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All About The #Hashtags! 60(+) Instagram Communities For #Pbloggers. Expand Your Reach #Instalist

by Author: Jade Lloyd

GET NOTICED. Hashtags, love them or hate them, they do the job. Not to lure you here under false pretenses, I feel I should say I am NOT an Instagram Yoda. It’s a platform I am just starting to focus on. At first filling my feed full of ### felt a little ‘hey look at me!’ Don’t be embarrassed. It’s as pointless as trying to convince my son that peas are not the devil’s food.

Why use Hashtags?

Hashtags are not spam, they are tools. If you’re new to Instagram, or blogging hashtags are key to getting your photos seen and your profile discovered. They allow you to reach a bigger audience, expose yourself (not in that way) to more people and therefore increase engagement. You can also easier connect with other users who share the same interests as you. I love finding new accounts!

You can use 30 hashtags per picture, make use of them! Save them in notes on your phone and sticky notes on your laptop so it will always be accessible.

But which ones to choose?

There are thousands of Instagram communities out there and as many possibilities as there are words. You can use generic hashtags like #child which are very popular, but will be used by millions. Don’t just tag any old word #I #Like #Sandwiches.

Mix and match your hashtags, see what communities suit you. I often use the same ones as I enjoy the content. With some of the bigger hashtags you will find a lot of professional photography so may not get as many reciprocal likes and comments; BUT you may enjoy the pictures, how the photographer uses light etc. There are general ones such as #Throwbackthursday where you repost old pictures.

Add a hash for places you visit or products and brands you are using!

That said, don’t just copy and paste hashtags every time without consideration. Pick according to subject of the picture. Which will get best exposure? If it’s a hashtag for outdoor play don’t put it on a foodie #.

Where do the #’s go?

I have read different opinions about where to place IG hashtags. Personally I add them next to the description. Others post them in comments. They have the exact same function as those in a photo description but you will not see the hashtags when published on social media and appearance wise it looks neater. If the hashtags are added in the comments they must be included immediately after posting, this also helps the post to rank higher.

Do your favourite Linky’s have hashtags?

I love linky’s but am just terrible at joining regularly! If you want to check out the different relevant ones out there check out @youbabymemummy’s LINKY LIST.  #Stayclassymama who have a community online as do some of my favourites, #KCACOLS #Coolmumclub, #Tribalchat, #Ukparentbloggers, #Totsphoto and #Pinklinker.

Instagram communities for parent bloggers.  

#Littlefierceones for all littles, old or young created by @Youbabymemummy and @Mrandmrstplusthree. It has daily featured images and as they are both top parent bloggers, it is a very active community and has over 200,000 posts.

#Happylittlebuttons This is a quickly growing # of 15,000 from the fantastic hosts @3_LittleButtons, @MrsLighty and @Rhymingwithwine. The theme for the hashtag is happy moments, memories and things that made you smile.

#Mydarlingmemory was created by @Amumtrackmind for the everyday moments, not just the big milestones. It has around 13,000 really sweet snaps. Lots of adorable little faces smiling up at you.

#WorldofLittles is a community that I love to browse through, there are some stunning photos, 100,000 posts started by the lovely @Whitecamellias whose own photo style I love.

#Rememberingthesedays is another popular (56,000). Made by @Lifeatbabykicks and @Mudpiefridays for special moments in family life. I find this one is good for finding and connecting to other #pbloggers.

#Capturingtheday (19,000) by Double the monkey business (@von_nee) and @LifeisKnutts is a # for everyone, not specifically for bloggers  and I like as it gives a wide scope for what you can include.

#Lionessmama is a new community started by myself and @Mummyinatutu (10,000) for funny snaps, haggard headshots and crying children. You don’t need a filter.

#Myhappycapture is another popular hashtag run by well-known parent bloggers @WhatKatysaidUK and @QFShesaid. One thing that has struck me is that both hosts will often like the images added, even though there are A LOT of photos (100,000).

#Mummyshot was created by an @Imperfectmum and @Macglanville for any image that tells a story or captures an emotion without showing the face. I take so many pictures of the back of my sons head this is perfect (7,000).

#Perfectandproud (11,000) Another wonderful new hashtag made by the fab combination of @Oddhogg @Fivelittledove5 @Runjumpscrap  ‏@2ndtimemama is a place for you to share all your photos of moments you are proud of.

#Thismamaloves Is a beautiful idea created by the ever stylish @Justsayingmum with over 24,000 photos, doing just as it says, encouraging mothers to share images of things they love. It is to express ourselves, our interests and admire some beautiful shots.

#DevelopingLife is a community created to showcase the captures of life created by @Superbusymum (26,000).

#Lifecloseup (75,000) created by @letstalkmommy for those little details that we may not always focus on but that are just as important and inspirational to share.

#Funseekingkids (4,000) by @Burnishedchaos and @Susie_hawes is another popular little expanding community to add your pictures too.

#Meandmineproject (3,000) created @meandmineproject to inspire each other with lots of lovely family portraits.

Adventure and Outdoors 

#Curiouslittleexplorers (37,000) for family shots of the outdoors, the countryside, mini adventurers created by @Lifeunexpected and @Newyoungmum.

#Explorerkids (34,000) by @Kippersandcurtains an @Ethannevelyn is about children, family and fun – exploring and travelling all together to make a wholesome picture of what it is like to travel with kids – young and/or old.

#Whatevertheweatherkids is the place to link up your outdoor, family themed blog posts, old or new (7,200) created by @Monkeyandmousey. Enjoy the wellies.

#UKExplore (12,000) created by @Minitravellers and @TheOrdinaryL to show your favourite places across the UK and your outdoor adventures.

#Letsgolittles is a growing community (4,500) for vibrant photos of adventures with your little ones made by @3_little_ladies and has some lovely shots.

Other travel adventure communities: #Wanderlustkids (681) #Myfamilyadventures (23,000) #Playfreemylove (293) #Awanderfulchildhood (483) #Wildandfreekids (24,000) #Travelwithchildren (27,000).

For parents: #Beinthepicture (657) #Showyouwerethere (53) #Themeinmummy (176).

#Living arrows (4,700) Living arrows is an image based Linky about celebrating childhood.

Large #Pblogger hashtags.

#Oureverydaymoments (100,000) #Pixel_kids (992,0000) #Childrenofig (48,000) #ChildrenofInstagram (325,000)  #Mumsofig (17,000) #MumsofInstagram (192,000) #Instakids #Instakidsfashion #Instakidsworlds #Instakidsstyle #Instakidsmodel #Instakidsphoto (9,000,000) #Ig_motherhood (454,000) #Childhoodunplugged (3,000,000) #Cameramama (750,000) #Letthembelittle (1,800,000) #Nothingisordinary (1,500,000) #Dearphotographer (590,000) #Littlestoriesofmylife (370,000) #Darlingdaily (216,000) #Mybeautifulmess (340,000) #Littleandbrave 1,700,000 #Motherhoodunplugged (619,000)) #Simplychildren (1,020,000) #Lovelifeoutside 112,000 #Motherhoodrising (549,000) #Uniteinmotherhood (935,500) #Candidchildhood (2,346,000) #Dailyparenting (490,000) #Mytinymoments (386,000) #Humansofjoy (225,000) #Documentyourdays 575,000#Littlestoriesofmylife 370,000 #Cherisheverymoment (219,000) #Illuminatechildhood (114,000) #Motherlylove 107,000

Interact! Don’t expect your account to grow without you interacting as well.

It is hard to keep track, they are new # emerging all the time. I spent a good few hours compiling this list so please, use and share. If you have a community or know of ones not listed PLEASE add it in the comments so we can check them out!



What are some of your go to hashtags? Have you found any that have significantly helped you grow your own community?


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A boy and his giraffe 12th June 2017 - 4:08 pm

II’m trying to set up #_awe_andwonder for photos of nature, gardening, holidays and all outdoorsy stuff!

Jenny @ Let's Talk Mommy 28th May 2017 - 10:49 am

Oh this is fab will share it too. Thanks for the tips and the mention of me and my hashtag it’s such a great community so supportive I am loving it. I am trying to comment and engage more with the hashtags I use too. This is fab. (can you edit my handle to @letstalkmommy pls) sorry didn’t want anyone to look for it and not find it. 🙂 Alot of people think it’s Let’s Stalk Mommy but it’s just Let’s Talk Mommy hahahaha I should have realized that when I named my blog. hahahah Too funny! Thanks again babes look forward to seeing your snapping. Happy bank holiday.

Jade 5th October 2017 - 12:29 pm

Ah I found you in my spam beauty I am sorry, I made all the changes when I updated the list! Silly pregnancy brain xx

iamriversmum 17th May 2017 - 8:03 am

So helpful, thanks! I’m still pretty new to Insta (I’m late to the party I know!), but this is exactly what I needed x

absolutely prabulous 30th April 2017 - 12:54 am

Good GRIEF woman how long did this take? You superstar. I’m now having total FOMO about that fact I don’t run an IG community myself and am astounded at how people such successful ones. Really need to up my IG game. Thanks for this fab post.

Lucy At Home 23rd April 2017 - 10:19 pm

This is exactly what i need! I’ve just signed up for Instagram. I’m bookmarking this fab list for future reference. Thanks so much! 🙂

Peachy 16th April 2017 - 7:59 am

I’m just starting out on Instagram so this is very helpful. Sorry for the late comment. #StayClassyMama

themuddledmother 12th April 2017 - 8:49 pm

Great list. I’m a bit rubbish with hashtags so this has really helped me out. Thanks #stayclassymama

Mrs Mummy Harris 10th April 2017 - 7:51 am

This is such a brilliant list, im really struggling with instagram at the moment – i just seem to be a bit deflated with the new algorithms and the follow/unfollowing drives me insane!
I need to dedicate time to fall back in love with it again and hopefully this post will help! #stayclassymama

Digital Motherhood 9th April 2017 - 9:00 pm

Brilliant post! I’ve bookmarked this and will be adding them all to the note on my phone shortly! 🙂 #stayclassymama

nurserywhines 7th April 2017 - 10:27 pm

Thank you so much for sharing all your research. So generous. I have learned some new and valuable hashtags and will definitely be using them. But my fave will always be #stayclassymama

jeremy@thirstydaddy 7th April 2017 - 9:18 pm

Interesting about the hashtags being in the comments. That never crossed my mind before. Thanks for the tip! #stayclassy

thetaleofmummyhood 7th April 2017 - 8:35 pm

This is a great list, there are so many great communities on Instagram! #stayclassymama

ItalianBelly 7th April 2017 - 1:55 pm

These are great! I’ll give some of them a try on my next mommy instagram posts! Thanks for the tips! #stayclassymama

Tubbs 7th April 2017 - 11:55 am

Thank you so much for gathering these in one place as I can never remember them all!

Lisa | PassThe?Pls (@PassTheProsecco) 7th April 2017 - 7:28 am

Love this, I have actually taken notes and learnt so much, thankyou! #StayClassyMama

five little doves 6th April 2017 - 9:03 pm

LOVE this, and have saved it as a favourite! Thank you for including our hashtag too! #stayclassymama

Aleena Brown 6th April 2017 - 6:27 pm

This is the perfect post for growing IG!! I’ve just bookmarked to come back to later, as I’ve set myself a monthly IG follower growth aim so I’ll will deffo need this! #stayclassymama

Nicole 6th April 2017 - 5:12 pm

Great list. Thanks a lot. Still got to up my Instagram game so this will help.

Rhian 6th April 2017 - 11:50 am

Great tips – I am not really on it when it comes to Insta, but these tips will be useful! PS I love your cardi and must have one! Where is it from #cardiaddict #stayclassymama

Jade 13th April 2017 - 1:38 pm

Did you sort it in the end, Its from Ebay!x

Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... 6th April 2017 - 9:15 am

I’m really not on top of the hastag thing on instagram!, thanks for the help! #stayclassymama

pamsbakeandbabyblog 6th April 2017 - 8:37 am

Oh my days theres so much I have to learn! Iv jut been using random hashtags so really need to take a note of these! Brilliant feature post thanks! #StayClassyMama

Life with monster child 6th April 2017 - 6:58 am

What research you have done! It would give me a headache!
Hashtags are great, and I get carried away and 99% of the time end up inventing one of my own. #wineforbreakfastisagoodidea
#stayclassymama is where it’s at! X

Mom Of Two Little Girls 6th April 2017 - 6:17 am

Thanks so much for this. I’m only just getting the hang of this and this list is really going to help. Pinned!

Super Busy Mum 28th March 2017 - 4:09 pm

Thank you so much for including #developinglife – what an epic list!! xx

Jade 28th March 2017 - 6:28 pm

Your welcome, sorry for not finding your hashtag sooner, I sat with coffee and wine and waded through all of them to find the ones I liked best! x

mercieraurelie 27th March 2017 - 5:07 pm

Great list! Thank you so much for sharing, this is really helpful! <3

Chloe Ciliberto 27th March 2017 - 4:06 pm

Thank you so much for featuring #curiouslittleexplorers <3 I love this list. xx

Jade 28th March 2017 - 6:30 pm

You are very welcome lovely, I am sure I am missing some but I was just wanting to make myself a list as much as for anyone else for all my favourite linky ideas and hosts! x

Kerry 26th March 2017 - 8:40 am

Such a useful article, I need to concentrate on my IG following, so this is fab x

Taryn 26th March 2017 - 8:10 am

Fab list! I’ve recently started #letsgolittles for tagging your adventures with your little ones.

Jade 28th March 2017 - 6:31 pm

Oh thank you I will add it in!xxxx

RachelSwirl 26th March 2017 - 12:43 am

I need to write all these down to join in with.

The Parent and Pupil Coach 25th March 2017 - 9:03 pm

Thanks for posting Jade. I enjoyed reading through the suggestions and as a still newbie to IG I’d not used # for communities/groups so will give those a go. I’ve tended to use specific search phrases and like you suggest store them in notes to copy n paste when needed. I’ve a little under 60 # on parenting. One thing I’ve noticed is that if you add # in comments to the max 30, you can still add more # in the description. How this effects the rankings/reach I’m still unsure. I’ve tended to use the search in Instagram to see how popular the tags are, that and looked at other similar sized accounts and see what they’ve used. Thats my 2¢ 🙂 Oh, and my IG handle is @benjacksoncaoch 🙂

Jade 28th March 2017 - 6:32 pm

Thank you for such a considered comment! Instagram is a hard nut to crack indeed but I do love it! I think everyone has a slightly different approach but I was just really interested to see where and who started communities of the hashtags I use!x

The Parent and Pupil Coach 28th March 2017 - 6:40 pm

You’re welcome Jade, glad it brought a little value to you and your community ? Instagram makes it the most fun to discover and engage with – and like any platform has it’s own nuances and tricks.

rachelbustin 25th March 2017 - 8:48 pm

Oh fantastic list Jade! I find Instagram very hard and sit around the same amount of followers for days. But then I don’t post everyday either, I will definitely be using these. Thanks x

Jade 28th March 2017 - 6:33 pm

Me too lovey, I get maybe one or two followers every couple of days even though I like and comment lots, I guess that’s just the way some platforms are lol. Maybe I should bribe people with cake. x

The mummy diaries 25th March 2017 - 7:52 pm

Love this post, I’m always trying to find new hashtags to use so this was so helpful, thank you xx

The Pramshed 25th March 2017 - 7:27 pm

Love this post Jade and such a helpful list of hashtags especially for someone like me who struggles to know what to add a hashtag. But the are such a good tool for growing your IG following x x


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