To monitor Instagram profiles, the “follow” button is the go-to strategy. You’re telling Instagram you’re interested in that profile’s content and want it to appear on your News Feed.
But “following” an Instagram profile doesn’t ensure you’ll see all their content, or even half of it: Instagram algorithms organize feed according to what it believes you’ll find the most interesting.
So, for certain content to appear at the top of your feed, you have to manually look it up and engage with the content.
And when you “follow” a page, it appears on your Instagram profile as one of the pages you’re following. But what if you don’t want the world knowing you’re followed the page? Maybe there’s a company, political group or celebrity you want on your feed, but without sacrificing your privacy.
Maybe they’re your competitor, and you’re looking to monitor their Instagram for competitive intelligence. But increasing their number of followers and engagement rates would be counterintuitive. Not to mention inadvertently advertising your competitors’ brand – it’ll appear on your profile as one of your followed pages. Oops.
To monitor Instagram profiles without manually looking them up, telling the world about it or promoting competitors, use Visualping, instead.
Visualping automatically checks web pages for changes. When there’s a change, Visualping sends you an email alert with a screenshot of the highlighted changes.
Visualping allows users to monitor Facebook pages by tracking any visual changes to the profile – posts, followers, photos and engagements, for example. You can monitor both private Instagram profiles who’ve approved your follow request, and public profiles.
The Access Site link, at the bottom of the alert, takes you to the monitored Instagram profile, so you can promptly view the changes within the app.
The View Changes link takes you to your user dashboard, where you can view all your monitors and they’re highlighted changes over time.
On the free plan, you can monitor a couple different Instagram profiles with a total of 65 checks/month. For higher frequency monitoring, Visualping offers several affordable plans to choose from.
Numerous major news publications have covered Visualping as a tool to monitor page changes online, including the Wall Street Journal, NBC and Fox News.
Setting up your first monitor with Visualping is easy. When setting it up, you’re also registering your account.
To monitor Instagram profiles, copy and paste the URL of the page into the search field on Visualping’s homepage.
Click Go, and then customize the settings: the part of the page you want checked, how often you want Visualping to check it, and the type of monitoring (Visual, text or HTML).
Visual-compare is the best monitoring mode for Instagram profiles, because it lets you monitor web page pixels. The email alerts you’ll receive will include the screenshot.
Next, enter the email address you want Visualping to send the email alerts to.
Lastly, Visualping will send you an email, prompting you to create a password to complete setting up your monitor and registering your account.
And that’s it: Visualping will monitor Instagram for you, sending you email alerts every time there’s a change.
To monitor private Instagram profiles, there are a couple extra steps. But don’t worry – it’s easy.
When you copy and paste the URL of the private Instagram page into the search bar, you’ll be met with an Instagram login page. Oh, what? you’ll think. Instagram just kicked me out of my account? I can’t monitor private profiles?
No, you can. You’re met with the login page because private profiles are password-protected. In order to access private profiles through Visualping, you have to login to your account first.
To do that, you have to instruct the Visualping bot how to login to your Instagram account, using Visualping’s Perform actions feature.
Once the bot follows your instructions and enters your account, it’ll have access the Instagram profile and check it for changes. It’ll follow your instructions and login like this every time it goes to check the page for changes.
Using the Perform actions feature, you instruct the Visualping bot to, say, click the email/username form, before then typing your information into it. It’ll then need to click the password form, before typing in your password. Then it needs to click the Login or Enter button. These are the kinds of instructions you need to add.
To learn how to monitor private Instagram pages with the Perform actions feature, check out our blog post on how to monitor password-protected pages.
Sometimes, to monitor Instagram profiles, the “follow” button and manually looking up the content just doesn’t cut it. You’ll likely miss much of the content, the world will know you’re interested in the page and, if it’s a competitor – that’s free advertising.
Monitor Instagram profiles easily and automatically with Visualping. Receive email alerts of changes to the page.
Happy Instagram monitoring!