How To Properly Tag Your Story On Wattpad

If you're writing on something like Wattpad or Radish Fiction, you'll see various ways to search for stories.

One of the most popular ways, outside of going straight into a specific category, is searching for books through tags.

Tags are another way for readers to discover books, and if you utilize them correctly, it's an easy way to gain new reads and followers. 

Before you publish a new book, if I'm not mistaken, Wattpad makes you add at least one tag before you're allowed to publish it. I don't think you can publish a book without adding at least one tag, but I may be wrong, don't quote me.

Anyway, in doing that, they also suggest you have at least five tags to your story so that it can garner exposure. I'm not sure what the max number is for how many tags you can have (20, I think), but I know that tagging your story with tags that actually related to the content inside your book is another important step for getting yourself noticed/getting reads and eventually followers. 

Take one of my books, for example: 

Note: on Wattpad, you do NOT need to add the hashtag. It does it for you automatically.

My Sexy One Shots series is a collection of short steamy stories that are pretty much about everything. I write LGBTQ+ characters (hence boyxboy, gay, bisexual, lesbian tags), I write about different types of kink (hence the kink, BDSM tag) and various other things which relate to my one-shots stories.

The main point that you need to know/use/remember when it comes to tags is that you need to only use the tags for which are appropriate for your story.

If you have a cliche ceo/secretary book, having tags like 'vampire, fantasy, poetry' is obviously going to be useless. It's also annoying for the readers as well because who the hell wants to read about a cliche ceo novel when they were trying to look for a good poetry book? 

Using the right tags helps to bring in readers who are looking for your stories, or stories similar to yours.