One of the many features missing from Instagram is the ability to share links in captions. However, as with most things in life, there are some ways to get around this problem.
It is possible to circumvent this limitation by using one of the numerous third-party websites that aim to solve this problem. And in this article we show you how …
How to add links to your Instagram posts
Campsite is an online service that aims to solve this problem by creating a personalized landing page with a series of images and links. When you sign up, you get a Campsite.bio URL that you can enter in your Instagram profile.
After signing up for a free account, link Campsite to your Instagram account so you can associate images with specific links.
Click Add new link and click on the image thumbnail. This will load a list of your latest Instagram photos. Click on the image you want to use, after which you can add the link and the text for the link. It will also provide you with basic analysis for clicks on links.
A pro account offers you all the free features along with the ability to hide Campsite branding, upload custom images, access more advanced analysis, use a custom subdomain and priority support, among other things.
Metricool is a solid social media platform with lots of features, one of which is the ability to associate links to your posts on Instagram. To take advantage of this feature, however, you will need a paid account.
At a minimum, you’ll pay $9.99 a month (with annual billing) or $14.99 a month (with monthly invoicing), but you’ll receive a ton of other features including a social media planner, a growth tracker and involvement for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
You can test the Instagram link function before deciding to take the plunge.
After logging in to Metricool and connecting your Instagram account, click the Schedule button on the menu and click on Instagram link. Here it is possible to completely test the mode of operation, with an interface that makes the process as simple as possible.
You will see a feed of your Instagram images. Just click on the red hyperlink button to add a link to that image. At the top of the page, you’ll find the Metricool URL you’d like to include in your Instagram biography and direct people to it in the photo sharing app.
Metricool will show your nine most recent images by default, but you can select other photos from your feed or remove photos that you do not want to see by clicking the trash icon on the image.
The final product is a reactive site that looks virtually identical to your Instagram feed, offering a picture grid.
Share a link in Stories or on IGTV
There are many ways to use Instagram Stories to bring out your content, including adding links. The ability to add links, however, is only available to users who have been verified or have over 10,000 followers.
If you do not have these two criteria there are a couple of alternative solutions.
The simplest app is to add your link as plain text. It will not be clickable but using a shortened URL could encourage your followers to visit the link.
You can also add a link to the description of an IGTV video. But your followers may not realize that there is a link there. They will have to tap to expand the description to see the link.
You can also add that IGTV video to your Instagram stories to make sure it’s seen by a wider audience. After creating your IGTV video, create a new story. You should see an option to add a link.