Can You Make Money Off Instagram? – Why Not?
ABSOLUTELY! Done, time to go right? Not if you want to learn what the right and wrong ways are to do it.
You see, Instagram is a social media platform that is getting a lot of BOOM, like an extra 4.6 million boom this year 2019. And what do you think that means for you?
More eyes on your page, more followers, and more of your dream customers. But don’t be fooled…
That’s just half of the work. You still have to find your profit maximizer, and the way you can do things 80/20, without having to bust your butt off trying to constantly convice people to buy from you.
In this article, I’m going to show you how you can make money off instagram THE RIGHT WAY; in 3 different ways:
1. Without coming off “sellsy”
2. Without spending hours on Instagram
3. And how to make money from instagram while growing your page at the same time.
Instagram Vs Other Social Media Platforms
If you haven’t heard, Instagram is the most open sourced Social media Platfrom. Think about it…
What do people like more then value and information? Pictures and stories. The thing I love, and you will learn to feel the same about(if you haven’t already) is to use very visual photos, and to share your business or personal life on what’s called Instagram stories.
Humans are visual by nature, and since marketing and business is growing more towards images and video, Instagram just raises your chances of not only getting the right attention to your content, but look at this:
More audience = More Leads = More customers = More conversions.
But you can eaasily mess this up if you don’t do this right.
Most people think that they can make money on Instagram by just throwing out your affiliate link to people, or what I see most is people leaving their affiliate link on their bio – which really never works.
If you do this, you are what I called a Hopeful businessman, entreprenur or a salesman not attracting the right fit.
One of the best ways to make money with instagram in 2019 is with the Instagram Stories feature. Due to the fact that people like to connect with the [erspn behind the story, you NEED to utilize this tool. As A social media and more so instagram marketing expert, I can’t tell you how many people give up on Instagram becuase they are not attracting anyone to their site to buy from them.
The #1 reason is because they are not marketing in the right way. And if you’re one of these people who have tried to grow their following, have hundredns and thousands of follwoers but still can’t make money, keep listening in.
What we care about when we want to make money on Instagram are two things:
1. Our profle view.
2. Instagram stories.
If you go over to your Instagram main page, you will see at the top fold, how many visitors have seen your website in the past X amount of days. Why is this usefol for you?
This data gives you an idea of how many people are seeing your work. Imagine if you have 300 visitors the last 7 days, my GOODNESS!
You’re leaving massive amounts of dollar on the table if you’re not folowing step #2, which is your instagram stories.
Stories are a really great way to warm up a cold lead. You should always use your Instagram stories to give your audience what I call the JAB, JAB, JAB, JAB, PUNCH.
Keep in mind that you are not trying to be a direct seller. The whole point of making money in anything that you do is providing value 10X. What I do is educate, build awareness, inform, and then the punch line is to sell them something for FREE.
I get it, you want to make money, but you will never make a dollar if you can’t warm up your leads, and get them to trust you. If you’re in the market for creating a sustainable long term business, I HIGHLY suggest that you spend sometime thinking about the JAB, JAB, JAB, JAB, PUNCH. And take it religously, as if it were a rule too.
The beauty of Instagrm is that its owned by Facebook. This concept is so powerful, becuase you can attract such a HUGE traffic source. If I wanted to guide my Facebook audience in my group or personal profile to my Instagram account, they can easily be drawn to your account.
Again, you’re not even selling, you’re warming up your already exisiting audience on Facebook that most likely trust you, and as they go over to your Instagram account, they aill now be introduced to your content, and instagram stories. Without touching a single ad yet, you’re building more trust with your audience from channeling an audience from one platform to Instagram.
All at no cost!
Now, let’s talk about advertising. Have you ran any ads, or did you have any idea you can on Instagram? That’s right, you can. But you don’t want to spend any money, I know how that sounds trust me.
Let me tell you though, if you want to make money, you need to spend money.
If you’re just getting started with Instagram, its highley likely that you won’t be investing into paid ads. What you should do is focus on building out first is:
– Your content
– Your Bio
Before you even touch an ad, start with the basics, which i teach here. The prupose is to build an awareness prganically, with again your content and stories. After about a couple months of knowing your busines, and your audience, you can then start thinking about using Advertisments.
Although people on Instagram do not have the “buyers intent” like you would see with google ads, you can most certainly get them to buy from you.
You have to put yourself out there, provide 10X value before you even think about selling. Let me draw a step-by-step action to get to that selling monetary value point.
STEP 1: Send to blog post. Most people don’t understand the power a website has for them. The reason I have the edge over my competitors and collegues on Instagram is becuase the only and largest difference is that I have my own content marketing website.
So, with your advertising message, you should send people to your blog post first and foremost. And I’m not even talking about collecting an email here. I’ve learned that people will buy from you if you are most genuine with them. Just by sending them to your blog post without an email collection, you are showing people how much you care about them, and how you’re not like everyone else trying to collect emails.
Trust me guys, this is the key.
I’ll be coming out with an instagram ads and facebook ads segment so you make sure you’re targeting your future customers on Instagram. The awesome thing is that you can promote solely on Instagram which is much less expensive than Facebbok, or you can use Facebbok to just target people on Instagram.
STEP 2: Collect Emails. Alright, now we can start thinking about collecting emails. People have seen your face, and they are more familiar with who you are by now. You have two options to send people here:
1. Your blog
2. Squueze Page.
Going back to your blog, you can basically just add an email opt in form in the middle of your content. Even better is that you have other places like your:
-before the article
-after the article
The amazing thing about using your blog with an email opt in form to get leads is that people will trsut you better, and its added proof to what you do, and what you’re trying to give people is what you have expereience with.
2. A squeeze page is also a great way to collect emails. You can use landing page software like Elementor, Clickfunnels, Instapage, Leadpage, etc.
What this allows you to do is create what’s called aqueeze page, where you will offer your free product, and its fully customizable. There are many difference with each landing page software that range from:
– ease of use.
But everyone is in a differnt part of thjeir business, so not everyone will start off with the same fotware. As a Begginer, I would use a landing page software like Elementor that I can easily download the plugin to my wordpress site, and start building squueze pages.
So when someone clicks on your ad, they will be re-directed to your website with your landing page software. Now, after you’ve buit enough repitiuin, epxierience I should say, then you can explore other paying softwares if you so wish to, like clickfunnels for example.
Upgrading has ,many beneifts like creating more persuasive landing pages so you get more sales. Remmember though, this is all about knowing your audience, so you don’t want to all of a sudden start selling your product or service to an audience who doens’t know a thing about you. Will NEVER work.
For More Moderate to Experts.
At this stage in my online career, I’m using a landing page software to get more emails, and funnel people to make more sells becyase I’ve already built that relationship. I use Clickfunnels for it.
Instagram BOOST program
Up till this point we talked about how you can make money off instagram through your content, instagram stories, and ads, but their is one other way that’s really powerful and that I use on a daily basis, just not in the way you might think.
I use a social media mangement tool called FueledLeads(FL for short) that will slef-automate my instagram account to get more:
– Direct Messages(DM)
– More Money
All this happens organically, and its very REAL. If you’ve ever come across a self-automated social media service, just about all of them are fake, and you never get the right eyes on your profile.
The reason I use this social media management tool is for a couple reasons:
1. I want to get super targeted leads
2. Their 50% ommision affiliate program.
I can literally grow my instagram page from 50 views to 500 in less than a week, gain more followers, and talk with people on my direct message inbox. And other than your content, and instagram stories, the secret is in your direct messages.
You should use your Direct message to let people know who you are, build a realtionship with people, and to talk with unfleuncers.
The 50% affiliate commision program is a treasure! Its one of a kind, and its one of the highest affiliate programs out there. I wrote a review on FueledLeads and their affiliate program. If you’d like to learn more about FueledLeads, go here.