The Basics of Instagram

Everyone seems to have gone Instagram crazy and more and more people are creating accounts. I thought I'd give people a simple a quick guide to Instagram and getting to grips with some of the basics. Basics of Instagram

Firstly Instagram is an app based social media platform. Yes you can visit the website and comment and like various photos up as things stand at the moment you can't upload their so the first thing is to head to the app store and download the app. From this app you can create your account and search for people that you know are on there and follow them.

The real thing Instagram is for is photo sharing so get sharing. The first thing of note is the fact the camera built into the app is pretty poor, it has no zoom function (this I'm sure will change soon) so I always take a photo using my phones camera and then editing it before I head to Instagram. You also need to be aware that the photos it uses are square so just keep that in mind when your about to upload.

Here's a little video I've created with a few of the basics and a walk around of the app.

When it comes to the description of the photo it appears around 200 characters is ideal and DON'T take in hashtags it's too difficult to read and looks a mess, add those to the end of the description. Just below the description you have the choice of which Social Media channels you want to share it to. You can set it to share to either your Facebook personal page or a Facebook page but not both.

You'll also note that at the moment you can't add links to descriptions and I imagine that at some point Facebook will add this feature. With this in mind Instagram has no SEO advantages and doesn't generate any blog traffic unless they click the link on your profile.

Well that's the Basics of Instagram covered I think. Any questions please drop me a comment.


How to Make a Blog Button

Just lately lots of people have been asking how do you make a blog button for others to grab. The idea of these is you display a logo or image with the code underneath so others can add it to a post or to put in there sidebar, these are very popular when hosting a linky.

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Now there are a few clever ways to create one however the easiest way is by using the "Grab My Button" code generator.


The three main things you need are the Blog Title, Blog URL and the URL of the image. So firstly you'll need to upload the image you want to use to somewhere like the Wordpress Media Centre or Flickr and make sure the image you upload is the actual size you want the button and then grab the image URL.

Once you've added the details you can then preview what the badge will look like and then customise it to your own taste and then simply grab the code and paste it into your post or sidebar and this will also allow others to grab it too.

BINGO a blog button created very easily.