The Ultimate Hive Tagging Guide — Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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Dear Hivers,

On my birthday, I used to receive magic books. No one paid attention to them until I started performing the tricks. And then everyone enjoyed it.

Tags are like that.

Most of us never pay attention to them. But when performed? They are incredibly powerful. That is why I am writing this article. We will discover every important details around these tags. I hope you will enjoy them.

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Note: You don’t have to study tags religiously. All you have to do is scan through this guide — remember tags that are important to you — and then start applying. I will also show you an easy way to discover relevant tags.

But before we go there, it is important to take a step back and explore the basics. We will be dividing this article into three simple parts:

  • Part 1: How tags benefit us
  • Part 2: Discovering new tags
  • Part 3: Organizing and adding tags

Let's start with the first part:


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#1: Think in terms of a content creator.

When you use the right tag, your content can be easily discovered. Say you are writing about pizza. It is a recipe.

Moment you mention the #recipe tag, your content can be found by readers and curators. Therefore it benefits content creators.


#2: Think in terms of a bot.

If you remember, I discussed about the Google bot — which is a spider crawling the Internet. As it crawls Hive, it also finds tags. And then it starts ranking these tags on the search engine.

In short: Spiders love tags. And tags are good for SEO.

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#3: And finally, think in terms of a reader.

If you are a reader, you can simply browse through any tag to find relevant content. For example: The most popular tag is #introduceyourself — I go through it once in a while to find new users. Without such a tag, I would be lost.

So in a nutshell:

Tags organise content. They offer multiple benefits. For content creators. For bots. And for readers. They make the content searchable and indexable.

Perhaps most of you already know this foundational knowledge. Now we take this knowledge and start searching for tags.


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How do you find tags? Good question. There are several ways. I am sharing five:

#1: Look at the Hive homepage

One of the easiest way to discover new tags is through homepage. Here you will find trending articles. Click on any article — scroll to the bottom to discover tags.

This is the most basic way.


#2: Check the profile page

Use @Peakd to visit anyone's profile. On the right side you will discover all the tags they use:

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#3: Use apps like Esteem

Both tags and categories are displayed on the @Esteemapp's homepage. You can find it on the left side:

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#4: Find the entire tag cloud

One of the new tool I discovered was Hyperion. It is another minimalistic front-end featuring tag clouds. It shows almost every tag (too big to share here).

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#5: Look for articles talking about tags

You can also look for new posts that talks about tags. I found one article showcasing the top 30 tags:

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You may want to glance through these tags and save them.

The idea of all these — these 5 tips and ways — is to help you find the tags that are relevant to you. Feel free to pick any of these methods, play with it, and discover tags. Once you do that, it is time to add tags.


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Organizing and adding tags should be simple. But I want to explain this in detail. You see, most people will add most popular tags. After all, popular is good, right?

Don't do it.

As mentioned in one of my article, a newbie I onboarded abused the tags — perhaps accidentally — by using #introduceyourself in every post.

The end result?

He earned a big fat downvote!

So it is not just about using the most popular tags. In fact, it is all about using the right tags. And let me explain what right tags actually mean:

The first tag is the most important. It is considered as a category. Let me explain this with one of my SEO article. Here is an example with the first tag as SEO. This is considered the category now.

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What about the rest of the tags? Some of them are relevant tags. For that particular article, these 3 were relevant:

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And the rest are popular tags.

One can also use community tags. If you are part of the communities, then you will know how they work. Some community tags are #OCD #Palnet #bdcommunity #Neoxian #GEMS #Mancave.

The list goes on and on. Again, you can discover more tags by following the 5 ways we discussed earlier.

In short: a tag contains:

  • First tag (extremely important)
  • Relevant tags
  • Popular tags
  • Community tags

Should you use all of them? It depends. This is where your own thought process is important. You can add more or less tags. You can mix tags. Or even create new ones.

The choice is always yours. Just remember that Hive.blog allows you to add upto 8 tags. Therefore pick your tags carefully.


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Tags are important. They give shape and form to your content. Initially, tags require your attention. Then it becomes a mental process. Only takes a couple of your seconds.

For content creators, remember that tags will help you gain visibility. You can also use them in your own blogs.

In fact, as we discussed, there are several benefits of using tags. It creates a cluster that is easily indexable by the bots. Plus, people can browse though tags to find relevant content.

Then we also saw 5 simple yet effective ways to find fresh and juicy tags. If that wasn't enough, the last section revealed a simple example on adding tags.

I would like to end this article with some more bonus tips.

More bonus tips:

  • Use at least 3 tags in your post
  • Don’t create extremely specific tags (see next point)
  • Anytime you are creating a series, consider creating your own tag. For example: I have created #Hivenewsletter. It contains all the newsletters I publish.
  • Always save your preferred tags somewhere (I save in a document).
  • Peakd allows you to add upto 10 tags. (They call it Topics. 1-5 topics are considered categories)
  • Don’t be afraid of experimenting with new tags

Anything else I missed? Do let me know.

The goal is to implement tags in your next post — if you are not doing it already. And with this, we complete the article. Do let me know your thoughts in the comment section. I would love to hear from you.

Hope this article was useful.

Cheers,
Sid


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I'm very grateful for this information, do you know if in Hyperion there is a possibility to see that report of most used tags in a list format instead of in a graphical way?

Thank you! I have been searching for HOURS to find a way to get all the tags in the list format. There isn't any. Really hoping someone could chime in. Should be easy I suppose.

I believe you, I've been looking for a while too, if I find it I'll let you know, thank you very much for sharing this information, I didn't know it and I find it super useful😁.

Always glad to share what I have discovered. Such a FUN experience. 😁

Love your tips, they are very useful and I hope to reference them in the future when drafting a post. Thanks much.

Thanks alot. This post was helpful, I already stumbled upon a post some weeks earlier which talked about tags and gave me a few ideas but yours is so detailed. Thanks for sharing @sidwrites. I would put these to use in my future posts.

I didnt know about hyperion, how did you get that cloud preview? Mine is just a list

Hi, I wanted to mention this in the post. Glad you asked. Just click on the Related Tags and a window appears:

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Nice post about the tags and good to read. I'm sure I'm not the only one who really can get lost in 'tagland' ... And because of that keeps 'writing under the radar'.

Thanks for this amazing article. It is going to help me a lot on the long run

Tagging is very tricky in the platform, and sometimes confusing tbh. This article is really useful. Thanks.

I enjoy to read thi post. I learn a lot about tags.
I understand where I make a good use of them and where I am not.
I am impress by the quality of your post.

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Very resourceful article to start my day.

Thanks for sharing.

Reading this publication has verified some things I was not sure about, thank you for taking the time to write it.

I am glad you found this helpful.

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Thanks for these been wanting to upgrade how I write my blogs and missed on tags.

One sidenote PeakD made the decision long ago to call them "topics" or "topic-tags" because it is much more descriptive and intuitive for new users as to what they are designed for.

However... great resource.

I really enjoyed reading your post, a fairly good content at the moment because I think that many of us are lost when it comes to knowing which tags to use or which of them are actually in use at the moment

Hi,

thanks a lot for this article 🤗.
For me it was very useful and definitely I will follow your advices in my next post 😎. I am using tags already, but for some tricks I didn't know until now.

Excelente informacion.

The way you write your guides are such nice. People can learn a lot with them.

This post is nice and well detailed about exploring tags. I've always been lost in that aspect thanks for taking out time to give us some few tips about tagging. Hive on friend 😊

Thanks for your advice, it never hurts to talk about labels @sidwrites. Since you come to the platform you are looking for a way to have good labels to be accurate in your publication.

Interesting article, I'm always at a loss for labels 😂, thanks for sharing valuable information.Now I'm going to keep an eye on you when you publish. Greetings.

Me encantó este artículo!!! Gracias por tomarte el tiempo de explicar con este lujo de detalle el tema. Además me gustó la presentación y lo claro de la explicación en un tema tan importante.
Gracias

I love the way he explains things in your posts! Very informative for new and old users.

I find myself taking your advice! Regards! 💕