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  1. The tagging system was not introduced at wordpress.org until the last upgrade there. Now shortly thereafter it has been introduced here at wordpress.com following our upgrade.

    I have both wordpress.com blogs and wp.org installs and I'm delighted that this new feature has been introduced.

    It will surely put an end to the bloggers who game the wordpress.com tag pages by using the same huge block of inappropriate and irrelevant categories at the end of each post they publish.

    The number of categories assigned to any post that are displayed on the wp.com tag pages is severely limited. This will encourage the use of relevant and meaningful category assignments and under-cut the "tag spamming gamers".

    In fact, the features I requested long ago have all been introduced. I'm a happy camper, for sure, for sure. :)

    reference: http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/the-difference-between-tags-and-categories/

  2. I've read it. I still don't know what the point is. Maybe I need a translator.

  3. I think Lorelle's article is one to read http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/tags-arrive-on-wordpresscom-blogs/

    While tag links will keep visitors on your blog, post categories in the meta data section will continue to link to ALL WordPress.com content using those same categories, inviting reader to leave your blog, something I’ve long opposed. The categories list in your sidebar will link to posts within that category on your blog.

  4. So, they work like "local categories"? So, essentially, if I want the benefits of on-the-post local tags rather than just in the sidebar AND the googlejuice of the global tag system, I must add this tagging step to my current categorization, yes? They do exactly the same thing as the category list in the sidebar, but without doing the global tag page thing on the link on the actual post?

  5. ... more to figure into the equation:

    Categories are your blog’s table of contents. Don’t remove them, thinking tags are a better option. They aren’t. Your posts must be categorized. Remove them and they will be categorized as “uncategorized”, something you do not want, trust me.

    Tags are like your blog’s index. They are keywords that represent the micro-categorization of your blog’s content. To work effectively, they need to be words that people search for, called search terms.

    Categories are automatically marked as tags in WordPress. Theoretically, your blog doesn’t need tags. But many like the notion of breaking down the words that describe their content beyond categories, and tags offer that ability.

  6. The word "IF" is missing from what I wrote above in the original post:

    " [if] the number of categories assigned to any post that are displayed on the wp.com tag pages is severely limited. ..."

    But the number of categories and tags we use does not appear to be limited and both tags and categories appear to be "global" as they all end up on the wp.com tag pages.

  7. To work effectively, they need to be words that people search for, called search terms.

    Probably this is a dumb question, but... If I already have a category called, let's say travel, would adding a travel tag increase the visibility of my blog in any manner? Or the category alone is already taking care of the job?

  8. Tags are not really necessary and they are not required. Categories are already doing the job and many of us have far too many categories. Tags are an organizational tool that a blogger can use to micro-categorize their blog.

  9. Got it. Thanks TT! : )

  10. Am I getting this right? both categories and tags search in the exact same way across wp? For instance, my post, categorized as "Christianity" is going to show up in someone's search for that word in just the same way if it is categorized as say, "uncateogorized," but it is tagged with "Christianity"?

  11. Actually I just tested this...and I've answered my own question. It does work this way.

  12. yea my categories are a bit out of control, i just recently starting experimenting with the tagging. i like it, as i can highlight certain parts of a blog without making another category. in addition to my other 20.

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