When you are setting up a business on the internet, then you'll know the importance of social media.
This is the go-to method of getting your business out there for all to see, whether it is through Facebook posts, Instagram, or a series of Tweets.
However, there is a process to make your business far more legit on the internet: verification.
If you see a blue tick at the end of a name on Instagram, whether it is a business or a public figure, then this is the marker of knowing it is really them and not some scammer.
Also, blue ticks draw a lot more authority.
But how can you get this coveted blue tick? Do you need to hit a certain follower count?
How long does it take to get your blue tick account verified? Well, we have all the information that you need to get your account ratified, so keep reading and get your business on the Insta-map immediately.
How To Attain Instagram Verification
This is the mysterious part: Instagram is very secretive about how they select which accounts get blue ticks.
They are also very picky about which accounts they select. For example, even if you are verified on Facebook and Twitter, it is no guarantee that you'll be verified on Instagram.
Instagram's official stance on it is pretty clear, they only really blue check mark the accounts they think are the most likely to be trolled or impersonated.
So, if you are a public figure, then you have a high chance of getting a blue check mark.
There are also criteria that you need to meet so that you can get your account properly verified. Here are just a few of them:
· How authentic is your account? – If you have a fan account, then this will not be eligible for verification. You must be the person you are claiming to be.
· How unique is your account? – You can only have one person per business account to get verified.
· Is your profile public or private? – If you have a private account, the chances are you will not get verified.
· How complete is your account? – You need to have all the details of your account filled in to get verified. This will include a bio, a profile picture and at least one post on your page.
· How well-known are you? – You have to class as a 'notable' figure to get verified. This will probably mean that a high volume of people is searching for your name.
If you think that you have what it takes to meet all these criteria, then the chances are much higher of your getting verified.
However, sometimes you can tick all the boxes but still get turned down for your blue check mark. Sadly, we don't make the rules!
So How Can I Get My Account Verified?
If you fancy your chances of getting verified, here are the steps that you need to take to get it done.
1. Click the three-lined icon in the top right-hand corner of your Instagram account (this is often referred to as the 'hamburger icon').
2. Scroll down and click on the 'settings' option.
3. Click on the 'account' icon in this subheading.
4. Click on 'request verification'.
5. Fill in your application form. This will include giving your legal name and providing documentation that that is your real name. This will include an official photo ID such as a driver's license or a passport. You will also have to click on the category that applies to you, including whether you are a blogger, influencer or brand.
6. Click on the 'send' button.
Once you have submitted your information, all you have to do is wait. There will be no communication via email or liaising with an official member of the Instagram team.
When you do receive an answer, there is no right to reply, you'll just have to submit your information again or later.
Unfortunately, if you do get turned down for verification, you will not receive a reason why. The chances are that you will have failed to meet some of the criteria that we have listed above.
If you do get verified, they will tell you in a single message. However, you'll need to keep a profile picture of yourself to keep your blue badge.
How Can I Improve My Chances Of Getting Verified?
There are a few things that you can do to increase your chances of getting that all-important blue tick:
1. Avoid Blue Tick Scammers
There are plenty of Instagram profiles out there that claim to offer verification... for a price.
Instagram does not sell verification badges, so don't be fooled by these scams.
2. Plenty Of Fake Accounts Of You
If you have plenty of pop-up accounts that are pretending to be you, then you might be a great candidate for verification.
You can do a social media audit, which will help you to weed out these fake profiles, which you can then alert Instagram to, which might make them consider getting you verified.
Now, we can't say for sure that gaining more followers will lead directly to verification.
However, if you earn more followers, the chances are you will become what they call a 'notable person', which is a prime candidate for verification, especially if it has resulted in more fake accounts.
4. Link Your Verified Facebook To Your Unverified Instagram
This is basically like providing proof that you are indeed verified on another page, therefore you should be verified on Instagram.
So, include a link to your verified Facebook somewhere on your Instagram page.
We hope that our short guide to getting your business on the Instagram blue tick league has helped.
Being a noteworthy person and having a few spam accounts in your name is the best route to getting verified.
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