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Question re: Plurals of Tags

  1. stephhicks68 profile image91
    stephhicks68posted 9 years ago

    Just wondering what people think about plurals of tag words.  I was "trained" on legal search engines (Westlaw and the like) that you do not need to add -s to the end of your words because a singular would be searched as plural.  The converse is not true; that is, if you add an -s, the search engines will not pick up the singular.

    So - if I publish a hub on movies, then I can just tag it "movie" and searches for movies and movie will come up?  What do people think?  I don't want to add too many tags to cover both singular and plural (unless its something like child and children).

  2. Inspirepub profile image80
    Inspirepubposted 9 years ago

    My understanding is that search engines regard "word" and "words" to be totally different, so having both singular and plural in your tags is a good idea. Also add common mis-spellings ...


  3. stephhicks68 profile image91
    stephhicks68posted 9 years ago

    thank you!  that is very helpful for me (I sometimes do the misspellings) smile

    1. vietnamese profile image72
      vietnameseposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I do both, unless I am in a lazy mood.

  4. weblog profile image58
    weblogposted 9 years ago

    Yes, misspellings will help as some people search with typing wrong, and mistake happens in fast typing. And, I also feel spelling variants are also as important as spelling variants. I'm using such tags too.

    And, I don't agree all search engines are brilliant; some might omit plurals. So, using plurals as tags is not a bad idea.

  5. Angela Harris profile image70
    Angela Harrisposted 9 years ago

    I always use both. But with the misspelling tags- I'm assuming this means that I also have to include a misspelling in my actual hub, right? The OCD in me just cringes at the thought.