How to Make Money on Instagram 2021 (The Ultimate Guide)
Profiting from Instagram has always been a mystery to many, can I sit at home, and have my own business that constantly generates money just by using Instagram?
The long hours you spend on Instagram can be a good source of income for you, as you can spend time doing what you love, and at the same time get money.
In this article, I will not present some general ideas about profit from Instagram, then I will tell you that you can profit from Instagram thousands of dollars, then I leave you and leave, this will not happen.
In this article, you will find all possible strategies for profit from Instagram – or Instagram if you prefer – with practical examples, as well as tools and resources that will help you in each strategy until you achieve what you want.
Ways to make money on Instagram (8 different methods explained)
- Make money on Instagram through affiliate offers
Affiliate marketing is one of the most important and profitable types of marketing, but many people may not know about it in its concept of “affiliate” or affiliate marketing.
Imagine when your friend asks you about the t-shirt or dress that you are wearing, and you take your boyfriend/girlfriend to the clothing store that you buy from, then that person buys the same product, then the owner of the clothing store gives you a commission in return for bringing him a customer.
In short, this is affiliate marketing, you are promoting the offers or products of some companies, and when someone buys through your link, you get a commission.
How to make a profit through affiliate marketing?
You may be asking yourself this question, how do I make anyone buy through my link, it is simply a matter of offering the benefit and benefit.
Did you personally, dear reader, not see some video reviews of phones until you decided to choose what to buy? Did you, dear reader, not follow up on one of the cosmetologists on Instagram to find a prescription for treating a problem in your skin, for example.
If this person you trust tells you that this phone is excellent, or that this product or cream is very good, what are the chances of you believing it? In short, this is the meaning of influence, how much product or service you purchased because someone else you trust has suggested it to you.
Provide advice and benefit to your followers in your field, provide them with valuable information about the products or services that benefit them while placing your links, and by this, you provide the benefit and they are as well.
If you are interested in the field of affiliate marketing by showing your opinions about products, then I think you will need to read the article with the link below:
How to get affiliate offers for marketing on Instagram?
This is also a question that may occur to your mind, and it also depends on the audience you are targeting, whether it is an Arab or foreign audience, but I will answer you about the question regardless of the audience you target or the field in which you will specialize.
There are several affiliate marketing programs, and also there are specialized platforms that collect a lot of offers and products in one place in what is called the Affiliate network, so choosing offers becomes very easy for you.
The following programs and platforms are the most important of all:
1- Amazon Affiliate Program: A very powerful program, as you will find on Amazon everything you can imagine and suitable for any audience and country in the world … as they say, you will find there from needle to missile.
2- Souq Affiliate Program: Souq website – it is affiliated with Amazon by the way – and it is one of the most famous Arab stores on which many rely.
Although recently there has been some news about some problems in this program, it is still one of the most important affiliate programs in the Arab world, and perhaps these problems have been solved at the time of your reading of this article, especially since it is under the management of the giant Amazon now.
3- Jumia Affiliate Program: Jumia has also become a popular and trusted store, and it has an excellent commission marketing system.
4- Clickbank Affiliate Program: These are the most important platforms that enable you to start affiliate marketing easily, as they provide many products in many areas, which you can start promoting.
5- Marketing programs for any service you use: Many companies do their affiliate marketing programs, so think about any product or service you use or important to your audience, and look if they have an affiliate marketing program.
- Make money on Instagram by collaborating with companies and brands
Why do so many international companies and brands resort to stars and celebrities to appear in their ads? Because they have an influence and many want to imitate them.
But this matter has changed in the modern era to a large extent, so the influencers are not only actors, singers, and football players, but social media influencers as well, they have an important role.
Think about the famous personalities that you follow on any social media site such as Instagram or YouTube, you will find many of them advertising a specific product, or promoting a company in one of the posts and videos.
Some many companies and brands collaborate with these influencers, the owners of influential accounts on social media, especially Instagram.
You also can cooperate with these companies regardless of the number of your followers, as long as they are interactive followers in a specific field, this cooperation is a display of the products of these companies, or doing a review of those products, or making advertising campaigns, and giving some of these products for free to your followers.
- Make money on Instagram through e-commerce
E-commerce represents one of the most important fields at all at present, it is known that the whole world is strongly tending to the idea of shopping through the Internet, and by the way, this also applies to our Arab region.
Of course, with the current conditions that the world is going through from the outbreak of the Corona disease … The idea of buying through the Internet has become the favorite idea of everyone around the world … Who now wants contact with others and exposure to the risk of infection ?!
Instagram represents an ideal marketing method for your online store, as it is the first social media site that relies on visual content, through which thousands of customers can be attracted to buy from your store.
Note: This method on its own represents a knur if you can implement it properly.
To make money on Instagram via e-commerce, follow these steps:
1- Define your online store idea
You can sell anything through the Internet, but you have to determine an idea that suits the nature of Instagram users, as Instagram will be your main source of sales, and so you must play it well from the start.
Here are some suggestions for Store ideas that might work well for Instagram users:
A store that sells cosmetics.
2- Create a professional Instagram account in the field that your online store will specialize in.
Suppose here that you are a girl and you are very interested in the world of cosmetics and skincare … Here regularly publish useful publications about skincare, ways to use makeup, how to choose makeup according to each skin tone … etc.
Flood your account with useful posts, and maintain a good post rate (say 4 posts per day).
Continue to do this for at least two months to create a good follower base, through which you can start to reach tens of thousands of followers, and then achieve tens of thousands of sales through your online store.
Based on our experience: during the two months and with hard work and dedication to providing useful and high-quality publications … I expect that you will reach many followers of no less than 5 thousand … and this is very cool as the starting stroke.
Also read: How To Profit From Affiliate Marketing (A Foolproof Strategy)
We will continue with our example of a cosmetics store … so I will continue my topic by speaking to Eve.
3- Create an online store
Creating a professional online store is not as difficult as many think, and to shorten the time, let us discuss the fastest and easiest way to create a professional online store.
4- Connect your Instagram account to the app and start promoting it
All you need to do in this step is to place the store link in the Account Profile (BIO) section and start promoting the products being sold on the store.
Here are some important points that we recommend:
Don’t make all of your posts a store promotion.
Keep making useful posts only for the benefit of followers without any reference to the store’s products.
Respond to any comments as quickly as possible, while providing helpful advice and recommendations.
Respond to messages as well, and avoid direct product promotion.
Display high-quality photos of the products in the store.
Offer discounts from time to time only for your Instagram followers.
By now, sales should have started and you are starting to profit from Instagram from your online store.
- Make money on Instagram through paid posts
This method is similar to the previous method but differs slightly from it, as you can collaborate with influencers like you, not famous or well-known companies and brands.
Someone wants you to publish their account or service to your audience to get followers.
Maybe you have a pet account like cats, and I own a product or service related to this matter, so I will pay a sum of money for publishing a specific video or post about this product.
This method is very popular, especially in the Arab world, because many people want to have large Instagram accounts.
See this picture, which shows a post for an account for sweets recipes, this post has nothing to do with sweets, but it is a paid post about a slimming product, which will be of interest to many followers of this account.
- Make money on Instagram by promoting your services and your freelance business
Perhaps you are a photographer or graphic artist, you can promote these services through your Instagram account, you provide advice and benefits to your audience, and there are also some of them or their acquaintances who need your help in exchange for money.
Not only photography, but you can be a programmer or web designer or even a lawyer, it does not matter, as long as the people who can benefit from your services have Instagram accounts, then you can make profits.
- Make money on Instagram by bringing visitors to your site
You can also use Instagram to bring traffic to your site, as it may depend on the profit from Adsense or ads in general. Maybe your site depends on affiliate marketing or you sell a specific product directly from your site.
As long as you own a site, you need traffic, and the more traffic, the greater your profits, and the matter does not depend on the sites only, so you can rely on bringing visitors to your YouTube channel or other platforms.
- Make money on Instagram by selling photo and infographic services
There are a lot of Instagram account holders who are always looking for attractive pictures and valuable information, to publish to their followers, why don’t you provide this service.
You can provide some exclusive pictures or design some pictures and infographics, like the one I mentioned earlier, for the owners of different accounts on Instagram. Especially if you have little knowledge about Photoshop or the various image design programs.
All you have to do is search for the different accounts of influencers or companies in a specific field on Instagram, then sell them the pictures and infographics that you designed.
The distinctive feature of this method is that you can work in more than one field, and you can even sell the images that you have designed more than once according to the agreement with whom you sell to.
You can also offer this service on various freelance platforms to get more clients, or you can sell these images directly on some of the sites dedicated to this (what is unique about these sites is that you get money for each time your photos are sold).
- Make money on Instagram by managing Instagram accounts and marketing them
After you deal with any platform you become an expert in, you know all its secrets and secrets more than others, many people do not have that experience with Instagram.
You can be responsible for managing Instagram accounts for various people who are interested in having a strong account. You can manage an account of an influencer or owner of a YouTube channel or a website owner, for example, because he does not know how to deal well with Instagram like you.
You can manage an Instagram account for a restaurant, company, or clothing store. There are many people around you who you can start this service with to benefit from Instagram more.
I do not need to tell you that many companies in the Arab world provide this service in large amounts, which means they need for this service and the increase in demand for it, and this indicates that there are many opportunities and profits in this field.
Important tips to profit from Instagram
In this part of the article, I will give you some tips that will help you to increase your profit from Instagram, no matter which method you rely on.
1- Instagram Profile
Your profile on Instagram is different from most other social media sites, as the number of all your posts since you launched your account, the number of your followers, and the number of accounts you follow are all visible.
Also, anyone visiting your profile can read a profile of your account, which you have to pay much attention to convince them to follow you.
They can also know your latest posts and take a quick look at your profile, and most likely this view is what makes them decide whether to click on “Follow” or not.
This is very important … Look at this profile of our account on Instagram, see how even the posts are all consistent and have a special character to them, a character that you feel in most pictures … This is what Instagram followers prefer.
If you want to profit from Instagram, your account must be like this as well, consistent and tidy, and has the character that distinguishes it from others. It becomes easier for you to get more followers, and thus profit from Instagram.
2- The topic that your Instagram account is targeting
Subject, or as it is commonly called in marketing (or Niche), represents the domain that your account is targeting.
The best way to profit from an Instagram account is to specialize your account in a specific topic or field, as your posts are related to and serve all those interested in this field.
Your account can be about fitness, fitness and beauty, kitchen gadgets, clothes, pets, and many more. The more specific the field you specialize in, the better profit opportunities you can get.
Of course, the choice of your account domain should be the result of real interest and passion. This way, you can get creative with it and provide real benefit to your followers. It is worth noting that any passion you have can turn into a profit from Instagram, whatever that passion is.
When anyone visits your profile on Instagram and can answer this question “How will I benefit from this account” as soon as and specifically, this means that your account is specialized, and thus the chances of you getting more followers increase.
And because many great ways and strategies enable you to increase the number of Instagram followers, so we have made a comprehensive guide about that, you can refer to it after reading this article.
3- The ideal way to post links on Instagram
Instagram, like any other social media, needs to keep its users as long as possible on the site, so that they consume more content, and thus the chances of them seeing ads increase, and thus the profit of Instagram (Facebook) increases.
That’s why the ideal way to post links is on your profile Bio.
4- Instagram prefers video
Recently, according to the latest updates of Instagram’s algorithms, many marketers have found that video is the type of content that Instagram posts the most among its users.
That is why I am interested in this type of content and also with Instagram stories or Instagram stories, where you can interact more with your followers.
5- Make sure your Instagram account is a business account
When you register a new account, make it a business account. If you already have an account on Instagram, you can convert it from a personal account to a business account.
The business account is very useful – and by the way, it is linked to your Facebook account – and it enables you to find out a lot of information and statistics about your followers.
This information is very important and useful, especially in cooperation with companies and brands, as they always want to know more information about your followers (their age, whether they are women or men, and their interests as well), to make sure that cooperation with you will be beneficial to them.
Also, this information is useful for you because it tells you important information about your followers and the quality of the content that you publish and their preference, and thus you publish more of it, so the number of your follower’s increases and also their interaction with you increases.
6- Stay away from platitudes and cheating
This is advice to profit from Instagram and any other source, do not follow the trend badly, waves like TikTok or Musically, or other trivial matters that do not lead to any benefit.
I do not want to talk about moral turpitude, but the point of this point is not to cheat your followers, not to use cheap methods, images, and prosaic content, and not intended to just get likes and followers.
I will not explain more than that but I think you understand what I mean, your internet business should make you proud, be a livelihood, and a real business. Do not be tempted, as the means to profit from the illegal or suspicious internet that depend on fraud are endless.
7- Don’t just stop at Instagram
After achieving success and starting a business that generates an income, even if it is simple on Instagram, transfer this success and increase it as well through Facebook and YouTube.
Do other accounts and ask your followers to follow you on various social media, thus multiplying your profits and followers, but do not do this until after you achieve success first so as not to distract yourself.
8- Think outside the box
Any work that requires a little creativity and effort, do not sit in your place and wait for the money to fall on you from the sky, this will not happen, and also do not just imitate and do what others are doing.
Be different and special and make the extra effort, and let me tell you this short story that I think will benefit you.
Recently I was talking with a girl who has an Instagram account, in which she posts pictures of special offers in large and famous stores in Egypt, such as Carrefour, Kazyon, Fathallah, and others.
On one occasion, she was in a large store in her residential area, and she found the store owner and discussed with him that she can promote his store and the offers that he offers in exchange for some simple free products that she will also promote by making videos.
With time, the shopkeeper noticed an increase in the number of sales, and also that most of the customers were looking for products that this girl was getting for free.
He became the owner of the store to pay this girl money for her service and even made her a responsible publicist for his store, and she cooperated with him full time as well as managing the store’s account on Instagram. I wanted to share this account with you, but I could not do so to protect her rights.
There are many ways, methods, and stories that I can tell you, but the goal is not to tell stories, the goal is to realize that you have to think outside the box, and to use all the resources and information you have to achieve success.
The rules of success, success is very simple … but it is not easy, it requires a lot of effort, but you now have all the ingredients to make a profit from Instagram.