Monetising 65K Instagram account

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Hi all I have been looking around the internet for advice and this forum looks a great place so I am hoping to get some good information on here.

First of all a bit of background - I have a 65K Instagram account in the Meditation/Mindfulness niche. I believe, looking at other similar accounts that I am the biggest account in this niche that isn't run by bots aside from the big 2, Calm and Headspace. At first I was just posting quotes but recently I have been offering a lot more value like Meditations, Q&A's, Polls etc so my engagement and relationship with my followers is pretty good. I regularly receive DM's from people asking for advice, recommendations and thanking me for helping them with my posts. I think people see me as a brand now rather than just a page. I watermark all of my photos to help this.

I have made $2K approx from shoutouts and was offered a 75% commission on a new app but unfortunately I did not make any money from offering it. My original plan was to open a Shopify Dropshipping Store + Blog Mix but I am worried about the returns process and the long delivery times. I am also concerned it would not resonate well with my followers.

I know there is a lot more money to be made out of my account but I am at a bit of a loss which the next best step forward should be.

Any further suggestions would be appreciated
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  • Profile picture of the author Highest And Best
    Why don't you start a blog in your niche. That way you can own your web property and you can drive traffic to posts that you make. This will help you establish yourself as an expert.

    Bringing the traffic to your website will allow you build an email list and to monetize your site by reviewing and suggesting products which they can purchase through your affiliate links. You can also offer products that you produce and sell. Shopify is also a great opportunity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Are you building a list of subscribers? If not this should be step one.

    Go for digital products to "recommend" and be very choosy who you work with.

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  • Profile picture of the author ctdagod
    Thank you both for the suggestions. As yet I have not started an Email list. I am still quite new to internet marketing and learning on the job so to speak. Do either of you know of any posts or sites where I can learn about both of your recommendations?
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    • Profile picture of the author ishaq amin
      Originally Posted by ctdagod View Post

      Thank you both for the suggestions. As yet I have not started an Email list. I am still quite new to internet marketing and learning on the job so to speak. Do either of you know of any posts or sites where I can learn about both of your recommendations?
      I would probably do it like this.

      Build a blog on WordPress. Add in about 15 articles. Offer something for free if they sign up for the pre launch - collect email addresses and you could probably team up with somebody to give away a discount code or a free e-book on yoga.

      Update the blog with good articles twice a week. Then you can either start affiliate marketing other products related to your audience, or you can start your own brand if you have the capital and sell your own products.

      Failing that, keep your blog active and updated with new content and you could sell advertising space on your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author ctdagod
    Thanks very much for this. It sounds like it would be a good way for me to go. Do you know of anyone who could design such a site as designing is not my strong point?
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  • Profile picture of the author kgibest2
    You have already done the hardest part by establishing yourself as a reliable influencer. The other part is to start building your email list. This is what I advice you should do:-

    1. Go to Clickbank and buy a product that you would like to promote and evaluate it to see its quality since you don't want to ruin your reputation. When you are sure that the product will add value to your audience then go to step 2.

    2. Create an optin form to collect subscribers then redirecting them to the offer page. You can either decide to offer them a free stuff in order for them to subscribe or not, there are several ways to go about it.

    3. Insert the link to your optin page in your bio with a clear call-to-action. Make sure your optin page has a clear call-to-action as well.

    4. Follow up with autoresponder sequence. Most vendors will have autoresponder sequence already written or you can write your own.

    5. You can remarket to your subscribers over and over again with products that you are sure of their quality so that you maintain your reputation.

    Those are the readily available way to start monetising instantly.

    For your landing page and autoresponder, use mailchimp. At least you don't have to pay anything till you reach 2,000 subscribers.

    Finally, you can create your own product and make the big bux.

    Goodluck
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
      Originally Posted by kgibest2 View Post

      For your landing page and autoresponder, use mailchimp.
      Except MC doesn't allow affiliate links. So promoting affiliate products with it is not allowed.

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    • Profile picture of the author Pablo Visconti
      Originally Posted by kgibest2 View Post

      You have already done the hardest part by establishing yourself as a reliable influencer. The other part is to start building your email list. This is what I advice you should do:-

      1. Go to Clickbank and buy a product that you would like to promote and evaluate it to see its quality since you don't want to ruin your reputation. When you are sure that the product will add value to your audience then go to step 2.

      2. Create an optin form to collect subscribers then redirecting them to the offer page. You can either decide to offer them a free stuff in order for them to subscribe or not, there are several ways to go about it.

      3. Insert the link to your optin page in your bio with a clear call-to-action. Make sure your optin page has a clear call-to-action as well.

      4. Follow up with autoresponder sequence. Most vendors will have autoresponder sequence already written or you can write your own.

      5. You can remarket to your subscribers over and over again with products that you are sure of their quality so that you maintain your reputation.

      Those are the readily available way to start monetising instantly.

      For your landing page and autoresponder, use mailchimp. At least you don't have to pay anything till you reach 2,000 subscribers.
      Except for using mailchimp as an autoresponder because of the affiliate link thing... i think this answer is great.

      If you want to "hardcore" sell 1 product, you can go with an email sequence, otherwise you can collect the email addresses and send broadcast whenever you have a new recommendation or product you'd like to sell (you could do both, if you're not afraid to send out many emails, which is okay too).

      What i would do, is give 2-3 emails of value first, so that people are more enclined to open the emails afterwards

      Regarding shopify products, try to find a good provider. You might eventually have to hire customer support, if you get a bunch of orders coming in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Theonlineboy
    Built a list .
    And start a blog + youtube, so make videos with slides maybe ?
    You can make money easy .
    Refer to products from clickbank .
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  • Profile picture of the author luciesmazanska
    I would do the same as Highest And Best recommended to you
    create a blog and offer more for them and add some service or something what you can sell to them!
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  • Profile picture of the author CrazyTurtle
    This might violate the hell out of all of the rules here (if it does, my apologies). I just stumbled on this post while exploring this place and I thought to myself...man I could help this person. So, I created an account here, just to post this lol

    With an 65k account, and good engagement, you can make some real money. Send me a message on here (I think you can message people here?), and I will help you get set up (I will offer advice for free, or directly help for a fee/cut). Your best bet is creating an actual brand through white labeling etc. and selling it through your page. I know it might sound daunting as hell, but just close your eyes and have some faith in me. We'll make it work.

    I run a YouTube gaming channel for fun, on the side. I spoke about my mentality as it relates to this stuff, at the start of my video today. You should go watch it (just so you feel more comfortable with talking to me lol) just jump on to CrazyTurtle on YouTube and check out the first ~10 mins of today's video (Dec 6 2018).

    If you don't want my help etc, I wish you the best. You can have some real success with how you're currently positioned.
    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author LEE BYRON
      It sounds like you are some sort of advertising here?
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      • Profile picture of the author CrazyTurtle
        No, not at all. I provided my idea above (white label - creating a brand). The extra stuff was for me to literally help setting it all up etc
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by ctdagod View Post

    I have made $2K approx from shoutouts.
    I would reverse engineer this.. the 2 came to you correct? i would look at who may need you and your audience and approach them. 64K followers.. i would start in the $2500 a shoutout area.
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  • Profile picture of the author LEE BYRON
    You have 65k instagram followers,why do not leverage this to drive traffic to your own blog/shopping store?

    Constently writting valuable article about meditation and collecting email list.

    START NOW!
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  • Profile picture of the author ctdagod
    Savidge - No I made $2K from various shoutouts. I was charging $20 for 24 hours.

    Lee Byron - I have started on the blog and just waiting for an Ebook to be delivered to me to entice people to join my email list.

    I would have liked to do Shopify/dropshipping but I am wary that a lot of people will not like the long delivery times
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    • Profile picture of the author savidge4
      Originally Posted by ctdagod View Post

      Savidge - No I made $2K from various shoutouts. I was charging $20 for 24 hours.

      Lee Byron - I have started on the blog and just waiting for an Ebook to be delivered to me to entice people to join my email list.

      I would have liked to do Shopify/dropshipping but I am wary that a lot of people will not like the long delivery times
      I can not stress this enough - you are severly under valueing yourself.. try looking here: https://inkifi.com/earnings-on-instagram/ to get a baseline. and that is PER POST - not some 24 hours of coverage thing.

      IF you had over those 100 24 hour shoutouts kept track of the response rate.. IE running the link through a redirect page on your site before sending them to the desired page... you could then have data HARD DATA to show added value.

      I will tell you for my clients I find that inkifi is generally just a base line and 5x to 10X of thier estimated value is somewhere that is a norm. I will warn you now.. you will find you have left 10X to 100X on the table.

      You need to start looking at the quality of where you are sending your followers. As in the value of the people you have sent traffic to vs a major brand if that makes sense. Try and find affiliate offers for teas or the like or what ever and start tracking the click rate and the buy rate. Even at a .1% buy rate you are still talking 65 purchases

      You were handing over click throughs for pennies at $20 a day.
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    • Profile picture of the author ishaq amin
      Originally Posted by ctdagod View Post

      Savidge - No I made $2K from various shoutouts. I was charging $20 for 24 hours.

      Lee Byron - I have started on the blog and just waiting for an Ebook to be delivered to me to entice people to join my email list.

      I would have liked to do Shopify/dropshipping but I am wary that a lot of people will not like the long delivery times
      You don't need to worry about selling anything yet mate.

      This is a process, do it right and you could be on to a solid earner. Just take it step by step and you'll be fine.

      The main thing for you right now is to keep offering value and content via your own website now though!
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    • Profile picture of the author newton
      Originally Posted by ctdagod View Post

      Savidge - No I made $2K from various shoutouts. I was charging $20 for 24 hours.

      Lee Byron - I have started on the blog and just waiting for an Ebook to be delivered to me to entice people to join my email list.

      I would have liked to do Shopify/dropshipping but I am wary that a lot of people will not like the long delivery times

      With Shopify/dropshipping, you don't necessarily have to ship from China. There are many U.S based companies that provide dropshipping from the U.S so shipping times are much faster. Just search for "product + dropshipping" and see what comes up in Google.


      You can also choose the option in Alibaba to only search for U.S based dropshipping companies too.


      So don't let long shipping times prevent you from using eCom on your Instagram.


      The other thing I would do is to try and transition as many people as you can onto an email list. This gives you better control and ownership of your business. Your eBook that you are creating doesn't have to be huge, just needs to provide enough value to get them to optin.
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  • Profile picture of the author ctdagod
    Thanks. I did not realise this about Ali Baba. The problem is, although the US accounts for a 1/3 of my following, the rest is pretty much Europe.

    Savidge4 I think you misunderstand the shoutouts I am selling. People approach me to advertise for them. If I suggested as much as you say they would laugh in my face. Most balk at even paying $30
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    • Profile picture of the author savidge4
      Originally Posted by ctdagod View Post

      Thanks. I did not realise this about Ali Baba. The problem is, although the US accounts for a 1/3 of my following, the rest is pretty much Europe.

      Savidge4 I think you misunderstand the shoutouts I am selling. People approach me to advertise for them. If I suggested as much as you say they would laugh in my face. Most balk at even paying $30
      No misunderstanding of words bro... There is money everywhere right now.. and you are settling for $20. with an audience such as yours.. you are worth F A R more.

      Seriously... think about brands and products that parralel what it is your IG account is about... and start DMing BRANDS not people and offering them ad space. And I am being straight up serious Start at like $500 or something.. if a BRAND comes back for a 2nd round.. you then know your worth even more.
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  • Profile picture of the author KIORTY
    Your account may bring you a lot of money in fact, start reviewing stuff and people are going to listen to you and you`ll get money
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  • Originally Posted by ctdagod View Post

    Hi all I have been looking around the internet for advice and this forum looks a great place so I am hoping to get some good information on here.

    First of all a bit of background - I have a 65K Instagram account in the Meditation/Mindfulness niche. I believe, looking at other similar accounts that I am the biggest account in this niche that isn't run by bots aside from the big 2, Calm and Headspace. At first I was just posting quotes but recently I have been offering a lot more value like Meditations, Q&A's, Polls etc so my engagement and relationship with my followers is pretty good. I regularly receive DM's from people asking for advice, recommendations and thanking me for helping them with my posts. I think people see me as a brand now rather than just a page. I watermark all of my photos to help this.

    I have made $2K approx from shoutouts and was offered a 75% commission on a new app but unfortunately I did not make any money from offering it. My original plan was to open a Shopify Dropshipping Store + Blog Mix but I am worried about the returns process and the long delivery times. I am also concerned it would not resonate well with my followers.

    I know there is a lot more money to be made out of my account but I am at a bit of a loss which the next best step forward should be.

    Any further suggestions would be appreciated

    Begin adding Creative Images about Lucid Dreams like Flying and controlling everything that happens in your Dreams even romantically to your account.

    Then have someone Create for you an eBook on the subject then create a great Sales page you can even offer an affiliate program for others to sell it for you then go ahead and promote continually to your followers and MAKE A KILLING.

    Art
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