WordPress Plugin Review: Simple Tags

Simple Tags is a plugin for WordPress that helps the user choose the most relevant tag to go with their post.

Let’s face it, over-tagging is a problem that some bloggers are guilty of. It is so tempting to use as many tags that could possibly be relevant to the post. Tagging within a site helps with that website’s organization. So… over-tagging or even incorrectly tagging does not help the website, especially if people are honestly searching for certain posts.

Simple Tags can help by analyzing the content in the post and producing already existing tags within the site. They also have the option to have results from Yahoo!, Zemanta, and OpenCalais, Alchemy API, and Tag The Net. A few of the resources do require signing up and getting an API code in order to use.


Now, sometimes the suggested tags may not be enough, or you may know that there are some tags available in your WordPress backend from previous posts. There is a second field to choose internal existing tags.

To choose a tag, you only have to click the tag and it will be added.

simpletags-screenshot3Another great feature that it has is mass editting tags, and auto tagging. So, you can set the plugin to recognize that if certain tags are used in posts, they will be auto-tagged with that word.

simpletags-screenshot2Now, there is one thing that I am a little puzzled about as there is an added box to the right for simple tags. This box does nothing. However the plugin works great as it is.

This might not be a handy plugin for new sites, but for ones that are older and may have a thousand posts or more, it is a nice help to come up with the most relevant tags. I only caution that there are some suggested tag results produced that may not always seem usable, so it is up to the blogger to use at their own risk. In other words, do not just choose every tag suggested.

Have you tried Simple Tags? If so, what did you think of it?


  1. David Croft says

    i read your blog about WordPress Plugin, its really nice. its helpful for those person who are aware of knowledge about plugging.

  2. says

    I have never heard of that plugin. I use ScribeSEO and inside the interface it takes my content and suggests the best tags for me. Have been having decent luck with that so far.

    Have your tried it?

    • says

      I was once a Scribe user and I thought their tag suggestions were good. But I now use ‘Yoast WordPress SEO’ and ‘Simple Tags’ both of which are free. I find Simple Tags to be much superior.

      • says

        Oops! I just checked my plugins page and it’s NOT ‘Simple Tags’ that I use, rather it ‘Strictly Auto Tags’. I’ve used ‘Simple Tags’ at one point, but I now like ‘Strictly Auto Tags’ and I think it’s a great plugin.

  3. says

    This is one plugin I wanted to play around with but never got around to it. I actually had to delete quite a few plugins because they were slowing my site(s) down pretty bad.

    A lot of plugins are simply overkill, and I figured that this plugin was probably one of those ones as well.


  4. says

    I am glad I went to this site, these are great ideas you suggested. I belong to a few Article, but someone I never thought or heard of. I will join some of what you suggested. Thanks.

  5. says

    Nile, thank you for sharing this plugin with us. Does this plugin also re-tag prior posts automatically? Or would we need to do that ourselves. I like the idea of this plugin, but like others I’m trying to reduce the total number of plugins on my blogs, so I’m not sure I’ll use this at this time.

  6. says

    Hi! First I’d like to thank you for these useful information. But I have my own point of view I’d like to share.

    I think it isn’t the correct way to write a post and then search for keywords. It should be the other way around if you want to make a good search engine optimized post on your blog. I think any blogger with well formed On-Site optimization skills would agree when I say that tags should be known in advance before even writting a post.

    Like for example if I want to write about “pregnancy” and “miscarriage”, I will make sure in advance that my post contains a few of both terms and also terms related to these terms.

    Still what do you think is the optimum tag numer? Four? Five?

    Thanks for the article and see you around.

    • says

      Hi Grega! I usually say between 2 to 8 tags is good. However, you should always make sure all keywords are relevant to each individual article as well.

  7. says

    I have a rule I don’t use more than three tags. I think putting more that 5 doesn’t do you any good. And about this plugin… I just added it. So thank you very much

  8. says

    Good advice, I haven’t used this plugin. Your post caught my eye because I just did a post today recommending certain plugins for new bloggers, any bloggers actually.
    Still I always wonder when too much is reached…seems like there are multiple plugins that do the same thing and when will google say … its too much.
    I know I shouldn’t let fear control me, but I do try to pick non-competing plugins. I use all in one seo and that seems to do a good job. Still I’l like to have a plugin that told me the top 5 words by count as I write an article, those would probably be the best KW to use as tags.

  9. says

    I am using this Simple tag plugin. It’s really a great plugin and you can put all your relevant tags related to your post at one place. Thanks for your review.

  10. says

    Oh, thanks! there are plenty of tips that I’d gladly use! I follow your blog since December 2012 (not long) but already attached to reading you)) Thanks!

  11. says

    Hi Nile,
    I’ve read about STT2 and the auto tagging plugin is banned by Google. Is this plugin not burden our blog? Is this plugin will also affect to our SEO?

    • says

      No, you only use the plugin when you are writing the article, and click to get results. The auto-tagging is more of a suggestion feature, and does not tag the post automatically. It just automatically produces tag results for you to choose from. However, not all tags suggested should be used as they may not be coherent or relative to the article. The tagging suggestion is allowed.

  12. says

    Hi Nile,
    thanks to your post I understand tags better.

    When I did a search in regards to one of my posts, one of the results that showed up was a tag, and that was on Google.

    It is great to have an overview of the plugin!

    Thanks again!

  13. says

    Yes tags are such a chore, thanks for the tip, I will give Simple Tags a try. I also use SEO Yoast which is great for optimising posts.

  14. says

    Hi Nile, Sorry to say, but i didint try it, so i dont know what more to say about it. But it was easy to read and i enjoyed your article. Thanks!

  15. says

    This plugins seems to be very nice. It will make it easy to use most used tags by us. So it will be great to have such a plugin for us. Nice post.

  16. says

    I guess if you use tags having this plugin would make sense. I am not that experienced with wordpress or website design, but I have been struggling to come up with a good reason to put tags in posts. Seems like categories are more useful. Just my opinion though…

  17. says

    Hi Nile, Sorry to say, but i didint try it, so i dont know what more to say about it. But it was easy to read and i enjoyed your article. Thanks

  18. says

    Hey Nile,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this plugin with us. I never heard about this plugin before and believe me I never used a plugin for tag but this plugin really seems interesting and now I am thinking of installing it.

  19. says

    Hi Nile.I always select tags for my post because tags are to be related with the post and should be relevent to the post..as you mentioned about the plugin it seems good,i also like its auto tagging option.Nice share.

  20. says

    I haven’t tried this plugin. In fact I’ve knew about it after reading your post. I wanted to try it but I am afraid that it will consume much cpu resources again to cost suspension on my site by my hosting provider.

    • says

      Who is your web host provider? I don’t think it will do too much to resources as it is a minor save to the database.

  21. says

    hi, thanks for this post and i have a question i read that tags make a duplication in google is that correct, if not i will start using simple tags in my website.
    thanks in advance

  22. says

    The selection of word press tag is very important. Because your 90% visitor depends and concentrate on tags. Visitor search through according to the tags which you have easily explored for the horizon. After you have make all these things which give you a new way to easily managed the situation.

  23. says

    Hi it is one of the plugin that i have been using since the start of my blogging career. It has many option to boost your content.But let me say some words and that is its auto tag option.I think by repeating one tag more then two to three times in the content led the Google to recognize it as over optimization and repeated anchor text,that may led you under Google Penguin or Panda attack and resulting in loosing your PR,so what do you think,am i right?

  24. Ian says

    I like the Yoast SEO plugin as recommended by SEO Neil Patel. I will have to try this one though. Thanks for the great review.

  25. says

    I’ve been using this plugin for the past few years on 90% of my websites.
    If you need something done fast (the manage terms part) with your taxonomies and also use autotag (or autocategorize, etc) this is the way to go.

  26. says

    Hi Nile,
    Thanks for your valuable and helping article post about “WordPress plugins”. This post is very wonderful resource. This post is equally important. Really good and nice description about “WordPress plugins”.


  27. says

    one of my friend told me about tag plugins and how it helps in seo…but after read this post i have to say i am gonna try this plugin..

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