How people make money on instagram

How to Make Money on Instagram in 2022 (14 Proven Strategies)

If working hard and making money is the American dream, not working hard and making money is the Instagram dream. But making serious income using social media requires some serious strategy. Whether you’re a creator or a business, you’ll find the most success in making money on Instagram if you do your research.

Keep reading to get inspired by thirteen examples from creators and brands, and find tips for making money on Instagram that apply to everyone.

Can you make money on Instagram?

How much money can you make on Instagram?

How to make money on Instagram as a business

How to make money on Instagram as a creator

Bonus: Learn how to sell more products on social media with our free Social Commerce 101 guide. Delight your customers and improve conversion rates.

Can you make money on Instagram?

Hell yeah. In fact, helping creators make a living on the platform is a top priority for Instagram, especially as competition heats up from TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube.

“Our goal is to be the best platform for creators like you to make a living,” said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s first-ever Creator Week in June 2021.

In 2021, Instagram was the second-most downloaded app in the world. It’s the 7th most-visited website globally, the 4th most-used social media platform, and has 1.22 billion users every month. All of which is to say: that’s a massive potential audience. With an enormous and diverse pool of people who could potentially be exposed to your content, there are plenty of opportunities to earn money.

Want more proof? Grab the popcorn and watch this video from Hootsuite Labs.

(If you’re looking for more Instagram stats—you know, to rattle off at parties and impress your friends—you can find 35 of them here).

How much money can you make on Instagram?

Numbers are tricky, because creators and brands are notoriously private about how much money they’re making. On top of that, calculating income from Instagram is complicated—if you sing a song on a Reel, the sound goes viral and you get a record deal from that internet fame, then tens of thousands of people buy tickets to your concert, does that count as making money on Instagram? What if you post food videos, then provide a link to your recipe blog, and host ads on your blog that make you money?

It sounds bizarre, but that’s the way most successful creators’ journeys go. How much money you can make on Instagram depends on your credentials, audience size, engagement, strategy, hustle, and a dash of dumb luck.

Here’s how much some creators and celebs have reportedly cashed in:

$901: The average amount of money an Instagram influencer with 1,000 to 10,000 followers can make per post, according to Business Insider

$100 to $1,500: How much a creator can be paid for a swipe-up advertisement on their Instagram stories according to Brian Hanly, CEO of Bullish Studio (a talent agency for influencers)

$983,100: The amount Kylie Jenner reportedly makes per ad or sponsored content post

$1,604,000: The amount Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly makes per post

In 2021, Hype Auditor surveyed almost 2 thousand influencers (most based in the U.S.) about how much money they make. Here’s what they found:

  • The average influencer makes $2,970 per month. “Average” numbers aren’t the best to go by, since there’s so much differentiation between the highs and lows—as is referenced in the next stat!
  • Micro-influencers (accounts with one thousand to ten thousand followers earn on average $1,420 per month, and mega-influencers (accounts with over one million followers) earn about $15,356 per month.

Source: Hypeauditor

Top 5 Instagram Earners in 2022

Obviously, celebrities have a leg up in notoriety, and when they sign up for Instagram they automatically get thousands of followers. Although that is not the same for all of us, it’s inspiring to see just how much someone can make through being an influencer on a social media platform. Here are the top 5 earners on Instagram today:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 475 million followers with an estimated average price per post of $1,604,000
  2. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – 334 million followers with an estimated average price per post of $1,523,000
  3. Ariana Grande – 328 million followers with an estimated average price per post of $1,510,000
  4. Kylie Jenner – 365 million followers with an estimated average price per post of $1,494,000
  5. Selena Gomez – 341 million followers with an estimated average price per post of $1,468,000

How to make money on Instagram as a business

Being present, active, and engaging on Instagram (and keeping up with trends) is one of the best ways to find business success on the platform in 2022. Here’s how to do it.

1. Promote special offers

The online audience is a sucker for a good deal (and Instagram users love to buy stuff: 44% of Instagrammers say they use the app to shop weekly).

Use Instagram to showcase all the great things about your company—specifically, anytime you’re having a sale. Not only does posting your sale, promo code, or special offer on Instagram advertise a sale to your followers, but it also makes the information easily shareable.

This holiday sale post from clothing brand @smashtess has lots of comments that are just people tagging their friends. It’s an awesome way to promote the sale and also have the sale shared organically.

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A post shared by Smash + Tess (@smashtess)

2. Set up countdowns to new launches

You can use Instagram to give your followers a sneak peek of new releases, launches, or product lines—and using the “Countdown” or “Reminder” functions, you can provide potential customers with a simple way to flag when those new products will be available for sale. This creates some hype around your offer, and once the release happens, users get a notification reminding them to check out the goods (and, hopefully, check out the goods).

3. Set up an Instagram Shop

Instagram Shops are a direct method of making money off of the app. Users can buy products using the platform’s native e-commerce tools, and it’s easy to set up a shop.

Instagram shops are an impulse buyer’s best friend (or worst nightmare, depending on how you look at it). Your shoppable products or services will show up in your followers’ news feeds, along with regular posts.

Hosting an Instagram shop is also a great way to provide quick customer service to folks who use social media (basically everyone—75% of the global population over the age of 13). Customers can DM you or comment on posts to learn more about your brand. (Hint: if you’re feeling overwhelmed in your DMs, consider using a chatbot to support your customer service team.)

When you post something with a buyable item, the little shop icon will appear on the post, letting viewers know that it’s available for purchase.

Home goods store uses shoppable tags in many of their posts.

4. Schedule shoppable Instagram posts with Hootsuite

You can create and schedule or auto-publish shoppable Instagram photos, videos, and carousel posts alongside all your other social media content using Hootsuite.

To tag a product in an Instagram post in Hootsuite, follow these steps:

1. Open your Hootsuite dashboard and go to Composer.

2. Under Publish to, select an Instagram Business profile.

3. Upload your media (up to 10 images or videos) and type out your caption.

4. In the preview on the right, select Tag products. The tagging process is slightly different for videos and images:

  • Images: Select a spot in the image, and then search for and select an item in your product catalog. Repeat for up to 5 tags in the same image. Select Done when you’re finished tagging.
  • Videos: A catalog search appears right away. Search for and select all the products you want to tag in the video.

5. Select Post now or Schedule for later. If you decide to schedule your post, you will see suggestions for the best times to publish your content for maximum engagement.

And that’s it! Your shoppable post will show up in the Hootsuite Planner, alongside all of your other scheduled content.

You can also boost your existing shoppable posts directly from Hootsuite to help more people discover your products.

Note: You’ll need an Instagram Business account and an Instagram shop to take advantage of product tagging in Hootsuite.

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Set up a chatbot

An easy way to provide excellent customer service and make sales through direct messages is to set up an Instagram chatbot. A chatbot is integrated directly into your Instagram account and website and can answer any frequently asked questions from your followers. If the question is too complicated for the conversational AI chatbot, then it will automatically pass the inquiry to a real live member of your team.

And how can a chatbot help you earn on Instagram? Simple!

An Instagram chatbot can recommend products in your shop, directly to your customers within the chat, leading to faster and more streamlined sales.

If a customer inquires about what color foundation you have in stock, the chatbot can serve up three different options that the user can quickly add to their cart without ever leaving the platform.

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6. Partner with creators

Influencer marketing allows you to share your company with the creator’s audience (and the creator also gets a spotlight for your audience—it’s a win-win).

When you’re researching folks to collaborate with, make sure you pay attention to their content and values: you want to pick someone who has goals that align with your own, so the partnership makes sense to customers and doesn’t seem like some oddball marketing scheme.

For example, it makes sense for a plant-based bakery to partner with a vegan influencer (more sense than Bill Nye partnering with Coca-Cola, that’s for sure).

Try to collaborate with creators who would be likely to try and/or like your products, anyway—for example, dancer @maddieziegler has long had a partnership with activewear brand @fabletics. You can offer the creator money, goods, or an affiliate deal (more info on that in the “Join an affiliate program” section of this post, just above!) in exchange for posting about your company.

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Partner with other businesses

Like partnering with creators, partnerships with other businesses give folks on both sides of the deal an opportunity to interact with a wider consumer base. Try contacting other businesses like yours and hosting a contest or giveaway—it’s an excellent way to gain followers and tap into a new audience.

This giveaway from @chosenfoods and @barebonesbroth requires entrants to like and save the post, follow both companies, and tag a friend in the comments. Both brands are building their audience—followers just waiting to be converted into consumers.

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A post shared by Chosen Foods (@chosenfoods)

8. Straight-up advertise

Hey, the basics still work. Advertising on Instagram is one of the ways you can make money on the platform and actually track your progress. You can turn any post into an ad by boosting it, and your Instagram analytics will tell you how much of a difference the boost made.

How to make money on Instagram as a creator

Even if you don’t have a “business” in the conventional sense, there are lots of ways you can use Instagram to make money as an individual. With a solid following and clear niche, you have influence—and can be an influencer.

1. Partner with brands

Partnering with brands is likely the most well-known way that creators can make money on Instagram. Find a small or big brand that aligns with your values (that part is important—partnering with a brand that has nothing to do with your regular content, or even directly contradicts your regular content, will make you seem inauthentic).

Partnerships with brands can take many forms: you might be paid to make an Instagram post that features a specific product or be offered free products in exchange for content. To get started, try making a few posts that feature some of your favorite things—restaurants, skincare, whatever feels true to you—for free. You can then point to those posts as examples when you’re reaching out to brands.

Lots of makeup and beauty influencers participate in these kinds of brand deals. Here’s an example of a paid partnership post from creator @mexicanbutjapanese for Nordstrom.


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A post shared by Mexicanbutjapanese (@mexicanbutjapanese)

Hint: when you’re participating in a paid partnership or sponsored post, be transparent. Use hashtags, mark the post as sponsored, and be clear about the partnership in your captions. Not following Instagram’s branded content guidelines can result in posts being removed—plus, it’s sketchy.

2. Join an affiliate program

This is related to brand partnerships, as joining an affiliate program still requires you to connect yourself to a business that sells specific products or experiences. Affiliate programs essentially pay you to market other people’s products (so again, you want to make sure that the products you’re highlighting align with your values). If your followers buy something from the brand through you—usually using a specific link or discount code—you get paid.

This nail artist is an affiliate marketer for a nail polish brand—when followers use her discount code to buy the nail polish, the creator makes money.

3. Enable Live Badges

For creators in the U.S., Instagram’s Live Badges is a method of making money directly through the app. During a live video, viewers can purchase the badges (which cost between $0.99 and $4.99) to show their support.

To turn on Live Badges, go to your Profile and tap Professional Dashboard. Then, enable monetization. Once you’ve been approved, you’ll see a button called Set Up Badges. Tap that, and you’re good to go!

Source: Instagram

If you’ve enabled Live Badges, make sure to mention it when you go live (remind your followers that if they’d like to show their support with money, it’s easy to do so!) and express gratitude when someone purchases a badge. Saying thank you goes a long way, and will likely encourage other people to pitch in.

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4. Sell your merch

Using Instagram as a marketing tool for your other revenue streams is a great strategy for moneymaking. If you’ve curated your personal brand enough to have a certain look, logo, catchphrase, or anything else that’s recognizably you, consider selling merch that’s splashed with that extra sparkle (you’re brand). You can make money from sales—plus score some free advertising when your followers start walking around with your name on their sweatpants.

Drag queen extraordinaire Trixie Mattel sells branded merch and uses Instagram as a platform to advertise.

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A post shared by Trixie Mattel (@trixiemattel)

5. Link to your blog or vlog

Selling advertising space on your own website—or making money from Youtube—can be super lucrative, and you can use Instagram to direct your followers to that external site (hint: use a link tree to make the most of that link in your Instagram bio).

Here are some quick examples:

  • Foodies who post pictures of food they’ve made and also have a blog where they post full recipes
  • YouTubers who post highlights of their vlog on Reels, then provide a link to their Youtube channel for the full video
  • Fashion influencers who post their outfits on Instagram and link to their website, where they share where the clothes came from
  • Outdoor adventurers who post gorgeous landscapes and link to their blog where they detail the best road trip routes

Food blogger @tiffy. cooks posts videos of her making food on her blog, and links to in-depth recipes in her bio. The recipes live on her blog, which also hosts posts that contain affiliate links.

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A post shared by Tiffy Cooks 🥟 Easy Recipes (@tiffy.cooks)

6. Offer paid tutorials or masterclasses

This is similar to linking to a blog or vlog, but instead of making income indirectly (through businesses advertising on your page or Youtube ads), your followers are directly paying you for a service you’re providing.

If you have a particular area of expertise, you could offer an online masterclass that requires a paid ticket. This method of moneymaking is common for fitness influencers, who may post short workouts for free and then link to a full training routine that you need to pay to access.

Film colorist @theqazman offers quick tips on Instagram, but also hosts ticketed masterclasses. This way, his content still appeals to a wide (non-paying) audience, but folks who are serious about learning the ropes will pay him for a full lesson.

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A post shared by Qazi (@theqazman)

You can also offer tutorials or masterclasses for free and simply ask followers to tip you if they have the means—that’s the method athlete @iamlshauntay uses. Her link in bio directs followers to ways they can pay her for her work if they’re able to. This is a good technique to use if you’re looking for maximum accessibility: there’s no financial barrier to your content, but there’s still a clear way for your audience to pay you if they want to.

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How to Make Money on Instagram: 5 Ways for 2022

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If you’re looking for ways to make money on Instagram, consider sharing more than just your photos and videos. Share your audience.

Companies are attracted to dedicated communities on the social networking app, even ones that number in the low thousands. If your followers fit the profile of consumers that a brand is trying to reach, you may be able to make some money. Not interested in going the influencer route? Try selling your own products.

There are five main ways to make money on Instagram:

  • Get sponsored

  • Promote your business

  • Sell your items

  • Earn badges

  • Monetize your videos with ads

Here’s what to expect when it comes to getting paid on Instagram, plus tips for success.

How much do Instagram influencers make?

The top five Instagram influencers as of April 2021 have over 200 million followers each and include Cristiano Ronaldo, Ariana Grande, Dwayne Johnson, Kylie Jenner and Selena Gomez, according to Search Engine Journal. While the money these Instagram superstars can make is astronomical, the income people who aren’t celebrities can make is not necessarily chump change.

Influencers with a million followers can earn somewhere around $670 per post, the search marketing website says. A content creator on Instagram with 100,000 followers can earn about $200 per post, while someone with 10,000 followers can make about $88 per post.

So, the formula is: more followers + more posts = more money.

How many Instagram followers do you need to make money?

With just 1,000 or so followers, you can make money on Instagram. Neil Patel, a widely known digital marketing specialist, says the key is engagement — followers who like, share and comment on your posts.

"Even if you have 1,000 followers who are engaged, the potential to make money is there," he writes on his blog.

With an enthusiastic fan base, no matter how small, "brands are willing to invest in you because of the profitable actions you’ll drive through your account," Patel adds.

5 ways to make money on Instagram

1. Get sponsored

Creating sponsored posts or stories is the primary way Instagram users can cash in on their account. For example, if your feed is focused on images of your dog on hikes, an outdoor gear company may want to pay you to post a photo that includes its product in the picture.

How to get sponsored on Instagram

So how do you find a sponsor? In some cases, potential partners will reach out to you. But if you don’t want to wait to be approached, check out companies that can help you find and work with brands.

Seek out a service

Which business you use depends on your needs. There are agencies you work with directly, like The Mobile Media Lab, and marketplaces that connect you with partners, like Influicity. Other services can help you manage all your partner relationships, like Aspire.

Be authentic

When searching for partners or deciding between different offers, aim for stuff you and those you influence would actually use. Followers of your pet are more likely to trust your opinion about a trail backpack for dogs than gourmet cat food. Don’t bother with products you don’t like. If your dog would tear apart an “indestructible” toy in an instant or bites off every sweater you’ve put on her, there’s no reason to recommend these things to others.

Find brands that fit as specific a niche as possible. Fans of your outdoorsy dog may look for many opinions on dog stuff in general but will really trust you to know which protective booties work best for the winter.

Keep in mind that sponsored posts and stories on Instagram are held to the same standard of truth in advertising as any other form of marketing. Make sure to include a disclosure in each paid post and story. You’ll do this by setting up branded content in your account settings then tagging your business partner.

2. Promote your business

There are other ways to use Instagram to make money. You can set up a business account to grow your business. For example, if you have an Etsy shop where you sell your crafts or a food blog that generates advertising revenue, a professional-looking Instagram account could provide a promotional boost. (This is also a common way to make money on TikTok.)

You can link to your Etsy or website in your profile or highlight one specific product in your bio section to direct more people to it. If your account is approved for Instagram Shopping features, you can tag products to promote your stuff directly.

Set yourself up for success

Take well-lit photos of products you’re trying to sell or projects you’re promoting and make them findable. Create your own hashtag and check out which ones competitors are using. Encourage your clients to post pictures with your stuff and tag you in them.

You can also use Instagram’s insights feature to learn about your audience. You can see how many eyes are on your post, as well as statistics about people's age range and gender.

The app’s resources also help you find and connect with new customers. Pay some money to promote posts that you want more people to see. You can also add a button to your profile that links to an email address or phone number so interested parties can contact you easily


Sell your castoffs

Maybe you don’t have a business to promote, but you often sell your old clothes and accessories on websites like Poshmark. Instagram can boost your pool of buyers.

Present and photograph your clothes and other things in an appealing way and include as much detail as possible in the caption. Brand, size, condition and age of each item are all good things to note. If you’re looking to sell one item in particular, link to it in your Instagram bio. If not, just link to your Poshmark or other seller profile. Many Instagram sellers use #shopmycloset to hawk their wares.

4. Earn badges through Live videos

You can earn money directly from your audience when you share real-time videos with Instagram’s Live feature. As you showcase your talents, products and so on, viewers can buy badges, which are essentially tips, to show support. Badges cost $0.99, $1.99 or $4.99. You’ll see heart symbols next to comments from people who’ve purchased them.

Promote your upcoming Live video sessions through posts or stories to get the word out beforehand. Then, try using the Q&A feature or give shoutouts to commenters while you’re broadcasting to boost engagement — and hopefully, badges.

5. Monetize your videos with ads

Another way to get paid: Allow brands to run ads during your videos. To set it up, head to your creator account settings and enable the monetization option for in-stream video ads. Then, post videos as usual.

The amount you earn depends on how many views your video gets in the feed. You’ll receive 55% of the revenue generated per view, according to the Instagram for Business website. Payments are issued monthly.

However, you won’t get paid if your videos don’t meet the requirements. For example, videos need to be at least 2 minutes long to earn money. Instagram recommends aiming for 2 to 4 minutes in length.

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16 ways to monetize in 2022

Youtube. Vladimir Kolesov, September 9, 2021

1. Selling ads

You collect a certain amount of audience and start selling ads. You can advertise other bloggers, some projects, it can be commercial advertising. They pay money to talk about something or someone.

The main difficulty is to gather an audience. Secondly, it is very important here how loyal and active your audience is. If no one clicks on ads, on the recommendations that you give, then no one will buy ads. The cost of advertising is now quite low. Therefore, the method is already less promising in terms of earnings: advertising is getting cheaper, efficiency is falling, there are too many ads, and it’s hard to keep the attention of the audience.

But this does not change the fact that there is still a huge amount of advertising being bought from bloggers, including bloggers with a small audience. It all depends on the quality of the audience - how expensive, valuable and how active it is. The better the performance, the more money you can earn.

2. Brand Ambassador

If in the first case it was about the constant placement of various advertisements, then the ambassador is a person who promotes the brand on an ongoing basis. You can be an ambassador for one or more brands.

It's great when a long-term contract is concluded with you. You become a brand ambassador and receive either goods or money.

3. Selling other people's goods

You can also sell something, open a store or offer something to your audience as a blogger. Efficiency depends on how well you know how to search for interesting products, how competently you know how to present the goods so that people really pay for it.

4. Selling your goods

The fourth way is to sell goods that you make yourself. This is beneficial, because most often hand-made goods are more expensive, they are less costly, and you earn more.

5. Sale of merch

Now it is very fashionable to create collections of T-shirts, sweatshirts, accessories, mugs, bags. And this is done not only by celebrities, but also by designers, authors, just people who know how to do interesting things.

6. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is when we do not buy anything, but resell. There is an online store, a platform that sells many, many different products. A person clicks on your link, buys - you get a commission. You do not need to deal with shipping, logistics, or any other things that classic online stores do. Your task is only traffic.

7. Advice

You can advise people on how to get a tax deduction or how to set up a service, etc. Here you are not selling some physical product, but selling your knowledge in the format of consultations.

8. Selling your product (course)

You can make your own product: record a video version or an audio version. It can be an audiobook or a regular book. You take your knowledge, make a product that suits many.

9. Selling a digital product

Courses are a set of knowledge and skills. And digital products are, for example, an image you created, stock photos, templates, Lightroom presets. From photography, design, a finished logo to a finished website template and so on.

10. Selling services

Through Instagram* you can attract clients to your services. For example, in the format of monthly payments - monthly accounting services or SMM promotion.

11. Creation of a startup

You can create some startup. And use social media to promote it. Not everyone will succeed, but you can earn millions of dollars.

12. Earnings on the public

You can create a public and earn money by posting any information or advertising. The principle is the same. Create a thematic public, attract an audience there - and earn money either by posting content or by placing ads.

13. Affiliate programs

Affiliate programs are a separate way to make money in social networks. Affiliate programs are a bit like dropshipping, selling goods. But here most often we are talking about some kind of service. These can be banking products: deposits, loans, insurance. There are also many affiliate programs in HR, when, for example, you recommend a person, he fills out a resume, he is hired - you are paid a bonus for this.


Personal assistant

Instagram often requires personal assistants. The tasks here are different. Sometimes it is a search for some information or answers in direct, sometimes it is a search for bloggers, negotiating cooperation. How much you will earn and what to do is individually discussed and depends on each specific case.

15. Creating masks

Masks are rarely needed, but there are still people, mask specialists who create filters and effects for money, make unusual masks for Instagram.

16. Patreon

Patreon is paid content creation. People subscribe in order to consume your information. And for sponsors, you make some special content separately.

*The activity of the organization is prohibited in the Russian Federation

who pays the money and how much

Technology creates interesting opportunities for earning. It is available to everyone, there would be a desire. A huge field of activity is represented by various social networks. Bloggers sell ads and are most profitable on Instagram accounts. It is not as easy as it seems at first glance, but doable. Below we will talk about the recruitment of subscribers and related indicators, sources and ways to get money from the blog.

How to make money on subscribers

It is very important for active bloggers to reach and engage as many audiences as possible. And this is no ordinary sporting interest. Popularity brings real benefits, the first of which is advertising revenue . Most of the users are just having fun on Instagram, but there are those (and there are really a lot of them) who have been working here for a long time or have set up their own business. They either sell their company's products and services, or offer a well-traveled footprint to other brands for their advertising, awareness and image. The number of subscribers to a blogger's page directly affects how often third-party advertisers will contact him.

Number of followers to start earning on Instagram

You will be surprised to know how many followers you need to collect to start earning. Not quite as much as you think. The amount of profit from a blog is affected by:

  • the scope (niche) of your activity, and the ability to directly correlate it with a separate category of product/service offerings;
  • involvement and coverage of published materials;
  • choice of methods and partners. You need to be able to attract at least a thousand interested visitors. As their number increases, income will increase. Thinking about the real result, you need to strive for serious numbers.

10,000 people who subscribe to a blog are enough to start a business. But they must be active. It has been proven that an account with 30 thousand audience, among which 20 thousand people are active, receives more than an instagrammer with 80 thousand, where 15 thousand people are doing something. Companies are looking for a large audience in order to expand awareness and sell more. However, not so numerous as to sacrifice the quality of interaction. Therefore, you need to have from 10 thousand active people on Instagram. Leading bloggers get paid a lot of money for posting famous brand ads. However, you can benefit from a profile with few active users.

Why Instagram doesn't pay bloggers

It's very tempting to have money for the approval of viewers/readers. Instagram does not pay for reach, likes, and channel subscribers. This is different from YouTube. There is no monetization function for uploading material in the application, although there are other ways to earn income here. Why? The reason is a very easy winding.

Who pays bloggers on Instagram. What Advertisers Are Really Paying For

Recruiting a significant number of subscribers does not oblige companies to go to you at all. Of course, their number has an impact on promotion through your profile, but on condition that the activity of the audience matches its size. Engagement is valued much higher than follower count, as companies need someone with influence who will be persuasive in encouraging people to buy from them. When others trust you, often like, respond in comments, then your degree of involvement may arouse the interest of potential customers.

Engagement rate is the ratio of all likes and comments to the corresponding number of posts, divided by followers and multiplied by 100. In the assessment of the marketing and planning platform Instagram, the average is 2-3%, the high is 4-6%. Measuring engagement in double numbers speaks to its “virality”.

If the profile is high enough, companies conclude that visitors here can not only listen, but also hear. Then they will start paying you to advertise in order to get potential buyers. This indicator is checked by search and verification services for opinion leaders. Checking one account is free.

Ways to make money on Instagram

Did you know that 7 out of 10 users make their purchase decisions using social networks, and almost half of them rely on the opinions of bloggers? They are looking for advice on choosing different products. Why not provide the required content? your passion and good knowledge of any industry will turn into a means of earning if you promote products and brands by advertising them in your account.

As we said, Instagram provides several profitable activities for bloggers, the main ones are:

  1. Sponsored posts.
  2. Affiliate Marketing.
  3. Offering own products and services.

Sponsored publications are especially popular. Companies negotiate with bloggers on an individual basis. The latter have the right to independently determine the tariff, so the method is the most profitable.

Affiliate marketing programs - receiving a commission when selling goods from online stores. Your task is to study, give descriptions and advise them to purchase. Trusting the review or advice, the user follows the link and makes a purchase in the store. When making a payment, a certain percentage is credited to the blogger's account.

This method allows you to more independently choose the form of recommendation that is convenient for you. Where to start?

For beginners, well-promoted platforms that provide participation in affiliate programs (Aliexpress, Amazon, Refander and others) are suitable. It is better to choose those that sell things related to the topic of the blog. They will surely interest your target audience.

The third way to use the social network is to create your own business, your own sales. Profit comes not only from outside companies, but from the sale of something on their own behalf. People make money by supporting newbies with promotion, selling their own promotional designs, conducting paid webinars on popular topics (weight loss, making money on the Internet), writing books about the path to success, selling handmade items, etc. Your Instagram business can be almost anything. People are interested in ways to stay healthy, fitness, travel, beauty and fashion trends, business success, financial issues and ways to get rich, living in style in luxury, etc. These are the most profitable niches. Working with brands in these areas, bloggers receive rather big sums.

Amount of earnings. How much do bloggers get paid to advertise

“How much profit can I expect?” is the first thing beginners ask. Alas, this question cannot be answered immediately, to name the exact amount. Profit depends on many variable factors: the chosen topic, the method of earning, the quality of publications, the number of subscribers and the engagement rate. Although in general, it usually corresponds to the market price for the number of impressions. And therefore, you can calculate the average number of impressions in a certain area using the Instagram advertising account on Facebook. To do this, you need to create a test advertising campaign, select the niche you are interested in and pay attention to the cost per thousand impressions. With this information, you can already estimate how much it will cost to display ads on a blog, given, as a rule, the increased engagement of blogger ads that are made natively.

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