How to Harness Your Hashtags

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

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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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Choose a Strong Password

In a previous post, we looked at the Whats and Whys of Twitter. I intended to cover how to sign up today, but I realised there was an important stage which you may or may not know, and that is how to create a strong password. So first things first. Today, we’re going to look at creating a strong password. This will be useful for you on every site you sign up for. read more

Making Twitter Friends

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Now that you have your Twitter account created, it’s time to find some followers.

I don’t like the name followers, so let’s call them friends. But remember, Twitter calls them followers. It’s not a weird cultish thing.

“Followers” is just Twitter’s name for “friends” in FaceBook, and “contacts” in your email programme.

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Managing Twitter with TweetDeck

There are two main contenders for applications that help you manage all your social accounts, likeTwitter, FaceBook, Linked In, etc. Tweetdeck is one of them, and another is HootSuite.You can also manage many streams such as newsfeeds, Twitter lists, replies, retweets, direct messages (DMs) and you can follow hashtags, which allow you to search for keywords. Today we’re looking at TweetDeck. Next post we’ll look at HootSuite. read more

TweetDeck or HootSuite?

Although TweetDeck and HootSuite are still known as means to handle Twitter, these applications actually do much more. You can manage your FaceBook, your LinkedIn, more than one Twitter account etc all at one time. They are both super applications, and I find it hard to choose between them. read more