How to Become an Instagram Millionaire

How to Become an Instagram Millionaire

The following article is a guest post.

Instagram is a force of nature. What was merely a photo-sharing app initially has become one of the top social media platforms in less than seven years.

It has quickly doubled its user base in the last two years to 700 million users. It’s become so popular that there are about 95 million photo uploads daily, with an average of 1.6 billion likes. In fact, 70 percent of users check Instagram on their phones at least once a day, and about half of them check it multiple times a day.

Instagram makes us popular and helps us survive the hardest and happiest times. But it can also help us become as rich as those successful entrepreneurs.

Surely, if it was so easy, everyone would become a millionaire by just posting some fun and real pictures on Instagram. There are little secrets that we have researched, that can be helpful if you strive to become an Instagram millionaire.

You would be thinking what does it take to make money out of an Instagram account? Well to know about this, you are surely at a right place.

Making Money from Instagram

Step 1: Look and act the part.

It all starts with a photo that is million-dollar itself.

The photo you post should be clear, high quality and attractive. Olympic runner Usain Bolt’s Instagram is the perfect example of this, taking ownership of his brand and profession as an athlete and competitor.

Olympic runner Usain Bolt’s Instagram 

A similar concentrated effort should be put in your Instagram username.

Your username must match the message you’d like to convey. And don’t forget that your bio is a way to tell others about your account, what it actually is and how your account differentiates to others. Don’t think a simple bio can make you money. THINK AGAIN!

Step 2: Reach Out for Followers.

Obviously, in the beginning, you will have only few Instagram followers. Your potential audience size is low. With a small sample space, your content won’t get seen by a lot of people. That’s why you definitely need a few thousand followers to make any money from the platform.

Here are some tips for your Instagram account:

  • Know your niche.

Then start finding, following and commenting on people and account that share and blog about similar things.

  • Use Hashtags,

Which is the most common way of introducing your account on Instagram. Use the Hashtags to open the floodgates of followers to your account. Instagram allows adding up to 30 Hashtags per post. Try to start your own Hashtags, and if you have a specific account for a product, make its exclusive hashtag.

  • The next and most important tip to boost your followers is to get help from Vibbi.

It offers a wide variety of services to help you improve your Instagram marketing. It allows you get Instagram followers, like or views based on different packages.

  • Reward your followers and ask them to tag their friends to win free coupons, contests or preview of upcoming events.

Step 3:  Be Consistent and Engage with the Commenters.

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When starting, whether you get 500, 5000 or no likes at all, you still need to post regularly. Be consistent with this. Don’t think that your account will become famous overnight or you will become a millionaire in a blink of an eye. It takes a lot of hard work and patience.

Your Instagram feed must be updated daily with beautiful, interesting and original pictures to gain followers on Instagram fast. The most important secret here is to interact with your followers. Reply to their comments. Stay attentive and never leave a conversation unattended. Be open and friendly with your followers.

Step 4: Shout Out to Influencers.

If you have a picture or post about some hot issue, any celebrity, any brand name or any big social media influencer, and you think that they will like or share your post, tag them with their username.

At times it may make someone annoyed. To avoid this, try to tag brands, magazines or any account that has a large number of social media followers. This will make your account more visible to important people.

Step 5: Opt for Something Different.

One way to become popular more quickly on Instagram is to post something that is different, and that other accounts have not yet access to.

For instance, post pictures of some national events before anyone else posts about it.

Secondly, people usually post about makeup, hairstyle, clothes, traveling, etc. but you should try to make new niches to these topics. Come up with weird and different ideas. That could be gardening, planting trees, etc.

Another way to stand out is by producing video content. It has become a great way to add some muscle to your storytelling.

Step 6: Watch your Instagram account grow.

Put these steps to practice, be patient and the good results will show. Pretty soon, your Instagram following will grow and you’ll be building brand awareness in no time.

Are you ready to start making money from Instagram?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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