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

This post was first published on October 17, 2013. We’ve updated it with new solutions and added a guide with a bonus infographic to help you grow on Instagram.

Have you ever wanted to share your Instagram photos or videos with your social media 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 is an easy solution. Creating a feed of your Instagram content provides flexibility to extend the reach of your images and video taken inside the app.

Instagram to RSS solutions

Solution #1 – Instagram to RSS with dlvr.it

Use dlvr.it to share photos instantly from your Instagram accounts.

In a few clicks, easily share beautiful full-sized photo posts across Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more (Instagram to RSS creates thumbnails only.) We’ve made it super simple!

Automatically Post Photos from Instagram, Pinterest, RSS

Solution #2 – Unofficial Instagram to RSS with Websta.me

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.

Just 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 photos or videos on your blog. Check out these examples to help display your Instagram photos on your site:

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.


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 OUTDATED SOLUTIONS – NO LONGER SUPPORTED AS OF 2014

 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 –[NO LONGER SUPPORTED AS OF 2014]

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). [NO LONGER SUPPORTED AS OF 2014]

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.

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