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It seems that you have three choices in deciding how you write tags for your blog posts:

  1. Make them user friendly
  2. Make them highly searchable
  3. Combo of the two

For example, let's say that I have a blog post that has write-ups on the top 10 ipad apps for business travel (e.g., Evernote, Dragon Diction, Instapaper, etc.).

  1. User friendly tags: ipad apps, business travel
  2. Searchable keywords (analyzed with Google Keyword Analyzer): ipad apps, ipad travel apps, evernote ipad, instapaper, instapaper ipad
  3. Combo: ipad apps, ipad travel apps

So my question comes down to this: which is really the best choice -- 1, 2 or 3?

Note: this visible post tags will also serve as the meta keywords for the post page.

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User firendly is the same thing as highly searchable. What people are searching for are always the user friendly tags. Usability is a basic tennant of SEO. So option three is the only real option and thus the correct choice.

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i understand your point...i think in some cases blog editors will use their tags as alternative "menu" navigation scheme..this is what i meant by #1. But I like your point: whatever is highly searchable is the same as user friendly. Well said. –  keruilin Apr 2 '12 at 18:45
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