#Authors, why use #hashtags in your blog post titles?

You may have noticed that I use hashtags in my blog post titles, and I wouldn’t blame you for wondering why – that used to be me, too, when I noticed an author I follow cluttering up her titles with those rather unattractive tags.

But we want people to share our posts, don’t we? After all, that’s why we have all those ‘share’ buttons after our posts – to make it simple and fast for people to share – but how effective are they?

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If you’re sharing to Facebook, then its likely to be to your closer group of friends; to Google, your like-minded associates.

But to Twitter?

Have you looked at the tweets generated by the share buttons, before you click on ‘tweet’?

They include the title of your piece – but unless the sharer takes the time to add hashtags, they go out with, often, a title that strangers might not find captivating enough to get them to click through to your blog.

If, on the other hand, you put appropriate hashtags into your title, hey presto! There they are in the ready generated tweet, so anybody looking at the hashtagged subjects you’ve chosen will see the tweet, understand the subject, and hopefully come to take a look at your blog post.

And that, dear friends, is why there are Twitter hashtags in my blog post titles.

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And if you’re not sure what hashtag to use, here is a post with an exhaustive list of tags, specially put together for authors:

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/225-hashtags-for-writers.html?showComment=1430150581560#c8518488463420417282

Questions anyone?

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37 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Now you know why I use them PLUS a link to 225 useful hashtags 😀

      1. Welcome Deborah 😀

  2. I do this as well and it works wonders on Twitter as well as Google +! 🙂 Great list, by the way!

  3. Thanks for this Deborah

    1. My pleasure, Judith. It’s such a simple addition for big results.

  4. Reblogged this on blindoggbooks and commented:
    Looks like it’s time for me to start #ing my blog titles!

    1. #TimeToHashtag 😉

  5. Great post. I’ve often thought about inserting hashtags into my blog posts, but I’m not super well versed in the hashtag lore. Could you maybe tell us a little about good, all purpose hastags to use for those who are unsure?

    1. I should click through to the post I’ve linked to at the bottom, pick a few that sound appropriate to your chosen subject, and then investigate them on Twitter.

  6. Reblogged this on So, I Read This Book Today and commented:
    Huh. I never thought of that…

  7. Useful post. Thank you.

    1. Glad to be of help.

  8. Ahhh. (light going on in brain) Thanks

    1. Let there be light…. 😉

  9. I’m still feeling my way around Twitter and am still not really sure I know how it works. Thank you for posting this – the hashtag list is useful!

    1. Twitter is a great resource once you figure it out 🙂

      1. I’m sure I’ll get there. Eventually 😀

  10. Reblogged this on Covey View and commented:
    This was so helpful for me. I’ve never understood hashtags. Thanks Deborah Jay.

    1. Thanks for the reblog and glad I could help.

  11. Very helpful.

  12. Thanks for this very informative post! Putting this into action. I am still somewhat new to all of this as I am from “the old school”, but I am learning. This actually inspired my post, the one with the hashtags of course!

  13. Deborah, and other authors, I am a member of a writers’ group on Facebook by Beverly Nault, who is an author and also worked with Mary McDonough (“Erin” on “The Waltons”) on her book, “Lessons From the Mountain, What I Learned From Erin Walton”. (I have a review of the book on my page here.) The group is called “Fresh Starts Writing Room- advice for emerging writers.” It’s open to “emerging writers” as well as published authors for insight and encouragement.

    1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I posted this to the group for our other authors!

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  16. Excellent post my friend. Great info! I saw it and tweeted it also from Marcia’s page. Yes, of course I used a hashtag! 🙂 P.S. lovedddd Desprite Measures, wrote a review and going to blog it in a few days. 🙂

    1. Oooh, thanks! Look forward to seeing that 😀

    1. Thanks for the reblog.

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