Well, first things first, Instagram has recently clearly mentioned that it’s not currently possible to get a verified badge for your account. There are only SOME celebrities, public figures and brands have been given a verified badge.
However, Instagram suggests some other ways to show to your audience that you’re authentic, such as:
- Linking to your Instagram account from your website
- Linking to your Instagram account from your “verified” Twitter and Facebook accounts
- Sharing photos and information that only you have access to
Some people think that just because they have a verified badge on Facebook, it will be easy to get one on Instagram as well. Instagram has an answer for this too, saying that not all Facebook pages having a verified badge will be offered one on Instagram as well.
They go on to mention that as of now, the badge is being only given to accounts that are more likely to be impersonated, which probably puts popular celebrities at the top when it comes to the likelihood of being able to grab one.
How Instagram Chooses Accounts to Offer the Verified Badge?
Apparently, the way Instagram chooses which accounts to offer the verified badge is probably a big mystery, just like Twitter. However, a couple of things seem quite obvious, but as you probably may not be aware of them, let us mention them below.
A Higher Chance of Being Impersonated
This one hardly requires any thinking or research. Instagram clearly states that it only offers the verified badge to accounts that are more likely to get impersonated. This means that celebrities that are hugely popular, and hence very vulnerable to impersonation, may be offered the badge sooner or later.
Similarly, celebrities or public figures that may not be as popular may not be offered the verified badge, unless if they probably find a twist that somehow makes them eligible for one.
This actually involves common sense, and while it doesn’t increase your chances of getting a verified badge, it simply ensures how to avoid losing the opportunity.
Based on our research, only accounts with a high level of real engagement are more likely to get the verified badge. More importantly, however, purchasing fake followers may dent your chances of getting a verified badge completely, even if you’re very popular or very likely to get impersonated.
So for instance, if you have got 1.2 million followers and decide to purchase fake followers to cross 2 million in followers, you will probably never be getting a verified badge, even if Instagram finds you worthy of one (based on other factors).
Hence, if you’re looking to get the verified badge at some point, purchasing fake followers is a big no.(5 / 5)