People who bash Instagram models are either stupid or simply uninformed. These girls are making mad money simply because they have a significant amount of followers. Bloggers, humor and food accounts, personalities... In a nutshell, anyone with a decent amount of followers is taking dollar bill showers while you're just sitting here being bitter and hateful. In addition, these online influencers get a ton of free shit like clothing, food, trips, etc. So stop hating and get on that grind, because you're clearly falling behind in this money race.
Let's take Danielle Bernstein, a 22 year old fashion blogger who runs a very popular account, @weworewhat. Guess how much she charges for a single sponsored photo post? In her interview with Harpers Bazaar, she admits to charging brands $5-15k per post!!!! Five to fucking fifteen thousand dollars! You still hating? Basically when a brand like, let's say Nike, approaches Danielle and tells her, "Hey, we'd like you to post a cool photo on your Instagram account featuring our product", she goes, "Cool, I'll do it if you pay me $10k." And she also gets free Nike products out of this deal. Genius!
The amount of money online inlfuencers get paid is directly correlated to the amount of followers they have and how active their followers are a.k.a. how many likes and comments each photo post generates. When you see hot girls on Instagram that, allegedly, "do nothing" for a living - stop and think again. How many followers does she have? 1mil? 500k? She's making money. Countless hot bikini shots you see on her Instagram are sponsored posts, my friend.
Now you're probably wondering how you can start making money off of your Instagram account, right? There are a few things that you could definitely start doing from now on in order to move in the money making direction.
1. Post beautiful photos
Beautiful shots make all the difference. You're having dinner at a nice restaurant? Snap a pic of your meal that will make your followers drool. See what other popular Instagram accounts are doing, get inspired and copy their ways if you want to be successful.
2. Acquire and engage followers
Good content and hard work will get you followers. If you find your niche and stay consistent - people will start noticing you in no time. Let's say you start a food account. Post pics every day, engage your followers with witty captions and comments and, ultimately, be the kind of account you'd want to follow.
3. Be active
Post photos every day, tell everyone to follow you on Instagram, harass your friends and family. After all, you want this to turn into a serious business, don't you?
4. Sex sells
If you feel comfortable with exposing your body to the universe, you can totally use the easy way out and post bikini pics/topless shots(for guys). Technically, there's nothing particularly wrong with posting provocative photos. It will definitely get you followers.
5. Tag/contact brands
A great tip for people who are not familiar with marketing themselves via Instagram is to always tag brands. For example, when you post a selfie wearing J Brand jeans -tag them. Also, don't be shy to contact brands you're interested in working with. Tell them that you'd like to help them promote their brand or that you're a huge fan of their company's vision... Sometimes they can send you free stuff just because they like you.