Let me begin this post by saying that I am by no means an expert in the area of Twitter OR hashtags. I’m pretty sure I’m still only mediocre at them, but every day is a learning experience for the indie author, and you can only get better if you try.
So, hashtags are everywhere these days, on just about every social media platform—Facebook included, ugh. Their purpose is to help you categorize your content and connect with those either searching for the same content or offering similar content that you might be interested in. As authors, we’re always looking for ways to connect with readers and bloggers, and adding searchable tags to your tweets, Instagram posts, and blog articles is a great way to start.
Even if only one in five readers actually uses hashtags to find content, you’re still connecting with one person than you would have otherwise.
Now, as I mentioned, hashtags are for allll social media platforms. Maybe less so on Pinterest (though I might be wrong). This post, however, focuses primarily on the few key ones I’ve found that are useful on Twitter.
I recommend going through each one. I used to go through some of them once a day just to see what was new, who was posting quality content, and what I could learn. I recommend doing the same!
Finally, a Twitter hashtag tip:
Don’t, for the love of all that is pure in this world, make every other word in your tweet a hashtag.
#This gets #a little #hard to #read, honestly. And it doesn’t serve a purpose. Use meaningful hashtags to pair with a quality tweet. Do you need to add five hashtags to your “I hate Monday” whinge-fest? Probably not. Remember, hashtags allow you to connect with people, but people won’t connect back if the actual content of your posts is too difficult to read.
Are there any I missed? Comment below and let me know!