The Ins and Outs of Buying and Selling on Instagram

With 200 million monthly users and still growing around the world, Instagram tries their best to keep sponsored content to a minimum and does not allow any links in posts. However with such a  large market using their service every month the marketing potential of the platform is hard to dispute to say the least. Because of this some services exist out there to help you make sales or buy things using instagram. Here I will introduce you to a couple of them.


Hash bag attempts to use the hashtag feature of instagram to identify things that are for sale. By using the #forsale hashtag a registered member of Hashbag can be contacted by a potential buyer through their software. However the execution of this idea is somewhat lacking. Since the system is still in its infancy there are still some errors that can occur and some thing do not happen as fluidly as you would like. However this company is trying their hardest to bring out the selling potential of instagram and you should keep your eye on them. Check here.


Soldsie attempts to use the comments section of instagram posts to facilitate sales rather than the hashtags.If a buyer likes a product all they need to do is comment “sold” on that particular picture and Soldsie will automatically send an invoice to the buyer. Soldsie is especially powerful for any company or person who already has a following on Instagram and wants to reach that market without trying to convert them to some external platform such as their website or a amazon webstore. This is extremely useful as it is incredibly difficult to achieve even a 50% conversion rate on those sorts of selling tactics.


Curalate attempt to provide the buyer with more privacy and discretion with what they choose to buy off instagram. It creates a “shoppable gallery that is analogical, allowing the buyer to buy things captured in the image. Nordstrom, one of their more notable clients, has a beautiful instagram gallery and asks follower who wish to make purchases to go to another gallery containing the same pictures but it is also connected to Nordstrom’s online store and checkout. This way users do not have to publicly express their interests on Instagram in order to make a purchase. However this process of buying things through Instagram seems a bit convoluted and it may seem just as offputting as having to navigate to the full website from instagram because of how many steps are involved. It also requires that you do not have more than one product in a single picture as that could be confusing and annoying for potential buyers.


Those were 3 different examples of services that are trying to make buying and selling on Instagram not on a possibility but a more convenient option compared to traditional webstores. Some of them maybe still need some time to be fully developed and flush out any bugs but I am confident that we will be seeing marketplaces fully flourishing on Instagram in no time. For more information visit:

Selling Online With Blogs

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While the term “blogging for dollars” is an aspiration, it CAN become a reality. In laying the groundwork for success, we need to look at ourselves first. However, successful bloggers do not become successful overnight. They have worked hard and persevered before they became successful. Most of them see the “big picture” beyond blogging. They see the extended business opportunities that blogging can bring and plan for them to turn into reality. visit her latest blog posted at

  1. Write Great Content

With the Internet flooded with information, you need to make your content interesting, relevant and useful in order to stand out from the crowd. People who visit your site must be inspired to revisit. Depending on the niche you are focusing on, get yourself up-to-date on specific areas of your niche, and blog about it since you have lots of soldsie competitors.

  1. Comment your way to the top with useful content

Commenting is a great way to plant your links all over the Internet, especially when you are posting “comment selling” with the items. However, be sure to write intelligently and constructively. Make sure your comments are relevant to the post that you are commenting on. Also, it may be a good idea to pick out several high-traffic blogs to focus on. Other than building links and drawing traffic, this is also a good approach to get you noticed by other bloggers.

  1. Find a niche for your blog

Unless you are writing a blog about yourself, pick an angle that your blog will focus on. Review other blogs and figure out how you can be different. Run keyword searches on Google Analytics to find out what people are really looking for online. Through this, you’ll be able to carve out a niche for your blog. Then, using the right keywords, register an easy-to-remember domain name for your blog and forward your blog to this domain name.

  1. Submit your blog to Blog Directories

Blog directories help build incoming links to your blog. Run a search for blog directories and submit to as many of them as you can. While most blog directories list for free, they will probably ask for a reciprocal link on your blog. Also, remember to submit your site to popular search directories, such as Google and Yahoo!

  1. Network with other bloggers

Placing comments on other bloggers’ websites is the first step towards establishing a relationship with them. By networking with them, you get them to notice your blog and perhaps place a good comment or even a review or a reference to your blog. This works wonders in drawing traffic to your site!

  1. Join social networking sites

Get your own friends and their friends to visit your blog! You can do this by subscribing to social networking sites such as Facebook or Friendster. Invite other bloggers into your social network and publicize your blog through them too!

  1. Include interesting or decorative pictures on your blogFacebook mistakes

Just like other websites, adding a picture for decorative purposes or clarity helps to put variety to site design. If placed appropriately, graphical ads help to create the same effect too. However, don’t overdo this and end up with an unsightly layout.

Finally, you need to persevere with your traffic building strategies, even if you don’t see immediate results. Turning your blog into an effective online selling tool requires ongoing work and great determination, but yields great potential once your goal is achieved. Remember, you have lots of soldsie competitors. Make your next move your best!