With stronger restrictions hitting the Instagram API, it’s becoming harder and harder to export Instagram follower analytics from third party sources.
Luckily, I created a nice hack to both get lists of Instagram followers (without using any external service) and then using that list to get the URLs and, in some cases, emails of those account holders.
And, best of all, the bulk of the process is automated in a Google Sheet.
The strategy is a little lengthy to set up. Yet, once set up in a Google
Sheet, it’s very powerful and can quickly export and parse thousands of Instagram accounts.
As such, I’ve outlined the basic parts of the guide to help you get a sense of the overall strategy.
Decide on an Instagram account to scrape followers from
Export that list of Followers using your browser console
Use Google Sheets to scrape their bio URLs and email addresses
And, for those who may be interested, I’ve used a similar strategy to export Twitter accounts, URLs and email addresses.
I have also created a paid version using a more robust method of that blog post strategy called TwitExport.
Bulk Exporting Instagram User URLs and Emails
This guide will cover roughly three major sections.
First, we’ll have to generate a list of Instagram users to get URLs from.
Second, we’ll have to scrape each of the accounts we generated for bio URLs.
Last, we’ll be scraping the bio URLs for email addresses.
It is important to note, however, that there will likely be a much smaller number of bio emails.
This is because not everyone has a URL listed on their Instagram bio, and a smaller number of people have an email listed on their website.
That being said, the process is very quick and you’ll be able to repeat the process many times, so over time, you can use this strategy to get quite a large number of URLs and emails.
Exporting a List of Instagram Users
As stated above, the first step in our process will be to get a list of Instagram users to extract bio information from.
And, if you’ve ever tried to get a list of Instagram users before, you’ll have noticed that they are hard to get without signing up to some external service.
It’s hard to find a way to do it on your own.
That being said, I have found a way to export Instagram user lists without using only your browser.