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Adding URL's to Instagram bio with redirects and link shortening (whitehat)

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by WhiteCatGlobal, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. WhiteCatGlobal

    WhiteCatGlobal Newbie

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    So I would like to promote an Etsy store using an Instagram account built up with plenty of followers/engagement (using MassPlanner for the most part.)

    My plan is to occasionally post images advertising an Etsy store with a 10% off voucher code and include some 'link in bio' text in the caption of the images.

    In my account bio I will set up a subdomain redirect via the domain host to the specific (niche relevant) part of the store. IE: niche.myetsystore.com will forward to https://www.etsy.com/shop/myetsystore/?section_id=niche

    Firstly will this fly with Instagram or will they have an issue with this?

    Ideally I'd like to go from niche.myetsystore.com -> bit.ly/goo.gl (for tracking) -> Etsy

    I have heard of people adding URL's to accounts promoting affiliate products/CPA's etc and getting into trouble but could Instagram potentially flag this kind of behaviour I'm thinking of doing here?

    I have built this account up over quite a long time and have never used a link before in the bio hence the overcaution and questions!

    Many thanks
    -whitecat
     
  2. Xiroz

    Xiroz Junior Member

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    Planning to do the same thing but i dont really know how to set up a subdomain :/
     
  3. WhiteCatGlobal

    WhiteCatGlobal Newbie

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    It's dead easy with most domain hosts.

    At least with GoDaddy it's as simple as:

    Manage My Domains Section
    Choose Domain
    Forwarding > Subdomain > Manage
    Add Subdomain Forwarding
    Subdomain ... ie niche
    Forward to ... ie https://www.etsy.com/shop/myetsystore/?section_id=niche
    Redirect type: 301

    Now the niche.myetsystore.com will 301 forward to https://www.etsy.com/shop/myetsystore/?section_id=niche
     
  4. mjdsocial

    mjdsocial Regular Member

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    I cant see this being a problem unless you start forwarding to the same link from heaps of accounts.

    Why not create a teat account, etsy store and sub to test yourself?
     
  5. Rasputin78

    Rasputin78 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    It should work since you are using a old account with a lot of followers as well redirecting to a authority website. Testing this on a new account is a bad idea though , results will probably not be the same.

    At worse i think insta will just give you a "malicious link" warning. I don't believe they will disable your account for this alone
     
  6. ddo88

    ddo88 Registered Member

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    That should be fine. a subdomain will look better and less spammy compared to an url shortener directly
     
  7. WhiteCatGlobal

    WhiteCatGlobal Newbie

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    Thanks for the input guys.

    Exactly! My reason for doing this.

    Though I've decided against using a bit.ly link between the subdomain and final link and rather use Google analytics with UTM campaign tracking codes in the URL to measure clicks. Both for better analytics and avoiding potential Instagram issues.