Ah, I see. Thanks.
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Tags on Pages
For clarity. The wordpress software does not provide a means for assigning Tags to static pages. (1) The Tags we assign to posts using wordpress software place our posts on the wordpress.com global tag pages. (2) They are also URLs that are indexed by search engines.
Does this workaround achieve (1) or (2) or both?
But is it possible to put like a common tag for the whole blog? I don't know how to explain it but putting one time tags that will show on the sidebar. Or will it just populate everything from Posts?
answering comment 4.
An Idea for "Tagging your whole Blog": have a a short but descriptive Tagline for your blog. using a keywords.
(click on Timetheifs blog for example you will see an example at the top)
As for just your home page. Make sure you use the most important words that describe the page in the text.
Search Engines look at ALL the text in a page and try to find the most relevant words.
You are welcome! :D
The workaround is originally Lorelle's idea ( from http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/23/link-referrals-linking-to-site-search-tags/ ). I merely used Google Custom Search Engine instead of wordpress.com search engine, because I prefer Google's search capabilities.
To answer your questions:
1) No, the "tags" don't go to global tag pages. And it is done knowingly to achieve this effect. Because the "tags" put in this way don't go to global tag pages, an unwary visitor will never be thrown out of the blog and into the global tag pages if (s)he clicks a tag under a page or post to find similar content only from that blog.
2) Well, since the answer to the first quesion is "no", it's evident that the answer is no. But I never miss this extra bit of Google juice. There is no guarantee that the link to my post for a specific global tag will never be buried under a number of posts from other blogs that may have nothing to do with the content of my post. That means, if a Googler comes to a global tag page from Google to find my post that (s)he saw in Google, (s)he may never find it!!!
My posts are indexed by Google almost as soon as I publish them and many of them appear in the first page when a search term is Googled (I have checked the incoming search terms for my blog). As long as my readers find contents only from my blog when they click a tag and as long as my posts keep scoring high in Google, I will prefer site search tags and not wordpress.com global tags.
(Besides, site search tags show pages too, and not just posts).
We are responding to bangkokherps who said:
I'm quite confused - why can't we tag pages again? Yes, my pages are for static content. Tags would help my readers navigate through that static content. Why does the fact that the content is static reduce my need for tags at all?
I believe the Volunteers who responded did supply correct answers to the question posted.
And who also said:
And related to that - tags would help with the SEO for my pages, right? Why should pages be abandoned to search engine limbo? Or are there other ways to practice good SEO for pages without any access to tags or categories?
Search engines do not ignore pages, it is just that the landscape has changed and far more sites are going dynamic using posts instead. The key really is keep fresh stuff appearing on the site on a regular basis. This is one of the reasons that nearly every static business site now has a blog associated with it so as to keep fresh content for the search engines to find.
The kind of traffic search engines bring into optimized frequented updated blogs are targeted readers. Targeted readers are those who arrive on your site because they already have an interest in the content your posts and blog contain. They have typed keywords and phrases into search engines and located your posts in the SERPS (search engine page results) and clicked through. The fact that targeted readers already have an interest in the content in your posts means they are likely to read more than one post, more likely to leave comments, and more likely to become regular readers/subscribers.
Consequently, the first step for any blogger to take to establish a flow of targeted readers to their blog is learning and applying the use of basic SEO elements so their blog content is accessible to potential readers, who use search engines.
Granted "an unwary visitor will  be thrown out of the blog and into the global tag pages if (s)he clicks a tag under a page or post to find similar content only from that blog." However, those visitors who are experienced in search engine use and in wordpress blogging aren't "unwary".
WordPress.com supplies Tag widgets and Categories widgets that direct visitors to related content found in our own blogs. I conclude that the workarounds to provide site specific Google search and a Tagul tag cloud on our wordpress.com blogs are additional tools for visitors that may tend to keep them on our blogs longer.
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