I haven't been using Instagram for that long, and I must admit I haven't explored it that much as a way to promote or grow my blog.
How I use Instagram
I use Instagram as a way of taking pictures on my phone and sharing them direct to Facebook and Twitter. I can take the photos, edit them a little, add a comment and then click on share to Facebook and Twitter and in one swoop the photo is on 3 different social media accounts!
At the moment I'm using Instagram to take my daily #100happydays pictures.
Again as I mentioned in my post about Facebook, I use Instagram as a way of keeping up with others, and a social side to my work since I sew and blog from home alone during the day!
Until recently I just though of hashtags as something on Twitter - which I have an account for and do link things to, but I don't actively use. However, I noticed that other people were using lots of hashtags on instagram so I thought I'd try them out for myself. As soon as I added them, I got more likes and comments on my photos! For example if I took a picture of something I was sewing, I would add #sewing and there would be various users who I hadn't discovered liked my photo. This gave me a way of finding and following other users with the same interests.
The hashtags I use most, which reflect my interests and what I get up to day to day, are #sewing, #baking and #running.
Promoting your blog through Instagram
Through my use of Instagram I can see 3 main ways to use it to promote your blog:
- Add your blog url to your Instagram profile so your visitors and followers can find your blog if they like the photos you share.
- Add an Instagram widget to your sidebar to show a selection of your recent photos. This might encourage people to join your overall 'blog network' and you can have another avenue for getting to know friends and followers.
- Follow others on Instagram with the same interests - increase your blog network and reach.
How about you?
Are you on Instagram?
(leave your Instagram name here and I'll follow you!!)
Do you use it as a social thing or to try to promote your blog or maybe both?
Do you have any Instagram tips?