Hashtag symbol in WordPress tags?

I love doing discussion posts because I always learn something – or at least I have another question to ask. LOL

This time I have a question for all of you WordPress bloggers.

Ever since I have been blogging I’ve been using categories and tags on my WordPress posts.  Both are useful to me (and hopefully to others) to categorize my posts.

A comment from my previous post about using Hashtags brings up this question:

Should we be using the # symbol in our WordPress tags?

I never have… but should I have been?

Thanks in advance.I have SO much to learn!

UPDATE: I received an answer to the question.

Benjamin Thomas (The Writing Train) says:

“It isn’t necessary to use # with WordPress for blogging. Unless, you wanted to track your site/blog by using a plugin. The use of categories and tagging is sufficient if you want to have your site optimized by search engines and ranking higher for easy access.”

Thanks SO much to everyone who weighed-in on this subject.


About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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63 Responses to Hashtag symbol in WordPress tags?

  1. Sana says:

    Ooh! Thanks for the answer :)))

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sana says:

    But I really have no idea either 😱

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sana says:

    Hi hi! New blogger here ;)))

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Phen.App says:

    I have seen several blogs using hashtag, but this does not change the results or help!

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  5. Thanks for the tip! Always something new to learn!

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  6. oh good grief. so i’m wrong again? thank you, i’ll drop the practice. was just thinking to get the widest audience possible.

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  7. Norrie says:

    Oh, nice! Good to know 🙂
    I never used # in the wp tags.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. sara says:

    i tried looking up some popular hashtags and got zero results

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  9. sara says:

    i ve never used them on wordpress only twitter, i don’t even look for them on instagram
    , but i thought only people who look them up do so on the site they’re on , like no one really looks up hashtags on good, but will on insta or twitter, so it’s kind of a waste, but you never know.

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    • I actually FOLLOW some hashtags on Instagram. For instance I follow the hashtags #policeprocedural and #mysterythriller. On Twitter I have quite often SEARCHED by hashtag. I often search #bookreviews and #thriller for instance.


  10. jenanita01 says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if all the advice that is thrown at us had some sort of rhyme or reason?
    All too often it contradicts some other advice…

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    • True, so true. I am fairly confident now that the great research done by Benjamin Thomas coupled with some of my own research has pretty much concluded that hashtags are very valuable on Twitter and Instagram but are NOT to be used in WordPress. The book blogging community is so supportive. I know that whenever I’m in the dark about something, a bookblogger will shed some light.

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  11. I had no idea about this so your post was very useful!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. I do use them sometimes but going by the replies you’ve had I no longer need to bother! 😀

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  13. Exactly! The # is really only for social media sites like Twitter and Instagram and Facebook. I use them all the time when I promote my blog posts.

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  14. i don’t have any idea, so what’s your final conclusion is it necessary to use # symbol or not. Now i got more confused

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  15. Jee Wan says:

    I asked that question before too to a seasoned blogger and she gave me the same answer 🙂

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  16. bookishluna says:

    I do not use the symbol. I never have looked up blogs or topics with hashtags on here.

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  17. This was so useful for me, I didn’t know either if it was necessary to use them! 😄

    Liked by 1 person

  18. What’s the difference between a tag used on WordPress versus a hashtag used on WordPress?

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  19. Tags on posts work like hashtags on social media, so while it wouldn’t really be detrimental to use the # symbol in a tag, it’s not necessary.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. No, you shouldn’t- WordPress doesn’t accept a hashtag when you try to follow it, so I wouldn’t waste time with it 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  21. sahmoun2778 says:

    I use them because I always thought you had too. Totally clueless.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Hi there! I have no idea either. I’ve been blogging for almost ten year now and never used hashtags. Just the usual categories and tags…..BUT I’m going to do some research and come back 🙂

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  23. Lost here too …🤨🤨

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Berit&V@Audio Killed the Bookmark says:

    Good question, and I have no idea?!? 😕🤔

    Liked by 5 people

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