Instagram story links are an incredibly valuable tool for converting Instagram followers into paying customers. Instead of directing the viewer to check out the ‘link in bio’ (because let’s be honest, not everyone can be bothered to do that) it allows you to direct them to your website with one simple swiping movement. This is extremely helpful in driving Instagram traffic to your brand’s website, your latest blog post, a sale item or even a freebie!
Who can use Instagram story links?
Now, the only downside to the Instagram swipe-up feature is that it’s limited to verified accounts or business accounts with more than 10,000 followers (if you’re not quite there yet, we recommend checking out this guide to cracking your first 10K without spending a cent)
So, if you’re lucky enough to have this feature, we highly recommend taking a few minutes learning how to use this magical feature. That said, even if you’re not in the 10K club, we’ve also got you covered with some handy workarounds so you can still use this feature — so keep reading!
How to add Instagram swipe-up links to your story
So, how do you add Instagram story links? Check out the quick steps below, or keep scrolling if you’d like more detail.
- Tap the camera icon to start your Instagram story
- Click on the chain lock icon
- Add a call to action to your Instagram story
- Go back to your story and post!
How To Add A Link To Your Instagram Story
Instagram story swipe-up step #1: Tap the camera icon to start your Instagram story
On your main Instagram feed, tap the camera icon at the upper left part to start your Instagram story. This is located right above the word Stories.
Once you have opened the camera icon, you have the option to take a photo, video or Boomerang from there.
You can also swipe up and access your library and post any photo or video that was captured within the past 24 hours (or if it has already passed 24hrs, take a screenshot of the image to put it back in the top of your camera roll!)
Instagram story swipe-up step #2: Click on the chain lock icon
Remember, the chain icon where you can add links will only appear if you have a verified account or if you have a business profile that has more than 10,000 followers.
Upon tapping the chain icon, a new window will pop-up where you can input your URL.
Make sure to tap on done or the green checkmark once you have successfully input your link.
If you would like to track your link clicks, we recommend using bit.ly (or any other form of trackable URLs!) to track your statistics. Once this process has been completed, you will be routed back to the story you created and the chain icon will now be highlighted.
Instagram story swipe-up step #3: Add a call to action for your Instagram story link
Before tapping on the “add your story” icon, make sure to edit your story first, and add a call-to-action.
If you added a clickable link to a photo, it will be visible on the screen for a second before the next story appears, so make sure to remind your audience to swipe up to click on the link.
How do you do this?
Even though a “see more” sign will appear at the bottom of your story, people will still need to be directed to click it. S
Here are some examples: “swipe up for more”, “swipe up to shop”, “see more here!” or you can always doodle arrows that point to where they need to swipe up!
Once that’s done, voila!
You can now add the content to your story.
How to add calls-to-action to your Instagram stories
Here’s how some of our faves are using Instagram story links in creative ways:
Instagram story link #1 @lushcosmetics
Instagram story link #2 @passionplanner
Instagram story link #3 @huntingforgeorge
Instagram story link #4 @aww.sam
Instagram story link #5 @mejuri
Instagram story link #6 @garyvee
Instagram story link #7 @crateandbarrel
Instagram story link #8 @madewell
Instagram story link #9 @brunchboys
Instagram story link #10 @petsmart
How to add a link to your story without 10,000 followers
Don’t worry, this feature originally launched with those who had over 1M followers. And plus, we bet you’re already well on your way to 10K!
But in the meantime, there’s a couple of different ways you can use your Instagram stories to direct your followers elsewhere.
Firstly, you can share both your own and other people’s feed posts to your stories by pressing the little aeroplane icon on the right-hand side of your photo, and pressing ‘add post to stories.’ Once on your stories, followers can click on it and it will direct them to the original post — where you can give them more info than what would fit into stories. You can also do this with videos, including IGTV!
Another way you can take advantage of Instagram swipe-ups is by setting up an Instagram stories ad. Even if you only put a few dollars behind it, it will allow you to include a link and swipe up call to action. Hey, sometimes you have to pay to play!
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