(Another) My blog isn't showing in the Topics Reader

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  • #1083592

    I’ve spent a fair amount of time scouring my blog for any errors, double checking my tags and categories… read through the rules and believe I comply. Have been blogging daily on the same site for a year.

    But near as I can tell, I am not appearing in the topics reader for my most common tags/categories, particularly the tag applied to every post: “cheese”

    Halp! Please :)

    The blog I need help with is wedgeintheround.com.

    #1083692

    Can’t say specifically, but I saw something in another post within the last few days that there can be a conflict when the same word is used for both a tag and a category.

    #1083701

    Thanks- I would assume that’s a bug?

    #1083854

    Bump

    #1083856

    timethief
    Member

    @wedgeintheround
    No it’s not a bug. It’s a reality and it’s not new. When you assign the same keyword as both a Category and Tag you are spamdexing ie. tag spamming. That’s not to mention that doing that will cause you an editing nightmare.

    @notawoodpecker
    Please stop posting half-___ answers. Leave the threads be and those who have the full answers will provide them.

    #1083858

    timethief
    Member

    @wedgeintheround
    Note that I tagged this thread for Staff assistance.

    #1083871

    Thanks timethief. Thought I had read that duplicate tags & categories didn’t matter.

    Funny thing is, I had been using one tag consistently but, thinking not having it as a category might be the problem, I just bulk added it. So until today I had few if any duplicates.

    Do you know if using a word as either a tag is preferred?

    #1083872

    timethief
    Member

    Thought I had read that duplicate tags & categories didn’t matter.

    wrong!

    Do you know if using a word as either a tag is preferred?

    Search engines treat them exactly the same way.

    Please read this because every day I experience bloggers who don’t understand that the Categories and Tags they assign to posts are not what search spiders are primarily focused on. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/03/01/revisiting-keywords-and-tags/

    #1083873

    Just noting that on the official page plus the documentation on tags v categories, nowhere does it say that duplication is a problem:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/

    #1083874

    Yes- I’m aware of SEM, SEO,… In my real life I’ve ample experience in online.

    My trouble is specific to understanding why I’m not showing up in the reader under any topic, near as I can see.

    Thanks.

    #1083875

    timethief
    Member

    I can’t provide a definitive answer but I did tag this thread so you will get a Staff response. You can subscribe to the thread and be notified when Staff do respond.

    #1083876

    spamdexing also does not seem to say that an identical tag and cat are problematic, just hen the aggregate total is more than 10.

    #1083877

    Thanks again

    #1083878

    timethief
    Member

    The aggregate total of category and tags was elevated to 15.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/topics/#missing-posts

    [opinion] I’m a librarian and that is an excessive number. I assume it’s meant to appease the bloggers here many of whom attempt to game the system by dpamdexing. [/opinion]

    #1083879

    timethief
    Member

    The “s” and “d” keys are so close to each other. That would be “spamdexing” that I meant to type and not “dpamdexing”.

    #1083890

    I’ve been perusing other blogs that do show up in the reader and a number are using many tags etc… and some, for example, show up under “cheese” because they are tagged as such – however, “cheese” is meant as in “cheezy” – cheap, silly etc and not having to do with food.

    FYI- thanks in advance.

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