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Popular Instagram Hashtags You Can’t Miss in 2021

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Ah, hashtags – those funny little characters at the bottom of everyone’s Instagram posts.  So popular, they’ve even made it into conversations offline now (in an ironic way, we hope).

But what are they, actually?

Back when (cast your mind back to ye olde 2007) social media was just a whisper on the marketing streets and hashtags merely lurked in the shadows. No one was particularly sure what they were, or how to use them.

They knew the hashtag sign (#) as a pound key (not this kind –  £). Sounds incredibly alien, right? People soon caught on that hashtags help to filter topics of conversations into streams on social media. 

For instance, you can click on trending hashtags like #food and see an aggregation of all of the posts on that channel about food (see image below and also say hello to 370 million pictures of food!). It’s almost like creating a chat room based on that hashtag and this is applicable to most social channels. 

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But, are hashtags even still relevant in 2021?

Ya damn skippy they are! Instagram might have been through more changes than Madonna in her career, but one thing stayed the same – hashtags. They help people find your posts organically, which is great when you’re growing awareness and engagement for you or your brand. After all, you want people to notice and engage with what you’re posting – that’s why it’s called social media. Otherwise, it’s like having a conversation with yourself and you can do that alone at home (no judgement, we’ve been there too).

When you use hashtags (even just one),  you can drive up to 12.6% more engagement than posts without a hashtag. Imagine what several would do! Now that’s a party.

And you might bring people to the party with hashtags, but you can also join their social soiree, by clicking on the hashtags and interacting with their posts which use it. The more interaction you do, the more you can grow your own audience. 

But, how does that work? 

Well, when you’re spreading love (authentic love, not just meaningless comments which could have been made by a ‘bot), then people are more likely to hop over to your profile and engage with your content. Tit for tat. But it has to be for real because people really see through disingenuous comments.

 

 

Ok, ok, but how do I use hashtags in 2021?

We are so glad you asked.

There are a few ways to use them:

  1. On every post and Instagram Story. You can post up to 30 on your Instagram posts and 10 on your Story. Rule of thumb – post your hashtags in the first comment on your posts, so it looks tidier and doesn’t interrupt your genius caption. On Stories, you can reduce the size of Instagram hashtags so they’re not taking up the entire Story (you don’t want to distract from your selfie).
  2. In your profile: you can use a few to showcase who you are and what you do, to make it searchable.

 

How do I even find the right hashtags?

If you want some ideas on what’s relevant for your brand, then see what your competitors are and influencers with an Instagram hashtags search.

The 100 most popular hashtags of 2021

So onto the exciting bit….(drum roll….) the trending top Instagram hashtags for 2021 are:

 

  1. #love
  2. #instagood
  3. #photooftheday
  4. #fashion
  5. #beautiful
  6. #happy
  7. #cute
  8. #tbt
  9. #like4like
  10. #followme
  11. #picoftheday
  12. #follow
  13. #me
  14. #selfie
  15. #summer
  16. #art
  17. #instadaily
  18. #friends
  19. #repost
  20. #nature
  21. #girl
  22. #fun
  23. #style
  24. #smile
  25. #food
  26. #instalike
  27. #likeforlike
  28. #family
  29. #travel
  30. #fitness
  31. #igers
  32. #tagsforlikes
  33. #follow4follow
  34. #nofilter
  35. #life
  36. #beauty
  37. #amazing
  38. #instamood
  39. #instagram
  40. #photography
  41. #vscocam
  42. #sun
  43. #photo
  44. #music
  45. #beach
  46. #followforfollow
  47. #bestoftheday
  48. #sky
  49. #ootd
  50. #sunset
  51. #dog
  52. #vsco
  53. #l4l
  54. #makeup
  55. #f4f
  56. #foodporn
  57. #hair
  58. #pretty
  59. #swag
  60. #cat
  61. #model
  62. #motivation
  63. #girls
  64. #baby
  65. #party
  66. #cool
  67. #lol
  68. #gym
  69. #design
  70. #instapic
  71. #funny
  72. #healthy
  73. #night
  74. #tflers
  75. #yummy
  76. #flowers
  77. #lifestyle
  78. #hot
  79. #instafood
  80. #wedding
  81. #fit
  82. #handmade
  83. #black
  84. #pink
  85. #일상
  86. #blue
  87. #work
  88. #workout
  89. #blackandwhite
  90. #drawing
  91. #inspiration
  92. #home
  93. #holiday
  94. #christmas
  95. #nyc
  96. #london
  97. #sea
  98. #instacool
  99. #goodmorning
  100. #iphoneonly

Psst…it’s important to note that popular hashtags doesn’t always equal the best for you to use. In order to get maximum reach with your content, it’s wise to use a mix of big hashtags like the above, mid-sized (think 10,000 to 50,000) and more niche in your industry. We also recommend changing up your sets of hashtags often, as the Instagram algorithm doesn’t look favorably upon using the same ones all the time.

 

How to save time with hashtag collections

You can use Plann’s hashtags collection features to save a few sets of your favourite hashtags. Then, with the click of a button, you can easily pick and choose from them every time you go to post!

Want more help with hashtags?

Grab our ultimate hashtags cheat sheet, where we hash out everything you need to know about growing with hashtags.

 

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