What WordPress Says About Tagging

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According to WordPress

Tags provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, categories. The use of tags is completely optional.

When I first started blogging I had no idea what the difference was between tags and categories. Then,  as I browsed through other blogs,  I started to understand how tagging was helpful. I didn’t realize WordPress had all this information to help newbies along,  so I mostly flew by the seat of my pants and hoped for the best.

Then as I started to use tags which I thought were appropriate,  I got ‘tag-happy’. I left all my posts as ‘uncategorized’ to reach a wider audience,  then I’d put every word I thought was valid for that given post. Omg,  I went overboard!!!

Fast forward a few months,  I came across a WordPress article which stressed the importance of not going over 15 tags. Here’s what they said:

Topic Listings

Your posts will appear in the topic listings of any tags or categories you use. Therefore, assigning tags and categories to your post increases the chance that other WordPress.com users will see your content.

However, you don’t want irrelevant content showing up on the topic listings or search, and neither do we. That’s why we limit the number of tags and categories that can be used on a public tag listing. Five to 15 tags (or categories, or a combination of the two) is a good number to add to each of your posts. The more categories you use, the less likely it is that your post will be selected for inclusion in the topic listings. Learn more about Topics here.

To read in detail what WordPress says about Tagging use the following link:
https://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/tags/
Perhaps this bit if information will assist you with tagging issues or at the very least, be info you can share with other new bloggers.

Happy blog adventures every one. Have a great day.

Hugs,
A.


Contents written: July 24 2016  | Originally published: July 24 2016  |  Copyright © 2016 Moylom Enterprises


22 thoughts on “What WordPress Says About Tagging”

  1. I didn’t realise that the uncategorised tag would be more useful, I actually dislike leaving it as such. I still have no idea how to use them to find other peoples posts anyhow, maybe I need to read that up!! Thank you, a very helpful post 🙂

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    1. Well some people tag with a hidden agenda. The primary objective should be to get content to the right viewers and to as many viewers as possible.

      WordPress is great but even after 2 yrs there’s still a lot I don’t understand. It’s a lot of trial and error still. And if it’s taking too long to solve a problem on my own, then I just enlist the help of tech support. They are usually very helpful.

      Happy blogging! ☺

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      1. I just know there is a way to find out which states are visiting your blog. I have the stat counter (which is useless) and the flag counter that shows the countries….but I can’t figure out how to find out the individual states. 😦

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    1. I did too. But I browsed other blogs, read their content, then examined their tags. That’s how I was able to better understand the world of tagging. Once I got the hang of it my posts gradually started getting better exposure. There’s a lot of trial and error as we navigate the wordpress blogosphere but we’re here to help each other along the way too. That’s why I love it here. ☺

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      1. That’s good advice. I did that a little when I was just starting out, simply to get some ideas for tags. But I think I need to do it again…find posts that are on the same topic as something I wrote, and pay attention to the tags. I cringe when I think back to some of my earliest tags. The only thing worse are all my early posts that I didn’t tag at all!

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      2. Here’s an example:
        If you wrote a post about high school reunions, your tags can be:
        – the past
        – high-school friends
        – high-school reunions
        – awkward moments
        – life lessons
        – aging
        – life after highschool

        It all depends on what you talked about in the post. Simply pull keywords that give a quick snapshot of the this you discussed.

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