The Truth Behind The Tags on MyLot

@poehere (17700)
French Polynesia
December 2, 2015 10:57am CST
On MyLot I have noticed some people are confused about the tags they use for each discussion. I have decided to try and help all of you out. This might help you to better understand tag and classify your work. The tags we use under our discussions are considered specified tags. The more each individual uses a certain tag it is considered a commonly-used tag or tags. So here is how tags work. If you use a tag “mylot” for one of your discussions it is added to the indexing or discussions that use the same tag “mylot”. Tags help to classify your discussions on the site. Furthermore, tags make it easier for search engines to find your discussion/post or site entry. The main reason any sites uses tags is to help them categorize your discussions. Tags help the site to organize their entries to keep the site neat and tidy. Furthermore, tags are important for search engines such as Google. Your blog tags help to group your discussion together with other like discussions. On a website or social media site such as MyLot the tags we uses are important. The site looks at our tags and classifies our discussion. So whoever used the word “MyLot” as a tag will be grouped with other discussions using the same tags. So why do we see the same discussion each time we hit Explorer? The reason for this is your tags. If you look on your dashboard under “:Me” you will see a section called tags. These are the tags you have used on this site. You’ll see I have used the Tag – MyLot 82 times. MyLot uses these tags to understand us. What are our interests and what we write about most often. Therefore, they see that my top 3 discussion tags are MyLot 82 times, Garden 78 times and Dog 56 times. So now when I go to Explorer the first thing that MyLot displays for me is discussion they think I might be interested in based on my tags. So when you tag your posts, tag them correctly. Don’t try to use tags that don’t relate to your discussion. This not only hurts the site but you too. Search engines relay on these tags to find the different sites. If you use a tag like “unicorn” and your post is about garden then Google misclassified your post. This hurts the site’s efforts and gives them a black mark. Why because when the public is asking for information about “unicorns” and your discussion is displayed this hurts the site. People want to see a post about unicorns and not a post about something else. In the rules and guidelines MyLot addresses this issue. • Spammy, inappropriate or irrelevant tagging - Tagging your discussions, responses and comments is a great way to get more exposure for what you write! However, any tag you create should be on-topic. So if you don’t tag your posts correctly they can be reported and removed from the site. Currently I have seen a few people using irrelevant tagging on their discussions to see if they can get more people to read them. This isn’t how it works and considered inappropriate tags or tagging. Image source screen shot
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@amadeo (65973)
• United States
2 Dec 15
and I thought tag was the game as we play as a child.
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@TRBRocks420 (77638)
• Banks, Oregon
2 Dec 15
Well nobody can say they don't know what tags are for now.
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
2 Dec 15
I saw a lot of people starting to use tags incorrectly. These posts can be deleted on this site. I am sorry but I read some posts about tags and what people think they are. So I decided to tell them what tags really are. I guess I am too technical and just wanted people to understand them so they could better uses them on this site. Hope it helped.
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@TRBRocks420 (77638)
• Banks, Oregon
2 Dec 15
@poehere No need to be sorry. I am sure it's vey helpful to some. I already knew about tags though :)
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
2 Dec 15
@TRBRocks420 A lot of people do know about them. But some people don't. They have been using popular tags or tags they think are popular based on top discussions. This is not helping the site or even them. Plus the site wants people to tag their posts correctly. Posts can be reported for not tagging it correctly.
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@Missmwngi (9939)
• Nairobi, Kenya
7 Dec 15
I must admit i am not always keen on people tags. I use the sometimes
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
7 Dec 15
It does help in your post and for the stie too. You might want to try it a bit more. I find it will yield good results.
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@Missmwngi (9939)
• Nairobi, Kenya
7 Dec 15
@poehere I will try to use it more often
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@TheHorse (65892)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Dec 15
I generally use tags that are relevant to my post. But I may try to use a specific word that I didn't use in the post, for example "refinishing," when my post was about "loudspeaker restoration." I did a "joke post" using silly tags in a post about MyLot to see if it would still get reads (it did). My intent was to get a laugh out of readers, actually. But my general tendency is to try and find words that are relevant to my post, but perhaps different than the terminology that's already in the post. Is that helpful to the site and/or my individual post? Maybe @goaskalice can weigh in on this one.
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
3 Dec 15
That is totally helpful and very important. What made your post so popular was your title. It was also the first few lines of your post.. This attracted a lot of people to read it. I even read it and laughed at this one. I did not see the logic behind it all but it was funny and it drew a lot of people to the post and they read it and commented on it. So you achieved what you wanted to achieve. Now here my title isn't so interesting and I don't draw as many people to read this one. Even one I did about the important that a new virus was on the loose and it was released this month did not stir people here on the site. I think being too technical is part of my problem but when I tell of the importance of this it is necessary people really understand. I guess I could joke around and say Santa is delivering Viruses by UPS or USPS emails. Maybe then a person would read it. Who knows. Well anyhow I guess you got my point on this one.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
2 Dec 15
I have added the tags - Tutorial and MyLot Tutorial. Should I say again, it was a great writeup and an awesome tutorial for those who did not know what are tags for.
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
2 Dec 15
I did add these too. But the site only allows for 5 tags to show up. so they aren't showing up on here. Thanks I am glad you like this one. There are different tags but the ones I needed to talk about were tags for post and not the other ones.
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• United States
11 Jan 16
This is a huge help! Thank you so much for the explanation! :-)
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
11 Jan 16
You are so welcome. Plus welcome to MyLot there is a lot of people here that are so friendly and hlepful. We are all here to help people out.
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• United States
11 Jan 16
@poehere I've noticed! Everyone has been super nice and they're really helping me out and giving great advice :-)
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
11 Jan 16
@missjessicadawn This is a wonderful community of wonderful people. If you need some help there is always people here willing to offer and share with you. Interaction is the key to this wonderful place and making friends here on the site.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
11 Jan 16
Wow, I did not know thats how tags work. I use anything that comes into my mind and someone I don't use tags. So what happens if you don't use a tag.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
11 Jan 16
If you don't use them then it is harder to find a post. The search here works off tags. Also the search engines work off tags. So if you don't use them then your post is not classified and it makes it very hard to find them.
• Nairobi, Kenya
11 Jan 16
@poehere thank you. I have learnt something very important today
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
11 Jan 16
@sammyflowerboy You're welcome and glad I have helped you on this one.
@Dragonairy1 (1414)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
3 Dec 15
I'd never realised the tags made a difference to what we see in the explore section, I guess I should add more tags.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
3 Dec 15
Yes they do make a difference. Plus tags help the site attract more visitors It also increases the sites standing and make the site more desirable. Add a few tags and see what happens.
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
3 Dec 15
@poehere I'll have to give it a try, I don't think I've tagged a post since my first one.
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
3 Dec 15
@Dragonairy1 At first I didn't do much tagging of post. Then I knew how important it actually was. So I went back and edited my posts and tagged them. Now I tag all of my post because it's the right way to do it.
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
3 Dec 15
I only use tags relevant to my posts, as you suggest. However, i've had to go back and remove some of mine as my 'interesting' section was being flooded with things I was not that interested in. For instance, I did a post on the toys I played with in the 1940s, and every post that mentioned toys made it's way into my list. In hindsight I suppose my tag should have been 'toys in the 1940s', instead of just 'toys'. I find your articles very interesting, thanks.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
3 Dec 15
Yes I see this problem here too. It is hard to be flooded with all of this stuff in interesting. That is one reason I no longer pay attention to this section on the site. I am tired to see the same old stuff in there all the time. It is easier to use people or most recent.
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
3 Dec 15
@poehere I tend to look at all the lists, though the 'interesting' is the one that comes up first.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
3 Dec 15
@jaboUK I know - I don't like this either. But they have this set up as the default page and that is how it is. Once you understand this one it makes it easier to go away from it and find another way to read and display discussions.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
18 Dec 15
I try to use at least one tag on each discussion I start.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
18 Dec 15
This is great. I think the site allows 5
@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
13 Dec 15
Very informative. Thank you!
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
14 Dec 15
Hi there from the islands in the Pacific. A little tired no sleep last night. But anyhow decided to drop here for a second and answer a few notifications. Yes tags are important and they do help you to find discussion you are interested in. Tags also help to classify posts and make it easier for others to find you.
@slund2041 (3378)
• United States
4 Dec 15
Thanks for sharing this. I never have never use any tags on this site. I will have to do so soon. Thanks again for being so helpful.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
5 Dec 15
You're very welcome. I am glad to help out and I hope that this gives you a better idea how to use them and why you should.
@silvermist (20100)
• India
3 Dec 15
@poehere Thank you.This discussion is very helpful for many of us.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
3 Dec 15
You are so welcome and glad to help you out. I hope a few people will learn from this and use it to help their discussions and such.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Dec 15
Thanks for this information. I knew enough not to put irrelevant tags but your post explains more clearly why it's a bad idea.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
3 Dec 15
You're welcome and glad I could help out. I try to help people but I might get a little over technical at times and I am so sorry. I try and make it clear so people can understand this. It is not such an easy subject but I did try to make it a simple to understand one.
@pgntwo (21654)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
2 Dec 15
Never really explored tagging, but thanks for elucidating their modes of operation!
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
2 Dec 15
I have noticed that some people do use the tags wrong too. This should help them, thanks.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
2 Dec 15
You're welcome and now I hope some others can understand how to use tags for this site.
@marijuana (576)
• Tel Aviv, Israel
2 Dec 15
so people can write some real nice things about themselves then tag themselves.. then try goggling their name and it appears :D
@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
2 Dec 15
Very informative. I still see, usually newbies, forgot to put commas between tag word(s) and making it a very long tag.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
2 Dec 15
Yes this is right. If it is a two word tag it should have an underscore or hyphen between them too. All tags need a comma after them.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
2 Dec 15
I only bother adding 2 or 3 tags to a discussion, although I do ensure that they are relevant. I have reservations about how much the search is actually used here, which could mean that my tags do not achieve a great deal. I much preferred the old Mylot system of placing discussions into categories.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
2 Dec 15
Maybe the problems with this was the fact people forgot tags. Now for search engines they relay on them to find stuff.