I’ve told you guys before how much I love Instagram. It is by far my favorite social media, and as with all social media, hashtags are crucial. There are plenty of posts about which hashtags are the best for engagement and cultivating an engaged following. Instagram only lets you use 30 hashtags per post, which is plenty! But if you’re like me, you don’t want to sit there and type out 30 hashtags for every single post. If you’re on top of your Instagram marketing game, like my girl Alex Tooby, you know what hashtags work best for your niche (and if you haven’t there are free courses and resources all over the place). So I’ve done all of those things and I would just type them out and guess that I had used around 30 hashtags and prayed I didn’t forget any. But! I had a revelation! I figured out how to ensure I used exactly 30 hashtags per post and all of them were relevant to the image I posted.
Make a list of ALL possible hashtags you would use for any possible photo
Group them with similar tags
I made a “base ten” of ten hashtags that apply to every single photo I post
Then I grouped the rest of them by fives - so I have a “fiber five” of five relevant hashtags if I’m posting a picture of fiber art and a “paint five” of five painting related hashtags, you get the picture
Create shortcuts on your phone for each GROUP
To find shortcuts on an iPhone:
Settings > General > Keyboard >Text Replacement and then click on the “+” and type your hashtags in “phrase” and the shortcut in the “shortcut” box
I have a “fiber five” shortcut so when I type “fiber five” my iPhone automatically replaces it with “#fiberart #touchmyart #fiberartist #dstexture #textileart”
For example: I always put my hashtags in a comment after I’ve posted the image, so in a comment under a fiber piece I’m working on with a reference to a blog post, I would type “Base ten” “fiber five” “blog five” “color five” “embroidery five” and that would automatically replace those shortcuts with 30 hashtags that pertain to the image. I like to include the number of hashtags in the shortcut I am creating so I can do the math quickly and know that I have added exactly 30 tags to my image.
That’s it! Super easy! Go forth and hashtag efficiently, my friends!