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5 Easy Ways to Make Money on Instagram

5 Easy Ways to Make Money on Instagram

With over 300 million users sharing more than 70 million photos and videos each and every day as of January 2015, it’s not all that surprising to realize that several big Instagram users are raking in big bucks from the millions of people who follow them and engage with their posts.

What’s even more inspiring is that most of them are just normal people who stayed persistent with posting and interacting on their accounts to build up their followers over time.

If you love interacting on Instagram and have a sizeable number of engaged followers, or if you’re at least willing to put in the time and effort to start building it up, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to start making hundreds or even thousands of dollars from this one social platform alone.

There are lots of different routes you can take to start earning, and while they may seem “easy” on the surface, keep in mind that any kind of online income generation strategy takes time and work before you start seeing real results.

Here are five popular options you have to start making money on Instagram relatively quickly if you have great posts and/or a big following.

1. Sell your Instagram photos to brands that want to use them.

Suggested tool: Foap for iPhone and Android

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    If you just love taking photos with your mobile device and consider them to be of pretty high quality before posting them to Instagram, then it’s very possible that you could start licensing your photos to companies that are willing to pay to use them for their own brand building purposes.

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    Foap is a popular online photography marketplace that let’s you do just that. You can sign up for free, create a new user profile, build your portfolio to start attracting buyers, and browse through the “Missions” section for high paying projects that companies are specifically looking for.

    This is perhaps the easiest way to start making money from the existing Instagram photos you have, because you don’t necessarily need to have a huge following to do it. All photos cost $10, and the only major downside here is that Foap takes half of it.

    Payments are delivered to you by PayPal, and since it’s a community-based marketplace, you can browse other users’ photos, follow the ones you like to see their photography in your home feed, and also give and receive feedback. You can check out this user profile for an example of what a typical profile might look like.

    Foap Missions always start at $100 and go up from there, so if your submission is chosen and purchased by the company that launched the Mission, you could earn quite a bit. Just keep in mind you’ll be competing with several other users and their submissions as well.

    2. Earn commissions for selling other companies’ products or capturing leads.

    Suggested tool: Peerfly

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      Selling other companies’ products and services or capturing leads for them is another fast and easy way to start making money on Instagram. Peerfly is a popular affiliate network that allows you to sign up and get started for free.

      Once approved, you’ll be able to browse their current promotional offers listed as “Social” under the “Traffic Methods” tab. You can then sort through the offers by pay, earnings per click (EPC), or click-through rate (CR) to choose something you’d like to promote.

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      All you need to do to start promoting an offer is copy the unique URL and paste it in your Instagram bio’s website section. When other users’ click on it to check it out, you could earn a commission if they decide to enter their personal information (like their email address) or buy something. An example account of someone who’s selling another company’s products is @bookwcrms — T-shirts, in this case.

      What’s great about a network like Peerfly is that you can easily earn a few bucks just for capturing leads, which is much easier than making sales.

      You may have to request approval from Peerfly first before you can start promoting, however, but getting approved is usually no problem. Make sure you stick to the offers listed under the social traffic methods only, since Instagram is a social platform.

      3. Capture email subscribers and refer them to affiliate links (or your own products).

      Suggested tool: MailChimp

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        If you do pretty well with capturing leads for an affiliate or CPA network like Peerfly, you might want to consider building your own email list of leads. MailChimp is popular email list-building service that lets you gather up to 2,000 email subscribers for free. You can also create and schedule emails to be sent out to your subscribers, which you can use to send them purchase links to affiliate products or even your own products that they may be interested in buying.

        MailChimp is a fantastic tool to choose for this, because it lets you easily build your own landing page forms and email templates so you can make it look and say exactly what you want. Once you have your landing page set up, you can simply copy and paste the URL into your Instagram bio’s website link

        Instead of sending leads to another company’s email form, you’ll be sending them to your own. A good example to check out is @home_business_profits, who’s currently sending people to his own email submit form in the website section of his profile.

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        You won’t make a couple bucks for every user that signs up, but you’ll have the ability to keep in touch with subscribers by email, build a relationship with them, and sell to them again and again as long as they decide to stay on your list.

        MailChimp makes it easy for beginners to get started, but if you end up collecting 2,000 subscribers or maybe want more options to interact with your list, you may need to sign up for one of MailChimp’s premium packages.

        4. Join a multi-level marketing company to build your own team of network marketers.

        Suggested tool: Team Beachbody

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          Instagram is a very open and social place to show off visual content, making it a premiere platform for inspiring people and making lots of new friends.

          There are countless network marketers who have built solid businesses through Instagram alone, selling the products of the MLM companies they’re promoting to users who love looking at their photos or videos. Many of them even end up bringing on new people they meet on Instagram to join their teams.

          Since there’s such a massive fitness community that’s so incredibly active on Instagram, Team Beachbody is a good MLM company to consider working with.

          You can easily start posting photos of your healthy meals, your workout routines, and anything that might offer inspiration or motivation to followers who want to get in shape. Don’t forget to provide the URL in your bio to your network marketing website or product link, and make sure to include some contact information in case users have questions.

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          There are tons of accounts out there to check out how it’s done, but a popular one in particular you can check out is @mindywender, specifically for Team Beachbody network marketing.

          Network marketing on Instagram may not be as easy as some of the options presented above, but if you’re a hard worker and avid user of the products you’re promoting, it can quickly become a very lucrative home business.

          The major downside here is that most MLM companies require you to invest in a starter package and/or monthly fees to stay active and promote their stuff. On the upside, you’ll be placed under another team member who can help you start earning and building your own team.

          5. Connect with advertisers that are willing to sponsor influential Instagram users.

          Suggested tool: The Mobile Media Lab

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            This last Instagram money-making tactic is really only easy if you’ve got the followers and engagement to show for it. So if you’re someone who has ideally tens of thousands of followers or more, and you can rack up lots of likes and comments within minutes of posting, then you may be in good position to try getting at least a few good sponsorship deals from companies that would be willing to pay you to promote their brand to your audience.

            You could reach out to companies’ marketing departments directly, or you could try applying to The Mobile Media Lab instead — a creative agency specifically focused on bringing influential Instagram users and advertisers together.

            If chosen, you could easily start earning hundreds or thousands of dollars for a single post that features a product from big brands like Coach, Expedia, Timex, Puma, and others. @weworethat is a massively popular Instagram account that pulls in over six figures in sponsorships from apparel and accessory companies that want their products featured on her account.

            Making money here is the easy part — building a huge, loyal following is obviously not so easy. The good news is you may be able to score a few smaller sponsorships even if you have below 100,000 followers. The Mobile Media Lab has a sign-up form to apply to work with them, but given that they’re only interested in working with the most influential Instagram users, there’s no guarantee you’ll be approved.

            Instagram has really opened up some new doors for business owners and entrepreneurs all over the world. Whether you’re just a student looking to make a few extra bucks on the side, or the CEO of an international company looking to build its brand and reach a new audience, Instagram can help you do it.

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            Last Updated on July 4, 2019

            25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

            25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

            Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless.

            Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free online education awaits on the following 25 sites.

            1. Coursera

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              Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.

              Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education, and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.

              Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups.

              2. Khan Academy

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                Partnering with many post secondary schools, Khan Academy offers a useable, well organized interface. Also curating many courses from around the web, Khan Academy offers impressive depth on many different subjects.

                Among the more well known educational sites, Khan Academy is also incredibly useable, which may make it easier to keep learning goals.

                3. Open Culture Online Courses

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                  If you are struggling to find exactly the material you are looking for, try Open Culture’s listing of free online education courses. The page highlights 1000 lectures, videos and podcasts from universities around the world. The site features a lot of material found only on universities private sites, all in easy to browse categories. This means you can find hundreds of university courses, without having to visit and search each university’s own site.

                  Open Culture’s list features courses from England, Australia, Wales and many state universities around the United States. A very helpful resource for finding many courses in one area of study.

                  4. Udemy 

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                    Udemy’s free courses are similar in concept to Coursera’s but additionally allows users to build custom courses from lessons.

                    Working with many top professors and schools, the site mixes the customizable platform of other sites with a heavy emphasis on top quality content. This is another site however, that mixes free and paid content.

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                    5. Academic Earth

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                      Another site with courses from many different schools is Academic Earth. Much like the three sites above, Academic Earth brings together top notch courses from many different sources, and focuses on offering a wide variety of subjects.

                      Academic Earth lists courses by subject and school, so it might be easier to find what you’re looking for.

                      6. edX

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                        Another great option for free online education is edX. Also bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone. edX covers a great range of topics.

                        7. Alison

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                          Unlike the previous sites on this lists, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses.

                          It’s a great option if users need certification for their learning as Alison also offers school curriculum courses.

                          8. iTunesU Free Courses

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                            A very convenient place for free online education is iTunesU, because it integrates seamlessly with your iPod, or any app-ready Apple mobile device. On iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users download the iTunesU app.

                            Desktop users can access  iTunesU on the upper right hand corner of the iTunes Store. iTunesU is also convenient because the store is categorized much like iTunes.

                            Users can search learning materials in many different ways, including genre and topic. However, courses are often a mix of free podcasts or videos, and paid content.

                            ITunesU does include courses on a pretty wide scope of topics, but does not integrate with Android, Google or Windows mobile devices.

                            9. Stanford Online

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                              Your hub for all the online offerings from Stanford University, Stanford Online offers self-paced and session based courses. While Coursera features some courses from Stanford, many classes are only available via other hosts. Some courses require iTunes, but most are completed in your web browser.

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                              Stanford Online is a great site for high quality courses, though the topics are somewhat limited compared to sites partnered with more than one school.

                              10. Harvard Extension

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                                Like Stanford Online, Harvard Extension features free online education courses from Harvard only. This is another excellent source for top notch course material, though the course variety is less rich than multi-school sites.

                                Additionally, Harvard Extension allows you to search for courses by professional certificate. This makes it much easier if your online education goal includes certification.

                                11. Open Yale Courses

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                                  Open Yale Courses echoes Harvard Extension and Stanford Online, in that it offers only courses from Yale. While the site is similarly limited to topics taught at the school, Open Yale Courses offers a lot of videos of actual campus lectures. The availability of videos makes the site a great option if you’re looking for quality courses, but learn better by watching than by reading.

                                  12. UC Berkeley Class Central

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                                    Much like the other schools on this list, UC Berkeley has a variety of free online education options. The school has slightly fewer courses than the schools above, but includes some supplementary lectures, webcasts and RSS Feeds, making it easy to keep up with the topics you choose.

                                    13. MIT OpenCourseWare

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                                      Similarly, MIT offers a variety of free courses. The school has a comparable number of courses to the schools above, plus includes very in-depth course materials on the subjects available. MIT also offers free RSS feeds, a convenient way to continue learning.

                                      14. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

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                                        Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list, however, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics. But for the topics that are covered impressive, in-depth material is available.

                                        15. Codecademy

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                                          Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.

                                          The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, plus organizes lessons into complete modules. This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.

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                                          16. Code

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                                            Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids.

                                            In addition to kid friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics. These classes include app writing, robotics and Javascript.

                                            Most of the courses are also geared in a such a way that they can be useful in a classroom setting. This makes Code a great resource for harder to find coding topics, as well as various learning settings.

                                            17. University of London Podcasts

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                                              The podcast page on the University of London website is another great source for free education. While the courses are limited to podcasts, the site features podcasts from it’s own campus, as well as eleven universities in and around London. This gives learners a wide base of topics and lectures, but still ensures in-depth material.

                                              18. University of Oxford Podcasts

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                                                Similar to the University of London, the University of Oxford features many different podcasts. Most are public lecture series or lectures from visiting professors, with several different recordings available.

                                                The advantage to this particular site is that podcasts are organized into series, making it easy to subscribe to multiple lectures on one topic. Another good site for thoroughly in-depth lectures.

                                                19. BBC Podcasts

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                                                  For the more casual learner, the BBC offers a wide variety of podcasts on many different topics. Most podcasts are updated weekly, and focus on everything from finance, to sports, to current events.

                                                  Through the World Service line of podcasts, there are also many in different languages. The focus of these podcasts are less in-depth and theory based, which may be more accessible to the average person.

                                                  20. TED-Ed

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                                                    Another great destination for more general learning is TED-Ed. From the same people that brought you the all encompassing, motivational web series, comes a site chocked full of educational videos. Most include impressive animation, and all are ten minutes long or less.

                                                    Not only is TED-Ed an excellent site for the curious, it also includes supplemental materials and quizzes on the videos. This makes the site extremely useful in formal education settings, as well as in entertaining ways to brush up on new discoveries and topics.

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                                                    21. LessonPaths

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                                                      LessonPaths is another great tool for those looking for a more usable and convenient way to access learning material. On this site, users create link playlists of their favorite learning materials from other sites. Users then rank these collections, making it easy to find many different high quality, accessible sources on a given topic.

                                                      22. Memrise

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                                                        Another impressive free online education site offering ease of use and convenience is Memrise. Available both on desktop and as an app, Memrise is a particularly powerful tool if you are studying a language. The site encompasses many other topics as well, though some of the course material is user generated content.

                                                        Part of what makes Memrise special is their integration of games into the learning materials, mixing learning with entertainment.

                                                        23. National Geographic Kids

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                                                          The kids site for National Geographic is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keeps kids interested on this site.

                                                          National Geographic Kids doesn’t organize learning into courses, making materials available by topic and medium instead. This makes National Geographic Kids a good option for those looking for a more casual learning environment.

                                                          24. Fun Brain

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                                                            Fun Brain is another good option for kids who want to learn online, but focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention.

                                                            Fun Brain offers rewards and challenges as well, and is another site aimed at a casual learning experience for kids K-8.

                                                            25. Whyville

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                                                              Similar to the sites for kids free online education is Whyville a destination for preteen online learning. The site includes a variety of social features, with a focus on learning materials geared for young teens.

                                                              Whyville also mixes in educational games, to make the site a well rounded option for kids too old for simple games, but too young for heavy reading based material.

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