How many tags is 'Too Many Tags'

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  1. William F. Torpey profile image76
    William F. Torpeyposted 8 years ago

    On one of my hubs, titled "Still More Grampa's Favorite Songs, Singers," I have 35 youtube videos highlighting 37 singers. My hub contains 42 tags, which seems like a lot, however, 37 of the 42 consist of the names of the singers featured. There are only five generic tags. Am I not allowed to use a tag for each singer that is featured in a video? Or can I, therefore, not have 5 generic tags (,i.e., music, songs, singers, entertainers,videos)? Is the number of tags based on the content of the hub, or on some other basis?

    1. Michael Willis profile image76
      Michael Willisposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I believe the most Tags allowed now on longer hubs is 40. It was 50, but it has changed.  Try to cut 2 from the 42 and it should work. Not sure why the count was lowered.

  2. William F. Torpey profile image76
    William F. Torpeyposted 8 years ago

    Thanks, Michael.

    I don't see the logic of setting a limit that isn't linked to some valid reason, but I deleted two tags (entertainers and videos.)   It doesn't make sense to delete any of the singers or songs on the videos.

    1. Michael Willis profile image76
      Michael Willisposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I remember a thread about Tags a while back. It was there I found out the number had changed. I am not sure about the exact word count where the tag count is defined, but I seem to remember about 25 for the shorter hubs and up to 40 for long hubs. I think the long hub is about 1200 words or more. (Or in that neighborhood)
      I think it was said that it had to do with Google. Maybe someone else who remembers will answer in here.

      1. William F. Torpey profile image76
        William F. Torpeyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you, Michael, for the additional information. According the HubPages stats, the hub in question has 2550 words. But the hub is all about the videos (with a brief description of the singers.) It seems to me that it makes sense that if you have 37 videos with 37 singers then you should have 37 tags plus a reasonable number of generic tags. I would agree that 42 generic tags would definitely be far too many under normal circumstances.

  3. Susana S profile image96
    Susana Sposted 8 years ago

    The reason for the limit on tags is because every tag you put on your hub creates an internal link. The more internal links you have to your hub the more important the search engines see your page (it's also about quality of the links too not just numbers, but numbers help). You can imagine that without a limit some people would add hundreds of tags and so, there is a limit.

    There will be consequences of not heeding the too many tags warning such as a reduction in the hubs score and possibly even removal of the hub, so the best decision in my view is to remove enough tags for the warning to go.

    1. William F. Torpey profile image76
      William F. Torpeyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I apppreciate that, Susana S. Now that I've deleted the tags I mentioned earlier I see the warning has been removed. Thanks.


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