The TOP 3 Reasons To TAG Your Steemit Posts: A Simple, Quick Strategy For Long-Term Profits & Success

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If you've "seen the light," recognizing this platform & community for its potential, and are in it for the long-haul...

STOP. And listen up.

Things are going to change very quickly as more users come in by the thousands, and there are a few fundamental things that can be done right now to ensure you have an edge and set yourself up well for long-term success here.

For now, we're going to focus on one: TAGGING.



Why This Matters

At the moment, there's not that many new posts coming out. Anyone can go to the "New" section and get up-to-speed on all the latest-created stories - quickly & easily scanning for new diamonds.

If you've been well-rewarded for any of your posts, you can partially-thank this situation - as those aiming to earn Steem from voting first on new popular posts are constantly scanning this stream of new posts to find future winners.

Simply put: the more people who see your posts, the more likely they'll be to be voted up.

The less posts in the "new" section, the more people will see your new posts. The more posts coming out, the faster yours will get buried underneath all the new ones.

And as Steemit's user base builds and there are more people making more & more posts, there could be hundreds of posts being made per minute. At that point, yours may never even get seen - if you aren't using tags...



The BASICS

A quick overview for complete newbies:

You can put multiple tags in a post, which will list your post in that category. The more relevant tags you include, the more category listings your post will show up in.

This is Reason #1:

If you want votes & rewards, you want exposure. Having your post listed in multiple categories increases your exposure to people looking for materials on the tagged subjects - hence, increasing your earning potential.

By categorizing your stories, you'll increase exposure through multiple listings for each tag - AND there will be less posts in each category, thus ensuring yours stays at the top of the category's "new" list MUCH longer than it will in the site's main "new" list.

note: when tagging, make sure the tags are RELEVANT to the content! If you try adding a hundred different tags that aren't really related to the article just to try increase exposure, you're abusing the system and may likely get down-voted, kissing rewards goodbye. Respect the community, and tag appropriately.



How To Tag

There are two ways to tag a post so it appears in a category or search listing:

  1. Inputting a tag into the "tag" field when making a new post
  2. Including a tag within a story itself by putting a hashtag in front of a word (i.e. #steemit, #badass, #rockstar, etc)

Some tags may be straightforward topics - and others, you can get more creative with. For example, my post, Living The DJ Life In Bali could have multiple tags such as (Bali, DJ, DJ life, travel, expat, Baliexpat, expatliving, lifestyledesign, etc) - all which are relevant, and would get the article placed & exposure in multiple categories (which will become valuable as more people start using the same tags - which is discussed further down).

Very straightforward. Just make sure your tags stay relevant to the content.



Reason #2: The Breadcrumb Trail

When you effectively categorize your posts with tags, you'll not only increase the likelihood people see those posts - you'll also be laying a lasting "trail of breadcrumbs..."

If you happen to have gotten a highly-rewarded story on the "Trending" page/category, it may have stayed trending for a couple days. As the number of posts increases, the time a post stays trending on the main site will get shorter & shorter.

However, if your article becomes trending in a category, it will stay trending in that category for MUCH longer. And the narrower the category, with less new posts coming out with the same tags - the longer yet your article will remain at the top of that category trending list.

If you were to write the most highly-rewarded story in a given niche category, it might even stay at the very top of the category's trending list indefinitely - the prime positioning for maximum exposure, and thus the highest probability of profitability.

(If you haven't yet read "What Makes A Successful Story: The FIVE Winning Ingredients For A Highly-Rewarded Steemit Post", I HIGHLY recommend doing so, as grasping these KEY principles of value creation will massively transform your ability to CONSISTENTLY produce HIGH quality content.)



Not only will this increase the probability of your well-tagged articles earning ongoing rewards in the future, for being at the top of their category's trending page - it will also increase your exposure as a writer.

Rewards from the post aside - if people read and like your content, they're more likely to check out what else you've written and vote other posts up too.

The more categories your content is ranked highly in, the more locations others will find you in - and be drawn into your work if it's quality.

Think of this combination of ranking and diversity in multiple tags as acquiring real estate on which to put up billboards. The more categories you place in, the more locations. The higher you rank, the higher the billboard stands out above all else around it. And the better the content, the flashier and more captivating the billboard.

If you put up tons of awesome, towering billboards around town, you're going to grab people's attention - they're going to come see what the hype is about, and give you money/votes for having provided them quality content.

Essentially, you'll be leaving trails of breadcrumbs all over the site leading new Steemians back to you and your content. The better the quality of your stories & the more categories they're tagged in, the longer these pathways will last - and the more rewards you'll get in the long-run.

Your articles may be gold - though without the proper tags to keep it active in the appropriate category listings, it will just get buried amidst thousands (or millions) of new posts as they come out.

Include great tags, and you'll diversify your exposure on multiple channels - and stay amongst the top listings for longer.



Reason #3: Sub-Niche Branding & Tribe-Building Mastery

Getting creative with your tags may also create unique opportunities to brand yourself and establish a particular niche on Steemit that you can become known and sought out for...

When new users do find your trending articles in a variety of categories, they may be inclined to look into more of your material. But, if you begin adding tags you've uniquely created that embody specific themes & topics - this may save such interested readers time & energy required to scroll back through all your writing by giving them a shortcut to access a list of your stories on the particular topic that's captured their attention...

If you develop an individual style and signature "voice" writing on select topics - creating a unique tag to describe it helps your readers to articulately-summarize what it is they most love about your content. There's a psychological impact of such a 'brand slogan' that will build anticipation for more of the particular quality of value you've delivered, providing them a sort of 'mental hook,' on which they'll be happy to be reeled back in for more on.



And, if you really get ranking and popularize the tag - you may create a wave of other writers interested in using the same tags in their writing, which in turn ends up popularizing the niche category and bringing new readers to it - where they'll discover your great content, up-vote & reward it.

If you become a leader, you will attract followers. If you craft an excellent mini-community of readers who love the conceptual space encapsulated in your original tags, they will catch on and fans may step up in support of a growing mini-tribe by using the same tags - helping to build the "brand"/tag and increase its readership.

The more original, interesting, entertaining, meaningful, and powerfully-descriptive of what distinguishes the content as worthy of keeping up-to-date on similar future stories - the more likely the tag is to 'pick up steam' as a catchphrase, beloved insider lingo, and type of cultural meme.

(For example, one that's become an inside joke with some of the regulars in the Slack chat is #circlejerk - used on posts focused on Steemit, which typically get a lot of up-votes from the whales. And if you DON'T know what a "circle jerk" is, I suggest you DON'T look it up. :-) )

As with the #circlejerk tag - such an inside joke strengthens a sense of understanding, connection, and camaraderie amongst those using it. Not only may it serve as a strategy to help win votes over time, it's also a pretty cool way to build relationships. Win-win-win.



Just Do It!

So that's the low-down on tagging.

It may take a couple extra minutes to come up with and add some good tags to your post - but done right, it may become part of a successful long-term strategy that keeps your posts higher in multiple category rankings, drives more readers to check out (and vote on) more of your content, and help establish yourself as a leader in multiple sub-niches - fostering the participation of more & more members eagerly waiting to read and vote up the next post coming out with the tag (which could be YOURS.)

It's simple. It's easy. And how's the time to start doing doing it to keep ahead of the game before this site gets slammed with users - whose posts will get buried quickly in the stream of new stories, while yours stand out at the top of several frequently-visited trending tag lists.

BAM.

Now go and DO IT... :-)



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NOTE: props to @donkeypong for initiating the idea for this post and contributing to the manifestation of this article. CHECK OUT HIS POSTS and absorb that sh!t like a nympho on d!ck if you're serious about succeeding on Steemit. dude knows what he's writing about. For REAL.

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You've Hit the nail on the head. Great explanation and super useful for new members. Yes this place is growing to quick, so quick that even the website can't keep up. Already two crashes. I will start using your advice and start with the right #tag for my future post. Thanks for taking the time and we very much appreciated your efforts and we hope you are rewarded for doing so. Great content.

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it very useful content thank steemit

Thanks for explaining :) Really useful

Great post and i found some really vital information while reading. Really appreciate you sharing, thankyou:)

thanx i finally understand the whole tag thing

/masterpost

Nice job! A lot of people don't udnerstand the value of targeting so it's great that you took the time and energy to explain it in depth. Cheers.

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thanks for the feedback :-)

Really helpful post. Thank you!

Thanks! I'm a newbie here, and you've shared some valuable information. Much appreciated!

Great idea about building up a new tag now, while it's still relatively easy.

Thank you @rok-sivante for this excellent informational post :)

Excellent, this is just the info I was looking for!
Thanks

Thank you, I have made a lot of posts but never really got the exposure I expected; this has been a revelation!!!!

I've been tagging everything I write....but this has opened my eyes to a few thoughts on tagging that hadn't occurred to me. Thank You.

I always just put different names in the tag field? Am I supposed to be hash tagging them instead of just writing them for example ill put steemit steem internet writing etc. or should I be using #steemit #steem etc. Im referring to the tag bar at the bottom. Thanks great post

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you can put in the tag field OR use a hashtag within the post itself. i don't think it makes a difference which you do.

that's just fine, that given the opportunity to put the tags using the # symbol on the first day when I registered it did not work, and now put the tags become very simple.

I love it. You hit it on the head

Thank you for this post. A lot of great ideas you came up with to get visibility.

Is it really good to put a long list of tags or just 3-5 tags will be enough?

Extremely useful post. I've been tagging my posts out of habit but hadn't considered many of these things. I also was unaware of the hashtag method of tagging.

Very nice post. you must resd this!

I've always been afraid of committing tag abuse, but at this point, it's probably better to overdo it a tad rather than underdo it a lot.

...is "underdo" a word?

it seems to me, is not enough in screenshots formatting

gracias por tus consejos, la comunidad que habla español poco a poco crece

very usefull information, thank you

Thank you for posting this I'm new to the blogging thing and you've really broken down the basics of it now I know why my post aren't getting up-votes thanks again I'll try the things mentioned here!

thanks for your help. This allows me to think outside the box. promoting posts on steemit is cool but there are a lot of other media channels to develop on too. I appreciate your time!

Cool,thx)

I tagged everything as soon as I've read) thanks)

Good post. thanks for sharing this info with us all!

Thanks

Namaste my friend and thank you for posting this content. Ya'll are really lighting up the neurons.

great story keep up the good work , sorry about the video thing I was on the phone at the same time and did not notice I was making a fool out of myself

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Video??? What video?

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sorry I was on the phone and just noticed I made a fool out of myself

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Haha. 😎

Great explanation! Thanks alot for sharing this information.

I missed this post due to the hacks. Very nicely read. Still upvoting, even though I missed the payouts on it. You deserve it!

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thanks mate :-)

Wonderful explanation! I have an online craft shop on a popular site so I'm familiar with the importance of tagging but your article brought some very important ideas back to the forefront for me.

Thank you,this was very helpful for me as well, even that I'm a new one here!

A mandatory read for new Steemit authors! Tags are the only good way of organizing the vast amount of content on the site. Authors need to be proficient for their content to be found, which gives the opportunity for more interested parties to read it and benefit.

I am upvoting because this needs to be a 'sticky note' and return (yes, it is 2 weeks old) to the trending lists or perhaps a #WelcomeToSteemit-ReadMeFirst section? Just an idea people...

This sir! Is a good hint thanks for that!

Yup, just like the internet is supposed to work, thanks for the confirmations! Day 3 here, and I'm using Google to enter my questions about Steemit, and am getting really good results doing that. My question was "how many tags does Steemit allow?" and this was the top match (on Google).
While not answered directly, you answered by example, and by being obviously successful at getting traffic/votes. That matters to me, but NOT spamming or violating the community standards is my first concern. I've already seen that I'm the only match on some tags I'm using (like UFOs) and am pretty sure that tagging the more obscure terms (where relevant, of course, as you said) is the very smart long term play. There will be millions of people here soon, and being at the top of any category will pay off. And I don't just mean monetarily, just in readers, audience, etc. Thanks again!

well, all fine and dandy, but can you follow tags on this platform? can you subscribe to tags? can you even find all posts with a certain set of tags?

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to my knowledge, cannot follow or subscribe to tags - though should be able to find posts with tags simply using the search at the top.

also must note that this post is probably outdated, as had heard a couple months after that it's best to limit tags to about 5, otherwise the system may consider more as a form of spam...

That was excellent! Thank you for the clear and comprehensive mini tutorial on the importance and benefits of strategic tagging.

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Your welcome, though it may be likely that post is outdated. I'm pretty sure some point not too long aftrr it was written, protocols here changed and using too many tags was considered spam. I don't know if that has changed since, or the standard is still just five...

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Yeah, I just found out that 5 was the maximum, but the importance of your highlighted points are still relevant.

How did you add more than 5 tags? It's telling me that's the limit.

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This post is outdated. Could still use hastags but wouldnt advise using too many as system may pick it up as spam...

What about the fact that we don't have tags with spaces? What about the fact that we can't subscribe to tags or set of tags? I have to make bookmarks in my browser?

Found this post on http://www.steemsea.stream and glad you put it up @rok-sivante , it speaks about an important topic and that is tagging.

I have found that making tags to popular tags helps more than tagging in less known and unique tags.

Create a great day,
@kozan

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Hi @kozan I checked out the link you posted above. What's that? I'd like to know before I sign up. Would be great to hear from you !:)

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Steem Sea is a site where can add your post for other Steemit users to see and upvote, comment, etc. Actually this is on there! @islandgirleunice.

learned something new here thank you for the article.

Amazing post. Great details and huge for new ones like me. Thank s

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note: this post is outdated.

not sure what the exact algorithms are now, though shortly after this was published, something changes such that you really don't want to use more than 5 tags per post otherwise it might be considered spam.

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o really. thank you for telling me this I was just in the middle of writing something. damn. it was 11 months ago. thx for the heads up @rok-sivante.

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I was here from steamsea.

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@rok-sivante when I tried to put more than 5, I got an error. Also tagging in posts and total more than 5 will have issues. I read it is best to keep to 4 tags.

Create a great day,
@kozan

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yes. this post is outdated. limit to 5 now.

Awesome stuff

nice sharing man

I learned a lot om rational for tagging.

Great post for describing the 101 for how to market the new knowledge economy.

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this post is outdated. more than 5 tags and you'll likely get flagged for spam. at least last I heard on the subject.

As I'm the biggest newbie in town, I'm so glad I've come across this before posting any content on my blog! Thanks again! This is super helpful!

tags are important segment for SEO

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This post is outdated.

Okay, great post... now why is there more than 5 tags allowed on this post?

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Post is outdated. New protocols now.

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Oh, that's great. Can you provide the new protocols?

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I'm really not sure, other than there is a limit of 5 tags - and you probably wouldn't want to try squeeze more hashtags in as they might be considered a form of spam - if the situation is the same as it changed at first a year ago ...

Everything was ell said. :)

hey rok,

How did you get to tag so many tags on your post?

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As per the dozen+ other responses to comments, this post is outdated.

@rok-sivante thanks for this post! (now I know) #steemit more power!

Very informative, it's like taking a course on how to tag. Thank you, GREAT JOB !!!

Thanks for sharing. I'm new to steemit and plan to share content mainly on deep learning and AI. Looking through https://steemit.com/tags, I didn't see any tags that my particular topics of interest would fit into very well. Now after reading your post, I have a better understanding of how tagging works in steemit and have created the #deep-learning tag.

One question though, the link I referenced above shows all of the current "trending tags." Is there a way to view all tags that have been used on steemit?

Very valuable info, thank you. Wish I could pay you with a microtransaction. Oh, wait, don't need to!

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that would be the vote ;-)