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How important are Tags for SEO?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by genebadd, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. genebadd

    genebadd Junior Member

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    I'm just curious, I have always ignored tags on my wordpress sites as I don't use tag clouds but this got me wondering about on page optimization. Does filling out the tags block on a post help with anything?
     
  2. Santa Claus

    Santa Claus Registered Member

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    It depends on your site size, if you have lots of content and the tags are properly used, it will add more unique pages. But if you use tags on a thin affiliate site, it will probably add duplicate pages, which won't help you.

    I had a website with 2 posts and 4 tags, it created many duplicate content pages, the jumped 2 spots on google when i removed the tags.
     
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    LBrown Senior Member

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    Depending on how you choose your tags having a tag cloud could be a violation of Google's webmaster guidelines (keyword stuffing). They also create duplicate content pages which some say is bad for SEO.

    However, if you add tags for very very low volume and very very low competition search terms you will likely rank for those terms with no extra effort. If you rank for enough of these tags you will make extra money. Most people don't use tags this way and just put in something very generic like "health" as a tag so for most people they add no benefit at all.
     
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    SahL Elite Member

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    Not really important, if used properly can be good. if used in EXCESS can be bad.
     
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  5. genebadd

    genebadd Junior Member

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    Great!! Thanks for the fast response....
     
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    That is pure subjective opinion: They are very important for me. And I try to use as many as possible.
     
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    neeka387 Registered Member

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    The tags would generally be the words in your post and google is pretty good at figuring out what your post is about and finding you based on that. So spending to much time on tags to me doesn't do much good.
     
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    Like a previous poster said, this is purely subjective. I can't say it has ever hurt my sites, but I can't say it has really helped either.
     
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    I'm like edgematch try to do as many as possible