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My Popular WordPress Tags

December 29th, 2015
Popular tags based on revised taxonomy

I’ve spent entirely too much time the last two days working on this blog. First I decided to look into adding back the tag cloud to Muskblog as it is featured prominently on my CFA® Flashcard blog and I always thought when done well they look cool, the key of course is to carefully tag all your posts. So I spent much of the last two days editing and re-tagging hundreds of blog posts, the end result is the best WordPress taxonomy ever on Muskblog. Whether that leads to search engine domination and world wide fame, well I doubt it. After all, I still have zero posts about Justin Bieber or Justin Timberlake for that matter.

What I do have is close to a thousand battle scared and much edited blog postings that have now been tagged and categorized well enough to maybe even make “the experts” happy. I’ve since done several updates and overhauls to try and optimize and improve this blog further. Did my popular tags change much in five years?

Popular WordPress Tags

  1. China
  2. Blogging
  3. WordPress
  4. Vancouver
  5. Social Media

Useful WordPress Tags

Those are the most popular tags updated to include May 2019. However my most popular posts were all written in the past and are often outliers or impulsive. What I need to do is to get some more interesting and potentially more useful tags into the top 40 which would have them appear in the tag cloud.

Now having passed all three CFA exams and lived in China for several years, my next job and whether I return to certain hobbies and interests will shape this blog. If I return to gaming and miniature painting I will most likely post about it elsewhere.

Single Use WordPress Tags

I also have to try hard to not use so many “one off” tags but I do think they have their purpose, my blog is way out in the long tail, but someday soon it may have another brush with popularity or #instafame. It will be hard to rank better for Nurgle living in China and not playing Warhammer or painting miniatures, but I do spend a lot of time pinning pictures of miniatures.

Need to Focus Even More

In 2019 I ended up deleting a lot of posts. This resulted in a lot of tags that were used once being deleted as well. I don’t blog as much as I used to, but I have continued to blog and if I haven’t used a tag in ten years, maybe it shouldn’t still be a tag in my blog’s taxonomy. I still like my two question test:

  1. Will I used this tag again?
  2. Do I want to be found for this keyword?

If you have thoughts about optimal WordPress taxonomies and improving the Quality, focus, and content of a blog you can leave a comment below. In 2024 I again redid my taxonomy, this included deleting tags and posts as much of my content languishes in obscurity, probably deservedly so.


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