Hashtags used to be the stupidest thing I had ever heard of. It seemed silly to me to put a pound sign in front of a word and call it a "link". But then I started reading about them and learning more about how they can be beneficial to blogging and building a following.
Hashtags are silly. And they do make you use an extra step in your process. But they work. And this post is all about which hashtags I use to generate the most views/engagement.
Undeniably the most "visual" of all the social platforms is Instagram, where you bring your real life to others. The built in search function has the ability to let you type in a word or phrase and you will get anyting that has used that tag in a post. This tag, a hashtag, is the word or phrase with a pound sign in front of it (#). Now that you know what this is, here are the ones I use most:
#EAE & #ElleAyEsse are two I place in every single photo I share on IG. After that I break it down by the type of image I am sharing. If it's for business I use: #EAEDesign #DesignStudio #BlogDesign #CustomDesigns #EAEDesignStudio and #BeautifulBlogging. If I am sharing something for the personal blog I will use: #LBlogger #BlogPost #NewOnTheBlog and whatever the topic of the post I am sharing is (ex: #Beauty #LifeAndStyle etc.) My personal photos are a bit different since they show off my life.
Twitter is a bit of a different breed, so to speak, since I can carry some of these hashtags over but I am also very limited on how many characters I can add. Rather than hashtag at the end of a post (as I do on IG), I like to make my hashtag part of the sentence: "New #blog post up on the #EAE >> link and image << #Blogger or something similar.
After researching high and low I have found that between 5-7 hashtags work the best on Instagram whereas only 3-5 are preferred on Twitter. Here's a few good ones:
- · #Blogger
- · #BlogPost
- · #ReadIt
- · #BlogLife
- · #iBlog
- · #DailyGoingsOn
- · #MyLifeIs
- · #Your Name Here
- · #Your Blog Title
- · #ComeSayHi
Now it's your turn!
What hashtags have you found most valuable?
Do you use too many or too little hashtags in your posts?
Until next time,