How to Harness Your Hashtags

This entry is part 10 of the series Build a Better Blog


I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge. It’s good to welcome members of my sub-tribe. Hi guys!  This is the 8th post in this challenge.

We’re working through the alphabet as we look at ways to build a better blog. Today we come to

H is for How to Harness Your Hashtags.

  • What is a Hashtag?

A hashtag is a label used for content. It helps other readers to find the topics they are interested in. By the same token, it helps you to find other comments or articles on the topic you’re researching. It was initially used in Twitter, but it is now often seen on Facebook, Instagram and Google+. If you’re a musician, you’ll recognise the hash symbol as the sharp sign or #. This is how the hashtags for the Pro-Blogger challenge appear: #writebravely or #writetribeblogger. If you click on either of those in Twitter, you will be able to read all the other tweets people have sent with the same hashtag.

  • Why would you use a hashtag in your blog?

And the answer is you won’t. BUT if you don’t promote your blog outside of your blog, you won’t have any readers. And no readers means no point in writing your blog. So although you won’t use hashtags inside your blog, you need to know about them so you can pass on news about your blog to the people who will be interested.

  • Hashtags are essential ways to build up traffic to your blog posts.

When you post about a new blog article on Twitter, if you add an appropriate hashtag you will be able to link up with other bloggers who have written on the same topic. The same applies to Facebook, Instagram and Google+, although they are used in a slightly different way. We looked at the topic briefly under Eager Enthusiasm where I explained how I discovered the effectiveness of this little sign. (Google the specific topic you want to learn more about.)

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Looking at FaceBook


For the next few posts, let’s look at FaceBook. This is not going to be in as much depth as the Twitter sessions were, but if you’re a writer, you need to be on FaceBook. If you have family across the world, you need to be on FaceBook. If you like to communicate with your friends and like the thought of getting in contact with friends from long ago, you need to be on FaceBook.

So, let’s make a start. read more

There’s More to FaceBook


Facebook Here's the promised follow up to Monday's post on Facebook. If you're brand
new to the whole concept of Social Networking, my own advice would be to just get to know FB and learn your way around. However if you've belonged for a while, or if you're keen to really make the most of it as a marketing tool, then read on.

I have only recently learned about "pages" so I'm a newbie to this area myself.

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Read All Posts On Your Favourite Pages

FacebookIt is a well-known fact that Facebook pages only reach on average 16% of those who have chosen to follow them–unless you’re prepared to pay. However Facebook have now given us a way to make sure we see all the posts on our favourite pages.

It is easy to do, so I’m urging all of you who have ‘liked’ my author page to follow through these simple instructions–and they are simple. When you’ve completed them, and if you have a page, please give the page address on my Facebook page and I’ll go and do the same process on yours. Okay? read more

Some Old Facebook Friends

3D-Women FB

In recent years I have seen a huge increase in elderly people getting online, joining Social Media groups such Facebook and Pinterest. A local retirement village opened a small computer club about two years ago, with two computers, half a dozen eager learners, and no Internet connection. Within two years, this group has grown to over 20. They have two qualified Computer Boffs who come from the local university to tutor them and sort out their problems. They have eight computers, and a permanent connection to the Internet. read more