Do You Tag Yourself?

Filed as Editorial, Guides on May 16, 2008 11:27 am

Do you tag yourself? Honestly? No, this is not a game.

With everyone back on the tag versus categories versus tags bandwagon, have you checked to make sure you are tagging yourself?

Inside of is the tag attribute that turns “Lorelle on WordPress” into a tag.

<a href="http://lorelle.wordpress.com/" title="Lorelle on WordPress" rel="tag">Lorelle on WordPress</a>

When I write my name in a link, I also include a tag:

<a href="http://lorelle.wordpress.com/" title="Lorelle" rel="tag">Lorelle</a>

This makes “Lorelle” a tag.

When I write about the , I also put that in a tag, so the words “Blog Herald” get into the tag clouds on the site as well as the tag search engines and directories.

I use the same tag technique for , , and every taggable link I write to help associate what I write with those tags.

Are you tagging yourself and your blog? The rel="tag" is all a link needs to turn it from a link into a linking tag. It’s what defines a tag.

If you aren’t tagging yourself and your blog, it’s a great branding technique you may be missing out on.

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  1. By Paul Nowak posted on May 16, 2008 at 11:58 am
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    Why?

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  2. By Barbara Ling posted on May 16, 2008 at 1:38 pm
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    Brilliant idea! Just dugg it. I’ll remember to do that with my postings as well (and tweet about it too). Thanks for the post!!

    Barbara

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  3. By Spamboy posted on May 18, 2008 at 7:21 pm
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    I’m doing that now, everything except for the “rel” attribute. Like Paul asked, can you explain why we’d need to do it?

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  4. By Lorelle VanFossen posted on May 18, 2008 at 8:55 pm
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    @Spamboy:

    Without the rel="tag", a link is not a tag. It’s that simple. It’s just a link. If you want a tag, and the tag to be recognized by tag search engines, it must include the rel attribute. Otherwise, it’s just words in a link.

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  5. By Mel Ancholy posted on June 23, 2009 at 3:11 am
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    Lorelle,

    Are there different words I could put there besides tag? What else can rel=? Thanks.

    Mel

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