In this post you will find some very practical information about WordPress tags SEO. In the past I used to ignore tags, not very wise as I know now. In fact, tags are a useful tool for increasing your chances for a better ranking.
But being a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I have a privilege of exchanging experience with thousands of people. Yes, it is the matter of thousands, right now I have far over 1700 followers. You can check my profile to realize this.
Anyhow, there was a blog by one member who explained his experience with post tags. He was able to get to Google page 1 through tags alone! This was not just by chance, he managed this repeatedly with many of his posts.
As you can imagine, he grabbed my attention. I took part in the discussion which followed; oh, yes you can see the story here yourself.
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So what is a tag really? The word has many meanings. In the present context, following Wikipedia:
So you get the idea. Now to practical things.
How to tag post blog
For WordPress posts, tagging is easy. When you are in the Editor, you can see a tag box on the right, as the one shown here.
All you have to do is to add a list of several tags divided by commas.
How to choose? For this particular post I have decided to take the following tags: tag post blog, WordPress post tags, post tags WordPress, blog post tags, you can see them in the picture.
Why these tags? They are not bad key-phrases themselves, and some of them I am using in the present text so they are indeed relevant for the present post.
For example, ‘tag post blog’ key-phrase has 114 monthly searches, traffic 20, and competition (i.e., quoted search results) 34. So this is a very good alternative keyword, it is relevant for this post, specific. I am sure it will bring extra traffic.
WordPress page tags
In WordPress with All-in-One SEO plugin, pages do not have a tags box. So to add them you will need a plugin. There are some useful out there like
- Post Tags and Categories for Pages,
- Add Tags And Category to Page and Post Types.
I am currently using the first one and it works great. When you add it, the Tags box appears in the sidebar as well as the category box, just like in the case of posts.
Now, after installing the plugin, if you go to your admin area you will see categories and tags when you click on Pages, see the picture right.
When you click on All Pages, you get the list where you can see categories and tags for your pages. See below one example from my site, categories are in the third column and tags in the fourth:
From this example you can see the differences between categories and tags: the former are more general, the latter more specific. Categories are the main subgroups of your posts (and pages if you use the plugin), while tags are quite often alternative keywords for a post or page.
If I now go to my sidebar and choose one of the categories, I get a common list of posts and pages in the given category. It is interesting to observe that pages in this category list have date just like posts, see one example below for my page How to check keyword ranking:
Similarly, if you keep tag cloud in your sidebar and click on any of the phrases it contains, you will get Tag archive for the given phrase, with the list of pages and posts together. As above, the pages in the list will have dates.
At this point I wish to express my gratitude to Wealthy Affiliate members Prestones and Marcus for their tips regarding the importance of tags and for the WordPress tags SEO in general.
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