My I use keywords found on Google Analytics page as tags for my hubs?

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  1. Mellonyy profile image74
    Mellonyyposted 7 years ago

    Does it make sense?

  2. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    I don't see why not. They were used to get them to your site, go for it smile I noticed that in my blogger site too and adjusted my keywords and tags to use them too.

  3. Greekgeek profile image88
    Greekgeekposted 7 years ago

    There's actually a better way to use them.

    Hubpages tags are in-house only. They're not seen by Google. In fact, they don't appear anywhere on your hub! As far as I can tell, those tags are only used to help Hubpages fill out the "Related Hubs" section and (maybe) figure out the advertising for your hub.

    Search engines look for keywords in an entirely different way. Even on a blog where you have tags that display, search engines won't take your word for granted. Too many people in the late 90s did keyword stuffing, writing tags like "elephant, elephant tusks, elephant ears, baby elephants" in tags even when their page did a LOUSY job of covering those topics, or didn't cover elephants at all.

    So search engines stopped paying attention to tags. Too many people abused them. At last check, the ONLY search engine that still looks at user-listed tags is Bing, and all it's doing is checking for keyword stuffing -- if you do it, it considers that a warning sign that you may be a spammer, and may down-rank your page!

    Instead, search engines analyze your content to decide for THEMSELVES what your keywords are. Do you use "elephants" and "baby elephants" in the page title, or in headers on the page? Have you got pictures of elephants? Do you link to excellent elephant websites? And, most importantly, do you write unique things about and related to elephants? Okay, THEN the search engine will mark your page down under the keyword "elephant" (or perhaps "baby elephants," if you covered that topic well.) That's how to convince search engines you've got a good page on elephants -- not with a tag, but by using elephant-related language in your article, especially in important places like section headers.

    So how do you use the keywords from Google Analytics? Think of them as a WRITING PROMPT. Remember high school vocabulary drills, when you had to write ten sentences using 10 words from a list of 15 words, your choice? In this case, try to use those words in the body text and headers of your article, where they make sense.

    Or, even better, do keyword research to figure out what words and terms YOUR target audience uses. You're trying to speak people's language. Someone searching for "white elephant" may be looking for useless and expensive objects, whereas someone searching for "albino elephant" tells you EXACTLY what they're looking for, so use "albino elephant" not "white elephant" on your image caption of a rare ... light-pigmented elephant. See? Use the analytics tool to help you learn what do the readers I'm writing for call the thing I'm writing about?  Use the terms they're likely to search for, so that the people who want to read your page can find it.

    1. Dale Hyde profile image86
      Dale Hydeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks! I thought I was gonna have to type all of that! Kidding! Great explanation and well done!

    2. Mellonyy profile image74
      Mellonyyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Greekgeek, thank you!
      I always take your advice carefully.


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