Bogus "WARNING: This hub has a large number of tags."

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  1. lone77star profile image74
    lone77starposted 13 years ago

    My Hub, Anatomy of a Miracle has the message, "WARNING: This hub has a large number of tags."

    Come on, guys and gals. You asked for us to use "Suggested Links" to improve our Hub Karma, and now you're talking about dinging us for doing this?

    I checked over my links and as far as I can see, all of them were internal to the HubPages website. When I add such a link, I read over the linked article to ensure it adds value to my own. So many of the suggested links are irrelevant.


    So, which is it? Do you want HubPages intra-links or not?

    1. Susana S profile image91
      Susana Sposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The warning doesn't relate to links in your hubs to other hubs (nothing to do with the suggest links tool) - it's a warning about the number of tags you have. See the box on the right of your hub labelled TAGS and remove some until the warning disappears.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image87
      Marisa Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      As others have said, tags are not links - they're the Tags you listed under "tags" on the right hand side.

      You may be getting the warning because you've included a lot of tags that are really irrelevant to the subject.  When you're thinking about which tags to add, ask yourself what words people might type in to find your Hub - those are your tags.  Not words like "extraordinary".

      HubPages gives you suggested tags, but you should never just accept them. They're simply auto-generated from the content of your Hub, based on where and how often they appear - and they're often inappropriate.

      1. J Sunhawk profile image69
        J Sunhawkposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I kept one Hub suggestion that said "she talks to the refrigerator."

        I'm expecting page one treatment someday.


  2. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    42 tags on a 3000+ word hub does not seem excessive to me.

    1. Susana S profile image91
      Susana Sposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I also just had to go through all of my hubs and reduce the number of tags on many of them. I wonder if there has been a site update? Or maybe it's due to all tags now being counted where previously they weren't.

      1. profile image0
        Baileybearposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        yeah, I noticed that warning on one of my hubs that's been up for a while

    2. profile image0
      kimberlyslyricsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      your avatar is awesome

      and respectfully

      tags yep right side but I have never heard reference where its tag specific, even for that they still just state over promotional

      i;m sure they'll come explain


      good morning btw

      1. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Hey thanks Kimberly smile

  3. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    I tend to under-tag mine as I can never think up enough tags that actually relate to my hubs. Even my long hubs have few tags - I've no idea if this harms the hub or not. Guess I don't really have a great understanding of tags and how they work. Also, quite a few of my hubs are on subjects no-one else here has written about, so there is nothing to tag to.

    1. DrumsAcousticMuse profile image62
      DrumsAcousticMuseposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      when you've written about something no one else has on hubpages, that's actually the best time to find lots of unique tags because every unique tag will create its own unique page with a link back to your hub. so if you find like 15 tags that are like totally relevant to your hub but unique among hubpages, that's fifteen fully "juiced", internal links back to your hub! (i know im an SEO geek, sorry.)

      for example: with your "best point and shoot cameras" hub, i went to the google adwords keyword tool, typed in the phrase: [point and shoot cameras] (make sure to use the brackets), and saw what it came up with. there are many long-tail phrases that have lower competition and are very closely related to your title- if you add some of these as tags, it will undoubtedly help you get more traffic!


  4. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 13 years ago

    Umm, it certainly is not bogus - I got the same message like on half of my hubs. Looks like HP changed the algo. In most cases though removing a couple of the least important tags gets rid of the message. Don't forget to refresh the page after every removal, to see the results. smile

  5. frogdropping profile image79
    frogdroppingposted 13 years ago

    Where does the warning appear? In the account section, much the same as a copyright notice or on the actual hub? Like - do you need to check through hub by hub? And how many is too many, give or take? I'm not big on it but lately have been trying to focus more re tags.

    @ OP - seems you've already received the correct advice smile

  6. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 13 years ago

    Only on a hub itself, unfortunately. Though it definitely reinforces the idea of having a limited number of hubs tongue

    1. frogdropping profile image79
      frogdroppingposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      lol well that's pants Misha. About hunting though the hubs, not the number. We can't all be successful like you. But then - I reckon you'll come back and say 'yes you can' smile

  7. tonymac04 profile image73
    tonymac04posted 13 years ago

    I remember reading somewhere on HubPages that around 14 is the optimal number of tags. Can anyone confirm that?

  8. Pearldiver profile image69
    Pearldiverposted 13 years ago

    Wow an OLD SURFER Term - 'Dinging' Us  hmm

    I always found that if you ride your own wave.. you Don't get Irietts 'Dropping In' on you who have the potential to Ding ya! smile

    And 'Extraordinary' Pain in the Butt.... is a Great Tag for Some!! lol

  9. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    Pearly, LOVE the avatar pic! Must be painful, though. lol

    1. Pearldiver profile image69
      Pearldiverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Habee.... Nah.. It doesn't hurt anymore...
      She got the wrong eye anyway lol
      Just a parting present from a B....
      who told me I needed a Small Prick big_smile
      And My Point of View needed balancing smile

  10. paradigmsearch profile image59
    paradigmsearchposted 13 years ago

    I, too, am now suddenly getting lots of tag-o-grams. smile

    Hubs were due for some housecleaning anyway…  smile

    Happy Friday All! smile

  11. Daniel Carter profile image63
    Daniel Carterposted 13 years ago

    I went through and updated a lot of stuff because I got the tags warning. I'm glad I did. I'm getting better traffic on a few hubs that weren't doing that well.

  12. paradigmsearch profile image59
    paradigmsearchposted 13 years ago

    The “blizzard” continues…

    Tag-o-grams to the left of me…

    Tag-o-grams to the right of me…

    I finally got the “insight” to check the keywords in the stats so I would know which tags to not delete. smile

  13. Peggy W profile image96
    Peggy Wposted 13 years ago

    When I was just starting out I added most of the suggested tags figuring that hubpages must know what they were doing with regard to that.  As time went by I realized that was probably not the best thing to do.  Since the map capsule was added, on my travel hubs as I go back and add a map, I have been deleting many of the tags.  But this is a long and arduous project. 

    Question...can people reading our hubs notice that warning or is it just internally generated so that we see it?  As others have already there any way to otherwise notify us if we have too many tags rather than it being a hit or miss proposition when (and if) we return to older hubs?

  14. paradigmsearch profile image59
    paradigmsearchposted 13 years ago

    Only the author sees the warning. smile

    1. Peggy W profile image96
      Peggy Wposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That is good!

  15. Bard of Ely profile image82
    Bard of Elyposted 13 years ago

    In the last couple of days I found the too many tags warning on hubs of mine too! It is going to take ages going through all my hubs checking which ones this warning is on and I simply don't have that time!


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