When I signed up for Instagram I wasn’t concerned with engagement, likes, comments, hashtags etc. I just got one because everyone was getting one (hey, it was 2011 and I was still a teenager severe peer pressure syndrome…)

10 hashtags that will EXPLODE your Instagram game

Fast forward 5 years (5?! WHAT?!) and everything has changed.

Now I post at the suggested prime engagement time, I plan out my feed and I tag my pictures with a buttload of hashtags. 

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of this post, I would just like to say that this algorithm (and the ones before it) SUCKS. 

Back to the post. Here are 10 of my favorite hashtags to use:


Created by The Glitter Guide, this hashtag is for anything that makes you smile and if you use it you might be featured! 

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I can’t find the specifics, but I use it for all my Instagram posts-especially everything lovely. Here is the Insta account. 


This is for the ladies! This one is by The Free Woman, but I also love She Is Light-I can’t find a hashtag for that account.


Well Helene in Between has a lot of awesome hashtags, but this one is probably my favorite. 

#abeautifulmess + all their hashtags

Here is their hashtag guide because you’ll need it to navigate all of them. 


Started by Amelie from A Wanderer’s Adventures– this hashtag can be used to document daily wanderings in life.

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This one is all about celebrating the little things! Co-founded by Allie Seidel and Rouge and Whimsy?


Ban.do has like a gazillion different hashtags (see them here), but this one is my fave.


Guess what this is for! 


How could I not post about my new hashtag!? Use it for anything that makes you happy! Here is the full post about it. 

What are some of your favorite Instagram hashtags?

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  • Oh dang! I forgot to use your hashtag when I posted just now. Will add it now!

  • Shannon @ Lady’s Little Loves

    I need to do a better job at this! WHen is the prime time to post on IG in your opinion?

    • I think the general time is 2-3 PM, but Instagram analytics tells you your personal optimal time!

  • Callie Cullum

    Thanks for these!

  • these are some awesome hashtags that I hadn’t heard of before. Thanks for sharing them!

  • Some of them I knew, some I didn’t yet. Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely give a couple of those suggested a try.

    • Stay tuned-I’m gonna post a lot more!

  • Great hashtags! I’ll have to use these !

  • I’m going to check these out! I always heard that first thing in the morning is the best time to post to Instagram?

    • I used to do that! Now Instagram tells me that my best time is 10-11 AM.

  • Alix, this is a super helpful resource! I’m just getting into building my IG for my business, and I will certainly use your advice. Thanks chica!!

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

    • I’ll post a ton more on Monday!

  • Miss ALK

    I use some of these but you also featured some new ones that I didn’t know about!! 🙂

    xoxo A

  • Lynn White

    I use some of these, but you have many on here that I don’t use. Thanks!

  • I use some of these and they are SO helpful! Everyone should use them!!

  • Adriana

    I use some of these and love them! There’s some I’ve never tried so I’m going to check them out when I post next!!

  • Belema Ronabere

    Lol these are cool. I guess I’ll have to explore these.

    • I’ll post a guide with a lot more on Monday!


    Abosolutely love #solovelysofree ! Can’t believe I wasn’t aware of that one

  • You started a hashtag?? How awesome! Thanks for these, there were a few I didn’t know so I’ll have to try them out!

    • I did! It’s awesome, I’m always checking it haha.

  • This is awesome thank you!!! Definitely need some help in this department.. growing is growing slowly.. be patient! I will definitely try some of these out xx

    • I know how that is! These should help!

  • Definitely some good hashtags in here! I love the #lovelysquares one! Thanks for sharing. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

  • With Kids And Coffee

    Some great hashtags that I hadn’t heard of before and will DEFINITELY be using. I use #lovelysquares quite a bit. Always a good feed on that one.

    • I use that one all the time also!

  • Ashley Reida

    Awesome hashtags! Thanks! I’ll write a few down to use!

    • I’ll be posting a giant copy + paste guide on Monday!

  • I always love trying new hashtags! These are all new to me except #flashesofdelight, which I use on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  • Christa Stull

    Oooo..great post! Thank you for sharing your #secrets with us! 😃 I’ll definitely be putting some of those to use!

  • All wonderful hashtags! I love all of these 🙂

  • I need to use some of these hashtags. Thanks for sharing.

  • thesophiadiaries

    Oh, totally love this compilation you put together!! Can’t wait to use your new hashtag <3

    • Yay! Can’t wait to see what you post.

  • Oooh I’ve never heard of #barkpack. Gotta use this one on my pups IG!

    • Haha such a good one for the furry friends!

  • Love this list! I use a lot of these, but a few were new to me, thanks! 🙂

  • Audrey Knizek

    Love this list! It’s always a bit challenging to find new hashtags that will increase engagement.

    • Ugh apparently EVERYONE’S engagement is down thanks to the new algorithm.

  • Haha i didnt know about #barkpack! Love it!

    • I love scrolling through the posts with that hashtag!

  • This is so awesome! I use a few of these, but some I’ve never heard of. Great list!

  • Love this! There are so many awesome hashtags and love that these are all unique from many of the other posts I’ve read.

  • I can’t wait to start using some of these, including your new one!

  • Lisa Roe

    These are great, and I agree the IG algorithim and constant changing rots!

    • I just heard that it changed again…ugh

  • I’ve been using or have seen some of these hashtags around, but it’s cool to see where they came from! Thanks for putting this together 🙂

    • I’m always curious about how they started!

  • Brittany Daoud

    I didn’t know about most of these, so thanks for sharing!

  • This is such a helpful breakown- I jotted down a bunch of them to use in my next posts!

    • Yay! Look for my hashtag hack post on Monday.

  • Kaitlynn Charalambopoulos

    I have not heard of some of these so I’ll have to start using them. I just had fun scrolling through the #barkpark pics haha

    • Scrolling through the dog ones make me smile haha.

  • So many great hashtags! I haven’t heard some of these.

  • Savannah Ward

    Hashtags are so fun and simple to use and can do so much for your blog. Love this list!


  • Love them!

  • Carly Ned

    Love using these hashtags 🙂

  • So many great hashtags! I use most of them but I definitely want to try Solovelysofree

  • I’m all about using more and different hashtags. I’ll definitely have to try these!

    • I try to mix them up, I just sometimes forget/am too lazy haha.

  • I use most of these and I love them! I love seeing what hashtags other bloggers use.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • Tori Dunlap

    Great compilation — I use these all the time!

    Tori || Victori Media