Post Tags And Knitting & Crochet Blog Week FAQs

Post Tags And Knitting & Crochet Blog Week FAQs
Here, as promised, are the post tags for Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2013. I thought that this part of Blog Week deserved a post of its own because it is always the part that raises the most questions.
Blog tags have been part of Knitting And Crochet Blog Week since the first outing in 2010 and have proven to be a fantastic way of discovering new blogs and getting your blog discovered.
They work by creating a string of characters that have never before been used on the internet. The word ‘yarn’, for example, yields about 652,000,000 results when used to perform a google search. The string of characters ‘y12a23r34n45’ however, yields none (though it should actually link back to this page once this page has been indexed by Google) – and that is precisely how the Post Tags work.
I have created eight strings of characters (which we shall call ‘post tags’) that have never been used before on the internet. Each tag related to a different blogging topic for Knitting and Crochet blog week. You can see these tags below:

Please note that I have very specifically published these tags in the form of a graphic rather than typed them onto my page, as otherwise these would then be indexed by Google and make the whole exercise pointless. For this reason I ask you to do the same thing. If you would like to display the post tags on your site before knitting and crochet blog week, please feel free to use the above graphic, but do not type the codes directly onto your blog posts.

When And How To Use The Post Tags
On the day that you write your first blog post for Knitting And Crochet Blog Week, use the appropriate  post tag in your post. You can put this tag either somewhere in your post (usually at the beginning or end) or you can add it using the post tags feature if your blog has one (called ‘labels’ in Blogger). Make sure that you are using the correct post tag for that day’s topic.

Why Post Tags Are Great
Using these post tags is a fantastic way to find new blogs and gain new readership. For people who enjoy reading blogs all they have to do is enter that day’s post tag into a search engine such as Google and it will display a long list of all the posts that have included that post tag (as an example, here is a Google search for one of the blog tags used last year). For bloggers it has the additional benefit of bringing your blog posts to a new audience of bloggers and readers who are using the post tags to search for what other bloggers are writing about and so helps to build new readership.

Do I Have to Use The Post Tags?
Not at all, they are just a fun and handy extra tool, and an idea that has proved very popular over the past few years. If they are not for you, however, feel free to ignore them.

OK, that hopefully answers most questions about the blog tags. Agin, one thing I do ask is that nobody uses them on their blogs before Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, and if anybody does want to share the Post Tag information on their site (either for translation purposes or just to spread the word) that they please do so by using the graphic above).

I have had a few questions about Knitting & Crochet Blog Week over the last few days. Let me quickly use this opportunity to answer a few of those…

How Do People Find My Blog? How Do I Find Other Bloggers Taking Part In Knitting & Crochet Blog Week? Is There A Central Index Of All Blogs Taking Part?
Hopefully the post above answers most of these. There is no central index as it makes the blog week appealing to spammers wanting to push their dodgy wares. However, if you use the post tags above Google (or a search engine of your choice) becomes your index.

I Wish I Could Take Part, But I Blog In Dutch/French/Mandarin!
Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is an international event and all are free to join. We often have a very healthy French language participation. Some people blog only in French and some in dual languages, and I discovered a few very cool and inspiring Norwegian blogs through last year’s event. It doesn’t matter what language your blog in. If you join in then hopefully it will encourage more blogs of the same language to join in next year. Agothtale has written a translation of the blogging topics for French Bloggers on her blog. If anyone else has made a translation of the blogging topics on their blog please let me know so that I can link to it and encourage bloggers from all corners of the globe. It only took one French Blogger a few years ago and now Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is much looked forward to by many French Bloggers. You could be the next ambassador!

There’s just over a week to launch – so get your thinking caps on!

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