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Combining Ultimate Tag Warrior With Jerome’s Keywords WordPress Plugins – Meet Tags in the Head

As many of you know, I think Christine Davis’ Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin is awesome. And I adore Jerome’s Keywords, so much so that when the two wouldn’t work together, with Christine’s help, we came up with a solution so everyone can use both.

Well, Kirk Montgomery of Max Power has come up with the Tags in the Head WordPress Plugin which combines the best of both worlds and takes it a step further.

Tags in the Head features include simple ease of use and installation, detailed instructions, the ability to harvest tags for use as keywords from both Ultimate Tag Warrior and Jerome’s Keywords, internal error and logic checking, ability to customize the meta descriptions for your homepage, archives, 404 pages, and every post, and everything validates XHTML 1.0 Transitional.

…UTW is a great way to organize information found within my website, but it doesn’t do much for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Conversely, SEO is often aimed at making it easier for search engines to analyse your site, but doesn’t necessarily make it easy for people to read and interact with your site. Tags in the Head bridges these two ideas: simple SEO techniques and the practice ‘tagging’ pages with keywords.

…Meta keywords are specially formatted strings of text found within your website that contain information about each page. In an ideal world, these tags tell search engines what your page is about. The meta-Keywords tags are words that are important and describe the content found on any given page, see Simple SEO: Choosing Keywords and Tags.

At this point you may already be confused — meta-tags, keywords, tags, which one is which? To emphasize: meta keyword tags tell search engines what is on your page, while tags (via UTW and JKW) make finding content easier on your site by assigning keywords to each page that describe it in someway. You may have noticed: there is very little difference between meta keywords and tags. The only real difference is one of placement: meta tags go in the head of a page, while keyword tags are visible to users for navigation.

In order to use the Tags in the Head WordPress Plugin, you must be using the full version of WordPress, preferably the latest version, and have one or both Ultimate Tag Warrior and/or Jerome’s Keywords installed. Install and activate the Plugin and edit your header.php template file in your WordPress Theme to add the PHP code and functions in the head of your template file.

The PHP code to paste into your blog does not currently include a conditional to test if the Plugin is activated, but I’ve asked the WordPress Plugin author to add that to the code so check there for an update. Otherwise, your blog may bork if the Plugin isn’t activated.

So have you used this? Take it for a test drive and let me know what you think.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted April 17, 2006 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    His whole site is coming up white for me, I’ll try again tomorrow (Apprentice is coming on lol), specially since I never did get UTW or Jerome working for me, thx for the heads up.

  2. Posted April 17, 2006 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Only some themes require template editing (due to the author’s style differences). The default WP 2.0 requires no editing. In any case, the worst case scenario is that your meta tags are defined twice — nothing to kill your site.

    As to the white comming up… that is frustrating… will look into it, but I can’t seem to replicate. Grrr…

    Cheers!

  3. Posted April 17, 2006 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    The site seems to be working now.

  4. Posted April 18, 2006 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    thanks for this post–this solves some headaches I’ve had about getting my metadata right

  5. ShadyCraig
    Posted November 21, 2006 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I’ve been using JKW on my wp blog for some time and I’m now looking at adding a tag cloud with UTW. Having installed UTW it seems to have all the functionality of JKW.

    Am I missing something?

  6. Posted November 22, 2006 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Jerome’s Keywords WordPress Plugin recently added a lot of features that make it very similar to the Ultimate Tag Warrior, giving you a choice between the two. Personally, I prefer the power of UTW. It’s up to you to choose which works best for you.

  7. ShadyCraig
    Posted November 23, 2006 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks!

  8. Posted January 8, 2008 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    I am going to start using the all in one SEO pack.


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