A Little Lesson on Hashtags

Last Update: July 21, 2021

As content creators, we have to constantly be focused on how we bring targeted traffic to our sites. Hashtags have grown up as one such technique which serves this purpose for our social media posts, particularly.

First off let's quickly make sure we are on the same page and get the definition out of the way.

What is a hashtag?

A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by the # or pound symbol as you see from the examples above.

When the hashtags are placed after your content it signals to social visitors and the search engine bots that your content relates to a specific topic. Eg: #love, #fashion or #peace. By doing so your content is more easily discoverable when conducting searches.

It’s a good practice to make sure that your hashtags are not obscure or too long like #bigmommashouse. Only after your word or phrase is more well-known that it is advised that you create a new hashtag eg: #metoomovement or #wealthy affiliate. An example of this occurs when your post goes viral.

Ways to Use Hashtags

Here are 4 simple techniques to use hashtags in such a way as to build your brand.

1. Make it Brief but Unique

You want people to start talking about your brand so using hashtags that are unique, simple and short. By being unique you avoid mixed messaging, unrelated and uninterested traffic visiting your page.

There will be however instances when you will think you got it right and it goes horribly wrong. Take McDonald’s for instance after trying to encourage positive comments on their brand through their McDStories. Instead of positive feedback, people took the opportunity to bash Mickey D’s. Ouch!

2. Make an Emotional Appeal

If your tweet or Instagram image evokes an emotion it is more likely to be remembered and shared.

Let us consider the devastating floods that have ravaged parts of Germany. The pictures of destroyed properly, washed away vehicles and deaths all contribute to a feeling of sorrow and a desire to what to donate towards restoration in some tangible way. Persons desiring to help or interested in this topic would therefore be drawn to a hashtag that said #germanfloods or #savetheplanet. The more eyes the higher the likelihood of help and donations.

Again you have to be careful about making emotional appeals around hot button topics that touch on race, gender, sexuality, politics, and religion.

3. Choose Something Topical

Arising from the massive forest fires in California, the smoke has drifted all the way to the US east coast, where in New York the air quality is now the second-worst in the world. Are you into health and wellness? Does your community suffer from asthma? Do your followers exercise outdoors regularly? You have the chance of honing in on these California wildfires by creating a hashtag like #californiafires or #saveourtrees or #climatechange around your brand.

4. Utilize Humour

Hashtags that are either funny, witty or both have a much greater chance of catching on and spreading quickly. People always enjoy a good laugh and will reward you with sharing this type of content. Take the Instagram post from @newsfromyourex.

Can you point to any other suggested ways that would improve hashtags?

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RogerMackley Premium
Hey Hugh, hope you are well, very well. I was trying to get thru an electric gate some time ago, called operator for combo. He said 1-2-3-4 hashtag, I said what in the world is a hashtag, he said the # sign. Never thought a # would become so significant. Sometimes when trying to keep up with changes I think {know} I'm moving backwards.. This article is interesting, friend.
Only1Hugh Premium
Hahaha Roger that is funny.
Christorv Premium Plus
I remember asking my VA to explain this bit to me, still I get a whoosh at times, so many technicalities and things to learn, but thats what the journey is about. Thanks for another good lesson ambassador, I will be back to read this again 👏

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Only1Hugh Premium
Happy to have added a little clarity Chris
Nuggetz Premium
I know that Hashtags are a great way of having your content show within the platform on which you use them, (ie, Facebook, Twitter,etc).
But do you know if they have any effect with Google, Bing, Yahoo and other Search engines?
For example (usig your own), If I were to Google "McDstories", would Google find all results that use the #McDstories hashtag?
If so, would Google give priority to these Hashtags over just normal words (eg. McDstories)?
Only1Hugh Premium
Hey Kevin I found this article very helpful in my research when writing https://seomelbourne.com/seo-optimisation/hashtags-seo/
Zoopie Premium
I didn’t realise they were that important. Hit me with a rubber duck. Did you get your question answered. I have been busy teaching online and forgot. Send me a message if your still looking for the answer.
Only1Hugh Premium
So many questions Stephen. You will have to remind me what you are referring to.
Zoopie Premium
lol, I was going to say the same thing. i forgot the question you asked..
Only1Hugh Premium
We are getting old Stephen. Next thing I will be asking you to pass me the gas
SHeisey1 Premium
Hugh, I needed to learn this! Thank you for sharing. I hope you are doing very well!
Only1Hugh Premium
You are welcome Shirley. We are now opening back up so I am enjoying getting outside more and frequenting my old spots