If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times, “We live in a Google world.” It is true, we don’t order Chinese food, find directions to the store, or stalk old girlfriends without using Google. Being findable in this world is important if you are trying to be found. Businesses especially must pay attention to how their customers can find them. Keywords and key phrases are how that is accomplished through the use of meta tags or just tags.
Tags are a keyword associated with content attached to it. If you want people to read your latest blog post on how to wash a cat, you have to determine how they would look for that content and attach that key word or phrase to it.
The same rule applies to your content as a publisher whether it be a blog, a podcast, video or even your photos. We often put pictures into our posts that we find which we feel are relevant to our content, the title or completely off the wall for that matter. We find those pictures at places like flickr, istockphoto, and yes, Google image search. We enter a keyword into the search function of those sites to find a picture for the content.
In addition to being searchable or findable, it also has the effect of increasing traffic to your content and makes the content watched, seen and readable. One of the things that I do on a regular basis is to search out and find anyone that mentions BlogWorld & New Media Expo. You can imagine all the different variations of that and the number of tags used to describe our event. This is also why we like people that use a common tag. The most used tag last year was of course “BWE09” and this year we are urging everyone to use “BWE10”. This allows us a quick reference to your blog post, your picture on your photo sharing site, your podcast and your YouTube (owned of course by Google) or other videos. A YouTube search with “blog world” returns 234,000 results. We all know it may be difficult for me to look at that many videos. Using a tag like BWE10 focuses the searcher into your content. A similar search with BWE09 allows me the benefit of watching less that 150 videos.
If your content is well done and is something we need to share with our community, we find and share it. This in turn increases the readers, listeners, or viewers of your content. We are still pouring over the content generated as a result of the 2009 event in October, I am finding new content daily and still trying to read all of it. As we grow and get bigger and have more content generated it is going to be tougher to find your content and thereby making it even more important for you to tag appropriately.
For the upcoming show in 2010 we are asking everyone to tag your content “BWE10” If you Tweet that hashtag, put that in your post, attach it to your videos, photos and podcasts, I’ll be there to say hello. If it is something that needs to be shared with the thousands of people in our community, we’ll do so and increase your traffic and readership. If I miss something because I couldn’t find it, your content may never get discovered and broadcast further. We are listening and we are paying attention to what is being said. Tag your content!
Photo Via SD_Kirk