I’m not talking about the online ‘blog tag’ game here don’t worry! This weeks question is all about seeing if and how you utilise the ‘tags‘ when making a post on your site.
Forgive my ignorance if your self hosted or use a different host other than WordPress.com, your opinions are still required! I’m going to guess that there are tag options on all sites, but I obviously know how the WordPress ones work so will be using that as my example.
It was good to see De Niro back at the Oscars, despite him not winning. So happy Jennifer Lawrence won. She sent me this image, I’m trying to play it cool though.
Anyway, when making a post we have the option to use tags, with the aim of those words being used when people search on google or whichever search engine they use and ultimately leading people to our post/site. I just want to know how you approach this, if you indeed even care about them!
I have to say, the ‘we saw your boobs‘ video at the Oscars was fantastic!
I know some people don’t really utilise them as they prefer to keep a neat and tidy look to their site (Mark from Marked Movies, I hope he won’t mind me using him as an example! I would hate to end up on the receiving end of one his idols kicks).
Mark uses only one tag for the year the film was released. This makes it easy to keep it all organised. Other people go for the extreme option (Andy from Rorschach Reviews who again I hope won’t mind me using as an example!). I don’t have time to list all the tags Andy uses, but needless to say if someone has fallen down that day or had a wardrobe malfunction that will be one of his tags! And it works for him, he is high up on google for people searching and if it brings in more people, that makes him more money, so well-played sir!!
I use tags as I feel it gives my site a good organisation system. To me at least! I like the ‘tag cloud‘ and therefore I tag each post I make with the following details:
- what year the movie was released
- what rating I gave it
- who directed & starred in it
- if it’s a foreign film I specify which language it’s in
- the name of the movie
I hope then if people want to see which korean films I’ve reviewed for example, or which movies Jared Leto appears in, they can click the relevant tag and be taken to them all.
You may notice that for this post I have used LOTS of tags. I think it looks a mess personally, especially scrolling to comments and on the homepage, and they will be deleted. I just want to try it for this post, and see if it brings any extra people in. Although I see some blogs use tags for topics they don’t even mention on their post, it’s purely a sneaky marketing ploy. I don’t quite want to do that, and the tags I have used are kind of referenced in some way on this post. I appreciate they make no sense and have no purpose being here other than being a test and a little mickey taking. Hence why there are lots of subtle and not so subtle mentions of famous people. And some gifs, lots of gifs, since people seem to like them!
- Four months after announcing he wouldn’t play Snooker again this season, world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has confirmed he will defend his title.
- Egypt Balloon Explosion
- Burger Sales Plunge 43% Amid Horsemeat Scare
- REC 3: Genesis Face Off – votes still being taken, one team still losing
- Places still available in my Twitter List, hit this link and subscribe, I’ll add you and then we can all re-tweet each other
- First images of Alan Partridge from his movie were released
Does anyone else like cute animals as much as I do?? I love animals.
In closing, I want to know how you work ‘tags‘ on your site. Do you try to utilise current world news and events in a bid to get higher on the search engines? Do you ‘pimp‘ yourself out there and tag anything and everything even though it’s not related to what you’re talking about specifically, if not would you consider it if it meant lots more views (especially if you get paid per visit for example). Or do you not care and just tag them to fit in with the ethos of your site? As always, apologies for my underhand tactics and incoherent at times post, but I look forward to seeing how you all do your thing!
If you would like to see all the other questions from this series, please click HERE and check them out!