How to Make Money as a Micro-Influencer

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

How to Make Money as a Micro-Influencer

Ready to get more of your great content out to the world? Overwhelmed by how the online space is so saturated?

Then, you're in the right place.

Not too long ago, I was struggling to find my voice in the saturated social media world. I hustled and slept VERY little. Then I burned out.

What was I not seeing? I didn't want to throw money on ads that only brought in "likes" but zero sales.

After much trial and error, I found that I was getting sales and clients through a counter-intuitive approach. No more trying to figure out algorithms or staying ahead of the hashtag trends!

Finally, I learned how to navigate the digital marketing space without having to spend hours and hours online. Yes, I have a normal sleep schedule now.

So let's get to these micro-influencer strategies shall we?

The Riches are in the Niches

It's not necessarily the number of followers as much as how engaged that audience is. Micro-influencers have specific niche audiences and are highly engaged with them.

High interaction with small following.

What makes a micro-influencer more approachable and relatable? Engagement on social media and other platforms. Specifically, high frequency of likes and comments with followers build trust.

To be clear, high frequency of engagement also encompasses quality responses too. Not a generic spammy response like a smiley emoticon or one-word response.

Keep it real with authentic engagement.

Also, one could argue that trolls and haters can have a lot of "engagement" based on their comments. Yet, trolls and haters don't always have a highly engaged following.

Genuine and meaningful interaction with the audience impacts a micro-influencer’s commercial viability. At the end of the day, brands and marketers value the engagement between (micro and macro) influencers and their audiences.

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Different social media platforms have different algorithms. And they always seem to be changing too. Here’s what holds true today across various platforms:

  • Provide authentic and engaging story-telling around the brand

  • Give the good (and bad!) review of the product/service

  • Ensure promoted product/service is relevant to entire niche

  • Be consistent in posts + quality engagement

  • Use a mix of relevant hashtags

  • Don’t constantly promote a brand

  • Be upfront with disclaimer when promoting

It takes a counter-intuitive approach to build wealth as a micro-influencer.

Although the internet is saturated, you don't need to be on every single latest and greatest social media platform. It just takes one platform to attract the right target market for your products and offerings.

Sure, it's good to have a few social media accounts.

That's good for brand awareness. But it's not necessary to be active on each platform daily, weekly or even monthly.

For instance, Not A Bond Girl has a Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and FaceBook presence. Let's break it down further.

I have only 6 videos uploaded on YouTube...I can't recall the last time I posted my last video! My FB business page has only a handful of likes. And my Instagram account is just starting out.

But for Pinterest, it's a different story.

As my primary account, I have over 5000 followers there. On my best month, my pins that went viral brought in 1.5 million monthly views.

So how do you choose the best platform for your biz?

The question really is, what do you enjoy doing most? For instance, I enjoy journaling. I journal every day and sometimes twice a day. Blogging comes easily to me and Pinterest is a natural fit for that.

If you enjoy taking photos, Instagram is probably your jam. If you enjoy talking, perhaps YouTube or starting a podcast is best for you.

There's a lot of choices. Just play around with different platforms to see which one you like most!

For more digital marketing examples, check out the Not A Bond Girl community:

Pinterest: @NotABondGirl

Instagram: @NotABondGirl

FaceBook: @NotABondGirl

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How to Make Money as a Micro-Influencer