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I Know an Instagram Influencer Using a Bot

I have not written an Instagram update post in a bit, and that was deliberate. I have decided to stop obsessing over the numbers and just engage like I would normally do on other platforms. Instagram is the most annoying social media platform ever. I find it super annoying and I would tell you why.

The algorithm has made it almost impossible to grow your Instagram page organically. Which has led to many buying likes and followers, hiring bots and other management companies to “manage” their Instagram page. Most of these bots and management companies use the follow/unfollow technique which is super annoying, but I guess it works for the accounts they build right?

 

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I had a popular Instagram Influencer follow me some days ago. We are quite cordial online and follow each other on Twitter, so I followed immediately and even liked/commented on a few photos, without thinking much about it. Only for me to notice this Instagram Influencer has unfollowed me the next day. I unfollowed back immediately and was pissed off for a few minutes, but then I realised it must have been a bot or managing company up to their dirty tricks. So I stopped being angry.

This Instagram Influencer is known for growing such a massive following in a short time, and is always writing about how to grow your Instagram following. However,one important point this person keeps forgetting to mention, was the bot/management company bit. I guess there are somethings better left unsaid right? Looking at it this way, if this person divulge all the secrets, they won’t be so massive anymore, and everyone would see through the fakery! Which is why the struggle to make money blogging is so real now. Too many frauds about.

 

 

 

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I can understand why many are desperate to build their Instagram following. I was desperate myself some months ago, but not desperate enough grow my following with fake followers or likes. It is so easy for me to spot shady Instagram pages. So I know it would be easy for many others to spot it too. When an average photo with few hashtags is getting thousands of likes in less than 24 hours, I usually smell a rat. A few minutes of looking at the page a little further usually confirms my suspicion.

 

It is good that I am not one to dwell on other people’s actions. I am too busy doing to dwell. My Instagram following is growing steadily, and I am happy with the growth. My engagement is also growing as well, which is great. I am trying to spend more time on Instagram to grow my account properly. So I am liking and commenting on photos I really like, collaborating with other bloggers, and updating my Instagram page as often as I can.

 

 

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How are you growing your Instagram?

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6 Small Business Ideas for Bloggers

Blogging is hard work, and for some, it may be all for little or nothing in return. I always like to look at the big picture, and looking at the Blogging Industry, I know it will be around forever, but will continue to evolve. And that is why I keep thinking of additional ways of making money from home. Which has pushed me to writing this post about 6 Small Business Ideas for Bloggers. I hope someone out there finds this post and the small business ideas useful.

 

 

 

Small Business Ideas for Bloggers
Blogging Coach

The Blogging Coach field has taken off with a bang, starting from the US and now in the UK. There are so many coaches in various fields, and it may look like a saturated market, and it is, but I believe there is always space for Quality. For you to be a Coach of something, means you are a Guru in that field. It means you are successful in what you do, and you want to guide, inform and educate others on how to achieve the same level of success.

The issue I have with many Blogging Coaches and Coaches in general, is that many of them are not successful in what they do. You can’t teach me how to earn £3,000 a month from blog, when you are not earning half of that. The same way you can’t help me get up to 20,000 monthly views on YouTube, when you are only getting 1000 views a month. Many of these Coaches just sell the dream, and take your money. That is a scam, the success dream is free.

Before you pay a Coach to lead or mentor you, make sure the person has a successful track record in the niche. A good Blogging Coach would put the success where the mouth is!

 

Ghost Blogger

Apart from writing your blog, you could also write for other blogs as a Ghost Blogger. The way it works is, you write articles for other websites and blogs and the blog owners go on to publish the articles as their own, with no reference to you or your blog. I know a couple of people who are Ghost Bloggers and they make a decent income from it. If you are super creative and a good writer, this might be the best job for you.

 

Copywriter

I am a copywriter. I have a few clients I supply articles on a monthly basis, and I enjoy it. It is a great additional income stream, and it keeps me busy. Most of my clients find me through my blog and my social media platforms. I also find some clients on Upwork and People per Hour. It can be tricky to get paid what you are worth, but I know what I am happy to accept and stick to it. At the end of the day, the quality of my work speaks for itself, and I only target clients I know would appreciate my work and my rates.

 

Author

I wrote an eBook – How to Cash In as a Blogger, last year, and although I am yet to get rich on it. It has opened doors to loads of collaborations. I plan to write some more books in future, and I think it is a great way of having an additional income, if you have a great topic or theme to write about. It is unlikely you would get rich or even comfortable from your book sales, but it may open doors to greater things. It may also give you the credibility you need to excel in your other businesses. And it could also be a bestseller. You will never know until you try.

 

 

Vlogging

Many Bloggers are Vloggers, so YouTube is worth paying some attention, as there is a whole new market waiting to be tapped. I know many Vloggers many crazy amounts of money, some earning more than my GP. It is a field I am seriously contemplating getting into. If you are happy and confident being in front of a camera, this might be the right job/hobby for you.

 

Podcast

This is like the audio version of YouTube, and worth looking into if you have great content to share and you rather stay off the camera. Plus it helps if you speak well and have a great voice. I love the Pro Blogger Podcast.

 

These are just some of the many small business ideas available to bloggers. Do you find any interesting?

 

How to Set Up a Blog

Starting my blog – Fashion and Style Police, was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It all started with wanting to share my ideas and thoughts with people. I saw it as a medium through which I could express myself. Little did I know that a profitable business would be born from it too.

 

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Fast forward to where I am right now, blogging has seriously helped elevate my life as a freelancer. It has given me the opportunity to not only be able to help a lot of people but it has also helped me provide for my family and be there for them whenever they need me.

Just like me there has been a great increase in the number of people who want to also start a blog. When I started my blog, it involved a lot of trial and error. So I thought I’d create this simple guide to help you set up your own blog.

 

Step #1 Get a hosting plan and domain name

This is the most important set when you want to set up your blog. A hosting panel will is like a space where your blog will be kept. All the information from your blog will be held by the hosting company so as to give you and your readers access to your blog.

A domain name is the name of your blog. It forms the URL of your blog. For example, when you want to come to my blog, Fashion and Style Police, you have to type in “www.fashionandstylepolice.com”. That link is the domain name of my blog. So, whenever anyone want to come to your blog, they will have to type in the domain name. Once they type in the domain name, the hosting company grants them access to your blog.

Getting a domain name and hosting requires that you pay a monthly or yearly fee. That’s not much of a problem as domain names and hosting come at really low and affordable prices.

 

Step #2 Go for WordPress

Once you have your domain name and hosting sorted out, you need to install the blog platform that will actually enable you to start blogging. Although there are a lot of blogging platforms out there, I recommend you use WordPress. WordPress is easy to use and most hosting services have the one-click-install-Wordpress option.

 

Step #3 Install and customize a theme

The next thing is to select a theme for your blog. The theme is what gives your blog an appealing look. Themes are easily customizable. You can change the colour, rearrange the elements on your blog and completely tweak the design of your blog. I got my theme for £99 about 2 years ago, and it is one of the best £99 I have ever spent!

 

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Step #4 Install plugins

To get your blog to do more you can install plugins. Plugins help you to add some really cool functionalities to your blog like allow you to track the number of people who come to view your blog through Google analytics.

Plugins like Yoast SEO help you make sure that your blog is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) friendly. Plugins like Akismet make sure that you don’t get spam or bots writing comments and make sure that you only get real humans commenting.

 

Step #5 Add content

This is the best part. Now that you’ve got your blog up the next thing is to add content. You can now start creating the content you would like to share with your audience. Feel free to add images and even videos to help enhance your content.

 

I hope someone out there finds this How to set up a blog post very useful. Feel free to add any tips that may have helped you in your blogging journey in the comments section below. You can also ask me any blogging question. I promise to respond or find you the answer. You can also read more blogging tips in my ebook, available on Amazon.

Happy blogging.

 

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