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Pinging Your Blogs to Search Engines

Monday, July 04, 2005

How do I use Technorati Tags?

I know it's a holiday July 4th, but I have a few minutes for a quick lesson blog on using Technorati Tags.

You may have noticed at the end of each article in this blog are a few Technorati tag links. You might have been asking yourself, what is the meaning of a tag?

In the most basic sense, a Technorati tag is just like a keyword meta tag that you would put on your web site. The tag is a way of specifying a category keyword to classify your blog article. Since blogs do not normally use meta keywords, you can instead use tags.

Currently, Technorati is the only blog search engine (that I am aware of) that uses tags for searching.

Ok, here is where it gets cool. Cool means traffic to your blog.

A user can go to Technorati http://www.technorati.com and enter keywords for a search. However, instead of just clicking the Search button, he can click the Tags button located at http://www.technorati.com/tags/. The results returned will be the most recently posted blogs containing the tags he specified. The user will also see tags relating to the search.

What does this mean for you? It means by entering a few Technorati tags in your blog, you can easily categorize your content and attract readers interested in that category, just like meta tags, except since blogs are a smaller game, you get better results!

Hopefully more blog search engines will be picking up on the tag idea, which will make it even more important to include tags in your blogs.

Now you probably want to know how to use Technorati tags in your own blog? It's pretty easy. Just include the following html somewhere in your blog and replace the keyword with your own:

< href="http://technorati.com/tag/technorati tag" rel="tag">technorati tag< /a>

That would be a tag for the keyword "technorati tag" . Replace both instances of "technorati tag" with your own keyword.

As always, after adding the tags or making any changes to your blog, make sure you ping your blog to the blog search engines using your favorite tool. I prefer Blog Blaster.

Check out the tags at the end of this article.

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5 Comments:

  • Do you have any idea why I stopped appearing on Technorati about a month or so ago? I have never changed the way I added tags, though, I just vanished from there one day--I was on there with each and every post up until one day I noticed I wasn't there anymore. What could have changed?

    By Blogger Editorial Staff, at 12:07 PM  

  • Have you tried re-pinging your blog to Technorati and the other search engines?

    It is possible they just filtered you out from old age of the blog. You might just need to re-ping. You can do this on Technorati's homepage or by using a software tool. Check out Blog Blaster.

    By Blogger blogpingreview, at 6:28 PM  

  • Technorati is as erratic as it gets. Sometimes tags show up in minutes, or hours .. sometimes nothing shows up for days, while newer posts make it there quickly. Then 10 days or so later the "old" post shows up, with the "new" date.

    A little Googling - or even technorati search reveals a lot of bloggers struggling with this.

    By Anonymous Zoli, at 7:51 AM  

  • I find the the best way to get indexed by Technorati is to ping them very frequently. I setup a service that does this.

    http://www.kbcafe.com/rss/blogomatic.aspx

    By Blogger Randy Charles Morin, at 9:26 AM  

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