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Updated Instagram Hashtag Guide + Tips

Almost 2 years ago I created my first Instagram hashtag guide post, and I thought I would do an updated one as I’ve discovered so many new hashtags! Hashtags are a great way for people who don’t follow you to see your photos, and for you to discover other people’s photos too. These are all sectioned off into categories, with everything from lifestyle to travel + more. So here is my updated Instagram hashtag guide + tips for using them!

Lifestyle

These are great for really any type of photo!

#simplethingsmadebeautiful #finditliveit #darlingmovement #amblifeiscolorful #nothingisordinary #photosinbetween #pursuepretty #seekthesimplicity #bevisuallyinspried #flashesofdelight #moodygrams #livecolorfully #enjoythelittlethings #petitejoys #lovelysquares #thatsdarling #liveauthentic #inspiremyinstagram #postitfortheaesthetic #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #discoverunder10k #discoverunder5k #darlingdaily #thatauthenticfeeling #liveunscripted #mybeautifulmess #verilymoment #theartofslowliving #livebeautifully #abmhappylife #momentslikethese

Fashion

These are great for any outfit photos you post. I personally mix half of these with lifestyle hashtags for my outfit photos.

#realoutfitgram #styleoftheday #aboutalook #fashiondaily #momentsofchic #personalstyle #outfittoday #whatiwore #currentlywearing #lookoftheday #outfitoftheday #ootdmagazine #stylediaries #wiwt #fashioninspo #fashionaddict #mystylediary #whatiamwearing #stylepost #everydaystyle #wearingtoday #outfitpost #ootdshare

Travel

#postcardsfromtheworld #lonelyplant #darlingescapes #discoverearth #thevisualcollective #stayandwander #letsgosomewhere #welltraveled #neverstopexploring #tasteintravel #roamtheplanet #exploremore #beautifuldestinations #wanderfolk #passionpassport #createexplore #lifeofadventure #travelgram

Blogging 

#bloggerstyle #theblogissue #bloggerbabe #microblogger #contentcreator #lifestyleblogger #fblogger #styleblogger #ontheblog #bloggersofinstagram #bloggersgetsocial #bloggingtips #bloggerlifestyle #blogged #bloggerfashion #lbloggers #blogginggals #bookblogger

Books 

#bookstagram #bookaholic #booksofinstagram #booknerd #igreads #instareads #bookobsessed #booklover #bookstagrammer #igbooks #instabooks #bookworm #booklove #bookaddiction #booksofig #bookish #alwaysreading #bookhaul

Interior

#pocketofmyhome #dailydecordetail #mystylishspace #myhomevibe #currenthomeview #howyouhome #interiordesire #pocketsofmyhome #bedroomdecor #decorcrushing #myspaceanddecor #interiordesign #smallspaceliving #homeinterior #interiordetails

TIPS

30 Hashtag Limit

Instagram has a limit of 30 hashtags per photo, so always keep that in mind!

Look For Brand’s Hashtags

If you’re posting an outfit photo, chances are one of the brands you are wearing has a hashtag you can use on Instagram. This way the brand may see your photo and may decide to repost it.

Use A Mix Of Types Of Hashtags 

This is completely up to you, but I personally always like to have a mix of different types of hashtags. So if I’m posting an outfit photo I will use a mix of fashion and lifestyle hashtags. I also like to have a mix of hashtags based on the number of photos that are in each hashtag. Having a mix between ones with millions of photos and hundred thousands of photos can raise the chance of more people seeing your photo.

Check Each Hashtag Before Use

It’s a good idea to check each hashtag before using them for a few reasons. Some hashtags, due to lots of photos that don’t meet Instagram’s guidelines being included, may not be able to be used anymore. And it’s also a good idea to do this to see if your photo fits what the hashtag is, and to see how many people interact with the hashtag.

Change Some Hashtags For Every Photo

Now, this can be a bit time consuming and seem pointless at times, but it’s important to at least change out a few hashtags for each photo every once and while. Not only will this allow you to use different hashtags and get new people to see your photos, but it stops Instagram from seeing your posts as spam, which could result in being shadowbanned.

Keep Hashtag List On Your Phone

Having a list of all the hashtags you like to use in your phone’s notes makes posting on Instagram easier. I personally have a set of 30 for each type of photo, and then a list of other hashtags I can switch a few out for.

And that is my updated Instagram hashtag guide + tips for using them! Remember that it’s all about finding what hashtags work best for you.

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47 responses to “Updated Instagram Hashtag Guide + Tips”

  1. Alex says:

    Super helpful! Thank you for sharing!

    Alex| californiapollution.com

  2. These are some great tips for hashtags. I love the fashion one and your advice is wonderful 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com

  3. Janet says:

    This is such an informative post Kara! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be using some of these hashtags! Have a wonderful new week xx

    http://www.rediscoveringmystyle.com

  4. Mica says:

    Thanks for sharing these! I use #everydaystyle all the time, I love that Nikki created it for all of us aussie instagrammers 🙂 Some of the others I hadn’t heard of, and I’m probably due to change up my hashtags!

    Hope that you had a lovely weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  5. Quinn says:

    I needed this post! It’s so hard for your content to get seen and hashtags are a great way to combat that. I will definitely be trying these out, love!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  6. Samantha says:

    Love this! Such a helpful post!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  7. Gemma says:

    Really helpful thank you!

  8. Rach says:

    Love this!! So helpful! Definitely will be utilizing some of these when I instagram!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  9. Sharan says:

    Love this guide! Hashtags are only helpful if you use them right, especially with Instagram’s ever-changing policies and algorithm, and this post will help me do just that Xx

    My Blog // My Instagram

  10. Nina says:

    These are great tips, Kara. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  11. Kathrin says:

    Such great tips and advice! I especially like the idea of keeping a list of hashtags for each type of photo on my phone. Thanks for sharing this.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you, Kathrin! I find keeping that list makes posting on Instagram easier, especially when I’m on the go.

  12. Sammy says:

    This is so helpful – thank you!

  13. Naya says:

    Great tips here! As a fellow blogger, I find that I had to change my hashtag game this year because of all the shadowban drama associated with the platform. Thanks for sharing this xx

    Naya
    http://www.partyparrotblog.com

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you, Naya! I had to change my hashtag game too because of that, but I found it actually helped in the long run x

  14. Thanks for all these great hashtags! It’s good to change it up sometimes.

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  15. Jessica says:

    This is such a great guideline! Love the hashtags!

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

  16. Anastasia says:

    This is SO helpful, thank you so much for sharing with us! Also I just found you on Insta, loved your feed!
    x
    Anastasia
    http://www.natbees.com/

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad this was helpful! And thank you so much, Anastasia! I love your Instagram feed so much, so I’m so glad to have connected with you on there. x

  17. Jenifer says:

    These are great hashtag lists and tips! I’ll definitely incorporate some of these into my posts!!

    xx Jenifer
    https://www.theevolista.com

  18. Jessica says:

    Great tips you have here dear. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  19. Nina says:

    Cute post dear! Loving your blog!
    Have a great day! xx

    La ilusión de Nina – http://lailusiondenina.blogspot.com/

  20. Ashley says:

    Killer hashtag research, babe- bookmarking this!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  21. Jessica says:

    This outfit is so lovely… so “college in the Fall!” and I LOVE that!

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

  22. Soph says:

    Ooh this is literally such a helpful post! I always make sure to use all of the hashtags available and to vary them so will definitely be incorporating some of these into mine in the future!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  23. Emily says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with hashtags! Haha. I use a lot of these and always keep them stored on my phone so they’re super easy to grab! Great lists. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

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