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Hashtags to Up your Instagram Game

Instagram may easily be my favorite platforms.

If you have been using Instagram for any amount of time, you know that hashtags are a necessity when trying to build your following and create community. Hashtags provide a way for users to easily navigate to topics of interest and find others that they can relate to. There are a variety of ways you can use hashtags and I recommend playing around a bit at first. In full disclosure, it took me a little while to get the hang of using hashtags. Even now, I am still sometimes forgetting when I am in a rush. But I can tell you, there is a dramatic difference in my engagement when I do use them. I now keep a running list of hashtags in my phone and on my computer, so I can copy and paste them when I post a photo.

Again, play around with some of these. If a hashtag doesn’t fit you and your brand, please don’t use it. You want to create natural engagement and followers you can relate to. It is NOT just about the numbers! Create a community you want to be part of. More on that in another post…

Best Hashtags to use

My Favorite Creative Hashtags

1. #thatsdarling

Created by Darling Magazine, this is one I use in most of my photos. I love searching this hashtag, the images are so beautiful and crisp.

2. #mybeautifulmess

Created by the A Beautiful Mess team, this hashtag is for every creative out there! Their Instagram account is dedicated primarily to regraming their followers’ photos, and I am obsessed. They also have #abmsummer #abmtravelbug #abmlifeissweet #abmpatternlove #abmmurals #abmlifeiscolorful.

3. #flashesofdelight

This hashtag was started by the Glitter Guide account. Anything fun and girly fits well under this hashtag. This is another account that regrams a lot of photos.

4. #TNChustler

One of my favorite bloggers, Melyssa Griffin created this one. Share your bright, colorful photos for a chance to be featured on her account. Obviously, this is a great one for all creatives and bloggers.

5. #bandofun

This hashtag was started by the Band.do company. Use this for a chance to get your photo regrammed as well. They look for bright, colorful, fun photos.

6. #theEverygirl

Another one that is super fun to use for creatives and creates a lot of community is from The Every Girl. They have a new challenge every month as well #teg30daychallenge and that tends to be very interactive. I gain a handful of new followers with this hashtag every time.

7. #pursuepretty

Created by Jemma Craig, I use this hashtag often, because I love what it stands for- anything beautiful, feminine, soft, floral.

8. #thehappynow

Created by The Happy Hunters, this works for any photo that…makes you happy! I think their feed is just beautiful and peaceful.

9. #livethelittlethings

Created by RunStyleRun, this hashtag can be used for anything classic, pretty, clean, beautiful…beaches, cooking, pets, flowers.

10. #morningslikethese

Created by Joy at Mornings Like These, this can be used to showcase what your morning looks like. I love this, because it is so interesting to peek into other people’s life when they start their day.

Unless you have been using them for awhile, using hashtags can be a little overwhelming at first. It bears repeating – do not feel you NEED to use all or any of these. You know yourself and the kind of community you want to create. Play around with them and find some that work best for you. Be careful though, it can get addicting! I love Instagram…it’s how I built my first real community using social media. You just need to be you and find your voice.

What are some of your favorite hashtags? Have you found any that have significantly helped you grow your own community?

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Gina
    August 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Awesome thank you!!! Xox

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    Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)
    August 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Wow, such a great curated list of tags to check out. I’m not very fancy when I tag my images, but I do like participating in fashion challenges to expose new people to my images. =)

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    Falon
    August 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Pinning! This is a great list and reference. I always forget hashtags so it’s nice to have a list handy!

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    Celeste
    August 9, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Great hashtags! I often use #thatsdarling and I love finding like minded accounts through browsing the tag as well. 🙂

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    Rachel
    August 9, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    This is such a great resource. Thanks for sharing these!

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    Jenny
    August 9, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I use a lot of these hashtags and see great results from them!

    xoxo, Jenny

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    Dominique
    August 9, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    I use a lot of the hashtags you mentioned. I didn’t know the back story of some of them though. They just pop up as suggestions from others I’ve used. I will have to follow some of these creators! Thanks for the info and help.

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    Greta
    August 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I use a lot of these but see a few new ones I’ll have to try!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    Alix Maza
    August 10, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Love #swirlsocial, #photosinbetween, and #thesparklediaries!

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

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    Renee Alexis
    August 10, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I love this post! It’s great that you’ve listed your favorite hashtags, I’ve read several blog posts but they didn’t contain particular hashtags that are helpful. I will surely use these on my posts soon!

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    courtney
    August 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Great suggestions! I use almost all of them but I need to add the #theeverygirl into my repertoire.

    La Belle Sirene 

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    Kristie
    August 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    These are so great, I’ve used some of them but some are new to me. Thanks for rounding them up!

    xo,
    Kristie
    http://www.kristiesreverie.com

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    adriana
    August 10, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Love these! I’m always looking for new hashtags to use. I use a lot of these on your list and love them, but there is some I haven’t heard of or used and will definitely add! : )

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    Emily @ Em Writes
    August 11, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I use a lot of these hashtags, but I’ve never heard of #morningslikethese. That one sounds interesting!

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    Dia All The Things I Do
    August 11, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing these. Some are new to me for sure. They have made a huge difference for my engagement. Plus it also helps me find other great people on instagram

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    Sarah Jean
    August 15, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I’m not on instagram yet and trying to decide whether to take the plunge or not! I feel a little overwhelmed with blogging and social media as it is but instagram seems so beautiful and useful!

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    melissa velazquez
    October 13, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Great list. Was just discussing the importance of hashtags in a FB group.

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    Grady
    October 13, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I knew some, but only about half, of these! Awesome resource; thanks!!

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    Angie
    October 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    These are great! Most I’ve either never heard of, or didn’t know what they were for. I will have to add a few to my IG repertoire and see what happens. Love the idea of putting hashtags on the phone, too.

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    Anma of The European Look
    January 3, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for the information! Really helpful! Best, Anma http://theeuropeanlook.com

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