Instagram- The most valuable photo company sells no cameras!
Instagram addicts will know the hypnotic effect it has over its users. The vivid and breathtakingly stunning pictures you see on this social media platform are mesmerising, no doubt, but they also tell a story. A reason why you can, and should, use it to boost your blog posts.
I created an Instagram account to share my art work with other artists and was left dumbstruck at the art I saw on display.
Sharing pictures from my personal album was the next step. Back when I got onto the Instagram bandwagon, it was all new and I felt like Alice in Wonderland. But, slowly and steadily, I learnt about the kind of pictures one could upload, the filters that enhanced your pictures, and yes, the hashtags.
I remember there was a time I had no idea what a “tag” was, or what being tagged meant! Ah, but let me save that story for some other time.
On Instagram, you add hashtags to your pictures (as you all know by now) to boost your work. Adding 30 hashtags to your posts on Instagram is a done thing. But, I find that number too big. I prefer 6-7, or at times, 10-12 hashtags to promote my post.
Since some time now, and after watching my blogging idol Shailaja Vishwanath, I have begun using Instagram to share my blog posts, too. Yes, that woman is a pro at blogging strategies and social media and knows well how to use which social media platform for promoting blog posts. So, do follow her. She is a storehouse of knowledge, and has a large heart, too!
Using Instagram to boost posts helps. As also sharing pictures on an everyday basis so as to keep your followers clued in to your world.
A word of caution here. Do not let the number of Likes affect your peace of mind.
A few tips for newbie Instagram users:
Change your Instagram profile settings to ‘Public’. Your posts will receive that much more audience. Unless, of course, you want to keep it private.
Add your picture and your bio to your profile. You may use hashtags to inform who you are, or what your likes/passions are. For e.g. #food, #art, #books, #dogs….
Share a picture everyday. Experts recommend sharing two to three pictures on a daily basis, but then, you run the risk of getting addicted to Instagram and also to your phone!
Add a brief description of the picture, although, on Instagram, your pictures should be able to tell the story. Keep the description short, else you could as well share it as a blog post!
Promote your posts with images created specially for Instagram. Install the Canva app on your android phones. It makes it easy to create the perfect image and share it on any social media platform of your choice.
Do remember to add the link to your posts, or a direct link to your blog in your bio. That helps generate traffic for your blog!
So, happy clicking!
My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.
You will find all of my A to Z posts here.