Open tag feature – to hide or not to hide?
Does anyone know if it’s better to show all tags on your site or to hide the tags? Do the search bots still find the hidden tags? All thanks for any advice.
As far as I know the search bots still find you, hidden or not. On the other hand looking at your blog I can see that you have way too many tags. There have been forum threads suggesting that optimally you should use no more than 12 tags and categories, e.g. 9 tags and 3 categories or 1 category and 11 tags. If you click your tags you will see that many come up with “Sorry, we don’t have any posts here with that tag. ” as in http://faq.wordpress.com/2008/07/15/my-post-doesnt-show-up-in-the-tag-list-what-gives/ As I understand it that also makes them not show in Google searches. This means that your blog posts are effectively “hidden” both from other WordPress users and from the rest of the world.
I would try to narrow down my tags as much as possible and really make them unique to your post and too your blog. Tag spamming isn’t going to work.
@wpvstp, I don’t know for sure, but I think the limit only effects the global tags pages, not the search engines. Again, I don’t know that for certain.
thesacredpath is correct; it does not effect your appearance and relevance on search engines.
Except indirectly; getting tossed off the Global Tag Pages will severely reduce your pagerank.
True, I should have clarified and said that it does not have a “direct” effect…
Thanks for the information on tags. We have been listed on page one with Google under “women’s news” and “women’s breaking news” for over a year now, so the number of tags must not be a problem with Google search bots. This is not an attempt at spamming, just an attempt to reach the proper channels. If we do remove some of our tags won’t that cause 404 page errors to appear? All thanks for any and all advice. Everyone is great to add their wisdom here.
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