Friday, 6 April 2018

Instagram Hashtags for Parent Bloggers

Instagram Hashtags for UK Parent Bloggers

I'm trying to post more regularly to Instagram and just generally make more use of it as a promotional platform. This post will serve as a handy guide to the best hashtags to include to get eyes on your pics!

What is a hashtag? 

Hashtag are those words with the hash - # - symbol at the beginning. Through the wonders of technology the # symbol makes those words clickable on social media, taking the user through to other posts containing the same hashtag. By including a hashtag in your Instagram post you're telling the world what your post is about and enabling people all over the world who are interested in that topic to find your content.

Here are 50 generic but useful hashtags for parent bloggers:

#acupofmotherhood
#amomentinmotherhood
#cameramama
#candidchildhood
#capturingchildhood
#celebratechildhood
#cherisheverymoment
#childhoodunplugged
#childofig
#childrenofig
#dadblogger
#documentyourdays
#enchantedchildhood
#freerangekids
#heymama
#honestmotherhood
#ig_motherhood
#igmoms
#letthembelittle
#letthemplay
#littlehumans
#littleloves
#magicofchildhood
#memoirsofmotherhood
#motherhoodrising
#motherhoodunplugged
#momblogger
#momentsoverposes
#mumblog
#mumlife
#mummyblogger
#mummyblog
#mumsofig
#mytinymoments
#ourcandidlife
#parentblogger
#parenthood
#parenthoodunlocked
#pbloggers
#pbloggersuk
#pixel_kids
#raisingragamuffins
#raisingthoserascals
#rememberingthesedays
#thisjoyfulmoment
#thisparentlife
#toddlerhood
#ukblogger
#uniteinmotherhood
#watchthemlearn


How do I make the most of them?

Okay, so let's say you've taken a cute photo of your dog and want the world to see it. You could just stick '#dog' in the description and be done with it. But, just imagine how many people are uploading photos of their dog to Instagram at any given time. Your picture will likely be lost in the crowd. So you need to get a little more specific with your hashtags to get views on your post - tagging for the specific breed, for example, or what they're up to (#dogsitting, anyone?).

Here are another 25 useful hashtags, this time a little more focused:

#babyanddog
#babyandme
#babybump
#beinthepicture
#dadanddaughter
#dadanddaughtertime
#dadandson
#justborn
#kidart
#mumanddaughter
#mumandson
#newborn
#preshoollife
#rainydayfun
#readtoyourkids
#runwildmychild
#tantrum
#tantrumtales
#toddlerlife
#ukmum
#ukmums
#whatmychildeats
#whatmychildwore
#whatmykidwore
#wildandfreechildren


What about hashtag communities?

There are a number of curated community hashtags - in other words the people who created the tag pick a few posts using the tag each week to feature in their own feeds. Getting one of these coveted feature spots can result in extra traffic for your photo and, by extension, your blog. Others just have a community feel, with people tracking the tag and interacting with each other.

Here are 25 hashtag communities for UK parent bloggers, with links to some of the blogs involved:

#adventurelikebeatrixpotter
#capturingtheday
#curiouslittleexplorers
#explorerkids
#freespiritedchildhood
#funseekingkids
#happylittlebuttons - happy moments, memories and things that make you smile.
#letsgolittles
#lifecloseup
#lionessmama
#littlefamiliesofig
#littlefierceones
#livingarrows - image based linky for celebrating childhood.
#lovelifeoutside
#mummyshot - for images without visible faces.
#myhappycapture - celebrating happy moments.
#ourplayfulstyle
#ourwhimsicaldays
#perfectandproud
#saturdaysiblings
#themagicineveryday
#thismamaloves
#ukexplore
#whatevertheweatherkids
#worldoflittles



Anything else I should know?

You can use up to 30 hashtags per post, and many bloggers prefer to put the hashtags in a comment on the photo rather than in the caption. (The argument is that it looks neater. I think it's a case of YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary.) Instagram updated their hashtag algorithm for 2018 and the consensus is that it has massively reduced the benefits of using them, the reach is much less than it once was - presumably in the hope people will pay to promote posts instead.

As a reluctant IG user, I see the way forward for me as copying and pasting in a selection of hashtags, focusing on the hashtag communities.

Are you a regular on Instagram? Which hashtags do you find most useful?










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