Complete guide on Instagram hashtags

Where do I put the hashtags on Instagram? How many hashtags can I write? Are there any forbidden hashtags? If you are here it is because you ask yourself any of these questions so we are going to solve them.

Hashtags are very important to reach more people who can become new followers and future customers . But do not get obsessed with hashtags to the point of using some tags that can penalize you like copying and pasting hashtags or always using the same ones.

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  • How many hashtags to put on Instagram?
  • The most popular or most local hashtags?
  • Where to put the hashtags on Instagram?
  • The best hashtags for Instagram
  • Hashtags you can’t use on Instagram
  • How to know if Instagram has penalized you
  1. How many hashtags to put on Instagram?

The eternal question we ask ourselves. How many hashtags to put on Instagram to gain followers ? By proxy, you can write up to the limit of 30 hashtags , but is it necessary?

In most studies, they say that those who get the most likes on Instagram put few hashtags, but of course there is an error here. Those who have the most likes are known outside of the social network: artists, athletes, singers, actresses… They don’t need to put hashtags to have many likes because they already have fans.

But for checking accounts, hashtags help us reach new people, which translates to new followers and new customers. Therefore, yes you must use hashtags and you can use the ones you want .

Be free to put the hashtags you want but always in a natural way . Do not copy and paste the hashtags that you see on websites or that you have from other publications. In the end, Instagram will penalize you with a shadowban  (less visibility) for carrying out fraudulent actions: it cannot be that all the publications have the same hashtags since they are supposed to be different photographs, and the hashtags describe the photo.

It will be then when you will say that the hashtags do not work because they will hide your publications from the hashtags and they will be of no use . I have been shadowbanned for almost always posting the same hashtags and the only way to get the penalty removed is to spend a while without using hashtags. If you don’t want that to happen to you, do it right.

Therefore, write the hashtags naturally according to what you see in your post:  you can describe the image, the place, the colors… preferably in the native language of your Instagram account. If you do it like this, you will get about 10-15 hashtags at most, which is a good number to make it sound natural.

  1. The most popular or most local hashtags?

They usually recommend using the most popular hashtags like #love #happy #photooftheday #like4like #picoftheday, but do you really think you will reach anyone? Your photo or video will quickly be forgotten precisely for this reason, because it is a widely used hashtag.

Bet on more local hashtags and focused on your sector. For example, instead of using #book, use #children’sbook to be more specific and reach more people. Yes, you will reach more people because by not being used so much, your publication will be in recent for more time for users to see it.

Take the test and use more popular hashtags and more specific hashtags. You will see which ones you have more options to appear in the highlights of the hashtag .

  1. Where to put the hashtags on Instagram?

Do you write the hashtags in the comments or in the post description? In the early years we wrote them in the caption, later there was a tendency to write them in the first comment so they wouldn’t be seen so much, but now we’ve gone back to writing them in the description. Where do we have to put them?

From my experience, you can put them both in the caption of the photo and in the first comment . You can check that whether you write the hashtags in one place or another, they appear in the recent tab, therefore they work. But since we want to do things well and naturally, the ideal would be to put it in the description of the photograph or video.

The caption text should be natural and this is where you should weave in the hashtags if you can. The rest of the hashtags that you want to put, you can write at the end of the description.

Why not write the hashtags in the comments? Because it is not natural for you to write a comment to yourself. If you want to say something you have the description, you don’t need the comments. For this reason, Instagram enabled the option to reply under each comment, so that a reply to a comment is not the same as a comment to your own publication.

Therefore, writing the hashtags in the description of the publications is the most natural and, therefore, what the algorithm may like the most. Writing a comment to yourself in the form of hashtags is unnatural and Instagram is not going to like it.

  1. The best hashtags for Instagram

Do you want to know which are the most used and popular hashtags on Instagram? Here is a list

  1. #love
  2. #instagood
  3. #photooftheday
  4. #fashion
  5. #beautiful
  6. #happy
  7. #cute
  8. #tbt
  9. #like4like
  10. #followme
  11. #picoftheday
  12. #follow
  13. #me
  14. #selfie
  15. #summer
  16. #art
  17. #instadaily
  18. #friends
  19. #repost
  20. #nature
  21. #girl
  22. #fun
  23. #style
  24. #smile
  25. #food

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Do you use some of the most popular hashtags? You can use some but not all because it will be more difficult to reach more specific users.

  1. Hashtags you can’t use on Instagram

The Instavast website shows you the hashtags restricted by Instagram, either permanently or temporarily. Check if any of these hashtags are in any of your content and remove the hashtag quickly, since Instagram may see you as a threat with what this means: less visibility of your photos and videos, what they call shadowban.

Hashtags temporarily disabled is because the community has reported thousands of photos with that hashtag, so Instagram believes that tag is dangerous. While it investigates it, it restricts that hashtag temporarily, so it’s not good to use those hashtags until they’re optimal again.

Most of the prohibited hashtags are words with sexual connotations, so for this type of strategy it is better to choose social networks like Twitter , which do not restrict this content. By the way, if your name is Kike, forget about putting that hashtag on your photos, in English it’s an insult to Jews and Instagram doesn’t like it.

A: anal, anon, arse
B: ballsack, bigboobs, bigbootyhoe, bigtits, bigtitties, bitches, Blowjob, bondagesex, boobies, boobstagram, boobz, booty, bunda
C: clevage, clit, cock, cocks, cum, cumshot, cunt
D: daddydirection, daddydom, daddylove, dick, dicks
F: faggot, fatass, femdom, fetish, footfetish, freethenips, frisky, fucking, funbags
G: girlsgonewild, girlsofinstagram, grindin, gstring
H: hardcore, hmu, hoes, horny
I: IG, ilovemyinstagram, incest, instababe, instabody, instafuck, instahot, instasex
J: jizz
K: kike, kikmeboys, kikmenow, killyourself, kinky, kontol, kyke
L: lean, like, loseweight
N: naughtygirls, nekkid, nigger, nipple, nipples, nips, nobra, nudepics
O: orgasm
P: penis, popular, popularpage, porn, porno, pornography, pornstar, proanorexia, probulimia
S: seksi, selfharm, sexiest, sexual, sexyaf, sexybody, sexygirl, sexys, sexyteen, shirtless, slut, sluts, snowbunnies, spankme, spic
T: tetas, thickgirls, thighs, thinspiration, thinspo, tit, tits, titties, titty, toket, twerking, twerkteam, twink
V: vag
W: wank, whitepower, whore, whores, wtf
X: xxx

  1. How to know if Instagram has penalized you

Surely you want to know if Instagram has penalized you for the use of prohibited hashtags  or for suspicious actions: many likes in a row, the same comments all the time or following and unfollowing regularly. Come on, if you act as a bot or if you have hired one to do it for you.

To check it you must publish a content (photo or video) and put some hashtags. Next, go to those hashtags that you have used and if you do not appear in the latest publications of those tags, you are penalized since you do not have visibility outside of your followers.

To check it better, use in this test little-used hashtags to see if you appear in the latest publications. If you use hashtags like #love or #happy, maybe you do go out, but since there are so many photos per second, you don’t see it.


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