What is the difference between tags, hashtags and categories? As if that wasn’t confusing enough, there has to be different social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and so on, to add on to the complication. Can my Twitter hashtag be found by conducting a similar hashtag search on Facebook and vice versa? Is there an expiry date to tags? How can I utilize hashtags, tags and categories for Search Engine Optimization? Let us address each question in detail.
The differences between tags, hashtags and categories aren’t always very clear.
According to the dictionary, a Hashtag is:
A (#), keyword
Tags are far more specific and detailed than categories, such as a specific movie genre, artist, marketing technique, and so on. Basically, tags are labels attached to your blog post.
To summarize, a hashtag is a tag with a hashmark that is used within social networking websites such as Twitter. Tags and categories, on the other hand, are used for blogging purposes. While categories are supposed to give structure to the site, tags are very specific for each blog content and more unique.
Find out more about Tags and Categories.
While it is really important to make full use of the correct hashtags and tags for SEO, it is also important to keep in mind that too many hashtags and your posts (regardless of which social media platform they are on) will start to look spammy. Here are some summarized tips for takeaway: