Tags in the Reader

Looking for posts on a specific topic? Besides following entire blogs, you can also follow posts on a specific subject from across You do this by adding the topic you’re interested in under the Tags heading in the Reader.

Adding photography, for example, will display all the most recently published posts that have been tagged or categorized as “photography.”

You can add any tag you want, including specific people, places, and things. Try adding your hometown, favorite musician, or hobby to try it out.

Once added, click on a tag to see all recently published posts to which that tag was assigned.

Get Your Content to Appear in Tags

Add up to 15 relevant tags and categories (total) to your posts before you hit publish, and your content will appear on those tag pages. Tags and categories should be used to summarize what each post is about. For example, if you’re posting a recipe for apple pie, you could tag it with “recipe,” “apple,” and “pie.” If you’re having trouble choosing tags, try thinking about what tags you would search for if you wanted to find a similar post.

This feature will list posts from any site, though there are some cases where your posts will not appear. See the next section for more information.

If you have a site using the open source software which is connected here via Jetpack, your posts can be listed in Reader Tags provided you have a paid Jetpack plan.

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Missing Posts

If you have published a new post and it isn’t showing up on tag pages for the tags and categories that you’ve used, there are several possible explanations:

  1. You are using too many categories or tags. In most cases, there’s no need to assign more than a handful of tags per post. If you use more than 15 tags and categories (total), your posts will not appear on tag pages (because you don’t want to see irrelevant content showing up there, and neither do we).


  2. Your blog is private or hidden from search engines. Check the Privacy section in the Settings tab of your dashboard. You must choose the first option, Allow search engines to index this site, for your blog to be included on tag pages.

  3. Your blog is mature or offensive. If you regularly post material that is offensive, not safe for work, or not suitable for minors, we might have flagged your blog as mature. Mature blogs are not included in the tag listings. Please contact support if you think your blog might have unfairly been flagged as mature.

  4. You are misusing the tags feature. If you’ve been regularly using the “knitting” tag on posts about Britney’s latest scandal, your blog might have been excluded from tag pages for a while.

Other examples of misuse include:

  • Using misleading or irrelevant tags
  • Marketing material, duplicate or low quality content
  • Attempting to push a post to the top of the tag results by changing the publication date multiple times

Review our User Guidelines, and try to use appropriate tags and categories. Your blog will automatically be re-included on tag pages after you have regularly posted with appropriate tags for a while.

  1. Your blog is very new. It can take a few days before new blogs are included on tag pages. Brand new blogs might not have enough posts for us to accurately determine whether or not they’re spam.

  2. Your blog’s language does not match your account’s interface language. There are two language settings at your blog language and interface language. You will only see posts on tag pages from blogs with a blog language that matches your account’s interface language. Here you can find a list of languages we support on

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