Blog Tip Thursday: 5 Instagram Tips for Bloggers

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Hey everyone! My name is Stellina and I am the blogger behind behind My Yogurt Addiction. My blog follows my never ending yogurt addiction as well as quest to live a healthy lifestyle in today’s media driven society. Speaking of the media, today I will talking to you about a different kind of media,social media.

If you read my blog or follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you know about my love for social media. It fascinates me that we can meet new people, build a brand, share our passions and much more through these online passages. Crazy, right?! Yes I’m that girl who is constantly tweeting from my work computer, updating my Facebook status via my phone as well as documenting everything I eat to share on Instagram!

This leads me to the main purpose of this post, which is utilizing Instagram for blogging purposes. I feel as though a lot of bloggers underestimate Instagram, and focus more on Facebook and Twitter. Using Instagram can open up a whole slew of new opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to.  Here are a few tips to help you better market your blog via Instagram. Enjoy!

5 Instagram Tips for Bloggers

picframeChoose The Right Name: Keep you Instagram name consistent with your blog, Twitter and Facebook Page names. For example, my blog is called “My Yogurt Addiction” therefore my Facebook page has the same exact name and my Twitter and Instagram handles are “@yogurtaddiction”. This will not only make it easier for your fans to find you, but will also allow photos that you are tagged in by another user show up on your Twitter page.

Don’t Post Too Often: Try not to post more than 3 pictures in a row, or more than 3 pictures in 3 hours. If you post more than that, you may annoy your followers, which will cause them to unfollow you.  Don’t forget about the PicFrame app which can be used to post several photos as a collage in one Instagram picture. When using PicFrame, make sure that the photos are related to each other so that the collage makes sense.post

Post a Daily Screen Shot: After I publish a post on my blog, I instantly share it on Instagram (as well as Facebook and Twitter). This reminds my mobile fans that may not have checked Facebook or Twitter or blog, that I have published a post. I only post a screen shot of the very beginning of my post, so that my readers will have to visit my blog in order to read more.

Use Hashtags: Like on Twitter, using hashtags on Instagram allows new users to discover your profile. Unlike Twitter, hashtags on Instagram are not limited.  Although you are not restricted on the number of hashtags that you can use, do not use every hashtag imaginable! Only use hashtags that relate to your current post. Five relatable hashtags are better than 15 random ones!

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Ask Questions: When you add a photo, also add a caption asking a question (if it relates). Asking questions increases engagement and prompts people to interact. Pondering over something? Want to start a dialogue? Then ask a question!

Happy Instagramming!

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9 Responses to “Blog Tip Thursday: 5 Instagram Tips for Bloggers”

  1. liz
    February 14, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    This is very good advice. I have not gotten into the Instagram craze yet, but when I do, I will keep these tips in mind. Thanks. :)

  2. Ciarra
    February 14, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    This is great, thank you! I have a question about using a personal account. When I started my blog I published pictures with my watermark on my personal Instagram account, hashtagging to attract new Facebook and blog followers. I now have quite a few valuable followers that I do not want to lose, yet I feel like I’ve just surrendered my account for personal use.

    My question is, is it worth it to open a new Instagram account in my website’s name for brand consistency? Will my current followers make the leap or do I risk losing them?

    Thank you for your recommendation!

  3. Anna
    February 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Thanks for the tips! I love the idea of taking a snapshot of your new blog post, it’s a great way to peak interest! Will test this out :)

  4. Becki @ Fighting for Wellness
    February 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Great tips! I love Instagram, but could definitely do a better job of engaging (particularly with blog screenshots and questions!).

  5. Michelle @ Running with Attitude
    February 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks for the helpful tips. I have an Instagram account but haven’t done much with it. Have been trying to figure out how to better tie it in with my blog and this helps!

  6. Jessica @ Prayers and Apples
    February 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    ..i don’t have an instagram account yet, but i think i’m going to set one up soon – thanks for the tips! ♥

  7. Andrea
    February 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Good post! I’m going to start posting screen shots of blog posts to Instagram. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that.

    Re “Don’t Post Too Often”, I mostly disagree, but not entirely. My opinion is that if you’re only posting to Instagram and not pushing to other social media channels, it’s okay to post more.

    Here’s where I agree with your “three in a row” rule: I think that if you’re using Instagram a lot at an event, push only some to Twitter and Facebook, definitely not all.

    My reasoning: Instagram’s sole purpose is photos. Not so on other social media. Too many Instagram photos on Facebook can clog the home page and open you up to complaints of “I don’t need to see that many Lo-Fi filtered photos of your cat!” and they’ll get lost in Twitter anyway, unless someone looks at your profile, in which case it will look like you’re bragging about your cat (or meal). Really, some people post too many pet photos. :)

    Hashtags, yes. Account, name ideally – though I have 2 blogs and two Twitter accounts and sometimes I switch back & forth between Twitter accounts when I’m using Instagram. (Would be nice if multiple accounts could be connected with the ability to choose.)

  8. Dianne Simmons
    February 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Nice! There always so many ways to use many platforms for boosting your blogs nowadays. You really have to try hard to keep up. I’m just getting my head around the benefits of Pinterest and how to use it. This will help me get started on Instagram.

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