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How to Hack Instagram Marketing: 60 Instagram Tips You Should Know

If you’re not marketing on Instagram, you could be missing out on a lot of sales. Instagram is one of the most popular social platforms Oberlo users market on. Whether you’re a beginner looking for steps on how to use Instagram or a seasoned store owner looking for some different Instagram marketing ideas, you’ll find 60 Instagram hacks in this read. By learning how to hack Instagraim, you’ll be more likely to get more engagement, followers and, of course, customers. In this article, you’ll learn how I was able to drive thousands of video views, followers, likes and comments to my Instagram page. And how I landed sales from new customers. 

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Hack Instagram with these 60 Instagram Tips

1. How to Hack Instagram with Hashtag Marketing

When I build up a new Instagram account, I always create a hashtag. There’s no complicated process to do this. All you need to do is add a hashtag (#) and your brand name. For example, Forever 21’s hashtag is #forever21. In the beginning, only you will be using your hashtag. However, as your brand grows in popularity and people start buying your products, you will see more people using your hashtag. If your brand name is a common word, you can use your brand’s slogan instead.
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In every Instagram post, you should always include up to 30 hashtags. Thirty is the max. Typing them out every time will be annoying. So feel free to add a note or file on your phone and copy and paste them every time. Your hashtags should be in the first comment of every post you write. For my online store, I would add about 25-30 hashtags per post. I found it helped me grow my following quickly. 
You might be wondering, “how do I find the best hashtags?
Tools like Hashtagify allow you to find popular hashtags for your niche. It can also tell you how popular your hashtag is, top influencers using that hashtag, and which countries the hashtag is most popular in.
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I also really like Top Hashtags. All you need to do is type in your keyword and a list will populate with some of the most popular hashtags with that keyword. You’ll even be able to see the number of pictures that use that hashtag proving its popularity.
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You can also find popular hashtags on Instagram. You can search your keyword with a hashtag. For example, #dogs and a dropdown of related hashtags will appear which you can add to your list. You can also browse popular accounts to view the hashtags they use in their marketing.
There are also popular weekly and thematic hashtags you can jump on. For example, #MotivationMonday #WisdomWednesday #ThrowbackThursday. You can post content around these themes on those days. For example, if you’re in the fitness niche you might post a before and after shot on Motivation Monday or even Throwback Thursday.  

2. Best times to Post on Instagram – Insta Hack

There’s very little consensus about the best time to post on Instagram. And that’s okay. The times that work best for your brand may not work for another brand and vice versa.
I’ve managed Instagram accounts where I posted throughout the day whenever I had a spare minute. I didn’t always have a strategy for the times I’d post at. If you’re running a business, it’s better to post when you can than to not post at all if you miss the perfect time. It’s not always easy to find time to run a business
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment. But you don’t have to always match the exact times for every day. The truth is if your post is great, you use hashtags and you build your following overtime, you’ll still get high engagement.
But for those of you who schedule your posts using a scheduling tool like Buffer or want to try to get the right times, here are some of the most popular times to post.
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According to Later, another great Instagram scheduling app, 11am-1pm and 7pm-9pm are the best times to post on Instagram. They also share from their own experience, that Wednesday and Thursdays tend to get higher levels of engagement.
CoSchedule says that the best times to post on Instagram are at 2 am, 8am-9am, and 5pm. They also add that Monday and Thursday are the best days to post on the platform.
Hopper analyzed over 1.2 million Instagram posts and determined that the best times to post on Instagram are between 6pm-7:30pm on weekdays and at 11am on weekends.
So like I said, there’s no one agreed upon time that works best. So you’ll need to test out what times work best for your audience. And optimize your content to give your posts the best chance of growing organically.

3. Use Instagram Carousels – Instagram Hack

Instagram carousel posts allow you to upload up to 10 images in one post. If you have a lot of related pictures you want to post without adding them into separate posts, this is the feature you want to use.
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Use Instagram carousels if:
  • You want to post several items from the same collection. For example, if you just launched a collection of embroidered apparel, rather than posting items in different posts, you might choose to make one post about that collection. Those who love the embroidered look may want to scroll through some of your collection on the app before jumping onto your website to make their purchase.
  • You’re launching a promotion. If you have a Buy Two Get One Free promotion for select items on your store. You might have a main image that tells users about the sale. However, the following images could be the types of items on sales such sweaters, shoes, etc. You’ll want to make sure every item that follows is eligible for the promotion you offered.
  • If you hosted an event, you could use Instagram carousels for people to browse event pictures. It works great as it groups the relevant pictures together. Those interested in the pictures will flip through the collection. And those not interested don’t have to see several different posts about the event.
How to Add Multiple Pictures to a Post:
  1. Click the + on the bottom middle of your Instagram app
  2. Click Select Multiple
  3. Click on the circle for up to 10 images you want to add
  4. Click Next
  5. Add filters, if necessary
  6. Click Next
  7. Add a Caption
  8. Click Share

4. Find Instagram influencers – Instagram Tips

Influencer marketing can help increase your social following and sales. To find the best influencers, you can browse Instagram accounts and/or use influencer platforms. If you choose to browse influencers on your own, you won’t need to pay a fee to find them. However, you might end up with an influencer whose audience doesn’t convert. With an influencer platform, you can rate and review influencers whose performance is sub-par. You can also choose influencers based on their glowing reviews.
Here are a few influencer platforms:
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Aren’t influencers expensive, though?
I’ve had some success with influencers in the past. Typically, I usually have two approaches to finding affordable yet profitable accounts.
First, if I’m starting a brand new store, I’ll usually reach out to influencers with small audiences under 10,000 and ask if they’d be willing to do a post for a free product and affiliate commission. You’ll likely get a lot of rejections from this, but there will be some who do it. This strategy works well for brands who have no customer photos and want to build them up. You might not get any sales through their commissions. But the pictures you get of people using it can be used in ads. Make sure you get their consent and make them sign a contract for permission to use their image for your ads.
Second, if the goal is to get sales, I usually reach out to influencers within my niche who actively post sponsored posts. You can browse sponsored posts using keywords like #ad or #sponsored. But the big mistake I made when I was just starting out was that I paid influencers who had big followings but weren’t niche specific. The result typically ended in no sales.
When the approach focused on sponsored posts within my niche, I usually made sales. You’ll have to ask a few people what their rates are. And in the beginning, it’s often a shot in the dark trying to figure out which influencer will convert well and which will lead to you breaking even.

5. How to Hack Instagram Live

Instagram Live is a great feature to use for Q&As, launches, making big announcements, takeovers, and humanizing your brand.
Say you run a meditation store, you can do daily live meditation sessions on Instagram at the same time each day to build your audience. People who want to follow along to daily meditation sessions will likely follow your page to join in each day.
Or maybe you’re preparing for a Black Friday event. You might do a Facebook live where you talk about why people should buy from your store on Black Friday. Since you’ll be live, it’ll keep your brand at top of mind while lowering your ad costs on the most competitive day.
Maybe you run a children’s toy or clothing store, you might do a Q&A with parents to better serve them. You might answer questions about what toys are popular right now for a child’s birthday or general topics like how parents can spend more quality time with their children.
One of the cool things about Instagram Live is that you can go live with a friend. This works great if you want to have an expert join in on your live session without physically being there. Your audience will still see both of you in the session. You can bring in guests each week to offer your customers a unique look into your niche from top experts.
How to Share an Instagram Live Video:
  1. Click the camera icon on the top left corner
  2. Click Live on the bottom of the screen
  3. Click Start Live Video

6. Hack Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories is an Instagram feature where videos and pictures that play in a slideshow format that disappear after 24 hours. These Stories appear on the top of an Instagram feed of your feed giving maximum visibility. Instagram Stories also include a range of fun features that allow you to take your content to the next level.
To access Instagram Stories, click on the camera icon on the top left corner.
Here you’ll find a range of features such as:
    • Face Filters: The happy face with the three stars is the icon to click to find face filters. You can scroll through the options to find the filters that you like best. Face filters are often used by influencers. You probably wouldn’t use them a lot as a store owner, but they can be a fun addition for a post every now and then.
    • Boomerang: This feature turns up to 10 photos into a video. It’s similar to a gif but with the difference that it plays the images forward then backwards in a loop. We dive into more detail on this feature in a later section.
    • Superzoom: This feature zooms in with dramatic music.  If you’ve ever see the Dramatic Chipmunk video, the feature is kinda like that but with different music. Skip ahead to our Superzoom section to learn more about this feature.
    • Rewind: The rewind feature plays videos in reverse. Here’s an example of the feature in use:
  • Stop-Motion: Instagram’s Stop-Motion feature allows you to tap images to create a stop motion video. You’ll need to multiple pictures moving the camera slightly left or right before taking the next picture for maximum effectiveness.
After you finish pictures or videos, you’ll have a few more Instagram features you can try out:
  • Happy Face icon: Here you can add stickers like location which geotags the images. There’s a poll sticker where you can poll your audience and see the results. There are also a range of stickers or images you can add to your picture or video.
  • Marker icon: This icon allows you to scribble doodles on your picture of video. You can choose from multiple colors. Feel free to change the thickness of the marker. There’s even one with a glow effect on it. And if you’re unhappy with your doodle you can erase it
  • Aa: This icon let’s you write words on your Instagram story. You can change the font color. And increase or decrease the font size. Use your fingers to move the positioning of the words

7. How to Hack Instagram Ads

Instagram advertising is a popular way to get sales for your online store. You can create photo ads, video ads, carousel ads, and Stories ads. While most create their Instagram ads on Facebook Ads Manager, you can also create ads on specific posts directly on Instagram.
To create Instagram ads on your Facebook account you need to do the following:
  1. On Facebook, click the downward arrow on the top of your account
  2. Click Create Ads
  3. Choose a Marketing Objective
    1. As a store owner, I always choose Conversion. Under this category, you can choose from one of three ads. Conversions, the one I personally use, optimizes your ad to get sales. Catalog sales shows items from your catalog based on who the target audience is. Store visits works well for brick and mortar businesses that want to promote their store to relevant audiences who are nearby.How to Hack Instagram
  4. After choosing an objective, click continue
  5. Give your Ad Set a name. For example, ‘Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2017’
  6. Choose your website from the dropdown. Scroll down to Purchase. You can also type in the word into the search box. This section is for your pixel. Adding a pixel to your website allows you to create retargeting ads. Retargeting ads will help you recover abandoned carts efficiently.
  7. Under Audience, add the audience you’d like to target.
    1. Locations: I usually do multiple ads that have different locations. For example, I’ll do a World ad and exclude Canada, US, Australia and the U.K. And then I’ll create four separate ads for those four countries.How to Hack Instagram
    2. Age: What’s the age range of your demographic? An anti-aging skincare line will likely target an older demographic than a fidget spinner store.
    3. Gender: Is there a gender that makes the majority of the purchases? If you’re unsure, you can always select All and let the data give you more insight into any of these options.
    4. Detailed Targeting: Here’s where you add your keywords, behaviors, demographics and more.
  8. Add your budget and schedule
    1. Daily budget: You can set how much to spend each day
    2. Lifetime budget: You can set your total budget for the time period
    3. Schedule: Set the dates for when you want your ad to start and end
  9. Click continue
  10. Add your Instagram account
  11. Choose your ad’s format. You can choose from carousel, single image, single video and more.
  12. Next, add your copy to the ad
  13. Then add your image or video
  14. On the right hand side, scroll down until you find Instagram Feed
  15. Click Confirm

8. Share video content to skyrocket your Instagram marketing

A couple of years ago I had a store in the pet niche. I’d repost pictures of other people’s pets, always with credit of course. The gamechanger happened when I started reposting videos. The second video I ever shared on my account got 25.5k views, 801 comments and 4781 likes. Before that my posts usually only got a couple hundred likes. I was blown away.
So I started reposting video content more frequently. The most successful video I shared was only a few weeks after the second video and it received 52.8k views, 1269 comments, 9207 likes. Yup, pretty safe to say that when it comes to Instagram marketing video content gets engagement. My Instagram account at it’s highest had over 12,000 followers in only a few months. But I eventually stopped managing that brand so it started to drop a bit.
How to Hack InstagramMy reposting video strategy worked well for a few reasons. I didn’t have to create the perfect video. I just had to find the perfect video and share it with my audience. As long as you tag and credit the owner they’re usually pretty cool with it. It made video posting low maintenance. I also had the opportunity to pull the most popular videos from various brands. This helped elevate my following since the video content was posted so frequently. If I had created my own unique content, it’d be hard to keep up with quality assurance while trying to drive big growth at the same time.
However, I don’t want to turn you off from creating your own video content. Maybe you’re great at creating engaging content. Or maybe you want to humanize your brand or build your personal brand through video content.
It’s socially acceptable to take video content on your phone for Instagram. You don’t need to invest in special lighting or a set.
You can give tips about your niche. Or create short how to videos. For example, if you’re in the yoga niche, you might create videos of you mastering postures. You can create video content where you talk about mindfulness or taking the time during the day to breathe. If you sell yoga pants you might be wearing them and mention them in your video content but the video itself isn’t an obvious sell.
You provide value when you create positive, fun or educational content. Your content lacks value when you constantly focus on the sales pitch.

9. Show off your customer photos in Instagram marketing

Customer photos are the social proof that every business needs. If a customer posts a picture or video with your product, it shows their audience that someone they know likes your brand. It also showcases your brand to a new audience.
However, that customer photo can and should be used beyond that. Before I dive into it, I want to make this clear: don’t use customer photos for Facebook ads. Unless a customer agrees to let you use their photo for their ads, it’s not fair game. And you could get into trouble legally. 
But that doesn’t mean you can’t share it on social media. You can repost their photo on your Instagram account or other social networks. And you can even take it a step further by posting it on your website.
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Shopify has a few Instagram apps that allow you to share customer photos on your website. You can install SnappptSocial Shop WaveAbove Market or Expert Village Media Technologies to create shoppable Instagram galleries, add customer photos to product pages and more.
Avoid adding customer photos as your main photos. While their lifestyle photos often convert really well, it’s best to keep your photography in those main images. When customers browse your product page or Instagram gallery, they’ll see that those pictures come from real customers. Customer photos help give your brand credibility while showing customers what the delivered item looks like.

10. Choose your video thumbnail – Instagram Tips

Your video thumbnail can make the difference between a video viewed and a video that gets scrolled by. Choosing the right thumbnail can be tricky. For example, if you’re doing a video of a person, you’ll want the thumbnail to be where the person looks best. You’ll want to choose the thumbnail that makes the video most clickable. Fortunately, you can choose your video thumbnail on Instagram pretty easily.
How to Choose Your Instagram Video Thumbnail:
  1. Click the middle button on the bottom
  2. Click Video
  3. Create a video
  4. Click Next
  5. Click the third icon on the top (three rectangles)
  6. ‘Choose a Cover Frame’ on the bottom
  7. Click Next

11. Remove business tags for negative customer photos – Insta Hack

If your business grows its audience size or lasts a long time, at some point, you’re bound to have negative customer photos. Maybe the product quality didn’t match the customer’s expectations. Or they’re disgruntled from a bad customer service experience. While you can’t stop people from posting negative comments, you can take the right steps to solve the issue.
First, you should apologize on the Instagram post itself. Try to resolve the issue directly by offering a refund or replacement. Only after a customer is satisfied with the solution can you ask them to delete the photo. Some may choose not to.
First, here’s how to find pictures you’re tagged in:
  1. Go to your profile
  2. Click the icon with the person in a box
Second, here’s how to untag yourself from bad photos:
  1. When on the Instagram post, tap the photo.
  2. Your name will appear, click on it.
  3. Then, click ‘More Options > Remove Me from Post’
  4. Then, click Remove
You’ll want to untag yourself from negative photos first before addressing the customer. Fans of your page can access tagged photos which can lower your sales. Still, you should treat the customer comment seriously and take the appropriate next steps to offer a resolution. If you notice you receive a high volume of negative reviews on a specific product (more than the standard 1-2%) you should consider removing the product from your store.

12.How to Choose Instagram Filters – Instagram Hack

There’s little consensus on what the most popular Instagram filter is. Everyone has their own favorite.
According to PetaPixel, Clarendon is the most popular Instagram filter for their users – and by a landslide. Then, it’s Juno, Gingham and Lark rounding out the top four.
Huffington Post also did a feature on the most popular Instagram filters. In first place, was the Early Bird filter. Mayfair, Amaro, and Rise take the positions for second, third and fourth.
Slash Gear’s list of American and global favorites in filter use uses a combination of the two lists above. In the United States, the most popular filters are Claredon, Gingham, Juno, Lark, Mayfair, Sierra, Valencia and Walden in order of popularity. And on a global scale, it’s Claredon, Valencia, Gingham in first, second and third.
However, just because an Instagram filter is most popularly used, doesn’t mean you should use it in your Instagram marketing.
According to Bustle, the second most popular filter for nature photos is no filter at all. And in first place is Valencia. Those of you with fashion stores might want to try out the Kelvin filter which tends to be the most popular. No filter tends to be the most popular choice for selfies.
IG Reviews shares a study where warm filters like Sepia, Mayfair, and Rise tend to get more views than cooler filters. They also share examples of posts that that use the Mayfair filter to showcase the number of likes and comments on it. According to their list, the filters that get the most engagement are Toaster, LoFi, Amaro and Sutro because they have higher levels of exposure.
If you wanted your brand to use the same filters as Fortune 500 companies, Juno tends to be the most common with Lark following close behind.
So, ‘how do I choose the right filter?’
Choosing the right filter is more about what makes sense for a certain niche or image rather than just choosing the most popular one altogether. You’ll need to do some trial and error when you’re just starting out to figure out what works best for your brand.
You might find that an image that’s vibrant with color that makes your product stand out looks best without a filter. Or you might want to add a filter to create a particular mood.
If you own a watch store and take outdoor adventure shots, you might try out the filters Bustle recommends such as Valencia and no filter and see which drives the most engagement from your audience. If you’re posting a selfie of you wearing the lipstick you’re selling, you might try out no filter. Your fashion store could benefit from the Kelvin filter. 

13. How to Hide Filters – Instagram Hack

Most Instagram users have their go-to filters. Maybe you don’t like the way a certain filter works or you hate scrolling to find your favorite filter. Making these changes can help you save time, especially if you’re constantly posting on Instagram.
Fortunately, you can add, hide or rearrange your Instagram filters.
To make these changes to your filters, you need to be posting an image.
  1. Select an image you want to upload, click Next
  2. You’ll see a selection of filters to choose from, scroll to the end.
  3. Click Manage
  4. To add a filter, click on the circle beside it. A blue checkmark will appear.
  5. To hide a filter, click on the checkmark. If you see a blank circle, you’ve hid the filter
  6. To rearrange your filters, drag the filter into the position of your choice
  7. After completing one or all of these steps, click done.

14. Should you change your Instagram bio link?

Before we dive into whether or not you should change your bio link, here’s how you can add or change yours.
  1. Go to your profile, it’s the icon on the bottom with your picture
  2. Click Edit Profile
  3. Under website enter your URL
  4. Click Done
Most people enter their website as ‘www.insertyourwebsitenamehere.com’. This works well if you direct people to your homepage. However, some use link shorteners like Bitly if the link is long like if you direct them to a specific product page.
Most brands keep their bio link the same. On my brand’s Instagram account, I’d direct people to the homepage.
But is that the most optimized page?
When you run ads on Instagram and Facebook, you don’t typically direct people to the homepage. This is because people don’t want to browse your site to find the product featured in the ad. So if you have a picture of a cool cat t-shirt, when a customer clicks on the link they want to be able to find that cat t-shirt.
Using this logic, you should consider changing your bio link with all posts. The great thing about this is that you create a sense of urgency since the link will only be up for a day or even a few hours. Thus, making it easier to compel people into buying.
The downside is that if someone sees the post a week later and you’ve replaced the link, it could cause bad user experience. The customer will have to either ask you where the product link is or they’ll have to browse your website to find it which can be challenging.
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Alternatively, you could link out to your shoppable Instagram page. So let’s talk about that next! 

15. Add a Shoppable Instagram gallery on your store

Shopify has several apps on their store where you can easily install shoppable Instagram galleries.
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In order of popularity, SnapptCovet PicsExpert Village Media Technologies and Social Shop Wave have the most reviews in this category.  
Ultimately, a shoppable Instagram gallery is a page that gets added onto your website that includes all of your Instagram posts. The main difference is that each product featured in it has clickable links so that customers can buy products. Thus, making them shoppable. Here’s an example from Holly Aiken.
In the previous section, I mentioned that you could add the link to your shoppable Instagram gallery instead of changing your links or linking to your homepage.
This could work well because customers can browse through your Instagram feed while being able to buy from your store. This allows you to keep a static link with a focus that creates a better user experience for your customers.
The only downside is that it might lower the chances of customers buying other products on your store. But it can improve your chances of selling products that you promote.
The goal isn’t to sell every product on your store – well unless you carry inventory. But as a dropshipper, the focus should be on finding and then selling best sellers. As long as your profitable and hitting your financial goals, it doesn’t matter if one product isn’t selling well. You won’t lose money for not selling a specific product over another.

16. Offer special Instagram promotions – Instagram Hack

Make your Instagram fans feel special by running exclusive promotions for them. This can be a 15% discount code labelled INSTAGRAM for your followers.
How to Hack Instagram
To do this you need to:
  1. Go into your store’s Shopify backend
  2. Click Discounts in the left navigation
  3. Add the phrase ‘INSTAGRAM’ in the first blank box
  4. Under options, choose ‘Percentage Discount’
  5. Beside that add a number under Discount Value (I usually aim around 10-15%, but you can choose the number that makes sense based on your store’s prices)
  6. You can add a minimum purchase (for social media discount codes I usually don’t)
  7. You can add Usage limits
  8. Set the active date to today (don’t click add an end date as it’s not a promotional discount code but a lifetime one)
  9. Click Save
Or it can be exclusive promotions for the day. You’d need to mention that this is an Instagram exclusive sale to help bring a sense of loyalty while promoting it. Keep in mind that this works best once you’ve built up a sizeable and loyal following over 50,000 followers. Anything under that might not convert well because the audience size is too small.

17. Repost others’ content to scale quickly – How to Hack Instagram Marketing

My go-to tool for reposting pictures and videos on Instagram is Repost. I paid for the $4.99 upgrade. As a business owner, you can likely expense this cost during tax season.
How to Hack InstagramI like this app because you don’t need to take screenshots to upload the posts, the app is able to grab the images and video content for you to upload it onto your Instagram page. The downside is that it doesn’t remind you who you’re reposting from. So sometimes when writing your comment you need to check back so that you tag the right person in your post. And they don’t save your hashtags. I found myself always having to retype it. Would’ve been great if they allowed me to save collections of hashtags for it.
Always. Always. ALWAYS credit the person you’re tagging. You didn’t take the picture or video. It’s not your content. When you credit the people you post, over time you’ll start building relationships with them. For my pet page, I regularly chatted with the people within the niche because I’d regularly repost their adorable pet’s pictures. It helped elevate the engagement on my pages too.
I also saw a lot of my competitors disappear because they’d post content that wasn’t theirs without crediting. Keep in mind that within most niches there’s a tight knit community. People know one another. So when they see you sharing their friend’s picture, they’ll not only tell them but they’ll also report you to Instagram. You might be new to a niche but the community is one you need to be accepted into. You can earn their trust and support by tagging them.

18. Add your product photos on unique backgrounds – Insta Hack

Lifestyle photos often work best on Instagram. But sometimes, especially when you dropship, you’re given photos of products on plain white backgrounds. Posting these pictures on Instagram likely won’t do your brand any good. You might get a couple of likes and comments but if you want to stand out on Instagram you need to make your pictures appealing.
In fashion, most retailers will add product photos of their clothing to Instagram. Sometimes models are wearing the clothing. Other times, the clothes are laid out on a colored background or hanging.
For example, H&M regularly posts pictures of their clothes on a colored background. They’ll rearrange the clothing to make the picture seem similar to what you’d find in a magazine spread. If you have several images of products laid out in a similar way you can play around in Photoshop to give it a similar look for your Instagram account. 
instagram tipsASOS another popular fashion retailer also showcases their product photography in a similar way. If you dropship products online, you might find your product photography looks similar to the picture below. Even adding a change in color for the background can help drive engagement. Keep in mind that you don’t want to include images in this style exclusively as engagement is much lower than lifestyle images. However, it can work well for those odd times when you want to share a great product but only have a picture of it on a plain white background.
If you want to do more than just change the color, you can even add backgrounds to your images to create a unique look. On stock image sites you can look for patterned backgrounds, wood background, brick wall and more to give your image a unique look.

For example, MVMT adds their watches on a wooden panel. While they likely take their own product photography, you can create a similar look using stock photos and Photoshop. You will need to have some design skills for it to look professional but the look is achievable.
How to Hack InstagramTiffany & Co designs their own colored background where they place their product photos on. If you don’t have the budget to design this in Photoshop, you can use Canva to create your own unique backgrounds. The style isn’t commonly seen on Instagram but can be effective at capturing attention. Notably, they use the famous Tiffany Blue in every image to maintain their branding and so customers will know it’s a Tiffany’s product when scrolling. The blue isn’t always obvious but you’ll find it in every photo.

19. Maintain a consistent look – Instagram Marketing 101

You want your business to be known for having great products. But what do you want your Instagram account to be known for? There’s a slight difference. With Instagram, the focus is more on how you present your brand. Or in other words, your brand’s personality.
For example, Letterfolk uses their Instagram to showcase funny slogans on their letter boards. Every day they post new pictures that are relevant to the season such as graduation, Halloween, and other popular holidays and events. While letter boards aren’t the most exciting product in the world, they make it exciting through great yet simple marketing. Every post includes the product but it’s presented in a way where you’ll be entertained by the image. The style on every post is consistent. The content delivered is always delivered in a similar way. The only difference is the content on the letter board and the accessories that help bring the image to life.
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GoPro showcases the type of video and images you can take with their camera. Since their camera was designed for adventure, their posts often include cool outdoor shots. They’ll include pictures of skydivers, surfers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. By including images that cater to a similar audience, they become more likely to attract their target audience through their posts. The consistency plays a huge role in their branding as well as people will eventually recognize their posts through their image style alone.
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BarkBox is a subscription service for dogs that includes treats, toys and more. They’ve amassed over 1.4 million followers by posting dog videos and pictures. Dog owners often follow dog pages on Instagram. Seeing cute pictures of dogs or funny dog videos makes going on Instagram an enjoyable experience. While they don’t post too many pictures of their box, it does appear in a few posts to maintain brand recognition.
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Letterfolk included their product in every image. GoPro showcased their product in use in every image. BarkBox showed pictures that were relevant to their target audience. While all three brands presented their brand and products in different ways, they all shared one common trait: consistency. The way they presented their brand/product was consistent in every post.

20. Post several times a day – Instagram Marketing

While you can build a strong following with one post each day, you’ll grow your followers much faster if you add new posts to Instagram multiple times a day.
First off, while no study confirms this, it would be pretty safe to say that how often you post on Instagram depends on what type of content you post.
For example, in the pet niche, you could probably post pictures of cute animals 3 times a day with little backlash from followers. And if you regularly post funny videos, you could also get away with posting multiple times a day too. However, if every post on your social media is just a plain product photo, posting more than once or twice a day can likely result in unfollows.
So before we dive into what experts say, I want to make it clear that it can be very niche and content specific. Your content needs to be engaging and captivating enough for you to be posting more than once a day.

According to Buffer, top brands usually post on Instagram 1.5 times a day. That means they usually post 1-2 pictures every day.
CoSchedule agreed that 1-2 posts per day was sufficient. And that 3 posts a day was considered high.
Adobe is all the way on the extreme other end of the spectrum. They say that certain brands can get away with posting as much as 10 times a day on Instagram. But recommend a minimum of 1 post per day.  

21. How you layout your products matters – Instagram Hack

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, having your product photo on a plain white background isn’t going to cut it on Instagram.
For you to stand out on Instagram, you’ll need to take your product photos to the next level. Brands, especially within female dominated niches like fashion, jewelry and beauty, carefully position each product within a photo in an artistic yet simple way to showcase their product in the best light.
Dynamite Clothing angles their clothing. Pictures are never taken with the product straight. They also accessorize their images. For example, they’ll match a sweater with a pair of jeans. Or if they’re highlighting shoes, their sweater acts as the image background. 
Tous Jewelry takes a unique approach in how they style the images on their Instagram page. There’s a notable use of hands in most images. Whether bracelets are worn on hands or a necklace is being held with two hands, there’s always that one consistent factor. It adds a unique look to the style while maintaining a sense of branding. Here are some examples:
Popular blog The Current Crush also positions products in stunning photographs. For example, in the beauty product image below, you’ll find a marble countertop, flowers and part of a lace sleeve. Marble, flowers and lace are often used in Instagram images as they help enhance the beauty of an image while highlighting a bit of femininity.

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22. Save posts you love – Instagram Tips

As a store owner, you might choose to save Instagram ads, product posts from competitors and ideas.
By saving Instagram ads, you’ll start to see patterns between good ads and great ones. You’ll also develop a better understanding of how to create your own effective ads. You’ll start to see how brands advertise products within your niche. If you visit online stores regularly, you’ll also learn which ones send retargeting ads. Saving these posts will help you become a better marketer if you regularly look through them for inspiration.

When you save your competitor’s product posts, you end up learning new trends. You might discover that they added a new product which received a high level of engagement on Instagram. You can then browse through Oberlo’s product collection to add the product to your store.
Staying on top of your competitors is essential in ecommerce.
Not only does saving images remind you of what you need to add to your store but you can start to analyze the patterns in the type of products your competitors are adding.
Saving ideas or inspiration posts is a great idea too. Sometimes you see a really stunning product photo on social media that isn’t relevant to your niche but it serves as an idea of how you can position your brand. There might be Instagram accounts that you want to emulate when it comes to their style. Or a post that you want to look at again because it was really compelling. Saving helps you organize your inspiration. Since it’s as easy as clicking a button it helps prevent that ‘oh no, what’s that brand’s page called again’ feeling.
To save an image in Instagram you need to do the following:
  1. Click the bookmark icon below the image
  2. Save to Collection
  3. Enter a name for your collection
  4. Click Done
To add multiple collections in Instagram, these are the steps you need to follow:
  1. Go to your profile (picture icon on the bottom)
  2. Click the bookmark icon
  3. Click the + symbol
  4. Add a collection name
  5. Click Next
  6. Check the image you want added to that collection
  7. Click Done

23. You can post more than just product photos – How to Hack Instagram

When building a brand presence, you’ll want to add a mix of images to your Instagram page. Product photos are great for optimizing for sales. However, you can use other types of images to grow your followers and increase social media engagement while still being on brand.
Here are a few Instagram post ideas to get you started:
  • Quotes/Inspiration: Lipstick Queen occasionally posts beauty quotes on their Instagram page. The quote tends to perform a little bit better than the rest of their content giving a boost in engagement. This type of content can be created using Photoshop or Canva for days when you want to share something with little effort.Influencer Photos/Customer Photos: Hi Smile Teeth posts influencer photos. Their influencers take pictures with the teeth whitening product or holding the box. While the influencers also share on their social media pages, adding it to your own also helps you fill out your content and increase social proof.How to Hack Instagram
  • Reposted Content: Flo Activewear reposts content on their Instagram. Since they sell yoga wear they share videos and pictures of people doing yoga. While some content includes their apparel, most do not. The focus for reposting other content is to provide value and thus increase their social media count.How to Hack Instagram
  • Pop Culture References: Nasty Gal adds some fun to their Instagram account by having pictures and quotes from iconic movies, popular characters and more. While it doesn’t increase sales, it shows the brand as fun while keeping them at the top of mind for customers. 
  • Sales and Promotions: Le Chateau occasionally posts sales on their Instagram. For Labour Day, they added a main image that included a pair of shoes with the words ‘Labour Day Summer Clearance.’ What followed was a series of pictures detailing other information such as ‘up to 80% off’ with pictures of people wearing their apparel.  LeChateau
  • Contests and Giveaways: Suzy Shier regularly shares contests with their audience. To promote the contest, they’ll share a picture of the prize. Their most recent contest included Yves Rocher as a partner who offered some prizes. Customers can sign up for the contest using the link in the bio. Suzy Shier

24. Edit your images beyond Instagram’s filters – Instagram Tips

Instagram’s filters work great for adding a different tint to your image. However, images sometimes require editing beyond that.

Typically, you don’t want to alter the product’s color in Photoshop too much as it can set unrealistic expectations for the customer. However, top brands typically alter the product color to make it brighter.
Jewelry brands will often add effects to make it look like the accessories are sparkling. This is a common practice.
Fashion photos or photos with models will often use Photoshop to remove bruises, blemishes, discolorations or wrinkles. Some products may have dust or scuff marks that need to be cleaned up before posting.
Some brands Photoshop models to give them an hourglass silhouette or to make them appear skinnier. While it’s a common practice, avoid altering influencer or customer photos.
If your picture is on a white background, you might choose to change the background color to make the product photo more Instagram friendly. Or you might choose to add a patterned background to give the picture a unique look.

25. What Instagram posts do your competitors like?

As you start to hack Instagram marketing, the next step is to focus on competitor analysis. While it’s important to study what type of content your competitors post, it’s also enlightening to see what type of content they like on the platform.
Using your personal Instagram account, follow your competitors on Instagram. If your brand follows them on Instagram, they’ll likely see it and possibly start paying attention to your brand too. It’s best to be subtle in your competitive research.
Here are a few steps to view your competitors likes:
  1. Follow your competitor using your personal Instagram
  2. On the bottom of your Instagram app, you’ll see a heart. Click on it.
  3. You’ll see your notifications
  4. At the top, click Following
  5. Scroll through to find your competitors’ likes
Things to look out for while browsing your competitors’ likes:
  • Customer photos (what products did they buy, what was the general tone of the post)
  • Influencer posts (how many followers do they have, do they add an affiliate link in their bio, what type of influencers are they working with)
  • What type of content do they like (is it only brand related – customer/influencer posts? Do they like posts within the niche? Do they like a lot of posts? What type of comments do they like?)

26. Use Instagram Grids

One of the most famous examples of using Instagram Grids is Taylor Swift. To prepare for the launch of the first single off her Reputation album, she deleted all of her previous Instagram posts. Then, to let her fans know something would be coming out soon she posted a video that was divided into three sections.
Instagram MarketingTiffany’s also uses Instagram Grids for their posts.
Some choose to only do Instagram grids to have a clean and attention grabbing look. It also adds greater emphasis to a whole image when scrolling through their posts.
The downside is that when you see the posts in your feed it’ll look incomplete which can annoy some users.
Ultimately, it boils down to the look you want to achieve on your Instagram account. You can choose to have the grid look for all your posts or to add emphasis on specific products, promotions, etc.
How to Split Instagram Images:
  1. Upload your image to Image Splitter
  2. At the top, click Split Image
  3. Change Columns to 3
  4. Change Rows to the number that turns each into a square
  5. Select ‘jpeg’
  6. Click the blue ‘Split Image’ button
  7. You’ll receive a zip file
  8. You’ll then need to upload each image from the bottom right corner up to the top left corner. Each line uploaded needs to start from the right

27. Add Captions to Instagram

An Instagram caption can help increase the level of engagement on your post. To maximize the effectiveness of your caption, you’ll want to have the most important details at the top. Long captions tend to get off with ‘…’ requiring people to open it to read on.
Here are a few examples of what you can include in your caption:
  • Ask a question that requires an answer. It doesn’t always have to be about the product. For example, if you post a picture of a watch you’re selling, you might ask ‘What time did you see this post at?’ Time is relevant to watches, it can help increase engagement in comments since everyone will have a different response and it’s pretty random capturing people’s attention.
  • Ask people to tag a friend. This one is my favorite. I’ll usually say something like ‘Tag a friend who’d love this’ and it usually gets really high engagement if the picture is captivating.
  • Tell people to check out the link in your bio. If you post a product picture, the emphasis should be on directing people to your website. A simple ‘Check out the link in the bio’ is sufficient.
  • Credit the image source. If you’re reposting someone’s content you should always credit them in the caption. It’s the proper Instagram etiquette for sharing someone’s content.
What about hashtags?
I usually add all my hashtags in the first comment. By keeping the caption short and sweet, you avoid having your message cut off while also increasing your level of engagement. Hashtags still show up when they’re included in the first comment.

28. Limit comments to people you follow – Instagram Hack

If your goal is to increase engagement, visibility, and followers, I don’t recommend limiting comments to people you follow. As a brand, you should typically allow anyone to comment on your posts as they can become a future customer. It also allows you to get to know your customers. The comments can also help raise your post’s visibility in searches, especially if you use hashtags.
I usually reserve limiting comments to people you follow when you’re getting bad publicity or if the comments are all really toxic. You can unfollow all of your followers to get no comments at all. Or if you’re over protective about your privacy, you can limit comments to the people you follow as you’ve chosen them yourself. On average though, ecommerce brands shouldn’t be doing this. 
To limit comments, these are the steps to follow:
  1. Go to your profile (click the icon with the picture)
  2. Click the Gear next to Edit Profile
  3. Scroll down to Settings
  4. Click Comments
  5. Block Comments From
  6. List the profiles you want to block comments from
  7. Then, under Automatic Filter
  8. Click ‘Hide Offensive Comments’ to block other negative comments
You can also click the ‘…’ when on your post and click ‘Turn Off Commenting’ to stop all comments.  
These two steps should help prevent those who’ve written negative comments because you’ve blocked them while also preventing other offensive comments from future trolls.

29. Add text to your images – Instagram Tips

When you’re on the Instagram app, the tendency is to scroll through the images until you find one you like. A little trick to get people to stop scrolling is to add a bit of text to the image that they need to read. If you can stop a scroller from scrolling, you can increase your chances of getting them to engage with your post through a like, comment or follow.
The text doesn’t need to be long like a quote, though it could be. You could even add one word that captures attention. For example, if you own a meditation store, you might add the word ‘BREATHE’ to an image which could entice a person to engage with the post. It’s short and to the point yet still attention grabbing.
There are a few tools you can use to add text to your images:
  • Quick by Over allows you to add text to images directly on your phone. They offer a range of fonts and colors. You can even change the size of your font. And move the positioning of it. Instagram Tips
  • After Photo offers a range of templates you can use for your text. You can choose from over 70 filters and textures. And there’s over 60 fonts for you to choose from. 
  • Textgram is a tool where you can add text to photos and change your image canvas size based on the platform. The app comes with over 50 templates and backgrounds to choose from. And it’s loaded with over 30 great fonts. It also allows you to change the font size and color. 
  • ImageQuote allows you to add text captions to your images. They have over 50 fonts, colors and text options. You can even add multiple font colors with ease. You can choose from their selection of backgrounds too. 

30. Schedule your Instagram Posts – Instagram Marketing

It can be difficult to remember to post on social media. Whether you have a full-time job or a hectic schedule, scheduling your Instagram posts each week can save you time. By scheduling posts once a week, you ensure that your audience constantly sees new posts to keep your brand at top of mind. Plus, it allows you to keep a consistent schedule.
  • Buffer is the tool I use to schedule my social media posts. I like it because you can schedule ten posts at a time for free. This is great for new entrepreneurs or budget conscious entrepreneurs. You can add videos or pictures. You can also schedule posts for other social platforms. How to Hack Instagram
  • Later is another scheduling tool. It allows you to see your posts on a calendar to better plan out the week.  
  • Schedugram is a tool I used when I first started managing social media accounts. They post on Instagram without requiring you to log-in at a specific time to authorize the post which keeps it hassle free.  How to Hack Instagram
  • Hootsuite is a scheduling tool you can use to manage all your social media accounts. It’s one of the most popular scheduling tools on the market.   How to Hack Instagram

    31. Add Two-Factor Authentication to Prevent Instagram Hacking

An Instagram hack so you don’t get your Instagram account hacked is to add two factor authentication on your account. What this does is require you to add a code every time you log-in. You’ll receive a text message on your phone letting you know what the code is each time you try to log-in. If a person tries to hack your Instagram account, they may be able to cross the first barrier if they have your password. However, the hacker won’t have access to your phone or the code that’s sent to it. Thus, making it less likely for a hacker to takeover your account.
As your Instagram account grows in popularity, there’s a greater risk of hackers trying to hack your Instagram account. Here’s what you need to do to add two-factor authentications:
  1. Click on your profile (your image icon)
  2. Click the Gear (next to Edit Profile)
  3. Under Account, click Two-Factor Authentication
  4. Turn on Require Security Code (it’ll turn from white to blue)
  5. A pop-up will appear. Click Add Number.
  6. Add your cell phone number (you’ll receive text messages)
  7. Click Next
  8. Wait for a text message to get sent to your phone
  9. Enter the code
  10. Click Done
  11. Screenshot your Backup Codes

32. Switch to An Instagram Business Profile – Instagram Marketing

If you use your Instagram account for your business, it might be a good idea to look into switching into a business account. With an Instagram business account, you can monitor real-time metrics on the performance of your ads and content. Additional content such as business hours, phone number or location can be added making it even easier for customers to contact you.
You’ll know how many impressions you got, what your top posts are, and what time you got the most followers. This level of data insight allows you to create more content your audience loves.  
Instagram business accounts have an even easier time creating ads. Rather than having to log into Facebook to create your Instagram ad. You can choose to promote your posts directly on Instagram. This drastically simplifies the process.
The only downside to creating an Instagram business profile is that you can’t have a private account. Everything you post will be public and accessible to anyone that isn’t blocked.
How to Set-up an Instagram Business Profile:
  1. Click the Profile icon (image icon)
  2. Click the Gear (next to Edit Profile)
  3. Click Switch to Business Profile
  4. Click Continue (x4)
  5. Click Choose Page (you need to have created a Facebook page for a dropdown to appear)
  6. Click Next
  7. Add your Email, Phone Number and Address (Make sure these are your business’ details and not your personal as this will be public)
  8. Click Done

33. Turn on Instagram notifications for pages you love

Instagram shows you notifications for popular posts first. If you follow a lot of people, you might miss out on some great posts. As a business, there are three main types of audiences you’d want to follow: fans, affiliates/influencers, and competitors.
If you have fans who are regularly posting pictures of your products or who comment on every post, you’ll want to get notified of their notifications. You can comment on their posts to build your relationship with them. It helps humanize the brand. Go above and beyond and comment on posts that aren’t related to your brand.

You’ll want to turn on notifications for affiliates so you can see their sponsored post when it goes live. It’s also great to have their notifications on to monitor what they say about your brand. It can also be enlightening to see if your direct competitors start reaching out to them over the following weeks. It can help determine whether you should work with that affiliate/influencer in the future.

Turning on notifications for your competitors helps you monitor them closely. You’ll see what products they share, the type of content they post and you may even get some of their ads. 

Notably, you’ll also want to tell your customers to subscribe to notifications. Wait until you have a few thousand followers before requesting this. And don’t ask too often as it can become annoying after a while.
Turn on notifications on Instagram by:
  1. Follow the page you want to receive notifications for
  2. Click the ‘…’ next to their page name
  3. Click ‘Turn on Post Notifications’
  4. Click ‘Turn on’ to receive push notifications or ‘Dismiss’ to not receive push notifications

34. Add line breaks in your bio or caption – How to Hack Instagram

Instagram doesn’t easily allow users to add line breaks. A line break allows you to have content span several lines like you’d find in bullet points. Instead, Instagram tends to have your content take the shape of a paragraph. To create a cleaner look in your bio or caption and to make it easier to read for your customers, line breaks can come in handy.
How to Add Line Breaks on Instagram:
  1. Don’t write your caption or bio directly within Instagram
  2. Write your caption or bio in your phone’s Notes app
  3. Between each line add [              ] pressing the enter key in between the brackets
  4. Copy and paste the caption or bio into Instagram
  5. Delete the brackets not the space between them
  6. Post the content on Instagram

35. How to Clear your Search History – Instagram Tips

If several people manage your Instagram business account, you might want to clear your search history every now and then. It helps maintain a sense of privacy. In an earlier section, you learned how to save posts. So there’s no point in keeping your search history.
How to Clear Your Search History on Instagram
  1. Go to your Instagram profile (circle with your image on it)
  2. Click the Gear (next to Edit Profile)
  3. Scroll down to the bottom
  4. In a blue font, you’ll see ‘Clear Search History’
  5. A pop-up will appear
  6. Click ‘Yes, I’m sure’

36. Instagram Takeovers – Instagram Marketing

Instagram takeovers are when an influencer or another brand take over your Instagram account for the day. This strategy is typically used to grow your Instagram followers or to gain more brand recognition.
First, you need to find influencers with a sizeable audience. The influencer should have more than a sizable number of relevant niche followers for you to be able to get some traction on your account.
Then, you need to reach out to the influencer. Some may choose not to do an Instagram takeover so reaching out to a few gives you the best chances of success. Keep in mind, they’ll expect some form of compensation.
You’ll need to discuss some of the following with them in your next conversations:
  • Compensation – cash, affiliate commission or free products
  • Are there any guidelines or rules of do’s and don’ts
  • Does the influencer have the freedom to post the type of content they usually share or do you have a specific vision
  • How will the influencer market the takeover to their audience
For those on a tight budget, you can ask employees or fans of your page to do the takeover on your account.
Before allowing an influencer to do an Instagram takeover, be sure to change your password. You can change it back after the takeover is complete.
After the takeover is done, you’ll want to analyze the results. Keep in mind that not all takeovers are made equal. For example, one influencer might bring in thousands of new followers for your brand while another influencer doesn’t bring any. Experimentation is important before deciding whether or not to continue with this Instagram strategy.

37. Follow relevant people – Instagram Follow Hack

You can grow your audience size by following relevant people. While not every person will follow you back, many will choose to follow your brand if it’s relevant to them. For example, if you sell hockey equipment, following people who regularly post pictures of hockey can help you increase your followers.
In the past, Instagram users would use bots to grow their Instagram following. However, Instagram does crack down on this. You could lose your Instagram account. So, avoid using bots.
According to Chron, there is a limit to how many people you can follow and unfollow each hour: 160.
If you follow too many accounts at once, Instagram might think you’re using a bot. Focus on following relevant people rather than everyone.
Using the hockey example, you can find relevant people to follow using the hashtag #hockey. While browsing the hockey hashtag, you’ll find people who post content using the main keyword for your niche. Thus, making it more likely that they’ll be interested in the products you’re selling.
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38. How to Hide Instagram Ads

If you’re a store owner, I don’t really recommend hiding Instagram ads, even if you do find them annoying. Personally, I’m constantly saving Instagram ads to study them. They can be really eye-opening to understand what type of ads generate high engagement and which ones don’t. Over time, you’ll start to see patterns within the products of the best performing ads. Thus, improving how you choose products for your business. And helping you create better ads too!
But if you’re really set on hiding Instagram ads, here’s what you need to do:
  1. When you see an ad on your feed, click the ‘…’
  2. Then click ‘Hide Ad’
  3. Then select one of the three options: It’s not relevant, I see it too often or It’s inappropriate

39. Run Contests on Instagram – Instagram Marketing

Running contests or giveaways can help you grow your audience faster. You’ll want to have a bit of an audience already, over 10,000 followers for you to get some strong traction on it. But feel free to experiment with contests even if you have a smaller following on Instagram as they can help you reach your goals.  You can use hashtags like #giveaway or #contest to get more but untargetted entries. But be sure to also include niche hashtags as well to get a more targeted audience.
There are a few types of contests you can run:
  • Like/Comment/Follow for a chance to win
  • Photo challenge contest (entrants need to take a picture based on guidelines you set)
  • Repost for a chance to win
  • Selfie contest (selfie with your product)
Each contest has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. For example, with a like/comment/follow to win, you’ll have a higher number of entrants. If the goal is to increase engagement this could work well. However, if the contest requires users to have your product, then it’ll be limited to your customer base. In this case, it may be best to tell customers via email about the contest.
Notably, contests require some legal information. You might want to check out the guidelines for an international audience. For example, in the United States, certain states have different requirements for contests which is why they’re often excluded from participating. If you have an international audience, you need to keep in mind the different laws and requirements of those countries.
ShortStack created a template you can use for the legal details for your contest or giveaway on social media.

40. Add and Switch Multiple Instagram Accounts

If you own and operate multiple online stores you’ll likely need Instagram accounts for each one. Adding posts and monitoring comments on all your Instagram accounts can be managed easily on Instagram. To switch from one account into another, all you need to do is click a button.
How to Add Multiple Instagram Accounts:
  1. Visit your profile (click image with your picture)
  2. Click the downward arrow next to your username at the top
  3. Click Add Account
  4. Add the username and password
  5. Click Login
How to Switch Between Multiple Instagram Accounts:
  1. Click on your profile
  2. Click the downward arrow beside your username
  3. Choose the account you want to log into

41. Use your fingers to zoom into photos – Instagram Tips

Sometimes your competitors post pictures of jewelry or fashion related products that are zoomed out. If you’re trying to see the fine details of a product that a competitor is selling, you can use your fingers to zoom into photos. Say there’s a necklace with a pattern on it, you might not be able to see what the pattern is as is. So when you zoom in, you end up seeing the pattern. You can then search for items with that pattern to add to your own online store. To zoom into photos, use your thumb and index finger to enlarge the image.

42. Use Geotags – Instagram Marketing

Geotags are stickers you can add to your Instagram story to tell people where you are. For example, if you’re travelling, you might add a sticker to prove that you’re in that location. Geotagging stories can let people in that city find your content giving your brand more publicity. If you sell to an international audience, you might ask your customers to geotag your products in their city. So you don’t need to be a local business for geotags to work well.
How to Add Geotags in Stories:
  1. Click the Home button on Instagram
  2. Under Stories, click You
  3. Click ‘>’
  4. Take a photo or a boomerang
  5. Click the Happy Face at the top
  6. Click the Location sticker
  7. Choose one of the locations below (aim for tourist attractions like CN Tower, Central Park)
  8. Slide your sticker where you want using your finger
  9. Click Pin
  10. Click Next
  11. Click Your Story
  12. Then Send

43. Share Disappearing Posts – Instagram Marketing

Store owners can share disappearing posts to create a sense of urgency. For example, say you want to let people know about a secret 1 hour sale. You can create a disappearing post for it so that the rest of your audience doesn’t see it. It creates a sense of loyalty since not everyone will see the post since it disappears after being viewed by people you choose.
To create a disappearing post, you need to do the following:
  1. Click the camera icon on the top left
  2. Click the circle to take a photo or video
  3. Click Add Effects
  4. Click the arrow button
  5. Choose the people you want to send the post to

44. Instagram Superzoom

Instagram superzoom is a feature that drastically zooms in while cuing some dramatic music. Most people use the feature to zoom into their face. But you can use it to zoom into your product to show the little details. I wouldn’t use the Superzoom for every product you post. However, every now and then, when you want to highlight a popular product or a new product that you think will do really well, superzoom can be used to go zoom in.
The dramatic music Instagram includes helps make the effect more fun so feel free to play around with it a bit. Feel free to make some funny videos with the feature. It doesn’t always have to have a product focus.
To use the Superzoom feature follow these next steps:
  1. Click the camera icon on the top left corner of the app
  2. Next to Normal, scroll until you find Superzoom
  3. Click the middle circle to create it
  4. Then, you’ll need to click the ‘>’ on the top right corner

45. Instagram Insights

Instagram Insights is a feature that allows you to view the reach, demographics, and other important details to understand your business’ performance on the platform. This feature is only available for businesses so you need to make sure you’ve already made the switch to a business profile on your Instagram account.
To view insights, you’ll need to go to one of your photos and click ‘View Insights.’ You’ll immediately see the number of impressions, reach, and engagement numbers for your post.
On your profile you can also click on the graph icon to find the insights for your profile. Here you’ll find your best performing posts over the past 7 days, how many impressions you got that week and details about your followers. You’ll know what the gender split of your audience is, your exact number of followers, age range and more. Using these insights you can then create ads for that audience since you have a better idea of who your audience is.

46. How to Get Verified on Instagram

Getting verified on Instagram isn’t easy. But it gives your brand credibility making it worth the effort. You won’t get verified just because you launched an online store. You need to build a strong following on multiple social networks or earn influencer/expert status to gain the coveted blue circle next to your brand name.
What can I do to increase my chances of getting verified?
  • Build an epic Instagram following. This won’t guarantee your verification though. But having hundreds of thousands or millions of followers makes it more likely to have social proof. Though there are plenty of celebrities and huge niche pages that haven’t earned that little blue icon next to their name.
  • Start a YouTube channel and build a loyal following. If you have over 10,000 views on your videos consistently, you’ll be more likely to get verified. This works well because it helps show that you have built a following on several other platforms. Though keep in mind that even if you have verification on Pinterest or even Facebook, you’re not guaranteed for Instagram verification.
  • Become a public figure. Instagram typically verifies public figures. If your personal brand is blended with your business account you can increase your chances of being verified. Being in your videos and images while building a presence on Instagram can help you increase your chances of getting verified on Instagram.
  • Do you have copycats? This can make it more likely for you to get verified. If you find you regularly have people copying your brand name or website, you can try to reach out to Instagram by reporting the copycats or contacting them. Keep in mind that Instagram doesn’t accept verification requests. However, over time, your account might get verified by Instagram if they see everyone copying your brand.

47. Create Instagram Boomerangs

Boomerang is a feature that allows you to turn pictures into a video. When you click on the app it takes ten pictures and then stitches them together to create a mini video. It’s almost like a gif with the main difference being that the video plays forward then backward on a loop. Boomerangs work best for big actions like jumping into a pool, falling, doing flips, and activities like that.
Check out some of Instagram Boomerang examples below:
To create Instagram Boomerangs follow these steps:
  1. Click the camera in the top left corner
  2. Next to Normal, click Boomerang
  3. Click the middle circle to create it
  4. Then click ‘>’

48. Pin your Instagram posts to Pinterest

Instagram is a great platform for growing your audience. However, it’s also a good idea to step beyond the one platform to become even more visible. Pinterest is another great platform for growing your audience. Fortunately, you can easily add your Instagram posts to Pinterest.
  1. Click on your profile
  2. Click on the image you want to pin
  3. Click the ‘…’
  4. Then, click Share
  5. Click Copy Link
  6. Open your Pinterest app and paste the link under Upload Image
You can also post on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr after the Share Step by clicking the button next to the social platform.

49.How to delete your Instagram post

As an online store owner, there are two main times when you’ll want to delete posts. First, if you post something that your audience doesn’t respond well to. If you post content that gives you bad publicity or an overwhelming number of negative comments, you might choose to delete your post.
The second time to delete a post is a strategy I use often as a marketer. For my online stores, I usually post content that my audience loves. I know that they often don’t like to see sales content when scrolling through my profile. However, having sales posts/product posts are important every now and then to make money online. So I’ll delete the posts after 24/48 hours so people only see the content they like. It can also help entice a higher number of people to follow you as they see how much great content you post.

To delete a post, you’ll need to do the following on Instagram:
  1. Go to your Instagram profile (circle with your picture)
  2. Click on the photo you want to delete
  3. Click the ‘…’ at the top of your screen
  4. Click the red font ‘Delete’ button
  5. A pop-up will appear, click ‘Delete’

50. Instagram Followers Hack

Need more followers on your Instagram account. Here’s a proven Instagram followers hack you can try:
Engage with other Instagram accounts regularly. Build up a relationship with them. Comment on their photos and praise them well. If you consistently post nice things about them on their Instagram account they’ll eventually follow you back. This works best for accounts that get some engagement but not an overwhelming amount. Stick to people within your niche for maximum results from this Instagram followers hack.
Another Instagram followers hack is to follow several people first. Many top store owners and influencers do the follow/unfollow method. This is when you follow a bunch of Instagram accounts and then unfollow the people who didn’t follow you back. Some brands use bots to do this. Unfortunately, Instagram is cracking down on those so doing this can be a bit tedious.
Taking advantage of Instagram Stories is another Instagram followers hack. That’s because when you use that feature, you’re more likely to end up on Instagram’s recommended section. You’ll need to be consistent about posting on Instagram and within Stories for this Insta hack to work well.
Posting contests on your store’s account is another Instagram followers hack that works like a charm. You’ll need to create a contest where the prize is your store’s products. You can create entries like asking people to tag a friend and follow you for a chance to win or to repost on their account and follow you to win. This will help give your contest more visibility.

Instagram Hacks From Instagram Experts

51. Create a personal connection

Logo Maker brand LogoJoy shares how they show customers appreciation on Instagram. Ritu Ashrafi, Director of Customer Marketing shares, “Every time our company news or product is shared on Instagram, we always engage with the user who shared it. We appreciate all of the support we receive from others on social media, so we comment in order to thank them and to find out more about their experience with Logojoy. Commenting is also important as it showcases us in the diverse networks of each person we engage with. The double tap isn’t enough – always take the time to comment and engage further.”
How to Hack Instagram

52. Hashtags are a Must

Photographer Anna McNaught grew her Instagram account to over 60k followers in only 15 months. She shares, “The most effective tactic for growing my Instagram has been incorporating a variety of different pieces such as color scheme, consistency, optimization of my bio and captions, and of course a strong hashtag and tagging strategy. I always use 30 hashtags and I space them down from my caption or put them in my first comment.  I perform in-depth hashtag research to make sure I am targeting my ideal audience. I then save these hashtags in a note in my phone.  Most businesses and even personal accounts are not using hashtags effectively and tagging what is in the photo or generic words such as love and happy. A strong hashtag strategy is key for growing an account.” She currently blogs about Instagram marketing over on her blog.

How to Hack Instagram

53. Theme your posts

Andrea Serie, of Double Down Digital a digital media agency for startups, personalities and consumer products recommends “Think about your customers and what interests them and then provide content they would actually want to see/read. Establish “four theme buckets” for posts. For example, if you are a pool company, your buckets might be: outdoor entertainment, yard decorating types, aquatic exercises and pool maintenance tips.

How to Hack Instagram

54. Partner with Niche Influencers

LoveCrochet grew their Instagram following to an astounding 135k. Emma Lextrait, their social media mastermind shares, “Building relationships with niche influencers has boosted our growth via Instagram takeovers, which sees them guest post content on our feed for a day or more. They notify their own likeminded followers to discover us, which means we build an authentic following who will continue to engage with LoveCrochet. This has been supported by a daily schedule for posting curated feed and story content as well as keeping up with digital trends such as video content that continues to engage our audience on a deeper level.”

How to Hack Instagram

55. Partner with Brands

Ryan O’Connor of One Tribe Apparel grew his brand’s Instagram account to a sizeable 52k followers. He recommends, “We try and team up with another brand every two to three weeks where each brand share the giveaway and to enter people have to follow both brands and leave a comment tagging two or more friends. We’ve gained as many as 2,000 followers in a day using this strategy.

How to Hack Instagram

56. Get Discovered

One Tribe Apparel also shared one of their best Instagram moments: being featured in Instagram’s Discover section. O’Connor shares, “There is no way to force this… or plan it into your marketing schedule but if your post gets a lot of early traction you can reach the discover section and it can be a game changer. Earlier this year we had a photo that reached the discover section in multiple tags and we gained over 4,000 followers in one day and the post had nearly 10,000 likes which for us at the time was massive.

How to Hack Instagram

57. Instagram Stories Are a Must

Samantha Wormser, blogger at The Salty Twig, built up her Instagram to over 16,000 followers. She shares this Instagram Stories hack, “I love Instagram stories and use that feature the most. I try to post on Instagram stories every day because it’s a great way to drive people to my profile and blog, increase engagement, and show more of a behind the scenes of my life. I also love watching other Instagram stories because it gives that sneak peek into people’s lives that isn’t so edited or staged, but more authentic. The linking opportunity within Instagram stories for business accounts is by far my favorite feature. As someone who is in PR, I know how important it is to work with influencers who have the ability to link and be able to look at the traffic and conversions that came through that link on the client side within Google Analytics. On the influencer side, the insights that you get with linking and tagging brands in Stories shows you how many people clicked on the link so you have a better idea of how much of an impact you’re generating for brands and if I’m linking to a blog post (another way I drive traffic to my blog) then I can see how many people clicked on the link from my stories.

58. Hacking Instagram Stories

Rosalie, a blogger at Rosealie Goes, grew her Instagram to 19,000 followers. She advises, “With the latest algorithm changes, influencers everywhere have been agonizing over the dramatic dips in post-engagement. If your posts aren’t being pushed to the top anymore, then focus on what your followers do see: your stories. Post engaging content consistently during the day. Make sure you utilize geo-tags and hashtags so that your stories are discoverable by new people, and try to utilize live video once or twice a week.

59. Polls Are the Way to Go

Social Media Account Manager Zellie Friedman of Power Digital Marketingrecommends this Instagram Stories hack, “Our favorite Instagram story features include linking and polls. We love the fact that business accounts with over 10k followers can now link to their stories. This can help increase traffic to the website by nearly 400%. The polls are also great new feature. While they are simply fun and great for engagement, they can also help you gain valuable insight from your audience. You can ask what kind of posts they prefer to see, what products they love the most, and more.”

60. Learn from the best

Talia Koren, Instagram Marketing Consultant, grew her Work Week Lunch account to over 70,000 followers. She recommends this Instagram hack, “One of the most effective things I did to grow was I started making shareable content in my niche. I paid close attention to the content that got reposted, and how I could make my own version of it. That meant I stopped using my iPhone and switched to a real camera. I started using Snapseed to edit my photos on my phone and strategically tagging people who would be interested in sharing my content. And it worked! Now my content gets shared 5-10 times a week on accounts of all sizes, some have over 700k followers.

61. The Three Rules for Instagram Success

Juanika Dildy, founder and CEO of Ladypreneur Academy LLC, shares this Insta hack, “The key factors that have helped me to grow my Instagram presence have been authenticity, consistency, and engagement.
To be successful in marketing, people must first like and trust you before they will do business with you.  Engagement builds trust.  To gain trust, it’s important that the marketer first show genuine interest in their target BEFORE trying to sell them.  Set aside time during the day to search for your target using hashtags that relate to you, like a few pictures, and send a few encouraging comments.  You’ll gain your target’s attention and they’ll be curious enough to visit your page.
Now it’s important to be authentic.  What is your differentiating factor?  Be sure that your page has a theme that is unique to you and sets you apart from competitors.  You’ll find that your target will likely scroll to determine who you are and how you found them.  Use this to your advantage!  Position yourself as the expert by offering advice in your field and you’ll quickly gain influence.  Be sure to brand your pictures with a logo, or something that will point them to a landing page or website.
Lastly, be consistent.  If you’re going to engage with your target, don’t be the creep with only one or two pictures available.  You’ve attracted your audience, now spoon feed them what you want them to eat.  The more of a consistent presence you have on social media, the more recognizable your brand will become in the marketplace.”

Final Thoughts

With Instagram’s growing audience size, mastering Instagram marketing can help you drive more sales. This is just the starting point for starting out on Instagram. As you begin to experiment on Instagram, you’ll start discovering your own Instagram hacks. Plus with new features constantly getting added to the platform there’s going to continue being new improvement within Instagram. If there were any Instagram hacks not mentioned on this list feel free to leave a comment and we’ll add it to this list.

Onos Elijah is a lifestyle, entertainment, story, emtreprenuer and fashion website in Africa. Headquartered in Benin, Nigeria, its social footprint has grown through its collective brands – onoselijah.com.ng, Onos Elijah Stories and Onos Elijah Style – to be the largest on the African continent with more than 200 million impressions each month

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Are you looking for an easy, step-by-step guide on how to start a blog?

Want to learn how to start a blog in 2020? That’s awesome, congratulations!

If you’re looking to an easy and free guide for beginners on how to start a blog, you’re in the right place. I’m here to guide and help you through this step-by-step.

You’ll learn how to start a blog right now in 6 easy steps. It will take you about 10 to 15 minutes to start blogging today.

Click here to jump to the first step to get your blog started now.

Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts with the world, help others with your skills, and even make money online.

But to succeed with your blog and to make money online, you need to start your blog the RIGHT way from the very beginning.

To make this guide to starting a blog today easy to follow, I’ve divided it into six consecutive parts you can walk through one by one.

Now, how do you start a blog?

How to start a blog (to make money) in 6 easy steps

In this guide, you will learn how to start a blog in 15 minutes following these easy steps:

  1. Choose your blog topic and a name
  2. Get your blog online (blog hosting and domain name)
  3. Design your blog with a WordPress theme
  4. Write your first blog post and create pages
  5. Grow your blog traffic
  6. Make money online

If you’re new to blogging, it helps to have someone there for you to help you out step-by-step.

After all, you want to steer clear from mistakes that could ruin your entire blog, motivation, and future plans.

That’s why I’ve created this page for you! It is all you need to start your first blog  without having to worry about a thing.

No hassle, no technical jargon, no complex setup tutorials.

Start a profitable blog from scratch (in just 15 minutes)

This free beginner-level guide will walk you through each step of how to create a blog with WordPress.

All you need is a few moments of your time. And maybe a cup of coffee for a little extra boost.

By the time your coffee cup is empty, you will have a brand new blog all setup for years to come.

So, fill up your cup and just get comfy for the next 15 minutes!

How to start a WordPress Blog the right way

Starting a blog may sound intimidating–especially if you have zero technical knowledge.

But the thing is:

Launching a profitable, successful blog is a lot easier than you may think.

The best part?

Once you have everything set up on the technical side, you can focus on the fun stuff:

  • Creating content
  • Marketing and growing your blog
  • Monetizing your blog traffic

Following this guide will help you setup up your blog the RIGHT way from the beginning.

I’ll show you the best way to start a successful blog, so that you can save time and focus on what matters the most: blogging and creating awesome content for your readers!

With that said, there’s no need to make things harder than they are. That’s why this beginners’ guide is foolproof and quick and easy to follow. I’ve designed it for complete blogging beginners with no experience with WordPress or websites whatsoever.

 

Starting a blog step-by-step: Beginner’s guide

What is a blog exactly?

A blog is a website that focuses mainly on written content. That’s what we call blog posts. They’re simply articles you can publish for the entire world to see.

What can you write about on your blog, then?

The thing is: you can write about whatever you like!

Whatever it is you wish to blog about, you can attract visitors from all over the world to your blog and connect with people from around the world.

As a blogger, you can

  • express your thoughts,
  • share your experience with the world,
  • interact with your readers if you choose to enable a commenting function,
  • create an online community around a topic you love, and even
  • make money online.

But most importantly, starting a blog allows you to connect with like-minded people from around the world.

You can enable the commenting function in WordPress to allow your readers to share their thoughts with you.

So yes, you can turn your blog into an active discussion platform around a topic you love writing about. Not bad!

Even better: your audience can turn into a loyal readership, which in turn may allow you to monetize your blog in the future.

But isn’t blogging dead?

Hell no!

Blogging is still alive and kicking! It’s a surefire way to start an online business if you want to make money blogging.

In fact, starting a blog for money is one of the best ways to earn passive income these days.

Should I start a blog?

Many of us think that in order to become a blogger you have to be a great writer. Luckily (at least for myself), this is not the entire truth.

True, a blogger has to do some writing. But it’s not the writing alone that determines whether your blog will become successful.

What matters more is the level of engagement of your readers.

If you can offer your readers valuable blog posts they need, you’re on your way to becoming an all-star blogger already.

People read blogs to learn new things or to connect with others with similar interests. Keep these two points in mind when you start a blog and you’ll go far, trust me.

Furthermore, you don’t have to be an expert or an authority on your topic of choice to become successful.

Again, just remember that your blog should simply engage your readers. Pick a conversational and personal style to write, don’t worry about being an expert.

As long as you are genuinely interested in your topic, your readers will be interested in it, too. This brings me to my next point:

There is only one requirement for becoming a successful blogger: true passion and enthusiasm for your topic.

What can I achieve with blogging?

Blogging is all about sharing your thoughts and experience with the world. You can help others by sharing information on just about anything you wish and feel like.

There are heaps of reasons why you should start a WordPress blog, like:

#1: Make money with blogging

This is often the #1 goal for most new bloggers.

And it’s true – you can actually earn a big buck with blogging if you get it right. Even part-time bloggers can monetize their blogs to achieve a nice level of passive income.

I’ll show you how to start making money with your blog later on in this guide.

#2: Create or find a community

Having a blog allows you to interact directly with your readers, sometimes building up to a full-scale discussion forum about your topic.

Do you have a hobby you love spending time with?

Why not share your knowledge and tips with others who are into the same things? And hey, you can learn back from them with every comment they leave on your blog, too.

#3: Share your story

We all live our individual lives that are so different from one another. Having a blog gives you the voice to share whatever you wish about your own history, life path, and future plans, for example.

Reading a post about someone else’s daily life is extremely relatable to most of us, so your audience will definitely be big if you choose this path.

#4: Create an online presence

Did you know that blogging is the best tool to build an online authority around a topic you love?

Writing and maintaining a successful blog in a certain niche can earn you recognition in that area – worldwide.

Many bloggers use their platform to become respected experts in their fields. Your blog could therefore also become a popular go-to source for people interested in your topic.

Apart from these ideas, you can start a blog for pretty much any other reason, too. If you feel like it, go for it! Your determination and motivation will shine through to your readers and help you succeed.

Blogging is a powerful tool that allows you to make the most of your skills and knowledge by sharing them with the world.

There are more people online now than ever before – which means more potential readers for your blog. Therefore, if you’re thinking about starting a blog, now is the perfect time to make it happen.

Alright, let’s get your blog started!

How to start a WordPress blog? 15-minute step-by-step guide for beginners

Learn how to start a blog in 15 minutes following these simple steps:

  1. Choose your blog topic and a name
  2. Get your blog online (blog hosting and domain name)
  3. Design your blog with a WordPress theme
  4. Write your first blog post and create pages
  5. Grow your blog traffic
  6. Make money online

Don’t worry, starting a blog with this guide will be easy – even if you have no technical experience. I’m here to guide you through each step of the way.

After having started blogging a few years back and making money from it, I’ve been able to become self-employed and decide when and where I work.

Honestly, learning how to start a blog has been the best career and life choice I ever made.

And you know what? You’re next!

In this free guide, I’ll show you exactly how to start a blog the right way to start building an online business to make money from eventually.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Choose your topic and pick a name

The very first step for starting a blog is choosing your topic and picking a name for your blog.

Not quite sure what to blog about yet? No problem, there are a couple of easy and quick ways to find a good blog topic. Let’s take a look:

What to blog about? How to find a blog topic?

You can blog about pretty much anything you like. Here are a few helpful ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

#1: Hobby

One of the best topics you can write about is a hobby close to your heart. You will never run our of ideas or feel like you don’t know enough about the topic.

Gardening, baking, travel, novels, fashion, cooking, you name it! Writing a blog about your hobby is a great way to connect with like-minded people around the world.

#2: Passion

If you feel genuinely passionate about a certain topic, why not blog about it? We all have different interests and passions – for some it might be coffee, yoga, or politics, while others prefer tea, running, or green energy.

Whatever your passion is, it will help you stay motivated writing for your blog for years to come.

#3: Yourself

We all have different views and experience regarding the most diverse topics possible. You can start a blog about yourself living your life and sharing your thoughts with the world.

If you have a strong personality (not to the point of upsetting others), blogging about yourself can attract tons of readers and fire up discussions that will help your blog gain even more momentum.

#4: Family

We all come from different families with different backgrounds. There is something about reading someone else’s family story that sparks up our interest and attention. Of course, you don’t have to go into too much detail and share private stories.

In fact, one of the most popular family topics for blogging is pregnancy and everyday life. When the baby arrives, it’s so easy for other moms and dads to relate to blog posts about how everything changes with the new family member.

#5: Life experience

We all have learned a bunch of lessons throughout our lives, good and bad. Blogging about what you’ve learned so far can help others deal with similar issues or hurdles, wherever they are reading your blog.

Sometimes the most simple of advice can help someone struggling with a difficult time in their life more than you can imagine. But a life experience can be something as simple as writing about how it is to be an expat in a foreign country, or how your life has been since you decided to get married.

#6: Lifestyle

Last but not least, writing a lifestyle blog is probably the most popular topic out there. Fashion, makeup, interior design, travel, shopping, fitness… The list is long!

Lifestyle blogs can become incredibly successful in terms of attracting readers and making money by blogging if done correctly.

Combine your blog with powerful marketing tools like social media and you can become a full-on online superstar. If this is is your thing, tag along and let’s start your blog right away!

How to choose a name for your blog?

Alright, once you’ve found the perfect blog topic, it’s time to choose a name for your blog.

And even though this might seem like a big step to take, don’t woryr. Most often the best name is the first one you’re thinking of – just listen to your gut here.

If you’re not quite sure where to start with this, just keep in mind that a good blog name should be:

  • Descriptive: The name of your blog should tell your readers what it’s about.
  • Concise: Keep your blog name as short as possible.
  • Easy to spell: Avoid difficult words that are prone to spelling mistakes.

Think about the name from your readers’ perspective: can they instantly tell what your blog is about just by reading the name?

I’d recommend coming up with 3-5 name ideas at this point.

Once you have some blog names figured out, you will need to choose a domain name extension. The most preferred domain extension is “.com”. Also, “.org” and “.net” are popular.

If you wish to write for readers in a specific country, consider choosing a country/language-related domain extension like “.fr” for a French blog or “.de” for a blog in German.

Once you’ve gathered a few ideas for your blog name, it’s time to get your blog online.

Now, I know this next step might seem a bit technical or intimidating to many new blogging enthusiasts like you. And that’s why I’m here to help.

The step-by-step guide below will walk you through every step to make sure that you don’t have to worry about anything going wrong. I know anyone can do this, including you!

It’s easier than you think, trust me!

Please note: This guide contains affiliate links to products I use, trust, and recommend. If you choose to purchase a product using these links, I may receive a small commission for referring you – at no extra cost to you.

Step 2: Get your blog online – Domain name and blog hosting

To start a blog, you will need three things:

  1. Domain Name
  2. Hosting Plan
  3. Blogging Platform

Let’s see what these are…

#1: What is a domain name?

To get your WordPress blog online, you will need to register a domain name for it.

In short: your domain name is what people type into their browser to find and visit your blog:

#2: What is blog hosting?

Your WordPress blog consists of files and data stored on a web server. This server is like a home for your blog, where all the files live.

Your blog hosting provider is like the landlord for your blog, renting web server space for you and making your website accessible.

Without a domain name, your website visitors won’t have a memorable way to get to your website.

And without a hosting account, there won’t be a website to go to.

So, you must have a domain and a hosting account in order to create your blog. Also, you will need a blogging software to write your blog.

#3: How to choose the right blogging platform?

Before you can start writing awesome content for your blog, you’ll need a blogging platform. It’s simply the application running on your hosting account that allows you to create and manage your content.

That’s why blogging platforms are often called Content Management Systems (CMS).

There’s a bunch of good blogging platforms to choose from: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr etc…

My recommendation is always WordPress, whatever your blog will be about. I use WordPress to build all of my own blogs and websites, too.

Here’s why WordPress is the best blogging platform for you:

1: It’s FREE for everyone to use.
You can run your blog on WordPress 100% FREE (including design templates and themes, layouts, and powerful add-ons).

2: It’s incredibly easy for you to set up by yourself.
I’ll show you how in a minute…

3: It’s HIGHLY customizable.
WordPress has a 59% market share among all blogging CMS software. This huge community has thousands of free themes and add-ons to offer, so that you can improve your blog’s functionalities and performance.

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4: It’s safe and stable.
Being the world’s most popular blogging platform, WordPress has a big community of developers who monitor security and release automatic security updates for you. You can focus on creating content instead of worrying about your blog getting hacked or attacked.

WordPress is simply the best choice for you as a beginner blogger. It’s super easy to set up and configure, especially if you’re not familiar with the technical aspects of starting a website or blog from scratch.

Of course, the other platforms are OK, too, but there’s nothing that comes even close to the endless customization possibilities of WordPress.

And the best part is: most hosting providers let you install WordPress with just 1 click. Yep,

you don’t even have to lift a finger to start your first WordPress blog, really!

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Where should I get my domain and hosting?

I hope you’re still with me! So far, we’ve covered the most important preparations you should do before you get your blog online.

Next, let’s look at what practical steps you need to take to create and setup your blog using the WordPress blogging software we just discussed.

When it comes to blog hosting, there are three things you will need:

  1. Easy but solid technical setup: You don’t want to spend hours with complex setups on your hosting – you’re here for blogging, not for troubleshooting!
  2. Realiability with uptime: Your blog needs to be up and running 100% of every month, day, and hour.
  3. Fast page loading speed: The average amount of time it takes for your blog page to load needs to be as fast as possible.

There are hundreds if not thousands of different blog hosting providers to choose from. It gets overwhelming for any beginner, I know.

But I’ve done the research for you already so that you can start your first blog without having to worry about anything going wrong. I’ve made a bunch of mistakes trying to find the perfect hosting for my blogs and websites.

Needless to say, I don’t want you to make the same mistakes just to lose your sleep at night.

Of course, you’re free to choose any blog hosting provider out there. There are several ones that are perfectly OK.

My recommendation is simply based on my experience and what I’ve found to work the best for 100% of my blogs and websites.

Please note: As an independent partner and review site, I receive a small compensation if you decide to sign up for hosting using the links below – at no additional cost to you.

But please, only purchase your hosting if you believe it’s the right choice for you and that it helps you achieve your goals with blogging.

Thus, to spare you from repeating my mistakes and spending hours and hours after a crash to get your blog back online with no help from a poor hosting provider, here’s what I recommend…

I now only use and recommend smartweb for domains and blog hosting. 

You can start a blog on Bluehost in just 10 minutes – even if you’re totally new to blogging. They even install the WordPress blogging software automatically for you. You literally just need to sign up and you can start blogging right away.

Why Smartweb is my #1 recommendation for domains and blog hosting:

Ok, so why Bluehost?

Here’s the deal: choosing a blog hosting provider is all about finding the right balance between simplicity and top performance.

You don’t want to overcomplicate things by spending days and weeks tweaking technical settings that are way too complex to understand in the first place.

Instead, you want to go for a provider that allows you to start your blog without any unnecessary hocus-pocus, right?

Thus, your blog hosting should be easy to set up but still offer top-notch performance and reliability. And that’s where Bluehost steps in.

I use Bluehost for my web projects (including this one) for a bunch of reasons, such as:

  • FREE domain name for your blog – They allow you to register your blog name as a domain for free to save money from the get-go.
  • Exclusive deals for my readers starting at just $2.95/month – Choose a hosting plan that meets your needs and your budget.
  • Easy and quick sign-up – I’ll show you how it works in just a second.
  • No hidden costs – No hidden fees when you sign up.
  • Free, automatic WordPress installation – That’s the blogging software you should use. No technical jargon or hassle – start blogging right away.
  • FREE SSL certificate for your blog – Encrypts your blog traffic, adding trust and credibility with your blog visitors and with Google!
  • FAST and friendly 24/7 support – I’ve waited 1.5 seconds on average for a support agent to join the helpdesk chat.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee – No questions asked if you choose to cancel your account for any reason.

In short: with Smartweb, there really is no risk.

And that’s why I’ve teamed up with them to give you access to an exclusive blog hosting deal. I know you’ll love them as much as I do.

That said, let’s get you to Smartweb to start your blog right away:

How To Purchase A Domain Name On SmartWeb Hosting In Nigeria

 

HOW TO PURCHASE A DOMAIN NAME ON SMARTWEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA: STEP 1. 

On your Google Chrome or Mozilla browser, visit SmartWeb. This is what SmartWeb’s home page looks like. Navigate to the DOMAIN item on the menu, and click the DOMAIN REGISTRATION submenu item in the drop down.

Smartweb Homepage 
The SmartWeb HomePage – You can also see their major domain plans at the bottom of the screen

HOW TO PURCHASE A DOMAIN NAME ON SMARTWEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA: STEP 2.

On the domain search page, type in the preferred domain name you would like to use for your blog, complete the captcha check underneath and click on “Search” to check for your domain name availability.

SmartWeb domain search 
The SmartWeb domain search page.

 

HOW TO BUY A DOMAIN NAME ON SMARTWEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA: STEP 3.

A preloader will process for some seconds, then you will get feedback as to if your domain name is available or not. If you get the message I highlighted in the image below, then congratulations! your preferred domain name is available for you to use.

The next thing you need to do is to click the “Add to Cart” button to secure your domain name.

If you did not get the message, then you need to think of something else to use for your blog.

SmartWeb domain search 
The SmartWeb domain search page. Domain available notification.

 

HOW TO BUY A DOMAIN NAME ON SMARTWEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA: STEP 4.

The next page which I have also displayed below is the Domain Configuration Page. Here you set up the available options for your domain before making an order for it on SmartWeb.

At this point, I will need you to not do anything else (unless you really know where to go from here).

This is because to use your domain and also have your blog , you need to purchase a web hosting as well. Don’t know what a domain hosting is? Worry not. I have the written out the full details and all you need to know about hosting a blog. Keep reading and of course, the next set of steps you need to take also continues.

How To Buy Web Hosting On SmartWeb Nigeria

The last tutorial, I demonstrated to you how to choose and purchase a domain name on SmartWeb. Here we will continue exactly where we stopped in the last tutorial. If you don’t remember where we stopped, you can scroll right back up so you keep tabs easily.

 

 

HOW TO BUY WEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA – STEP 1: Click the [No Hosting! Click to Add] link at the top to add a hosting package to your domain name.

 

 

HOW TO BUY WEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA – STEP 2: On the next page, you will get a list of the available hosting packages. For starters, you are good to go with the Standard Package. Click the “Order Now” button to proceed.

 

 

HOW TO BUY WEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA – STEP 3: Your domain name is already chosen and preset, so click the “Use” button.

 

 

HOW TO BUY WEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA – STEP 4: Select your preferred billing cycle then click the “Continue” button

 

 

HOW TO BUY WEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA – STEP 5: You will find that the [No hosting] notification we found previously has changed to [Has Hosting], this means we have successfully added a hosting package to our cart. There are some other items you can add to support your domain and hosting for your blog.

DNS Management, ID Protection, and Email Forwarding. I won’t give in-depth details on those in this tutorial so as not to divert the topic of focus but you can make findings on each of them on Google.

For now, they don’t really matter either, so you can click the “Continue” button to proceed.

 

HOW TO BUY WEB HOSTING IN NIGERIA – STEP 6: The final page before you get to pay for your domain and web hosting on SmartWeb. Here you get to review and confirm your items before checkout. The total based on my pick is N6,900.

Click the “Checkout” button to pay for your domain and web hosting on SmartWeb.

Once your payment is successful, your account will instantly be set up, account information will be sent to your mail and you will also have immediate access to your client area.

 

And that’s the simple roundoff on how to purchase and set up your web hosting and domain name on SmartWeb

How To Start A Blog That Makes Money In Nigeria: Introduction To WordPress.

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WordPress is free to use, open-source and beginner friendly. WordPress isn’t just a blogging tool. It is in real terms now, a full-fledged content management system, used to build websites from simple to advanced.
Installing WordPress also requires some technical knowledge of SQL databases, and some editing of configuration files on your hosting – but we won’t be doing that either. Trust me, we got it all figured out
Thanks to the inbuilt functionality of our cPanel. We can easily install WordPress in one-click.
Once your hosting account is activated, you will have a cPanel area to manage your hosting files, database, and other things. To access your cPanel account on most hosts, you simply have to type in the address of your website slash cpanel
https://yourblogname.com/cpanel
Your cPanel login details will also be sent to you via the email provided.
Once you are logged into cPanel, here’s what you need to do:

How To Install WordPress From The Web Hosting CPanel

 

1. Locate The Scripts Installer
2. Locate The WordPress Installer
3. Fill The Installation Form
4. Click Install.
STEP 1 – HOW TO INSTALL WORDPRESS FROM THE WEB HOSTING CPANEL: Locate The Scripts Installer
Scroll down to the bottom of the page till you get to a “Scripts” area. Click the WordPress logo
STEP 2 – HOW TO INSTALL WORDPRESS FROM THE WEB HOSTING CPANEL: Locate The WordPress Installer
Locate the WordPress Installation page. Click the “Install Now” button
STEP 3 – HOW TO INSTALL WORDPRESS FROM THE WEB HOSTING CPANEL: Fill The Installation Form
The quick installation form will be displayed. Choose your website protocol, preferably “https”, select your blog address, Input the Blog Name, and the description, also create an admin username and password which you will use to log into your dashboard.

Provide an email address also. It will serve as the admin email for password resets and administrative functions.

Click the “Install” button below once done, and sit back to watch your blog install in few seconds!

Step 3: Design Your WordPress Blog – Choose a WordPress Theme

You’ve almost made it – this is the last step before you can start creating awesome content and posts for you new WordPress blog!Let’s go through each step of changing your blog’s design next. You WordPress blog comes with a standard design, so you don’t necessarily have to change the design just yet.

 

How to Change the Design and Look of Your WordPress Blog

You probably have some idea about how you wish your WordPress blog to look to your readers. Every blogger has slightly different preferences and a beautiful design is often just as important as great content. Therefore, feel free to find a design that you feel comfortable with. Remember: you will be working with it a lot.

In WordPress, the templates that determine how your blog will look like are called “Themes”. Thus, a WordPress Theme is in control of the entire design and layout of your blog.

Luckily, you can easily choose a theme you like from thousands of great options out there. Whether you choose to buy a theme or use a free theme is totally up to you. There are plenty of awesome themes available that are 100% free to you.

Option 1: Use Free WordPress Themes

Free WordPress themes are a great way to start if you are a beginner blogger. They can work well, but they lack some of the tools that paid themes give you. And these tools are often the ones that help you make your blog successful.

If you have an extra $50 – $90 you can invest in your blog business, use a paid premium theme. The money will pay itself back.

If it feels like a big buck at this point, I totally understand.

Just use a free theme for a few weeks and learn your way around WordPress that way.

Using one of the pre-installed themes that come with WordPress is perfectly fine at first. You can find them under “Appearance > Themes” in your WordPress Dashboard. I’ll show you this in more detail in just a minute.

Why should I use a paid theme for my blog?Since there are so many free themes available, why would you pay for one?

Paid themes are most often much more customizable and powerful in the long run. They usually come with helpful builder tools and solutions for managing your blog more easily.

These premium themes also have much better support staff to help you with your questions. They are there for you to solve any problems you may have with the theme.

Nevertheless, it’s perfectly OK to start your blog using a free theme. You can learn how to use WordPress and understand the features of the system first.

Option 2: Save Time and Create a Better Design Using a Paid Theme

If you can invest in a paid theme, you should pick one that’s both extremely user-friendly and powerful.

Having built dozens of blogs and websites, I’ve come across a myriad of paid themes. Here are two of the best I recommend:

Please note: This guide contains affiliate links to products I use, trust, and recommend. If you choose to purchase a product using these links, I may receive a small commission for referring you – at no extra cost to you.

1: Divi Theme (TOP PICK!)

Divi is an incredibly beginner-friendly and powerful theme – I use it for nearly 100% of my projects nowadays. Divi is easy to learn, intuitive, and highly customizable.Divi allows you to easily change the design of any of your pages, including the blog page. And in case you have any questions about how to use the theme, the customer support is fast and friendly.

Also, Divi comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, no questions asked. There is no risk in trying it out.

When you purchase a licence for Divi, you can also access the entire Elegant Themes selection of over 70 further themes and plugins, too. Needless to say, countless professional bloggers use Divi, and it’s quickly on its way to become the best WordPress theme for beginner bloggers, too!

2: Avada Theme

Avada Theme was my first paid WordPress theme I used and loved – and I still use it for a few projects where I don’t need all the features Divi has. Avada has heaps of customization options and it’s a bit cheaper than Divi Theme.Therefore, Avada is my second recommendation for beginner bloggers – a great theme to get started with!

When you start your blog and choose a theme, don’t overthink it! It’s easy and quick to change your theme if you’re not happy with the one you’ve chosen.So, just pick one and use it for some time. Learn how it works and be aware of the things you like and the ones you don’t like at all.

Ok, let’s take a closer look at how you can find, install, and activate a WordPress theme next. I’ll walk you through each step, so this is going to be easier than you think.

How to Find a WordPress Theme for Your Blog

To start off, log in to your WordPress blog using the login details from your web hosting provider.

You can open the login screen by typing the following URL into your web browser – remember to replace “yourblog.com” with your own domain name:

www.yourblog.com/wp-admin/

Simply enter your username and password into the fields and click the “Log In” button:

Beginner's guide: how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost

Once logged in, you will see your WordPress Dashboard. This is the basic starting point for everything you do for your blog:

How to change the design of your WordPress blog - how to install and activate a WordPress theme

On the left-hand side, you see a dark, vertical menu. That is where you can access all the content on your WordPress blog, upload media, review comments, and change the design of your blog.

Go ahead and click on “Appearance”. This will take you to the Themes overview, where the active theme is the first one on the list (in my case the “Divi” theme):

How to change the design of your WordPress blog - how to install and activate a WordPress theme

Every WordPress blog comes with a couple of default themes installed for you: they’re called Twenty-Seventeen, Twenty-Sixteen, Twenty-Fifteen etc. They all are easy-to-use, professional-looking themes that do a great job for any type of blog out there.

In case you just wish to start writing, I recommend using one of these default themes at first.

Step 4: Start Writing – Create Engaging Posts and Pages

You’ve come a long way already, good job! By now you should have a WordPress blog on your very own domain name. Also, you should have a custom WordPress theme to create a design that supports and fits together with your blog’s topic.Again, congrats! You have set up everything you need for a solid foundation for your future success as a blogger!

In the next step on how to start a WordPress blog, I’ll show you how to write your very first blog post. Posts are the main type of content you will create as a blogger, so in this section you’ll learn:

  • How to write a post in WordPress
  • How to format and edit text and headings
  • How to add and manage images and links to your blog post
  • How to create great, engaging content for your readers

Alright, let’s get to it!

Step 5: Grow and Promote Your Blog – Attract More Visitors

We all know that it takes a great amount of determination, time, and effort to produce enough content to make it in the blogging world.Once you’ve written a bunch of great blog posts to share with your readers, you really need to get your blog out there for the world to see!

So how do you stand out from the masses? How can you make sure that the right visitors find their way to your blog and not the others on the same topic?

It’s all about marketing, baby!

Marketing is the #1 essential part of blogging many bloggers fail to succeed. There’s so much awesome, valuable content out there to be discovered by readers, but if they can’t find their way there, that content is lost and practically obsolete.

To make things easier for you, I’ve put together this final step of my guide to help you find useful ideas and helpful information to grow your blog with:

Step 6: Make money blogging – Monetize your WordPress blog

You made it this far, congratulations! That’s awesome!You’ve come all the way from laying the very first foundation for your blog to creating amazing content and promoting your blog to grow it. You’ve hopefully found useful tips and information along the way, giving you something to apply to your blog for a long time.

If you followed each step of my guide carefully, you should be well on your way to building a successful blog for yourself. What you do next, is totally up to you – the world is your oyster, really!

How to make money blogging

When it comes to earning money with your blog, there are endless options to choose between.

Some bloggers make their money through affiliate marketing, some through selling ad space on their blogs, while some sell their own products to their readers directly on their blogs.

Whatever path you choose to make money with your blog, I’ll be there to guide you through it.

Choose the best monetization methods for your blog

Alright, time to talk about blog monetization.

These blog posts should give you heaps of ideas for monetizing your blog content and traffic.

And while it may take a while to build enough blog traffic to start earning substantial income, just keep doing what you’re doing.

Keep your eyes on the prize! Because once the ball starts rolling, your blog income will start increasing faster and faster.

Cheers, happy blogging!
-Onos Elijah

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How to Make Money Online – For Beginners

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Making money online can be challenging, but you don’t have to be an Internet Marketer to succeed. Even if you don’t have the patience to craft exciting content for your customers, you can earn a nice, steady income online.

Making money online requires focus and a work ethic. While you might love what you do, you must devote your time to promote your affiliate product and get traffic to your website. As an affiliate marketer, you need to keep up with the latest marketing trends and to make the most of every business opportunity.

In addition to finding an affiliate business to promote, you need to set up a system to make money online. This article will help you to start making money online and to learn how to make money online. If you don’t have the right product to promote and the correct system, you may have a lot of hard work ahead of you before you can make money online.

You have to set up a strategy to make money online. You need to identify the goals you have for your online business and ensure that you stay on track. To do this, you need to work towards making money online consistently and efficiently. If you don’t have time to generate traffic or to learn new products, you’re going to struggle to succeed.

Traffic generation is one of the most important elements of success for a successful affiliate business. Without traffic, you won’t be able to generate any money online. If you don’t make money online, you won’t be able to work online.

The first thing you must do in order to make money online is to identify the goals of your online business. You need to determine how much money you’re willing to spend on your business. You need to spend as little as possible, but you also need to spend it on a consistent basis. When you create your system to make money online, make sure that you’re always looking for ways to spend less.

Your goals should be set before you start your online business. You need to know what products you want to promote and what products you don’t want to promote. You need to have ideas about how to test different advertising methods to see which ones convert better.

The best way to make money online is to promote products that will make money. This may mean promoting products that won’t make you a lot of money and which don’t convert as well as you might hope. You can either find these products by looking at what others are promoting, or you can find them by researching and deciding what types of products are currently in demand.

Once you have a system to make money online, you need to work to convert your traffic to customers. You can do this by creating some kind of traffic generation system. You can use advertising to drive traffic to your website or you can use pay-per-click advertising.

Internet Marketing is just as important as advertising is in promoting a product. You need to understand the methods and the strategies that work in Internet Marketing. If you work with a system to make money online, you need to invest time and resources into learning new strategies.

Starting an online business isn’t easy. It takes a lot of work and persistence to be successful. You can have success in the world of online business if you learn the tricks of the trade, make the time to work, and have the right mindset for success.

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Education is the most challenging area for a business. It is one that requires a lot of money and time to reach the level required to be considered an intelligent person. It does not matter what your education is. No matter what you have to earn a high income, and always go for the ones that are more affordable.

It is common knowledge that you can’t simply pay someone to make you smart. That means that you will have to be smarter than anyone else and to gain information that no one else can gain. This can be the only way to earn money. The smartest people are usually the smartest because they are able to learn on their own and make their own decisions.

Some think that their parents, and even their teachers will know more than them. Of course that’s not true. Even the teachers have their own learning styles. However, the children can always learn from their parents or teachers.

Remember that all people have their own learning styles. You can’t expect everyone to be smarter than you. The key to an education is to know what you are interested in. If you know what you are interested in and are passionate about it, you will be the best student. It will be a learning experience for you.

Most people that earn money online, like to learn a lot and even for their hobby. For this, it is a good idea to check the internet for free paid online educational courses. You will be amazed at the amount of educational information that can be found. There are even some studies that show that a person that is able to learn most in one educational course will then be most intelligent. Of course, you should also remember that you need to choose a course that you will like.

English courses are also one of the most common courses in most countries. This can be your way to start an education. Even if you don’t find the best course for you, you will still be able to get an education.

Another way that you can gain an education is by signing up for a free internet course. Of course, you will need to provide some information about yourself and your interests. Then you can become an educated person. Of course, don’t expect to start learning right away.

When you learn, you can always be surprised by what you can learn. In a way, you can learn a lot and become intelligent with a free online course. As an educator, it is your duty to share your knowledge with others. By doing so, you will also be able to earn money and to give more people the chance to learn.

This is because knowledge is the most valuable commodity on the market. Everything can be learned from other people. By signing up for an education that you are interested in, you will also gain a lot of knowledge. The more you learn, the more you know about yourself and the world.

You can also use the internet to look for books that can help you learn more. This will also teach you how to make the most of your time. You can be a smart person, if you spend some time to learn more.

Once you learn how to read, you will never be smart without more knowledge. The more you know, the more your knowledge will allow you to do. Remember, in order to learn, you have to learn something that can be of use to you.

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What Are The Most Important Things To Know When You Are Struggling With Money?

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Many people have long been looking for ways to make some extra money, but are they following the right track? Is finance the key to life or are you better off without it? Many things have been said about finance, but there is no clear consensus. It is sometimes just a matter of going about it the wrong way.

Asking money on the street may be tempting, but there is always the risk of getting ripped off. In the finance world, many of the clever scammers will take the time to steal the information off your computer screen before charging you money. You may never find out if you signed the check. There may also be an endless stream of worthless promises that are easily avoided.

When you use money to make your own income, you may have to take a good job and take some training to do it right. The more money you make, the more valuable money seems, so you may get discouraged.

When your dreams are in a type of job that you are not passionate about, there is usually a problem with communication. Even if you are emotionally attached to the type of work, there are others who are not. This can be the first sign that the work is not giving you what you want. Most people know how to talk to each other, so you should know how to get to the person who is not offering what you are looking for.

Money is supposed to be free, and yet many have trouble managing their finances. Of course money can be hard to budget, but some might be able to use this knowledge to budget better. There is good and bad money, and they all have different needs.

There are some special skills that are necessary when it comes to money. You need to be able to market yourself well and to attract customers. You need to be able to make sales, be able to keep customers, and be able to give out quality products. Many people make money by focusing on one of these areas, and not the others.

It is hard to quit using money. Many people feel as if money is part of them. They also have a hard time letting go of it. People can become addicted to money. Some people cannot let go of money, and they go on spending a lot of it.

In between the extra work that you get paid for you can focus on your family and being a good parent. You can still take the time to do some of the extra work. It is important to enjoy what you do, as there is no sense of accomplishment if you are spending most of your time doing something that is not giving you satisfaction. Taking a break every once in a while is important.

Finance is what your family looks to for money. If you work a second job, there is always the danger of losing your car or going back to school to pay for tuition. Try to budget yourself so that you do not need to do that, and you will feel less pressure.

If you are going to get your finances in order, take advantage of financial assistance. Many private lenders and organizations provide financial counseling. Many business programs have loans that help your business grow and expand. It can be helpful to work with a good counselor and organization.

Make sure that you set aside enough money for things that you do not have to do yourself. Get the free services that you need, and save money for fun things. Use your extra money to get the things that you want or need.

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How to Make $100 A Day With Clickbank Using Facebook

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                                        Make Money With Clickbank and Facebook

 

Do you want to make money with Clickbank and Facebook?? Follow the step by step guidelines to make $100 a day just promoting the Clickbank product on Facebook groups, and fan pages.

 

There are a lot of ways to promote Clickbank products, but here I will show you how to promote all kinds of Clickbank products on Facebook without any investment.

Facebook is a world #1 social media site where billions of users available. You will get a massive amount of targeted audience on Facebook. You will get all kinds of targeted audience such as men, women, students, employees, teenagers, kids, moms, dads, businessman etc. AND you will also get targeted traffic from all over the world. So here is a great opportunity to promote ClickBank products and make some extra money online from home.

Follow the methods below to promote the Clickbank product and make money on Facebook.

Method-1: How to Make Money With Clickbank Using Facebook Groups

 

Facebook group is a perfect place to promote any ClickBank products and make money without any investment. You will see a lot of groups of all niche or topics where thousands of members are available on each group. You can easily find your relevant groups and make money promoting Clickbank products.

How to find and join Facebook relevant groups

 

First, you have to log in on your real and genuine Facebook account, Do not work with a fake account. After login, you will see the search bar at the top left side of your screen. Type your keywords what you want to find. Suppose, you promote make-money online related products, so type “make money online” or “internet marketing” or “work from home” or “network marketing” or “make money at home” or “affiliate marketing” or “SEO” or “home business” or “home-based business” or “online marketing” etc.

AND if promote health & fitness related products then you can search with the keywords such as “weight loss” or “health” or “fitness” or “lose weight” or “diet to lose weight” or “best workout” or “how to lose weight fast” etc.

If promote cooking and recipe related Clickbank products then you can search with the keywords like “recipe” or “foods” or “cooking” or “breakfast” or “lunch” or “dinner” or “diet” etc.

AND if you promote graphic design related Clickbank products you can search with the keywords like “photoshop tutorial” or “graphic design” or “learn photoshop” or “adobe photoshop” or “illustrator” “learn photo editing” etc

When you search for your keywords you will see a lot of results that include Facebook posts, Pages, Groups and mixture result. So now you have to click on group section to filter only the groups. Okay, In these way you can easily find relevant groups. Once you find your targeted groups, now click on the join button to join that groups, it may need time to get approved your joining. Because admin will verify you and then approve. If you send joining request from the fake account they may not approve you. This is why I first told you to work with the genuine account.

How to post on Facebook groups

 

Anyway, Join 5-10 groups a day and when getting approval, start posting your Clickbank products on that groups. You need 4 major things to post your Clickbank products on Facebook groups. These are an attractive title, a short description, an eye-catching image or photo and finally link of that product. Facebook sometimes does not allow you direct Clickbank product link so you should use a landing page or YouTube video to promote the product. You can watch my exclusive video how to promote the Clickbank product with the free landing page on blogger.

So, after watching my video I hope now it’s become easy for you to promote a Clickbank product with free blogger landing page. So start to promote your products on Facebook groups and post 50-60 groups daily. AND change your title, description text and photo every day during posting. In this way, you will get a lot of targeted traffic and sales without any investment. You can also work with multiple products at a time but for doing that I recommend you to use separate accounts and join groups of different niche from the different account.

I personally use this method and got huge sales on Clickbank. If you do not get sales on first few days, do not upset, work continuously and success must come.

Method-2: How to Make Money With Clickbank Using Facebook Page

 

Facebook page is also a fit place to promote Clickbank products and earn money. There are mainly two ways to make money using the fan page. One is if you have your own fan page where plenty of fans are available then you can create a featured pin post on your page and thus you can get traffic and sales. And the second way is if you have no popular fan page, you can find other people’s popular fan page and contact them to create a pinned post for your product for 7 days or 15 days or 1 month with a small charge or fee.

If they agree, you can create a pinned post on their popular pages by spending a small budget. It’s really a good way to get huge targeted traffic and a lot of sales. You can try it. You can also visit fiverr.com to find fan page post related offers. Just search and find them.

Method-3: How to Make Money With Clickbank Using Facebook Targeted Members

 

To find your targeted audience, Facebook is the best place. How to find the targeted audience on Facebook?? Okay, Search your targeted keywords and find some popular active posts. Suppose your keyword is weight loss, so search “how to lose weight” or “lose weight fast” or “diet to lose weight” etc. AND find some popular active posts, Click on the latest posts section to find active posts. How to identify active post? Okay, When you see there are some likes, comments, and shares on the posts they are active posts.

Once you found some active posts, now you got the real targeted audience. People who are liking a weight loss related post that means that are interested in losing weight. Okay, So now send a simple promotional message to them with your product link and send 10-20 message per day. Continue this process daily. I hope in this way you will easily get a lot of sales without investment.

Thank you for reading my article. Please share with your friends right now.

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Is Warrior Plus a Scam Site? My Good And Bad Experiences.

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So for many years, I’ve purchased online marketing programs from numerous places, and one of them happens to be the Warrior Plus site.

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As a whole, this platform is not a scam, but let me tell you, it needs to improve on it’s customer service area A LOT because as of right now, I personally feel it lacks in that regard and I will be explaining my personal experiences with this place since I have purchased a number of make money online programs from it (which it’s known for).

So let me start by explaining what Warrior Plus is in general:

So it’s basically like JVZoo and if you don’t know what that is (here’s the explanation), the basic premise is that people who want make online marketing products/programs can put them up there for sale.

Other similar sites include places like Muncheye although in that case, it’s a site where you can find make money online products very early on and not necessarily buy, but promote through launch jacking strategies.

But anyway, as a member of Warrior Plus, you can also promote the products on that site as an affiliate.

The good thing about this program is that it allows vendors a platform to put up stuff to sell instead of having to make your own checkout cart and figure out the sales coding aspect of things.

It also allows vendors to have affiliates on the same network sell those things and not have to figure out which affiliate is supposed to get so and so credit for the sale/s he or she makes.

Overall, it’s a legitimate system set up for both vendors and affiliates to do business on and together.

But it has issues and here are some of them (personal stuff I’ve experienced):

1) Warrior Plus has many of the SAME issues I pointed out in places like JVZoo in that their customer support could really be A LOT better. In fact, the same cons (and even pros) I listed for that site, I may as well just list for this one, but I’ll keep it short:

2) There’s a bunch of programs on this particular platform that are low quality (garbage too!). I don’t even think there’s a vetting process that goes on when people submit their products and programs to be on this platform.

If there is, it could sure be better because if I take the products I’ve purchased from it and label them with bad, OK and good labels, then most of the time, the products I’ve purchased are either on the OK or bad side, with VERY few being good.

Now I have my own subjective, yet high standards for the internet marketing I purchase and review because I’ll know if they work or not most of the time because I’ll cross examine their strategy with what I use and have used in my personal experiences doing it and based on that, MOST of the products I’ve purchased on Warrior Plus are sub par at best.

But this is where things can get annoying (if you seek refunds):

Just a few days ago, I purchased a few products from this place:

One of them was called The Milk it Method. It was an OK product that I decided to keep.

But then there was one called The Piggyback Payday. Now that one had issues where I wasn’t sent a log in and what happens if you have technical issues or just issues in general (like refunds) with the products on this platform is this:

-They provide you with a chat to contact, but for the most part they REALLY emphasize trying to dispute whatever problems you have with the vendor so they send you through a bunch of F.A.Q pages which basically say that.

-The problem in my case was that the vendor wasn’t actually responding to my original issue.

-Furthermore, even the chat itself says it takes hours to respond. I guess this isn’t a bad thing, considering even a good platform like Clickbank takes about 24 hours to respond to requests, BUT what Warrior Plus does is that they first reach out to the vendor, then to you, so it becomes a back n forth type of thing which can take some time to figure out…

-Update. Chat responded to me and basically told me to dispute the issue with PayPal (I didn’t pay through them) or to dispute through my credit card company. This is extremely annoying since it makes the customer service in Warrior Plus basically useless. It just seems like all they do is send you anywhere but through themselves to fix any potential refund issues.

Look I understand that this platform aims to get details on a case from both sides and wants the vendor and customer to figure it out, but I really believe they need to play a more active role since it is after all their platform where these purchases get made. Otherwise, what is the point of even having them in place if they don’t directly help you?

 

Going back to what I just said about Clickbank, a really good program in this regard, what they do is that they actually have a central place where you can get refunds from QUICKLY. Now I do get that this can lead to abuse on the customer’s end, but Clickbank truly makes refunding easy.

In Warrior Plus’s case, it’s not easy. If you can reach out to the vendor and they can communicate with you well, sure it is, but like I said, if you get an inactive one, then you’ve gotta go though Warrior Plus’s directly and that can take awhile considering the steps they take and how long it takes for all of this to get figured out…

My final thoughts:

Like I said before, Warrior Plus is not a scam, but like JVZoo and especially places like Clickbetter (not to be mistaken with Clickbank), they have to handle 2 particular problems:

  • Low quality programs.
  • Being more active in their customer support area and have less of a web/wait to handle disputes.

There’s a reason bigger programs like Clickbank, Amazon, eBay, Commission Junction are considered bigger networks, it’s largely due to the fact that their customer support is top notch and I truly believe the other programs I mentioned in this review, besides Warrior Plus itself would be more successful if they did.

I still believe that if you have a good product, specifically one that deals with making money online, that Warrior Plus is one of the places you should consider to put it up on, but even then, know that you must be a good customer service representative should people want to ask you questions.

And as an affiliate, I honestly can’t think of a good program to recommend promoting on this platform. I can recommend another platform and program to promote and that would be Wealthy Affiliate. They offer good compensations, excellent recurring commissions and a high positive feedback from customers.

 

                                  Here’s what I want to stress (summarize) about this network:

I strongly believe (and know from experience) all the success you can achieve on Warrior Plus and the other networks I listed in this article will come from Wealthy Affiliate.

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