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Everyone wants to know how to be verified on Instagram and how to get the blue check next to your name.

Why? Basically, because it looks cool and, so the verification will prove you are more popular than the other account. So, how get Verified Instagram and receive the blue check next to your name?

I spent my weekend obsessively researching how to get my Instagram account verified and how to get the blue check next to your name. Every article was basically the same.

They suggested that growing your following will get you verified on Instagram and the blue check in no time. They recommended things like: Using popular hashtags, interacting with other users, promoting your Instagram on other channels, and by posting at the “magic times” of 2 a.m. and 5 p.m.

What a bunch of nonsense.

I reached out to a bunch of Marketing Agencies including the top-notch agency in Los Angeles, and I discovered that follower count has nothing to do with getting verified.

According to Instagram, “Only some public figures, celebrities and brands have verified badges. It’s not currently possible to request or purchase a verified badge.”

That’s actually not true; you can definitely request to be verified. And you can pay to be verified, on the black market.

I reached out to every verified person that I knew, and found that there are really only three ways to be verified: Be famous and have a ton of followers, work with a digital agency and have them submit a request for you, or pay a third party or someone at Instagram to get you verified. Most of the verified people that I spoke with worked with a digital agency, or publicist, to get their blue check. The agencies and publicists have access to a digital portal that the rest of us don’t.

Most of the verified people that I spoke with worked with a digital agency, or publicist, to get their blue check. The agencies and publicists have access to a digital portal that the rest of us don’t.

Instagram calls it “Media Partner Support.” According to Instagram, “Media partners can submit requests on behalf of public figures. Media partners will hear back within two days of submitting their request.”

I asked around until I found an agency willing to risk their reputation on me. I actually found one that would!

They asked for a copy of my driver’s license and my Instagram and Facebook handle. Seems pretty simple. But it doesn’t guarantee anything.

I spoke to YouTuber Marissa Rachel, who told me that she had to apply several times before she got verified. She got several emails like this:

Everything you should know about how to Get Verified On Instagram and get that blue check next to my name and how the agencies and publicists have access
Everything you should know about how to Get Verified On Instagram and get that blue check next to my name and how the agencies and publicists have access

Now is it realistic that you’ll get verified if you can just get someone to apply for you? Probably not. Marissa and Rachel are public figures, with millions of followers, so it makes sense for them to be verified.

So what about the rest of us? How can we get verified?

Really, the only way to do it is to know someone at Instagram or pay a third party to do it for you.

I reached out on Twitter to see if anyone had a contact at Instagram that could get me verified. I got dozens of messages, but only one seemed legitimate. A guy told me,“I have a friend at Instagram who can get me and one other person verified. He charges $500. The first $250 now, via PayPal, and another $250 after you’re verified.”

He said it was his friend’s side hustle, and although Instagram has cracked down on employees getting their friends verified; he still charges a couple of people a month to get verified.

There seems to be a lot of money changing hands for the elusive blue check. But it’s a lot easier than creating content, growing your following, and becoming famous. Who’s got the time for all that? We want our blue check now.

But the problem with paying one of these third parties is that it’s going to be impossible to get your money back if they don’t deliver.

Maybe becoming famous is easier than hacking the system.

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