If you blog you know that Google has a crazy way of determining which websites make it to the top of the search results. If you stay on top of SEO (search engine optimization) news then you would know that very few people actually understand Google’s SEO rules completely. With that said here are my thoughts.
WordPress tags, from what I understand, have absolutely nothing to do with SEO and are only in place to help your readers navigate your website with a specific topic. But at the same time that is why WordPress has categories. So why use tags? I am not completely sure. I guess some people prefer tags over categories and vice versa. I believe that having proper keywording is an essential part of SEO. Google did recently state that keywords are not a factor in their rankings but I’m sure it helps. Why do I think this?
According to the Scribe SEO plugin my post about the Eastern State Photographer Meetup is 99% perfect SEO. You can see from the screen shots below that they supplied keywords and tags specific for the post. Now up until recent I used both keywords and tags but I am not sure if I will continue to use tags from here on. My website is sectioned in categories and I think it is the best way for my readers to find other posts they might be interested in. Am I incorrect? Have you been using the tags?
Please share your thoughts on this by commenting after the post. Do you use categories or tags? Why?
So now that I’ve ranted a bit about tags and keywords take a look at what Scribe SEO can do for you. The screen shot below shows details of the Eastern State post’s SEO and also show the post would look in Google’s results.
I use Scribe SEO for every blog post I publish on this website except for the Project 365 photos. I am typically at an average for 75% before optimizing because many of my posts are shorter than recommended. When I write a lengthy post like this one I am up between 90% and 100%.
A long time ago I used to add as many keywords I could think of to posts. At the time I didn’t think about how cluttered it would be and how much it puts on the databse. To declutter my WordPress database I downloaded Nuke-Pig which is a WordPress plugin that can potentially destroy your blog. I say that because it has the power to wipe out every post in one shot. It also has the power to remove all tags which is what I used the plugin for.
Backup your WordPress database before attempting to use this plugin
So I have removed all tags from my database and am slowly adding in only the tags that Scribe SEO recommends
Final Thought: Not So Secret Tip
Content is key!
Thanks for reading and happy blogging,