Lastly updates: Jan 2019

In the past year, Instagram has become a real force to be reckoned with in the marketing world.

Well, now is the perfect time to cash in on its growing popularity.
Still not sure what to do?
No sweat! I'll guide you through the main ways to cultivate an income through Instagram and make a name for yourself in all the right places.

Ready? Then let's begin.


First thing: what's your following like?

You should know from the start that most brands will expect a strong and loyal following in order to build a working partnership.

If you're lacking in this department, there are a few simple ways you can increase your amount of followers whilst building a professional look for your account.

Fill out your bio with all the right information:

This includes your contact information, what you post about and where you're from. Add in a few keywords and even a couple of hashtags to ensure you're easily findable by the right kind of followers. Something like: Beauty Blogger from Cape Town with a penchant for travel.And other stuffs to make people know you more

Post regularly:

To grow numbers, you want to be posting several images every day,but be warned, don't post all at once or this will actually work against you! If you can't commit to that many posts, then just make sure you are publishing one quality photo every day.

Take good photos: Which leads me to my next point! Make sure your images are of the best quality with attractive effects. There's no point posting a weak image, so really take your time to make sure you are producing ones of the highest quality.

Use relevant hashtags:

It's unlikely your images are going to travel very far without relevant hashtags. Familiarise yourself with the best ones to do with your field of interest and make sure you are including them in every single post.

Engage with your followers: You cannot expect all interaction to come directly to you. Make time every single day to engage with your followers or anyone involved in your industry by commenting on and liking images. If you communicate with authentic content, people will be drawn to check out your account and, hopefully, join your loyal rank of followers.

Okay, so you've boosted your follower count sweet! Now it's time to start making money.


1. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is basically when you promote a product and get paid per sale.
You'll often see bloggers doing this with sidebar banners promoting their partners (affiliates), or even through specific product inspired posts. Well, it's not much different with Instagram.

With Instagram, you post attractive images highlighting their products and drive sales through your affiliate URL (this should be provided by your affiliate).

There are quite a few companies you can work with here. Here are some:

Sharesale: Find companies you want to work with, sign up for their affiliate program, get approved then start promoting. In some programs, it's easier to get approved if you have a blog or website.

Ebates: Refer people that love deals & discounts, then get commission.

Stylinity: great for fashion bloggers. When people shop using your link, you'll get commission.

I like to know it Marketing
You can put your affiliate URL on your captions or on your bio. You can either use to shorten and customize your affiliate link OR you can hook up your blog and Instagram profile so that when people purchase through your link, you get a sale.
It really couldn't be easier. This type of marketing is particularly popular with clothing on Instagram, as you can post your outfit of the day with the affiliate link sending followers to your full outfit details.

For those involved in the travel industry (or simply those that love to Travel, you could try to set up and use affiliate marketing when taking part in reviews for hotels and venues. Simply direct followers to book through your link!

It's also great for beauty bloggers, as you can invite people to "shop the look".These methods are subtler and, as such, more effective than a direct sales type pitch.

2. Sell Your Photos.

An obvious one, surely? Why not use Instagram for it sole purpose… to showcase your photography?
If you're a professional (or amateur but keen!) photographer, Instagram is a great way to advertise and sell your shots to either individuals or agencies.

Add a watermark to your snaps and use the captions to list all selling details in a concise manner.

As always, make sure that you have an active presence so that the right type of accounts are following you. Use appropriate hashtags to pull people towards your shots and get a conversation going with influential photography agencies.

There are also a few sites that you can use to actually put your Instagram photos for sale, including:

3. Promote Your Business, Products Or Services

If you run your own business, then Instagram needs to hold an integral place in your marketing matrix.
If you sell products, use it to post beautiful shots that can't be found on your website.

4.Sell Your Instagram Account.

Had enough of Instagram? Ready to move on?
Well, you'll be happy to know that all your hard work hasn't gone to waste. You can actually sell your Instagram account if (for whatever reason) you can no longer manage it.

There's a few site that support you with this, two of the best being:
Now is The Time to make it happen after you got the few handy tips on how to earn a living from Instagram.
Remember the harder you work off the best income in return.If having any idea differ from mine just hit the comment box bellow.