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Everyone knows how important hashtags are when it comes to expanding your reach on Instagram. Right? You know they’re important, yeah? Ok so maybe we’d better cover some basics before I blow your mind with my Number 1 Instagram Hashtag Hack.

The Basics of Hashtags

Here’s my hashtag basics:

  • Hashtags are words that start with # <- that’s a hashtag
  • Example: #CraftYourBlog #BloggingIsAwesome #RockYourWorld.
  • You “tag” (it’s the cool kids way of saying hashtag) your images by including the hash tagged words in your photo caption or comments.
  • Hashtags are clickable (you can click/tap on them) and searchable (you can search for things “tagged” with them). This is why they’re so important!
  • Only you can make your image show up on a hashtag. This means that if you put a hashtag in a comment against a photo on Instagram that you didn’t post it won’t show up against that hashtag.
  • You are limited to a maximum of 30 hashtags per image.

Why are Hashtags Important?

If you’ve read all that and you’re thinking “Big Deal! Why should I care about hashtags?” then let me tell you these key things:

  • Hashtags are an easy and quick way for people to connect. For example, if you’re participating in an online event and you use the events hashtag with your images others that are participating in that event can search the hashtag and find you. Or conversely you can search the hashtag to find others to connect with. It’s a great way to make new friends, find new and interesting accounts to follow and see what’s happening in your community.
  • Hashtags are used by Instagram to share your images with people via the Explore option (it’s the little magnifying glass at the bottom of your Instagram feed). This is a great way for people to stumble upon your work as Instagram’s algorithm works out their search habits, hashtag use and a multitude of other things to try and connect you with accounts that you’ll enjoy.
  • Businesses use hashtags to find influencers to connect with. If you’re using Instagram as a tool for your business this can be crucial. Everyone from magazines, bloggers, PR companies and businesses use hashtags to find people to work with. Using your favourite company’s hashtag can be an easy and effective way to get noticed.

Hopefully by now you’ll understand why it’s so important to take advantage of such a simple strategy (using hashtags) to boost your online presence. You probably have 2 questions that will need answering:

1. How do I find which hashtags to use, and

2. How’s an easy way to use hashtags.

I’m going to answer 1 later on, but for now let me share my number 1 Instagram hashtag hack.

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You should always try to use the maximum number of hashtags (30) on your posts. It’s such an easy way to get traction that it’s a shame not to use them. Great advice, but who wants to spend time typing out 30 hashtags every time they post to Instagram. That’s where my number 1 Instagram hashtag hack comes in, I’m going to show you how to get 30 hashtags on your post with just the tapping of a few letters.

If you’re using an iPhone:

Once you’ve identified the 30 Hashtags you’d like to use on your post do the following if you’re on an iPhone:

  1. Type them out on your phone (I type them into a blank text message), alternatively email them to yourself and open the email on your phone. The point is you want to be able to copy and paste them while on your phone.
  2. Go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > KEYBOARD > TEXT REPLACEMENT and then tap the little plus “+” sign in the top right corner to create your shortcut.
  3. Paste your hashtags in the “Phrase” section.
  4. Put the word that you’ll use to prompt the phone to autocorrect to the hashtags in “Shortcut”
  5. Hit save.

If you’re using an Android:

Once you’ve identified the 30 Hashtags you’d like to use on your post do the following if you’re on an Andoid:

  1. Type them out on your phone (I type them into a blank text message), alternatively email them to yourself and open the email on your phone. The point is you want to be able to copy and paste them while on your phone.
  2. Go to SETTINGS > LANGUAGE & INPUT > PERSONAL DICTIONARY, pick a language or choose the “For all languages” option. (Note: the exact settings may differ depending on the make and model of your Android phone.)
  3. Tap the “+” sign in the top-right corner of the screen, then paste the hashtags you’d like to use.
  4. Put the word that you’ll use to prompt the phone to autocorrect to the hashtags in “Shortcut”
  5. Tap the Back key, and you’ll see an entry for the shortcut you just added.

A Warning on Picking your Shortcut Word

The shortcut works the same way as autocorrect, so whenever you type in your shortcut it will autocorrect to all the hashtags which is handy when you want it to and annoying as all get out when you don’t want it to. So, make sure you pick a shortcut word that you don’t use very often. Alternatively make a code that only applies to hashtags, such as H1 (then for different groups of hashtags (Yep, you can use different groups for specific types of images – don’t worry we’ll cover that later!) you can make alternative codes like H1Blog, H1Competition, H1Share, etc.).

Where to Use Your Hashtags

Thirty hashtags is a lot and you don’t want to put them in your caption. (No one wants to see all those hashtags!) So use your first comment. You can delete the comment and replace the hashtags as needed and it means that people don’t have to see the mechanics of your social media use when reading your caption.

Now you know my number 1 secret to easy Instagram use! Have fun with it and don’t forget that shortcuts can be used for other things as well – anything that you type repeatedly (think your address, your email, competition hashtags or your blog address!).