Successful Social Media Tip of the Day . . . How to Tag Posts

Are you tagging your posts effectively? A Tag is a way to group related posts together to let the reader know what a post is about. Tags also can help a reader find your content when they do a web search.

So what Tags should you use – for example – if your post is about how to plant a rose bush, some Tags you may want to use might be – gardening, rose bush, the variety of the rose bush, planting roses, flowers, flower gardens, landscape tips, planting tips to name a few.

If you have a WordPress site, you can add tags from the post page.  A good number of tags for a post should be between 5 and 15.  Too many tags will make your content irrelevant in content searches. You can add new tags for your post by typing your tags into the box under the Tag dialog  box and click ‘Add’ to save.  The Tag dialog box has a ‘Choose from the most used tags’ feature. To choose from your most commonly used tags, click on the ‘Choose from the most used tags’.  This is a nice feature to use if you commonly use certain tags, it helps avoid retyping and risk of misspelled tag words and is a great reminder to include certain tags you may not be thinking of at that moment.

You can also add new tags from your Dashboard under Post – Tags. If you click on the ‘Tag’ in this section, you will see your current tags and how to add new ones.  Fill out the fields to add a new tag. The first field is the Name field to name your tag.  Next is the description field to describe what your tag is for. You can also manage Tags under the Dashboard Post – Tag page.  This will show you the list of tags you have used and the posts they belong to. If you move your cursor over a tag, options will appear to allow you to edit, delete or view the tag.

If you have many tags that you want to delete, use the Bulk Action feature.  Select the tags by checking the box next to the tag you want to delete.  If you want to delete all your tags, select the checkbox at the top of the page.  From the bulk action menu, click Delete, then click Apply.

Sometimes you will use a tag so much, you may decide to make it a Category instead of a tag.  In order to do this go to the bottom of the manage tag screen and click on the category converter.  This will take you to the screen where you can select the tags you wish to convert.   You can always convert back to a tag if you find the category is not working out.

Most important on your WordPress site is to – Check your Settings Tab – Reading tab from your Dashboard and make sure you have chosen the option “Allow Search Engines to Index This Site”.   Very Important for your SEO !!!

And now I leave you with a photo of Fireworks I saw on the Forth of July here in the United States !  I am still watching the world cup ! I would tell you who I am routing for but I don’t want to jinx it!!!