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Totally overrated Instagram..

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by SupremeBeing, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. SupremeBeing

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    So.. I started this whole "Internet Marketing" to earn money and somehow I ended up on Instagram. I started with zero knowledge at the beginning of 2016 and over time I've read pretty much stuff about earning on Instagram. Crazily big opportunities, goldmine, no limits.. Maybe those impressions motivated me to continue and not to quit, which I wanted several times.. When I started, I thought you were able to earn a good amount of money at around 100k followers and up to 100$ a day around 500k, even more at 1M (I almost believed that an 1 Mio account could replace a full time Job..)

    Right now, I'm about to hit 600k on my biggest account. WOW! 600k.. And my views did completely change. Some months ago, I thought this would be impossible, but I made it. Now I'm asking you.. Imagine having a 600k+ account. How much do you think you can make? I guess you will be totally wrong.

    I havent even tried to monetize this account till I hit 500k, but over that time, I didnt get a single mail regarding collabs/ads/shouts. It's crazy. On my smaller accounts, I've made around 2k $ in like 1-2 months.. Guess what I've earned with the 600k account already? 30$..

    I simply cannot believe it. Besides the fact that no brand is contacting me, I've send out 100+ Mails to brands that sell ads on IG. Some answered, 90% didnt even. For those that answered, my prices were to high, even though I thought theyre extremely fine and pretty low when you think about it ($60 for 6 hours on a 600k)

    The fun part is.. All of those brands are buying ads from other accounts, with fake followers, or low engagment. I'm getting 60 Mio+ weekly impressions, around 50k likes per picture and 100k+ video views..

    I simply cannot understand it. Are there just cheap ass brands, that doesnt pay well? Or is it the certain page, because the others (80k-150k) did "ok" with shouts/ads? Besides that, this isnt even the point I'm caring about..

    What I'm thinking about is that Instagram somehow appears to be a waste of time. I spend around 10 hours a day on instagram. There is no weekend, there are no days off. And after that, do you think the money is flying in? (And yes I was thinking the same) No It's not!
    After you've hit a certain point, there's still a shitload of work to earn the first cash. Contact brands that dont answer, get lowballing prices from companies, build up your shop/brand and realize that the traffic from your pages is just poor and not converting.. Is this work really worth it?

    I'm writing this, because I see many people starting with IG and nobodys really stating the REAL facts and those are about the money (Or do we have people here that do IG for fun? lol). Everybody has those visions to become a millionaire with IG.
    You know what? Most of the people from bhw that are doing IG are gaining 100 followers a day, doing follow/unfollow and stuff.. Seriously, what do you expect? Do you really think 3000 followers a month will get you somewhere? Come on..

    You've just read the text from a person who's able to grow 10,000+ organic followers a day. Imagine that. Could you believe it? Isn't it impossible? Isn't it the key to everything? Well, I've just proved you wrong.


    Instagram completely penelized CPI or CPA. Shouts/ads is a pain in the arse. Using IG for traffic results in even more work and doesnt have to pay off, may be also effect the acc negatively. Those are the most common monetizing options for IG. Guess with which I've made the most? Right, with none of them! With selling IG accounts. Guess why? Because everybody has wrong visions about the earning ability of a big(ger) accounts, paying thousands of dollars for accounts, forgetting about the work they have to spend to get all that money back in. This just sums up all the happenings on IG.
    What would a 500k account go for? 5k-10k$? Good luck with getting that money back in. Well, sorry, I forgot. It's extremely easy to earn a shitload of money with a big account. ;) Or maybe 500k isnt even big anymore these times.. Who knows.
     
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  2. stalin88

    stalin88 Newbie

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    In my opinion, the Social Media accounts are to be used as a supplement to a website. That is why SEO's offer social media packages as a supplement. Yes there are people who can make a lot of money using social media ads, but that is inconjection with a website. Its not the number of followers but if you have people that can influence others to buy.
     
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    Whats your niche?? It may be cold, I have one account with 16k followers and get offers weekly kn jt for posts and purchase. Another has 10k followers and never a single promo request ever.
     
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    What niche are you in OP?
     
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    Shoutouts are not the only way to make money, nor are they the best.

    I didn't read the whole post because it was long and stupid, but have you tried selling your own peoduct? Making a website? Selling the account? Using it to grow other accounts? Advertising on a site like this? Building a Facebook/ Youtube (baisically a brand) from it?

    Seems to me like all you have done is message a few companies. Is the engagement even good?
     
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    It's not what you know, it's who you know. Small 20K IG accounts can earn $50K in 1 year. As you have already noticed, your 600K is not making much. I deal with brands daily. I manage fashion and lifestyle influencers.

    Hit me up, maybe I can help.
     
  7. IGKing

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    I make plenty of money on Instagram. I don't know what you're taking about OP. :)

    I've made 5 figures on a network of small accounts. Just be creative. You can make money even on the low-end of things. You just gotta know how to work the system.

    EDIT: Shout-outs might be the least effiecient way to make money, FYI.

    ANOTHA EDIT: PM me OP. I'll help you out.
     
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    How did you monetize them ? CPI ? Shopify ?
     
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    You made $30 with your 600k account that """ got 10k followers a day organically """, and I'm making $2000+ / month with a 150k account selling promotions / shoutouts.
    I'm thinking that the problem may not be Instagram but you.
     
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    The niche of your account is easy to grow but it's very hard to monetize it. Why didn't you do some research before growing in this niche ?
     
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    CPA and stuff. :)
     
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    Last one paragraph sounds like indirect selling or soft selling (i know this coz i was infracted once doing something similiar)
     
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    I'm currently in the same situation somewhat, I make more money off of selling ig account I had a 160k travel/ semi-personal account that i'd post my photos too whenever I travel with between 15k to 30k likes per photo that I started in 2014/early 2015 i believe (whenever Instagram was newish) and sold it recently as I never really knew how to monetize it or never got any request for shoutouts that paid well, only low ball offers, sold it for $500 and i find selling accounts are more profitable for me.

    That thought may change though as I have a couple other smaller accounts like 10k (art niche, never knew the art niche was so active) and 20k (luxury travel, home and car niche) 20k account that recently got disabled (this one was the most active though with between 40k to 80k views per video a day and avg 600 link clicks to the url in my bio per day) then a bunch of 5k and 10k's that I sell because they go fast. I sold a few shoutouts on the 20k (luxury account) as I only just started putting out ads online for shoutouts

    But if anyone could pm me and share any better methods of earning on ig that'd be great. I don't think I could pm anyone as yet as i dont have much posts
     
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    @SupremeBeing Do not waste time reaching out to advertiser. You should wait for advertiser to contact you. Also, I thought you already have bots to manually manage the following/ unfollowing process? Why are you doing manually? The process should already be automated isn't it?

    IG is primary used by bigger brands for branding purposes. CPI/ CPA? Hmm.. u have to be creative with it to milk profits there. Do not be discourage. There is no FREE MONEY without sweat.
     
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    What are you doing on there 10 hours a day?

    God damn, why dont you choose 1 day a week to load a hundred pics into massplanner, and let it work on autopilot.

    Also consider building a list. If you are getting 10k followers a day and not earning, YOU are fucking up.
     
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    wow, 5-600k and no one approached for shouts? Thats rough.
     
  18. SupremeBeing

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    True, but this results in more work. And in my case, traffic from IG didnt convert as good as I thought it would

    Not a 100% specific niche. (This may be it) But the audience is 65% females.


    I'm so happy for you. The problem has to be me.

    Because I am able to grow 10k+ daily on accounts in this niche.

    That's what I'm trying to do here.

    Read the text again..

    It's okay that you think that youre able to gain that amount of followers using massplanner to autopost. Oh dear..

    The fun part is. A friend of mine is in the same niche with around 150k followers and he gets some messages here and there. I dont know, maybe something about my account isnt how it should be.
     
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    Can you share or pm your account name? im curious to see what makes it so hard to make money from it.
     
  20. honest2

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    Hey PM me your account name, I may be able to offer some suggestions. I've made a decent amount of money on IG, probably in excess of $50,000. I realise A LOT of IGpreneurs exaggerate their monthly income though.