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The Ultimate Guide for using Hashtags on Instagram

The Ultimate Guide For Using Hashtags On Instagram

Here is the ULTIMATR guide to using hashtags on Instagram. Download a FREE PDF of every hashtag you will ever need!

I’ve talked about using hashtags on Instagram to grow your Instagram in THIS post and  of course, in my Grow Your Instagram course, there is a whole day dedicated to hashtags.

I know there are some who think hashtags are spammy and that using them is a like screaming “LOOK AT ME!” But no!

Hashtags are the search engine of Instagram. Not only do hashtags on Instagram help you find your people/your tribe, but it also helps them to find YOU.

But don’t just throw up a popular hashtag and think that they will come! Hashtag use on Instagram is about being strategic!

That being said, I’ve got 5 “rules” for using Instagram hashtags:

  1. Make sure you research your hashtags: Find the hashtags that fit your brand/your photos. Use the search bar to search for hashtags that might be relevant. Click on hashtags used by people in your niche. If you click on a hashtag, not only will Instagram show you all the photos in that hashtag, but it will also show you related hashtags at the top.
  2. Dont overuse hashtags: Instagram allows up to 30 hashtags per photo. I’m not going to tell you not to use all 30. But use your hashtags strategically. Don’t #speak #in #hashtags.
  3. Be strategic about using your hashtags:  At the time I am writing this post,  the hash tag #travel has over #90,400, 176 posts in it. If you hashtag your photo #travel, it’s going to get swallowed by the posts in that group within a minute. And you will reach no one.  Remember to niche down. For example  #family travel has 167,721 posts in it.  You post is more likely to be seen and reach who you want: your core audience.
  4. Post your hashtags…right away. When you post your content, make sure to post your hashtags right away. You can do this in your caption OR you can post your content, then immediately post your hashtags in the comments. Which one you do depends on you. Remember, Instagram posts your photos in hashtags in the order that they are posted originally. So if you add a hashtags hours later, the photo will still appear in the hashtag..at the actual time you posted it.
  5. Save your hashtags: That being said. Save your hashtags. I have several groupings of hashtags based on content I post and have them saved in my notes section of my iPhone. You can also save them in Evernote, or in pdf form on your phone. As long as you have them available so that you can just copy and paste into Instagram!

So if you want to know where to start or what hashtags to start using,  I’ve made you the ultimate guide for using hashtags on Instagram.  It is a downloadable list of hashtags.  I’ve included 15 Popular Categories for Instagram posts and hashtags for each group. At the end of this post, you can download this as a PDF to your phone and have it at your fingertips. That way you can copy and paste as needed!

Lifestyle

#morningslikethese #thatsdarling #darlingweekend #flashesofdelight #abmhappylife #abmlifeiscolorful #thehappynow #liveauthentic #nothingisordinary #pursuepretty #livethelittlethings #sundayfunday #liveunscripted #livealittle #todayslovely

Food

#igfood #huffposttaste #foodporn #onthetable #foodgasm #foodiegram #onthetable #mytable #mytablesituation #instaeats #foodgasm #foodie  #foodphotography #Brunching #f52grams

Fitness

#fitness #fitnessaddict #fitnessjourney  #fitnessmodels #instayoga #fitfood #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove  #fitfood #runner #marathontraining #instarunners #runchat #girlswhorun #runnersofinstagram

Healthy Lifestyle

#organic #plantstrong #greens #greenjuice #juicing #organic #greensmoothie   #poweredbyplants #juiceoftheday #eatyourgreens #vegansofig #vegan #rawfood    #strongnotskinny   #rawveganfood

Fashion

#fashionista #fashionaddict #fashionblogger #beautyblogger #gorgeous #skincare #dreamsoffashion #effortless #designer #outfit #urbaninspiration #outfitoftheweek #fashionmagazine #fashioncouple #styleblogger

Coffee

#coffeeshots #coffeegram #cultureespresso #espresso #coffeenclothes #coffeepics   #butfirstcoffee   #coffee   #coffeeshop #coffeeaddict #coffeeart #coffeegram #latteart #coffeeshots  #coffeelover

Photography

#photography #photooftheday #makemoreportraits #monochrome #Photos #pic #vsco #vscocam #flatlay #fromwhereistand #iphoneonly #vscogood #vscophile #mashpics #postitfortheasthetic #iphoneography #androidography

Quotes

#quoteoftheday #dailyquote #quotesofinstagram #inspirationalquotes #instaquote #wordstoliveby #quoting #lifequotes #design #cutequotes  #quotestoliveby #instaquoting #quotesandsayings #quotestags #quoted

Plants and Flowers

#succulents #plants #succulentlove #plantlife #flowers #plantsofinstagram #flowersofinstagram flowerstagram #flowersoftheday #flowersmakemehappy #nature #flowerlove #garden #naturelovers #vsconature #outdoorphotography

The Instagrammer

#igers #instalike #instagood #picoftheday #instagrammers #instafood ##instalove #instadaily #igaddict  #photooftheday #instadaily  #insta #instacool #instafollow #instatravel #instafamous

Craft/Creatives

#creativityfound #diyproject #crafternoon #doityourself #createexploretakeover #makesomething #creativelife #createeveryday #doitfortheprocess #diy #ilovedesign #artofvisuals #artstagram #interiordesign #design

The Blogger

#ontheblog #bloggerlife #foodblogging #mommyblogger #momblog #fashionblogger #styleblog #blogger #lifestyleblog #bosslife #bosslady #travelblogger #linkinprofile #lifestyleblogger #diyblog

Travel

#travel #instatravel #explore #traveljunkie #exploreeveryting #adventuretravel #wanderlust #exploreer #traveltuesday #traveldiaries #neverstopexploring #travelblogger #traveljunkie #vscotravel

Children

#kids #kidsofinstagram #kidstagram #instagram_kids #kidsthesedays #childhoodunplugged, #letthekids #letthembelittle #vscokids #Candidchildhood #momswithcameras #momtogs #kidsforreal #writeyouonmyheart #throughachildseyes  #kidsforreal

Motherhood

#heaventhroughmylens #momswithcameras #mynameismama #clickinmoms #momtogs #mamazine # Ig_motherhood #thebloomforum

 

Download the ultimate guide to using hashtags on Instagram here!

 

  • Reply
    Nellie
    April 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

    these are so perfect!! Thank you for providing a guideline of hashtags for each category. I used to be firmly against hashtags, now I realize their power 🙂

  • Reply
    Kita Bryant
    April 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I need to use some of these I use some but not all. Let me save them in my notes right now!

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    Tyshia
    April 6, 2016 at 8:25 am

    This is great! Definitely needed this as I get my Instagram together. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Tomiko Harvey
    April 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I needed that! do you know if its a way to save your hashtags?

  • Reply
    foodfashionandflow
    April 6, 2016 at 10:45 am

    This is one of the most helpful posts I have seen regarding posting on Instagram. Thank you for the tips and this great list of tags.

  • Reply
    Stacie
    April 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Ooh, I need to download this lil cheat sheet right now. My hashtag life needs help!

  • Reply
    Antoinette
    April 6, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for these very useful tips. I learned a couple of them the hard way lol. I’ll definitely be downloading the guide.

  • Reply
    Ty
    April 7, 2016 at 1:50 am

    These are some great tips. I’m bookmarking this page. Thanks!!

  • Reply
    MJ
    April 7, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I’m loving this Instagram guide. Sometimes I don’t use hashtags at all but when I take the time to do it, it does pay off.

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    Allison Jones
    April 7, 2016 at 9:18 am

    This is awesome! Hashtags have really helped me to grow my following on IG and I’m always looking for new ones to use. Thank you for sharing.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

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    Toya
    April 7, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Finally a useful post on hashtags!! Thank you for sharing. I’m about to update my hashtags right now.

  • Reply
    Joanna
    April 7, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Great guide. I’ve been trying to hashtag more because of Instagram’s recent change. It does have pluses and minuses

  • Reply
    Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)
    April 7, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    OMG! Thank you very much for this article and the downloadable list. This is a fabulous resource!

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    T. Espinoza
    April 7, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    OMGoodness! Thank you, this is an awesome list!

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    Mimi Green
    April 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I totally agree, utilizing good hash tags has increased my following and engagement.

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    Kiwi
    April 8, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I love this post and I just learned to make sure to save my hashtags to use them later. I also learned to post my multiple hashtags in the next comment so that my caption isnt cluttered with them!

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    Joyce Brewer
    April 8, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Definitely will use these for my shares and my clients.

  • Reply
    Bre
    April 13, 2016 at 1:08 am

    #allthecoffeeones !!!

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    Camesha | Mama Motivator
    April 15, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I’m saving a bunch of these hashtags. So many of them are relevant for me. I’m working on giving my inta a boost and this helps a lot!

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