The Most Common Blogging Mistake I See Is…

The Most Common Blogging Mistake I See Is…

Danny

The Most Common Blogging Mistake I See Is…

It is hard to believe I have been blogging for almost 4 years.  Way back in those days I was a sponge, soaking up every bit of information I could get my hands on.  I wanted to grow so bad and I wanted a large following.  It might sound a little vain to want a large following, but that wasn’t what motivated me.  I simply wanted to prove to myself that I could execute all the back-of-the-house stuff well enough to get more views and followers.

Anyway, one of the first things I learned about the WordPress platform related to tags and categories and it is the most common mistake I see bloggers making today.  For those who are not aware, WordPress limits a post to 15 total tags and categories.  This means if you use more than 15 total your post is treated as if it has no tags at all; basically your post is invisible.  I practice using 12-13 tags and one category just to be safe.

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I have been reading more than I have in the last few months and I see this violation every day.  Some posts will have 20-30 tags and I feel bad for the blogger because that one act negates the chance of anyone seeing their great work.

Another tip as it relates to tags is to use the Popular Tags list on WordPress.  (I will include the link here:  Hot Tags)

Some of the Hot Tags are created because of bots that are posting thousands of articles so be careful not to use these tags.  But “blog”, “blogger”, “life”, “love” are a few of my favorites.  I try to tag my posts in such a way that I give myself the greatest chance of getting in front of the most eyeballs.

If you are going to take the time to create great content, then why not take the time to learn about tagging that content properly?

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!

Danny

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23 thoughts on “The Most Common Blogging Mistake I See Is…

  1. I picked this up after a month of using WordPress. (this time around) I hadnt done it myself but after seeing the effects of people I follow I spent my usual 6 houes a week to read through every admin, dashboard, my site links to read. I leaned a lot that way. Mind you, I’m still learning.

    1. Tony, you do an awesome job. As long as you aren’t using 20+ tags then you aren’t robbing the blogisphere of your contribution! This thing we call blogging is alive and relies on each of us adding our 2 cents. I like your 2 cents. 🙂

  2. Something I see often is that those who reblog don’t bother to tag. Thanks for the info on the 15 tag and category limit. I did not know that.

    1. I see the reblog issue as well. I learned about the reblog tagging from Jason at Harsh Reality. He actually taught me most everything I know about blogging.

      1. It is a great thing to help bloggers understand more and to pay it forward. Along with tagging reblogged posts, bloggers should also remember to put a link to their blog(s) on their Gravatar profile. When they click like to a post, it helps to be able to visit their blog.

  3. I don’t think those hot tags are as relevant anymore. I can’t even easily find the link on the wordpress site. I used to get more random readers from the hot tags but I’ve seen a drop off. There’s many more tags than there used to be on that page.

  4. Want to know the most popular tag on WordPress?

    “Uncategorized”

    As far as I can tell, WordPress reader doesn’t process and share popular tags. Commonly used tags, perhaps, but nothing more.

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