That other thread, Been Reading That Seo Is Slowly Dying / Changing, has got me thinking about the current status of SEO and what works and what does not work. I'm currently enthusiastic about tagging. Again it's a thing that shouldn't be spammed. However to have an author's significant tags (not more than say 5) on what she or he has just written seems to me valuable content. We also have significant indexing possibilities with websites like Technorati and del.icio.us.
I've written a little here and there and also found a neat way to create a tag cloud webpage, which I mentioned on Sphinn. I was somewhat surprised to see the following comment there.
With that encouragement, perhaps it's better to discuss this here.
2006 is over, why the continued obsession over tags?
I recently tested a series of tag plugins for Wordpress and got zero SEO lift. Google seems to be discounting these.
Try submitting this on a web design forum because it has little or no SEO value.
What do others think about tagging? Is this valuable information to the search engines? .. or will it like keywords become devalued with overuse?