Like other platforms, Instagram also shows a blue tick mark to confirm a verified profile. Celebrities and big brands prefer verified profile to let their followers know that they are following the right profile and not some fake profile with same name and logo. If you are also a known personality, celebrity, journalist or a public figure who wants to have a verified account on Instagram, I have some suggestions for you.
If you have read few more articles on that, you know how important is the follower count. Most of the articles on the Internet talk about having enough followers before you get a verified profile. Now see this profile without any verification mark but with 10.2 million followers.
I can also show you many profiles with few hundreds of followers having a blue tick mark. Have a look here.
Do you still believe that verification is based on followers?
Here is what Instagram says about verification badge.
A verified badge is a check that appears next to an Instagram account’s name in search and on the profile. It means that Instagram has confirmed that this is the authentic account for the public figure, celebrity or global brand it represents.
So, it doesn’t matter how many followers you have, you can get a verified profile if you are a public figure or a brand.
Then, how to get verified on Instagram. Well, you need to be famous, or have some digital agency that can help you in this. If you could be famous, you’d already be verified and you don’t need this kinds of articles.
How to Request Account Verification on Instagram?
Instagram has recently announced an option to request for account verification. If you think you are popular enough to get Instagram account verified, you can request for this.
For requesting account verification, go to Settings, tap “request verification”. Instagram will ask for few Information like username, Full Name and a photo ID proof.
Not just digital marketing agencies, you can get verified profile if you know someone working at Instagram. I got a contact of a person who charges a big sum with guaranteed verification on Instagram. He claims to have a friend at Instagram for this work. But I am not sure if you should trust. There are many scammer websites and people ready to take your money and disappear. Instagram may remove the verification badge if it finds out you used unethical ways to get that.
So what should you do?
I talked to many people having verified profile before making a conclusion. If you are working on a reputed position that makes you accountable for content you post, getting a verification tick mark is easy. You could be a journalist or an high level executive of a known company. If you are not, then become famous is the only option you have. So, try to make a brand of yourself, get some followers, post engaging content regularly.
Number of followers is not the criteria, but it is certainly a way to show you are famous. Instagram reifies accounts belonging to actual public figures, celebrities or global brands. So you need to ensure that your account differs in some way and it actually represents you in an extraordinary way. Add personality to your postings and look influential.
You can also work parallely on other platforms like Twitter. having a verified Twitter profile may also help you in getting a verified profile on Instagram.
Verification doesn’t bring any additional benefit, but it helps your followers easily find you. So, you should focus on building a good profile before requesting for verification.