When adding labels/tags to blog posts, which do you think are necessary? Do you think it’s necessary to have a label for every book series mentioned on the blog, etc, such as ‘Divergent’ ‘The Hunger Games’? I’ve had my blog for a few years but am only now adding labels and tags.
In case you don’t already know, it’s important to realize that tags/labels don’t impact your SEO whatsoever. So, that means tags are really only used for one main purpose: to draw relationships between posts and for organizing your blog.
Use tags to connect similar posts
So if you tag a post with “Divergent”, I can click on that tag link to see every single post tagged with “Divergent”. If I click that link, it means I want to read about Divergent or see all the places where Divergent was mentioned. Using this logic, you should focus on the important or prominent ideas/topics/books/authors in a post.
Tags in book reviews
I personally focus on a couple things when tagging my book reviews:
- Book title
- Series name
- Themes/topics in the book (bad boys, love triangles, etc.)
You can also add in publishers if you want. The only reason I don’t tag with publishers is because I have a custom taxonomy for my publishers. Example: HarperCollins. They’re essentially tags, but only for publishers.
Tags in discussions posts
Now let’s look at some example tags for discussion-type posts. Think about what the topic of the post is and draw out some of the key ideas. I find it helpful to think about the tags you already have in your database and see if any of those fit. Tags aren’t any use at all if you have hundreds of tags that are only used once. The idea is to connect posts together, so you want tags to be used more than once.
This post is about using tags, so Tags is an obvious choice. But what is tagging all about? Organizing your blog. So that’s where Organization comes in. And finally, none of this would apply if it weren’t for the simple act of Blogging.
Don’t try to cram in every keyword imaginable
You won’t really benefit from adding in 100 tags. That would probably just result in you having hundreds of tags that are only used once, which is what you don’t want. Simply focus on the important, key topics. And finally, try to reuse tags as much as possible.