BT: Answer me this: Tags + Conclusion

Ladies and gentlemen, we have come full circle. In January of last year, I started a Blogging Tips series, which went on for the following 12 months. Together, we have explored many different topics. From research, as well as from your comments, I have learned a lot that I have since incorporated into my blogging. It makes me feel like “the real deal” a little more. This post will be the last in this series. At least for now.

If you would like to revisit some of the posts from this series, or if you simply missed them at the time of their posting, I have something just for you. Below is a list of each post with a short description, making it easy for you to navigate. You can find the answer to your blogging questions in a matter of a click or two.

JANUARY – rules; an introduction.

FEBRUARY – tells you how to get the most comments.

MARCH – provides tips on how to promote your content.

APRIL – gives excellent advice to newbies and reminds us of the basics.

MAY – reveals what TO DO to gain a following and what NOT TO DO if you do not want to lose the audience you already have.

JUNE – showcases the most popular niches if you are trying to pick one for yourself, or if you are looking to re-brand.

JULY – presents some surprising trends related to WP usage. See if you can relate.

AUGUST – divulges how much time we spend on WP so you can adjust the length of your posts accordingly.

SEPTEMBER – reports the frequency with which most people post.

OCTOBER – provides crucial information on how to compose your titles. !!!Bonus!!! – title generators and analyzers included!

NOVEMBER – highlights the importance of images in your post.

DECEMBER – discusses the importance of the magic trio to get your post clicked on.

JANUARY – explains the reality of tags.

I hope

you find some things

that will help

make YOUR blogging world

a better place!

THANK YOU all for reading and contributing to the series. I consider that to have been a fantastic collaborative effort! I could not have done it without you. Now go, be proud, and implement those tips and tricks.


DECEMBER’s question:

How do you use tags?

  1. (How many tags do you use on average in your post?
  2. How do you come up with your tags?
  3. Which tags do you think get the most exposure?
  4. As a reader, what tags do you search for most often?)

COMMUNITY’S answers:

Answers to Q1:

  • There are bloggers who do not use tags at all.
  • Many people use between five and 10 tags per post.
  • A couple of people use up to 15 tags.
  • The highest number of tags (reported to me) used per post is 30.

Answers to Q2:

  • It is not easy to come up with meaningful tags.
  • People search for what is trendy.
  • Some use their name/blog name as tags (which I found very helpful) and/or their location.
  • Describe what your post is about in a single word or phrase.
  • Tag the way you felt when you wrote your post.
  • Use what you thought about when writing the post as a tag.
  • Origin place and/or media source of a news story.

Answers to Q3:

  • Depression; Mental Health; Suicide; Panic Attacks, Anxiety
  • Gratitude, Inspiration, Motivation, Strength, Positivity, Hope, Productivity, Life
  • Blogosphere, Blogging, Blogging Tips, WordPress
  • Am Writing, Writing, Writing tips, Metaphor, Creative Writing, Flash Fiction, Prose, Poetry, Poem, Micropoetry
  • Challenge Hashtags (ex.: blogmas, awards)
  • Book(s), Novel, Movie
  • News, Opinion

Answers to Q4:

  • I found out that I am not the only person who does not search for new blogs by tags.
  • Some of you search for tags that you yourselves use to scope out the competition.
  • The most popular tags you search for include “life,” “motivation,” “inspiration,” “anxiety.”

Additional info:

Tags are like keywords. WordPress indexes every post tagged with a certain word so that you can easily read all posts tagged with the word “life” (for example). You are forced to use categories when writing a post, but you do not need to use any tags at all. Why use it? So that people find your post when searching for a specific word or phrase. Exposure is good, right?

How are categories different from tags? The former are meant to be broader, while the latter more specific. For example, if you write about different sports, your categories could include “Basketball,” “Football,” etc. “Green Bay Backers,” “Chicago Bulls,” “Michael Jordan” might be your tags.

Tags are featured at the beginning or at the end of each post. However, you can up your game by adding a “Tag Cloud” widget to your post. That allows you to showcase your tags in a more pronounced way. Moreover, the cloud will increase/decrease the font size of tags that you use more/less often. It might be interesting for you to see (and show others) which tags you use more often than others. (Yes, I know you can check the number of posts in each category and with each tag in your settings.) It might just allow new visitors to your blog to get to know what your content is about quicker.

What I found interesting is that tags might not be the best for your SEO game. Apparently, by attaching tags to your posts, you duplicate content. Google indexes your post on your site (link to post), but also under every tag (tags have links, too!). If your blog supports plugins (my basic account does not), then you might want to get the Yoast SEO one and use it to tell Google not to index your tags.

My most popular tags are:

  • Goldie (which I did not start until just recently)
  • NROP category
  • NROP tag
  • dailyflabbergast
  • prisoners (crime, punishment, jail) (That was surprising to me!)
  • CW category
  • creative writing tag
  • CW tag

My extensive research revealed that using categories as your tags is not good for your SEO. It confuses the search engine. What if I want others to find my writing based on my categories? I guess I will have to adjust somehow…

If you would like to convert your tags to categories (or vice versa), you can do so via your WP Admin dashboard. Step by step directions are found here.

Did you know that some themes allow you to group your posts by the tags associated with them? It might make things easier for the reader if they are looking for something in a specific genre.

WordPress says that the optimal number of tags is five to 15. Please note that the number includes any categories as well. “If you’re having trouble choosing tags, try thinking about what tags you would search for if you wanted to find a similar post.” If you use more than 15 tags and categories altogether, WordPress will not feature your post on their topic list. That renders your tags useless. WordPress considers it to be spammy. They do not want people to be creating tags that do not directly relate to what you write about. If you use 16 tags + categories or more, people who will be looking for your tags will not be able to find you. Your posts will only be visible to those that follow your blog or search for your page directly. That is a wasted opportunity right there.

If you use misleading tags continuously, your posts might become hidden as well.

You know how some people repost the same content by simply changing the post’s date? WP sees it as you trying to bump your post to the top of the tag list. If you do it enough times, your content might become hidden from the tag search.

If you have been wondering if capitalizing your tags makes a difference or not, I am here to tell you that Blogging and blogging will render the same results.

The broader your tag, the more people will search for it. However, that also decreases your chances of being found. Think about all the people who tag their posts with “book” and how many people search for that. Plenty of people want to read about books, but since so many people write about them, you might just get lost among all the fish in the sea. Narrowing it down a little to the genre like “biography” might also narrow down your potential audience, but it might increase your chances of being spotted by those that search for that term. Using the name of the person the book is about decreases your audience even more but increases your chances of getting seen by those with a specific search.

To finish this, I would like to provide you with a few websites that can help you with your tag game. They look promising to me and they do not require an account or payment information. I know I will be trying them out next time I write a post. Let me know if you use any of those, or if you have another tool that might help.

Stay golden,

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    1. Yea, Sometimes it’s above a post, sometimes next to it, sometimes below it. It depends on the theme you are using. Maybe I’m just different, but I don’t like limiting myself to reading posts from just one tag. Doesn’t that get boring?

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  1. Interesting. I knew a lot of the things you mentioned. Could you elaborate more on themes grouping posts by tags? I didn’t understand that bit.

    I’m definitely going to try out these tools that you shared.

    Why are you concluding the series? I’ll miss it so much 😪

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    1. When you visit my Home page. On the very bottom, you will see the tags I use. You can click on those and it will take you to a page filled with posts which have that tag attached to them.

      Awww, thank you. There are various reasons. Main one – time.

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      1. The feature you’re talking about isn’t theme specific. It’s the widget that you put in your sidebar and footer.

        Yes, I agree time can be a constraint. 😓

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        1. Well, the thing is that not all themes support widgets, so that’s one.

          Second of all, there is a plugin that one can install to achieve similar results. But plugins are not available for the free plan.

          Depending if your plan/theme allows it, you can write code for tags. They might be displayed in a cloud with various font sized or in a list format.

          Additionally, not all themes support “featured content.” For those that do, you can go to customize feature content and type in a tag that you want to feature. Posts with that tag will show up in the featured content section.

          Hope that helps.

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          1. I didn’t know that all themes don’t support widgets :O That’s new for me. Knew about the plugins, coding and featured content thing.
            It really annoys me that featured content isn’t available on all themes. And now not having widgets on all themes annoys me too. WP needs to give have features on all free themes

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  2. I find WP so incredibly annoying. It is also very slow.
    So I already know now that it will annoy me, but I need to try to find out the categories and tags things. That’s how you make a menu and sub-menu’s right?
    I have never understood how to create those.

    I honestly though I once read that 11 was the maximum amount of tag you could use, but maybe I dreamed it 😉

    Have you ever tried going to the “search” under the “reader” menu?
    That’s where I always get my suggestions of following new people from.

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    1. Yes, the menu is where the categories go. Tags are a bit more hidden.
      I remember creating those at the very beginning and struggling. I read multiple articles and watched videos before I learned how to create new categories and then how to add them to the menu so it would show up on your page.

      I wonder if you dreamed reading it from me… Because that’s what I thought. Something about 11 or 13 rings in my head. Apparently not.

      But what do you search for there? Keywords? That’s basically tags. I don’t know what I want to read about, so I usually just browse the latest posts. But that gets boring quickly. I have to say that the best way (for me) to discover new blogs is through the comment section of other posts.


      1. I never learned WP from videos. It was all hit and trial for me. I have explored a lot of blogs to see what they’re using and then checked if thats something I’d want on my blog. I have always looked for specific queries on Google and read a lot of WP help n support pages to understand things. I know video is the latest trend but it’s just not for me.
        My recent customisation of the homepage has made me so happy that I finally feel satisfied with its overall look. I’d say I took the best of everything that was free 😂

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      2. I am usually not even using tag words when searching.
        I just go to search and it shows me a bunch of blogs. Doesn’t it work for you?

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        1. Ah, I see. The articles I find there are rarely of any interest to me. When I have a lot of time and feel bored enough, I type in “ALL” in there and it shows you all the posts that have just been published and I just scroll down. Again, rarely do I find something interesting. But it’s more often then when I go through WP’s suggestions.


  3. I will definitely miss this post category it was ever so helpful.

    And let me check out the references you shared one never stops learning… One well placed tag can make a difference between no one seeing your blog and having WordPress telling you your stats are booming especially if you are one to deal in trending topics.

    Also similar tags in your posts increase likelihood of being listed at bottom your article even when it’s in a different category (if you enable the show related posts feature)

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  4. Thank you, Goldie, for all these series of BT which is extremely helpful! Great job! I’ve saved this post to keep coming back to the tips you’ve shared. I’ll be more than happy if you decide to come back with BT. Anyway, this series is kind of evergreen content so even if you decide not to continue, it will be always a source of information worth re-reading it.

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  5. Very informative article is shared. 👍… I would like to hear your opinion on this. “What would you do if you find out that the contents of your blog is being copied entirely by another blogger and claimed it’s his/hers?” Would you approach the blogger and demand an explanation? or ” would you think that mimicry is the best form of flattery?”

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    1. Wow! Miish… I never even considered this. I would be very annoyed if someone liked my work enough to steal and reuse it as theirs. But I wonder if anyone could stop them. I hope someone more knowledgeable about this chimes in with an answer.

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      1. Yes, agreed with you. It’s annoying. A friend of mine who is also a blogger has been practising, ‘All rights reserved’ or using symbold such as ‘©’ ‘®’. He explained that this would be helpful if one runs into copyright issues though I am not sure if it really works.

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      1. It’s rightful for you to protect your works, especially you are into writing and your creation involves commercial benefits. Some countries have stricter rules on the protection of interllectual properties whereas some are easy with these.

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    1. Yes, I think those that search for “Goldie” know my blog. The use of that tag is not to bring in new readers but to assist people who already know you in finding your posts. Some people follow too many blogs and it’s hard for them to find my posts in mountain of other posts. Some people choose not to hit the follow button because they don’t want to be officially associated with me, or they aren’t sure if they should add me to their blog roll. Or if they unfollowed me but what to check to see what I’m up to. They can search by my name any time for convenience.

      Yes, they could search by my blog’s name, but that can be confusing (at least it sometimes is for me). Hopefully me changing my “name” recently will make things easier for people who search. Before I myself wouldn’t know if I should search for floatinggold, dailyflabbergast or one day at a time.

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      1. I think I should try this branding thing. Let’s see how it turns out to be. Though I rarely think that people would be looking for my name 😀

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    1. 🙂 Me too!

      How do I feel about it? I think I’ve learned a lot and am implementing little things that I hope will help me in the long run. It was really cool to see other people get involved and share their knowledge. That’s a nice part of the community here. It was great to see other people’s perspectives on things. I still think there is plenty to explore.

      Who knows what the future holds?!

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  6. It was interesting to read this. Last time you wrote about it I started using tags, now I’m not sure if I should stop….. I don’t actually use categories although in reality I probably can. I’ve never heard of grouping posts or half the things. Do you use Instagram? I was half thinking of opening an Instagram account. But I would never be able to see posts, it’s hard enough to keep up with my reader (unless I stop following the people who write 10 posts a day and only look at their posts if they comment on mine. Hmm.)
    Love, light and glitter

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  7. Thank you for sharing the tag websites. I had no idea about the repost info. I sometimes repost to keep up with my posting schedule. It’s also surprising to me that the “prisoners (crime, punishment, jail)” is popular. Thank you for sharing all the blogging tips with us!

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