Because I’ve been Instagramming my road trip like a BANDIT, I thought I’d share a bit of research I’ve been doing on how to share your Instagram feed on you blog.
I know I’m not the only blogger who wants include their non-instagramming readers (FRIENDS!) in on the Instagram party! Because it’s not just pictures anymore! I know I personally use Instagram to update people, exchange ideas, give recommendations, and to show off how attractive I am in my sunglasses. It’s so much more than just pictures of my baby! Well, sometimes. But there is a lot of action happening in the comments section!
I know a lot of people post a round-up of their Instagram pictures on their blog, but I hate for people to show up here and feel like it’s stuff they’ve already seen before. Do you guys feel like that when you see Instagram round-ups? Or do you like it? Maybe it really just depends on the blog.
Anyway, many of the Instagram hosting sites I’ve found don’t let you read the comments on pictures, even if you’re a user. But after looking at several I’ve finally found one I’m ready to commit to. If you’ll look in the side bar of my NEWLY DESIGNED BLOG! I’ve linked an image to Instagram. But as we all know, Instagram doesn’t have a site…so it will instead link you to:
I like Webstagram because you can read the comments on pictures even if you’re not signed in! If you are an Instagram user you can sign in, look at your feed, leave comments and like pictures. You can also easily share the pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and all of those other sites I don’t really understand.
In order to direct people to your feed use the following URL:
You don’t even have to sign in or make an account to have that feed. The only way it won’t work is if your account is private. And if your account is private I doubt you’re trying to share your pictures on your blog.
I almost committed to this site:
This site is nice because it’s pretty, and because people who aren’t on Instagram can subscribe to Instagram feeds through email. So, if you want to some of your friends pictures, you can subscribe to all of their feeds and they’ll email you every few days with the pictures they’ve posted.
I’ve also taken up the practice of posting sneak peeks to tutorials and posts on Instagram. If you have a special post I think this is a good way to generate traffic.
For more tips on how to use Instagram with finesse, I really like this post from my girl Rachel from Pencil Shavings.
But I’m open to suggestions here! What do YOU think is the best way to use Instagram on your blog? Or, should we just leave it where it is?
Chime in peeps.