How To Use Hashtags To Instragam Like A Boss
- TagsForLikes App
Have you ever looked at someone else’s Instagram account and wondered how they got so many followers when they’re not even famous? Every single post has likes for days, in fact it seems like they have all the likes. Well nobody likes a person who’s jelly so let me show you how to avoid going to Jelly School.
Chances are they have great content and great looking photos. Without great imagery that draws you in and engages your eye, you have nothing. But let’s assume you’ve figured that out already and are looking to get more likes, more followers and more engagement. What you need are hashtags and you don’t just need them, you need to hashtag like a boss.
A hashtag, according to dictionary.com, is “a word or phrase preceded by a hash mark (#), used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search for it.” Hashtags make it so that messages, or in this case images, can be grouped together and searched. The idea being that people who are interested in looking at pictures of delicious Burgers on Instagram, can search the hashtag #Burger and see a stream of Burger photos.
If you use can master the use of proper hashtagging, you will gain more likes, more followers and more engagement. I do this with the help of an app called “TagsForLikes.” It allows you to search and save popular groupings of hashtags that make sense to put under photos that fit a certain theme.
Here’s a step by step “how to hashtag like a boss using TagsForLikes” instruction using photos of a Burger I recently ate at Smashburger in Paramus, NJ.
556 Rte 17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652
3. Tap in a search for the theme you are looking for which in this example would be “Burgers.” TagsForLike for the most part is not that granular so you have to think a little more broad stroke so we will use “Food.”
5. Tap “Copy Tags” and they will be saved to your clipboard. Tap “Categories” and then “Cancel.” Next tap “Custom.” You will then be taken to a screen where you can create your own customized hashtag grouping by tapping “New Custom.”
7. Once you’ve changed the name, you can start to build your hashtag group. TagsForLikes will automatically include a couple of their own tags which you can copy over or delete. Double tap the screen and copy in the hashtags you copied from the categories screen. You can then also type in additional tags that relate to your subject.
10. Remember to keep your tags relatable to the content. It’s bad Instajuju if you hashtag a picture of your Cat with #Burger if there is no Burger in the photo. But you can do things like “instafood” where you use “insta” and then add your category afterward. TagsForLikes lets you have many different groups so if you are posting French Fries or Burgers or Shakes or Hot Dogs, you can have a group for each one.
11. The last tip I will give you is this; Avoid using hashtags in with the text in your post. Post them as a comment. That way it’s easier on the eyes for people who follow or find you to read the message. It shows that you care and are a Instamaster.
Here’s my Burger hashtag group:
#burger #burgers #burgerlovers #burgertime #hamburger #food #foodie #yummy #instafood #foodstagram #foodporn #burgerporn #nom #yum #fresh #tasty #foodie #delish #delicious #eating #foodpic #foodpics #eat #hungry #foodgasm #foods
To show you an example of how using TagsForLikes can help you master the art of Instagram likes, check out this example. Here’s a post I put on Instagram of a Classic Smashburger. I purposely did not include any hashtags and at the time of this blog post, I had 69 likes.
To contrast, here is an Instagram post of a Schweid and Sons Burger that Stephen from Taproom 307 and I made at the annual Belgium Comes To Cooperstown Festival at Brewery Ommegang. On this one, I included by Burger hashtag group. At the time of this blog post, it had 97 likes.
Which by the way, I think we perfected the ultimate Breakfast Burger on this one. Try it for your self:
- Schweid and Sons “Custom Blend” - Certified Angus Beef® Chuck and Brisket Ground Beef
- White Cheddar Cheese
- Thick Smoky Bacon
- Dippy Egg, (aka over medium)
- A piece of Romaine Heart Lettuce
- Martin’s Potato Roll
According to my buddy Sean from The Bronx Brewery it was the “Best. Breakfast Burger. Ever.”
Have a question or want to share a Burger photo with me? Follow me on Instagram and include @BurgerConquest in your posts. I try to like every photo of a Burger I see.
For a comprehensive list of descriptions of all the regional specialty Burgers at Smashburger, check out BurgerWeekly.com.