How I Bank $100 - $300 Per Day On Instagram With Ease

by mikeyman120 275 replies
EDIT: May 18th 2017 - This method works better then it did when I started this thread. The shoutout business has steadily grown and now that Instagram has 500 Million Users on its Platform this opportunity will continue to grow and is still steadily growing so learn how to get a large Instagram following and sell shoutouts or in other words sponsored posts from your account all day and earn a nice income right from your smartphone.



Hello Warriors,
I know lots of people have probably been trying to crack the code to making money on Instagram and I have done it. It isn't something I invented myself it came from spending tons of time on Instagram. I started noticing these cool niche accounts that were about all kinds of things like bodybuilding, fitness, weight loss, funny memes, funny videos, cool cars, cool trucks, colorful things, luxury houses, treehouses, movie scenes, cool quotes, music video clips and all sorts of niche accounts that had great pics and videos to look at.

After a while of following these accounts I started to take a close look at them and was astounded to see that most all of them had anywhere from 100k - 2 million followers. I also noticed, since I was following them, that they were doing something called a shout out which is where they tell their followers to go and follow this cool new account they found and I realized quickly that this was similar to solo ads from email list building. Then they started doing what is called a shout out for shout out which is where 2 accounts each promote the other persons account to their massive following which is similar to adswaps again from the email list building technique.

When I took a look at their bios they all had something that said - For Business/Promos contact me here: and they would list their email address and/or Kik username(Kik is an instant messaging app). So it turns out after I contacted them to find out how to get a shout out that they were charging for them and taking payments by paypal. So a shout out was something you paid for and a shout out for shout out was a free exchange between 2 accounts. I started to follow all the large accounts I could find and in my photo stream they were always shouting out accounts all day so I started following those accounts. I noticed lots of these accounts grow from nothing to hundreds of thousands of followers very fast and then they would turn around and put the same thing in their bios - For Business/Promos email me or Kik me and then they would start selling shout outs themselves.

So I thought this was a great easy way to make money so I emailed all the large accounts I had in a notes file(I'm on an iPhone) that had an email address and found out their rates and learned how they charge - some by the day and some by the hour. So I paid my way to 120k followers with my first niche account which took about a month of slowly randomly getting shout outs for my account and probably spent $500-$700 dollars. I didn't keep great track of it because it was a whole bunch of small payments over and over. I then put my gmail address in the bio and started to promote myself for free on Instagram by liking and commenting on photos of these large accounts and in about a week I got my first order for a shout out. I charged $30 for it for 4 hours. That means I would post the person requesting the shout outs picture and put in the comments for my followers to follow them and I would list their account name 10 times which is clickable and you couldn't miss it because it was listed 10 times and I left it in my account for 4 hours which gave my followers a good chance of seeing it in their photo stream. I was super excited at this point. After getting a few more orders I started pouring the money back into paid shout outs to start growing my other niche accounts I was working on. By the way that first account of mine was funny memes and jokes and all pics, no videos at this point.

So my other accounts started to grow quickly. I would go to hashtag categories and download photos I liked with an app called Instant Save(you can't save pics or videos from within the Instagram app itself so you need Instant Save) and just re-upload them to my account. So getting the content for your account is super easy plus you can find loads of pics on your computer and transfer them to your iphone with iTunes.
Now this is big business on Instagram and more and more people are jumping on this easy cash bandwagon by the day but compared to the amount of users on Instagram I don't think this could ever get saturated. Anyway now I have 5 accounts ranging form 70k - 135k and growing more and more by the day. People love these niche accounts as they provide fun, cool and interesting content to look at. You of course want to get user engagement so in the comments you can say anything like comment and tag your friends if you think they will like this and this spreads you around more and gets you more followers for free.

By the way shout outs get you actual REAL followers. As you may know there are loads of sites online where you can buy followers but most of them are fake followers and they even say that in their ads. But fake followers are totally useless. If you built a massive account with fake followers and charges for a shout out you would be scamming people and they would never order from you again and they would comment on all your pics saying this person is a scammer so it wouldn't pay off if you tried the fake followers route. These methods of buying shout outs from large accounts are great because they actually get you REAL followers which will give you a long term sustainable business.

So if you want to look into this just launch your Instagram app and use the search feature and type in things like funny memes, bodybuilding, fitness, weight loss, cars, trucks, funny videos, etc and you'll find these large accounts. I would recommend setting up one Instagram account just for following these large accounts so you can see how they run their business and very, very quickly you will figure it out and know what you have to do to cash in yourself. Basically you need a massive following and you can pay for it and build up your following quickly. You could also find other accounts that have the same following as you can Direct Message them to do a shout out for shout out which is like an adswap and is free and build your account totally free if you want.

But this is what the big dogs are doing on Instagram. You can also do what is called a Promo where you charge a business to advertise their product, service or website to your followers. Basically these massive large accounts are a great source of traffic on Instagram. You can even just search for them and have them do a Promo for yourself and promote things like your own products, affiliate offers, CPA offers and even Tee Spring Tee Shirts. Just go to the search feature in Instagram and click hashtags and type in teespring and you will see loads of people promoting tee spring tee shirts.

These accounts are like advertising platforms with their massive followings. They are like the Instagram Ads of Instagram before Instagram has even rolled out their inevitable advertising platform. I also think that Instagram is a prime candidate for a partner program like the YouTube Partner program where people who post popular videos and get loads of views share in the advertising revenue with YouTube. If Instagram ever implements a partner program they will do it with these large accounts so having a large account can put you in prime position to cash in big if they ever implement a partner program.

Also you can promote your stuff with Hashtags for free. Just post your pic and you can add up to 30 hashtags per pic. A hashtag is a keyword with the pound sign in front of it - for example - #teespring, #weightloss, #bodybuilding, #funnymemes etc. Using hashtags categorizes your images under those hashtags so when people search through those hashtag categories they can see your pic and then if they click the pic they can see the pic and the comments below it. So you can promote stuff for free by using hashtags.

Well that's it. Any questions or anything just post below I will try to check in daily to answer any questions you may have about making money with this method on Instagram.

Thanks,
Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author lookinforthecash
    Hi Mike, what you have discovered is explained here or do you have mote information or do you coach?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by lookinforthecash View Post

      Hi Mike, what you have discovered is explained here or do you have mote information or do you coach?
      I have a course on this you can do a search for it, I don't think I can list it here, or search threads by my username. I don't offer coaching as it's just too easy.
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      • Profile picture of the author mrlucifer
        Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

        I have a course on this you can do a search for it, I don't think I can list it here, or search threads by my username. I don't offer coaching as it's just too easy.
        Hi. Your information is interest.
        I dont know IG can ads for product, i see you have a course, can you send me some information of your cource,?
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        • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
          Originally Posted by mrlucifer View Post

          Hi. Your information is interest.
          I dont know IG can ads for product, i see you have a course, can you send me some information of your cource,?
          Hello,
          I just sent you information about my course and link to your PM.

          Thanks,
          Mike
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          • Profile picture of the author morg2k2
            Hi Mike,

            Nice thread you have here with Golden information.

            I am starting out with my brand using Instagress and it works really fine. But i have a couple of questions to you since to me its something new.

            1) Managing content in multiple accounts - Instagram only allows to use if i am not mistaken 3 accounts per device and same IP before the radars start pumping So how do you manage the 52 accounts posts for instance? i have took a look at Schedugram but at $20 per account if i am using 50 accounts to manage the content, scheduling, etc the price will went to the roof. But sincerely i did not found yet a way to manage the accounts content in a cost effective way. Do you have any idea how to do it?

            2) Account creation - do you create your own accounts or buy the accounts from a provider? i am asking this because if i buy from a provider and the account is flagged i will not be able to unblock the account since i will not have access the celular number that was used to validate that account. On the other hand if i am creating the account by myself i will need to have a great amount of cellular and also sim cards for the activation. So what do believe to be the best option?

            3) Is instagress cost effective if you are scaling up? you said you have 52 accounts and growing, well 52 will cost with all the account discounts around $400 - $450, the shootouts and the costs will bring you a decent ROI?

            I have noticed there are other alternatives like FollowLiker bot where its paid once if i am not mistaken $97 + a VPS and private proxies, but for 50 or even 100 accounts i think this is a no brainer. Sure its not Web based, Instagress is awesome in terms of management but about their monthly costs for more then 5-10 accounts i think it will be difficult to have a positive ROI unless who start have already a few accounts with 50k - 100k followers and in that case the shootouts may support the Instagress costs. What do you think about it?

            Thanks,
            Morg
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            • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
              Ill take it question by question:



              Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

              1) Managing content in multiple accounts - Instagram only allows to use if i am not mistaken 3 accounts per device and same IP before the radars start pumping So how do you manage the 52 accounts posts for instance? i have took a look at Schedugram but at $20 per account if i am using 50 accounts to manage the content, scheduling, etc the price will went to the roof. But sincerely i did not found yet a way to manage the accounts content in a cost effective way. Do you have any idea how to do it?
              Answer: I was able to set up like 20-26 accounts on my iphone before I got a message saying too many account have been registered on this device but that was like a year and a half ago or so so not sure what the limit is now. Now I go to fiverr and have someone do it for me. Make sure you give them a valid email of yours to use for the account set up in case you run into any issues and need to reset your password.

              As far as my 52 accounts I never would log into all of them in one day. In fact I usually log into 5-10 max per day to add photos. So I don't update every day as there are too many accounts and don't want to set off any red flags.

              I'll check out schedugr.am. I didn't know you were able to schedule posts and not sure if you can. The only scheduling I have seen just sends you a text message reminder to login and upload your post so not sure if shedugr.am is the same but Facebook now own Instagram and with Facebook you can schedule posts so I think it's just a matter of time before you can do this.


              Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

              2) Account creation - do you create your own accounts or buy the accounts from a provider? i am asking this because if i buy from a provider and the account is flagged i will not be able to unblock the account since i will not have access the celular number that was used to validate that account. On the other hand if i am creating the account by myself i will need to have a great amount of cellular and also sim cards for the activation. So what do believe to be the best option?
              Answer: I never needed a cell number to set up an account just an email so not sure. If they require a phone number then you will surely be limited to the amount of accounts you can have. unless you use other numbers. I know you do need a different email for each account. I had some issue once where I had to verify my account by entering my phone number to get a text verification but I think that was because the person who set up the account on fiverr was located in one place on the globe and I was far away and logged in right after he set it up which(I think - not 100 percent sure) I triggered so geo location type of security. Ever since I don't log into my new account created on fiverr for at least 24 hours after it is made and no issues since.


              Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

              3) Is instagress cost effective if you are scaling up? you said you have 52 accounts and growing, well 52 will cost with all the account discounts around $400 - $450, the shootouts and the costs will bring you a decent ROI?
              Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

              I have noticed there are other alternatives like FollowLiker bot where its paid once if i am not mistaken $97 + a VPS and private proxies, but for 50 or even 100 accounts i think this is a no brainer. Sure its not Web based, Instagress is awesome in terms of management but about their monthly costs for more then 5-10 accounts i think it will be difficult to have a positive ROI unless who start have already a few accounts with 50k - 100k followers and in that case the shootouts may support the Instagress costs. What do you think about it?
              Actually I didn't know about follow liker until recently. I heard tons of people getting accounts closed for using some shady bot so I didn't trust any PC run bots at all and didn't use them but now I see follw liker is used by loads of people and have read great reviews about them so I will be testing it out soon and if it works ok I will try 52 accounts in Instagress and loads more in follow liker to compare the results. Whichever is more reliable and cost effective I will go with full time.

              Mike
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              • Profile picture of the author morg2k2
                Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

                Ill take it question by question:





                Answer: I was able to set up like 20-26 accounts on my iphone before I got a message saying too many account have been registered on this device but that was like a year and a half ago or so so not sure what the limit is now. Now I go to fiverr and have someone do it for me. Make sure you give them a valid email of yours to use for the account set up in case you run into any issues and need to reset your password.

                As far as my 52 accounts I never would log into all of them in one day. In fact I usually log into 5-10 max per day to add photos. So I don't update every day as there are too many accounts and don't want to set off any red flags.

                I'll check out schedugr.am. I didn't know you were able to schedule posts and not sure if you can. The only scheduling I have seen just sends you a text message reminder to login and upload your post so not sure if shedugr.am is the same but Facebook now own Instagram and with Facebook you can schedule posts so I think it's just a matter of time before you can do this.




                Answer: I never needed a cell number to set up an account just an email so not sure. If they require a phone number then you will surely be limited to the amount of accounts you can have. unless you use other numbers. I know you do need a different email for each account. I had some issue once where I had to verify my account by entering my phone number to get a text verification but I think that was because the person who set up the account on fiverr was located in one place on the globe and I was far away and logged in right after he set it up which(I think - not 100 percent sure) I triggered so geo location type of security. Ever since I don't log into my new account created on fiverr for at least 24 hours after it is made and no issues since.






                Actually I didn't know about follow liker until recently. I heard tons of people getting accounts closed for using some shady bot so I didn't trust any PC run bots at all and didn't use them but now I see follw liker is used by loads of people and have read great reviews about them so I will be testing it out soon and if it works ok I will try 52 accounts in Instagress and loads more in follow liker to compare the results. Whichever is more reliable and cost effective I will go with full time.

                Mike
                Hi Mike,

                Thanks for the time you had to answer my questions.

                Well on nowadays many things have changed and generally speaking IG is more restricted.

                The major problems are IG account creation if we want to manage 50-100 accounts or even more. After researching a lot the goal is to outsource someone that will create accounts based on a specific email address, create the accounts using your proxies and also creating the bio that you want them to use. Plus, they also should have the SIM cards used to create the accounts. So in the case of Phone verification check you don´t loose the account.

                I am working with a provider like this and is being great. I don´t like Fiverr to create accounts, unless you have a very reliable source. Sometimes takes too much time to find one.

                Content Posting its probably the major issue, since accordingly to IG ToS it should be done by their own application. So the Available post schedulers are using the Private API and are not compliant, all of them... the risk is loosing the account, but on the other hand the time you spare is Huge...

                I have tested these 2 and work really well:

                a) Schedugram
                b) https://onlypult.com

                onlypult is much more affordable hands down but the support sucks, in the trial both work very well.

                About the bots available there are many , but i will talk only about the ones i have tested to work with:

                a) Web Based

                1) Instagress.com - Instagress its one of the most affordable web based bots to automatize almost all the daily tasks. It lacks in posting, scheduling, accounts creation, etc.... but what it does, it does very well. I am testing 2 accounts , one in the "slow" mode and another in the "Fast" mode and both are doing fine.

                2) Bootgram - Its very expensive $99/mo per account and its a bit better then Instagress but i would not pay about 100 bucks monthly per account.

                b) Windows PC based

                These bot will require:

                a) A dedicated PC to work fine if you are managing many accounts (>50) , normally people use a VPS or a Dedicated Server.
                b) Fast internet service
                c) Proxies - Should have Instagram Proxies that normally are much more expensive, $3-$5 per proxy normally. You should not use more than 3 accounts per Proxy, but have in mind if one account is flagged the remaining 2 should be flagged or banned also. 1 proxy per account should be the best practice

                I have tested 2 bots:

                a) FollowLiker - Best Twitter Marketing Software - Instagram Bot - Pinterest Bot - Tumblr Bot - Follow Liker - Its the most used by the majority of the persons who want to grow their IG accounts, it can do everything that Instagress does plus posting pictures, scraping, etc beyond that it's very flexible because you can define the number of follow , likes, comments, you do per day, the delays per tasks, etc... Its flexible, but you should know very well what you are doing or else you will have accounts banned very quickly. Follow Liker has the price of $97 paid once for unlimited accounts. so its very affordable compared with Instagress.

                b) Mass Planner - The ultimate Social scheduling app - Massplaner its another one that is much more flexible then Follow liker, you can use this bot to manage almost every single Social network, from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin, etc
                It has a better GUI , an account creator module where you can create the IG accounts and edit the Bios what is awesome. Plus it has an autoposter and reposter with scheduler.

                Massplaner has a monthly payment of $9.95 or $16.95 (IG version) plus specific modules that you will pay once. Its a different business model that will guarantee revenue to continue updating the bot.

                These two bots are very good to manage many IG accounts. But if you are not very wise to work with an application on a PC, then Instagress is hands down the best solution, since you can setup 1 account in less then 5 minutes.

                Morg
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  • Profile picture of the author meadows2482
    Interesting. I've never thought of Instagram as a source of income. I'm going to have to do some research! Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author elusian
    HI Mike

    I bought your course. How much time do you spend posting each day? I am really getting in to it but do not want to overdue it and annoy my followers.

    Sincerely,
    Caterina
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  • Profile picture of the author chris1034
    Thanks for posting this, definitely something to consider looking in to not only as an income source but a great source of website traffic. I have a feeling a similar thing happens on Twitter. I recently made an account related to my website and have noticed a lot of niche twitter pages with 30k + followers.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by chris1034 View Post

      Thanks for posting this, definitely something to consider looking in to not only as an income source but a great source of website traffic. I have a feeling a similar thing happens on Twitter. I recently made an account related to my website and have noticed a lot of niche twitter pages with 30k + followers.
      Actually I spend loads of time on Instagram and not too much on Twitter so I was unaware of similar on Twitter. I guess I'll check out Twitter some more and see if people are doing the same there. I also spend more time on Instagram than Facebook, way more. So I guess it was inevitable that I stumbled upon this money making method. I am seeing more and more people promoting Tee Spring Tee Shirts also. And yes these large accounts are a great source of traffic so you could actually pay them to promote your products, affiliate products, CPA offers or Tee Spring Tees instead of waiting to grow your own account to the point where you can promote your stuff for free. But to have other large accounts promo you they will charge unless you cut a deal with them to share in the profits for free promos. I actually haven't tried that yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author dachiwox2
    Wow!! Nice... How can I use instagram to drive traffic??
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    • Profile picture of the author bigfoot12
      Originally Posted by dachiwox2 View Post

      Wow!! Nice... How can I use instagram to drive traffic??

      I've noticed that if you use niche relevant hashtags put inside your posts, you can get lots of likes on your photos - within hours. I got like 5 likes the first day of posting my picture.
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      • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
        Originally Posted by bigfoot12 View Post

        I've noticed that if you use niche relevant hashtags put inside your posts, you can get lots of likes on your photos - within hours. I got like 5 likes the first day of posting my picture.
        Good point. Always post your pics with up to 30(max) hashtags for free promotion and free traffic to your pic and account. I never post a pic without using hashtags which categorize the pics on Instagram so anyone searching through the hashtag categories can see your pic and order from you or follow you. It's basically free promotion. If you use a big popular hashtag category and a great offer you can promote your stuff for free and get orders or make commissions.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by dachiwox2 View Post

      Wow!! Nice... How can I use instagram to drive traffic??
      Do a search for the niche you want and find anyone who has say 50k - 100k up to 2 million followers and if they have an email address or Kik username(kik is an instant messaging app) in their Instagram accounts bio that should also say for Business/Promos then you can pay them for a paid post which will expose your ad(image plus comment) to their massive following which can get you tons of traffic. You can either build up your own account(s) by paying for shout outs for them to promote your account and get you REAL followers so you can then promote stuff to your followers for free or pay the people with large followings to promote your stuff to their followers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Punit Mahajan
      Hi there,
      I have been using Instagram for promoting my blog posts.
      Apart from ShoutOuts, you can make a dedicated business account and post creative content on it. Also you can post images from your blog/website and add link in BIO so that your followers can visit the article or Webpage.

      -Punit Mahajan
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  • Profile picture of the author AffEngineer
    Thanks Mike!

    I've always thought instagram is not used enough in terms of online promotion. I'm interested i giving it a shot soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    can I log into instagram from a laptop or does it have to be on a phone?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by Bill_Lawrence View Post

      can I log into instagram from a laptop or does it have to be on a phone?
      You can use a laptop to login to Instagram by using sites like Iconosquare.com or websta.me but I'm not sure if they let you upload images or just view Instagram. To upload images you need a program called Bluestacks which is an android emulator that lets you install the Instagram App and use it just like you would on a smartphone so you can do everything you need to with bluestacks but I think through them you can only set up 2 Instagram accounts. For more accounts you just have to set them up on your smartphone which is very easy and then use them on bluestacks on your PC(not sure if its available for Mac)
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      • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
        Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

        You can use a laptop to login to Instagram by using sites like Iconosquare.com or websta.me but I'm not sure if they let you upload images or just view Instagram. To upload images you need a program called Bluestacks which is an android emulator that lets you install the Instagram App and use it just like you would on a smartphone so you can do everything you need to with bluestacks but I think through them you can only set up 2 Instagram accounts. For more accounts you just have to set them up on your smartphone which is very easy and then use them on bluestacks on your PC(not sure if its available for Mac)
        Is BlueStacks free 100%? Or it has paid premium level?
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  • Profile picture of the author adamv
    I never used instagram but that sure is an interesting method. I may have to look into instagram. Great, one more thing to add to the to do list. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author dejaone
    Thanks for sharing. People are doing the similar things on Facebook.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by dejaone View Post

      Thanks for sharing. People are doing the similar things on Facebook.
      Originally Posted by zakclayton View Post

      Thanks for the post Mike! Really interesting read! I've done similar on twitter which this model also works for ( although it was promoting businesses ).
      On Facebook, really. That I did not know and now I will look into it. Someone else above said this was being done on Twitter also. If you did this on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook you can get people REAL followers which is what people want. There are tons of sites that sell fake followers from fake accounts and once those accounts get banned you followings will drop drastically so FAKE follower are completely useless. If you did what I teach on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter you can start another business selling social media services of charging people to get them 100% REAL followers. This is very exciting news to me.
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    Great post! thanks for sharing this easy business model!
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  • Profile picture of the author zakclayton
    Thanks for the post Mike! Really interesting read! I've done similar on twitter which this model also works for ( although it was promoting businesses ).
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  • Profile picture of the author jtorres88
    Read what you posted I think its good details , my focus is on more on the cpa side my only problem would be when I put my aff link IG makes me take it off any tips for that.
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    • Profile picture of the author MichaelBartley
      Originally Posted by jtorres88 View Post

      Read what you posted I think its good details , my focus is on more on the cpa side my only problem would be when I put my aff link IG makes me take it off any tips for that.
      On IG now you can have a squeeze page link to not have your account ghosted. i use an app like mobile monopoly and to make mobile pages and link to my aff. links from there.. works great.
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    Wow!!! i have been thing of instagram of late too. I think this is a ginger
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  • Profile picture of the author mmarty
    Awesome share, Mike.

    Do you see many accounts of this nature outside of the humor / celeb / etc. niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author backlinkmasters
    I'll be trying this! Thanks for this method!

    I'm also working on doing a similar thing with Pinterest, except for promoting Amazon affiliate products!

    If it's successful I'll make sure to make a thread about it!

    Once again, thank you so much for this method!
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    Hey again!

    I had a quick question about accepting payments for this method!

    Do you accept them over paypal? Or like escrow?

    If you do use paypal, do you ever have issues with payments being like reversed after your shoutout is completed?

    Thank you so much!
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by backlinkmasters View Post

      Hey again!

      I had a quick question about accepting payments for this method!

      Do you accept them over paypal? Or like escrow?

      If you do use paypal, do you ever have issues with payments being like reversed after your shoutout is completed?

      Thank you so much!
      Everyone uses paypal and paypal only. Actually you may be able to send a money order to a bunch of them. But generally paypal. I never had a transaction reversed on Instagram.
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      • Profile picture of the author backlinkmasters
        Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

        Everyone uses paypal and paypal only. Actually you may be able to send a money order to a bunch of them. But generally paypal. I never had a transaction reversed on Instagram.
        Okay awesome! I've started building my first account already! I hope I can have the same success that you've had!
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  • This is a method i might try in the future. And i really don't see how this could get over saturated since there's so many instagram users.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mizelos213
    Method rendered void for anyone starting now who is not willing to pay several thousand dollars to get to 50k followers with no actual guarantee of getting a return before some kind of other disaster happens such as instagram ads or being randomly banned.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by Mizelos213 View Post

      Method rendered void for anyone starting now who is not willing to pay several thousand dollars to get to 50k followers with no actual guarantee of getting a return before some kind of other disaster happens such as instagram ads or being randomly banned.
      Method not rendered void as evident by the rise of sites like these:

      igshoutouts.com
      buysellshoutouts.com

      and there are a bunch more. It works and works great but it is expensive to buy your way to 50k-100k now as everyone is catching on that there in the lucrative advertising business and its not just some silly way to make a few bucks from shoutouts.

      I'm working on methods to get to 100k for several hundred instead of several thousand and one is working so far and will keep track of it and release it in my instadomination 2.0 if it or other methods work out for cheap or even free. So far I got 10k followers for $20 bucks but it took almost 2 months of automatic hands off work to get to the 10k for that little.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimmyBlueEyes
    That is awesome. Good job, buddy. Does this also work for viral content sites? Have you found an effective way to post a link through Instagram?
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryHaywood
    Good stuff OP! I'll be putting this into the arsenal. Thanks for sharing this strategy Mike.
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    It works in a very similar way for Twitter as well, the difference is that it costs you much less,
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  • Thats good...

    from ur experience, how many people can we add every single day to be safe? 1000? 2000 per day? or just 500 or 300 or 100 only per day?
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      Originally Posted by HandsomeMillionaire View Post

      Thats good...

      from ur experience, how many people can we add every single day to be safe? 1000? 2000 per day? or just 500 or 300 or 100 only per day?
      After about 150 follows in 1 hour Instagram froze my ability to follow people. But then I was able to follow again the next hour
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      • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
        Originally Posted by I Love Webtools View Post

        After about 150 follows in 1 hour Instagram froze my ability to follow people. But then I was able to follow again the next hour
        Yes and sometimes I would follow a bunch of peoples followers and after quickly following 30 people or so it stops me for 20 minutes from following more. I've never really counted exactly how many you can follow per hour.
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        • Profile picture of the author jvyzsy
          Hi!

          Love this post and thanks for it! You made me start Instagram marketing.
          I have a couple of questions.

          What is a realistic amount of followers with one shout out? What could be the average $ spent/follower gained with this method? Does anything changed since you started, i mean prices or the difficultness of actually succeeding with this method?

          I have searched around and found an article by Neil Patel. He mentioned 0.2%/shoutout if it was a shoutout combined with a giveaway. "Every time a girl like Arianny posted about the @whoisneilpatel account, roughly .2% of her followers followed me. To speed this up, I also paid more models and lifestyle accounts to post about me."

          Another person said this on reddit: "Recently we bought a couple ads, one turned out to be an account full of fake followers (40,000 fake followers) and they got shut down quickly after. The second was through @factbolt who has around 150k followers and they are very active. We were not allowed to use out own picture, he would only let us write text and tag us for 4 hours. The return on that was thousands of likes on HIS page and about 10 new followers for us. The latest shoutout we got was through a fitness model account, which is more fitting for us since we are a fitness clothing line. He has approx 55k followers and put us up as a permanent post. On his page he got around 1300 likes and we gained about 20 followers. We also ran a giveaway for a t-shirt. ALl you had to do was tag 2 friends and like the post. Ran this for a week and probably only gained about 10 followers. Didn't seem worth it, but we also don't have that many followers yet, so I'm sure as we grow the contest will become more successful."

          I am thinking on moving to Instagram but for a long time I believed people don't really use it(don't know why... ) The method itself seems to be great. Thanks!
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          • Profile picture of the author radis
            Originally Posted by jvyzsy View Post

            Hi!

            Love this post and thanks for it! You made me start Instagram marketing.
            I have a couple of questions.

            What is a realistic amount of followers with one shout out? What could be the average $ spent/follower gained with this method? Does anything changed since you started, i mean prices or the difficultness of actually succeeding with this method?

            I have searched around and found an article by Neil Patel. He mentioned 0.2%/shoutout if it was a shoutout combined with a giveaway. "Every time a girl like Arianny posted about the @whoisneilpatel account, roughly .2% of her followers followed me. To speed this up, I also paid more models and lifestyle accounts to post about me."

            Another person said this on reddit: "Recently we bought a couple ads, one turned out to be an account full of fake followers (40,000 fake followers) and they got shut down quickly after. The second was through @factbolt who has around 150k followers and they are very active. We were not allowed to use out own picture, he would only let us write text and tag us for 4 hours. The return on that was thousands of likes on HIS page and about 10 new followers for us. The latest shoutout we got was through a fitness model account, which is more fitting for us since we are a fitness clothing line. He has approx 55k followers and put us up as a permanent post. On his page he got around 1300 likes and we gained about 20 followers. We also ran a giveaway for a t-shirt. ALl you had to do was tag 2 friends and like the post. Ran this for a week and probably only gained about 10 followers. Didn't seem worth it, but we also don't have that many followers yet, so I'm sure as we grow the contest will become more successful."

            I am thinking on moving to Instagram but for a long time I believed people don't really use it(don't know why... ) The method itself seems to be great. Thanks!

            Instagram has changed a lot since this thread was started. So this thread is not really relevant anymore. You cant buy your way to 100k followers for less than 5k usd. And even at 100k followers you wont be selling many shoutouts because there are so many larger pages now than a year or 2 ago when this thread was created. Also the amount of followers gained from a shoutout varies on a lot of different factors. Picture, caption, how active the pages followers are. The amount of followers doesn't determine shoutout gains. It is the amount of likes the pics get that determines shoutout gains. I have gained between 2-10% of likes. Meaning if I buy a shoutout from a pages that gets about 10k likes on each pic, I can expect 2-10% of those likes to follow my account if my pic and caption are good. I would not get into the shoutout game now unless you have 10k usd to spend and can risk losing it if your account is banned or hacked.
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            • Profile picture of the author jvyzsy
              Thanks for the answer! I wondered how this could work on facebook, I have a few quite big pages 6k-12k. Not sure if Facebook does anything if I don't overabuse it.
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            • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
              Originally Posted by radis View Post

              Instagram has changed a lot since this thread was started. So this thread is not really relevant anymore. You cant buy your way to 100k followers for less than 5k usd. And even at 100k followers you wont be selling many shoutouts because there are so many larger pages now than a year or 2 ago when this thread was created. Also the amount of followers gained from a shoutout varies on a lot of different factors. Picture, caption, how active the pages followers are. The amount of followers doesn't determine shoutout gains. It is the amount of likes the pics get that determines shoutout gains. I have gained between 2-10% of likes. Meaning if I buy a shoutout from a pages that gets about 10k likes on each pic, I can expect 2-10% of those likes to follow my account if my pic and caption are good. I would not get into the shoutout game now unless you have 10k usd to spend and can risk losing it if your account is banned or hacked.
              Actually you can buy your way to 100k for 2k or so in some niches and I am constantly on the lookout for new Instagram methods and so far one is working out great. I just added 10k to an account for just $20 using instagress.com so this thread is even more relevant as this business opportunity is growing rapidly on Instagram and there seems to be no end to the new huge accounts I keep finding so somehow many are getting to 100k-3Million somehow.

              Also you don't have to buy your way to 100k you can just buy your way to 10k and then start doing a real lot of shoutout for shoutouts which is just like adswaps and is totally free. The trick is finding many accounts with your same follower count to do the shoutout for shoutouts with and I saw one ios app that is for shoutouts for shoutouts but that was over a year ago and there weren't that many people using it.

              But instagress is looking to be the best method right now as you can do lots of things there and they keep adding new useful and cool features. This method works and will continue to work and with the rise of sites like these and there are a bunch of others like them:

              igshoutouts.com
              buysellshoutouts.com

              and the instagram influencer networks like:
              snapfluence.com
              instabrand.com

              this opportunity isn't going away it's growing by the day and becoming more and more profitable.
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          • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
            Originally Posted by jvyzsy View Post

            What is a realistic amount of followers with one shout out? What could be the average $ spent/follower gained with this method? Does anything changed since you started, i mean prices or the difficultness of actually succeeding with this method?
            I really can't answer that it really depends on things. I have gained hundreds of followers sometimes in 30 minutes from big accounts but it will vary widely depending on factors like the niche your in and will others like your accounts content.

            When I got into this I did it for the fun of it. I did it for the likes and followers and shoutouts were $5 back then(two years ago or so). It has gotten a lot more expensive to buy your way to 100k. Depending on the niche and cost for shout outs building up to 100k could take 2k-5k of just buying shoutouts. But even though it may be more costly that isn't stopping tons of people from getting into this game.

            I have been using instagress.com and have been adding approx 5k followers to each of my accounts for just $9.95 per month so there is a way to get there cheaply but it will cost time to get there. I'm currently looking into ways to get to 100k for at least cheaper the 2k like $200-$300.

            The toughest part remains the same thing and thats getting to 100k followers for cheap or free. Instagress offers a lot of hope.
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  • Profile picture of the author austria
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    it largely depends on the tools that you use. if you use some spam softwares, then your whole account will be lost, and all the months that you spent building it
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    • Originally Posted by austria View Post

      it largely depends on the tools that you use. if you use some spam softwares, then your whole account will be lost, and all the months that you spent building it
      I also know this answer.. anyway thanks for the comment...

      I would like to know from experience, how many people can we manually follow everyday to be safe..?
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      • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
        Originally Posted by HandsomeMillionaire View Post

        I also know this answer.. anyway thanks for the comment...

        I would like to know from experience, how many people can we manually follow everyday to be safe..?
        If you type "instagram follow limit per day" into google you get the following:

        There are follow limits on Instagram. However, the limits can vary for different accounts, and Instagram does not publicly reveal how these limits are determined. The only follower/following limit published by Instagram is the 7,500 total following limit. Daily limits are not published.

        But if you just start following people you'll see there is a limit for every 10-30 minutes. When instagram doesn't want you to follow any more the green following button will turn back to white for follow.
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  • Profile picture of the author radis
    how long ago did you start that 120k account?
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    There's some savvy forum marketing going on in this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author WP Nut
    This is great info - thanks for explaining how the whole Instagram thing works!
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    MIKE WHAT ABOUT ADFLY NETWORK CAN SOMEBODY TRUST IT..
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    Adfly is regarded as a spammy network.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnny111
    Awesome info. What would u guys recommend if I want to get some traffic from instagram to my website? I am going to start trying to build an audience with these strategyes but in the meantime some traffic wouldnt hurt. I own a sports items website, my own brand and I wouldnt mind giving away a % of the sale to people promoting my website.
    Thank you again for this info!
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  • Profile picture of the author thuan1
    Thanks for posting this, positively one thing to think about wanting in to not solely as an earnings supply however an awesome supply of web site visitors.
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    which advertise systems?
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  • Profile picture of the author austria
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    I find it a little strange that still some people pay for "shoutouts" which practically exist for just few hours on Instagram
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  • Profile picture of the author austria
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    on instagram you can post only pictures that you make yourself live... or you can post also pictures from previous galleries that you own?
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  • Profile picture of the author Nisip
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    Are most of these instagram users that are so active and join new profiles all the time, in the under 18 years old category of age?
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  • Profile picture of the author TheOne26
    Very interesting method! Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymagneto
    Mike,

    What specific Niches have you been getting into? Do you just strictly share other people's photos or do you also take snapshots of stuff and add to the content pool?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by moneymagneto View Post

      Mike,

      What specific Niches have you been getting into? Do you just strictly share other people's photos or do you also take snapshots of stuff and add to the content pool?
      I'm into all kinds of niches like bodybuilding, fitness, funny memes, funny videos, weight loss, cars and am getting more accounts set up all the time. Right now I have 52 instagram accounts with content and 40 more I haven't set up at all yet, I just set up the username. I use other peoples phots after all it's a photo sharing network so most pics are fair game. I wouldn't EVER use a celebrity pic that says getty images on it as these are copyrighted and if I use a professional photographers pic I credit them by adding their account name in the comments.

      I also make take my own pics sometimes when I'm outdoors and I make my own funny jokes and memes pics with photo apps like insta collage, pic lab hd, vidlab, LiPix pro, meme generator and I also have video accounts I make the videos out of photos(photo slideshow) with VidLab, Funimate and squareeady and a few others.
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    Instagram is growing fast, but it is owned by Facebook.

    My bets are still on Twitter as the most profitable social network in our world
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  • Profile picture of the author lpfacun
    What does your followers says when you post a non relevant shout out?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by lpfacun View Post

      What does your followers says when you post a non relevant shout out?
      I would say like 1-5 people will comment that they are unfollowing but the majority of people are used to it and stay with me. I never post 2 shoutouts/promos together. For example if I have a bunch of orders for posts and I need to do a few at once I will post one and then post one or two regular content related to my account and then another shoutout or promo. Whatever you set up your rates to be say like $30 for half hour or $40 for two hours make sure that when the time is up you delete those posts so as not too clutter up your account with ads. I never have more than 3 - 6 up at once per account.
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    Do the people that want to advertise on your pages contact you? Or have you posted what you offer somewhere? How does that work?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by sdelgad4 View Post

      Do the people that want to advertise on your pages contact you? Or have you posted what you offer somewhere? How does that work?
      Great question. So far I have just added my email address and Kik username to my Instagram accounts bio and people have been finding me because I am promoting myself with shoutouts and with Instagress which is just $9.95 per month per Instagram account you set up with them.

      I haven't tried it yet but there are a few big sites that have sprung up to organize this shoutout/promo business and help you get orders. The 2 biggest are:

      igshoutouts.com
      buysellshoutouts.com

      So you can use them and that will help you get orders.

      One person has so many social media followings that he has his own website to sell his services here:
      wedofollowers.com
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      • Profile picture of the author sdelgad4
        Cool, this business model looks just awesome, I currently have 10.6k followers, I think I'm gonna take this to the next level thanks to you.
        My account is about nerdy stuff, 90's, pop-culture, the majority of the followers are young people, do you think I can still make money from this niche, or would you change it?
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        • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
          Originally Posted by sdelgad4 View Post

          Cool, this business model looks just awesome, I currently have 10.6k followers, I think I'm gonna take this to the next level thanks to you.
          My account is about nerdy stuff, 90's, pop-culture, the majority of the followers are young people, do you think I can still make money from this niche, or would you change it?
          Actually it's all uncharted territory. Who knows all the things that can be sold on Instagram. You have to test it out. Lots of people are selling tee spring teeshirts. I also see iphone gift cards, Dr Dre headphones. Most people on Instagram are young say 13-25 years old or so, so think young when you pick products to promote.

          A little tip I think I may have mentioned this - If your running Instagress on an Instagram account of yours don't login to or upload photos to that account while its running on Instagress. When Instagress stops or you stop it wait a few hours before logging into that account on your smartphone or tablet.

          Also you should have at least 3 accounts or even 10 would be best. Like they say don't put all your eggs in one basket. You never know if something will happen or if your account gets closed for some reason. I have 52 active accounts which may be a little overboard but I'm trying to take this to the next level and really cash in.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnCosmos
    Great post/thread. I'm not a big Instagram guy myself, certainly no expert. Mostly because my main business is clients and running social media for local businesses and contractors- people who don't see the value in it (even though it is worthwhile IMHO). They love Facebook and Twitter. Also, Instagram made it impossible for tools/dashboards to integrate it into their post scheduling. At least when I was really getting started. So, it has been much more labor intensive (=more expensive to offer) and I have limited time for my own brands.

    So, reading stuff like this always amazes me and I am very appreciate of anything I can learn here and of posters who take the time share ideas and go in depth without just pushing products.
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  • Profile picture of the author cheneil
    Wow mike this is great. I've been very much interested into Instagram for a few months now and slowing building my followers. I've thought about buying shout outs as i've seen that's the trend. I need to go about starting other account not related to my business.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by cheneil View Post

      Wow mike this is great. I've been very much interested into Instagram for a few months now and slowing building my followers. I've thought about buying shout outs as i've seen that's the trend. I need to go about starting other account not related to my business.
      I'm up to 52 active accounts now but most are just reaching 6k now as I went a little crazy and made loads of niche accounts and I have a bunch in the same niche even. While the prices for shoutouts have been going up I have been looking for new methods to gain followers for either free or cheap and I have been using Instagress.com and have been able to add approx 5000 followers to each of my accounts I have loaded into instagress per month for just $9.95 per month. Instagress is working great and I think thst with its new features I will be able to get to 100k for very cheap compared to shoutout prices.
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  • Great mikey..but honestly, have you ever experienced any of your instagram accounts permanently banned by using instagress?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by HandsomeMillionaire View Post

      Great mikey..but honestly, have you ever experienced any of your instagram accounts permanently banned by using instagress?
      I had just one account get permanently locked on me and I believe its because I was using instagress at the time that I logged into that same account on my smartphone and started to upload some images. I'm not sure but I believe this trips some kind of Instagram security and shows as double access to one account and it got locked, I believe temporarily, and I had to do a password reset but since I registered that account with a fake email I couldn't get the password reset email and lost that account. But I haven't done that since and now have 52 Instagram accounts in my Instagress account and no issues from any of them for months now. I also only set up accounts with a good working email addresses now.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
    Great thread here..

    Anyway, does anyone here..maybe mikey..did u notice that since last week, instagram start with new algorithm to quickly block ( temporarily) for unfollow several people in 1 hour? i used to unfollow 200 people in less than 15min before, with no prpoblem.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by SuperMarketer View Post

      Great thread here..

      Anyway, does anyone here..maybe mikey..did u notice that since last week, instagram start with new algorithm to quickly block ( temporarily) for unfollow several people in 1 hour? i used to unfollow 200 people in less than 15min before, with no prpoblem.
      Don't know anything about that. I think with instagress they control your account so it doesn't break any instagram limitations.
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      Originally Posted by SuperMarketer View Post

      Great thread here..

      Anyway, does anyone here..maybe mikey..did u notice that since last week, instagram start with new algorithm to quickly block ( temporarily) for unfollow several people in 1 hour? i used to unfollow 200 people in less than 15min before, with no prpoblem.
      Yes, this is extremely annoying. I have a small account around 6k and have not bought a shout out yet. I have just been doing follow/unfollow. As if that isn't annoying enough, unfollowing people this last week has been unreal. I get temporarily blocked everyday. I will NEVER be mass following again because of this.
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      • Profile picture of the author chrisrgoldstein
        Hey Warriors,

        This is my first post. I joined the warrior forum for social media marketing, especially Instagram. What mike has posted for everyone is GOLD. Now, few people did note that Instagram has changed a lot and it is much harder to build an account. That is completely true. But that is with anything. Getting into something early is a big advantage.

        Does that mean that is not worth it? Absolutely not. All this means is that there are more new users on Instagram, and there users on Instagram are using it more. The time to cash in on Instagram is right now. I have been working hard on a small account over the last 2 months and I am at 6k. I have not purchased any shout outs, nor used Instagress. What I am doing right now, is figuring my "brand". Instagram is a visual app, so if you cannot post compelling images then you will never make it. I have been using photoshop extensively and feel like my profile is ready for exposure. I have also been networking with accounts around my same follower count. I have been testing different posts and engagement with my followers.

        Why am I talking about exposure, compelling images, and engagement? Isn't it all about followers and likes? What is this guy talking about, we only care about getting followers!!

        You guys are not wrong, but a lot of you are asking, well how many followers can you expect from this method or that shout out... There is no way Mike can tell you because there are so many factors that go into it.

        Shout outs and Instagress get your account exposure. It is up to users to decide if they will follow you are not. Now, this seems obvious. But if your account looks messy or just alike another generic account, THEY WILL NOT FOLLOW. Your money and time will be wasted.

        Take time to have a great profile pic, a unique bio, and beautiful, consistent, and valuable profile. Ask yourself, would I follow this account?

        I am putting the finishing touches on my account as far as bio, font, and overall brand. I will be buying shout outs with accounts with great engagement ( lol completely different topic) later this week. Now when people see this shout out, I will convert a higher percentage of followers then if I was to do this a month ago.

        I was hesitant to run Instagress, but Mike brings up some really good points about it. Will be running this week as well!


        Sorry for the rant guys, I could talk about Instagram and all the marketing tactics that go into it! hahha

        P.S I dont know how this forum works and I dont want to break any rules. If you guys want to know what my account name is message me!
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
    Mikey , when u said u gain 5000 followers using instagress, did u use one instagress acc for one instagram acc?

    i believe we can share several instagram acc in one instagress? ( but needto rotate and take turn?)


    And i believe u use "fast" setting to get 5000 followers? is it safe?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by SuperMarketer View Post

      Mikey , when u said u gain 5000 followers using instagress, did u use one instagress acc for one instagram acc?

      i believe we can share several instagram acc in one instagress? ( but needto rotate and take turn?)


      And i believe u use "fast" setting to get 5000 followers? is it safe?
      I use normal speed only. I have seen some instagress videos on youtube and most recommend the normal setting so as to stay safe within instagrams limitations. Although if they have fast It may be ok to use but I only use normal speed. Slow speed is too slow but normal works great. I get approx 5000 followers per Instagram account I have set up in instagress. Right now I have 52 instagram accounts set up working in instagress. You don't need to rotate them, you can have them all running at once.
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      • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
        Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

        I use normal speed only. I have seen some instagress videos on youtube and most recommend the normal setting so as to stay safe within instagrams limitations. Although if they have fast It may be ok to use but I only use normal speed. Slow speed is too slow but normal works great. I get approx 5000 followers per Instagram account I have set up in instagress. Right now I have 52 instagram accounts set up working in instagress. You don't need to rotate them, you can have them all running at once.
        Sorry..i am confused..r u sure we dont have to rotate? in ur case, u just pay $9.99 for one instagress account and put all the 52 instagram acc into that one platform and run them all at the same time?

        or did u pay $9.99 x 52 acc = $ 519 ?

        just wondering...
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnCosmos
    I'm definitely going to test out some of these ideas on my in-house brands. I've got one account I think is just perfect and fits the niche of the types of accounts you see doing a lot of shout outs and growing with the typical Instagram demographic, with a twist. I've mostly been growing by making comments and follows manually, but I'm going to test some relevant shout-outs to get into the good zone for exchanges and then probably buy my way up to the mid 5-6 figures.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by JohnCosmos View Post

      I've mostly been growing by making comments and follows manually, but I'm going to test some relevant shout-outs to get into the good zone for exchanges and then probably buy my way up to the mid 5-6 figures.
      I too used to do manually but it got so tedious and time consuming now I just use Instagress. Except to repond to comments I still have to do that manually. I don't trust random crappy bots that you use from your computer and I think those can get your account closed if not very careful. Instagress is web based and they keep updating with new cool features so they seem to be in it for the long haul and I trust them now.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnCosmos
        Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

        I don't trust random crappy bots that you use from your computer and I think those can get your account closed if not very careful. Instagress is web based and they keep updating with new cool features so they seem to be in it for the long haul and I trust them now.
        That's good to know. I try to keep use of tools to a minimum, if they are things that are automated too much and risk things getting shut down. Like I said, I will test this on some of my brands that I can afford to risk. Reminds me of a sign my uncle had in his store when I was a kid "I break, I cry. You break, you buy."
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
    Hello Mikey..

    Using instagress, if we set to follow followers of Obama, say:
    1. John
    2. James
    3. Sarah

    Then we unfollow all the three above manually (not using instagress), can we set instagress not to follow the three above in the future for the second time?

    And, can we set instagress not to follow people with Bio containing words "sex", "gay" etc?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by SuperMarketer View Post

      Hello Mikey..

      Using instagress, if we set to follow followers of Obama, say:
      1. John
      2. James
      3. Sarah

      Then we unfollow all the three above manually (not using instagress), can we set instagress not to follow the three above in the future for the second time?

      And, can we set instagress not to follow people with Bio containing words "sex", "gay" etc?
      You would have to have followed them first with instagress then you can check the option to not follow same users after you unfollow them if you do it manually I don't think that would work. Although you can contact instagress to be sure about this and you can recommend a new feature you would like to see and if they think it will be useful to users they may add it. they add cool new features all the time.

      I don't see how you can not follow people according to text in their bio, but you can recommend it to instagress and they may add it if it's possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dyk Estrada
    Thanks for the tips. I'd say that Instagram is really quite new and unexplored when it comes to marketing and the best way to bank on it is now. You have some great ideas here that I can try with another idea that I have.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
    Thanks mikey u r very helpful.

    Can i ask, everyday (24hr), do u switch 12hr for "following" and 12hrs for "unfollowing"?

    And for "normal" setting, how many people does each of ur instagram acc follow everyday? 500? 800? do u monitor?

    thanks mikey
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by SuperMarketer View Post

      Thanks mikey u r very helpful.

      Can i ask, everyday (24hr), do u switch 12hr for "following" and 12hrs for "unfollowing"?

      And for "normal" setting, how many people does each of ur instagram acc follow everyday? 500? 800? do u monitor?

      thanks mikey
      Actually I guess I have been lazy about that. I usually follow until I hit 7500 followers and then I first unfollow those I followed but didn't follow me back and then I either start following again or now there is a new feature "unfollow all" which now let's you unfollow everyone which seems great because unfollowing those who don't follow you back ends you may only have unfollowed 1000 and that will keep shrinking as time goes by. I accidentaly let one account go on unfollow for too long and unfollowed about 6500 without following anyone in the time. That account is fine.

      As far as how many each day I gave up checking 52 accounts. I look at per month so I gain on average of 4500-5500 per month per account running it about 24 hours in a row to get to 600 likes then it stops as that's how I set it up. Plus I think Instagress keeps you under the instagram liking, commenting, following limits. Then I give it 8-12 hours off and restart.
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  • Profile picture of the author HaRdHouse
    Keep it simple with instagram these days. They are currently in a banning spree and unfollowing is the main reason lot of accounts got banned. I recommend 100 following/24h and 100 unfollowing/24h...5/hour. You should be safe with this setup.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dyk Estrada
    Hi Mikeyman. I'm back. Can I ask if you can suggest some profitable niches? Also, I am quite curious with the following mechanism because Instagram is now suddenly lowering the number of followers for some reason.
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  • Profile picture of the author drexo922
    Thank you Mike. Great stuff!

    Really appreciate your sharing. Many people would actually charge for this sort of detailed information so thank you for your kindness!
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
    Here are a bunch of huge accounts you can follow to see how to they do their shoutouts:

    @adorable_animals
    @allterraintrucks
    @aloha.fitness
    @amazingds
    @amazinggcolors
    @animals.co
    @babeswithtats
    @bad.ideas
    @basketballvideos
    @beautiful.colors
    @bestbballvids
    @cakesincolorss
    @carsvideos
    @chevyoffroading
    @colorpostss
    @colorwondersz
    @comedytexting
    @crazyroomss
    @crazyyillusionss
    @fitfaminstagram
    @fun_vine
    @funnyfailvideos
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
    Also here are a few free bonuses from one of my instagram wsos. It's a PDF of paid promos by the huge accounts. You can see the types of things people are paying them for promos for. Plus I compiled a PDF of all of the sponsored instagram ads I have seen before july 2015.

    Download them here:

    http://www.sendmeoverto.com/FreePDFs
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
    Thanks mikey u r awesome !!

    Some other questions for instagress. If u have 50 acc in the instagress, do u have any kind of proxy? or instagress sort it out for u?

    if u want to post smthing on ur own instagram in ur own mobile phone for those 50acc, do u just Stop All button in instagress? or do u also "Disconnect" button as well? i am afraid if instagress see u are login for both instagress and own mobile phone

    And third question. Do u really wait for 2 hrs to login into ur own instagram in ur mobile phone after stop using instagress? or 5min "wait time" is enough?

    thanks mikey
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by SuperMarketer View Post

      Thanks mikey u r awesome !!

      Some other questions for instagress. If u have 50 acc in the instagress, do u have any kind of proxy? or instagress sort it out for u?

      if u want to post smthing on ur own instagram in ur own mobile phone for those 50acc, do u just Stop All button in instagress? or do u also "Disconnect" button as well? i am afraid if instagress see u are login for both instagress and own mobile phone

      And third question. Do u really wait for 2 hrs to login into ur own instagram in ur mobile phone after stop using instagress? or 5min "wait time" is enough?

      thanks mikey
      Instagress handles it. I wouldn't login to your account to upload pics while it's running on instagress. I would wait 2 hours between stopping instagress and logging into your account to upload pics just to be safe it caused me a password reset error once. It's working for me. Maybe five minutes is good. who knows.
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      • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
        Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

        Instagress handles it. I wouldn't login to your account to upload pics while it's running on instagress. I would wait 2 hours between stopping instagress and logging into your account to upload pics just to be safe it caused me a password reset error once. It's working for me. Maybe five minutes is good. who knows.
        Thanks mikey..That means u dont have to Disconnect button. Stop buttom is sufficient?

        And if we are from Australia, while Instagress server is from US, i am afraid instagram will smell smthing fishy if we login everyday on mobile and Start instagress back and forth..haha
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  • Profile picture of the author radis
    Growing 5k followers a month will take you around a year and a half. In a year and a half,a 100k account will be considered small because of how many huge accounts there are now and they're growing at a much faster rate than 5k a month. In all the most popular niches there are hundreds off accounts that are 100k+ right now and they are barely getting any shoutout business simply because there are loads of much larger pages. Stop giving people false hope. I'm surprised these people cant tell that you are just promoting Instagress with this thread. Instagram has made a lot big changes to prevent users from growing large accounts by automation. Everyone reading this now is too late to the instagram game unless you have thousands to spend. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this thread is misleading and no longer relevant.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by radis View Post

      Growing 5k followers a month will take you around a year and a half. In a year and a half,a 100k account will be considered small because of how many huge accounts there are now and they're growing at a much faster rate than 5k a month.
      I already said you don't have to use just instagress. You can use them to get to 10k-20k and then start doing shoutout for shoutout which is like adswaps and is completely free. So your calculations are a joke to me as everyone's journey will be different.

      Then by your analogy no one should enter the world of Internet Marketing because there are now established marketers selling courses for 5k and super affiliates who have big budgets to spend on paid ads so no one should try to be successful in Internet Marketing and affiliate marketing because their are others way ahead of you so now there's no room for anyone else. BULL. Keep your negative attitude to yourself no one wants to hear it.

      Originally Posted by radis View Post

      In all the most popular niches there are hundreds off accounts that are 100k+ right now and they are barely getting any shoutout business simply because there are loads of much larger pages.
      And I'm sure everyone reading this thread would like to know just how on earth you know who is getting shoutout business and who isn't. Also larger pages charge more so smaller accounts of 50k-200k are better for small businesses so not everyone can afford the larger accounts(1M-4M followers) rates.

      Originally Posted by radis View Post

      Stop giving people false hope.
      Boy, you sure are a negative nelly. This system won't work........FOR YOU and others who want to spend all their time whining, complaining, bit@hing and moaning. I took massive action and it's working for me. I am not giving people false hope I am letting them know about a system that's working for me and hundreds of others. And if you don't have what it takes to be successful in anything don't try to drag people down to your level.

      Originally Posted by radis View Post

      I'm surprised these people cant tell that you are just promoting Instagress with this thread.
      These people can't tell that I'm promoting Instagress because I'm not - are you saying I own Instagress and this is my genious plan to get more business for instagress. Well guess again - you're wrong. I don't own instagress or am not affiliated with them in any way i just love that it gets me loads of followers for extremely cheap so I have only good things to say about them. You took a wild chance in jumping to the conclusion and saying that I'm just promoting instagress but you are wrong. I applaud your effort though for trying to fool people into believing what you think is fact.

      Originally Posted by radis View Post

      Instagram has made a lot big changes to prevent users from growing large accounts by automation. Everyone reading this now is too late to the instagram game unless you have thousands to spend. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this thread is misleading and no longer relevant.
      Then why don't they block instagress and put them out of business. Or launch a lawsuit against them if their violating their terms. Maybe you can explain that.

      No body is too late to the instagram game since instagram is still pretty new the opportunities will only grow so this thread is more relevant then when it started.
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      • Profile picture of the author hipmama164
        I believe the OP is being very helpful by showing us how to cash in on IG follows.. so I am going to try this myself. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
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  • Profile picture of the author Roi O
    Dropping you a pm for a possible venture.
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  • Profile picture of the author Walter White
    Sounds easy, i will try this thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author wAvision
    I just started to build a few accounts last week. At what point/follower amount can you start doing shout outs? Do most of the people come to you, or do you send them an email/dm?

    Can you give some examples of what you are seeing for pricing structures?

    For example, an account with 50k followers on average charges $50 per post for 4 hours.

    Or

    An account with 500k followers on average charges $400 for 4 hours.

    Just a general overview of the pricing you have seen to be most common.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by wAvision View Post

      I just started to build a few accounts last week. At what point/follower amount can you start doing shout outs? Do most of the people come to you, or do you send them an email/dm?

      Can you give some examples of what you are seeing for pricing structures?

      For example, an account with 50k followers on average charges $50 per post for 4 hours.

      Or

      An account with 500k followers on average charges $400 for 4 hours.

      Just a general overview of the pricing you have seen to be most common.
      Actually I see people offering shoutouts now at just 10k and up. If you go to fiverr and search instagram shoutouts you will see people with all size accounts offering shouts for just $5. You also want to earn more if you can so have fiverr upsells for 30-60 minute increments for $5-$10 each 30-60 minutes or so.

      As far as pricing structures I see all kinds of rates. Most of these people are catching on the fact that their basically in the advertising game and the advertising game is pretty lucrative so the rates have been going up but so have the following sizes also with most.

      I've seen $30 shoutouts for 100k per hour and even per half hour. I've seen $100 per post for accounts with a million followers for just 30 minutes-60 minutes, Some will give you up to 24 hours for their rates it varies wildly from person to person. Like I said above people on fiverr are offering approx 30 minutes for $5. If you bought my course below the upsell is a huge list of big accounts ranging from 100k-4 million followers. What I did months ago was email them all and ask for their rates and you will find great bargains if you look. Also a tip for you, if you email a bunch of them then make sure you mention their account name and following size in the email to them and tell them you are interested in shoutouts/promos and you want them to send you their rates. What they will do is "reply" back to you and so your original email will of course be at the bottom so you will know who you are dealing with otherwise you'll get confused as to who is who.

      I hoped I helped you but that is a tough question as rates vary greatly. Back 2 years ago shoutouts were just $3-$5 for even up to a 24 hour post. but the good news is you as an account holder with a large following can earn some decent money with this opportunity.

      Here are a bunch of big accounts I posted above. You can email them and ask them to send you their rates for shoutouts/promos and you'll get an idea of what people are charging for their size following

      @adorable_animals
      @allterraintrucks
      @aloha.fitness
      @amazingds
      @amazinggcolors
      @animals.co
      @babeswithtats
      @bad.ideas
      @basketballvideos
      @beautiful.colors
      @bestbballvids
      @cakesincolorss
      @carsvideos
      @chevyoffroading
      @colorpostss
      @colorwondersz
      @comedytexting
      @crazyroomss
      @crazyyillusionss
      @fitfaminstagram
      @fun_vine
      @funnyfailvideos
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
    Forgot to mention that with the accounts I posted just above you would go to their Instagram account and in their Instagram accounts BIO you will see either an email address and/or Kik username to contact them. Kik is a instant messaging app that works by username so you don't have to give out your cell phone number so it's very popular on instagram.
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  • Profile picture of the author KnightOnboard
    Thank You mikeyman120!
    We certainly appreciate your time and effort to write this useful and sincere thread.
    Keep it up.
    Wish you all the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
    Don't forget to make at least a few accounts in case something happens to one. Basically don't put all your eggs in one basket. If you work on and build just one account and it gets closed for whatever reason your done. So I would have 5 niche accounts at least.

    I see accounts get closed and disappear all the time and can't say why as I simply don't know. But here is some news from my own 52 active accounts. I have had 52 accounts for over a year and a bunch for 2 years and only two ever got closed on me and I'm not sure why. Once I had 2 other accounts closed but they reactivated them in a few months that was like 2 years ago. Just this last summer 2015 on my music video clips page I posted a few 15 second clips of an big young artist's music video and her people found it and didn't seem to like it for some reason so they flagged my account but instead of Instagram closing it and banning me for life as we all know some big companies we use in IM like to do that but they instead deleted those 3 video clips and gave me a message about it and that was that, my account was safe. I have other tons of big name musicians and their music video clips and unless they contact Instagram to have them removed I guess they are ok with it. I guess they remove offending material as needed instead of ban you for life which is great.

    I always reject a paid promo post if the image is too r-rated or above just to be safe. Even though it may only be up for a short time it could get your account closed if seen by ig staff. So basically I only lost 2 accounts in 2 years. One was hot girls pics which closed for who knows what reason and one was fitness which was older and had a fake email address in it. I then accidentally tripped instagrams security by having that account running in instagress and I logged into it on my smartphone and uploaded some pics. This caused a security password reset thing to happen and it sends the password reset to your email which was fake so I lost that account for good. So if you have someone on fiverr set you up instagram accounts make sure you have them use your real email address.
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  • Profile picture of the author macatum
    interesting but not everything clear
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  • HI mikey..do you really charge $50 for 50k followers but only for 30min post?

    How much is post for 50k followers for 5 hours then?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by HandsomeMillionaire View Post

      HI mikey..do you really charge $50 for 50k followers but only for 30min post?

      How much is post for 50k followers for 5 hours then?

      Thanks
      Actually I haven't set any specific rates i vary them a little depending on my following size at the time and the amount of time I keep post up and by niche but I have charged $30-$50 for 50k following for 30 minutes but usually I will leave their post up for extra time ( like 60 minutes)and hope they appreciate that and keep advertising with me unless I'm very busy with posts and have to keep them moving. Sometimes I will go alseep and someone will get lucky and have their post up for 6-8 hours when they only paid for 1 hour.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshnano
    Absolutely amazing. I love reading goody information like this. You could easily sell this information, too. Going to take note on some of the great stuff here!
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    • Profile picture of the author TomtheOtter
      Thanks mikeyman120 ! It's generous of you to share your experience and although I don't think everyone should follow your path exactly isn't this what IM is all about ? Seeing how other people are achieving their goals and adapting their ideas using your own skills.

      My endgame isn't to sell shout outs but to promote my personal brands. Instagram doesn't seem to be great for traffic but you can easily get a lot of eyes on your images.

      I spend quite a bit of time on my content and get about a 8-10% like rate. I have used Instagress fro follows and likes and think it's a great value service. I'm a bit wary of using comments though as I think this could be construed as spammy and this seems to the main reason for it getting people banned. Even using advanced Spintax seems to cause problems.

      It appears that all it takes is somebody reporting you and you will get Instagram taking a look into your account. I will try some of the tricks in this thread and see how it goes.
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      • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
        Originally Posted by TomtheOtter View Post

        Thanks mikeyman120 ! It's generous of you to share your experience and although I don't think everyone should follow your path exactly isn't this what IM is all about ? Seeing how other people are achieving their goals and adapting their ideas using your own skills.

        My endgame isn't to sell shout outs but to promote my personal brands. Instagram doesn't seem to be great for traffic but you can easily get a lot of eyes on your images.

        I spend quite a bit of time on my content and get about a 8-10% like rate. I have used Instagress fro follows and likes and think it's a great value service. I'm a bit wary of using comments though as I think this could be construed as spammy and this seems to the main reason for it getting people banned. Even using advanced Spintax seems to cause problems.

        It appears that all it takes is somebody reporting you and you will get Instagram taking a look into your account. I will try some of the tricks in this thread and see how it goes.

        Yes thinking outside the box or trying to will eventually give you ideas of your own where you can do some of what I am teaching and also put your own unique twist on things. That's how you stand out from the crowd and can get ahead of the pack.

        Comments with Instagress and manually should not be spammy at all or people will flag your account. A bunch of flags will get your account locked and you will have to do a password reset to prove you are a real person and not a spam account. And I think too many flags can get you auto-banned(I'm not sure if that is a thing or not but suspect it is) and this will get instagram to take a closer look at your account to see if they should unlock it or close it. I had 2 accounts get closed for what seemed permanently over a year and a half ago only to discover Instagram re-activated them in a few months.

        So no spammy comments like:
        follow me
        check out my product
        sign up now
        follow for follow
        buy my product

        Make them very natural like:
        cool pics
        cool account
        I like this pic
        awesome shot

        Here are my instagress settings for a fitness account which I blocked out the name to protect but notice my settings which are working great for me and notice my natural non spammy comments. I actually need to double my amount of comments and can do so easily now that they offer emojis so I can have a word like cool and a smiley face. I hear you need many comments as instagram will not let you keep posting the same comment over and over so the more you use in instagress the better.

        Here are my settings for the fitness account:

        http://www.sendmeoverto.com/instagresssettings

        Also on the instagress settings under Comment I check - don't comment same users. But I forgot to check that before taking the screen shot. You don't have to check that but I do.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by Joshnano View Post

      Absolutely amazing. I love reading goody information like this. You could easily sell this information, too. Going to take note on some of the great stuff here!
      Actually I do sell a complete WSO on this course called Insta Domination here is the warrior special offers section. You can see link in my sig if you wanted to check it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author emily008
    Really very nice post. I have to read the entire post, day spent. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
    Thanks for the info Morg ^

    I just noticed the person who sets up my new IG accounts on fiverr is either away or stopped their account as it says they are unavailable to take orders now. So I guess I need a new person to set them up. Any chance you can give me the info for your person?

    I guess I will be heading towards followliker for the savings having 52 accounts set up with content on them. I also have 50 more which were set up a while ago but never logged into them yet. They were $5 for 50 accounts but most of them are teen girl and young actresses from disney and nickolodean fan accounts. One for pics and one for videos I make with video apps, so two per actress. I figured I would promote things the younger crowd would like such as music, fashion, makeup, Dr. Dre headphones, movies, tee shirts etc.

    When I first got on Instagram it became obvious that Instagram was dominated by the young. Trying to find someone 40 years old or over was nearly impossible. But the older crowd has been getting on there more and more.

    I will need a valid email for those extra 50 accounts should I use them so I now turn to gmx.com for email addresses as I used up my share of gmails. I noticed that if I use an email address for one of my domains that I set up in my cpanel that I never get the verification email from Instagram for those email addresses but works fine with gmail and gmx.com
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  • Profile picture of the author JokerTheCat
    Great stuff Mike, what kind of advertisers do you think will work the best using this method on Instagram?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by JokerTheCat View Post

      Great stuff Mike, what kind of advertisers do you think will work the best using this method on Instagram?
      I see all kinds of businesses advertising. It depends on the niche really. Apps seem to do well. Especially apps related to Instagram like photo editing and video editing apps and also apps that help you get followers on instagram and ones that let you check your stats like who followed you, who unfollowed you etc.

      People in the cars and trucks niche are promoting tee spring tee shirts all the time and they are making money but I can't be sure if they are advertising just on instagram or on maybe facebook also.

      You should set up one account to follow just the big accounts so you can look at your feed and see what kind of stuff their promoting.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
    Hi Mikey..since u set up 52 acc with instagress, do u notice smthing wrong today? I have setup 11 acc with instagress but today i notice, about 7-8 acc of them only follow 3-12 people per hour which is ridiculous. It worked good before (following 20-25 per hour).

    did instagress programmers do any update on the software or smthing or is it only me experiencing this kinda issue?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by SuperMarketer View Post

      Hi Mikey..since u set up 52 acc with instagress, do u notice smthing wrong today? I have setup 11 acc with instagress but today i notice, about 7-8 acc of them only follow 3-12 people per hour which is ridiculous. It worked good before (following 20-25 per hour).

      did instagress programmers do any update on the software or smthing or is it only me experiencing this kinda issue?
      You can only follow 7500 accounts with any one account. It sounds like those accounts are near 7500 and it's time for you to switch to unfollow for a while. Check to see if that is the case and post back and let me know.

      It could also be your follow settings for example if you are following the followers of some user you may have followed them all just about which will cause your follow rate to slow down.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
    No mikey..the followings are less than 1000-4000 only. It seems to me that instagress is updating their algorithm. It become worse

    It affects 5 of my accounts (out of 11). After 6 hours, only follow 10-17 people only. That means it only follow 2-3 people per hour..Haha..so bad..i can manually follow 150 in just 5min with my hand.

    All my 11 acc worked great for 1-2 months until yesterday suddenly 5 of my acc got affected.
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  • Profile picture of the author RoellyWinklaar
    Basically what you told is the way Youtube marketing works as well, it's just heaven to promote protein powder or anything else related in bodybuilding niche, ofcourse if you provide pics and videos on a daily basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fenice Leonhart
    I am not very fond of Instagram because it's really hard to manage multiple accounts. I can use Hootsuite to manage multiple Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn accounts etc in a breeze. But for Instagram, you have to use your phone to post even if you can schedule images in Hootsuite. Do you have any advice on multiple Instagram management?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by Fenice Leonhart View Post

      I am not very fond of Instagram because it's really hard to manage multiple accounts. I can use Hootsuite to manage multiple Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn accounts etc in a breeze. But for Instagram, you have to use your phone to post even if you can schedule images in Hootsuite. Do you have any advice on multiple Instagram management?
      I saw that with hootsuite. It just reminds you it's time to post but you have to go into your instagram app to do it. So not sure if any actually let you post.

      Here is some info from post #140. Someone says you can schedule with these two but I have never tested them so not sure. I just do it from my smartphone. I only add pics or videos to about 5-10 accounts a day lately so I'm not posting to all my accounts everyday. But since Facebook owns Instagram and facebook has post scheduling I think it will just be a matter of time before Instagram has it so I'll just wait I guess.

      From post #140 in this thread:
      I have tested these 2 and work really well:

      a) Schedugram
      b) https://onlypult.com
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  • Profile picture of the author krys0003
    I have just found the link. I will follow you on twitter and purchase your course.

    Thanks Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author tacassim
    Thank you very much Mikeyman120 for sharing this post! I really appreciate it and I learnt a lot of things from this post..
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  • Profile picture of the author thaunknown0
    Wow, thanks for the tips! I never knew shout outs could make such a huge impact. You were able to get over 100k for 500-700$ worth of shout outs? Any idea how many shout outs you did?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by thaunknown0 View Post

      Wow, thanks for the tips! I never knew shout outs could make such a huge impact. You were able to get over 100k for 500-700$ worth of shout outs? Any idea how many shout outs you did?
      Actually that was 2 years ago now when shout outs were just $3-$5 each now they range from $20-$300 depending on niche and following. I think now it will cost from $1500-$3000 depending on niche. Like fitness is more expensive then say funny videos or funny memes accounts so it varies a bit. But you can use Instagress to get say 5k-10k followers in a month or two and then do shoutout for shoutout with other accounts approx your size and shoutout for shoutouts are free so you don't have to pay your way all the way to 100k unless you can afford it with no probem.
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      • Profile picture of the author thaunknown0
        Hey, thanks for your reply. I actually have a personal account with 106,000 followers. I got up to here with the manual follow/unfollow process. Now I'm looking into shoutouts to increase my following. My niche is Nature and travel pictures. All pictures that I took. I also post memes occasionally.

        So for shoutouts, would i just message accounts in my niche and ask them for their rates right off the bat? And should I look to so sfs with people with about the same amount of followers as me?

        Thanks for all your help! I really feel like I should be making some money from this account
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        • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
          Originally Posted by thaunknown0 View Post

          Hey, thanks for your reply. I actually have a personal account with 106,000 followers. I got up to here with the manual follow/unfollow process. Now I'm looking into shoutouts to increase my following. My niche is Nature and travel pictures. All pictures that I took. I also post memes occasionally.

          So for shoutouts, would i just message accounts in my niche and ask them for their rates right off the bat? And should I look to so sfs with people with about the same amount of followers as me?

          Thanks for all your help! I really feel like I should be making some money from this account
          Yes to buy shoutouts you can check most large accounts bio to see if they have an email address or a Kik(the instant messaging app) username and contact them through one and ask for their rates. Rates vary so you can find some cheap traffic on these accounts. So the more targeted you are with similar accounts the better your results should be.

          To sell shoutouts you are ready to go already with over 100k so just put your email address or Kik username in your bio and start selling. You can find tons of similar nature and travel accounts through the search feature.

          Here are some:
          go.photography_
          earthfocus
          travelingpost
          earthpix
          travelawesome
          bestvacations
          awesome_earthpix
          wildlifeplanet
          earthofficial
          babyanmls

          You can also get business from sites like these:
          igshoutouts.com
          buysellshoutouts.com
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            • Profile picture of the author maruso007
              Mike, thanks for information you share!

              Yesterday, I start using Instagram and create my acc.

              So if I have 100k followers I can start sell? But what I should do if I want that people find me and ask for shout out?

              I understand that it is depends on niche, and I should choose good and popular niches if I want bu succesful?

              Thanks
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              • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
                Originally Posted by maruso007 View Post

                Mike, thanks for information you share!

                Yesterday, I start using Instagram and create my acc.

                So if I have 100k followers I can start sell? But what I should do if I want that people find me and ask for shout out?

                I understand that it is depends on niche, and I should choose good and popular niches if I want bu succesful?

                Thanks
                You can start selling cheap $5 shoutouts when you hit 10k like others are doing on fiverr just go to fiverr.com and type in "instagram shoutout" and you will see the different account sizes and niches of people selling shoutouts. Plus when you hit 25k you can use these sites to get you business:

                igshoutouts.com
                buysellshoutouts.com

                Some popular niches these days are fitness, bodybuilding, weight loss, millionaire success motivation pages and quotes, luxury accounts.
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                • Profile picture of the author internetsweetie
                  Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

                  You can start selling cheap $5 shoutouts when you hit 10k like others are doing on fiverr just go to fiverr.com and type in "instagram shoutout" and you will see the different account sizes and niches of people selling shoutouts. Plus when you hit 25k you can use these sites to get you business:

                  igshoutouts.com
                  buysellshoutouts.com

                  Some popular niches these days are fitness, bodybuilding, weight loss, millionaire success motivation pages and quotes, luxury accounts.
                  @Mikey, you mentioned luxury accounts, any specific niches within luxury? I started an instgram account (aspirational for sorts) for women who earn six figures or more per year. It's luxury clothes, cars, etc. I have about 900 followers so far...is this niche profitable in your opinion?
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    I have not thought of using Instagram to make money. I may have to try this out!
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    Very timely and relevant post. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author andyspain
    Hey everyone - my first post in a long long time on the forum.

    So I was very interested in this method and decided to give it a go - I have identified 5 potential niches to focus on - one of which I have tasked my teenage daughter with promoting but that has so far not progressed so much! - I have myself (to begin with) focused on another of the niches...

    So I opened this account 4 days ago... posted a few images with tags and followed a few people -maybe got like 5 follows on the first day - I then started using the repost app along with using canva to produce images of the required size and then posting a series of images using gramblr - which is a bit clunky but works ok - combined my own hashtags with popular hashtags as defined by the tagsforlikes app and the account now has c. 230 followers on it...pretty much been doubling day by day which is great.

    I have been posting and reposting maybe 20 images per day which is a lot I know but I am getting a lot of likes on the images I am posting / reposting and my phone is showing a constant stream of likes pretty much all day and night - I have been spacing this out throughout the day with some reposting in the morning and evening and then posting my own images through the day.

    I am hoping the number of followers continues to grow at the current rate although maybe I am being optimistic there but the good news is if it continues to double then by the end of the week I will be over 1k followers....I honestly dont know if the niche is big enough to get 100,000's of followers but some of the accounts I have seen in the same niche have over 40k followers so certainly there is potential for size....

    Obviously cannot do any form of monetisation right now on the account but fingers crossed that will happen soon... Also just started instagress on the account on a very slow basis to see if this will help push the account

    Great method thank you
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by andyspain View Post

      Hey everyone - my first post in a long long time on the forum.

      So I was very interested in this method and decided to give it a go - I have identified 5 potential niches to focus on - one of which I have tasked my teenage daughter with promoting but that has so far not progressed so much! - I have myself (to begin with) focused on another of the niches...

      So I opened this account 4 days ago... posted a few images with tags and followed a few people -maybe got like 5 follows on the first day - I then started using the repost app along with using canva to produce images of the required size and then posting a series of images using gramblr - which is a bit clunky but works ok - combined my own hashtags with popular hashtags as defined by the tagsforlikes app and the account now has c. 230 followers on it...pretty much been doubling day by day which is great.

      I have been posting and reposting maybe 20 images per day which is a lot I know but I am getting a lot of likes on the images I am posting / reposting and my phone is showing a constant stream of likes pretty much all day and night - I have been spacing this out throughout the day with some reposting in the morning and evening and then posting my own images through the day.

      I am hoping the number of followers continues to grow at the current rate although maybe I am being optimistic there but the good news is if it continues to double then by the end of the week I will be over 1k followers....I honestly dont know if the niche is big enough to get 100,000's of followers but some of the accounts I have seen in the same niche have over 40k followers so certainly there is potential for size....

      Obviously cannot do any form of monetisation right now on the account but fingers crossed that will happen soon... Also just started instagress on the account on a very slow basis to see if this will help push the account

      Great method thank you
      Great keep it up. Just to let you know Instagress on slow is too slow to me I put it on normal speed which works pretty fast and never had any issues using the normal setting.
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    Hey Mike,

    This is an awesome strategy.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Gonna get to work on this right away!
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    Great really!! It tells so much about the power of connecting and learning online via social media. The opportunities out there on the internet are numerously endless!!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author matthest
    Hi Mike, thanks for the inspiration. I'm curious to know if you do this full time now, ie. does it provide you enough income to live comfortably off of it?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by matthest View Post

      Hi Mike, thanks for the inspiration. I'm curious to know if you do this full time now, ie. does it provide you enough income to live comfortably off of it?
      Well I'm still making good money but I'm after riches so I reinvest in all kinds of Internet Marketing campaigns with mostly paid traffic trying to bank hard. But I can pay all my bills and haven't had job in a few years from Internet Marketing so I'm getting by on my IM income just not able to go out and buy sports cars and expensive stuff just yet. But this opportunity has steadily grown since I first discovered it and it doesn't seem to be slowing down and there are lots of more people doing it.
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      • Profile picture of the author matthest
        Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

        Well I'm still making good money but I'm after riches so I reinvest in all kinds of Internet Marketing campaigns with mostly paid traffic trying to bank hard. But I can pay all my bills and haven't had job in a few years from Internet Marketing so I'm getting by on my IM income just not able to go out and buy sports cars and expensive stuff just yet. But this opportunity has steadily grown since I first discovered it and it doesn't seem to be slowing down and there are lots of more people doing it.
        Got it. Well $100-300 a day should put you safely at least in the low six figures right? That would be more than enough motivation for me to get off my ass and really push to make this work.
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  • Profile picture of the author mosd
    thanks for taking your time and answering our questions!

    I really wish fellowliker worked for mac.

    How many shoutsout do you do per day Mike? Still earning about 100-300 a day?
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    Hey, if you are experienced with FL, please PM me. I have few questions about it. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeChrest
    Hi Mike thanks for sharing. I never thought instagram would be that powerful tool for online business. What really is interesting is their technique and their somewhat long term strategy of building your audience then offer your product slowly rather than bombarding your audience with your product.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by MikeChrest View Post

      Hi Mike thanks for sharing. I never thought instagram would be that powerful tool for online business. What really is interesting is their technique and their somewhat long term strategy of building your audience then offer your product slowly rather than bombarding your audience with your product.
      That's how companies are doing it. Build a massive audience and then set up an advertising platform. Individuals are doing this like I teach and is in this thread and Instagram themselves did it. They built up a massive audience and then set up an advertising platform(Instagram Ads are now available through your Facebook Ads account). If Instagram didn't set up an advertising platfom they would literally be leaving possibly billions on the table so its the normal course of businesses who have access to massive audiences. And with what I teach people and I are doing the same thing on a smaller scale. We have access to 50k - 3 million followers so they offer paid posts for people.

      One simple thing to consider when deciding to use a niche account or Instagram Ads is Facebook owns Instagram and they have the same 20% rule of only allowing your image to have up to 20% of the image having text on it but with the niche accounts they don't restrict you with this so a niche account may be more helpful to someone then Instagram Ads.

      I thought the global release of Instagram Ads may affect this opportunity I teach but so far it's still working fine and is in fact growing. I see lots of new accounts with 100k followers popping up all the time. So its working better today then when I started this and when I started instagram had under 300 million users and now they are at 400 million users so it's only growing.
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  • Profile picture of the author matthest
    Hi Mike, in your experience, how long does it take to get an account to 1 million? Is there a certain point (ie. 100k) where you can just make regular postings and the account will automatically grow without having to buy shout outs?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by matthest View Post

      Hi Mike, in your experience, how long does it take to get an account to 1 million? Is there a certain point (ie. 100k) where you can just make regular postings and the account will automatically grow without having to buy shout outs?
      I don't know as I'm nowhere near a million with any of my accounts so far but they are constantly growing. Once you have 100k you will find lots of big accounts with 100k and up and you can do shoutout for shoutout with them to both mutually grow your accounts and this method is like adswaps for email list building and is free. Lately I've mostly been using Instagress to grow and shoutout for shoutout and have been trying to save my money by buying less shoutouts and using Instagress everyday.
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      • Profile picture of the author matthest
        Won't Instagress become invalid soon with Instagram's new rules, or will they be spared?
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        • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
          Originally Posted by matthest View Post

          Won't Instagress become invalid soon with Instagram's new rules, or will they be spared?
          What new rules that would affect them? Either way I have no idea for sure of course but I think they have some kind of "in" with Instagram to be able to do what they do on a large scale like I think they do. Plus Facebook owns Instagram and that's why it has grown so much better of a user experience and the older crowd getting on there finally and they offer scheduled posts so I'm hoping for that to come to Instagram one day. But I think they understand a businesses need for automation so I don't think their going anywhere.
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          • Profile picture of the author matthest
            Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

            What new rules that would affect them? Either way I have no idea for sure of course but I think they have some kind of "in" with Instagram to be able to do what they do on a large scale like I think they do. Plus Facebook owns Instagram and that's why it has grown so much better of a user experience and the older crowd getting on there finally and they offer scheduled posts so I'm hoping for that to come to Instagram one day. But I think they understand a businesses need for automation so I don't think their going anywhere.
            I thought they were getting rid of all bot-type functions. But I guess if they haven't been taken down by now they should be good. That's good to hear - might look into using it now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Funtobesocial
    I Haven't used Instagram yet, but might start soon. Nice detailed article.
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    that was awesome. i have insta account too. but still struggling for more followers,.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pick Panda
    This seems interesting method. I'll try. I am trying to get followers in twitter. Hmm getting hard time . Driving traffic to site is really tough job.
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    Your great game
    thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Karl
    Can you ? and have you though about developing digital products ? to target your niche with ? on Insta ? allongside making money with shoutouts ?
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  • Profile picture of the author junior991
    hi mike, i just started to create my account on IG 2 month ago about luxury niche. Right now i have almost 4k followers. I was lazy this month so my follower is not growing up well, although on the first month i can get 2,5k followers. Since i ready your thread again, tha's boost my mood to grow up my followers
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  • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
    Is there a script/ query you use to find these followers who do shout outs? Or u manually checked?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by GGpaul View Post

      Is there a script/ query you use to find these followers who do shout outs? Or u manually checked?
      I found them all manually. The insta traffic firestorm wso in my sig is a big list of these huge accounts that I have compiled ranging from 100k - 2 million followers. But I originally found them by just spending loads of time on Instagram and having one specific account that I use to follow these large accounts that offer shoutouts/promos and as they are all doing shoutouts themselves. I see them promoting more and more accounts that I then follow also so I can keep my eye on everyone and see what they are doing and promoting to get my own ideas.
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    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Hi Mike, thank you very much for this great information and to share it for free with us. I really appreciate all the hard work you have put into it and your selfless sharing.

    I have tried crowdfire but the scheduled post feature did not work.

    Has anyone experience with an automated service that allows to post photos/videos, like, follow/unfollow and comment?

    Has anyone experience with Massplaner or FollowAdder?

    Thank you for your feedbacks and recommendations.

    Kind regards, Dee
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
    Yes I hear instamate has that feature. Haven't tried it myself.
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    • Not sure about Instamate. I purchased the luxury edition and than you get spammed for upgrades. As far as I can see the luxury edition can't do anything apart letting you search and download. This you can do with free apps, too. Yes, you can schedule posts on Instamate but as far as I can see, there is no feature to like, follow/unfollow and comment automatically.

      If I am wrong, someone who uses Instamate let me know, please.
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      • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
        Originally Posted by socialmediaoracle View Post

        Not sure about Instamate. I purchased the luxury edition and than you get spammed for upgrades. As far as I can see the luxury edition can't do anything apart letting you search and download. This you can do with free apps, too. Yes, you can schedule posts on Instamate but as far as I can see, there is no feature to like, follow/unfollow and comment automatically.

        If I am wrong, someone who uses Instamate let me know, please.
        I see it being promoted but haven't bought it. Wow, you can post but cannot like comment and follow or unfollow. You would then have to use something like Instagress and it's possible if instamate posts while instagress is running you may trip Instagrams security and will have to verify your account and in the worst case scenario you will lose the account completely. Although Instagram now has a recover account feature where you have to email them a photo of yourself holding up a piece of paper with a code number they give you, your name and Instagram account name and hold it up by your face and take a photo of you with this info and you may be able to get your account back since Instagram is now reviewing security tripped accounts on an individual account basis so you may be able to save your account now if it closes.
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  • Just tried the different features of instamate. It is useless. Search function claims to find the trendiest posts. However, if you search with hashtags majority of the results are with only few likes. The worst part are the videos. It downloads only the cover picture and same for the re-post. That means instead of a video, you posted a photo. Furthermore, you cannot alter the text and hasthtags with the repost function. It automatically copies the same from the original post.

    Programme is a waste of money!
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by socialmediaoracle View Post

      Just tried the different features of instamate. It is useless. Search function claims to find the trendiest posts. However, if you search with hashtags majority of the results are with only few likes. The worst part are the videos. It downloads only the cover picture and same for the re-post. That means instead of a video, you posted a photo. Furthermore, you cannot alter the text and hasthtags with the repost function. It automatically copies the same from the original post.

      Programme is a waste of money!
      I may try it after I read a bunch of reviews and I think it has some use for me. Not sure though.
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      • Profile picture of the author lpfacun
        Can't decide how do I monetize my account (if I get enough followers) Im still at 800+.. Because I have some skills on designing I choose to sell t-shirts but I dont know if it convert
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        • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
          Originally Posted by lpfacun View Post

          Can't decide how do I monetize my account (if I get enough followers) Im still at 800+.. Because I have some skills on designing I choose to sell t-shirts but I dont know if it convert
          There are a bunch of accounts selling tee shirts from Teespring and elsewhere. I always see tees in the car niche. Use Instagrams search and look for car accounts by the name "car", "cars" and cars by make and model and under hashtags you're sure to find a bunch of them selling tees. I have seen many winning Teespring campaigns on Instagram in the car niche and others too but I can't be sure if these are all Instagram sales as they may be promoting elsewhere like Facebook.
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        Great thread and very appreciated, thanks OP
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  • Furthermore, the founder/developer/seller Luke Maguire of instamate gives bonus information where he has two Instagram showcases.

    Instagram Showcase 1) @instamotivated
    Luke started to post on the account in July 2013! He said in his video that he will use all his tools and make the account to go viral! He got at a time a little bit over 5.000 followers and has currently 2.993 (14th July 2016).

    Instagram Showcase 2) @luxury_hunting
    Luke posted first pic on 13th August 2014. Followers 5.007 (14th March 2016)


    I have grown an account for a client from zero to over 10k real followers in 9 weeks without using any of his tools or automated programs and no paid shoutouts/promos!
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by socialmediaoracle View Post

      Furthermore, the founder/developer/seller Luke Maguire of instamate gives bonus information where he has two Instagram showcases.

      Instagram Showcase 1) @instamotivated
      Luke started to post on the account in July 2013! He said in his video that he will use all his tools and make the account to go viral! He got at a time a little bit over 5.000 followers and has currently 2.993 (14th July 2016).

      Instagram Showcase 2) @luxury_hunting
      Luke posted first pic on 13th August 2014. Followers 5.007 (14th March 2016)


      I have grown an account for a client from zero to over 10k real followers in 9 weeks without using any of his tools or automated programs and no paid shoutouts/promos!
      I am gaining approx. 5000 followers per Instagram account per month that I have running in Instagress on autopilot. I just have to check to see if I'm near the max of following 7500 accounts and then I just switch Instagress to unfollow for a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author tttamps
    Hei Mikey

    So it has been a huge change in the game since IG started doing its own ads. Is it already decreasing your profits and number of clients? Do you see a trend changing there or do you think that brands will still use us in the future, because we only take a small initial investment?

    What is the average CPM you are charging? I have heard that big guys charge about 5-9 dollars CPM per post. Well, that is just lucrative income right there. :O

    You charge per hour etc. What do you mean hour? Do you hold their account name tagged in a photo and on your profile for an hour in that example?


    Thank you so much for your reply in advance!!
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by tttamps View Post

      Hei Mikey

      So it has been a huge change in the game since IG started doing its own ads. Is it already decreasing your profits and number of clients? Do you see a trend changing there or do you think that brands will still use us in the future, because we only take a small initial investment?

      What is the average CPM you are charging? I have heard that big guys charge about 5-9 dollars CPM per post. Well, that is just lucrative income right there. :O

      You charge per hour etc. What do you mean hour? Do you hold their account name tagged in a photo and on your profile for an hour in that example?


      Thank you so much for your reply in advance!!
      Actually I haven't figured it out with CPM. I just charge around $25-$50 per half hour for 100k plus account. The regular niche accounts are earning like this also but the individual people known as Influencers can earn 15k for a post of a popular brand. I don't think this opportunity is going away anytime soon and its just growing as evident by sites that have sprung up to help bridge the gap between account holders and brands or businesses. Here are the top 2 of these sites:

      igshoutouts.com
      buysellshoutouts.com

      What I mean by per hour is when I post the pic it gets most of its exposure to my followers in the photo feed and eventually scrolls off the bottom but it is still in the account and can be seen by anyone who visits the account page but most exposure is when the pic or video is first posted and it goes to the top of the feed. So after agreed upon time I remove their ad or post from my account so as not to clutter up my niche account with tons of old ads. You can also charge more for reposts so as to put their ad back to the top of the feed for more exposure as even though the person may have 100k followers of course not everyone of them is going to see the ad as people go on instagram whenever they want to and don't stay on their all day so it's actually a somewhat small percentage of followers who actually see the ad. But that doesn't stop you from getting paid.
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      • Profile picture of the author C8i
        Great Post, Mike! Thanks for sharing this strategy! I noticed all these niche accounts with big following poping up on Instagram as well. Glad you figured it out. Do you think it is too late to get in the game?

        Have you seen success in using Instagram to drive traffic to a ecommerce site like teespring, Amazon, or Shopify stores?

        After two years from your original post, what have you found as the best tools to use for managing Instagram accounts? I see that you like Instagress to help grow following. Any other tools that you find useful to make your process more effective?

        Instamate seems to be interesting but someone seems to have bad experience so I am not sure now. They are doing a launch promote this week allowing lifetime access for 3 accounts at a flat fee, rather than monthly fees after the promo period. Still on the fence. It seems to be the point for Instamate is to help find viral contents and then repurpose them for our own accounts with the ability to schedule the posting. It also claims that you can directly post from desktop, not mobile. I am not sure how they do it since Instagram forces mobile posting. Interesting idea...just skeptical. Interested in your thought and other people's thought.

        Again, Thanks for the great post on the strategy!

        Calvin
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        • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
          Originally Posted by C8i View Post

          Great Post, Mike! Thanks for sharing this strategy! I noticed all these niche accounts with big following poping up on Instagram as well. Glad you figured it out. Do you think it is too late to get in the game?

          Have you seen success in using Instagram to drive traffic to a ecommerce site like teespring, Amazon, or Shopify stores?

          After two years from your original post, what have you found as the best tools to use for managing Instagram accounts? I see that you like Instagress to help grow following. Any other tools that you find useful to make your process more effective?

          Instamate seems to be interesting but someone seems to have bad experience so I am not sure now. They are doing a launch promote this week allowing lifetime access for 3 accounts at a flat fee, rather than monthly fees after the promo period. Still on the fence. It seems to be the point for Instamate is to help find viral contents and then repurpose them for our own accounts with the ability to schedule the posting. It also claims that you can directly post from desktop, not mobile. I am not sure how they do it since Instagram forces mobile posting. Interesting idea...just skeptical. Interested in your thought and other people's thought.

          Again, Thanks for the great post on the strategy!

          Calvin
          Hello Calvin,
          Will answer your questions one by one.

          No Its not too late to get into the game its working better now then when I started and it is still growing by the day.

          I have made just a few hundred with affiliate products. Haven't converted a teespring offer yet but only tried twice a while ago. I see lots of car related tee spring tees on instagram. Made a few hundred with CPA and affiliate offers but the selling shoutouts thing works so well I make most of my money with that but I have to try promoting all kinds of affiliate offers and see what converts. Am currently working on a lose weight and fitness page. I have built a list of 900 in like 2 months with a free ebook offer. I am working on an ecommerce sit which I will heavily promote soon.

          I just use instagress only to grow my account but others swear by FollowLiker which runs on your computer. Instagress is web based so you don't have to keep your computer on and running for it to work.

          Haven't tried Instamate so can't really say anything about it.

          Hope I answered your questions.
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  • Profile picture of the author cabenb
    I'm a luxury Edition user and I like the software so far but there are many many things to improve. I'm very curious how fast these improvements (sometimes very simple things like the ability to set the map you're downloading your files to or having a library with often used photos or text in the Image Editor) will be implemented.

    All in all: Good stuff Luke!
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by cabenb View Post

      I'm a luxury Edition user and I like the software so far but there are many many things to improve. I'm very curious how fast these improvements (sometimes very simple things like the ability to set the map you're downloading your files to or having a library with often used photos or text in the Image Editor) will be implemented.

      All in all: Good stuff Luke!
      I may give it a try for the scheduled posts feature. Right now I do my posting manually which is ok but since Facebook owns Instagram and Facebook has scheduled posts I'm hoping they bring scheduled posts to Instagram as I think they realize business owners need some automation so they can get back to running their businesses instead of being on social media sites all day. So I'm hoping they bring this feature to Instagram soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author SuperMarketer
      Hi Mikey

      I have multiple of instagram accounts but some of them get disabled. Do you have any idea how to get them back?

      And what is your engagement rate for each post for each of your instagram accounts? For every post, how many percent of followers will like your post?

      Thanks Mikey
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      • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
        Originally Posted by SuperMarketer View Post

        Hi Mikey

        I have multiple of instagram accounts but some of them get disabled. Do you have any idea how to get them back?

        And what is your engagement rate for each post for each of your instagram accounts? For every post, how many percent of followers will like your post?

        Thanks Mikey
        Yes it may be possible to get them back as long as you didn't violate their terms. Just go to your Instagram app on your smartphone and try to login and then it will give you a message that account is closed and you will see a link to contact Instagram to try to retrieve your account. They will send you an email and you'll have to take a photo of yourself holding up a pice of paper with your name, account name and code number they send you and then they will verify the info and you should get your account back, once again as long as you didn't violate their terms.
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  • Profile picture of the author lanserno
    Really great topic and many ideas came along while reading this

    BIG thumbs up!!
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  • Profile picture of the author McCloud94
    Great idea!

    I might try this myself, but there are two things I'd be cautious about..

    1. to build a good amount of followers, the content must provide high-value for them.. otherwise they'll just leave (I'd rather follow 10 people with really good content than 100 people with mediocre content. The more people you follow, the less content you see from individual people)
    2. you have to invest quite a lot upfront to build your following first, with no real guarantee that you'll make it back - but that's how every business work I guess.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by McCloud94 View Post

      Great idea!

      I might try this myself, but there are two things I'd be cautious about..

      1. to build a good amount of followers, the content must provide high-value for them.. otherwise they'll just leave (I'd rather follow 10 people with really good content than 100 people with mediocre content. The more people you follow, the less content you see from individual people)
      2. you have to invest quite a lot upfront to build your following first, with no real guarantee that you'll make it back - but that's how every business work I guess.
      1-Yes always provide value and try to get engagement from your followers.

      2-My first 100k account took like a year to grow before I found Instagress. So growing can take time but this opportunity has only grown and I don't see it going away anytime soon. And yes there is always risk in business.
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  • Profile picture of the author snrpro
    Hi Mikey, I think the site I created can be of use to you. Please let me know what you think of https://shoutoutpost.com/. It's a free SFS (shoutout for shoutout) community for Instagram and Twitter (Facebook coming soon).
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    All links are on posts and comments are not clickable. The only way, a clickable link can be inserted into a IG profile.

    There are many different products to sell. Each product has one image to post on IG. But each link be inserted into a post, it will be unclickable link. Most visitors are lazy to copy and paste the unclickable link manually, because most they are using touchscreen smartphone to access the Instagram.

    Do you have any idea about this?
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    • Profile picture of the author simonz
      Originally Posted by himanuzo View Post

      All links are on posts and comments are not clickable. The only way, a clickable link can be inserted into a IG profile.

      There are many different products to sell. Each product has one image to post on IG. But each link be inserted into a post, it will be unclickable link. Most visitors are lazy to copy and paste the unclickable link manually, because most they are using touchscreen smartphone to access the Instagram.

      Do you have any idea about this?
      There are two ways around this.

      First is to use simple call to action, by telling them "The link is in my bio". Most of ig users will really understand this.

      Second way (I don't know how it would work out) is to create another account only for your website you are promoting, and name it the link or name of the website. Add the website link to that account and make account private for people to focus to the link after visiting the profile. Later you can use this account as your link. For example: "You can buy my products @johnstore.com".
      They will be able to easily click it and after getting on profile, they will see the clickable link on this account bio, for example: "Here -> JohnStore.com"
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by himanuzo View Post

      All links are on posts and comments are not clickable. The only way, a clickable link can be inserted into a IG profile.

      There are many different products to sell. Each product has one image to post on IG. But each link be inserted into a post, it will be unclickable link. Most visitors are lazy to copy and paste the unclickable link manually, because most they are using touchscreen smartphone to access the Instagram.

      Do you have any idea about this?
      Right. URLs are not clickable in the caption or comments on Instagram. So the way around this is to set up an account to put your websites link in the bio which will be clickable and then in the caption or comments you would put the account name with the @ symbol in front of it which is clickable in the caption - comments area. So you would tell people to go to your account and click the link in the bio like simonz mentioned. This is the simple work around everyone uses. The other option is to have your link in the comments as it would be non clickable so for this to work your URL would have to be very, very short and easy to remember or no one will try to go to it. I have a super super short URL that is very easy to remember for just this but prefer clickable links so I mostly use the first option which will require you to set up possibly a bunch of accounts to try different products or one you can keep using over and over but if you still have several campaigns out there then you will want several accounts. There are some new fiverr sellers that will set up Instagram accounts for you if instagram won't let you set up any more.
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  • Profile picture of the author asdqwezxc1
    Shoutout are not as effective anymore since the recent IG update, true it's way better than any other social network but it's just not worth the money on the shoutout. However thats being said some shoutout might be worth the money for the price, always go for shoutout with accounts at least of 10% of their followers, if they're above 100k go for engage at 5-8%
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by asdqwezxc1 View Post

      Shoutout are not as effective anymore since the recent IG update, true it's way better than any other social network but it's just not worth the money on the shoutout. However thats being said some shoutout might be worth the money for the price, always go for shoutout with accounts at least of 10% of their followers, if they're above 100k go for engage at 5-8%
      What recent IG update? The shoutout business just keeps growing and loads of people are still earning including me. Once you get to 50k-100k or more it's really easy money the trick is growing the account first but you can get shoutout business with just 25k followers and you can use sites like these two popular ones that help you get business:

      igshoutouts.com
      buysellshoutouts.com

      Those sites sprung up because this opportunity just keeps growing. Its basically the Advertising business which we all know is very lucrative. And you as the advertising platform(on an individual account basis) makes money whether they get conversions, sales, sign ups or not. Of course you want the people who advertise with you to do well with their campaigns because that will keep them coming back and buying more shoutouts/promos but still you are getting paid no matter what their results.
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      • Profile picture of the author matthest
        Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

        What recent IG update? The shoutout business just keeps growing and loads of people are still earning including me. Once you get to 50k-100k or more it's really easy money the trick is growing the account first but you can get shoutout business with just 25k followers and you can use sites like these two popular ones that help you get business:

        igshoutouts.com
        buysellshoutouts.com

        Those sites sprung up because this opportunity just keeps growing. Its basically the Advertising business which we all know is very lucrative. And you as the advertising platform(on an individual account basis) makes money whether they get conversions, sales, sign ups or not. Of course you want the people who advertise with you to do well with their campaigns because that will keep them coming back and buying more shoutouts/promos but still you are getting paid no matter what their results.
        My guess is he's referring to the algorithm change, although I feel like if you have a big account, your engagement won't change much even with the change.

        Quick question - do you exclusively use those sites or do you contact companies soliciting shout outs?
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  • Profile picture of the author minishuu
    What is your instagram account all about? Theme? Subject Aside from liking, do you have a lot of people commenting on your photos? Have you tried selling products on your instagram account? What is the likelihood that a non-celebrity (not into semi-nudity or fitness) will have hundreds of thousands of followers?
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by minishuu View Post

      What is your instagram account all about? Theme? Subject Aside from liking, do you have a lot of people commenting on your photos? Have you tried selling products on your instagram account? What is the likelihood that a non-celebrity (not into semi-nudity or fitness) will have hundreds of thousands of followers?
      I have 2 huge instagram accounts now one is funny memes and the other is in the fitness niche. I usually average 1k-4k likes on my funny memes pics each post. People comment ofeten because I ask them to and I also say tag your friends in the comments who you think would like this pic. That helps a lot, just asking for a comment or like.

      There are hundreds of non-celebrities doing this on Instagram and nowadays they have accounts ranging from 100k-4million followers. I would say that a celebrity gets more money for a sponsored post than a non-celeb. I have heard of celebs getting 5 figures for a simple post of a product. While with my method the average person would get anywhere from $30-$500 per post depending on factors like followers size and engagement. So hundreds of non celebs have accounts with 100k - 4 million followers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Wilson
    Thanks Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author MeelisM
    Hey I like your post!

    How much are you paying for shoutouts to people though? What's your follower-price-following ratio when you buy those?

    I mean how many followers does the selling account have, How much do you pay and how many followers do you expect to get?

    I haven't bought any shoutouts so I have no idea. I've onyl traded shoutouts with people

    Thanks,

    MeelisM
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by MeelisM View Post

      Hey I like your post!

      How much are you paying for shoutouts to people though? What's your follower-price-following ratio when you buy those?

      I mean how many followers does the selling account have, How much do you pay and how many followers do you expect to get?

      I haven't bought any shoutouts so I have no idea. I've onyl traded shoutouts with people

      Thanks,

      MeelisM
      Hey Meelis,
      I usually buy shoutouts from accounts ranging from 100k followers to 500k. The prices vary widely. But on average it costs me about $20-$60 for a shoutouts that can last from 60 minutes to 4 hours before they take the post down. I can get anywhere from 20 followers to a couple hundred sometimes when I get lucky.

      But the price of shoutouts has gone up steadily so trying to buy shoutouts to get yourself a 100k following can get costly lately. I have been using Instagress to get followers and have been adding about 5000 followers to each of my Instagram accounts per month for just $9.99 per month per Instagram account. I have a video that shows how I use Instagress here:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/social-m...nstagress.html

      Then I do shoutout for shoutout with other account holders which is free. Trying to find accounts with your size following can take a bit of searching on Instagram. Now there is a site that can help you find partners which is here - shoutoutpost.com

      If you go to these two sites you can see just how the prices wary widely for a shoutout:
      igshoutouts.com
      buysellshoutouts.com

      Also my Upsell on my Instagram WSO is a huge list of accounts with 100k followers all the way up to 2 million followers if you were to email or Kik(instant messaging app) them all and ask for their shoutout rates you'll also see that the prices vary widely so you can find some great deals still for low cost traffic or for getting followers. Also there are cheap shoutouts on fiverr you can try.
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  • Profile picture of the author apache421
    wow! this is great. i always thought of Instagram not that useful as the other social networking websites for making money and i always thought that there must be a way around this as well. thanks to you now i have that figured out (after you have so clearly stated it all for us )
    and this really is clever and since Instagram is rather new as compared to others there must not be many people who would know about this, which itself is great. what i do not get here is that if you figured this on your own then why would you tell this to everyone and not just silently keep earning alone??
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by apache421 View Post

      wow! this is great. i always thought of Instagram not that useful as the other social networking websites for making money and i always thought that there must be a way around this as well. thanks to you now i have that figured out (after you have so clearly stated it all for us )
      and this really is clever and since Instagram is rather new as compared to others there must not be many people who would know about this, which itself is great. what i do not get here is that if you figured this on your own then why would you tell this to everyone and not just silently keep earning alone??
      That's simple. I simply discovered what loads of other people were doing on Instagram. I didn't create or invent this opportunity I simply saw hundreds of people already doing it on Instagram. I also wanted to finally create my own WSO so I figured if I didn't hurry up and create a WSO on this then someone else will. But there are hundreds of people doing this on Instagram now.

      It's basically the advertising business, which can be very lucrative, on a smaller scale which is the scale of your following size. If you have access to 100k people or more then advertisers may want to advertise with you to your following.
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