Tags, tags, tags - in a nutshell
This post replaces the outdated “Ramblings About Photography - part 13: Tag Me” and since it includes a lot of links, it is in written form only.
There is a lot of confusion and false information out there about tagging posts correctly. With “correctly” meaning: So that your post can actually be found.
After I launched this post on photosworthseeing (please check also this post, for it contains a lot of new information), a lot of things happened: Comments, reblogs with comments, messages, clarifications, and even more confusion.
So I talked with people who know people, who previously talked with other people. And this is the result (comments are welcome):
There are 2 ways to find original posts (not reblogs) on Tumblr:
The Tumblr search
For example http://tumblr.com/search/photography
The search does uses the first 20 tags on original posts. Tumblr Search also digs into your text.
For more information see http://unwrapping.tumblr.com/post/87556941457/search-finds-first-20-tags
The Tagged pages
For example https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/tips
The first five tags are critical for the post to appear on Tumblr’s tagged pages.
See the first-five-tag rule at http://unwrapping.tumblr.com/post/57835062283/first-five-tags-tumblr-phantom-tags
Big thanks to Mykl from unwrapping for the very detailed and patient explanation! unwrapping is a blog every blogger on Tumblr should follow imho. Lots of most useful tips to make your Tumblr experience a better one.
Also big thanks to adamreeve for pointing me towards this all and his explanations!
Only original posts can be found with the search and tagged pages.
Prioritize your best five tags first, then make sure your total tags do not exceed 20.
So, which tags are the “important” ones?
If you’re an original photographer and want your photos to be found by rebloggers, the tags photographers on tumblr, original photographers, original photography, and artists on tumblr seem to work pretty well. From my experience photographers on tumblr and original photographers seem to be the most important ones.
Some rebloggers (like lensblr-network, imiging and telescopical) also track specialized tags. Most of them have their specialized tags on their page.
Please note: There is no need to use a special tag for “PWS – Photos Worth Seeing” (except for the “no edit friday” tag. If you want to participate in “no edit Friday” use “no edit friday” as one of the first 20 tags). PWS only tracks “photographers on tumblr” and “original photographers”