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#Hashtags Bring Traffic


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#Hashtags Bring Traffic Copyright Joan Y. Edwards 2018

“#Hashtags Bring Traffic” by Joan Y. Edwards

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When you write a blog post, it has an area where you put keywords, buzzwords, topics in your post.

In my blog posts, I may put as few as three keywords.  They say you shouldn’t use more than 15 keywords. Your keywords probably fit into categories. However, you would usually designate one or two keywords to use with hashtags. For this post, I made only one hashtag. Here are the keywords: #hashtags, keywords, marketing, where to put hashtags, and more traffic. You can find them listed at the end of this blog post.

Twitter uses the number symbol beside a word to denote it as the keyword in a Twitter feed (post). Other social media show these hashtags, too.

In your future blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter posts you might want to add the hashtag symbol to one or two of the most important keywords. It may lead more traffic your way.

Andrew Hutchinson explains that TrackMaven did a study of 65,000 posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and found that Tweets using more than two hashtags see a significant drop in engagement whereas Instagram seems to handle  more words with hashtags.

Maddy Osman says that whenever a user adds a hashtag to a post, it’s indexed by the social network and becomes searchable by other users. Once someone clicks on that hashtag, it takes them to a page listing all posts with that same hashtag. If a keyword picks up enough followers, it may become “trending.”

The following three websites will help you find relevant hashtags for the main topics or categories in your posts. You can check different hashtags to see if others are already following it:

  1. Hashtag Creator
  2. RiteTag.com 
  3. Hashtagify.com 

Where to Put Your Hashtags in Social Media

Where do you add Hashtags in Instagram?

  1. On Instagram, upload picture or video.
  2. Choose to add a filter, then type # followed by text or emoji in the Caption field (example: #flower)
  3. If you want to add a hashtag to a post you’ve already uploaded, edit the caption or include your hashtag in a comment on your photo.
Where do you add Hashtags on Facebook?
  1. On Facebook, add a hashtag to the end of your post. To make a hashtag, write (the number sign – sometimes called the pound sign) along with a topic or phrase and add it to the end of your post. It makes it a clickable link to other posts from you and your friends on Facebook. For example: I just saw the cutest puppy! #dogs
  2. You can check the search bar on Facebook to see if a particular hashtag word has other posts on this subject. For example: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/amreading

Where do you add Hashtags on Twitter?

  1. On Twitter, put the hashtags at the end of your Tweet.
  2. On Twitter, hashtags do not count toward your 140 character limit.

My suggestion:

  1. Use only one hashtag in a title on a blog.
  2. Use only 1 or 2 Hashtags for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media.
  3. If you use more than one word in your hashtag, capitalize each word. #chocolate #ChocolateCake
  4. Highlight only the main topic with your hashtags so you don’t disappoint readers with very little content on a subject you hashtagged.

Resources for You:

  1. Allison M. Wood. Art of Crafts. “How to Use Hashtags to Drive More Traffic to Your Website:” https://youtu.be/_5Zmk-xixak
  2. Amy Masson. “Use Hashtags When Sharing Your Blog Posts to Gain More Traffic:” https://www.sumydesigns.com/use-hashtags-when-sharing-your-blog-posts-to-gain-more-traffic/
  3. Andrew Hutchinson. “Social Networks New Report Looks Opitmal Hashtag Use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/new-report-looks-optimal-hashtag-use-twitter-instagram-and-facebook
  4. Boot Camp Digital. “What Is a Hashtag:” https://youtu.be/-4A_wdR0Ukc/
  5. Evan LePage.”The Do’s and Don’ts of How to Use Hashtags:” https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-to-use-hashtags/.
  6. Facebook Help. “How Do I Add Hashtags to Facebook?https://www.facebook.com/help/587836257914341?helpref=faq_content
  7. Hashtag Creator – Put in a sentence or a phrase and it puts hashtags on each word. Then you can copy and paste it into message, letter, or blog post: https://www.all-hashtag.com/hashtag-creator.php
  8. Hashtagify.
  9. Instagram help. “Where Do You Add Hashtags to Instagram:” https://help.instagram.com/351460621611097
  10. Kevin Lee. “A Scientific Guide to Hashtags Which Ones Work When and How Many:” https://blog.bufferapp.com/a-scientific-guide-to-hashtags-which-ones-work-when-and-how-many/
  11. Krista Stevens. “Better Tagging:” https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/better-tagging/
  12. Maddy Osman.How to Use Hashtags on Every Social Media Network:” https://sproutsocial.com/insights/how-to-use-hashtags/
  13. Onsharp.com. “The Benefits to Adding Hashtags to Your Twitter Bio:” https://www.onsharp.com/the-benefits-to-adding-hashtags-to-your-twitter-bio/
  14. Penny Sanseveri. “Drive More Traffic Using Hashtags:” https://youtu.be/VyT9D7NwQnA 
  15. Ritetag.com. https://ritetag.com
  16. Scott Ayres. “How to Use Hashtags on Facebook:” https://www.postplanner.com/how-to-use-hashtags-on-facebook/
  17. Social Media Worldwide. “Hashtags Explained: What They Are And How To Use Them For Marketing:” https://youtu.be/VA4PIUEdkBs
  18. Taylor Loren. “Ultimate Guide to Using Instagram Hashtags:” https://later.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-using-instagram-hashtags/
  19. Vanessa Doctor. “What Never to Do with Hashtags:” https://www.hashtags.org/platforms/twitter/what-never-to-do-with-hashtags/
  20. Wikihow. How to Use Hashtags with Twitter:” https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Hashtags-With-Twitter

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J.Q. Rose’s Spotlight on Joan’s Elder Care Guide


It is a great honor to be in the spotlight on J. Q. Rose, Author’s blog, where she explores the worlds of writing, publishing, marketing, and reading! Thank you, J. Q. Rose, for spotlighting my book on your blog. I hope that your readers will enjoy it. I hope that my readers will explore the other great articles on your site.

J.Q. Rose’s “Spotlight on Joan’s Elder Care Guide”

Hello and welcome. Hope you’re recovered from a weekend of Mother’s Day activities. 

Today is a special day on the J.Q. Rose blog. I’m shouting about the new release of Joan Y. Edwards’ book for caregivers. I’m happy today to introduce her to you and to spotlight her new book. Take a peek.

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Joan Y. Edwards

 

Reblog: “The Best Time to Start Promoting Your Novel” by Amy R. Reade (guest on Kristina Stanley’s blog)


Reblog: “The Best Time to Start Promoting Your Novel” by Amy R. Reade (guest on Kristina Stanley’s blog)

Kristina Stanley says: It is my pleasure to welcome Amy M. Reade to Mystery Mondays. Amy is an author and another of my “internet friends” who has generously agreed to share her advice.”

The Best Time To Promote Yourself by Amy M. Reade

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 8.18.23 AMWhen Kristina asked me to write a guest post about my novel, my research, or a writing/publishing tip, my first inclination was to write something about the research I did for my new release. But then I changed my mind. I wanted to write the most helpful post I could think of, and research, while I love it and find it endlessly fascinating, is not a terribly enlightening subject for a blog post.

Instead, I’m going to share the best advice I ever received about marketing books.

Ready?

Read more: on Kristina Stanley’s blog with Guest Amy M. Reade

Mystery Mondays: The Best Time To Start Promoting Your Novel

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Believe in you
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

WordPress or Blogger Tips – Week 2 as Guest on Carol Baldwin’s Blog Week 2 by Joan Y. Edwards


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WordPress or Blogger Tips – Week 2 as Guest on Carol Baldwin’s Blog

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Congratulations to Judy Penz Sheluk! She won a free critique of a manuscript, query, and pitch or a blog critique.

Thank you, Carol Baldwin, for having me as a guest on your blog two weeks in a row.

Celebrate you!
Never Give Up
Joan

Prayer Beret and Scarf from Lucille P. Robinson…Thank You.


“Prayer Beret and Scarf from Lucille P. Robinson…Thank You.”

Prayer Beret and Scarf made by Lucille P. Robinson, Christmas 2012 Thank You, Lucille.

Prayer Beret and Scarf made by Lucille P. Robinson, Christmas 2012 Thank You, Lucille.

In April of 2011 Lucille P. Robinson read my poem, “I Said a Prayer for You Today.” She liked it. She makes prayer shawls and gives them to the sick, those who need comforting, or to say “thank you.” Her ministry is so wonderful. She wrote and asked if she could use my prayer poem in a card to give along with the prayer shawls. I gave her permission and she paid me more than I asked. She prints it on the cards she gives with her prayer shawls.

In October 2012, Lucille wrote me and asked me what my favorite colors were. I told her turquoise blue and teal. She said she had found a pattern for a beret and scarf that she thought I might like. During the 2012 Christmas holidays, she sent me a beautiful turquoise prayer beret and scarf.  I know the people are healed and their burdens made lighter by the love that Lucille puts into the making of her shawls, berets, and scarfs. It makes me proud and thankful to know her and to wear the beret and scarf she made especially for me. Thank you, Lucille.

She sent the beret and scarf to me to say “Thank You” for writing the poem and for writing my blog. Isn’t that sweet?

It was an incredible unique feeling to receive a card that had my poem in it. It touched my heart that she would go to all that trouble and spend the time to make them for me. Thank you, Lucille.

Thank you, Lucille for warming the hearts of God’s people. Thank you especially for warming my heart with the prayer beret and scarf you gave me.

Here’s a link to Lucille’s website: http://www.lucilleperkinsrobinson.com/

If you would like for Lucille to make a prayer beret and scarf for you for $26.00, let me know in a comment below or email Lucille at lu_perkins @ hotmail.com (without the spaces) for details.”

There are many unsung heroes who do things behind the lines for those who need comforting and healing. On behalf of all of us who reap the benefits of their help and prayers, I say “Thank You.” If you are in need of prayer and healing, pretend you are wearing a virtual beret and scarf similar to mine in your favorite color. I said a prayer for you right now.  May God heal you!

I Said a Prayer for You Today

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Copyright © 2002-2011 Joan Y. Edwards

I said a prayer for you today.
I know God heard it fine.

I prayed your fears disappear from view.
I prayed God’s love encompass you.
I prayed that peace be in your heart.
I prayed calm fill your day at start.

I said a prayer for you today.
I know God heard it fine.

I prayed you have the best of health.
I prayed you have abundant wealth.
I prayed love follow you near and far.
I prayed you realize the gift of God you are.

I said a prayer for you today.
I know God heard it fine.

I thanked God for sending you as my friend.
I prayed you know God loves you without end.

You saw the answer to my prayer.
I know you saw it fine.

You saw the beauty in the face of a child.
You saw the wonder of an animal in the wild.
You saw a mother protecting her young with her life.
You saw the unselfish husband providing for his wife.

You felt the answer to my prayer.
I know you felt it fine.

You felt God’s presence within you.
You felt God’s warmth in your heart and soul.
You felt God’s energy and power from above.
You felt confidence from God’s acceptance and love.

You tasted the answer to my prayer.
I know you tasted it fine.

You tasted the absence of hunger.
You tasted the hope of compassion.
You tasted the healing of forgiveness.
You tasted the guidance of wisdom.

You smelled the answer to my prayer.
I know you smelled it fine.

You smelled the scent of friendship.
You smelled the sweat of employment.
You smelled the leather of toughness.
You smelled the woods of safety.

You heard the answer to my prayer.
I know you heard it fine.

You heard the voice of the needy.
You heard the music of kindness.
You heard the cries of the lonely.
You heard the footsteps of courage.

You heard God whisper in your ear.
I know you heard him fine.
He said, “I love you, my dear child.
I’m glad that you are mine.”

Related Post

April 29, 2011 post – “I Said a Prayer for You Today:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/i-said-a-prayer-for-you-today/

Celebrate You.
Never Give Up!

Joan Y. Edwards

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What Are Your Goals for This Month? (Pub Subber)


What Are Your Goals for This Month (Pub Sub) by Joan Y. Edwards
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It’s good to write down your goals for this month. Next month, you can see how well you did. If you didn’t reach them, you can move them to the next month. This will help you be accountable for working toward your goals. Choose at least 3 goals. The power of 3 will keep you going.

Here are 19 possible goals for writers. Perhaps some of these goals are the same as your goals. You can copy and paste this page. Then delete the ones you don’t plan to do this month. You can add specifics beside a goal. For instance, you can put the titles of the 3 books you plan to read. You can put the subject for your blog post. Are there goals you think I should have listed for writers? Leave them in a comment below.

  1. Read 3 books in your genre.
  2. Read 1 book to help with the craft of writing and/or marketing.
  3. Research possible markets for your manuscript.
  4. Write a blog post.
  5. Write a new story.
  6. Revise manuscript.
  7. Critique a manuscript.
  8. Get your manuscript critiqued.
  9. Write a query letter.
  10. Writer a cover letter.
  11. Write a proposal.
  12. Write a pitch/summary/synopsis for your manuscript.
  13. Enter a contest.
  14. Submit manuscript to an editor.
  15. Submit manuscript to an agent.
  16. Attend an online workshop.
  17. Attend a workshop in person.
  18. Attend an online conference.
  19. Attend a conference in person.

For Step-by-Step Directions to get your submissions polished and ready to submit, look at the following links:

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Go for the Gold in Your Heart – Submit Your Manuscript (Pub Sub)


“Go for the Gold in Your Heart – Submit Your Manuscript (Pub Sub) by Joan Y. Edwards
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P is for personal perseverance, polished manuscript, and powerful publication – Submit your manuscript.
U is for unlimited, unique, undying, possibilities – Submit your manuscript.
B is for brilliant, bedazzling belief in you and your story – Submit your manuscript.

S is for smart, stimulating, spectacular  – Submit your  manuscript.
U is for unleash your upbeat, unending energy  – Submit your manuscript.
B is for bold, brave, and beneficial, take bigger chances, behold bountiful opportunities –  Submit your manuscript.

Juliana Jones, a member of the official Pub Subbers Yahoo Group reminded me that short was sometimes, sweet. Therefore, I wrote a poem to remind us all the reasons why Pub Subbing is beneficial.  I hope that it inspires you to submit that manuscript you’ve stored away. Pull it out. Follow the steps in the links below, and go for the gold in your heart. Submit your manuscript.

For Step-by-Step Directions to get your submissions polished and ready to submit, look at the following links:

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