A frequently overlooked yet immensely valuable part of success in news SEO are your content sections and article tags that indicate your site's Topic Authority.
Hi Barry! Thanks again for the article!
Thank you :)
Thank you for this interesting article, Barry :)
I have a question. I do SEO on a site which focuses on presenting and selling our realty projects. We do as well write articles on the topic from time to time, but we have a small amount of articles (about 50 in total) that covers huge themes. Below each article we have an article slider with three random other articles to read. If we tag them, I guess the tags would contain around 5-10 articles. Would this be a disadvantage, or will Google compare the number of articles in the tag with the total number of articles? (We have one category page which basically translates to "Articles").
I don't know if you're able to say something meaningful about this concrete example, but
I'm basically wondering if tagging is only relevant for pages with a large scale article production?
Thanks for writing this, very helpful!
What about adding an article to more than one categories? I heard it's fine if it actually help the users, but could lead to problems like duplicate content. And what about parent-child categories? any pros and cons?
Thanks for the post. Recently I've attended the Search Fundamentals workshop which conducted by the Google. In that session, Gary Ilyes from google told that, meta tags or keywords doesn't matter for google for ranking. You can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2SeNePkYB4&t=5272s
So I'm just confused. My question is, will google crawlers browse those keywords to establish the authority of topics or those are just needed for users navigation?
Hi Barry, this is great stuff, thank you! Two questions! 1) All of our articles, regardless of tag/category all live in the same folder (ugh) so our tag pages are currently just a function of internal search (e.g. www.www.com/search?q=Insurance&type=articles) - is there any harm in this?
2) Are there any specific examples of the HTML-esque "sitemap" for tags in a footer you think are done well? Would it be like, say, Search Engine Journal's "Topics" column in their footer? Or more like a directory page that would list all of the tags? Our site's a behemoth and, at last count, there're 215 individual tags applied to varying numbers of articles. I absolutely want to trim those down, but even if we can halve it, that's 100+ tags so the latter seems more feasible than the former (but I don't want to make a directory page if it's not useful). Any thoughts? Thank you!
This article provides a comprehensive overview of the importance of tagging and categorization for news websites. I was particularly interested in the section on Google News, as I think it's an often overlooked aspect of SEO for news sites. Your tips for optimizing tags and categories for Google News are spot-on and will definitely help improve the visibility and reach of news sites. Thank you for sharing your expertise and knowledge on this topic, I will be sure to implement these strategies on my own news website. Keep up the great work!
Thank you for this informative article.
I'm not a techie so apologies if my question is inept.
What are the consequences if one or more of the topic tags on an article do not relate to the content in any meaningful way?
I ask this question because I've come across this issue a number of times in articles published in an online writing platform (not Substack!), and wondered to what extent it affects discoverability, topic authority etc.
Thank you for your assistance.