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are too many tags bad?

  1. CarpetDiem profile image76
    CarpetDiemposted 8 years ago

    Are too many tags on an individual hub a bad thing? Do they "water things down"? And how many is too many?

    How many do you usually use on each of your hubs, and why?


    1. Drew Breezzy profile image74
      Drew Breezzyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I went back and removed a bunch of tags from hubs only leaving like 8-10 specific tags and my views and hub scores went up

  2. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    Yes. No. Depends on the amount of text in the hub.

    About 30 for an average length hub. Because more will cause problems.

    You are welcome smile

  3. CarpetDiem profile image76
    CarpetDiemposted 8 years ago

    hi Misha,
    30 tags???
    Wow, I was thinking maybe 5 to 10 is the limit...
    It makes sense that the more text (content) then the more tags are ok. But when you say "30 is ok for the average length hub", what is an "average link hub"?


    1. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      600-800 words smile

  4. profile image0
    sandra rinckposted 8 years ago

    I think too many tags sets you up for having your hub flagged for being misleading.  If you pick maybe a handful of quality keywords I think it is better for your score and traffic altogether.

    I think....

  5. fierycj profile image78
    fierycjposted 8 years ago

    I used to have like 50 tags per hub cos I had so much info loaded in each of them. Then I noticed it affected the hubscores. But when I deleted some tags, the scores shot right up. Like magic!

  6. kmackey32 profile image65
    kmackey32posted 8 years ago

    Someone told me to use 15 tags

  7. yoshi97 profile image72
    yoshi97posted 8 years ago

    15-20 seems to be the charm ...

    Remember to keep those tags related to your hub content. If you don't ... well ... let's just say I warned ya. smile

  8. rapmanual profile image35
    rapmanualposted 8 years ago

    I use long chain keywords in short supply.

  9. bigmikeh profile image81
    bigmikehposted 8 years ago

    During my limited experience with Hubpages, tags still confuse me. On my other sites I would limit my keywords to probably 5 maximum - a few very specific, and a couple more general. But those are keywords and not tags.

    When I look at the source code for one of my hubs I can see the metatag for the title and description, which originate from the title and summary text on the hub, but I see no metatag for keywords. Yet if tags are keywords I would expect to see the metatag. So I'm still not sure if tags should be treated as keywords or not.

    I limit my tags usually to about 12-15 but I'm reluctant to use more in case it dilutes the focus of the hub for the search engines, and also for Adsense. I have read that too many tags (keywords?) can be the reason for irrelevant adverts on the hub...but who knows.

    Just about to post this when I checked the source code again and found the tags right near the bottom of the page in the code for the sidebar. I'm not sure if the search engines would give them any relevance so far down the code, but I'm no expert...

    1. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Tags definitely are not keywords. The benefits you get from them are due to the fact that every tag is actually a series of pages that lists all hubs bearing this particular tag. So you are getting internal backlinks from highly targeted pages. smile

  10. CarpetDiem profile image76
    CarpetDiemposted 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the answers, input, and suggestions!
    Looks like based on your respective author hubscores, the experts have spoken!  big_smile

  11. charlemont profile image79
    charlemontposted 8 years ago

    It depends on whom you're competing with. A tag itself is an anchored link which usually includes keywords or variations. The number of anchored links can play a role in ranking a particular hub by search engines, but I doubt it's crucial. Anyway, it's a factor analyzed by Internet Business Promoter I'm currently using.

  12. fritteritter profile image91
    fritteritterposted 8 years ago

    It seems that I use about 8 tags per article. My first hub was a bit overloaded so I refined the tags according to the advice of others in this thread.

    Also consider having one rather unique keyword that is identical across each of your hub groups. That will allow you to find your hubs much more easily in the site search, which in turn makes it easier to distribute topic-based RSS feeds for your hubs. It's much quicker to add and remove tags than it is to edit each article to include a unique keyword in the text if you decide that you need topic-based RSS feeds.

  13. gurgel1 profile image60
    gurgel1posted 8 years ago

    I think that tags are great.

  14. wannabwestern profile image85
    wannabwesternposted 8 years ago

    After reading this post earlier I updated about 15 of my hubs and tried to remove tags that weren't directly referenced in hubs. I have a lot of book reviews so I removed generic references to preschool and home school, since those words aren't in many of the hubs themselves. The individual Hub scores increased a bit, but not drastically. However, it looks like that may be helping traffic some. Not that I get a lot on a day to day basis. Just a small steady trickle. Anyone else try this today?