Let’s Play Tag!
One of the things that makes blogs and sites created on blog platforms so powerful is the ability to get your content and products indexed by search engines very quickly, and often highly ranking. Few things will help your business or site more than getting repeat traffic from people using search engines to look for exactly what you offer.
But the old way of adding a bunch of hidden (or not) keywords all over (or in a big body at the end) of your pages to get the highest ranking from a search engine no longer works. In fact, that can blow any chance of your page or site getting ranked at all.
Search engines like Google are constantly improving their algorithms to ignore and demote blatant attempts to overshadow other sites. And as a result, a new breed of search engine optimization (SEO) tools and techniques have emerged that automate much of the process of appropriately indexing the worldwide web. Some as simple as those little tidbits we know as “tags.” Thankfully, WordPress has incorporated full tag support as a much-anticipated built-in feature. Because of this, it is no longer necessary to use plugins simply to achieve better search engine results.
Tags are essentially keywords for each page/article you create. Tags are intended to be words or very short two or three word phrases. Adding tags that accurately represent a post or page will increase the chance that it will get its due traffic.
Tags are purposefully sought out and indexed by search engines and other Web 2.0 sites, such as Technorati.com, who gather these terms and often sort them by date rather than popularity. Google, however, concentrates on sorting relevance and popularity.
With tags, it is possible to get instant traffic for a blog or blog-based site for an empty niche on the Internet or by creating new content for a popular topics, so it’s important to use them appropriately and effectively.
If you recognize a void of a particular piece or set of information, you could become #1 in the search engines by publishing a post with carefully-selected tags. And if you already have an established site, implementing tags on your most unique or powerful articles will enhance your site’s visibility.
As you would expect, AME uses only premium themes that are optimized for harnessing tags, categories, and page titles for the absolute best search engine results. Keep in mind it doesn’t hurt to double up and use a good SEO plugin as well. Use it along with filling in the tags field with every article you write.
Note: There are also plugins and widgets that display tags in either cloud form or pull-down lists; however, those often become overwhelmingly long, especially if your site covers a wide array of interests.