Last Updated: November 4, 2020
There’s no doubt how hashtags help to expand your reach. It’s the perfect ingredient for creating amazing content, while increasing the visibility of your posts. With more hashtags used per post, you have a higher chance of getting more likes, followers, and engaged users than if you use just a few.
However, using multiple hashtags can look messy and spammy. Even though Instagram allows you to use up to 30 hashtags per post, creating too many feels like you’re trying too hard to get noticed. It takes away the opportunity to make the most of “real” content because those hashtags are all that your audience will see.
So, if you are wondering how you can keep your Instagram posts popular without the hashtags, we’ve got the answers.
Here are a few simple ways to hide hashtags on Instagram, but still get all the benefits of using more than one.
For regular Instagram users, they probably leave their hashtags on their post caption, which is the most obvious form of attracting the viewers. So instead of going for the common way, you can just hide your hashtags in the first comment of the post.
Including a normal number of hashtags will be more than enough. It’s a simple solution for having a cluttered post while wanting people to interact with it.
Another popular method of hiding your hashtags is through the Instagram dots. For newbies, this method consists of a series of dots between the end of your caption and your hashtags list.
To do this, simply type your caption, then after the punctuation at the end of the sentence, hit the return button on your keyboard. Insert one period, press return, and keep repeating the sequence until you are satisfied with the number of dots. Lastly, put in your hashtags and hit ‘post’.
Just remember to make sure that there’s no space between the last word on your caption and the punctuation. If you forget this, it will cancel out the line break and end up ruining the whole effect.
Similar to the Dots Method, hiding your hashtags in the caption section requires simple formatting by adding line breaks. This way, the hashtags will be pushed on into the “More” section, which still does its job in growing your reach and engagement to viewers.
Remember to avoid adding spaces between the last word and the punctuation on the last sentence, or after any emoji included as it will cancel the line break. If you want to be extra careful, you can create your caption in your notes, then just copy and paste it in the caption box when you are done.
If you plan to keep your post appealing without being too pushy, then add a fun eye-catching caption. In the middle of the sentence, you can add hashtags to make it more lighthearted, while trying to convey a message to your audience.
You don’t have to include lots of hashtags, just focus on some that you feel can attract more viewers. This is an effective way to add hashtags without coming off as desperate.
Using a Text Editor to hide your hashtags on your post is as easy as copying and pasting them into the caption box. Choose a Text Editor, like Evernote, and create a series of dots by adding the period then hitting return.
After your last dot, place your hashtags, and copy the whole thing. Create a post on Instagram with an image and caption you like, then add the copied text underneath, and you’re done.
Since we are all aware of how hashtags help increase engagement on Instagram, why do we need to hide them?
Honestly, there’s no harm in showing your hashtags on Instagram. It’s just a matter of making your post neat, clean, and well-presented. Whether you place them in the caption or comment section, your content will still appear in the discover feed related to your niche.
Having several hashtags makes the post crowded, which is why most users ignore content like this. When you’re using 10, 20, or even 30 hashtags per post, it doesn’t look good. It feels like they’re taking too much space on your feed, and are taking away from the content. This is why it’s important to choose the right hashtags and methods to use in your post.
So, aside from hiding your hashtags or minimizing the number, you can also focus on creating effective hashtags that will get more people’s attention. You can start by coming up with unique ideas. A lot of people use popular hashtags, so if they’re too generic, you won’t be seen.
You can use an upcoming event for your business as a way of promoting the hashtag without being too obvious, as an example. Make sure your hashtags are consistent with your brand, too.
In general, people are looking for hashtags that will help them find a related profile. Hashtags that capture their attention are either funny, clever, or short. You want to encourage your audience to check out your posts through your hashtags. This is why it’s important to choose carefully.