A complete Guide To Hashtags For Instagram+ Free List Of Hashtags7 min read

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Are hashtags still a thing, my answer is YES

The only problem users face when it comes to using hashtags is knowing how to use them effectively and how to source their hashtags

In this article, I will be teaching you how to use hashtags effectively , mistakes to avoid , how to source hashtags plus, a ToolKit of hashtags you can start using right away

Why Hashtags Matter

They help with engagement on instagram

Hashtags matter for two reasons

For whatever reason, posts with hashtags do better when it comes to engagement than posts without hashtags

They help with exposure

You want people to find you from all sources

Great content isn’t enough, you really need to nail this hashtag game like a pro

I met a lady in person some days ago who says she found me online via hashtags

They help you grow your target audience

Most people who ate going through hashtags are looking for something along the lines of what you are offering

I always say, our focus should be ok attracting our ayrageg audience not just growing followers

If well targeted, we will very well attract the people we are looking for

You can keep your audience growing

I haven’t been on instagram for close to 7 days now and yet, my followership is still growing

I have gained an extra 70 followers even though my visibility is dropping every second

The reason, my hashtags are very targeted and designed to make it easy for my target audience to find me

How To Use Hashtags Effectively

The first thing to note when trying to apply hashtags is this

1. Every Platform works differently with hashtags

How you use hashtags on instagram isn’t how you use it on Pinterest or twitter

The last two I mentioned work with minimal numbers of hashtags

Th hashtags are also listed at the end of the captions together

On instagram, this is different

You can apply as much as 30 hashtags per post but, due to changes made to instagram algorithm, there is a cap as to how many hashtags is excellent to use

I don’t know if this truly changed anything but, when I use more than this number, visibility to my posts drop

This number is 15

When using hashtags on instagram, you want to limit hashtags to 15 in number

2. Mix your hashtags according to their usage counts

When using hashtags, people make the mistake of thinking, the more the number of people on each tag, the more people will find us

This isn’t how hashtags work

Infact, the more people are crowded in your hashtags, the less likely you are to be found

What should you do instead?

Mix out your hashtags by usage

5 with close to 2 million posts and users , 5 with numbers below 500k and another 5 with numbers below 100k and 5 with numbers below 50k and 5 with numbers below 10k

Now, you may have read that and wondered, “but Diamond, that is way past 15 hashtags”

I know 🙂

This will lead me to point 3

3. Don’t be spammy with hashtags

When you use thesame hashtags over and over again, you are inviting trouble

I have read people talk about this not being a good idea

I am not sure if does any real damage but, better safe than sorry

This is where having a list of 30 hashtags or more helps

You can break them down into different templates of 15 hashtags each and keep it on your note on your phone

Then, when you want to use them, you simply

4. Be very targeted with hashtags

Donr just select hashtags for the sake of it it

Below, I will teach you how to source hashtags on instagram and any other platform but

When using hashtags, make sure that your hashtags are directed towards your audience and not just selected for the sake of it

5. Be steady with your hashtags

This means, once Group have drafted your hashtags and have templates of 15 divided into two, use them constantly

Why?

The more you use a hashtag, the more visibility you gain in that hashtag

You want more and more people to find you using hashtags but, to achieve this, you have to steadily use the hashtags so, you come up a lot in them

This is also why I don’t advise people to gather hashtags that are more than 2Million users

Also why I don’t advise people to have a lot of hashtags with huge followings

Using more tags with usage below 200k gives more room for you to gain visibility

6. Don’t use hashtags in your captions

This only has to do with my personal preference

I feel like using it in our captions makes them look very clunky

Instead, use them in the comment section

7. Please, use 98% Local hashtags

I see a lot of people using hashtags that are very general and used by people not in thesame location as their target audience

You cannot be targeting Nigerians and yet using hashtags like #business or #foodie

You have to use a lot of hashtags followed by and viewed by Nigerians

For example , instead of #foodie , you use #naijafoodie

How To Source Hashtags

In my time working with different people to clean out their social media, this is one of the challenges they have

They don’t know how to find hashtags for their industry

Here, I show you how to find them on instagram and Pinterest

I have never tried looking for hashtags on twitter or Facebook so, I don’t know how to find them

How to source hashtags on instagram

Step 1: Go to the tags area in explore

This allows you to only find hashtags when you search a topic or add another hashtag

For mine, I will search ‘Nigerian business’ as my business is targeted at business owners and I am starting with the ones in my country

Step 2: Start collecting the results as they come

As you can see, there are so many hashtags that come with Nigerian business

Type them into your notes or write them down as they come up

You can tweak them by adding new key words to search hashtags under

How to source Hashtags On Pinterest

Step 1: Select the post you want to pin

Step 2: Add the title and then type the description

After typing tj description, type ‘#’ and then, your keyword after

Note that, Pinterest is mainly for showing your posts to an international community and not just our local community

Once you type in the keyword, other options will follow

If I type in business , options around business will follow ( please forgive my poor use of stamps in the image below)

This is all I currently know about hashtags and using them effectively

I will share more as we keep going

Get my free hashtag ToolKit in which I List out hashtags for different industries: you can simply copy answers paste it

Free List Of Hashtags For Nigerian Business Owners

This is simply a list I curated

You can hunt for me to add to yours or you can simply copy and paste mine

I organized this list by industry according to the industry of most of my followers

Fashion

naijafashion #nigerianfashion 

#nigerianstyle 

#nigerianstyles #naijastyle #lagosfashion #lagosstyle  #nigerianfashionista #nigerianfashiondesigner #nigerianfashionbloggers #nigerianfashionbloggers #nigerianfashiondaily #nigerianfashiondesigners

#naijafashionista #naijafashiondaily #naijafashionstyle #naijafashionmarket #naijafashionableladies #naijafashiontrends #naijafashionstore #naijafashionlovers  #plussizefashionnaija #naijafashionaddicts #naijamenfashion #naijamalefashion #naijawomenfashion #naijakidsfashion #fashionnaija #naijamensfashion #nigerianstyle #nigerianstyles #nigerianwomenwithstyle #nigerianmen #nigerianwomen #naijamen #naijawomen #nigerianmenfashion #nigerianmenkillingit #naijamensfashion #naijamenswear #naijamenfashion #nigeriankidsstore #nigeriankids #nigerianfashionkids  #naijakidsstore #naijakidsfashion #naijakidsaccessories #cutenaijakids #naijakidstore #kidsfashionnaija #fashionkidsnaija #naijafashionkids 

The list is a mix of both fashion for children, men and women

Take what you need 🙂

Food

#nigerianfood #nigerianfoodie #nigerianfoods #nigerianfoodblogger #nigerianbabyfood #nigerianfoodvendor #healthynigerianfood #naijafood #naijafoods #naijafoodie #naijafoodvendor #naijafoodies #naijafoodporn #naijafoodlover #nigerianmen #nigerianwomen #naijamen #naijawomen #nigerianmeals #nigerianmeal #naijameals 

#naijafoods #naijafoodvendor #naijafoodhub #naijafoodblogger #naijafoodlover #naijafoodblog #naijafoodvendors #nigerianfoods #nigerianfoodblogger #nigerianfoodvendor 

Business

#nigerianbusiness #naijabusiness #naijastartups #naijawomeninbusiness #naijabrand #naijabrands #nigerianbusinesses #nigerianentreprenuer #naijaentreprenuer #lagosbusiness #lagosbusinesshub #lagosbusinessmen #naijabusinesses #abujabusinesses #abujabusiness #abujabusinesshub1 #naijastartup #nigerianstartup #nigerianentreprenuers #naijaentreprenuers #naijabusinessonline #naijabusinessforum #nigerianwomeninbusiness #naijawomeninbusiness #nailasmqllbusiness #nigerianbusinesswoman #nigerianbusinessowners #naijabusinessowner #nigerianstartups #naiiabusinessboss #naijabusinesswomen #naijabusinesstrend #naijasrartuprush #ibadanbusiness #ibadanvendor #ibadanentreprenuers 

Skincare & Beauty

#nigerianmen #nigerianwomen #naijawomen #naijamen #naijaskincare #nigerianskincare #nigerianskincareblogger #nigerianskincarebrand #nigerianbeauty #nigerianbeautyblogger #naijabeauty #naijabeautystore #naijabeautyqueen #nigeriannaturals #naijanaturals #nigerianbeautybrand #naijamua #nigerianmua #naijamakeupartist #nigerianmakeupartist

Inner Decoration

#naijawomen #naijamen #nigerianwomen #nigerianmen #nigeriandecorator #nigeriandecor #nigeriandecorators #naijadecorators #naijadecor #ngerianhomes #naijahomes #naijahomesandinteriors #nigerianinteriordesigners #nigerianinteriordesigner #nigerianinteriors #naijainteriors #naijahome #nigerianhome 

Tech

#socialmediaweek  #naijastartups #naijastartup #nigerianstartups #nigeriantech #lagosstartups #lagosbusinesshub #socialmediaweeklagos #lagosstartup #startuplagos #startupgrind #africanstartups #africanstartup #startuphub #startupstories #nigerianentrepreneur #nigerianentreprenuers #naijaentreprenuers #naijaentreprenuer #techies #naijastartuprush  #abujastartups #ibadanentreprenuers 

Events

#naijaevents #ibadanevents #nigerianevents #nigerianeventsplanner #nigerianeventsvendors #nigerianevent #naijaevents #naijaevent #naijaeventvendor #naijaeventplanner #naijaeventplanners #lagosevents #lagosevent #lagoseventplanners #eventsinlagos #abujaevents #abujaevent #abujaeventsplanner #nigerianmen #nigerianwomen #naijamen #naijawomen #nigerianweddingplanner #nigerianweddings 

Baking

#naijabakers #naijabakers #naijatopbakers #naijabakersrock #naijabakers24_7  #nigerianbakers #nigerianbaker #naijacakes #naijacake #naijacakeaffairs #nigeriancakes #nigeriancake #nigeriansnacks #nigeriansnack #naijasnacks

If your industry isn’t here, let me know and I will work to get some Hashtags for it here

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. This was very helpful, I had no idea mixing the hashtags count also improves visibility. I jave also notived that there is more visibility when the hashtags are not up to 30.

    Thank you for this, although my industry isn’t here “Compliance services”

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    I would check back on the blog for the update.
    Now let me subscribe for more updates!

    1. Glad you gained some value from this and thank you for subscribing. I will show make updates with new hashtags fo all the people who couldn’t find their industry this week.

  2. I finally have qualified leads viewing and commenting on my posts! Thanks, Diamond for solving this challenge for me.

    1. That’s amazing 🙂…So happy to hear you actually implemented and started practicing. That is huge…Keep showing up!

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