Want to share your Instagram photos with a wider audience? Share them on your blog with an Instagram photo widget!
Those who use Instagram know how fun (and addicting) it can be! I use Instagram to capture spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities, and I love the filters that give the photos even more pizzazz!
Although some of my blog readers already follow me on Instagram, some of my closest friends and family members don’t have a smart phone or even know what Instagram is! They are missing out on photos that they might really enjoy!
Sure, I can provide a link to my Instagram profile on my blog, but a widget that displays my Instagram photos right on my blog is even more fun!
So why should you consider adding an Instagram photo widget to your blog?
Sharing your Instagram photos on your blog is a wonderful way to provide fresh content, even on days when you don’t have time to write a regular blog post. Every time you post something new to Instagram, that photo will appear in the photo widget, and you don’t have to lift a finger or type a single character! Sweet!
Where should you put the Instagram photo widget on your blog?
Two great locations are (1) your blog’s sidebar or (2) your blog’s footer. Any blogging platform that allows you to add a text widget (WordPress.org, Blogger, etc.) will work well for an Instagram photo widget.
What tools/websites can you use to create an Instagram photo widget?
Read on for three options to add your Instagram photos to your blog!
Instagme is a very nice Instagram photo widget option with a simple, clean interface. You can display a grid of Instagram photos or a single photo (appearing via a slideshow or not). When you post a new photo on Instagram, that new photo will appear on your blog (once the page is refreshed). Visitors who click on your photos via the Instagme widget can add a comment via Facebook or several email venues, which broadens the reach of your photo.
Instagme is free, and there are no ads at this time. Another benefit about Instagme is the fact that those who click on your photos for a closer look have the option to follow you on Instagram directly from that page. Pretty nifty!
SnapWidget.com (free and paid version)
Very similar to Instagme, Snap Widget looks great in a blog’s sidebar or footer. Snap Widget has a free and paid option.
One downside is that visitors who click on your image to see a larger version arrive on a webpage that includes ads (free version only). Most of the ads are harmless, but I have seen a few that I wasn’t crazy about.
With the free version, users are not able to follow you on Instagram directly from Snap Widget (the paid version allows this). A work-around for this would be to include a link near the widget that says something like “Follow us on Instagram” – and then link to your Instagram profile (instagram.com/yourusername).
Statigram is another nice (free) option for sharing your Instagram feed on your blog. View a lovely example of this widget on the Fat Mum Slim blog. I like the navigation bar (left and right arrows) that Statigram provides with its slideshow option.
Click the Promote tab to see several options that Statigram offers. Not only can you create an Instagram photo widget for your blog, but you can add a feed tab to your Facebook page or create a lovely Facebook cover image with your Instagram photos. Statigram even has a WordPress Instagram plugin!
Do you already display your Instagram photos on your blog? What other Instagram photo widgets have you used? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
P.S. Of the three widget options listed above, I use Instagme for my family blog. You can see the widget in action in my right sidebar here.