Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday's Tip - Organize Blogging Labels

Having been a library cataloguer the philosophy of providing readers efficient search tools has been firmly entrenched. One of my favorite lines from an instructor was "the catalogue is only as good as the cataloguer".

Thinking of this statement I reviewed the method of labeling (or lack there of) while creating blog posts. What a surprise to discover the degree of usage from the vague to over wordy. Reviewing my labeling with a critical eye I realized that my label cloud was a big old mess. This would either confuse or discourage readers from delving further into my blog. With this in mind May's goal will be to clean up my cloud.

Here are a few articles with excellent advice:

Blog Labels and Tags by Thomas MacEntee, GeneaBloggers

Ideas for Blog Labels by Todd Bowerman, eHow Contributor

Today's tip - reevalute labels to determine if they help or hinder.


  1. I actually just did this recently after reading about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Wordpress - where I have my genealogy blog has both Categories and Tags and it has taken me a while to figure what to make a tag and what to make a category. Now I think I may have to read the articles you've cited and see if I need to go back and do further tweaking!!

  2. Thanks for this post. I have always pondered on what to include on labels on my posts. After reading Thomas MacEntee's article Blog Labels and Tags I know what I should post.

    Hopefully I can reach others by inserting name, towns and occasions,