As we mention throughout the guides and email challenge, tracking the click-throughs from Instagram to your blog or whichever link you are promoting is important because brands care about the cold, hard numbers about the conversions from the campaigns.
When you do a sponsored post for a brand, you should follow-up with links to all the posts across social media channels as well as the numbers of likes, comments, click-throughs to the blog (if there is a correlating blog post which most brands want).
The URL that you input in your Instagram profile will not show up in Google Analytics unless you add in Google Tracking Parameter.
As with coding and software engineering, you always need to check your work. So go ahead, test it out: Go to http://www.yourdomainname.com/ig.html. Does it go to your blog’s main page with the URL including the tracking on it (for example: http://littleprettyliz.com/?utm_source=Instagram&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Instagram_Referral) ? If so, great! It worked! If it doesnt, contact godaddy support for further assistance.
Now use http://www.yourdomainname.com/ig.html as the link in your bio.
Done and DONE! No go pat yourself on the back. ?
You will now see IG traffic under Acquisition with the other Social Media channels (I whited out a few channels, but you can see Instagram in the view below). If you want it to list somewhere else than you change the parameters.
Here is an article and form to build your urls https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1033867?hl=en
(You can use this if you place an ad somewhere and want to track the traffic also.)
Host Gator Instructions: http://support.hostgator.com/articles/cpanel/url-redirect-how-to-create
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