Hey @grafx77 I now see where the confusion is coming from.
In that quote I was saying that if my own posted pictures are receiving less than 500 likes, I will decrease the amount of Super or Very Popular hashtags from the posts and use more Less Popular hashtags instead until the pictures start receiving more than 500 likes each.
In other words, thing about website SEO. Lets say you have a computer repair company and create a website. Lets say you use short-tail keywords like "Computer Repair", "Computer Fix", "Windows Repair". Your website will obviously receive little to no traffic from search engines because you are competing with much larger businesses. Instead you would want to use long-tail keywords so your website appears on the first page of search engines like "Computer Repair in [City]", "Where Can I Get My Computer Fixed In City". You will need to use long-tail keywords until you can get your website some good traffic. Then you can start to shorten them and get some decent results in search engines.
In this analogy the short-tail keywords are (Super Popular Hashtags), long-tail keywords are (Less Popular Hashtags), and larger businesses are (IG Accounts receiving way more likes compared to my pictures).
I was not stating that I look under a specific hashtag and base off the post count and the amount of likes on others pictures.
This quote explains the above also.
I check as soon as I post, and I watch it for 30-60 min. If it stays at the top in the recent posts, or if it makes it into the top post section I keep that hashtag. If it disappears from the recent posts, but remains in the top posts section I keep that hashtag. If my post does not appear in both, I record it, then continue to monitor after every post. If i notice it gets featured very rarely or less, then I switch the hashtag and try something different.