Guys and gals please take some time and educate yourselves on tagging your posts. This week I have visited and read a lot of posts and here are my blogging tips, advice and blogging strategy as it relates to Tags:
- Too many tags. WordPress only allows 15 and that includes the category. If you use more than 15 total designations, WordPress files your post as having no tags at all. That means only your followers see it the one time it lists on Reader. I choose to use 1 category and 12 tags.
- Wordy/lengthy tags.
- Using words that no other person would ever use. If in doubt, type in the word in tag search and see how many other people use the tag. The fewer the posts listed means people aren’t using that tag. For instance, I saw a tag this week, “happiness me.” Now I ask you, which one of you would ever, ever type that in to conduct a tag search? So to me this person wasted a tag because when I searched it, they were the only one listed, which means no other human being will ever see that post.
- Not enough general tag words like “community,” “life,” “blogging,” etc. I like to use tags that lots of people are going to see. Not everyone prefers this method, but it brings a ton of people to my page.
- Using hashtags in your tag. WordPress does recognize hashtags now, but hashtags are (in my humble opinion) the least effective way to tag. If you use them and other tag searchers do not, then no one is seeing your post.
- I think bloggers should start using simple words like “success” “reading” “love” “desire”. Avoid complex tags unless lots of other people are using the tag. Simple tags cast a large net if you will, which means you catch more fish.
- Using random words that are in your post. Tags are meant to represent the concepts your post covers. I read a great post today on philosophy, and when I say great I mean extraordinary. One of his tags was peanut butter because he mentioned peanut butter in his post. He failed to list “philosophy” as a tag. Or “philosophical” or “thought” or “contemplation.” So be sure to take your time and use tags that are relevant to your post topic.
- The tags I will use for this post: life, love, blog, beauty, fashion, happiness, thoughts, poetry, politics, fitness, self improvement, books. And the reason that I use these tags is because those that search these tags will also be interested in blogging advice, seeing that they also blog!