How to use hashtags to promote yourself

A few years ago I was a complete twitter novice.  I mean, I didn’t even see why people used twitter!  Let alone understand how to use hashtags to promote myself…

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My tweets consisted of just text – no hashtags, no ‘direct tweets’… just plain old, boring, useless tweets…

And now?  Well, I’m hash-tagging with the best of them!

I use them to promote my blog posts.

I use them to promote linkys when I’ve linked up.

I use them when searching for linky posts to read and share.

I use them to promote my linkys.

I use them all the time.

The hashtag is powerful!

Never underestimate the power of the hashtag…

As well as promoting my posts using relevant and key-worded hashtags, I use various blog parties which ‘hinge’ on hashtags.  I schedule tweets to promote my top posts on a monthly basis.  Not only does this help to bring traffic to my blog and highlight my top posts, but it also helps with finding blog posts that I wouldn’t necessarily find ordinarily.  For me, this is one of the main ‘pulls’ of blogging.  Even for the blogs that I subscribe to, I often miss a post in the daily swamp that is my email inbox!

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I would highly recommend using these hashtag parties:

#ArchiveDay with @SingleMAhoy

#SundayBlogShare with Suzie @SundayBlogShare

#MondayBlogs with @MondayBlogs

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And these blog linkys that I love are also savvy in their use of hashtags.

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When you’ve finished browsing those, I would definitely recommend using hashtags in your twitter bio.  Here’s mine.  As you will see it’s to the point, relevant and tells you a little bit about me.

While you’re there, why not follow me? 😉

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Which hashtags do you find useful, particularly for blogging?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or of course tweet me @AllSortsHere

Maybe throw in #hashtag or #NovicetoPro to help me find you? After all a tweet about a post referring to using hashtags wouldn’t be complete without a hashtag or 2 would it?!… 😉

(but best not to swamp your tweet with too many)

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