Hacking Instagram for clients

As I mentioned, this started with MySpace.

Back then, you could add custom HTML to your MySpace profile and completely change how it looked. So, what I did was turn my profile into a landing page. The offer was a free book they got when they signed up to my mailing list.

When they signed up to the mailing list, they were then presented with a one-time offer to by my full service at a discount. It was a real one-time deal that they only got on that page, that one time. If they passed, they went on my mailing list and got emails encouraging them to get the service.

All pretty standard internet marketing 101 stuff.

But then… here’s where the spamming came in.

I created 50 or so profiles just like that. At the time, there was a piece of software called Badder Adder. MySpace was notoriously hackable and this software let you add hundreds, even thousands, of new friends a day — across multiple profiles.

And you can do it by search term on MySpace.

So, I’d load up some search terms, turn it on and walk away. It’d proceed to send friend requests to thousands of people per day. A certain percentage of those people would click to check out my profile — and a certain percentage of those would sign up to my list.

Some of those bought… and so on.

It was all a numbers game.

And I made several thousand per month just doing that.

The funny thing is… this same basic strategy still works on social media today — minus the spamming. Obviously, the platforms today are a lot more sophisticated — and you can’t add custom HTML to them.

But most (Instagram, for example) let you add a bio to your profile.

That bio should point people to some kind of free offer…

And get them on a mailing list.

And, of course, I *don’t* recommend using any spam tool, like Badder Adder, to follow people on the platforms today. That’ll get you booted quick. But, you can still do it manually. And yes… a certain percentage of those will read your profile, click and sign up for your free offer.

Social media users are a lot more savvy these days…

But, the right offer in front of the right people will work.

Do with that what you will.

A little tactic you could probably implement in just a few hours.


What I just described is the 101 level. There’s a 201, 301 and 401 level to this… to get even more eyeballs on your profile, get more of those people to sign up for your free offer and convert them into paying clients and/or customers.

That’s what I teach in my Social Media Marketing For Freelancers course.

It’s a TOS-friendly way to “hack” just about any social media platform and turn it into a client-getting weapon for you. And, as you see here, very little of it is about what you actually post. Obviously, that plays a role but it’s just one small part of a much larger strategy.

Anyway, if you’d like to learn it, you can get it essentially free on Skillshare. That’s because, as a teacher, there I can offer you an exclusive 1-month free trial of the platform.

With that, you get full access to all 30,000+ courses.

And, if you cancel before the month is up, you never pay a penny.

Do with that info what you will.

You can find the link to get the 1-month trial on this page: https://johnmorrisonline.com/skillshare



P.S. If you’re a patron of mine on Patreon, you can find access to this course (and all my other courses, plus several Patreon-exclusives) here: https://myjohn.us/patreon

You might also like

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on pinterest
John Morris


I’m a 15-year veteran of freelance web development. I’ve worked with bestselling authors and average Joe’s next door. These days, I focus on helping other freelancers build their freelance business and their lifestyles.

The simple secrets to high-paying freelance clients

What makes clients willing to pay $5,000, $10,000 even $20,000 and up for your services? Download and install my mobile app and I’ll show you. It’s free. Just click the button below:

Clients Like:

Inc. Magazine Logo
Lewis Howes Logo
Ray Edwards Logo


Thabo Motsoahae

John is one of the best instructors I have come across, I learned a lot from his online tutorials.

Oliver Wainwright

Oliver Wainwright

I’m a fan. I have completed several of John’s courses. I find him very knowledgeable and he has a great delivery.

Xan Barksdale

Xan Barksdale

Very professional worker who is extremely knowledgable in WordPress and Wishlist Member. I would definitely hire again.

Lori Grant

John did an outstanding job on my project. I highly recommend him and look forward to working with him on future projects.

Ray Edwards

I recommend John every chance I get. If every person I worked with were as committed to excellence, punctuality, value, and unquestionable integrity… the world would be a better place. Highest recommendation.

Andrew Malone

Andrew Malone

John Morris is exceptional in his ability to give focused insight into Freelancing and starting one’s business. His direct methods inspire confidence in his honesty.

Chris Aitken

He significantly improved my site through his expert knowledge of PHP, CSS and Javascript. Would definitely recommend John to others.

Jim DeJonge

Jim DeJonge

John has a relaxed and engaging manner. His advice is solid and the explanations are well thought out.

Lewis Howes

John is amazing at building membership sites. He converted one of my sites over from it’s existing (hardly working) platform over to the clean and simple to use WishList membership platform. I highly recommend using John and WishList for any of your membership site needs.

Daniel Mohlendick

On the Freelancing on Upwork course: “This is by far the best course i have watched on Skillshare!! Thank you so much.”

Sukh Plaha

John is a fantastic and patient tutor, who is not just able to share knowledge and communicate it very effectively – but able to support one in applying it. However, I believe that John has a very rare ability to go further than just imparting knowledge and showing one how to apply it. He is able to innately provoke one’s curiosity when explaining and demonstrating concepts, to the extent that one can explore and unravel their own learning journey. Thanks very much John!

Bob Patterson

Not only is John a very talented programmer and developer, he is also an excellent communicator. He has a talent for taking complex subjects and communicating them in terms that anyone can understand. This is a rare combination. This ability has enabled me to take my skills and knowledge to the next level. Thank you John for for all that you do.

Steve Dimmick

Steve Dimmick

John has provided expert knowledge and advice on multiple occasions that have helped me better serve my clients. John is a Rockstar!