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How important are tags and categories for SEO?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by bigballin6161, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. bigballin6161

    bigballin6161 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    How important are tags and categories for seo? Which one is better and how exactly do you use them for SEO? I use categories sometimes but never tags!
     
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    Internal links within articles are the best for seo. So if you use tags or categories to link to from content randomly when context suits results are best. Just having categories or tags for the sake of them and putting them on sidebars is not doing any good.
     
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    They may be useful for search results when you have the same tags & categories...
     
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    I dont get it...so will it improve my SERPS if I start using them?
     
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    You may get traffic for search results related to your tags and categories

    For eg : If i search for a particular keyword and if your site contains tags or categories related to my search so its possible that your site may also appear in search results..
     
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    That was the case in the past (and this form of keyword stuffing still works with Bing). With Google's recent updates, this effect has been reduced greatly, but depending on niche it may still help. Anyhow, as I said before, one needs to link to tags or categories inside contextual link to have that benefit imho.
     
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    I don't even use tags anymore, and categories are good for users if they make sense. Honestly my onpage now consists of keyword in the title and that's about it. Maybe some LSI keywords in header tags, but my KW density is very low, once in title and maybe 0-1 times in the article.