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Monetizing On Instagram | 10 Best Ways

Monetizing On Instagram | 10 Best Ways

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1. Shout-Outs

Shout-outs from bigger brands in the same industry are great ways to get more followers on Instagram.

You could also get paid to give a shout-out by building a popular profile and using a site like Shoutcart.

2. Sponsors

Sponsorships are how a lot of Instagram influencers make money these days. Basically, this is just when a brand pays you to include their product in a post.

How much do they pay? Well, it varies. But, an example would be Liz Eswein being known to earn around $15,000 per post on average for her following of 1.4 million people.

To get matched with brands for sponsorships, try sites like iFluenz or TRIBE.

3. Sell Accounts

Ever been interested in flipping real estate? How about flipping online real estate instead?

Instead of dealing with houses, you could create a new Instagram account or buy an existing one, build it up and sell it for a nice profit.

You can buy and sell Instagram profiles on sites like and FameSwap.

4. Email Marketing

Email marketing through a service like GetResponse is still one of the best returns on investment for getting sales.

Plus, your email list acts as a security blanket in case something ever happens to YouTube, Instagram or any major site you might be making money from.

You OWN your email list. You can build it through Instagram and then monetize it with solo ads at a site like NextMark.

Solo ads are when you give a brand permission to email your list for a flat fee or for a pay per click payment structure.

You can also monetize your list with your own products, affiliate links, etc.

5. Courses

If you want to sell products that make hundreds or even thousands of dollars per sale, try online courses.

You can link to a course in your Instagram bio or have a shortened link that is easy to copy and paste in your posts' descriptions.

Try a site like Udemy or Teachable first if you aren't ready to host a course on your own website yet.

6. Ebooks

If you aren't quite ready to sell long courses on how to master a skill, try selling an ebook instead.

You can sell these for $5-$10 online and just self-publish without dealing with editors, publishing companies, printing, or any of that.

Again, you can link to these in your Instagram bio or a short, non-clickable link in post descriptions.

Try publishing your ebooks on Amazon and Google Play.

7. Art/Photography

Since Instagram is such a visual platform, many popular accounts focus on photography and art.

You could even use this as a way to promote your own work. Use sites like Etsy, Shutterstock, and Society6 to sell your pieces in different ways.

8. Affiliate Marketing

If you want to make money from your Instagram account without having a product to sell, you might consider promoting someone else's product for a commission.

Just make sure whatever you promote is legitimate, highly-rated, and related to what you audience likes.

Try Etsy Affiliates or Redbubble's affiliate program.

9. Merch

Another type of internet business that's been taking off the last few years in merch sales.

You can turn an original design you did or hired someone to do into apparel, coffee mugs, phone cases, pillows, bags, and more.

Try sites like Teespring, Redbubble, and Society6 for print-on-demand options that make it where you don't have to deal with packing, shipping, and customer support.

10. Services

One of the best ways to get started making money online is being a coach or consultant. You can literally just take your expertise in a given area and help people get results.

Instagram can be a great way to get new clients as well. You can post before-and-after images, performance videos, and testimonials to show people what you can do for them.

Just make sure you have your own website and some kind of video chat service for this.

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