Tagging really works

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  1. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    I know it has been said before - in fact I was reading about it last night - but sorting out your tags really works.

    I did sorted out the tags on 5 hubs last night. All have seen some increase in traffic. But one, which was already by best performer has doubled its traffic. I couldnt believe it could happen that quickly but seems too much to be coincidence.

    1. ross670daw profile image60
      ross670dawposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That's good to know. I add the basic tags then wait till I get some outside traffic, then add those keywords to the list that they used to find my hub. Nice to see your traffic increased from doing that, it all helps.

  2. xixi12 profile image68
    xixi12posted 13 years ago

    Happy for you spacey. But how do you chose your tags? I have seen some hubs with long tail tags and wonder how that works

  3. profile image0
    TopUniverseposted 13 years ago

    How did the tag brings traffic to your hubs? is it SE or Internal?

  4. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    I followed the advice in this hub

    I have read it so many times, but anoteher few weeks go by, and I understand a bit more about HP, then it makes a bit more sense.

    The one hub that has doen really well went from 8th on Google to 4th overnight. Could be fluke, may not stay there, but hopefully it was down to the tagging.

  5. brettb profile image61
    brettbposted 13 years ago

    I've noticed that the suggestion tool is pretty rubbish at suggesting tags!

    It usually ignores the really basic tags that are popular and have a good Google ranking themselves. It's a goldmine of traffic if you can find out what these popular tags are.

    My best advice is to dumb down and think of very basic one or two word tags in your niche.

    1. kirstenblog profile image77
      kirstenblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I actually try to write my hubs so that the suggested tags are the ones I would want to use anyway, I figure if the suggestion tool can figure out the target tags then maybe the cyber spiders will get the topic too. Not really sure if its a gold tip but I think it is worth noticing when the suggestion tool gets the keywords you are going for smile

  6. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Thanks brettb - unfortunately I read, and followed some bad advice about putting every suggested tag on my hubs when I first started and I need to go back through those and change the tags - but its gonna take an absolute age.

  7. GmaGoldie profile image79
    GmaGoldieposted 13 years ago

    I've just started 1.) using keywords from Google in my tags and 2.) copying in the keywords I find from Google keywords and retain that portion of the search right in a hidden capsule.  My plan is to go back and see if how the keywords changed and how the volume and cpc changed.

    For one of my series for water exercise, I notice an added key term - water exercise weights so I added that in.  No traffic yet - still in beta testing on my part.

    HubPages may hate this idea for hogging room in a hidden capsule but with over 100 hubs - hard to have files on hand too.

  8. Pcunix profile image92
    Pcunixposted 13 years ago

    Not just the sidebar  tags, but also your original "tag" - the category you originally assigned it to.

    I think it was night before last I noticed a Hub that was doing OK but I had completely put it in the wrong category.  I swore at myself and changed it.   Traffic is up yesterday and today and its hubscore moved to the mid 90's.  It also joined two other hubs of mine that were already at the http://hubpages.com/topics/hubpages-tut … -hubs/2898 page, which really surprised me.

    Now I feel like I have to go back and see what other hubs I assigned to idiotic places smile

  9. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    And it so easily done when you just want to get a hub out that you just shove it in a category, and chuck out some tags. I am so slap-dash about everything, I am dreading to think how badly I am suffering because if it.

  10. waynet profile image68
    waynetposted 13 years ago

    I wish hubpages would somehow make the suggested tags feature link to the keywords tab on our stats, if the keywords could be pulled and used with the suggested keywords, then that would make a better use of the tool!

  11. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Oooh - good idea - now get yourself over to the 'suggest a feature' forum, post it up, and I will stand back and watch you get eaten alive by HubPages purists who lurk there ready to rip apart each and every suggestion smile

    But seriously that is a good idea.

    1. waynet profile image68
      waynetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      ha lol....I'm scared to now! smile

  12. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    I feel like I should send every newbie an email stating that they enter that forum at their own risk.

    So spill it Wayne, what' your tagging technique?

    1. sofs profile image76
      sofsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      yep!  say it,  Waynet... now smile

    2. waynet profile image68
      waynetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry had to pick the kids up from school, make tea, wash up sit down have a cup of tea and chill out for a bit.

      My tagging technique is I always try and click through each researched tag that I place on my hubpages and see if my tag leads to a list of relevant hubs, if it does I leave it and any tags I added really quickly with the suggestion tool I pretty much eliminate, but I do keep a handful of external tags for the search engines and these are ones that are tied to the hub content in the first paragraph and the title and pretty much all capsule titles.

      So really I do need to go back through a lot of my hubs and do a bulk tag sort which may take a couple of days, but that' my next planned task in my hubpage planner (A tatty little notebook that looks like it's been eaten and digested!)

      That's pretty much my tagging technique, I do also like to go through the keywords tab in the stats to get more keyword ideas and this is usually full sentences that are full of keywords that people are actively searching, so it's all good!

      And scare me off....never! smile

  13. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Of b*gger I've scared him off with my overly enthusiastic approach to information milking. Either that or he's over at the 'suggest a new feature' forum being mauled by tigers.

    Wayne, come back, I'm lonely, I don't wanna have to do any work.

  14. Aficionada profile image77
    Aficionadaposted 13 years ago

    SG - I don't really understand what you meant when you wrote (in the OP) "sorting out your tags really works."  What does "sorting out" mean in this instance?

    1. anime_nanet profile image60
      anime_nanetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I really don't DO drugs!

  15. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Aficionada - I am sooo lazy and just through up a few words to put as tags then publish the hub. I've been going back through and adjusting the tags so I am using between 1015 tags per hub, and each one either contains keywords relevant for the hub, or link the hub to tag pages with 10-50 other hubs that have the same relevant tab.

    1. anime_nanet profile image60
      anime_nanetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Sniff, stop writing guys, please!!!

  16. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Your afternoon is like a mirror image of mine, altough I was very fortunate that my brother, the amazingly fantastic uncle james, came over to entertain the kids, so I've done some more tagging.

    Sounds like you use the same method as I stumbled upon last night. I've done about 6 now - 10 of the tags are ones I have checked leads to a good list of relevant hubs, and about 5 are specific keywords for the hub.

    1. waynet profile image68
      waynetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      This is the best way to do it and what I'm doing now is to create a tag rss feed for my hubpages that I know I have lots of relevant hubpages on the first page and I can start to add the feed in my hub only showing relevant feeds as and when I update the feed then updates!

  17. Spacey Gracey profile image38
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    I could do an RSS feed if only I could have some rhyme or reason to the stuff I hub about. But I have such a short attention span I do three hubs on one thing, then skip to something else smile

  18. Richieb799 profile image74
    Richieb799posted 13 years ago

    I know the suggestion tool offers some very vague tags and I only try and add ones from it that I think are somewhat relevent. However, do you guys think it can do any harm to have vaguely relevent tags included in the sidebar?
    I only include the tags I found on Google keyword search tool in my title and opening paragraph smile and they have got some of my hubs to 3rd & 5th on the first page of Google for the relevent high traffic keywords.


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