Twitter: Hashtags, What They Are, How to Use Them

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July 24, 2012 | 5 Comments

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We have now come to one of the most well-kept “secrets” of really leveraging Twitter.  They are called hashtags, and they look like this:

#greatbooks

#money

#hope

Basically anything you put a # before until the next space is a hashtag, and they are endless.

#MakingMoneyFromHome

#TakeYourKidtoWorkDay

#TreesAreLovely

Some hashtags are shortened to stand for other things:  #GNFA (Grace & Faith Authors) #LI (Love Inspired) #tworship (Twitter worship).  Others are words mashed together:  #amreading #amwriting #currentlyreading

They might look weird, but these little tags are Twitter gold!

How?

Because they get your twitter post on lists that are read by many people who are NOT your followers.

For example, a person can search for #amreading and read all of the posts with that hashtag in it.  And yes, people do that.

They search things like #bookgiveaway and #greatbooks A LOT.

So you want to learn to use these and use them well.

You can put hashtags at the end of your tweet:

“I fell in love with these characters.”  COMING UNDONE http://ow.ly/8SiRY #Bookreviews #reviews #Amazonlikes #Amazon #Christian #fiction

Or incorporate them:

So #blessed that my #reviewers are loving DEEP IN THE HEART!  http://ow.ly/avqyj You ALL ROCK! #Amazon #Kindle #Amazon #faith #read

But not using hashtags will hamstring your campaign.  You want to get your info to as many people as possible, and hashtags let you do that at the expense of a few characters.

One caveat we’ve learned is that on the lists, there are TWO different lists.  For example, if you will go to Twitter and search #amreading you will notice that there is a Top and an All button at the Top.

“Top” tweets are decided based on some algorithm that combines how many times you’ve tweeted to that list and how many people have clicked on your links.  And you want to be on the Top list because THAT’S the one that people who don’t know will be given.  So choose a couple of hashtags and work them until you get on that Top list.

You will be glad you put the effort into it.

Here are some hashtags to get you started:

Generic Book Hashtags

#ebooks

#reviews

#readers

#reading

#reader

#RT

#Share

#RETWEET

#ian1

#pubwrite

#indie

#indiepub

#WLC

#WLCAuthor

#Romance

#Novel

#greatbooks

#cleanreadsbookclub

#contemporary

#amreading

#Goodreads

#bestbooks

#topten

#readitandtweet

#digitalbooks

#books

#novels

#romancenovels

#fiction

#buyindie

#indieauthor

#mustread

#lovestory

#bookrecommendation

#FridayReads

#digital1st

#ebook

#crazy4fiction

Amazon Book Hashtags

#KDP

#KDPSelect

#Kindle

#KindleFire

#KindleTouch

#KindleBooks

#Amazon

#AmazonKindle

#kindleebooks

#kindlebooks

#kindletweet

BN Book Hashtags

#Nook

#BN

#BNNook

#NookBook

#NookBN

#irink

Christian Hashtags

#blessed

#Christian

#tworship

#ACFW

#GNFA

#Christianbooks

#Christfic

#ChristLit

#ChristianFiction

#uplifting

#faith

#joy

#hope

#GodTeam

#JesusTweeters

#JesusTeam

#TeamJesus

#pray

#prayer

#love

#wisdom

#PositiveTweeters

#CWAtweets

#inspiration

#inspirational

#MKBC

Authors

#indieauthors

#pubwrite

#amwriting

#writing

#writer

#selfpub

#indiepub

#selfpublishing

#indiepublishing

#ian1

#WG2E

#author

#authors

#Christianauthors

#Christianwriters

Free Kindle Hashtags (for use during free book days)

#KDP

#KDPSelect

#FreeKindle

#KindleFree

#Kindle

#KindleFire

#KindleTouch

#KindleBooks

#ebooks

#reviews

#readers

#RT

#Share

#RETWEET if you love #FreeKindle #Christian #ebooks like COMING UNDONE

#Freebooks

#ian1

#pubwrite

#indie

#indiepub

#Amazon

#AmazonPrime

#AmazonKindle

#kindleebooks

#kindlebooks

#WLC

#WLCAuthor

#Romance

#Novel

#amreading

#indiekindle

#GoodReads

#bookreview

#kindledeals

#greatdeals

Young Adult books hashtags

#yalit

#youngadult

Parenting

#Moms

#Dads

#ChristianMoms

#ChristianDads

#parents

#teachers

#parenting

#schools

Miscellaneous Hashtags

#chocolate

#spa

#relax

 

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