Hello BlackHatWorld, I'm a relatively new member here and I figured I'd share my first method with you all here, this method is rather simple and with some creativity, it can work for anyone. I think the one issue a lot of members here have when searching for ways to make money online is that they consume so much of their time reading various "money making" methods that they spend no time actually "trying" a method and sticking with it. While reading and educating yourself is great, action is what matters. With that said, if you're looking for a way to earn a legitimate source of income that's sustainable and scaleable, then please continue: The Idea The idea, simply put, is to connect targeted InstaGram users with companies/brands/products that are of interest to them. Or vice versa, the goal is to connect companies with users on IG that are of relevance to their products or services. While building niche IG accounts is nothing new, I think the success of my particular method is due to the fact that I target niches/industries that aren't controlled by large companies. For example, I would "never" start a page in the "Skin Care" niche. You're probably thinking I'm crazy for saying this but if you have an IG page in this niche, you won't be able to approach "Neutrogena" or "Sephora" to advertise, it'd be impossible. For those of you in this niche, that's fine, I am "not" putting this niche down what so ever, it's just not for me as I'm looking for niches that I can start making money in with just a few thousand followers and up. With this method, you want what I would call a "niche niche" IG page, by that I mean an ultra targeted page (This will make it easier to acquire advertisers). Let's say you're wanting to start an IG page that lists cars for s_a_l_e. Then, you can further target the page to list only Porsches for s_a_l_e, then you can make the page even more targeted by only listing one particular model by Porsche. You would then input that particular model name in to your user name so your page username is "PorscheCarreraForS_a_l_e". Once you have a targeted follower base (I'll cover below) and you're getting a good amount of likes per picture, you could simply find multiple listings of these models on Craigslist/eBay per day and compose/send a message to the seller(s) similar to the following: Sample: Advertiser Acquisition Email ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello John, I noticed you have a 2012 Porsche Carrera available and I was inquiring to see if it was still for sale? If so, I'd like to inform you of my classified car ad page on InstaGram, my page name is "PorscheCarreraForSale". My InstaGram page has a targeted following base of (x amount) users who are interested in viewing Porsche Carrera's. My page's diverse follower base is a mix of Carrera buyers and enthusiasts and I believe that for the (List amount) I charge to list cars on my page that it would be of tremendous value to you to assist in the sale. Each Carrera posted is seen by (List amount) users who follow the page. If interested, please respond me at your convenience and I'll assist you through the process of listing your Carrera. I'm looking forward to possibly working with you and I anticipate the success of helping you make the sale! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Choosing A Niche Choosing a niche is one of the most important parts of the process when it comes to running a profitable InstaGram page. When considering a niche, it's important to choose one that's easy to generate content for and one that will be easy to acquire advertisers. The "Cars for S_a_l_e" niche as an example is one that's very easy to generate content for. There are many listings posted every day on numerous sites so posting photos daily is an easy task. Content that will drive engagement is the biggest challenge IG'ers face but when you combine targeted followers with targeted content, the engagement ratio is through the roof! Just as a quick example, a new page I started 5 days ago is sitting at 2,300 followers and is receiving 250-300 likes per picture, this is an engagement ratio of over 20%! There is one phone that has almost 700 likes but this is because it was featured on the "explore" page. Gaining "Valueable" InstaGram Followers In my opinion, this is the most important part of this entire process because without targeted/valueable followers, your page will not have any value which means advertisers are not going to want to pay for posts. My method of driving targeted followers is by using targeted hashtags when searching. For example, if my page is in the "Weight Loss" niche, I will do a hashtag search for "WeightLoss" or "Workout" (You get the idea) and I will look at the most recent images that have been uploaded. If/When I see an image that has been uploaded less then 10 minutes ago with at least 50 likes, I will then follow everyone of the users that liked that image. Not only do I know the users are active and on IG at the time I follow them but my follow back ratio around %30-%40! Follower Retention You don't want your hard work of gaining followers to go to waste. The last thing you want to happen is to gain tons of followers just to end up losing them so it's important to not come off as spammy. This is why you need to post content daily that is not promotional material. You want to appear as a legitimate brand/company (Which you are ). If a user comments on your post(s), respond to them. If they ask you a question, answer them properly. If they comment saying you have a great page, don't ignore it, let them know how much you appreciate them bring a part of your page and show that you're paying attention. This will keep them coming back and being active. Posting Content Content/Images is the foundation of an IG page so the images you share with your follower base should be high quality "full sized" images that will attract engagement. Write descriptive captions and ask questions in your comment area which will help to bring organic comments from your followers. Website for InstaGram Page A website for your IG page is a must have! Even if it's a subdomain website on a free website builder like Wix, having a site will tremendously help with increasing your reputation and advertiser acquisition. Before you approach a possible advertiser, it's my suggestion that you build a simple site for your IG page with the following pages: Home - Tell your visitors who you are and what you offer. About Us - Go in to more detail about what you offer and how you connect brands with targeted followers. Advertising - Let your visitors knows what advertising packages you offer and how much you charge for posts. InstaGram - Embed your InstaGram feed on this page so visitors can see your posts and engagement. Contact Us - A simple and clean contact form so users can contact you. Advertiser Acquisition Once you have a decent follower base, at least 100 posts and your website, you're ready to make money! Now, it's time to find advertisers and if you do as I said under the "Choosing a Niche" section in this post, you should be in a niche where finding prospects is easy. There are plenty of sites and online directories where you can find the contact information of business owners (Small business owners preferablly). Businesses in very small niche markets are very inclined to contact you when they see you offer advertising on a page that's in the very niche market that they provide service(s) in/for which is why I only target "very targeted" niche industries. I'll give you a few examples of how to find advertisers based on certain niches: Cars for S_a_l_e - Search online for "My State/Country Car Dealership List(s)". There's no reason you can't compile a list of a good amount of dealers. Once you have your list built (Use MailChimp/ConstantContact), begin em*il*ng (Or calling) these businesses and let them know what you have to offer. Homes for S_a_l_e - If your IG page lists houses that are for s_a_l_e (Local or US based listings), find realtors online and contact them letting them know you have a real estate IG page that they can promote their homes on. Realtors always make their contact information easily accessible so it wouldn't be difficult at all to contact prospects in this niche. Advertiser Retention Advertiser retention is another strong focus point of mine as without advertisers, your page is worthless to "you" and in the end, all of your hard work and effort is going in to a page that is not earning you any money. This is why before approaching possible advertisers, I make sure the posts on my page(s) are receiving a decent amount of likes so that the advertisers feel as if they're are receiving a decent amount of value for their money. When your advertisers are satisfied with the value, they will come back time and time again. Additional Source of Income This method here is a little bonus I'm throwing in for you guys and it has been making me abour $1,000 per month. Once you have found advertisers for your page(s), an easy service that you can upsell them on is an "IG Creation and Promotion" service/package. What I'll offer them is a service for $199 where I'll create and set up an IG page for them in their niche and will promote their page to 1,500 "targeted" followers. I let them know that this will allow their brand to seem more reputable and it will allow them to promote their own posts to a targeted follower base of potential buyers. Keep in mind that all of these followers are "real" and truly do offer value to the clients so they are receiving good value for their money. For the amount of $199, this is no brainer investment. InstaGram "Money Making" Skype Group For those of you who would like to join a Skype group where the discussion will be based on money making methods on InstaGram, I started a new Skype account where we can discuss different methods and approaches to monetize the fastest growing social network. If you'd like to join, feel free to add me below: Skype Name - InstaGramMethods I hope you enjoyed this post, if applied, there's no reason you can't make money on IG. It's a great platform for connecting with others and when you have a decent following base, advertisers "will pay" to have their brand promoted. Work hard, don't take any shortcuts and build a quality page and you'll make the $!