Proper use of freelance writing hashtags allows you to signal to social media users that your content is of interest to those in the freelance writing field.
Hashtags are those search words or phrases preceded by the number or hash sign (#) that’s found on top of the number 3 on most keyboards. Originally used by programmers to call out something specific. They began to creep into public awareness with the advent of Twitter and their decision in July of 2009, to link hashtag tweets. It was during the Iranian election protests of 2009-2010 that the upsurge in hashtag use really took off.
Hashtags are no longer limited to Twitter – you’ll find them and can use them on almost all social media including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and more.
My favorite writing hashtags
I most often use hashtags on twitter. I do it to attract an audience for these posts. In general I’ll use:
Sometimes I’ll use:
Looking for hashtags and using them
Google makes it easy to find hashtags, about writing or anything else. Just search on something like hashtags for writers and you’ll get more than you need. Substitute what you’re writing about for the word writers. Most hashtags are pretty self-explanatory.
Yes, you can invent your own – that’s how all these got started. Just be aware that unless or until others start using the hashtag you created, it won’t have much traction. For example, the terms freelancewriter and freelancewriting have gradually been getting more and more popular on Twitter. Originally it seemed only freelance had any credence.
There is always some question about how many hashtags you should use to promote a single post or photo. On Twitter many people say no more than two. I use three and that seems to work.
On other sites, mileage will vary. If it’s a photo site part of your decision is how the hashtags will look – you don’t want to overwhelm. Pay attention to what others are doing and do that is probably the best guideline.
Got a tip or a story to tell us about writing hashtags or any other for that matter? Let us know in comments.
Write well and often,
Get my ebook, 3 Keys to Making Your Writing Pay when you subscribe to the newsletter – both at no cost to you.