May 24, 2008

Blogging Tip #3: Using Technorati Tags

One of the first things you should do when creating a new blog is to register with Technorati. However, creating a Technorati account is only the first step in making this service work for you. If you have a blog and have not been fully utilizing Technorati tags in each post, you are missing out on lots of potential traffic. In this tip, I'll tell you what you need to know to reap the benefits of Technorati tags.

Once you have created your Technorati account and claimed your blog, you need to learn how to add Technorati tags to your blog posts. For a quick example of how these tags work in the Technorati directory, click here and you will be taken to the current listing for the "atheism" tag. Think of Technorati as sort of like a huge encyclopedia of blogs and blog posts. If you tag a post with "atheism," it shows up here too. So what? It brings visitors, some of whom will turn into readers.

There are many ways to tag posts. On my desktop PC, I use Technorati Tagger 3, a small and extremely simply stand-alone program. On my laptop, I prefer the Technorati Tagger Greasemonkey Plugin. Greasemonkey is a Firefox add-on, and this plugin provides integration within Firefox. These options make it easy to tag each post with relevant tags. You type in your desired tags, and the software generates the necessary HTML code.

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