Instagram, or better said Instagram users love beautiful images. They love cool, moody filters, interesting angles, unique typography, anything that’s not “the usual” boring shot. And by looking at some of the most popular Instagram accounts, you notice a few patterns that attract the most engagement.
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So you ask yourself, how do they come up with those filters? What apps do they use to saturate colors just the right amount? And how long does it take to get such interesting (and effective) images?
In most cases, it’s a mix of a few apps that do the trick. In this article, I’m going to share with you a few of these apps that will help you get amazing results.
Following is a list of steps and apps to help you take the shot, prettify it with cool edits & filters and add cool design elements and typography.
- First, take the shot.
Usually, the native camera app is pretty good on most smartphones, so you can use that for taking the picture. However, if you want to get some more advanced controls right from the beginning, you can use an app called VSCO.
VSCO is a comprehensive all-in-one camera app that allows you take the picture in DSLR-style (including manual focus) and make advanced edits, including light and color corrections, straightening and filters.
There are many ways you can use the VSCO app, from the basic editing features to the more advanced controls like adjusting the ISO, manually selecting the shutter speed, setting the white balance and manual focus, all of which allow greater flexibility than the native camera app.
You can continue to use VSCO to edit your image or use a different app called Snapseed (Android & iPhone). Snapseed offers slightly more advanced editing features (VSCO is particularly good at assisting you in taking the shot) that give you more creative freedom to play with (shadows, midtones and highlights controls), as well as color editing.
Plus, there’s the handy Histogram that assist you in getting the exposure right. Snapseed has another cool feature that lets you select various editing points and apply corrections only to certain portions of the image.
Snapseed is also useful in removing objects you don’t want in the picture. The tool is like an eraser that eliminates stuff that you don’t want in the shot, such as branches, wires, stains, etc.
You can do all your image editing in Snapseed or take a step further and mix it up a bit with another app called Afterlight. This app is known for its terrific textures, frames and filters. So after you’re done editing the light, color and exposure, you can turn over to Afterlight for more cool layers of filters and effects.
Another tweak you can make is perspective correction. It’s a fact that the wide lens on many of the smartphones is creating all kinds of perspective distortions that don’t look so cool. What you can do is use an app called SKRWT to easily correct those distortions and have a really good end result.
- Add typography and designs.
Depending on your niche, you can spice up your Instagram feed with a few quote images. They work great, people love them and they’re very effective in carrying various calls-to-action, asking questions, running polls and more.
The good news is you don’t have to use complicated software or even Canva to create these cool images. You can even use the ones you already have, make some tweaks, add some design elements and you’re done.
I’m going to share with you a few apps that are very easy to use right from your phone. You don’t need to have any kind of design knowledge, just use your creativity and mix things up to get the results you like.
Typorama is an iPhone app that lets you add different design elements to an image. Open the app and select a background from their library. Next, load the image into the app and double tap to add a text (quote, question, call to action, etc.).
You can prepare your text in advance by pasting it into a notepad document or just use Evernote. Either way, make sure you have the text ready when launching the app.
Once your text is pasted in the app, you can browse through their many fonts until you find one that works for you. When you’re done, you can either share the image on Instagram or save it in your phone’s gallery and make a few more tweaks.
I mentioned that Typorama is for iPhones, so here’s a similar app for Android users. It’s called Phonto and it does pretty much the same thing: adds nice typography to your images. Open the app, pick an image from your gallery, add your text and choose from their fonts library.
- Create a process for your Instagram workflow.
If you’re instagramming just for fun, then you don’t need to worry about posting fresh content on a consistent basis. But what do you do when you want to put up 3-5 images a day? You need a system, pretty much like an editorial calendar for your blog (you do have an editorial calendar for your blog, right?).
This is where Later (formerly known as Latergramme) comes in handy. This app lets you systematize and schedule your content in one sitting. Why you need that? First, because Instagram only allows images to be shared from your phone. You can’t share images like you would on Facebook, right from a desktop computer.
So what Later does is it lets you create a database of content ready to go live and all you need to do is select the images, add the tags, descriptions and set the date and time when you want them to be published.
When the time comes, the app will send you a pop-up message on your phone to remind you of the image that needs to go live. You simply press “Post” and you’re done. Just make sure you set the right time zone when you install the app on your device.
Another thing you can do is manage your audience (e.g. follow who follows you, unfollow unfollowers, add your competition’s fans, etc.). You can do all these things and more with an app called Crowdfire.
Building an Instagram presence is not so daunting, if you work smart, create a process, use simple tools and keep things simple. You can start experimenting with these tools, see how they work for you and you can add or remove some of them from your workflow, based on the results you’re looking for.
What Does Your Blog Need?
I wrote an eBook explaining what your blog needs:
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Success finds bloggers who cover all bases.
If you need nothing and feel your blog needs nothing, you succeed and live your wildest dreams.
Successful bloggers know adding the right elements to blogs and beginning blogs the right way accelerates your success. Plus it feels good to begin blogging intelligently.
What does your blog need?
1: Domain and Hosting
Invest in a domain and hosting.
Accelerate your blogging success.
Domain names make you stand out.
Observe how Pat Flynn invested in Smart Passive Income.
Of course you know immediately; the blogger covers smart passive income. Passive income seekers know the resource because Pat bought a domain name.
He also invested in hosting to ensure he owned his blog.
Take this step to control:
- income potential
- blog voice
Own your site. You need to own your blog to be in control of your blogging campaign.
2: Premium Theme
Invest money in a premium theme.
Stand out from the crowd.
Circulating money on a premium, eye-catching, clear theme emits a professional, impressive, powerful message.
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Readers see you are a serious, successful or success-seeking, blogger. Of course you gain trust and grow your readership quickly by investing money in a premium theme.
Why do you need a premium theme? Would you trust a blogger who uses a cheap-looking, heavy, non-professional theme? If someone cannot afford to invest $60 in a premium theme you better not trust their advice, their insight and their sharing. Why? Serious, skilled bloggers never allow $60 to dictate their life’s direction and failing, struggling, unskilled bloggers make the foolish decision to not chase their dreams over $60.
Content drives blogs.
Your blog needs content to:
- prove you know your stuff
- spread your presence online
- inspire readers to follow you
- inspire readers to trust you
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Look around for a few minutes. Read 3 of my recent posts. Do you see why content drives the blogging engine?
Imagine if you saw only 1 blog post. Every blogger begins somewhere but publishing helpful content from a generous, success-focused energy distances you from most bloggers in your niche.
Imagine seeing 1 to 5 blog posts on a blog. Good introduction no doubt.
Imagine seeing 50 to 100 blog posts on a blog. Massive impact.
Focus less on post numbers and more on being generous with time and talents. Content just shows off what you know.
As folks see you know your stuff thru your volume of helpful posts you begin to:
- increase traffic
- boost your blogging profits
- expand your presence
- increase brand awareness
- help more folks
- make a big impact in your niche
Content makes everything grow.
Publish content on the regular to become a successful blogger.
Focus on Your Dreams
Concentrate on your dreams from a relaxed, chill energy.
You need dreams to feel the calm, detached confidence of bloggers who invest in:
- a domain and hosting
- a premium theme
- creating helpful content
See your blogging wins now. You succeed now. Own it.
Feel good about your blogging career. You are rocking it out.
Succeed, being the blogger who covers all blogging needs.
Invest in a blogging course.
Your blog – and you – need a blogging blueprint to follow in order to succeed from a calm, confident, orderly, relaxed energy.
Blog like a success.
Learn from the best to become a successful blogger.
Courses just give you a structure for learning in the proper format.
Imagine sitting down in a classroom to learn disciplines from a professor.
You do the same thing through a blogging course.
How Can You Turn Criticism into Blogging Profits?
I wrote an entire eBook on lessons I learned from critics:
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As you see greater blogging success, you get criticized.
No blogger avoids criticism.
Learning how to convert nasty criticism into blogging profits helps you be a highly successful blogger.
Imagine someone tossing big rocks at you.
Fools step in front of the rocks, injuring themselves.
Idiots catch the rocks and throw said rocks back at folks, wasting precious time and energy on rock tossing morons.
Wise humans avoid the rocks, allowing the stones to reach terra firma, and build a castle from all the granite-type rocks tossed their way.
Highly successful, happy bloggers are like wise humans; building something meaningful and profitable from inevitable criticism, versus taking criticism personally (stepping in front of rocks) or fighting critics (throwing rocks back at rock throwers).
I wrote 2 eBooks on the topic.
In addition to the prior eBook I also wrote:
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I profit through an:
- eBook version
- audio book version
- paperback version
- mass market paperback version
of the topic.
I make money through 4 income streams based on teaching folks how to profit through blogging criticism.
How can you convert criticism into coin?
Follow these tips.
Breathe Deeply and Relax
- fight criticism
- feel the sting of criticism
- feel embarrassed about being criticized
- fight critics
- go into a shell after being criticized
Breathe deep. Relax.
Feel energies and emotions in reaction to being criticized.
Release said energies.
Be calm, confident and poised.
Establish the proper energy for profiting through criticism.
Criticism is a projection of individual; we see ourselves in others.
100% of the time, critics speak 100% of themselves, not you, through their criticism.
Knowing this, you do not take criticism personally. Ditto for gaining clarity in all you do, blogging-wise.
I reacted with anger, annoyance, embarrassment and shame on reading my first few 1 star audio book reviews. Turns out, those fear-based feelings needed to be addressed and released for me to generate more income through audio books.
Increased profits flow to bloggers who feel clear on income channels.
Being criticized forces you to face, embrace and release fears concerning income channels, said clearing resulting in clarity and greater sales.
If you react negatively to criticism, the reaction suggests you have fears to feel and clear regarding the criticism. Clearing these negative energies allows more profits to flow through the income streams because fear strangles income while clarity increases income.
Convert Criticism into Tangible Products
Turn hate into create.
Convert criticism into tangible profits.
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Create an online course to help your readers process criticism.
Strike while the iron feels hot; create immediately after receiving criticism to allow your prolific ideas to flow.
Add a price tag.
See Problems and Profit in Projection
- blog posts
- guest posts
based on critical projections bandied about by critics.
Critics may or may not see errors in their ways.
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I just stress how criticizing promotes their failure, strangles success and prolongs misery and suffering, based on my content.
If critics wake up and read, these folks become likely readers, fans, customers and clients, because if I solved their problems for free I can solve their problems for pay.
Profit through the Discipline of Detached Observation
Observing feelings from a detached, calm, confident energy versus reacting to feelings is a skill most millionaires cultivate.
What better way can you develop this skill than by reading and processing criticism without reacting to your emotions?
Wealthy bloggers observe knee jerk reactions in their being, feel energies, release, and proceed to profit. You see immense patience, persistence, poise and profiting. But the blogger just watches, feels and releases, versus reacting.
Move Up the Energetic Ladder into More Prospering, Higher Circles by Ignoring Critics
Critics vibe from a fear-based, lower, poverty conscious energy.
Ignore these folks to rocket higher in blogging circles, toward a loving, prosperity conscious, profitable energy.
I made blogging friends in high places by completely ignoring lower energy folks, some of whom criticized me and my blog.
Starve lower energies.
Make room for higher energies.
Profit, free yourself and see increasing blogging success.
What Do You Sell and How Do You Sell It?
One easy way to make money blogging is to get clear on calling folks to buy your stuff and hire you.
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Invest in my blogging course.
Advertise on my blog.
See how easy?
I clearly call you to invest.
Simply put, knowing what you sell and how you sell it increases your blogging profits because people respond to your energy.
Prior lines? Each feels clear and comfortable to me. I know what I offer. Of course I know how I offer it. How, meaning, how I feel offering.
Imagine feeling light, airy, calm, confident and detached as you call readers to buy or hire. Money feelings. Good.
But imagine feeling heavy, resistant, uncomfortable, awkward or embarrassed calling readers to buy or hire.
Your greatest pro blogging success occurs by shifting from heavy to light during money calls.
Or feeling light, airy, detached and clear on calls because you freely share what you sell and sell with clarity results in big blogging profits.
I note a spike in audio book sales and reviews. Of course I barely touched my audio books over 3 years. I generate almost completely passive income; the audio books sell themselves.
After seeing royalty payments recently I pondered the passive blogging income; I barely actively sell ‘em so the what and how seems non-existent. But detaching just lets what and how unfold gracefully and beautifully, resulting in virtually complete passive income.
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Getting almost 100% clear on what and how results in ever increasing, passive profits.
Blogging is energy.
Imagine feeling clear on receiving money from someone. You just accept it.
A friend buys lunch. You cheerily accept.
Your energy dictates you clearly accept and enjoy the money or purchase.
Ditto for blogging income streams. Emit the same clear, relaxed, accepting, receiving energy. Money flows to you thru clear streams. Of course my audiobooks sell passively; I am clear on that channel.
Boosting your blogging profits requires you freely offer what you sell and sell from a clear, confident, abundant, knowing, detached energy.
Example; note how I include 1 or more calls to action for all blog posts and videos. I offer what I sell freely. My readers never need guess. Clarity. No hiding or awkwardness or discomfort. I am clear. I sell.
How do I sell? Of course, from a calm, clear, confident, knowing I am successful energy. Naturally, I sell and profit because my energy around what and how feels clear to me.
Next Level Profits
Profit like top bloggers in your niche.
Get clear on receiving money.
Visualize yourself owning ample money. Feel rich.
I enjoy counting money in mind so it feels real to me. Swiftly, I make money through iTunes, Bitcoin and Quora, as has been the case recently.
Bitcoin and Quora are neither directly related to blogging but so goes money; it cares not channels, it justs finds bloggers clear on receiving money. Plus my blogging related profits increase too.
Picturing your wealth serves you because what feels real in mind flows into your experience.
Money and worldly success find you through profitable ideas, people and circumstances.
Execute the ideas from a chill, relaxed energy. Profit.
Freely offer what you offer. Promote yourself through every blog post and video. Tell us what you sell; we want to buy it. Sell with clarity. Know success and profits are yours; promote with clarity, detachment and a knowing that you already have profits because mind owns profits.
Blogging Is Not That Hard for Mind Scientists
Every day, my email inbox delights me.
My visualization sessions yield fascinating, profitable opportunities.
As within, so without.
Blogging is not that hard at all for bloggers who visualize success, who feel rich, who count their blogging wins and who keep things positive.
Success follows success-focused bloggers.
Profits follow rich-feeling, riches-seeing bloggers.
As within, so without.
Get clear on selling and receiving money.
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