You see post after post of “How To Get More Blog Readers” and “Increase Your Ad Revenue by 500% In a Week!”, but you never see a post about how NOT to increase your readership. This post is going to be short, because in the 11 months I’ve been blogging, about 10 minutes ago is the first time I’ve learned a lesson in how not to blog:
Do. Not. Over. Tag. Your. Posts.
WordPress blogs are greater than all other hosted blogs. Reason? Well, once you get past WordPress’s generally awesomeness, it’s the fact that WordPress.com gives you a great tool to publicize your blog through tags and categories. For those not familiar with tags, here’s an easy-to-understand definition: words or short phrases that describe your post. You simply type them into the “Post Tags” line next to an under-construction WordPress post and SHAZAM! Your post is now at the top of the listing for each tag you typed in.
This feature is no doubt a huge assets to starting bloggers, and veteran bloggers alike. When I started my blog, I saw this feature and took notice of its great power. In my excitement, I decided I should harness the full power of WordPress tags by taggingeach post with nearly every word included in the post, plus some general tags like “Politics”, “News”, “Entertainment”, etc. This went on for about 11 months (meaning from blog startup until a few minutes ago). I was surfing the “Education” tag category to catch up on the latest opinions about Barack’s big speech today and I noticed that my grade-A post wasn’t listed anywhere on the listing. Of course I had tagged “Education” to the post. So I looked around and it finaly dawned on me that there COULD be a tag limit. I thought about it and I realized that no one else ever used a trillion tags but me; I guess I just thought I was the only one that caught onto that trick. I decided to post my question in the forums and was promptly given a response by a great forum member (Raincoaster): Wordpress blocks your posts out after around 10 or 12 tags/categories, and after several posts of over 12 tags/categories, you are considered a tag spammer.
Well imagine my excitement when I learned that I’m pretty much number 1 on “WordPress’s Most Wanted” since I regularly use upwards of 100 tags on each post. That would explain why I never get hits from wordpress tags. I figure it’s better to not be getting hits because I’m in the “WordPress Tag Slammer” than because my content is boring.
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