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How To Make Money On Fiverr In Nigeria: A Free Beginner’s Guide

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How To Make Money On Fiverr In Nigeria: A Free Beginner’s Guide

If you want to learn how to make money on Fiverr in Nigeria, this guide will take you step-by-step through the processes you must follow.

There are several ways to make money online in Nigeria; and among them, freelancing happens to be one of the easiest ways.

There are several other freelance platforms to get jobs and make money online apart from Fiverr; however, it has remained the most popular freelance platform among Nigerians.

Several smart Nigerians are already sellers on Fiverr and make a living off their Fiverr earnings.

Apart from just making a living off Fiverr earnings, if you take your freelancing career with all seriousness, you can make money enough to help you live the life of your dreams.

And the good thing is that, you get to do all that working from home, in your hotel room or wherever you like.

I have always considered freelancing a golden opportunity for Nigerians—considering the high unemployment rate in the country.

Many youths graduate from the university and are unable to get decent jobs.

The good thing about freelancing is that—even if you graduated with a 3rd class or pass degree, you can get jobs from them.


Even if you didn’t attend any university and don’t have any certification, in as much as you possess all the quality and skills required to compete, you will get jobs on Fiverr.


Here’s how to make money on Fiverr in Nigeria
1. Create a freelancer profile
When you create a Fiverr account, your account can serve for both buying (client) and selling (freelancing).

I’ll assume your reason for wanting to join Fiverr is to sell and not buy, since you’ve declared an interest to make money on Fiverr For that reason, you need to build your profile around the services you render.

Want to start selling on Fiverr? If yes, then let’s get started…

Create a Fiverr account:

Visit Fivrr.com and click on the become a seller button. Thereafter, you may be required to click on another ‘become a seller’ button to get a popup asking you to enter your email to sign up.

Enter email to signup with Fiverr
You can either choose to sign up by typing in your email in the space provided and clicking on continue or by login in with Facebook or your Google account.

Choose username and password for your fiverr profile
The next thing you have to do is choose a Username for your Fiverr profile along with a strong password you can remember easily.

Once you’re done choosing a Username and setting your password, click on the join button to create your Fiverr account.

Complete a seller profile on fiverr 
There are four profile requirements every seller must complete before they begin selling.

They are:

Personal info
Account security
Professional info
Linked accounts
Complete all the forms you are provided with by entering in all the required details in their appropriate fields and clicking on the continue button each time you’re done completing a form.

Meanwhile, an email must have been sent to your inbox. Login to your email and click on the link you’re provided with to confirm and activate your Fiverr account.

2. Create and publish a gig
Without a gig your seller profile is useless. So, after creating a seller profile, you must create a gig to begin selling and making money with your Fiverr account.


A gig is the term used to describe the freelance service you render on Fiverr—and is priced at $5 upwards.

On Fiverr, you can create a gig in up to 8 categories of services, which are:

Graphics & Design
Digital Marketing
Writing & Translation
Video & Animation
Music & Audio
Programing & Tech
Business
Fun & Lifestyle
To create a gig for your Fiverr profile, follow my step-by-step Fiverr gig creation guide.

3. Optimize your gig to rank high and make sales
Creating a gig is one thing, getting enough sales is another. There’s a lot of competition for jobs on Fiverr.

There are already many authority freelancers on whichever category or subcategory you can think of.

That’s why you must make sure you carryout all the necessary optimization when creating your gig and writing a description for your service.

Also, Fiverr has a ranking system. The Freelancers with gigs ranking high make more sales than those who don’t appear quickly when search queries are made.

Read this post to learn the secrets to ranking high on Fiverr.

I have shared several free guides that will help any freelancer get started on Fiverr. Feel free to browse through my Fiverr archives to have a look at them.

4. Render quality services
If you want to make money on Fiverr, you must render quality services. With quality services, you’ll keep old customers coming back for more and win over new clients.

Furthermore, a base of loyal customers can help you quickly gain promotion to the Fiverr top rated seller level.

That’s why you must make sure you render only services you can complete with ease while still maintaining quality.

If you don’t render services you can complete with ease, you may find it difficult to cope with your freelancing career.

There’s no limit to the amount of money you can make on Fiverr; almost everything depends on you.

5. Withdraw your earning
In Nigeria, there are several limitations to making money online, especially due to the fact that PayPal has refused to allow Nigerians receive money.

I made a list of several PayPal alternatives available to Nigerians and among that list you’ll find Payoneer.

Luckily for Nigerians, Fiverr and Payoneer are partner companies; and Payoneer MasterCard serves as the Fiverr revenue card.

You can easily withdraw your Fiverr earnings in Nigeria using Payoneer as your preferred payment option during withdrawal.

If you don’t have a Payoneer account yet, follow my step-by-step guide to create one now and get $25 bonus.


Wrapping up:

Now that you have a Fiverr account, you can begin to earn money online through it.

But like I said earlier, there’s a lot of competition the platform. And while Fiverr is considered one of the best freelance platforms there are several other freelance sites available to Nigerians.

Feel free to register with as many as possible. You never can tell which of them will turn out to be your favorite.
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HOW TO STAERT A BLOG WITH JUST 3K

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· STARTING A BLOG WITH JUST 3K
Requirement: A phone, A laptop , Good internet connection,
N3000.
Estimated time to expect results: 3 months.
Why Should You Blog?
I started blogging in the spring of 2015. Considering how long blogging has been around – that’s a pretty late start.
Why would anyone want to blog? There are plenty of reasons. And it’s still a great time to get started. Check out this list and see some of the reasons why.

1. It’s fun and rewarding
Blogging is fun. I get to write about things I enjoy and I meet people online who share similar interests.
I spent most of my career sitting behind a computer. At one of my jobs we worked in a room with no windows that we called the cave. Don’t get me wrong – I love being behind a computer. But there isn’t much social interaction.
When I decided in 2015 I was going to flip my life on its head and do exactly the opposite of everything I’ve ever done:
help people with their problems
go to conferences and meet people
talk to people (you don’t do that much as a programmer)
my entire outlook on life changed. I get to help people with their finances. I’m making a difference.
2. You’ll make new friends
I have made so many new friends I wouldn’t have met otherwise. It’s amazing! Relationships might start out as comments on a post, replying to a Tweet, or an email.
My virtual friends end up becoming people I hang out with who live close by, or people I see at conferences. I have a whole bunch of new people I’ve met that I consider friends.
Often you might feel alone –
Am I the only person out there that likes cats?
But if you start blogging about cats, suddenly other cat lovers find you. And because of your common interest, you quickly form a common bond.
Blogging is a great way to meet like-minded people that share your hobbies, beliefs, values, and goals.
3. You’ll learn new things
I am a life-long learner. I would visit the library once a week, check out the new releases, and pick up any book that looked interesting.
The reason I love writing about personal finance is that there is so much to learn. From extreme couponing to annuities to tax deductions through conservation easements (haven’t heard of that one, have you?)
No matter what subject you pick to write about – even if it’s you – there are new things to discover. Writing is just putting your thoughts to paper. You can have an opinion, observation, or just ask questions.
There is no need to become a research specialist when it comes to learning. Everything you could want to know is available online.
4. You’ll challenge yourself
I am an introvert. What was surprising to me at the last conference I attended were how many people stood up in front of a room full of people and said:
I am an introvert.
I am shy.
Blogging is a way to break through the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from experiencing your best life.
If you want to remain behind the scenes and write for the pure joy of it – that’s ok too! Nothing says you have to do a road tour and meet all of your readers.
But everyone I’ve heard from and talk to say the same thing:
Getting out of my comfort zone and putting myself out there was the best decision I ever made.
5. You can grow a business
In just 18 months of blogging here is a list of the amazing opportunities I’ve had:
Speaking at a big financial conference
Being interviewed on the radio
Being interviewed on dozens of podcasts with a reach of hundreds of thousands of listeners
I’ve been quoted countless times in online publications,
All of these help build my brand and grow my business.
6. You have something to say
That’s right – you have something to say! Everyone does.
Right now you might be wondering – what should I blog about?
Soon I’ll give you a sure-fire way to find the one thing you’ll love to write about.
7. To have financial freedom
While this guide is about how to make money blogging, money is just a tool to achieve your goals in life.
People can tell in your writing if you are passionate about something. You could make a lot of money blogging about fashion for example. But if you aren’t fashionable or don’t care much for fashion, you’re much less likely to succeed. And you want to succeed, right?
There are dozens of things I could have blogged about and made a lot more money, but I like helping people with their money. One guy put it appropriately –
You’re going to start a business that helps broke people who don’t have any money to pay you?
Yes. Because for me, the opportunities to build a profitable business extend beyond helping those who may be broke.
Blogging is a path to financial freedom. Like any other job, it will take time and effort. However being a blogger, you’re in the driver’s seat. You’re the boss. You work as much or as little as you want.
Action items
Every part in this series includes one small, manageable step. So are you ready to get started?
All I want you to do is write down the reasons you want to blog. You can certainly pick more than one!
Writing for writing’s sake (journaling) is great to record your life and events. But if you want to be a successful blogger and achieve some of those things in the list I mentioned, you need to know your Big Why.
Knowing your Big Why is what’s going to motivate you to follow through and take each daily action.
What Should I Blog About?
I get this question a lot when people are thinking about starting a business too. What kind of business should I start?
Try this quick 10-minute exercise:
Take a sheet of paper
Draw a line down the middle, so there are two columns
In the left column take 5-minutes and write down everything you are passionate about
In the right column take 5-minutes and write down everything you are an expert on
Circle everything that overlaps in the two lists.
The overlap is called your ‘Zone of Genius‘. It’s where you take something you know about (you’re an expert in) and that you would be passionate about writing.
Here’s the thing – if you pick a topic you’re only mildly interested in, you won’t stick with it. It’s a waste of your time, and you won’t be successful.
I’m a cake baker, but I only bake 1–2 cakes a year. I’m not that passionate about baking. I used to be when I was younger and had nothing better to do on the weekends. It wouldn’t make sense for me to start a cake blog because I’d likely flame out and quit.
What if I’m not an expert?
For some reason people don’t realize this:
No one starts out as an expert at anything. You become an expert.
Let me share with you all the things I’ve become an ‘expert‘ on since I’ve started blogging that I wasn’t an expert on before:
Publishing a book
Producing a podcast
Creating well-written blog posts
Public speaking
Explaining complex financial topics in easy-to-understand terms
Search engine optimization (SEO)
And LOTS of other things
Someone once said if you read three books on a subject you’re an expert. Why? Because 99.99% of the population hasn’t read even one book on the subject.
The reason I’m an ‘expert‘ on everything in that list is that I learned how to do it. Plus – I kept practicing until I got better.
You can do the same.
If you have an interest or passion, wouldn’t you enjoy learning more about it? And the process of learning would be fun, right? It wouldn’t be a drag. If it is, you might consider a different topic to write on.
I thoroughly enjoy learning more about personal finance and sharing that knowledge with others so they can improve their lives. I also happen to enjoy the business side of things and learning how to reach more people so I can help them too.
Realize you don’t have to be an expert

That’s right – you don’t have to be an expert.
I didn’t drop into this industry as an expert. It was a process. Over time you will become known as an expert.
If you’re just starting out learning about how to make awesome cheap sandwiches, for example, you build your blog and community around your new found expertise on making awesome cheap sandwiches.
You can then package that expertise into an e-book, digital course, printed book, or advertising opportunities, just as I’m doing right now.
If you teach someone how to make a great sandwich, you’re an expert sandwich maker to that person. You only need to know a little more than someone else to be an expert in their eyes.
Sometimes just documenting your journey from beginner, to intermediate skills, to expert, will make you an expert.
You can document anything you want to get good at, or that’s occurring in your life:
motherhood
baking cakes
gardening
getting a pilot’s license
how to buy a classic car
being more productive
How To Create Your Blog
In this part you’ll start a blog on Blogger .
It’s simple and cheap – if you want to be a successful blogger you need to run your blog on a successful platform.
Let me give you an analogy – if you wanted to open a successful restaurant, would you use ingredients you could find for free? Of course not because who knows what kind of ingredients you would be getting at no cost. You would start with the best ingredients you could afford.
Lucky for you – it doesn’t cost much to get started blogging (in other words, it’s the cheapest business you’ll ever start). You can get a good quality restaurant up and be running without breaking the bank. Plus if you decide you don’t want to be a chef, you get a 100% money back guarantee. Not bad!
HOW TO GET STARTED
· Open a new gmail account from www.gmail.com 
· Head over to www.blogger.com 
· Get a domain name from www.domainking.com 
·  Download a responsive themplate (look or niche of the blog) from www.gooyabi.com or just google and search for free blogger responsive templates.
· Link your blog to your domain name e.g, www.myblog.com 
It might get tricky along the line when you want to customize the look of your blog or linking the domain name, not to worry, Im here to help. Consultation fee may apply.
How To Make Money Blogging With Affiliate Income
You’ve probably asked yourself the same question. Can I do it too?
Yes!
When I started blogging in 2015, I never planned on making money with my blog (making money with your blog is called monetizing). I had other ideas I wanted to pursue that would financially support my business:
· writing books (did that)
· building online courses (haven’t had time to do this yet but I’m currently on it)
· advertising on my blog (pursuing this right now)
· public speaking (sometimes)
· building a membership site (undecided on this one because it’s a bit time consuming)
· advertising on your blog e.g (google adsense-www.adsense.com , propeller ads- www.propeller.com and affiliate marketing.
Then I started learning about affiliate marketing and how easy it was to monetize a blog. 5 months after starting my blog when I first focused on monetizing it, I made $25 in my first month.
I share that with you because there is plenty of opportunities for new bloggers to make money. The thing that gets me is if I had known then what I know now (and what I will share with you), I could have made money with my blog much sooner. Lesson learned!
Keep this in mind – I’m new to blogging too. While I’m not new to online business, I’ve never had a serious blog like I do now. And I’m just getting started. That’s proof new bloggers are still making money.
You can request and purchase  the full e-book course on (blogging and earning from your blog)
PS: You can have a tour through my blogs.

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Ebates Review 2019: How Does the Cash Back App Work? Is it Legit?

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Ebates Review: If you’re like me, you love tools that help you save money with as little effort as possible.
The sad fact is that a lot of apps and programs make this promise, but few live up to it.
Ebates is a free site that claims to provide users with “a hassle-free way to save money on the things they buy every day.”
Sounds awesome, but is it too good to be true?
In this Ebates review, I’m going to show you how Ebates works, why it works, and what you’re missing out on if you don’t sign up for a free account.

How does Ebates work?

Ebates is a site that gives you cash back on almost everything you buy online.
It’s kind of like a credit card that gives you rewards, except you don’t pay interest, and instead of getting only 1-2% cash back, you can get up to 40%.
What’s in it for them, you ask?

What Stores are on Ebates?

Ebates is an affiliate with thousands of online stores. When someone clicks on an Ebates link to an online store, Ebates get a commission. Ebates then gives you half of their commission as “cash back”. A win-win for everyone.

A few popular stores that you’ll find on Ebates:

  1. Amazon
  2. Best Buy
  3. JCPenney
  4. Kohl’s
  5. Macy’s
  6. Nordstrom
  7. Old Navy
  8. Priceline
  9. Target
Whether you buy clothing, makeup, furniture, or flights, you can earn cash back on virtually all of your online purchases as long as you have an Ebates account.
In this Ebates review, I’ll go in depth about the pros and cons of using Ebates (spoiler alert: there aren’t many cons).
By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll know whether it makes sense to create a free Ebates account.

The Burning Question: Is Ebates Legit?

The first question everyone always asks me about Ebates is whether it’s legit or a scam.
That’s a reasonable question because it seems like there are a ton of sites popping up that steal your information or don’t deliver on what they promised.
Ebates is a real company, and they deliver on their cashback promises.
Launched in 1999, they are one of the oldest coupon type sites out there. In internet years, that pretty much makes them ancient.

Ebates BBB: A+ Rating Positive Ebates Customer Reviews

Ebates also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), so you can be assured that this isn’t a fly by night company.
Ebates customer reviews have to remain high in order for them to main an A+ rating, so they must be doing something right!
A few years ago, in 2014, the company was bought by Rakuten. But other than a footer on the logo, not much has changed.
According to Ebates, the acquisition means that they offer a stronger loyalty program and even more retailer options.
They’re going head-to-head against Amazon, so I think that this battle will ultimately be good for the consumer. I’m eager to see even more benefits coming from Ebates in the coming years.

How Do I Use Ebates?

Here’s the rundown:
  1. Visit a participating website while logged on to Ebates.
  2. Shop as you normally would.
  3. Each quarter you get a “big fat check” with your rewards. It’s your choice whether you’d like a paper check, a Paypal deposit, or a transfer to a charitable cause, friend, or family member.
Even though you earn money by shopping at any one of their participating 2,000 retailers, you must be logged in to Ebates in order to have your purchases tracked.
Your shopping trip can start on either the Ebates website or the app. Then you simply click on the store you’d like to shop at, and you go directly to the company’s site.
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From there, browse the site and shop like you normally would. Nothing will be different about your experience, except that Ebates is tracking your cart and purchase activity.
The retailer pays Ebates a commission (that’s how they make money) and you get a portion of it. Easy peasy, right?
And it’s not just your makeup habit at Sephora that earns commissions. They’ve also partnered with sites like Expedia, so you get money back for your hotels, rental cars, and even flights.

How to Make Sure You Get Your Cash Back

What if you forget to start your shopping trip on the app or site?
There’s no need to worry as long as you install the Ebates extension to your browser. There’s one for both Chrome and Safari.
The extension is free and takes less than one minute to install.
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So if you go directly to a retailer’s website without clicking over from Ebates, you’ll get a popup that looks like this:
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In this example, I went directly to Jcrew.com and immediately saw this message. I activated my cash back and continued shopping.
I got a green confirmation message (it disappeared before I could screenshot it), and then I was on my way to savings and cash back.

More Than Just a Cash Back Site

Yes, I did just say savings and cash back. The thing is, Ebates is not just a commission sharing site. It’s also a way to make sure you get the lowest prices and any coupon or discount that the retailer is offering.
When you start your shopping from the Ebates portal, you’ll see something like this for each retailer:
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But, even if you don’t visit the portal first, you’ll still get access to these bargains from the retailer. When I shopped at Jcrew.com, this is what I experienced:
1. The site informed me that there was a coupon I could use (the 40% off summer styles as seen above).
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2. One click later, Ebates is applying the coupon and the cash back to the item in my cart.
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3. Within seconds, I got confirmation that the coupon code and my rewards were applied.
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Sadly, J. Crew was only offering 1.5% cash rewards, but the average Ebates transaction results in a reward of $8.

Events and Double Cash Back

Make sure you’re signed up for their email list to get announcements about promotional events like double cash back or rewards percentages that are higher than normal.
There are always companies giving extra rewards. In fact, on the day I’m writing this, Jane.com decided to up their traditional 1% cash back to 10%!

Additional Benefits

Recently Ebates added a section to the site called “Hot Deals.”
This category allows you to browse specifically for stores offering BOGOs, cash back on gift cards, free shipping, free gifts (my favorite), and even places that will allow you to buy online and then pick up in the store.
Speaking of in-store pickups, you can now also use Ebates while shopping at the physical retailer.
All you have to do is visit your Ebates portal, find an in-store offer you like, and click the button to link the offer to your credit card (yes, this means that you have to store your credit card info on Ebates).
When you pay with your linked card, you’ll automatically get the cash back.
You can also link your card directly in the store, too.
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One caveat: if you’re using a debit card, you’ll need to run it as a credit card transaction and sign a credit card receipt slip.

Is There a Catch?

Everyone always asks me this, too. They think that by participating, they’ll have to fill out forms, take surveys, collect points in order to get rewards, or go on some telemarketer’s list.
Thankfully, none of this is true. You saw earlier how easy it is to get started. That’s literally all there is to it.
You don’t have to give out any personal information at all. In fact, unless you want a paper check in the mail, you don’t even have to give out your mailing address!

So, why does Ebates do this?

As a shopper, we get a lot of benefits from this system, but honestly, Ebates isn’t just handing you money out of the kindness of their hearts.
Of the cash back that you’re getting, they receive a portion of that, too.
While the exact amount depends on the contract they have with the retailer, I’ve often seen a 60/40 split. So if you spend $100 and get $4.00 rewards, Ebates is probably getting $6.00
Is it fair? Maybe. Some argue that Ebates isn’t providing any real value to the retailer.
But until these retailers decide to cough up rewards on their own, I see Ebates as a company that gives shoppers extra dough and retailers get exposure to their customers at a reasonable rate.

Ebates Referral Program — Get $25 per Referral

I originally found out about Ebates from a coworker who showed me a “big fat check” for $180 around the holidays.
He said he gets something like that every quarter, just for shopping online.
He told me about this site and said that if I signed up under his code, I would get $10 and he gets $25. Granted, I would have to make a purchase for the rewards to show up.
I wasn’t quite sure what to think. I thought that by shopping through the portal, my experience would be different, the website would be slower or I’d have a weird technical glitch.
I decided to try it on Sephora.com. I was out of moisturizer, and the prices on Amazon and eBay weren’t any cheaper than they were at the retailer.
So, I signed up (you literally just enter your email and a password). Then I searched for Sephora on the list of retailers and found out that I would get the following rewards with my moisturizer purchased:
  • 4% cash back
  • Free Bumble and Bumble trial size package
  • Free Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
  • $10 signup rewards
What I immediately loved about Ebates is that it encourages me to shop directly from the retailer rather than Amazon or eBay.
Not only do I get a better deal, I also get fun bonuses as well as the assurance that I’m receiving the freshest product.
I’ve heard horror stories about Amazon warehouses with really hot temperatures and insect infestations.

Comparison Shopping with Ebates

Here’s a side benefit to using Ebates: it makes comparison shopping a breeze.
For example, I could buy my moisturizer at a variety of places. Sephora and Ulta are two that come to mind.
With Ebates, I check out the rewards for each store before I decide where to shop.
You already saw what Sephora was offering, but what about Ulta? At the time, they had only 3% cash back, but they were also offering a $3.50 bonus.
They only had one free sample offer. However, it was for a full-size item.
I decided to go with Ulta in this case, especially since the price of the moisturizer was identical at both stores.

The Ebates App

There’s a mobile app for iOS and Android devices, so you can shop from your phone or tablet and still earn rewards. Here’s what I love about the mobile app:
  • Daily announcements so I always know what’s on sale and where the hot deals are.
  • An account portal where I can view my pending cash, cash back history, and details about my next check.
  • I can bookmark my favorite stores to view their offers easily.
  • There are alerts (as long as you enable push notifications) so you’ll always have the latest, up-to-the-minute information.
  • There’s a scanner, which allows you to scan UPCs and compare prices, so you can find the store with the best deal.

Tracked Shopping Trips

I’m not sure whether this is a pro or a con, so I’ll explain it and let you decide. Ebates tracks all of your shopping trips, whether you’ve made a purchase or not.
What I like about this is that it allows me to see where I’ve gone each month.
What I don’t like about it is that I see all of my shopping trips, which is scary. Did I really shop online 25 out of the last 30 days?
Still, if you’re diligent about budgeting or you just want to track your shopping behavior, this is a useful dashboard to have at your fingertips. It also shows you which of your transactions were eligible for cash back.

Pros

  • Easy to sign up: As you saw in my example, it literally takes one minute.
  • Don’t have to give personal information: Other than your email and address you don’t have to fill out forms or share information.
  • Automatic rewards: You get rewards automatically and don’t have to remember to enter any promo codes.
  • Referral bonuses: You get $25 for each friend you refer that makes a purchase. Sweet!

Cons

  • It would be nice if the friends you refer got the same reward.
It’s kind of awkward when you tell your friends that they get $10 while you’re getting $25. Honestly, I feel kind of skeezy sometimes telling my friends to sign up because of that.
  • Rewards take time to show up in your account.
Sometimes it takes up to a couple of days to see cash back in your account. It’s stressful wondering if the transaction went through, and it’s a pain going back to check each day. Hopefully, they’ll speed up the process soon.
  • Payouts are quarterly.
While it’s fun to get a big check every three months, it’s sometimes a bummer having to wait, especially if you want the funds right away.
Also, the quarterly rewards are based on their schedule. They send checks on the 15th of May, August, November, and February.
  • Rewards are voided when you return or exchange a purchase.
This is totally fair, but something I should warn you about, nonetheless. You can’t go on a $100,000 shopping spree at a store offering 10% cash rewards and expect to keep $10,000 when you return everything.
I mean, that would be awesome, but it just wouldn’t make sense to Ebates or the retailer.

2019 Ebates Review Verdict: Worth It

Ebates is legit, low-risk, and definitely worth your time.
I’ve tried a couple of other cashback sites over the years with mixed results. There are some good ones out there, but Ebates is my favorite so far.
Because they’ve been around for almost 20 years, they have an advantage.
They’ve developed long-term relationships with thousands of retailers, and because they have millions of members, they’re able to offer retailers the eyeballs they need to keep offering generous rewards.
My verdict: Ebates is free. It’s easy to set up. You’re already shopping at these stores. It’s a no-brainer.
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The searched keyword, Kidsgetpaid.co scan or legit, Kidsgetpaid review, what is Kidsgetpaid all about among others has grown publicly.

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Making Money on Kidsgetpaid

You can make money by referring friends or completing tasks. You use your special referral link to share with your friends and you will earn money every time your friend signs up.

Does Kidsgetpaid Really Pay

Team Kidsgetpaid acclaims once you earn your first $150, you can request your first payment. It so interesting to know you can beat that threshold in just a couple of days.

But do you really get paid? Impossible sounding, but you will never be paid.

Over Kidsgetpaid claims to have 378k plus members. Well, why isn’t any testimony on the world wide web?

That is just an iceberg, they have paid out over $20 million, well no prove from a handful on participating members.

How Does Kidsgetpaid Work

Sign Up

Signing up to receive your exclusive membership package and your share link is a primary step.

Share

Indirectly, sharing and making referrals is the order of the day. Invite your friends to our site by sharing your link. You will earn $10 for every friend you invite that joins our site.

Cashing Out

Cash out your hard earnings. We pay our members through PayPal, CashApp, Western Union, mailed checks, and more!

So, with this three step I can make millions ?

It is not impossible, but the sad part of it is, it isn’t happening that way.

They have succeeded in appearing legit but misleading members by storing users information in their database.

Sites like Kidsgetpaid isn’t new, there are other scam sites like KidsEarnMoney etc.

Kidsgetpaid Is Scam Not Legit

Kidsgetpaid.co is registered by concealing the owner details and address in the WHOIS and it has provided the fake company’s address on its website.

We can say that address is fake because there is not any company with the name “Kids Get Paid” in that address. In the online industry, if some websites do so, then it is very clear that those websites belong to a scammer.

If you search around the internet then you can find plenty of complaints and dissatisfactions from various users .

Actually, there are multiple scam sites like Kidsgetpaid.co and none of them have paid to anyone when members requested to cash-out their earnings after reaching the cash-out limit.

Once you request to cash-out your earnings, these kinds of sites will ask you to complete the paid surveys or pay some fees or download some apps in order to get the payment for which you have to pay money first.

However, even if you pay them money, they will never pay you anything.

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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.
How to Hack Instagram
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.
instagram tips - hashtags
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.
How to Hack Instagram - Instagram carousels
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:
Instagram Marketing
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.
How to Hack Instagram
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.
How to Hack Instagram
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.

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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.”
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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.
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