Tumblr 101: How Tags work!
- Only the first 5 tags count.
- Start with the important tags (ex. show name, actor name, artist name).
- If you’re the kind of person who fangirl like there’s no tomorrow
like mein their tags, save that until the end.
- Don’t tag your hate, that’s rude, childish and immature.
the first five tags of new (i.e. not reblogged) posts will only show up in tracked tags. however, you can have up to 24 tags (? i think that’s the right number. please correct me if i’m wrong) of up to 140 characters each (after that tumblr will automatically cut off the tag with an ellipses), and those will still show up on your blog (and on your dashboard) for personal organization (or commentary) purposes.
Actually only the first TWENTY (20) tags will work for organizational purposes, but the total number of tags that will actually publish is THIRTY (30).
So for example, I just made a post and put forty tags on it. Here’s what will happen:
- Only the first five (5) will show up in tracked tags
- Only the first twenty (20) will cause the post to show up in the tag on my blog (i.e. surrexi.com/tagged/tag)
- Only the first thirty (30) will actually publish; the rest will disappear into the ether
THIS MEANS THAT:
- You have to prioritise things you want to show up in tracked tags first, and you only get FIVE TAGS, so you have to choose carefully.
- You have a further fifteen tags that will count when you/your visitors browse the tags on your blog (so if you have a “mine” tag or a “resources” tag or a variation thereof, it’s best to put that in right after the tracked tags).
- To know how many tags you have to use for FEELS etc, subtract the number of tags you’ve already made from 30. (So, for example, if I make a post with five “tracked” tags, a “stuff i made” tag, and four organizational tags, I have 20 tags left for my feelings, ten of which will be purely for decoration.)
- And of course, all of your tags must be under 140 characters.
Thank you so much for doing all that research! I mean it, seriously. This is useful to the max.
This brings up something I have been thinking about. What is the point of tagging something as a reblog? Like what purpose is there to that? It’s already obvious if you have reblogged or posted something so what purpose is there too the #reblog tag?
I see so many people do it, I just simply do not understand.