So few people effectively use the DM feature in IG, and even fewer use it without sounding “spammy.” By Use Don’t Abuse, we mean DM should actually be DMR – Direct Message Relationships. Many who first learn about this feature try to cut and paste messages that fit for everyone. “Hey, love your profile! Want to buy something?” This is a surefire way to get blocked. Using this DM strategy, take some time to really create value in your DM. Give whoever you’re messaging something that they will actually want. Once you start gaining actual rapport, whoever you’re DMing knows that you’re not a bot and you’re not spamming them. Also, this is not a one-and-done strategy. If you get a positive response, be sure to thank them in the DM, and ask them if you can tag them in a thank you post. Be real. Be grateful. Give value. All things bots can’t do. Engage – don’t enrage


A particular campaign that works is a chain campaign. Create a partnership with 5-6 large accounts and have each one share an image of the campaign and the next channel with text introducing the campaign, which usually involves a winner of some sort of a contest. Channel one links to channel two, channel three links to channel four and so on. Everyone will gain new followers in the process and the last channel will introduce the account behind the contest and the winner. Another Instagram strategy that I found to work is to create a very specific theme for the account and stick to it. This includes colors, filters, style, subjects, etc. The more homogeneous they are, the better.
2. InboxDollars – InboxDollars is similar to Swagbucks, since you’re going to be taking surveys, shopping, etc., so if you want to maximize your return, sign up with both websites. They also offer a search engine that pays you (like Swagbucks) and you get $5 just for signing up.  I won’t continue to list survey sites one after another down the list, but if you want to get paid to take surveys, also check out GlobalTestMarket, E-Poll Surveys and Survey Club.

Find a profitable niche: We’ve talked about this a lot. But, where are you most comfortable. What niche do your skills, values, and interests intersect? Do you have 10 years of experience as a technical writer? Do you have long-standing PR relationships that’ll be invaluable in helping startups launch a successful crowdfunding campaign? Determine what makes your value unique, and lean heavily on showcasing that strength to your potential clients.
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