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Using tags effectively or ineffectively

  1. David 470 profile image85
    David 470posted 7 years ago

    Okay lately I been going through my hubs and taking away some tags or adding some. I am not sure, but this one hub went down significantly in rank. I looked at it and noticed I had a ton of tags and I was not getting hardly any traffic.Do you think if a hub has some tags that words are in the text, but they are not something that someone would ever type in a search engine would make it fair very bad in the search engines? It sure seems this hub is not fairing well compared to others that may have been tagged better....

    Whats your experience with using few tags,a lot, and how does it affect your traffic???

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image78
      Maddie Ruudposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The more specific your tags are, the better.  Phrases are generally better than one-word tags, and you should have no more than a few broad tags like "family" or "food," as those are covered by category now.

      1. David 470 profile image85
        David 470posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah phrases seem like they can be better as people would search a phrase often.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 7 years ago

    “Phrases are generally better than one-word tags”

    Considering the source, I am going for it.

    1. Teresa McGurk profile image59
      Teresa McGurkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Me too--Great advice--off to implement it now all over the place. Thanks,Maddie!

      1. sofs profile image82
        sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I will take that Maddie Rudd,  I need to work  on mine tags too. Thank you people.

  3. nicregi profile image77
    nicregiposted 7 years ago

    I used to have the problem with you. I put about 15 tags with broad words like food, travel instead of beautiful places in malaysia for example.

    The best thing i ever notice is using keyword tool by google. Search using it and tag the most common used words.

    Secondly, if your hub is already long enough in the market, then check on the summary on keywords type to search it. Add those keywords to your tag and you will see a slight boost in the traffic.

    Hope this helps.

    1. bileygur profile image59
      bileygurposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you that the google tool word is the best, I think many of the automatic hub keywords are not so good and that google will give you better keywords.

  4. Aiden Roberts profile image82
    Aiden Robertsposted 7 years ago

    I used to have tons of tags on each hub, naively trying to capture every word, I got the advice from experienced hubbers to concentrate on about 15 tags and use the search terms people would use rather than broad tags.

    My traffic virtually tripled over night so it was very good advice, it can be time consuming but worth it.

    Hope this helps.

    1. nicregi profile image77
      nicregiposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Dear Aiden Roberts,

      Thank you! Actually your advise is good and I am going to try out as currently I try to put in only 10 tags. will try put 15 and check it out! smile

      1. ofmelancholy profile image68
        ofmelancholyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        at google keyword tool look for key words that have many hits and low competition. By the way google key word tool doesn't work for a few days.  anyone else experiencing same problem?