Tag, You’re It

The above was the recent tag listing on one of my favorite blogs, Twinfamy.

I think he forgot to include a “sarcasm” tag.

According to WordPress, the less tags you use, the better.  However, I noticed that Twinfamy ended up with 108 comments on that particular post, and 8 and 13 on the ones before that.  Personally, I think a whole bunch of people have been searching “inauthentic Dada”, and couldn’t believe it when they finally hit the jackpot.

I have been doing a little research on tags.  In my continual quest to boost my stats I notice that the tag that gets the biggest hits is the News tag.  I did give one of my posts this tag.  And it was a legitimate post about noodling – very educational, too.  I don’t think it was truly appreciated by the News tag surfers however.  I briefly considered doing it on every post just to get some more visits to my site, but figured that would violate some kind of blogging etiquette.  It probably doesn’t increase your stats very much if you tick people off.

I surfed some of the posts that appeared under the News tag and started to fall asleep.  I mean, do people really seek out this stuff?  All you have to do is open Yahoo, read six headlines, and you are caught up.

So I then checked out the second biggest tag – Music.  I perused some of those blogs and couldn’t even understand them.  They were throwing around names of bands and singers that made less sense than the news posts.

One of my most viewed posts had  “Porn” in the title.  Thus, I felt that it was perfectly legal for me to add it as a tag.  I have a feeling that porn seekers might have felt a bit differently after skimming through my announcement of my intention to participate in an Adult Spelling Bee.  Interestingly enough, according the Word Press Cloud of Tags, Porn does not appear to be one of the top ten.  I think there’s some deceit going on here.

After looking at the top ten tags, I realize that I’m really not writing about anything that anyone desires to read.  Where the heck is the animal tag, or bulldog, or dogs?  And, for heaven’s sake, why isn’t there a Wonderbutt tag?

It just occurred to me that maybe WordPress’ tag page is showing the tags that are used the most by bloggers, not necessarily searched the most.  In which case, I need to aim to hit a tag that’s on the page, but not too big because the bigger your tag is, the more competition you have.  But I certainly don’t want to do one of the measly little tags, like Libya.  I know less about that than I do about Music.

After careful consideration, I have settled on the following topic for tomorrow’s post: Miscellaneous.  Surely I can think of something to go with that.  I can feel my stats rising already.

Posted on September 8, 2011, in Blogging, Humor and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Tags are fickle. I used to tag about 20 words for each of my posts, but I read the same thing you read about less is better and limited myself to 6-10. Been getting less hits ever since.

  2. I’ve noticed on the popular “humor” tag that you also need to post when no one else does, in order to stay on page one for a while. But of course if no one is posting, no one is reading either. i think they should subdivide humor…men, women, pet, adolescent, feeble, dirty, etc. Well, maybe they can combine adolescent and feeble.

  3. I put a humor tag on just about everything and hope for the best. Lately I’ve been thinking of putting random tags on my posts like, “regurgitate” or “masturbatorium” just to see what hits.

  4. I’m very inconsistent with my tags (I’ve got about 10 posts and over 30 different tags, most of them only used once, and most of them are synonymous). In fact, I think you found my blog just because I happened to use the ‘humor’ tag one time.

    I tend to arbitrarily tag things based on how I feel on any particular day. I could use tags to strategically boost my blog’s ratings, but I think I’ll just watch my tag cloud grow organically instead. 🙂

  5. I love lots and lots of crazy tags, especially those with multiple words (forget what they call that). But anyway, you get more hits by the niches of categories than you do the broad ones. And it makes for some fun google stats, which gives you even more blog material. Keep the posts coming!

  6. I have started experimenting with tags too, noticing that news does get more views while the more obscure or specific tags don’t do a thing.

    My recent post had the tag ‘sport’ – and attracted a few comments, even though I am sure the sport loving bloggers who read my post will have despaired after reading it……

    I also use the tag humor for most things, although we spell it humour here. I felt that using both spellings was just a tad too desperate though….

    I’ll do the experiment too. We should compare notes to see what works and, between us all, we can invent a winning formula to take over the blogs!!!! Mwah ha ha!!!

  7. That may be worth a try

  8. This made me laugh out loud! Good luck with hacking into the tag system!

  9. No that would spoil it! It’s the randomness of the whole business that makes it interesting.
    Anyway, quantity does not equal quality. Or am I the only here mystified at how some very mediocre posts get loads of traffic.
    Hang on, maybe they are tagged news. Must take a look…
    I have one post tagged phallic cafe about a cafe in Sicily. don’t know that it got the porn enthusiasts visiting.

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