Instagram has evolved to be a multifunctional app. It started as a simple platform to post pictures, but today all different kinds of pages -catering to different and varied audiences- are on the app. One of the most appealing ones is Comedy and Joke accounts. Everyone loves to have a good laugh and share jokes.
Meharyar Khan, a 24-year-old from Pakistan, runs the very successful page @jokeshub on Instagram. The page is almost as old as Instagram itself and has 1.3 million followers. For being so long in the industry, he is undoubtedly a pioneer of bringing fun content on social media.
We were able to catch hold of Meharyar Khan recently. He sat down with us and answered our curious questions about his life as the owner of a successful page on Instagram.
Q: Your Instagram page (@jokeshub) is very popular and loved. But we only get to see the final product in the forms of posts and stories. What can you tell us about yourself?
Meharyar: Well, I am a social media entrepreneur with a 1.7 million follower network on Instagram. My most popular page @jokeshub has over 1.3 million followers and I’m the only one in my country with such a large worldwide Instagram network. Apart from this, I recently did my undergrad and I am currently working a full-time job alongside my work as an influencer.
Q: What is the work and effort that goes into making a successful Instagram page?
Meharyar: Hard work and consistency are the key things that lead to success in every field. I started my page in 2012, it was just me making funny comics with my face on them.
Back then people hardly knew about Instagram. Had I given up thinking it’ll never be big I wouldn’t be here? I put in my hundred percent into making my content and made content regularly. That is how my page became successful and continues to grow every day.
Q: What inspired you to start making those early comics. And how did this inspiration play a role in you maintaining a regular presence on Instagram?
Meharyar: When I started @jokeshub, internet personalities were beginning to get recognition. I followed a lot of YouTubers and saw how they started with a small number of subscribers and gradually became successful on every platform including Instagram. It inspired me to not only start posting creative content but also taught me to see the internet as an undivided borderless world. Because if I work hard and post regularly people will enjoy my content and follow me themselves, just like they did with the YouTubers who inspired me.
Q: Like you said everything requires hard work, everything also brings some problems with it. What are the problems that you have had to face?
Meharyar: The problems that I faced was not faced by many others in the influencer community. I have a predominantly western audience and Pakistan’s technological infrastructure falls behind the west’s, I mean PayPal doesn’t even work here. So it becomes hard to gain investments, earning isn’t that easy. This is only one of the many problems but I’ve been in the game for a long time and have worked my way around these problems.
Q: What do you envision your future to be? Any plans?
Meharyar: I plan on growing my pages and gaining them to at least 5 million followers. I’m also planning on growing other E-commerce businesses alongside this.
Q: Do you have a word of advice for the upcoming generation?
Meharyar: I still have a long journey and a lot to learn myself. But I would like to tell the upcoming talent, that, don’t let anything hold you back. You just have to dedicate your time and energy towards your goal, solutions to problems will come on their own if you’re determined enough.