There are a number of features and options on WordPress that were not available back on Windows Live Spaces. The WordPress tags are one such feature. Windows Live Writer has a text entry field for tags right below the Ribbon. That makes it easy to add a tag entry while composing a post. Here is an illustration of this post in preparation.
Tags can help readers find related posts. WordPress tags are shown right below or above a post on the blog home site. When a reader clicks on a tag phrase ,a page opens showing WordPress posts that were similarly tagged. These are from all bloggers not just your own. Indeed, yours might not show near the top at all. But you have helped your reader! There is an attractive way to assist your reader find your own posts. That is the “Tag Cloud” Widget. Since many of my readers see this post in syndication, I have included an illustration here. Note: The illustration here is not a live tag cloud. On my blog home site, This ‘n That, the live tag cloud is in the sidebar. Those readers also do not get to see the WordPress tags by the post. If you are reading this post on my blog site and if you want to see how this post looks in Windows Live, click here.
You can pretty well define the tags you use however you like. Keep in mind that if your tag phrases are completely unique, others will not be using them. Such tags will not refer readers to other blogs, nor readers from other blogs to your site. Making tags too generic also will not be very helpful. This post uses the tag “tags”. There are many kinds of tags, so this referral may be of little value. I also have used “blogging tags” and “post tags”, those are more specific and should lead to much more useful material.
There are a number of websites that index blogs and help readers find related blog posts. Technorati is one such service; you can see Technorati tags at the bottom of this post. Here again, well constructed and common tag phrases are most helpful, overly generic ones just offer too many unrelated choices. Try the “tags” and “blogging tags” links to get better acquainted with what I am trying to say.
Windows Live Writer makes adding tags from various providers very easy. Just click Post Tags on the Insert tab of the Ribbon. See illustration here.
I also use Clubhouse tags. You may find that Clubhouse tags all lead to the “front door” of the “Clubhouse”, a place to learn about Windows and for geeks and gurus to share their knowledge. I have more to say on that in another post.
This post is the last in my series on “Spaces to WordPress”, however, I will have other posts on blogging. I hope I have been of some help in making the transition easier.
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