Instagram Hashtags 101 for Travel Bloggers and Travel Writers

Instagram Hashtags 101 for Travel Bloggers and Travel Writers

Hashtags. Confusing? Weird? Why do we use them? Instagram Hashtags 101 for Travel Bloggers is a lesson for using Hashtags for Instagram that will help you grow your reach quickly. This means more likes per photo and more followers.

Why Hashtags?
A #hashtag is a clickable link. When you use hashtags in your posts you and anyone else are able to tap the hashtag to see a page that shows all photos and videos people have uploaded with that hashtag. Here is an example for the hashtag #Instatravelling. You can see there are over 76 thousand images to scroll through with this hashtag. This is how some people search and find new people to follow.
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A Few Things You Should Know!

1. If your posts are set to public, you can add hashtags to your photos and videos. So, if you have a private account and you tag posts, they won’t appear publicly on hashtag pages

2. Include your #hashtags in a comment on your photo not in the post. See below for an example from my 52Pefectdays Instagram page. See that the top text is from my post and the one below is a new comment with my hashtags.

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3. When people with private profiles tag posts, they won’t appear publicly on hashtag pages.

4. Numbers are allowed in hashtags. However, spaces and special characters, like $ or %, won’t work.

5. You can only tag your own posts. You can’t tag other people’s photos/videos. But you can leave hashtags in comments on other posts.

6. You can use up to 30 tags on a post (including your first post / first comment). If you include more than 30 tags on a single photo/video, your comment won’t post.

7. Include 3-5 tags in the original post. These should be the tags with the highest volume or that are most relevant (the ones you want to potentially land you in “top posts”).

8. Hashtags will produce the most likes and organic followers.

9.  Instagram made a change awhile ago, so tags will appear from the time that you post the original image, not when you applied that hashtag. This means that you will no longer be able to add hashtags to your Instagrams after the fact and expect them to show up at the top of hashtag searches.

10. Include all the necessary hashtags in the comments immediately after posting. If you don’t you post will most likely sit dozens of pages down the hashtag search – no one will see it.

Tip for Hashtags:

Create a list of hashtags in your notes app on your phone. Or create several note pages. This way you can copy and paste and only add specific hashtags to each post.

For more about the best hastags to use please check out: “Best Instagram Hashtags for Travel Writers and Photographers“.

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Instagram Hashtags 101 for Travel Bloggers
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By | 2017-03-09T13:48:45+00:00 June 16th, 2015|News Blog|10 Comments

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  1. Donna June 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Alexa – Can you please explain to us why you think it is important to put all hashtags in the comments section and none of them in the caption? I have found that sometimes when IG won’t let me put any more tags in the comments that it WILL let me add them to the caption with the “edit” function. Do you think this is a bad idea? And if so, why?

  2. Malibu Mama Loves June 17, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Great post! Thank you so much for sharing! Malibu Mama Loves Xx #writetotravel

  3. Jessica June 18, 2015 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tips! Just curious, why is it better to hashtag in the comments instead of the post?

    • alexa williams-meisler July 10, 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      They are searchable for longer.

      • RobRob@TravelLatte(.net) November 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

        How is that measured? According to Instagram, your post will appear in results based on the original post date. Since this change, I’ve read that waiting (even seconds) to add HTs in a comment pushes your Insta down the list because it’s already that much older. Thoughts? (Honestly, I don’t post enough to really test this, but it does make sense.) Good post, btw.

        • Todd @Visit50 April 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm - Reply

          Great post! I have the same question on the value of posting hashtags in the comment instead, and quantifying how it works.

          Another blog was talking about the value of rotating in new hashtags, which would appear to contradict this strategy.

          I’m fairly new to IG for @Visit50

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  6. ann February 21, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

    hello there. If you account is set up for private and then you put hashtag to the first comment can that be seen also publicly? Thanks you!

  7. Ranae August 9, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    One trick that’s worked for me
    Is putting 30 in the comments, and then editing my original post and adding 10-30 there also.

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