How to Use Instagram Hashtags for Maximum Exposure

Instagram hashtags are one of the most misunderstood features on the platform. So many people do what I call the spaghetti against the wall and ope it sticks tactic. And we've all seen those bad mistakes where they're using Kim Kardashian and love in hopes of getting found by a ton of people. But there's a much better way to be strategic with hashtags for your business, and we're gonna unpack all of that, coming up. We all know that hashtags are the secret sauce on Instagram, but how many should you use? Where should you use them? Which ones should you use? In this video, I am gonna share with you my super-secret recipe to not only get you content found more often, but to actually get more followers and to get more sales.

And stick around to the end because I'm gonna share with you how to use very specific hashtags that your audience is actually looking for to ensure you get found by the right people for your business. So when it comes to hashtags how many should you use? You can use up to 30, and anything beyond that won't show up in search. But your first 30 are free to use however you want. But should you use 30? Should you use five? Should you use 10? How many should you use? Personally, I recommend using prone news at least 15 to 20. Hashtags are a use-it-or-lose-it-type tool, meaning if you use the hashtags, there's a chance you're gonna get found. If you don't, there's n chance of getting found. So more is better in general. Does that mean you should use all 30?

 Go for it Use as many as you can use strategically and in relevance to your business. But I do recommend about 20 as the minimum. Now I know you may be freaking out 'cause some people think that's a lot and it's hard to come u with that many hashtags. You might be able to think of three or four off the top of your head, but how can you come u with 15 to 20 hashtags? That is where the sure secret recipe comes into play. Here's the thing. You wanna combine a variety of hashtags. In order to figure out how popular a hashtag is, if you go into the search on Instagram, go to the magnifying glass, and start typing in a hashtag in the search results, it will tell you ho many posts are associated with each of those hashtags.

 So you're gonna wanna pick three to five popular hashtags. By popular, I define that as something in the low- to mid-hundreds of thousands, up to a million posts for a specific hashtag. Anything over a million basically becomes irrelevant to you because it's so saturated with content that the only thing you're going to attract are spambots. And we don't want that. Then you're gonna pick three to five moderately popular. These are gonna be hashtags that fall in the kinda high tens of thousands into that mid-hundreds of thousands range. And then you're gonna pick three to five niche-specific. These are super targeted specifically to your industry, what you do, the solution you provide, what your customer is looking for.

 And then you're also going to include your one to two branded hashtags. That alone, you're already up to 12 to 15 hashtags without even trying, so you can easily get to that 15 to 20. Now the key is to find relevant hashtags for your business. We're not gonna use popular hashtags like love or vacation, or something that's super popular that everybody is using, because it's not related specifically to your business and it's too concentrated. Instead, we wanna pick something that is very specific to your industry, to the content that you specifically posted, or what it is you offer as a solution. So now that you've picked your hashtags, you know you're gonna use all of these different ones, why does this work? The popular hashtag gives you an initial burst of activity from non-followers.

But within a matter of seconds, maybe into minutes, your content is gonna be buried in the archives of those popular hashtags. So moderately popular hashtags are gonna keep you active for hours into days. So it keeps your content still getting activity and your audience is still liking it as they log in to Instagram. So Instagram looks at your content and goes, wow, your followers are liking it consistently non-followers are seeing it and liking it, you've figured this whole thing out. You're creating great content that people really like. And then what happens is, I those niche-specific hashtags, that very super-targeted topic that you chose, you start ranking a top-performing post, and top-performing posts can stay in those top placements for months, even, which means if somebody's looking for that specific hashtag they go to that search result, and you're one of the first ones, if not the first one, they see in that top-performing hashtag tab.

And what happens when they see that? They click on your content. They're now on your profile. They follow you because they realize that you're relevant to them. You have a product or a service that is valuable to them. They may even email you or call you if you have those action buttons turned on on your profile and you can actually close sales with this tactic. And I promise you it works. I use this tactic. I have clients an people that have emailed me after hearing me speak about this and said, "It works! "I got clients. "I got followers." So now you know what hashtags you're gonna use. You know how many you're gonna use. Where on Earth do you put them? This is probably the age-old question since hashtags have been used for business on Instagram. Captions or comments, does it matter? In all reality, no. There are various studies out there. Some say it's slightly advantageous to put it in the caption. Some people wanna put it in the comment because they wanna hide it. They don't wanna look spammy. They just don't want it in their caption.

 Here's the reality. t doesn't really matter. If you use the hashtag recipe that we just talked about, with whether you put them in the caption or the comment is not gonna have a significant impact. It's not affected by the algorithm. It's not affected by search results. They both work. The caveat, why I say it really doesn't matter, is it does if you're using popular hashtags. If you're using something which I don't recommend you do base on what we just talked about, but if you're using a hashtag with five million, 10 million, that any type of posts associated with it, those are the ones you d wanna put in the caption. Because even in the 1 to 15, maybe 30, seconds it takes you to go and put that hashtag in a comment, you're losing all the valuable time in that hashtag cup you lose that engagement. In that situation, is it better to leave them in the caption? Yes. Leave them there.

 They're more likely to get found quicker, for those high-performing hashtags, but if you wanna put them in the comment, that's perfectly okay. Now captions actually get truncated with a dot-dot-dot more so people aren't seeing your hashtags in the caption anyways unless they click the dot-dot-dot more to read the whole caption. So how do you know I hashtags are working? Did you show up in the search? Did people find your content? Well, the easiest way to do it is to actually go back to the post that you uploaded to your feed content, and right below it, you're gonna see the View Insights button. Tap on that button and it' gonna open up a little bit of information, and then you're gonna swipe up on that little men bar, and when you do that, you're gonna get a whole bunch of information that's gonna tell you how that post performed.

 Down at the bottom, it's gonna tell you where your impressions came from. And now if you don't see the option to click on View Insights, chances are you're still a personal profile and View Insights is only available to business profiles and creator profiles. So if you wanna go ahead and upgrade to that business or creator profile, we have links to instructions on how to do that down in the description of this video. I have a post that recently went out and I've been found for over 1,200 views just in hashtags alone. So yes, this system works. But it's entirely possible that you may not rank for hashtags, and sometimes that's because your content just isn't that good.

 Maybe it's not performing well with your followers, and if it's not performing well with your followers, why would they show it to non-followers? Maybe it's something that is in a very saturated environment, where it's just not a good time to show up in those specific hashtag results. Don't base it all off of one post. You wanna go in and look at multiple posts and see how your hashtags are performing for each of those posts. How many times did you show up in hashtag searches and what was the consistency for those higher-performing posts? Was it something that was timely and relevant? Was there something that, every time you used the color blue in your content, you got better search results? So now it's time for the bonus. We talked a lot about the hashtags, but here's the thing. Most people don't pick the right hashtags for their audience. They only think about their business. And I always use this example of car insurance, 'cause car insurance I super sexy for Instagram. Who doesn't wanna go search for car insurance on Instagram? I'm gonna tell you, nobody. That's what Google is for. No one's gonna go to Instagram and look for #carinsurance unless they are the competitors who are selling car insurance. o if that's what you sell, you don't wanna use car insurance. You're not gonna attract your target audience.

 All you're going to attract are your competitors. So instead you wanna thin about where your audience is. What is your audience doing? Who is your audience? If you're selling car insurance, your audience is people who have cars, and people who have cars are looking for things like a dream car or Lamborghini or a new car, my first car. And if someone's buying my first car, guess what they need. They need car insurance. So you get to show u where they already are and give them quality content that's valuable to them where they're currently hanging out. Now, some industries can get away with using hashtags directly related to what they do, as a wedding photographer. Yes, if I'm looking for a wedding photographer, I'm going to go look for that hashtag specifically. So that industry can use those hashtags. But you still wanna think about people outside of just that realm. 

 If all you do is wedding photography, that's great, but people are only gonna be searching for you in a very limited scope of time. You can also look at hashtags related to geographical locations where you work and other ways to serve your audience outside of that very specific time that they're looking for your services. So this was a deep-dive into hashtag strategies exclusively for the Instagram feed. Now, in this next video, we're gonna talk about Instagram Story hashtags because it's a completely different strategy that you don't wanna get confused. So go check it out I'll see you over there.

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