the best way to use Instagram on your blog

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:

WEBSTAGRAM

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:

http://web.stagram.com/n/YOURUSERNAME

so my feed URL is:

http://web.stagram.com/n/thealisonshow

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:

INSTAGRID

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.

xo,

Alison

13 Comments

  1. Yes! Finally! Integration! I’ve been racking my brain trying to find ways to share my IG photos, but I worry that the readers who follow will get sick of seeing the same old thing. I think posting sneak peeks on Insta is a good way to generate traffic to the blog.

    B.T. Dub – I’ve been loving your road trip photos. You’re just a babe!

    May 1, 2012   |   Reply
  2. The Cuisinerd

    As a self admitting insta-maniac I’m often scared doubling up on image share between Facebook/twitter and then again on the blog. There are times I take photos on the go and delet them from my stream so I can save them for my website – especially on those days I forgot my good camera.

    Whoa, I think that was an insta-confession! I feel much better now, thanks for that…

    May 1, 2012   |   Reply
    1. haha I love it. I feel the same way though! you’re not alone.

      May 1, 2012   |   Reply
  3. Yes yes yes!! I am a Webstagram user and an IG junkie, ha! I love all of the donut updates, soo good!!

    May 1, 2012   |   Reply
    1. One day we should have a donut bash!

      May 1, 2012   |   Reply
  4. alison…this is awesome. just joined web.stagram. now i can look at my feed (*coughs…while at work) when my phone signal sucks and wont load new pics!!

    May 1, 2012   |   Reply
    1. that’s what desk jobs are FOR! right?

      May 1, 2012   |   Reply
  5. Danielle

    Love this! Totally doing it.

    May 1, 2012   |   Reply
  6. Ha, Cuisinerd, I do exactly the same thing! I Instagram tons so often delete photos from the stream to use in my blog. I like advertising posts on there – everyone on Instagram has chosen to follow you, so it seems less intrusive than publicising to 400 random Facebook friends.

    The one thing I wonder about is crediting Instagram photos on the blog. I work in publishing so am wary about using images without credit. I will have to look up their terms and conditions to find out who owns the copyright for Instagram photos – you or them.

    Love Webstagram!

    May 1, 2012   |   Reply
    1. I love your point about it being less intrusive than Facebook, as people have chosen to follow you! I would assume that the images belong to the person who takes them. Much like Flickr, or Facebook, I think that Instagram is a hosting site and nothing more. Even though they provide filters and whatnot, that would be like photoshop saying they own images that you used their filters on? No? But I don’t know if I would feel comfortable taking a picture someone posted on instagram to use it on my blog (even if I credited it) that would seem to cross a line, right? but maybe not if we all start using the online affiliates like webstagram. who knows, in time maybe that will be status quo?!

      May 1, 2012   |   Reply
  7. AHh! SO kind of you to share my post!

    xoxo!
    R

    May 1, 2012   |   Reply
  8. I like snapwidget for adding a simple feed to my sidebar! http://snapwidget.com/ 🙂

    May 1, 2012   |   Reply
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