3 Things You Must Do To Build An Instagram Following

Do you love travel photography? Then, chances are you would like to travel more, and take your photography skills to the next level. Of course, that is easier said than done, because we all have bills to pay. But do you really have to work 9-5 to be able to see the world?

Today, there are more opportunities to make money than ever before, all you have to do is think outside the box. For example, if travel photography is a hobby of yours, why not use it to build a following on Instagram? It’s not easy, but once you get there, all kinds of opportunities will start coming your way.

Seriously, being an Instagram influencer is a legitimate career option, and you can make enough money to fund your travels doing it.

So how can you become an Instagram influencer?

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Reality check! 

Okay, so before we get into the meat of this article, let’s do a quick reality check..

You won’t become an Instagram influencer overnight. It takes a lot of time, hard work, and dedication to amass a significant following on any social network. So if you want to succeed where so many fail, you need to take this seriously.

It’s important to understand that once you decide to become an Instagram influencer, you are not a private person posting pictures on social media anymore, you are an entrepreneur who is trying to build a business.

So really commit to it. It will probably take you at least a year to build an audience that is large enough to be monetized. Be patient and stay focused. You’ll get there if you don’t give up!

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3 things you must do to build an Instagram following

 Most people who try to become Instagram influencers fail because they have a haphazard approach to it. You need to be strategic and methodical. Again, this is not a hobby anymore, you are building  a business!

  • Have a clear theme. Celebrities can post pictures of their food, their cats, and themselves, and amass hundreds of thousands of followers. Good for them… But that doesn’t mean that you can pull it off, too! So if you want to make money with travel photography, focus solely on that, and don’t distract your followers with anything else. This might seem restrictive but it will actually make it much easier for you to build an engaged audience!
  • Post regularly. No matter how excited people are about your work, if they don’t hear from you often enough, they will forget that you even exist. So create a content schedule for yourself. Ideally, you should post one picture a day, 5-7 days a week. However, quality is more important than quantity, so if you don’t have enough good photos, post less frequently but still regularly!
  • Focus on quality. Instagram is a massive social network with a very active travel community. That means you’ll have a lot of competition. How can you stand out? You need to develop an obsessive focus on quality. Don’t just take quick snaps without putting any thought into them. Try to create images that could be featured in National Geographic. Your followers want to be inspired to see the world… So inspire them!

There are tons of people who want to make money from their Instagram travel photos. Apply these three tips and you will be miles ahead of most of them. Sure, it’s not a guarantee of success, but it’s a good place to start!

And once you have a decent following, figuring out how to get paid on instagram is going to be a breeze, I can guarantee you that!

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Imagine working from anywhere, setting your own hours, and travelling the world, all the while making great money. You can have all that as an Instagram influencer!

However, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. The fact is that acquiring a significant social media following requires a lot of time and energy. Most people simply aren’t willing to do the work.. Are you?

Want to become an Instagram influencer? Then do the work. Stay focused, post regularly, keep up the quality… It’s going to be worth it!