Links In Instagram: This Is How It Works Without A Verified Account

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The biggest shortcoming of Instagram Stories right now? In terms of user interactions, they are quite a dead end at the moment. 

Apart from a comment function and individual interaction stickers, there is not much.

It would be so nice to store links in Instagram with which the user can get out of the story to an external website. Although, there is: just not yet for everyone.

Instagram had already introduced the Story Link function in November 2016. Since then, however, it has only been available to verified accounts.

This hurdle seems to have been removed in the meantime:  We can now also set links in individual, unverified accounts. But with the limitation of 10,000 or more followers. 

How do I use the new function?

If you have already been activated for the function, you will see a “Link” button in the upper right corner after your story’s normal recording in the edit mode.

If you click on this, you currently have two options for the call-to-action. Either with a link to a website or concerning an existing IGTV episode. If you choose the web link, you can also see how it will look in the Instagram browser. This preview function is the subtle hint from Instagram that you should optimize the target page for mobile use.

If you confirm the link, your story will receive a “See more” note in the middle. In German, this is labeled “Show more”.

Depending on the size of the screen of the user who is looking at the story, the note is displayed either on or under your story slide.

Best practice

If you use this function, you should include a clear call-to-action within the story. So either by saying yourself: “Click down here,” or write a note on the story or even draw an arrow.

Also, there are now many “Swipe Up” GIFs that you can simply put on the story as stickers.

Otherwise, you run the risk that the user will not see your link. Because the “See more” note from Instagram is not particularly noticeable.

We have put together a few examples for you here:

Links In Instagram: This Is How It Works Without A Verified Account
Billie Catherine Lourd - Scream Queens - Links In Instagram: This Is How It Works Without A Verified Account

When do I get the function?

As noted above, from 10,000 followers, that means all of them do not yet have the function. There are also no secret tricks or tweaks.

If you have just reached 10,000, but the function is not yet visible, you should restart your app. Linking is usually possible within minutes.

So you don’t need a separate account verification anymore, but just enough followers. 

Should I buy followers for this?

Links In Instagram

Definitely not.

Buying for your account follower destroys the community and sends Instagram false signals about who belongs to the target group. You certainly do not want the network to optimize the display to your fake followers in Asia or South America in the future.

Last but not least, the purchase of followers can also fall back on you in the context of unfair competition with a warning.

Stay away from buying followers!

But what you can, of course, do are Instagram interaction ads. With good content on the channel, you get not only the paid interactions but also a good amount of new followers as a bonus.

What alternatives do I have?

In fact, there is a very smart alternative to swipe up, which is currently becoming more and more popular. Build a call-to-action into your story:

“Send me a heart in the comments, and I’ll send you the link!”

In this way, the link becomes something special. As a user, you don’t get it just like that, but only if you “apply” for it. At the same time, your community will be strengthened, and you can address the user again in the future.

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