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Tagging Your HubPages

Updated on December 5, 2016

What is a Tag?

A tag is term assigned to a piece of information or a non-hierarchical keyword. They're chosen by the items creator (of the bookmark, image, computer file or article) as a way of describing, organising or categorising the item. It makes it easier for others, but in some cases the author to find the content quickly and easily. It has become an important feature of Web 2.0 services (Web 2.0 is just tech-speak for websites where anyone and everyone can participate). The term "Web 2.0" was first coined by Darcy DiNucci in an article titled "Fragmented Future" published in 1999.

Tags and HubPages

  • Tags help with the internal HubPages search.
  • Tags help determine what text ads appear on your hubs. The more specific, the more relevant the ads should be.
  • Every tags page links back to your hub. Popular top-level tags like technology, entertainment or finance are seen on HubPages's front page.
  • Tags will help position you in other related hubs (of other Hub Authors) under the Related Hubs on the right hand side of the hub.

How Should You Tag Your Hubs?

  • Tags are keywords. What keywords describe your content?

  • Only use tags that are appropriate to the context of your content.
  • Use the Google Keyword Tool to find suitable synonyms, phrases and keywords related to the term that you're using. But don't go crazy. Only use the ones that are appropriate.
  • Smelling pistakes are acceptable! People make typos when doing searches.
  • You need at least four, or otherwise you'll trip the 'not enough tags' filter.
  • I do less than ten. Later I'll sometimes add more. 10-20 is okay. More than 20 is probably overkill. And search engines might see it as keyword-stuffing. Though a 1000+ word article would justify up to 30 tags.

Categories and Tags

Blogs have always allowed for categories, and a blog post being able to be listed across multiple categories. Bloggers can often confuse the two.

Categories should be kept to a workable minimum. Depending on the manner in which catregories are displayed in the blog softwares sidebar or, particularly, the top menu. It can get somewhat crowded.

Generalizing categories will work to your benefit. For example, if I were to make a blog about weight training and muscle groups I could have biceps, triceps, forearms... I could generalize that as arms.

Calves, quadriceps and hamstrings could be generalized as legs. I might even put the gluteus maximus in there. As well as any references to thighs.

Abdominals, obliques and intercostals could be generalized as torso or stomach.

Lats and lower back would be back.

Deltoids and trapezius would be shoulders.

Chest... that's pretty much all by itself. But I'd probably throw serratus in there too.

That's six categories. That'll fit neatly in a top menu. Rather than 15 or 16.

Tags on the otherhand, you could go crazy with the tags.

If blogging about the excerise 'torso twists' which works the obliques, you'd use the cateogry 'stomach' but could use tags such as torso, torso twists, external obliques, internal obliques. I'm sure there are more.

The blogging software will automatically generate tag pages. Each of your tags will be a hyperlink an index page listing all of the blog posts associated with that exact tag. This helps organize and allows you to cross link related posts. Users are two clicks away from finding more information of the same theme.

Hash Tags and Twitter

Tweets on Twitter can be tagged by including one or more hashtags. These are words or phrases prefixed with a hash symbol.

Mashable put it best when they said "...hashtags help spread information on Twitter while also helping to organize it."


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    • nufoundglory profile image

      nufoundglory 5 years ago from Asia

      I've just realized we can't tag our hubs anymore. I wonder why they removed this feature? Probably seemed too spammy to search engines...

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      Glen 5 years ago from Australia

      I had just noticed that the other day! But I won't delete it, it can be a historical piece. People can see how we used to do things... in the good old days. :D

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      Kate Swanson 5 years ago from Sydney

      Hi Darkside. You might want to delete this Hub because tags no longer exist on HubPages!

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      lovi760 6 years ago from Pathankot

      xcellent advice. I found this really helpful

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      capricornrising 6 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      Thanks for the EXTREMELY useful hub. If I could, I'd buy you a car.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the useful info. When doing tags, is it important to do plurals - should I enter tags for leg and legs. What about Alzheimer's vs. Alzheimers, should I enter both? I asked this question in a forum, but no one ever responded to it. Thanks. I know it probably seems elemental to you, but it is not to me.

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      Rika Susan 6 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub with useful, easy-to-understand tips about using tags, darkside! Thanks! Yes, the Google Keyword Tool is great. I love using it to get tag ideas.

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      pennyofheaven 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Excellent hub! Thanks

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      Tom T 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Terrific Article. I think I'm a tag spammer. Need to go back and choose my tags more judiciously. Thanks for the share.

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      Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Thanks darkside. Great info. Thumbs up!

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      FindYourSearch 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fantastic hub explaining tags. I especially appreciate your inclusion of the Google Keywords tool to help find relevant, searched terms. I linked to this hub from my hub titled "Grow Your Audience: Make Your Hubs Clickable."

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      chrysstil 7 years ago

      Beautiful hub.Thanks.

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      Medkh9 7 years ago

      we are blessed to have an engaging person like you here with all these great hubs , thanks for your efforts

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      Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India


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      SwiftlyClean 7 years ago from Texas

      Great info and very useful!


      Sharon Smith

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Thanks for the great information on tags etc. Very useful and I'll have to keep tags down to 10-20 . I learned something here.

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      If it's bold it probably means you've added the same exact one twice. It's no big deal, it won't show twice.

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      Baileybear 7 years ago

      thanks for the tips. Do you know what it means when a tag is highlighted in bold? That it's a bit stale/overused? Should tags be refreshed now and again?

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      happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere

      Thanks! I've been trying to understand the best way to tag my hubs, and this is useful information.

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      Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

      Thank you for a helpful and informtive hub

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great article on tagging. You clarified some of my questions very well. Much appreciated!

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      Eddy2106 8 years ago from Chicago Suburb, IL

      great ingo on tags, i wondered what tags were, untile i read your hubpage, i'm gonna follow you.

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      nasus loops 8 years ago from Fenland

      This is a great hub. I had totally misunderstood tags, but thanks to you I am now up for some editing.

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      Pacal Votan 8 years ago

      As far as I can tell, this means that if you use a software whereby you have no such option as 'categories', you can use certain tags to make these categories and create a nice menu for them while you can also use tags as cross references between posts in which case they should correspond to the keywords of the given page.

      Thank you.

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Thanks for this Darkside.

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      Glen 8 years ago from Australia

      I only have a few but add them as I think or find ones that are relevant. Some of my hubs have 10 to 15 tags.

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      lyla 8 years ago from India

      I see that you have just 5 tags in your hubs, whereas I have about 10-15.Should I cut down my tags?Thanks.

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      lyla 8 years ago from India

      Thanks..great tips..trying hard to put all this to practice!