

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  1. Ryan K Biddulph at 2:46 am

    Wow what an inspired post. Amazing how just a bit of hash tagging and being in the IG stream did wonders for growing my following. People need to know; you are in the stream, and you are hitting the right tags to target your following.

  2. Terri Webster Schrandt at 9:33 am

    Fabulous suggestions, Janice! I’m glad to see many folks utilizing IG for promoting their blogs. I prefer to use IG for sharing my photos and for viewing other photography. There is no other good platform for doing so. I like that IG connects to Facebook, so my photos get a good reach to my friends and family who love my photography. I had the business account but it sent everything to my FB page and few friends and family follow my blog page. I guess IG has a niche for everyone!

  3. Lisa Sicard at 10:20 am

    Hi Janice, what is ghost shadowing on Instagram? When you mentioned a ghost follower it made me think ot that. Also why do so many follow and unfollow on there so fast? Thanks for all these wonderful tips. I’ve really started to generate some traffic from Instagram. I believe stories had a lot of do with it. I’m learning more every day on this network and really like it! Thanks again Janice.
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    • Janice Wald at 10:04 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      A shadowban is a penalty people get if they are repetitious due to copy-pasting hashtags or Direct Messages too often.
      Let me explain what a ghost follower is.
      A ghost follower is someone who follows you but who doesn’t engage with your content by liking or commenting. It’s like they are a “ghost”– since they don’t interact with your content, they might as well not really be there.
      There is a reason this is a problem for you:
      If brands ever want to employ you to promote their products, they will want to see at least a 7% rate of liking/commenting on your posts. Your ghost followers, who don’t ever like or comment, will make it harder for you to reach the 7%. For that reason, there are tools that enable Instagram users to take their “ghost” followers off their followers lists. The tool I use defines a ghost as someone who hasn’t liked or commented on the last 10 Instagram posts.
      I hope that clarifies some of the terms I used in my post about Instagram online and the Instagram app.
      Janice
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  4. chickenruby at 11:05 am

    some great tips there, but I instagram for fun and for family and friends, too much hassle for me to try and make a living out of it and my photos aren’t that inspiring really #globalblogging

  5. Sandy at 7:43 pm

    Hi Janice,

    You provide great tips and techniques to improving your Instagram strategy. Posting on Instagram stories is a great tool to build an audience and engage with your followers. The possibilities are endless and not too many people use it to their potential. I have noted down some great tips I will be adding to my strategy.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Janice Wald at 8:58 pm

      Hi Sandy,
      I hope you’ll consider bookmarking for later reference. Your comments are inspiring. I posted two Instagram Stories today! Thanks for writing with these compliments.
      Janice

  6. Freedownloadgraphics at 5:34 am

    It seems you are good at seo because i found it on 1st page. Creating blog is easy but ranking it on search engine is difficult task. write something on it. so that it can help new bloggers like me.
    Or give me link if you have allready written some tips.

  7. Moss Clement at 11:16 am

    Hi Janice,

    This article is breathtaking, and I can’t say how much it resonates. I’m loving the “link tree” feature and would like to create my account. However, although there are several ways to make money on Instagram, I want to add that, creating a link on Instagram that would direct users to your landing page is a fascinating way to convert users and sell to them. Therefore, if you have an offer, instead of leading them to your home page or other pages of your site, send them to your offers or landing pages.

    I’m sharing this post across social. In addition, I’m rounding up a post about Instagram automation. I will send it to you in HTML format for evaluation and publishing.

    For the records, I flipped it on Flipboard already!
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    • Janice Wald at 8:52 pm

      Hi Moss,
      Thanks for your exciting comments!
      1. I’d love to publish your Instagram automation roundup. Thanks for giving it to my readers.
      2. Thanks for sharing my post on Flipboard!
      3. Thanks as well for contributing to the discussion by sharing your ideas for Linktree. I use them! I have links to my Hire Me page where I market my coaching servicees.
      Janice
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  8. Philip V Ariel at 11:35 pm

    Hi Janice,
    What an EPIC Post!
    Yes, a wonderful a to z guide for Instagram users!
    Though I am using it intermittently, now after going thru this post I have decided to be more active to get a good stand out there on the internet! 🙂
    I appreciate the pain you have taken to put this together in a usable way.
    As mentioned, it is indeed some wonderful Instagram Secrets you shared thru this post, yes, one must know these secrets.
    Thank you so much, Janice. I found this post on the pages of Bizsugar and up-voted and commented.
    Keep sharing.
    Best Regards
    ~ Phil
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    • Janice Wald at 11:35 am

      Hi Philip,
      Thank you so much for your support on BizSugar. I appreciate the upvote and the comments and your compliments here.
      An A to Z guide! Thank you for complimenting the thoroughness of my article. I’m glad I could inspire you to spend more time on your Instagram efforts. I think you’ll find it is time well spent.
      Janice
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    • Janice Wald at 1:03 pm

      Hi James,
      Thanks for the compliments. Where did you find the post, may I ask? I always wonder.
      Regarding your tip, I appreciate you contributing to the discussion.
      I agree with you. I always have faces, but the faces staring straight ahead get more engagement than the faces looking down or to the side. Interesting! Sounds like a good idea for a study.
      Janice
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