“Tag, You’re It!” Right?

Last week in the post –  Vanity Metrics and You!, Grace raised this query in the comments section, and so today l ask you about Tags and how they benefit you or if they don’t?

The use of ‘Tags’ on your blog posts can improve the efficiency of navigation and site structure for your readers. Tags, when used properly help readers understand what your content is about.

In simpler terms it allows your audience to find what they are looking for on your site and in SEO terms it enables the critters that do the searching of content to communicate to search engines where you are.

I use tags on all of my WordPress posts in the GUY blog, and l will utilise them more effectively for the business blog. It can sometimes be a little daunting on personal blogs to select the correct Tags, and l often wonder if they are needed on a ‘personal blog’ at all?

I also wonder if Tags are even looked at by the majority of readers in the first place? I find them useful on my blog, especially if l am looking for something specific, but l never pay attention to them on other blogs. But l also have pretty detailed directories of my own, and l archive everything when it is published. So whilst l occasionally use the Tags themselves on my posts, l use my blog navigation to find what l am looking for more often than not. I think my navigation is pretty straight forwards.

Over the last four years of blogging, l have noticed that not many readers bother with 1] navigation and 2] menu selection, and 3] Tags, so even l wonder if the use of the Tag is really ever essential on a personal blog?

I add roughly 7-9 Tags to each post, with an overall average of perhaps eight and whilst some are descriptive to the content in the post, some also are keyword orientated to the series the post is from.

But also in the last year alone, l have deliberately altered the blog to reflect changes, and the GUY blog has undergone significant transformations since March. I deleted many of the previously published posts; some were archived or hidden, whilst others were re-categorised, which, in turn, affected the way readers could use the search facility.

I aimed to take the blog away from the direction l had initially pointed it towards in 2019. Which was to incorporate a business within, but realising that wasn’t going to materialise quickly if at all, l changed course and took GUY down to the basics of what l considered to be a very personal blog and only really read by a handful of readers and friends alike.

I also came to see that many readers hardly ever read archived posts and additionally the evergreen readers were few and far between. Most readers were only interested in the ‘here and now’ of publishings. One could take from that – that people were hardly interested in archived content on a personal level.

Where l do see Tags or Keywords being most beneficial is when the majority of published content is actually ‘fact driven’ and has topics of merit and quality which the reader seeks out.

My example would be with my business blog when the content is likely to be read once and potentially re-read by future visitors. It will contain information they might require to help them solve ‘problems and issues regarding composting and worm farming.

The use of the Tag will be far greater than the usage here and will need to be optimised, carefully and correctly selected, and content savvy as they must relate to the content in the post.

So, to the questions :

Do you use Tags on your blog posts, and do you find them a practical resource for you or your readers?

Do you think your readership takes any notice of the Tags you have added to your published content?

If you are a regular ‘user’ of Tags, do you randomly add them or very specifically optimise their use with your content?

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24 thoughts on ““Tag, You’re It!” Right?

  1. Hmmm….. I do use tags which I think are appropriate for my post. But other than that, I neither look at the tags other bloggers use nor try to find my post or those of others that I follow. I think I need to learn more about tags and hope to use them properly. But again, as you said, most personal bloggers don’t bother with tags.

    1. I have come to believe that Tags are purely more beneficial for a personal blogger’s use over that of another reader’s need.

      With more enriched content l could see the Tag having more potential admittedly.

  2. 🙂 I also use tags for each of my blog posts.

    Occasionally, I would use long-term keywords (in the form of tags) to make my blog posts SEO-friendly.

      1. 🙂 The tags help people find what they are looking for via the WordPress Reader.

        Whereas the usage of longtail keywords is geared towards SEO.

  3. I don’t think tags are generally very relevant to a blog’s regular readers; they’re arriving at your blog regardless of what tags you use.

    However, the use of tags can bring new readers to your blog. This is particularly relevant in the WordPress Reader, because people can follow or search by a tag and see a chronological list of all posts by anyone using that tag. So if I’m looking for new depression blogs to read, I could take a look at what’s been posted using the depression tag.

    I think tags are the way that at least some serial likers find blogs; they’ll follow a tag, and then like every post that shows up under that tag. You said Grace mentioned getting weird comments using the poetry tag; different tags seem to attract different groups of people that behave in different ways.

    Every Sunday I do a post about blogging using the tags “blogging” and “blogging tips”, and those always draw a lot of people who aren’t regular readers but are finding my posts based on those tags.

    1. Hey Ashley, l generally agree with this … “However, the use of tags can bring new readers to your blog. This is particularly relevant in the WordPress Reader, because people can follow or search by a tag and see a chronological list of all posts by anyone using that tag. So if I’m looking for new depression blogs to read, I could take a look at what’s been posted using the depression tag.”

      But do you find that these new people stay around or simply random like the post they have found through the Tag?

      1. I have no idea, because I can’t tell who has found me via tags. But I do know that the main way I find new mental health blogs to follow is through tags, and I do know of others who look for new blogs to follow the same way.

        I think that anything you do that makes your blog more visible will make it more visible both to people who are genuine and those who are not. I’m willing to ignore the non-genuine people in order to be more visible to the genuine people.

  4. Ashley is right in that people use tags to search for posts/blogs on a particular subject. Whenever I tag a post “cooking” or “food” I get likes from blogs that are cooking or food based. These folks never like other posts that aren’t so tagged. I’ve looked for new blogs to read by searching for particular tags – not been successful – but I did try using that method. I don’t notice the tags on the blogs I subscribe to – I don’t have to, I’m already there.

  5. 1. Do you use Tags on your blog posts, and do you find them a practical resource for you or your readers?

    I use them, but they’re for my own convenience when I want to look up what I’ve written on a topic. This is why I no longer use other bloggers’ tags. I don’t want my tag library cluttered up with random tags.

    2. Do you think your readership takes any notice of the Tags you have added to your published content?

    No. Even when people demand that you use their tag for a prompt, they don’t seem to care if you don’t. I certainly don’t care if people use “TMP” or not for Monday Peeves. It’s for me to look up what I’ve peeved.

    3. If you are a regular ‘user’ of Tags, do you randomly add them or very specifically optimise their use with your content?

    Very specific. If I see I’ve used a tag only once or twice, I’ll delete it. Clearly, it was not needed.

    1. Hey Paula, yes l also delete Tags if they are minimally used.

      Tags remind me at times of the old Awards where everyone was tagged, these days no one really bothers tagging anyone, it’s almost like it’s become a trend.

      i tend to see tags as more of a personal user item and even then, l can usually find things much quicker with catagories.

  6. I never read tags. I might be influenced to read something by the Title. I once tried out tags on a post to see if I could do it. Unless it continues to subsequent posts, I assume I am tagless. I am willing to read a complete post without knowing what it is about and then decide if I want to follow the Blogger.

  7. I use tags that I feel are specific for the post I am writing. For example, my category is poetry and my tag is haiku. I also make use of tags in the Reader when I am looking for something specific. When I moved from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, I found tags very helpful in the organization of my blog. I like to keep my categories to a minimum, however, if I want to separate certain types of posts, tags come in handy.

    I believe that categories should be broad topics that apply to many different posts, and tags are usually more specific and unique to the actual content in that post.

    1. Hey Eugenia 🙂

      Yes l agree with your definitions between catagories and tags and l shall be asking about the former shortly.

      So, settled in nicely to the .org now?

      1. Yes, I like the .org much better than .com, even though I’ve had a few issues. There are many options for themes which I like. In fact, the theme I have now does just about anything. I can adjust the width of columns, create borders, change colors, etc.

  8. My thoughts on “tags”

    Do you use Tags on your blog posts, and do you find them a practical resource for you or your readers?

    Honestly? I don’t know what they are for, unless one ‘tweets’. On Twitter (apparently, since I’ve never even visited that horrible site) # + a randomly chosen bunch of words actually does something – link?

    Easy to navigate? Heck if I know. I have discovered something quite odd in the past few days though…My Gravatar (little picture thingie) hasn’t been working properly. I can’t “Like” other folks’ comments OR posts and lastly the tag option has been deleted from the version of “classic editor’ those twits over at WP have decided I must use.

    Do you think your readership takes any notice of the Tags you have added to your published content?

    No. There are maybe two or three that even use them at all, and then in conjunction with a prompt of some sort. It doesn’t do a danged thing for my blog that I know of. HOWEVER, someone (I forget who) did tell me that tags make it easier for search engines to ‘find’ a particular blogger or site. Since I have that whole search engine business ‘muted’ (turned off), Meh. I stick to ‘categories” for my labels thanks.

    If you are a regular ‘user’ of Tags, do you randomly add them or very specifically optimise their use with your content?

    See above. I’m not a regular user of tags, only when asked to by someone hosting a prompt.

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