Hashtags Bring Traffic

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“Hashtags Bring Traffic” by Joan Y. Edwards

When you write a blog post, it has an area where you put keywords, buzzwords, topics in your post.

In my blog posts, I may put as few as three keywords.  They say you shouldn’t use more than 15 keywords. Your keywords probably fit into categories. However, you would usually designate one or two keywords to use with hashtags.

Hashtag is the symbol #. For this post, I made only one hashtag. Here are the keywords: #hashtags, keywords, marketing, where to put hashtags, and more traffic. You can find them listed at the end of this blog post.

Twitter uses the number symbol beside a word to denote it as the keyword in a Twitter feed (post). Other social media show these hashtags, too.

In your future blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter posts you might want to add the hashtag symbol to one or two of the most important keywords. It may lead more traffic your way.

Andrew Hutchinson explains that TrackMaven did a study of 65,000 posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and found that Tweets using more than two hashtags see a significant drop in engagement whereas Instagram seems to handle  more words with hashtags.

Maddy Osman says that whenever a user adds a hashtag to a post, it’s indexed by the social network and becomes searchable by other users. Once someone clicks on that hashtag, it takes them to a page listing all posts with that same hashtag. If a keyword picks up enough followers, it may become “trending.”
The following three websites will help you find relevant hashtags for the main topics or categories in your posts. You can check different hashtags to see if others are already following it:

  1. Hashtag Creator

  2. RiteTag.com 

Where to Put Your Hashtags in Social Media

Where do you add Hashtags in Instagram?

  1. On Instagram, upload picture or video.

  2. Choose to add a filter, then type # followed by text or emoji in the Caption field (example: #flower)

  3. If you want to add a hashtag to a post you’ve already uploaded, edit the caption or include your hashtag in a comment on your photo.

Where do you add Hashtags on Facebook?

  1. On Facebook, add a hashtag to the end of your post. To make a hashtag, write (the number sign – sometimes called the pound sign) along with a topic or phrase and add it to the end of your post. It makes it a clickable link to other posts from you and your friends on Facebook. For example: I just saw the cutest puppy! #dogs

  2. You can check the search bar on Facebook to see if a particular hashtag word has other posts on this subject. For example: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/amreading

Where do you add Hashtags on Twitter?

  1. On Twitter, put the hashtags at the end of your Tweet.

  2. On Twitter, hashtags do not count toward your 140 character limit.

My suggestion:

  1. Use only one hashtag in a title on a blog.

  2. Use only 1 or 2 Hashtags for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media.

  3. If you use more than one word in your hashtag, capitalize each word. #chocolate #ChocolateCake

  4. Highlight only the main topic with your hashtags so you don’t disappoint readers with very little content on a subject you hashtagged.

Resources for You:

  1. Allison M. Wood. Art of Crafts. “How to Use Hashtags to Drive More Traffic to Your Website:” https://youtu.be/_5Zmk-xixak

  2. Amy Masson. “Use Hashtags When Sharing Your Blog Posts to Gain More Traffic:” https://www.sumydesigns.com/use-hashtags-when-sharing-your-blog-posts-to-gain-more-traffic/

  3. Andrew Hutchinson. “Social Networks New Report Looks Opitmal Hashtag Use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/new-report-looks-optimal-hashtag-use-twitter-instagram-and-facebook

  4. Boot Camp Digital. “What Is a Hashtag:” https://youtu.be/-4A_wdR0Ukc/

  5. Evan LePage.”The Do’s and Don’ts of How to Use Hashtags:” https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-to-use-hashtags/.

  6. Facebook Help. “How Do I Add Hashtags to Facebook?https://www.facebook.com/help/587836257914341?helpref=faq_content

  7. Hashtag Creator – Put in a sentence or a phrase and it puts hashtags on each word. Then you can copy and paste it into message, letter, or blog post: https://www.all-hashtag.com/hashtag-creator.php

  8. Hashtagify.

  9. Instagram help. “Where Do You Add Hashtags to Instagram:” https://help.instagram.com/351460621611097

  10. Krista Stevens. “Better Tagging:” https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/better-tagging/

  11. Maddy Osman.How to Use Hashtags on Every Social Media Network:” https://sproutsocial.com/insights/how-to-use-hashtags/

  12. Penny Sanseveri. “Drive More Traffic Using Hashtags:” https://youtu.be/VyT9D7NwQnA 

  13. Ritetag.com. https://ritetag.com

  14. Scott Ayres. “How to Use Hashtags on Facebook:” https://www.postplanner.com/how-to-use-hashtags-on-facebook/

  15. Social Media Worldwide. “Hashtags Explained: What They Are And How To Use Them For Marketing:” https://youtu.be/VA4PIUEdkBs

  16. Taylor Loren. “Ultimate Guide to Using Instagram Hashtags:” https://later.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-using-instagram-hashtags/

  17. Vanessa Doctor. “What Never to Do with Hashtags:” https://www.hashtags.org/platforms/twitter/what-never-to-do-with-hashtags/

  18. Wikihow. How to Use Hashtags with Twitter:” https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Hashtags-With-Twitter

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7 thoughts on “Hashtags Bring Traffic”

    1. Dear Sarah,
      Thank you very much for writing. I’m glad you found the #hashtag information interesting. It is information to tuck away until you find it will help you!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  1. Thank you to the two people left comments on this blog before midnight Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
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    Random.org chose number two therefore, Carol Baldwin won the paperback copy of Children’s Writer’s Word Book (1992) by Alijandra Mogilner. Congratulations, Carol. Please send me your snail mail address and I will mail it to you. I appreciate your reading my blog and leaving a comment. You make me smile.
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    Joan

  2. Hi Joan. I’m Jonah from Hashtagify.me. I’ve just read your article and want to thank you very much for introducing our tool to your readers 🙂

    1. Dear Jonah,
      Thank you very much for writing. You’re welcome for my introducing your tool to my readers. My readers love great resources. I search for ones I believe will help them.
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      Joan

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