Feb 28, 2023
9 min to read
Content Writer @ Vista Social
“What are Instagram bonuses?”
Chances are, you’ve been asked that question several times since you handle multiple client Instagram profiles.
Considering how most IG users are bent on monetizing their content, their eagerness to learn about Instagram bonuses is only natural.
The big question is, do you know enough about the Instagram bonus program to where you can explain it to your clients?
If you answered “no,” then you’re in the right place
Continue reading this guide to learn the ins and outs of Instagram bonuses.
Instagram bonuses are payouts that creators get based on the number of views that published Reels get within a specific bonus period or time frame (currently 30 days).
Why Reels? Because according to recent data, Instagram Reels have an average reach rate of 20.59%, which is no small number.
Instagram defines Play bonuses as opportunities to make money directly from the platform.
Once you qualify to earn bonuses, you’ll get a notification on the Instagram app to start onboarding and enable bonus payouts.
Instagram allows you to publish a maximum limit of 150 Reels and up to 11 million plays.
Qualified users with a business or creator account can get Instagram Play payouts on Reels that generate at least 1,000 views within 30 days.
Look for the expiration day of your 30-day access on your Instagram app’s Bonuses tab.
You can choose a number of Reels to count toward your Reels Play Bonus earnings, but the final payout is determined by your Reels’ performance (number of views).
Remember that your per-play earnings can change over time, potentially decreasing as you participate in the program longer.
The target maximum bonus payout amount and the number of plays vary for each account. For instance, you’ll need to reach over nine million views to earn a total bonus of $8,500.
However, you can still get play bonuses (or portions of the bonus) for a thousand views and beyond, even if you don’t hit the target number of plays set by Instagram.
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The terms for Instagram Bonuses can change regularly.
For now, the program is limited to U.S. and India-based content creators.
There are two ways to access Instagram bonuses:
Instagram also provides eligibility rules and requirements for the Instagram Bonuses program, which includes the following:
Learn more about compliance with the bonus Program Rules under the Instagram Creator Incentive Terms.
Understanding how much you can earn from Instagram Bonuses is crucial if you want to make it a part of your incentive program for your social media agency and managers.
However, as mentioned above, each account’s details and requirements for earning Instagram bonuses can vary.
Instagram can personalize the required number of plays and maximum earnings for each creator, making it challenging to determine the specific amount you could earn under the program.
You can see your approximate bonus earnings within your bonus-specific progress page.
Instagram processes all bonus payouts on the first day of the next month, and payout releases are on every 21st of the month.
Your bonus payout only includes those you earned within that month.
If your bonus opportunity runs over multiple months, you can receive earnings from the bonus opportunity throughout several payouts.
Know more by reviewing earnings and invoices within the professional dashboard.
Start earning money from Instagram Bonuses with the following steps.
Once you qualify for the Instagram Bonuses program and receive the notification to start your setup, navigate to the app.
Then, review and accept the program’s terms and conditions.
Select your country and business type (individual user or business owner).
Business owners must confirm the business’s legal ownership and provide tax and legal information.
Next, add a payout method and check available bonuses, including the Reels Play Bonus.
Review your bonus opportunities and enable Reels Play Bonus.
Remember to include a payout account to receive the bonus payouts. Failing to do so means you won’t monetize through bonuses after five months or after your earnings go over $500.
Plus, not adding a payout account within six months means you’re forfeiting your rights to receive payment.
If you already know how to make a Reel with photos, videos, and other visual elements, choosing Reels for Instagram Bonuses should be a piece of cake.
Before you share a Reel to include in your bonus payout, navigate to the Bonuses page on the Instagram app, and select Reels Play Bonus.
You can still modify the Reels you published within 24 hours to make them count toward your bonus payout.
Click on Edit, go to the Bonuses page, and select Reels Play Bonus to apply it to your published Reel.
You can earn a bonus payout if you reach one of the milestones on your progress bar, even if you don’t hit your target number of plays within 30 days.
However, your Reel can be ineligible for an Instagram Play Bonus payout if:
A third strike means your Reels won’t be counted for a bonus for 30 days before you can monetize your Reels for bonuses again.
It means that if you repost a Reel on Instagram from other creators, it won’t be eligible for a bonus.
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You can appeal a Reel violation, and if you win, Instagram will consider the monetizable plays from the decision.
However, if the win decision is released after your bonus opportunity expires, the monetizable Reel plays won’t be counted toward your payout.
View and monitor your progress toward earning Instagram bonuses by going to your Bonus settings, and Reels Play bonus page.
Regularly check your progress bar. It helps you improve your content strategy accordingly, from tweaking your content elements to adjusting your Instagram Reels length to boost views.
For instance, if you’re about to earn a bonus and only need a few more views to hit your target, consider resharing one of the account’s popular Reels as a Story.
You can also repost content the brand created on other channels as a Reel or share a YouTube video on Instagram Story.
Make your Reels or Reels shared as Stories highly engaging to help you get more views, shares, and audience interactions and hit your goal view count.
Instagram Bonus payouts let you earn money based on your Reels’ performance, which means your Reels must be engaging enough to help you hit your target views. The higher your Reels views, the more chances you’ll have of earning bonuses.
Use the following tips below to boost your Instagram Reels views.
Avoid creating Reels just for the sake of earning Instagram bonuses.
Focus on adding value to your audience.
After all, the more valuable your Reels, the more your audience will watch–naturally increasing your views.
Create Reels that provide a positive and memorable experience. Some examples are videos that educate, entertain, or help viewers discover new things.
Your Reels should also be highly shareable to help your clients’ content reach more people. That way, their chances of winning new followers increase.
One of the best ways to get maximum engagement for your published Reels is to post content at the right time—when your clients’ audiences are most active.
Doing so helps the Reels you create for clients get in front of target audiences.
Use tools with robust social media publishing features to publish Reels at optimal times to boost your chances of earning bonuses.
For instance, Vista Social’s modern social media management platform shows suggestions for the best publishing times. Our platform also has planning, scheduling, and auto-publishing features.
One of our platform’s handiest publishing features is Instagram Planner.
Our Instagram Planner has a drag-and-drop interface allowing you to easily add the Reels, images, and videos you want to schedule for publishing to your clients’ feeds.
It also allows you to upload Reels videos and images from your computer, a URL, users, hashtags, and more.
You can also design Instagram Reels with Vista Create.
Vista Create allows you to make and design Reels without leaving the Vista Social platform for quick and easy content creation and publishing.
The feature offers templates, media upload options, background music clips, animations, texts, and other editing tools to help you create engaging Instagram Reels in a flash.
Design content that follows the required Instagram Reels dimensions. That way, your post doesn’t get padded, cropped, or stretched after publishing.
The same applies to your Instagram Story size, so follow the recommended dimensions and specifications to ensure the content displays at its best quality.
To find media already in the Instagram Planner’s library, use the search bar and apply filters to find the content you want quickly.
Set the specific time and dates when you want to auto-publish Reels or add them to a publishing queue.
Your scheduled Instagram Reels for publishing should now appear in your content calendar.
Know the best times to publish your clients’ Reels and use a sophisticated tool with advanced publishing features to help get engagement rates and views up.
Include popular sounds or music in your Reels to get more people to tune into your published content.
For example, adding trending audio to Reels can also increase the chances of the content appearing on Explore pages of Instagram users who interacted with content using the same music clips.
It’s a great way to increase your clients’ Reels’ view counts and add to your Play Bonus.
Remember to put your or the brand’s spin into the Reel even when you use the same sound and music to keep it original.
Consider weaving in creative elements, such as highlighting parts of the lyrics relevant to the content.
You can even add a pun or two to make things fun and interesting, getting more eyeballs on your Reels.
Below are several common questions that people ask about Instagram bonuses.
Below are Instagram’s eligibility requirements that you need to adhere to.
If you don’t meet these requirements, you won’t be eligible for the bonus.
Yes. Your content must be an original creation to qualify for Instagram bonuses.
Currently, the Instagram Reels Play bonus program is invite-only.
If you don’t get an invitation from Instagram, you likely did not meet the requirements for eligibility yet.
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