How to Create an Instagram RSS Feed and 3 Ways it can Instantly Boost Traffic

Have yRSS-to-Instagramou ever wanted to share your Instagram photos or videos with your social audience or display them on your blog or website? One of the biggest challenges with Instagram is determining how to maximize your content outside the Instagram app.

An RSS feed of your Instagram content will provide flexibility to extend the reach of your images and video taken inside the app.


UPDATE 6.26.2014:

dlvr.it now integrates with Instagram. Easily share beautifully formatted photo posts across Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more.


 

Officially Supported by Instagram:

Instagram makes it easy to create an RSS feed of any hashtag.

Step 1. Use this feed format: http://instagram.com/tags/HASHTAG/feed/recent.rss

Step 2. Replace “HASHTAG” with your desired hashtag. For example, the feed for the hashtag #dogs would be: http://instagram.com/tags/dogs/feed/recent.rss (note: the # symbol is intentionally left out).

A couple ideas: A travel or real estate agent could pull geo tags for specific cities or towns to display on their website. You could create a contest using a specific hashtag and display the results in a widget on your blog. Or if you are hosting an event, gather and display the pictures people tagged in real-time. The possibilities are endless.  Webstagram, an Instagram web viewer, keeps track of the most popular hashtags on Instagram.

Unofficially…

What if you only want YOUR photos or images? Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t support this but third parties using Instagram’s API have made it easy for you to do so.

Simply add your Instagram username (or any you want to follow) to the end of this URL: http://widget.stagram.com/rss/n/USERNAME

It will automatically create an RSS Feed of the images and videos you have on Instagram.

3 ways to boost traffic with your new Instagram RSS Feed:

  1. Display on your blog. Instagram photos and videos on your blog. Check out these examples to help display your site:
    Instapress is a plugin for WordPress.
    SnapWidget works on any website.
  2. Share on social. Add your Instagram feed to dlvr.it and share it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more.
  3. Boost SEO. Create a Storify or RebelMouse page to make your Photos and Videos visible and searchable.

Bonus:
Create a visual newsletter using your new Instagram feed, dlvr.it and MailChimp.

Next, boost traffic with your Pinterest pins. Learn how to find your Pinterest RSS feed.