Here are 5 Ways to Use Hashtags to Get More Instagram Followers
#1: Add 30 or more Hashtags to Your Instagram Posts
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about how many Instagram hashtags is the “right” amount. experts recommend using the maximum number of hashtags allowed (30) because it gives you more opportunities to be discovered, others recommend using just 5-10 hashtags per post. If you’re on the “more is better” side of the fence, you might be interested in this neat hack that lets you add more than 30 hashtags to your Instagram posts! all you have to do is add an ampersand (“&”) symbol immediately before your hashtags to bypass the 30 hashtag limit.
#2: Find the Right Hashtags for Your Posts with Hashtag Suggestions
Search a hashtag you want to use and you’ll see several pop up above the photos that are similar. Click through each to find the ones that are less used.
3. Use Hyper-Relevant Hashtags
If you really want to get more engagement, you need to get super-relevant and niche with your hashtags by using hashtags that describe your account, your business, and your target market as opposed to the ultra-popular hashtags #love, #instagood, and #photooftheday.
4. Follow Your Favorite Hashtags on Instagram
Did you know that you can follow hashtags just like you follow other accounts? This is an under-utilized trick that has a ton of business uses. For example, you can encourage your existing audience to follow your branded hashtags so that you connect more easily with your community. Or you can use the feature to keep a close eye on competitors and even discover potential partners by choosing to follow industry-specific hashtags. When you find a hashtag you’d like to follow you simply open the hashtag page and tap on the “Follow” button.
5. Add Hashtags to Your Instagram Stories
Adding hashtags to your story is a great way to give your content an added chance to be discovered by new audiences. When people search for a hashtag on Instagram, if it’s popular enough, they’ll be able to view active, real-time stories on that hashtag’s page — including your own. And if they like what they see, they might even tap follow on your profile! There are two different ways to add hashtags to your stories. One is by using the hashtag sticker (you can only add one hashtag with this method), and the other is by using the text tool and simply typing your hashtags out (you can add up to 10 hashtags using this method). However, if they ruin the aesthetic of an Instagram story and look “spammy” type out your hashtags, and then pinch them to make them smaller.