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My favorite hashtags for dogs

  • January 31, 2018
  • By MaggieLovesOrbit
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My favorite hashtags for dogs

Favorite Hashtags for Dogs on Instagram to increase your engagement and organically grow your account

I think you will agree with me when I say ….

Trying to figure out the magical combination of hashtags to use is something like trying to find the needle in the haystack.

The problem is that most Instagrammers struggle with this and we are are looking that finding the secret will feel like this …

I’ve been on Instagram for over two years.  My dog’s account @maggielovesorbit has grown to over 96,000 followers.  And I have over 20 other accounts I manage for clients.

I would like to claim that I have hashtag mastery but that would be misleading.

You see things have changed on Instagram and Hashtags no longer carry the weight that they used to.

Visual Artificial Intelligence has come and Instagram’s computer is actually able to read photos pixel by pixel so working on your ability to capture a photo that tells a visual story has at least 90% more weight that the hashtags you use.  And as Visual AI gets better … hashtags may not even be as relevant.

But we’re not 100% there yet and if hashtags can nudge your photo at lease a little in the right direction then in this post I will share formula’s that I’ve used to grow my various Instagram accounts.

In Case You’re a Beginner and Need This Info.  Hashtags on Instagram are:

What are hashtags? Hashtags categorize content.  When you click on a hashtag you’ll be able to see how many photos have been tagged with that hashtag.  Conversely, when you use it you will be discoverable by other Instagram users searching for that hashtag.

Why should you use hashtags? The right combination of hashtags will expose your account to other Instagram users.

How many hashtags can you use? You can use up to 30 hashtags on Instagram and we recommend you use at least 12, and up to 30 when possible.

How do you insert it into a post? Everyone has their own style.  For me … I typically will use 3 to 7 hashtags in the original post.  And then I will add a comment with the remainder of the hashtags.  This is simply for aesthetics and a visual preference.  I like to keep my original caption as clean as possible.

Beginner strategy would look like this:

How do I decide on the right hashtags?

1. I looked at what my favorite friend’s accounts were using.  When I first started, I just simply copied what my favorite accounts were using.

2. I look at related hashtags.  Click on the magnifying glass icon and in the search field … enter in your desired hash tag.  When that comes up – take a look at the other “related hashtags” that Instagram suggests explore those photos if they are relevant.  For example if you put in #crazydogmom you’ll find other related hashtags.  Or right now I’m really into the #adventuredogs so I love looking at related photos of dogs that hike or dogs that camp etc.

3. Look to see how many people have used that hashtags.  For the most part I choose hashtags that have been used at least 5,000 times up to 300,000 times.  The exception is when I will just make up my own hashtags (for fun) to add to my content.

4. Mix up the type of hashtags.  So I typically select hashtags on a general “dog” theme, or “silly dog” or “crazy dog mom” or “outdoor dog” theme.  It all depends on the post.  And then I make sure I have a few tags related to the breed of my dog.  And sometimes I will use a very general hashtag to express an emotion such as #aww or #loveher or #mmmhmm.  When it’s relevant I may use a location hashtag such as #sandiegodog or #visitSD

5. Mix up the sets you use.  I don’t use the same set everyday.  I mix it up throughout the week and try to match the set when relevant, to the theme of that set.

2018 Hashtag Strategy:  Look for hashtags that have low density in use but high levels of engagement

  1. In regarding to finding out which hashtags to use, there’s a technique I use in my guide in finding the hashtags that get the lowest # of posts uploaded per hour but the highest number of engagement.  You can roughly figure this out by looking at a particular hashtag to see how many posts are uploaded per hour.  I also use a services from smaudience.com.
  2. Another way to select your hashtags is look at the top 9 and see what the highest # of engagement is for that hashtag.  If you’re averaging higher in average posts, and that hashtag has low density (as in posts uploaded per hour) then it’s a good one to add to your list. So let’s say you look at the top 9 and the highest # of likes in that hashtag is 400 but your average # of likes is 700 … then this is a hashtag you might want to utilize.
  3. Lastly the other way I use hashtags is to select who to engage with.  Hashtags are like search words in google.  But this time I might choose a specific interest …. or select a VERY POPULAR hashtag (I know this goes against what you might think) but people who use the hashtag “puppy” as an example are most likely new to Instagram.  And don’t know that there are literally thousands of photos uploaded to that hashtag per hour.  However … if you’re the only one that actually leaves a comment on their photo, then you stand out to that person.  Only do this if you’re truly interested in that account and photo!

Where to place the hashtags?

Ideally in the comment.  The reason why is Instagram’s servers should log your hashtags at the time you post your photo.  Even though you can technically add it to your caption … there will be a delay in attaching that hashtag to your photo so you may as well post with the hastags you intend to use.

How many to use?

There are various recommendations going around to use “five” but I have not found that to be the case.  As I mentioned hashtags carry less weight (between 2 and 10%) so feel free to use up to 30 hashtags..

Remember to keep it a two sided conversation. Hashtags work best if you actually engage in them too.  So that means when someone comments on your photo.  You should comment back even if it’s just an emoji.  Also explore the hashtags you use and comment on photos that resonate to you.  Typically most of your Furriends use some of a combination of similar hashtags already.

Where do I store my hashtags? I have an iphone so I keep them on my notepad.  And then I simply copy and paste the set I want to use.  Since we’ve been on Instagram for over a year… I have several sets of hashtags which I am sharing below.  One final note.  Be sure the hashtags fit the story you are sharing about your life with your dog.   These are mine that I use which I am sharing which tell the story of my life with Maggie and Orbit.  Hope this helps you out!

Sample hashtags Following are some sets of hashtags I’ve used.  Feel free to go through them but take a look and edit out any that do not apply (for example those that are Boston Terrier specific).

25 hashtags – sister theme/2 dogs

#obsessedwithmydog #crazydoglady #dogsarefamily #dogsarethebest #lifewithdogs #twodogsarebetterthanone #twodogs #mypack #badassdog #likesisters#ittakestwo #doggram #wearehwoweare #pawsome #dogsmakemehappy #bostonterriersofig #buhiobsession #smooshedface #flatnosedogsociety #flatfacecrew #sistersister #seesters #bruddah #loveabully #bostonbully 

Outdoor tags

#hikingwithdogs #adventuredog #campingwithdogs #dogsonadventures #optoutside #getoutdoors #happydogs #itsadogslife #adogslife #happypup #walkies #thoseears #mansbestfriend #barkhappy #ruffpost #woof #puppyeyes #puppylife #puppydog #bostonterriercult #bostonterrierlove #bostonterrierpuppy #sistersister

general tags

#ruffpost #buzzfeedanimals #dogsofinsta #mustlovedogs #dogsrule #dogchild   #aww  #dogsofinstagram #dailyfluff #dailyfluff #bestwoof #puppy  #ILoveMyDog #mansbestfriend #vscodog #dogsarethebest #awwfeed #inspiredbypets #floppyears #dogsandpals #icanteven #dogmom #pupsofinstagram  #ilovemydoggy #dogsruletheworld #dogsmakeeverythingbetter #bestdogever #bestdogontheplanetearth #bestdogintheworld #mydogmakesmehappy #happydoghappylife #dogsrulstheworld #dogsloverforever #adopdontshop #dogloversunite #mydogisfunny #mydogisawesome #mydogiscuterthanyourkids #pupperlove #pupperpic #pupperdog #pupperz #pupperina #doggolove #doggolife #goodboi #dogvideooftheday #thecanineway #adventuredognation #goodtimesoutside #adventuredogsofficial #dogmomaf #livelifeoffleash #outdoorpups #bork #lifeanddog #fren #campingwithdogs #hikingdogwithdogsofinsta #mountaindog #hikingdogs bestdogever #pupper #woofer #woofergram #ilovemydoggy #dogsruletheworld #dogsmakeeverythingbetter #bestdogever #bestdogontheplanetearth #bestdogintheworld #mydogmakesmehappy #happydoghappylife

29 tags

#ruffpost #excellent_dogs #igcutest_animals #dog_features #cutepetclub  #a_dogsworld #lacyandpaws #buzzfeedanimals #dogsofinsta #btcult #bostonterrierlove  #wooftastic #mustlovedogs #cutestdogever #dogsrule #dogchild  #bostonterrierpuppy #aww #ILoveMyDog  #dogsofinstagram #dailyfluff #bestwoof #dogsofinstagram #dailyfluff #bestwoof #puppy #socutetho #ILoveMyDog #mansbestfriend 

25 – dog training theme

#dogtraining #sandiegodog #dogadventures #letsbefriends #dogsarethebest #cutestdogever #dogsarefamily #dogsrule #mustlovedogs #dogsarefamily #animaladdicts #mustlovedogs #mykidshavefourpaws #livethelifeyoulove #shemakesmehappy #smilesfordays #snortmonster #atdogs #cutepetclub #ilovemybostie #Ilovemydog #bostonterrier #ruffpost #awwfeed #petsdelight

23 Pretty photo – abm and happy now

#ilovemybostie #bostonterrier #bosties #wecanteven #myworld #dogchild #furchild #dspetstyle #abmhappylife #vscodog #animalsco #ruffpost #awwfeed #petsdelight #animaladdicts #nothingisordinary #properpup #morningslikethese #thehappynow #thatsdarling #pursuepretty #atdogs #mykidshavefourpaws 

22 happy silly International theme

#bostonterriersofinstagram #flatnosedogsociety #squishyfacecrew #bostonterrierpuppy    #teamfloppyears #bostonterriersforever #보스턴테리어 #멍스타그램 ##ボストンテリア #perro #chien, #weeklyfluff #ilovemybostie #bosties #dogsarefamily #sillydoggy #sillypuppy #cracksmeup #animaladdicts #mustlovedogs #mykidshavefourpaws  #snortmonster 

27 boston terrier theme

#bostonterriersofinstagram #bostonterriercult #bostonterriers #bostonterrierlove #bostonterriersofig #bostonterrier_feature #buhi #Squishyfacecrew #bostons #bostonsofig #bostonterrierlife #bostonterrieroverload #btcult #bostonterriersforever #americangentleman #bullylove #bostonterrierpuppy #bullylife #lovebostons #bostonsrule #ilovemybostonterrier #squishyface #smooshedface #bostie #Keepthepackintact #barkzweekly #btwolfpack

26 tags lots of big accounts use these.  I only use this set sparingly as the hasthags are too popular

#vscocam #olympus #dogsofsandiego #dogsandpals #puppy #smalldog #dogsofinstagram #bostonterrier #petsagram #aplacetolovedogs #petsofinstaworld #lacyandpaws #animalsco #pets_perfection #dailydog #dogaccount #cutedog #dogoftheday #ilovemydog #animaladdicts #perros #puppysketchclub #weeklyfluff #dailyfluff #fluffypack #dogphoto 

30 Adventure tags lots of big accounts use these.

#dogsonadventure #dogsthathike #westcoastbestcoast #hikingwithdogs #stayandwander #modernoutdoors #greettheoutdoors #bestdog #dogsofinstaworld #dogsandpals #dogscorner #worldofcutepets #petsofinstagram #animaladdicts #exklusive_shot #dogsofinstagram #outsidedogs2016 #sandiegodog #btwolfpack #barkzweekly #mansbestfriend #bestwoof #weeklyfluff #getoutdoors #findyourselfoutside #bostonterrier #bostonterriercommunity #sandiegolife #exploresandiego #socialization

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By MaggieLovesOrbit, January 31, 2018
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