Social Media: Sharing Monetized Links via Instagram
In my previous article I shared My Experience Monetizing on Facebook. This article shares my experience with monetizing my Instagram activity.
MY 1st INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT:
A friend on Facebook sent me an invitation to create an Instagram account which I gladly accepted. Two things that surprised me about this social media platform.
(1) My followers grew quickly; and the followers were not in any of my other social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.). These were brand new connections.
(2) Businesses invited me to become a product ambassador. It was an unexpected income opportunity.
INVITED TO BE A PRODUCT AMBASSADOR:
IMPORTANT TIP: When you create your Instagram profile, if you have a website link include it in your bio. The website link is optional but helpful. If you plan to monetize your activity, then you should definitely provide Contact information: an eMail address or a phone number.
Businesses actually contacted me via my eMail and asked if I wanted to be an authorized affiliate. I could earn income if people bought products who came to their site via my Instagram account. This was an invitation to participate in influencer marketing even though I was not a celebrity.
The only problem was that I shared products and then several months later the company sent out a notice that they were discontinuing their affiliate program. But I had already shared their posts. I didn’t bother to go back and delete them. Fortunately, this has happened only once. Hard lesson learned.
In addition to being a product ambassador, I am already an authorized affiliate for Amazon, ShareASale, VigLink, etc. and selected product links are shared via my Instagram. In my profile bio, there is a statement advising followers and visitors that some of the posts might contain affiliate links. That statement is in compliance with FTC rules and guidelines. It’s a requirement in the USA.
You can use your Instagram for business but at present, my Instagram account is personal. So I treat my Instagram profile the same way I do my Facebook profile, i.e. every now and then I share monetized links.
Some users say that you shouldn’t put links in your Instagram posts because they don’t convert to hyperlinks and people can’t click. I disregard this advice and put link in my description anyway. WHY? First of all, because you can click your mouse and select the link, right click on the mouse, click Go To and end up where the link takes you. Secondly, my Instagram posts are cross-posted to my Tumblr and the interfaced posts show the hyperlinks. It’s beautiful!
MY 2nd INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT:
My first Instagram account was a response to an invitation. For my second Instagram account? Nobody invited me. I initiated the action on my own. I accidentally discovered that I could create an Instagram account using an eMail address. An invitation was not necessary. The second account is a niche account used primarily to promote my affiliate links. I plan to convert it to a business account once I have built up my following.
MAINTAINING MULTIPLE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS:
It is a lot of work trying to maintain both of my Instagram accounts. Because I don’t use a mobile device, there are no automated posting apps I can use to help me populate the pages. My postings are processed manually, but even though it is time-consuming, it is time well spent.
I do use an automation tool (IFTTT) to recycle my Instagram posts to both my Pinterest and Twitter accounts and my Tumblr blogs. It’s best to get as much mileage as you can by circulating and spreading to your social shares on any social media platform where you have an account. Doing so builds your social media presence on the web and it is not considered spamming. The appropriate term for this activity is “social media marketing”.
**Do You Plan to Monetize Your Instagram Activity?
Based on my experience as a newbie or beginner, it is possible to monetize your social networking accounts like Instagram and Facebook. Just don’t spam your social media accounts , don’t break the rules, and be patient. Of course, the social media experts have a lot more to say about this topic.