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How many tags are allowed?

  1. Amy Stevens profile image61
    Amy Stevensposted 8 years ago

    I have at least one hub flagged for tags.  I read somewhere that HubPages only allowed 10 tags, but the system let me add more than that so I thought that rule had changed.  I added all of the RELEVANT tags I could find, because everyone I've seen says the more relevant tags you have, the better.  I stress relevant, because every tag was related to the subject in question.

    For the record, I haven't created a hub about golf and added tags like "money", "romance", "food", etc.  smile

    Do I have anything to worry about, or is there some secret tag limit that isn't actually enforced by the system or mentioned in the FAQ?  I was allowed to add a lot of tags, so I thought it would be fine.  At Squidoo, the system won't physically let you add more than 40, so I figured when I hit the limit here, I wouldn't be allowed to put any more in.

    I looked through the FAQ and couldn't find any hard number on the number of tags allowed, so how did I get flagged?  Was this a flag my some over-zealous Hubbers, the system itself, or a competitor perhaps?  Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance. smile

  2. Maddie Ruud profile image82
    Maddie Ruudposted 8 years ago

    There is no limit on the number of tags.  The warnings you speak of are a new feature recently added to help point newbies in the right direction.  If all your tags are relevant, and your content is substantial enough to support them, you have nothing to worry about.

    For more information, see the forum announcment regarding a few changes made yesterday.

  3. Amy Stevens profile image61
    Amy Stevensposted 8 years ago

    Ok, thanks very much for the quick reply, Maddie. smile

  4. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    Thanks for asking this, Amy - and thanks for clarifying this, Maddie smile

    I was under impression that there is a line somewhere in the 30-40 range when it starts to hurt your hubscore...

    1. pauldeeds profile image
      pauldeedsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That is correct, the place where the penalty kicks in depends somewhat on the length of your hub.  So, you can certainly use more tags -- the decision you'll have to make is, do more tags help you enough to offset the reduction of your HubScore?

      The note (not a flag or warning) that we've added to the hub starts at 40 tags.  If you're below that you're pretty safe and your HubScore is not being impacted significantly.  If you're above that, it may or may not be.  If you're significantly above that, then it definitely will be (and the impact increases exponentially with the distance from the "maximum number of tags" that we've calculated base on your content).

      And no, we're not going to reveal the exact number for each hub.  Just use a reasonable number of relevant tags and you should do just fine.

  5. johnr54 profile image70
    johnr54posted 8 years ago

    So is there a minimum number of tags below which hurts your hubscore?

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image82
      Maddie Ruudposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      It won't hurt your HubScore, other than the fact that you're probably missing out on traffic if you're only using a few general tags, and traffic would raise your HubScore.