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How To Use Tags Effectively

This post is about post tags, the benefits of using tags and how to use tags effectively.

Since I first started blogging, one thing that I noticed was the tags. What are tags? How to use tags in a post? What are the advantages of using tags?

Such questions keep popping up in my head. However, I don’t know anything about it back then. That’s what made me finally decide to write this article. One thing for sure, tags is important factor for a post!

One thing you should remember is tags and categories are not the same thing. They differ from each other. Yes, they have their own purpose. However, many people assume they are the same. That’s the problem!

To distinguish between tags and categories, perhaps you can understand them by using analogy of “a basket of apples.” Assume basket as a category and apples as blog posts. Then, you can think of apple seeds as tags.

Although you have a great blog, not everyone interested in all posts that have been published on your blog. Your readers will only see posts with specific information and relate to them.

That’s why you need tags. By setting the proper tags to each of your posts, indirectly you help your readers and save their time in finding the article in accordance with their desires.

What Are Tags?

In simple terms, a tag is a keyword that you assign for your article. A word that could tell the readers what your article talked about.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Tags?

Your blog will automatically create new pages for each tag that you add to a post. These pages are really rankable, searchable and fully indexable.

That means; tags could be a golden egg for you to bring more traffic from search engines.

One fact that makes you excited is you don’t need to do any work to keep things happen to your blog. It happens by itself without you knowing.

Yes, add the appropriate tags for each post and that’s all you need to do!

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Tips How to Use Tags Effectively

1. Do Research For Your Tags

As with other keyword research, you should try to do a little research to assign the proper tags to your posts before you publish it.

As mentioned above, your tags will get ranked in the search engines and it’s all useless if you use tags or keywords that will not be searched by anyone in the world.

2. Don’t Use Tags Longer Than Three Words

The rule is tags supposed to be short.

Why it should be short?

Logically people will not use too long keywords when typing it in the search engines. They usually use short and meaningful words.

In tagging your blog post; you should consider yourself as a reader. It will help you in assign the proper tags. As an example, tags for this article are tags, how tags work, categories.

3. Avoid Using Excessive Tags

How Tags Work

You should avoid using various tags. Use only tags that really reflect the content of your blog. That way, your readers will quickly find a post with topics that interest them.

Don’t disappoint your readers with abundant tags. Give them what they need.

4. Repeat The Same Tags Consistently

You should use keywords that attract the interest of your readers. Researching what your readers want to find and use those keywords as tags.

Avoid using synonyms in your tags. It would not too helpful. You have to choose specific tags to a specific post.

As mentioned above, using a variety of tags will not bring good results, otherwise it will make things worse.

Then, use these tags repeatedly in the related posts. If you do that, a magic will happen on your blog.

By repeating tags, you ease the burden on your readers and let the search engines know that you have some great posts on the same topic.

The search engine will put their concern on the tag pages and potentially those pages will get a high ranking.

5. Use Excerpts on Your Blog

Excerpt is useful to avoid your blog from duplicate content problems. If it is not marked as an excerpt, then search engines will consider it as duplicate content even though it’s the same post.

To achieve that, go to theme editor of your blog and replace the_content with the_excerpt. Give your readers essential review of your content and direct them to the original post.

6. Track Your Tags Performance

You can use Google Analytics to do that, it’s easy and free. You will easily track the performance of your tags and use the report to further improve the performance of your blog.

7. Again, Tags Are Not Same as Categories

It’s good to avoid using tags that have the same name with your blog categories. They are complementary to each other, but they do not have the same purpose.


Hopefully, this article could be useful for you and I would be very grateful if you share it. Sharing is caring, right? 🙂

After reading these tips about how to use tags effectively, now it’s your turn….

What are your experiences on tagging your blog posts?
Do you have another advice about tagging?


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17 Responses to “7 Great Tips How to Use Tags Effectively”

  • Enstine Muki says:

    Looks like I have been stupid in the past 😉

    I have been using tags on my formal blog but stopped using them on the current blog. I knew there was some SEO advantage but I never had any document to fully exploit it.

    Your post is a beautiful wake-up note for me to go get this running Nanda. Thanks for writing and I’m glad to have been here today.

    Happy New Year
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    • Hi Enstine,

      Glad to see you here 😉

      You know, without using tags on your current blog, you still get a lot of traffic and attention to your blog. I can not imagine what would you get if you start using tags 😀

      I am glad if this post can help you. I’m also glad you could be here as well.

      Happy New Year for you too!

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  • Victor Chen says:

    Tags are a great resource for both SEO and giving readers a quick idea on what my blog posts are about. However, I sometimes mistakenly post a synonym for a tag I had previously used, making the two posts disconnect. Do you have tag strategies on choosing the same tag?
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    • Hi Victor,

      Welcome to my blog and thanks for the engagement 🙂

      Well, I also sometimes do the same thing.
      But, after I realized the importance to use the same tags consistently, I try to remember and use the same tags for each post that relate to each other.

      For tags that exist in my previous post, I do not bother about it. I will focus on the tags that I will use this time. They have been published, after all. 😉

      I am happy to get new knowledge and want to apply it immediately.

      Thanks for your adding your in here, Victor.
      All the best for you!

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  • Hey Nanda,

    This lesson is much needed in the blogging world. At one point I was confused in what a Tag was versus a keyword when I first started. They are similar but serve different purposes from my research.

    Above all there is a complete distinction between tags and categories. I never thought they were the same but I can see how people can use them interchangeably. Thanks for sharing this lesson and i hope you’re having a great weekend!

    I found your post on in the category of Blogging
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  • Hi Nanda,

    Indeed, this is so useful! As I read through I realized I’m not using my tags effectively. You have given me so many new ways I can use them so effectively that I can have a better reach with my blog.

    I took notes lol.

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  • Maketta says:

    Hello Nanda,

    I have the tag feature at the bottom of my blog posts. I use it sometimes but after reading your blog post I will use it more often. I didn’t realize how important it really is. I thought that you should use tags that were related to your blog post. For instance, if my blog post is about blogging. I would use tags such as: blog, blogging, writing. Would that be correct?

    Thanks for sharing this with us! I found your blog post on and Kiinged it!
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    • Hi Maketta,

      Welcome to my blog and thanks for your engagement 😉

      Yes, tags are important for a blog, and we should use it to the fullest.

      Tags as you mentioned above will work fine. Maybe you can add or replace it with how to blog, blogging tips, writing tips. Now that Google is becoming an answering machine, and articles that teach something to the readers will get the attention of Google as well. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and adding your voice in here, Maketta.
      Glad to know you can found this article useful to you!
      Have a nice day.

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  • Hey, Nanda,
    I posted a detailed comment here but now its not showing, How come this.
    I talked about my experience in tagging in the beginning of my blogging journey and how I changed it to the present form and this post is an informative and a must read to all the bloggers.
    Thanks for sharing
    PS: Will you please check my earlier comment in the spam folder. Thanks ~ Philip
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    • Hi Philip,

      Welcome to my blog and thanks for the engagement 🙂

      Yes, in order your comment appear here, I must approve your comment first. And now, I have approved it. 😉

      I also experienced a similar blogging journey with you. I think every blogger must have experienced it. It’s a lesson, I guess.

      Thanks for adding your voice in here, Philip.
      I hope to see you here more often 😀

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  • Carol Amato says:

    Hi, Nanda,

    What an excellent article! I really appreciate the detail you went into. It’s helpful to beginners and veterans alike. I will definitely be sharing this with friends. It can be a confusing subject, so this is helpful.

    Your advice about tags and categories not being the same is spot on, my friend, and I appreciate you giving the clarification to make these different and not the same. Excellent!

    I hope you have a great rest of the afternoon, and I will be talking with you soon.

    Take care,
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    • Hi Carol,

      You are so kind. Thank you for your sweet words, Carol.
      Your words encourage me to write better. Thanks for that. 🙂

      Yes, tags and categories are not the same, but many people who assume the same. I am glad if this article can be useful for you to distinguish them.

      Thanks for adding your voice in here, Carol.
      I hope to see you around soon. 😉

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  • Adrienne says:

    Hey Nanda,

    Good post and it is a good subject. For some reason when I read about SEO they leave out tags and I’ve often wondered why. It’s not like you shouldn’t have them for each post but maybe people are confusing them now with categories.

    I continue to add tags to each post I write so your explanation was very clear and spot on. I’ll be sure to share this post as well and thank you for this.

    Have a great week.

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    • Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, I agree with you. Even though many articles that discuss about SEO, but not many people are discussing about tags. Honestly, I used to be confused in using it and sometimes I also equate it with categories as well. LOL 😀

      Thanks for your nice words, Adrienne.
      Thanks for the kind share as well. I really appreciate it. 🙂

      Have a great week for you too!

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