How to Tag Your Posts

If you don’t tag your posts properly, your posts may never reach any readers.  When I first started blogging, I just wrote and hit ‘publish.’  I didn’t tag and I didn’t categorize.  By doing this, after 60 posts I received an astounding 1 ‘follower,’ 2 ‘likes’ and maybe 2 comments.  I’m not even sure how I was that successful.  My understanding was that there must have been some kind of section where your posts end up as long as you publish it. I was an idiot for just assuming.

If you want people to read your posts, you have to tag your posts and you have to tag them properly.

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There’s really only 2 ways to have any decent chance of having fellow WordPress members seeing your blog.

1) You commented or ‘liked’ someone’s blog and people clicked your name from there.

2) People searched for blog posts through a ‘tag’ that you tagged your post under.

A mistake I see on other blogs is that people either don’t tag or they use tags that people will probably never search. You have to use tags that WordPress shows on the page that is displayed in the picture above.  This is how people are likely going to search for blogs to read.

https://wordpress.com/tags/

No one is going to find your posts if you have them under tags like ‘hotdiggitydog’ or even something more conventional like ‘ghosts.’

Another mistake is that people use too many tags and/or categories for a post.  If you use a combination of more than 15 tags and categories for a post then it will not be searchable through WordPress under those tags and categories.   This rule is in place to limit potential spamming.

10 tags + 5 categories = OK.

10 tags + 10 categories = NOT OK.

6 tags + 2 categories = OK

Okay?

There’s also a #3 which is people found your blog through a search engine such as Google by entering keywords that your blog also happened to contain.  Though you can get people finding your posts this way, most of them will not be WordPress members so you are unlikely to get any ‘followers’ or ‘likes’ this way.

Hope this helps.

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10 comments on “How to Tag Your Posts

  1. HappyApathy says:

    Yeah, I click tags when I’m looking for blogs to read. My tag cloud looks like it was accumulated from a crazy person.

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  2. Can you possibly explain what the difference is between a view and a visitor?

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    • MrJohnson says:

      I will try! Views are the number of times your blog’s pages has been clicked. If you have 25 views and 2 visitors in a day that means there were 2 people who clicked on 25 of your pages..not 25 each but together.

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      • Okay so what if sometimes i have more comments then views? Lol like i just dont understand 😜

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        • MrJohnson says:

          Haha..it’s not the most precise, is it? I think WordPress doesn’t count views for your posts that are read through the ‘reader.’ Comments can also be left without going to the blog post page but instead through that thingy on the top right that glows orange when you get a notification.

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          • Oh yeah hey! That totally could be it! But actually you’ve been super helpful because I tried to read the wordpress blurb on the differenct between a vistitor and a veiw and I definitely did not understand. 😜

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  3. tedgaming says:

    I didn’t know about https://wordpress.com/tags/

    That’s gonna help me. Thanks.

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    • MrJohnson says:

      Cool. It doesn’t get you much exposure but at least it puts you out there. Shameless self-promoting is probably the most effective method..haha. Commenting on other blogs too.

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