Old Dog … New Tricks #HashTags

I never much cared about social media and things such as reach and influence. I thought it was more hassle than it was worth. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Stick with me and I’m going to give you a FREE tool to identify which #HashTags will work best for you.

Maybe because I’m old (who’d have thought) or just not keeping up with the social media Jone’s I never gave any thought to the use of #HashTags, what they were or how to use them to spread my message and grow my following. For the most part I’m content writing my books and hiding treasure for others to find. That’s all well and good except who is going to be reading my books and participating in these great adventures if nobody knows about them?

#HashTags are the foundation that holds up your Tweet or Post on social media. They are how your audience will find what you have to say. They are a primary means of spreading the word of what you are doing. They are vitally important. More than I ever knew.

Hashtags are one of those funny social media features that can be difficult to understand and use. But, once you get the hang of them, the results come pouring in.

Using hashtags is essentially a way to group together conversations or content around a certain topic, making it easy for people to find content that interests them.

Hashtags can be used on just about any social media platform, but they’re most popular on Twitter and Instagram.

What is a hashtag?

The pound symbol on your keyboard — also called an octothorpe — was initially used to mark numbers.

It was first used for hashtags in the summer of 2007 by Chris Messina. That’s when the web marketing specialist walked into Twitter’s offices with an idea. Because of the platform’s brevity, he suggested the company start using the pound symbol to group related Tweets together.

Since then, the use of hashtags, their reach, and their effectiveness has only grown.

Hashtags are a way to connect social media content to a specific topic, event, theme, or conversation.

By using hashtags your tweets and posts will be seen by more people thereby giving you more reach and exposure that ends up culminating in more followers and more book sales.

#Hashtags for Authors, Writers and Publishers

I don’t want this to be a technical journal all about hashtags since if you’re like me you just want to know three things; what they are, why you should be using them (benefits to you) and which ones to use. The answers are simple. I’ve already answered the first two leaving just which ones to use.

It’s like driving a car. You don’t have to know how an internal combustion engine works all you are concerned about is that it gets you from point A to point B or like a search engine you’re only interested in the results.

Hashtags are similar. There are very specific hashtags that when added to the Tweets or Posts will allow you to be found and will get you more views, likes, shares and subscribers.


Best newbook hashtags popular on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok:

#newbook – 42%

#bookstagram – 13%

#book – 8%

#books – 7%

#booklover – 6%

#author – 4%

#bookworm – 4%

#reading – 4%

#authorsofinstagram – 3%

#readersofinstagram – 3%


Best newauthor hashtags popular on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok:

#newauthor – 36%

#authorsofinstagram – 10%

#bookstagram – 8%

#author – 8%

#indieauthor – 6%

#writersofinstagram – 6%

#books – 5%

#newbook – 5%

#authorlife – 5%

#authors – 4%

There you have it, in a nutshell. You can use #HashTags for every Post and Tweet that you make!

And …. That FREE tool I mentioned to find the best #HashTags for your posts is Best Hash Tags at http://best-hashtags.com