Using hashtags is still one of the best ways to get new eyes on your content regardless of what social media platform you are using. This method will save you time and change how you apply hashtags forever.
Growing a following on social media has many different rules to follow, and every bit counts if you're trying to get more eyes on your work. My biggest issue with hashtags was simply how long they take to do, especially knowing platforms "shadow ban" repeated use of the same hashtags. This means if you come up with a generic list and use it for every post, it will stop showing up in those hashtags.
Secondly, the best hashtags to use are typically ones that match the content you are posting, which you also cannot accomplish with a simple list that you post to every image. So, how do you avoid repeating hashtags and use hashtags that match your content in a short amount of time? The answer is comically simple, yet incredibly time-saving.
Previous to finding out how to do this, I kept a document that had hashtags for any type of photo I might post. These could be location-based, subjects such as aerial or long exposure, or tags that match the vibe. You'll notice just a fraction of my tag sets in the above picture. The problem was having to scroll through and find all the appropriate tags for whatever photo I was posting. This saved time but still wasn't anywhere close to as efficient as what I'm about to show you.
Text replacement: you know that annoying thing on your phone where you type "omw" and it writes out the statement instead. It's that simple, and it wasn't until a friend suggested using it for tags that I had even thought about it. Here is how to do this for both systems.
- Open Settings > Navigate to General Keyboards > Text Replacement > Tap the "+" Icon
- Open Settings > General Management > "Brand" Keyboard Management > More Typing Options > Text Shortcuts > Tap the "+" Icon
As an example, if you wanted a tag that was specific to the Milky Way, you could use "#milky" like above and input any hashtags that relate to astrophotography. One caveat is Android doesn't allow you to use the hashtag symbol in the shortcut, but you could just use a word like "tag," resulting in "tagmilky" instead.
It's as simple as that. This allows you to populate a lot of unique hashtags for every post in a short amount of time. You just have to do a lot of upfront work deciding on which hashtags you want to use for any subjects you cover. Keep in mind you'll want quite a few generic sets of hashtags but not to repeat them in every post.
Hope this was helpful for you as it was for me when I was turned on to it. As always, thanks for reading, and I'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments if you think there are other great ways to go about this.