Tag Buildouts

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REVIEW: How to Clean Up Your Topic Pages

The arrival of the new year means it’s clean-up time–for your house, your garden, and for your topic pages! With legislative sessions around the corner in most of our states,  we want our tag buildouts and topic pages ready and clear so that our audience can find your content easily.

StateImpact Pennsylvania

So let’s review what our founding parents said about topic pages, or tag buildouts:

1. New tag buildouts/topic pages

To get started, read Elise’s post “What, Why and How on Tag Buildouts“. The post includes a video that tells you how to build a new topic page.

2. Managing your tags

Use Matt Thompson’s post “How to classify your posts & manage your tags” as a reference to manage your tags. Here’re some highlights.

The best tags are the dis­crete enti­ties (i.e. spe­cific indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions) named in your posts. In gen­eral, it’s best to use full names rather than abbre­vi­a­tions. Instead of tag­ging posts with “Obama,” use “Barack Obama.” It’ll look bet­ter as the title to a topic page, and it will aid search engine optimization.

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What, Why and How on Tag Buildout

WHAT: Tag buildouts are also known in the news community as “topic pages”. On our tag buildout pages, we will offer:

1.) A quick explanation of what the tag means/is.
2.) The most important links about the tag.
3.) All the articles we’ve written about or including that particular tag.

WHY: Because people often start reading a news story “in the middle of the action,” or are brand-new to an ongoing or developing theme and would be aided by a little more understanding of what they’re reading about. We can offer that since you reporters are the experts on your topics.

Read on for the “how” and the screencast to walk you through building out your tags. Continue reading