SEO Experiment with Tags continued

Last week I wrote an article on how to improve search engine ranking with tags, and as an example I used the tag 'fresh yogurt drinks' in the post.

Only few days after, the tag page is ranking on first page of Google for 'fresh yogurt drinks', although the tag page itself does not contain any mention of the word at all. It ranks purely based on title and URL.

Based on a smart note from Ivan, I decided to even more enhance the tag page by adding more 'fuel to the fire'.

Let's add a H1 heading with the tag name on the tag page. This is done very easily in WordPress by editing archive.php file of theme. Before the line that reads "if (have_posts())" you should add this:


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Smart and easy optimization. Just the way I like it.

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  1. Mar 16th, 2012 4:09 PM

    It's refreshing to read your experiments. As I run a large network of sites, smart and easy optimization is what I need most.

  2. Dec 12th, 2010 4:40 AM

    Great. Just implemented this on Amazing Grace theme. Here's the code that I added to my index.php file:

    $current_tag = single_tag_title("", false);
    if ($current_tag) echo ''.ucwords($current_tag).'';

    This should be added just after

    If I want to do the same for my categories, what will be the code?

    And if we implement it on our posts also, getting the search term and marking it as H1, will it help in rankings? I doubt it because it will be dynamic?

  3. Nov 26th, 2010 2:14 PM

    Great post, thanks for the code snippet. For anyone using H1 tags just beware not to style the font too small as Google takes this into consideration when calculating it's worth.

  4. Sep 25th, 2009 11:19 PM

    Just had to say thank you. My theme isn't as organized, but I'm figuring it and hope to have the Tag changes implemented soon. I also always had our company name with tags. I like your idea of having the post title or tag title be or depending on the page type.

  5. Erick
    Apr 13th, 2009 9:36 PM

    Hi Vlad!
    Hats off! Two thumbs up!
    Than you very much!

  6. Apr 10th, 2009 10:50 PM

    Hi Vlad,
    Is it okay to change the single_tag_title into multiple_tag_title?
    Just thought of it.

  7. Mar 19th, 2009 4:30 PM

    Its applicable to any theme.

  8. Mar 19th, 2009 4:25 PM

    Does this trick only work with the AG theme or would it work with any WP theme?

  9. Mar 16th, 2009 5:20 AM

    A true tip. 20-25% percent of a pages rankings depend on the title tag, as far as onpage optimization. H1 tag puts it in alignment and helps it out as added "fire". Thanks for the tip and wordpress code.

  10. Mar 15th, 2009 11:18 PM

    Right, fixed the typo :)

  11. Mar 7th, 2009 5:09 AM

    Excuse me, ExpIREment or ExpERIment?

  12. Feb 12th, 2009 9:23 PM

    Wonderful insight. Never thought that tags has so musch power in SEO.

  13. Feb 11th, 2009 8:14 AM

    We need more of these 'experiment' posts :)

  14. Miclee
    Feb 5th, 2009 7:01 AM

    Proven technique!! I like and apply this to my blog..U made it man..! "Fresh Yogurt Drinks" rank in 1st page on Google and , Yahoo!


  15. Feb 1st, 2009 10:19 PM

    Interesting thought, just changed the h2 tags from category and tag archives to h1. I'm sure this will help =O)

  16. Jan 31st, 2009 11:36 AM

    thank you very much for share all these tips .

  17. Jan 29th, 2009 11:32 PM

    This is SO cool! I changed the H1 font color so it stands out as a Tags header... seriously cool. Now to go re-research some more long tail key phrases... woo-whooo! Vlad you are my guru.

  18. Jan 29th, 2009 9:53 PM

    Thanks for the link Vladimir!!!!

  19. Jan 29th, 2009 4:07 PM

    Thanks and keep the sharing all these great tips.