Quick question about post tags…
I was under the assumption that the more tags you attach to a post, the better the chances for viewers/readers to find your post under those topics. However, I noticed in posting at my dot com site that it’s recommended that we use no more than 10 tags on a post. I’ve been using twice that many sometimes, LOL. A bit late now to go back altering such details, I’m in pretty deep! My sites are mostly visual and I’m sure hungry for those visitor hits…
The blog I need help with is wildwanderingirl.wordpress.com.
That’s entirely incorrect. The rule of thumb is: less is more. That means you ought to assign only the combined number of Categories and Tags that accurately reflect the content in your posts. Search engine search spiders look for keywords in your content and if the keywords you use in Categories and Tags are not found in your content then they decide you are spamming ie. attaching a number irrelevant tags and/or categories for attention seeking purposes. See here > global tags > missing posts
Check this as well:
Search engine search spiders look for keywords in your content
Yep, understood, I just recently went thru ALL posts to manually insert alt attributes, correctly I hope. Didn’t make sentences but just used a few words that I thought would get some attention. Saw someplace that the title of a post can be used for the alt keywords. I’ve done that sometimes, but it depends on the post and the title I dubbed it with.
Whooh, looks like I got some more work to do. I have a lot of tags that do not necessarily echo the content. I’m sure such words as “gardening” or “outdoors” or “pets” are OK….even though come to think of it, my kitty pictures don’t have the word pets in them; the alts have something like “my cat Missy” or etc. Even my numerous garden scenes don’t often show the actual word “garden” either.
At one time, I simply dispensed with implementing Tags, I was relying on Categories only. (I wasn’t even clear on how to use alt=). If tags are really mucked up, would it be OK to stop using Tags at least till I get things better sorted? Might take a while. Or will I lose the coveted visitors and seo rankings that way…? Using Tags is still a bit new to me.
Thanks for the YouTube link, Pan…
If tags are really mucked up, would it be OK to stop using Tags at least till I get things better sorted?
Categories and Tags are treated in exactly the same way by search engines. http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/
Or will I lose the coveted visitors and seo rankings that way…? Using Tags is still a bit new to me.
Please clarify which blog you are referring to by post an active link to it commencing with http://
I’m asking for it as the blog linked to your username is “private” hence SEO is irrelevant as it’s not being indexed by search engines, so you must be referring to another blog.
Categories and Tags are treated in exactly the same way by search engines.
Great! – that is the impression I’m getting by looking around. Maybe if I strip the tags list and add another Category or two, I would be fine.
Please clarify which blog –
What I’ll do here is give you my “public” version of my site, here, so that you can see what I mean:
The “private” almost-twin site is the original, now mostly a testing ground. And I’m still debating about whether to move everything back over to dot Com permanently. I do have a small Dot Com art site spun off the large one, so I am technically a member of this community *Grin*
Love the guy on the YT video, he makes it plain (to me, anyway) that Tags are not necessarily a “must.”
Tags have never been a must. Categories preceded them and they weren’t a must either.
Super! I’m teetering on stripping out my tags. I got along without ’em before and with a tweak or two, I can prolly get on without ’em now too. Too much work anyway. And plugins over at dot Org, Oh Em Gee! =0
More and more, i can see why some folks are migrating back to dot Com to stay… For me it would be a simple click of the privacy option. But it will take some further thought on my part. :)
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