If you’re active on social media, using hashtags is a must in your posts. Hashtags allow you to find content relevant to you, and for other people to find your posts. That means more people looking at your content, and more people reading your work!
But which hashtags are worth including? Some platforms are better for hashtags than others, so how do you know when to use them? We take a look.
How to use hashtags
You will have seen hashtags, or #, on lots of social media posts. People can either insert them into captions and text, or add them at the end of a post. Instagram allows you to include up to 30 hashtags, and hashtags are very popular either in the caption or added as a comment. On Facebook, only a few hashtags are a good idea. Twitter hashtags are usually included within the main tweet. On LinkedIn, five hashtags at the end of the post is recommended.
Long hashtags can be confusing and hard to read, so try to use shorter ones. They are also more accessible if you capitalise each word – for example, #WritingWorkshop instead of #writingworkshop
Top hashtags for writers
This hashtag current has over 4.5 million posts on Instagram. It can be used to show your writing and publishing journey and the experience of being a writer.
One of the most popular hashtags on Instagram, #bookstagram has over 66 million posts. While it is too big now to gain you many followers, it’s worth adding to posts to be part of the community.
Promoting your book is essential, and a giveaway is a great way to do this! Using the hashtag will allow you to find new readers and reach a wider audience.
For insights into the publishing world, this hashtag is a good start. It’s also great for sharing your own publishing journey.
What are you going right now? I #AmWriting. This is a great way to connect with other writers and show that you’re working on your craft.
With over 1.5 million posts, this hashtag is create to share and find inspiration.
Readers and writers alike follow this hashtag, which makes it a great option to include on posts.
This hashtag has 11 million posts and is great if you’re a published author sharing your book and your writing world.
Other hashtags you should consider include ones specific to your genre, such as #CrimeFiction, #RomanceReads or #YA. Many of these will have their own set of key hashtags to follow and use.