What value do tags bring?
I'm curious what value tags bring since I recall reading that it's only the words in articles that are searched. Or is it that tags are also part of each article?
Tag pages at HubPages used to be indexed by the search engines and many had high pagerank. When chosen correctly tags could provide a valuable backlink to your hub and help search engines determine what your hub was about and what keywords to rank it for in the serps (search engine results).
Since Panda, Hubpages have made changes to tag pages (they are now tagged No Index, Follow) and so the backlink value of a link on a tag page is gone because the tag pages can't accumulate pagerank and therefore, can't pass on any link juice.
The links on tag pages are still followed by the search bots and so they should still help the SE determine what your page is about and possibly what phrases it should rank for.
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Is it true that you should only use tags with words that are in your article at least three times? If you use a word only once in your article, should you not use that as a tag? Any suggestions for good tags?
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