Instagram stories are the best way to share photos and videos with your friends and followers, but did you know that you can also add links to your story? This feature is available on both Android and iOS versions of Instagram, so don’t be afraid to give it a try! In this guide, we’ll show you 10 different ways to add links on your Instagram story. No matter what platform you’re using, there’s sure to be an option for you here! 10 Easy Ways to Add a Link on Your Instagram Story
1) Scan QR Code
The most difficult part of getting started with Instagram marketing is adding that link. The first thing you need to do is have your QR code ready. If you already have one, just head over to your profile and click on your username. From there, click add a business or shop at the bottom of your bio section, and add your information.
2) Place in a slideshow
An Instagram slideshow can be a great way to get your message across while using different visuals. If you are trying to share multiple pieces of information, it is best that you use an interactive slideshow. This will allow your audience to engage with each slide and if they are interested, they can click on links within your story. The video below explains how you can add links in your Instagram stories.
3) Customize Hyperlinks Section: 4) Run it through an extension like InstaLinker
This tool creates custom hyperlinks for your Instagram Stories. The app’s developer, Cristian Negrutiu, says he built it to address some of his personal frustrations with using Stories. First, he wanted to add links without having to switch over to another app or write something down by hand. And second, he didn’t want others seeing his username at the end of a hyperlink. With Instalinker you can create an automatically generated link and hide your username from public view.
5) Keep it short and sweet
While link-baiting might work in some cases, we recommend keeping your story brief—no more than 15 seconds. It’s also a good idea to play around with how you add text and links. You don’t want people scrolling by while they listen, so put them at eye level and make them large enough for people to read easily as they walk by. Another easy way is through emojis—just place your cursor over an icon for a few seconds, and it will get magnified.
6) Be unique with background colors
There are so many ways you can make your story stand out. Try using different colored text for each link, add fun filters or stickers and change up your background colors—no one wants to see a white or black screen when they open your story! Or better yet, try not having any background color at all and add transparency by typing over anything in your story (including yourself!). You can even use that photo of yourself in an interesting location as an example of what will appear if you leave it transparent.
7) Use in conjunction with other apps like Canva
You can post pictures directly from Canva and have your hashtags link up in your story. To get started, download Canva onto your phone through an app store. Open Canva, then open another tab on your browser and log into Instagram. Then find an image you like (or make one using Canva) and click Share Image. Make sure you’ve selected Instagram as your photo destination. Click upload!
8) Use as a collaboration tool
Take advantage of Instagram Stories’ collaborative nature by turning it into a brainstorming tool with your team. Try posting questions, design challenges, or polls, and see what kind of responses you get. It can also be an effective way to share links (or swipe-up-friendly snippets) that inspire you or explain your vision for future projects. The possibilities are endless—just make sure whatever you post is relevant and not super long. There’s only so much room in one of those stories!
9) Go back to basics
Basic text, basic images—that’s all you need when it comes to adding links to your Instagram story. Here are some ways you can do just that