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Three Questions About Tags on Hubs

  1. Lisa HW profile image72
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I have a tendency to sometimes to be "a little light" on the tag-adding, and I'm not at all sure I'm awfully skilled at creating my own.

    Question 1:  Is there kind of an "approximate standard" when it comes to how many any Hub has?

    Question2:  If the Hub is light on tags (but not light enough to have gotten a "warning" about it), and we ask for suggestions; is there some rule to follow about which suggestions to take (like "all but the ones that really don't seem right at all" or "only the two-word tags" etc.)?

    Question 3:  Is there some kind of guideline about number of words per tag, whether "one-worders" are better than "two-worders", etc.?

    1. Fawntia profile image
      Fawntiaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think anybody is going to be able to give you a magic formula telling you how many tags to have and how many words they should consist of. But what I can tell you is to take the suggested tags with a grain of salt. (I was involved with implementing tag suggestions so I know how variable the quality of the suggestions can be.) You should only choose the ones that actually make sense for your hub, a phrase that somebody might actually use if they were to search for an article with content like yours. Thinking of tags as possible search queries is probably the most useful thing. I hope that helps a little.

  2. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image68
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 8 years ago

    I have tagged my hubs with many tags but never get warning. It is allowed to have up to forty tags in a hub. If you have not enough text and tagged heavily then only you will be warned.

    Not all tag suggestions are to be used. You have to do some key word research to get the best result.

    It is better to use key word phrases than to single word tag. Some single words also do good depending upon the key word and your text.

    Jyoti Kothari

  3. marcofratelli profile image70
    marcofratelliposted 8 years ago

    Hey Lisa,

    I don't know if there are any standards, but I try to think carefully about some of the tags I choose. I think of a tag as what someone might key into a search engine when looking for a topic similar to my hubs. First & foremost they should be relevant to your hub content. I use a combination of words and phrases.

  4. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image68
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 8 years ago

    You have almost similar ideas that of me. However there is a limitation of forty tags in hubpages.

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      multimasteryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      40 really depends on the size of your hubs.  If your hub is short like a half a page or so, then you probably will get flagged for 40 - I did before.  So now I generally use 30 targeted keyword tags for each hub.  That seem to be working as a good balance.

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      multimasteryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I've been thinking about this... Is this really true?  Where is it said that there is a limitation of 40 tages here.  The reason I ask is because other writing sites like Squidoo seem to have unlimited tagging -- so I'm wonder since HubPages has implemented the new tagging tool has it also become unlimited here - or increased more than it use to be.

      1. online4income profile image73
        online4incomeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I don't think any service will allow unlimited tagging. Tags depend on the contents, more contents means adding more relevant tags.

  5. relache profile image90
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    When it comes to tagging Hubs, quality does much more for a Hub than quantity.

  6. Lisa HW profile image72
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    Thanks, everyone.  (I don't use anywhere near 30.  One of my problems has been being flagged for a few with too few tags.)

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    multimasteryposted 8 years ago

    Well maybe not Unlimited but Squidoo has ongoing tagging as long as you it not a duplicate tag - so I was just wondering if has become the same here.  Will the system here automatically warn us if we have too many tags -- I have yet to know (?)  Seems to me the more relevant tags you have the better.

  8. girly_girl09 profile image77
    girly_girl09posted 8 years ago

    I have been trying to use 15-25, depending on my topic. I hate how they clutter up the page, but I'm guessing they're important? But, what do I know? I'm just a newbie. smile

    I am finding that only a few of the suggestions provided by HP apply and some of them are just "gobledy-gook" (felt compelled to try typing that phrase out). I use Google Keywords to give me good suggestions. I try to use keywords and small phrases that I'd use when I'm looking for my topic in a search engine.

  9. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    I got flagged about my tags before hmm I removed three and was ok lol tongue strange, yeah

  10. accofranco profile image83
    accofrancoposted 8 years ago

    Nice info in here, i see, every forum topic here is like an element with many atoms.