Just a little more info about tagging and why it can help you. It's my last post on tags. I promise... At least for today.
When tagging content in your blog, you can automatically generate highly relevant, inbound links to your site. (Is that good enough a reason to tag?) This happens because of two things.
- Unique tag pages on your website
- Third-party tag pages that point to your posts
Unique tag pages
I'm not referring to tag or topic clouds here. Tag pages are dynamically generated pages that consist of only one tag. They list all posts in your blog that are tagged the same. On my AR blog, for example, I have a blogging tag page that lists my posts tagged with "blogging." If you appropriately tag your posts, your tag pages become nutritious spider food.
Third-party tag pages
Tag pages on other sites work just like tag pages on your own site. In addition, they include posts from other websites. The nice thing here is that you are usually getting a free deep link to your site.
Beneficial Inbound links
Services like Technorati and IceRocket can be pinged (notified to make them aware of a change) which helps to automate the process of generating free inbound links. This is beneficial from an SEO standpoint, but it's also beneficial from a people standpoint.
How? People have a greater potential of discovering your blog when you're listed on these sites. This can be through better search engine placement, related blog searches, or even syndicated blog headlines. The main point is that you're simply in more places to be found.
Submitting your feed to blog tracking services is like placing clues all over the Internet. The more clues you place on the Internet, or the more places you submit your site to, the more likely people will find you.
Technorati has probably been on of the biggest players in the blog tagging and tracking market. However, they are not the only one. Following are a few services that you can ping. These are the ones that specifically have tag pages as described above and purposely do not include social bookmarking sites such as del.icio.us and BlogMarks. Also, be sure to check out other blog pinging services that cover the whole shebang.
If you know of others that should be included in this list. Let me know and I'll update the list.