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Do You Know How to Effectively Tag and Categorize Your Blog Posts?

Blog tags and categories are a common feature. They are also some of the most misused. They are often added without thought to how users will interact.
The use of tags and categories in a well-thought out way can help you build a strong foundation for your blog’s organization and navigation. You are now ready to think of for your blog post.

How to use Categories and Tags

For most blogs, navigational elements such as blog posts can be arranged in categories. It is also possible to organize your categories in a way that keeps your posts on target and remains relevant to your readers.

Your main topics for posting on your blog. Make sure they are not too detailed (i.e. Do not make them too complex and keep them to a minimum of 10.

You don’t need to plan for tags in advance. Instead, tags are created post by post.

What are the categories I can add to a posting?

If you have an organized list of categories, and a clear post, choose one category that is related to your post topic. If you have a brand new blog, or a few posts per week, it might be worth creating a new category. When you feel that you have to create a brand new category, ask yourself if you plan on posting in that particular category in future. If not you should create a broader, more general one. Blogs that only have one post in a particular category look empty and unmaintained.

What are the tags I should add to a post

You can tag your post once you’ve added a new category. You will need tags to list sub-topics, product name, and other details about the content.

A post shouldn’t contain too many tags. Keep tags brief, capitalize the first sentence of each tag, don’t make them too long (no more than 2 words, best), and no more that 3-4 words.

Displaying Category and tag

WordPress typically displays the category tag at the bottom of every blog post. A list of all the categories and tags could also be displayed in your themes sidebar footer header or other locations.

Information Architecture is important as well as Usability. This means you must consider where and when to show categories and tags on your blog’s homepage. My one and only tip on this subject is not to overload the page full of links. Instead, encourage users to click on the desired link, rather than presenting them with hundreds (i.e. There are many tags to choose from.

SEO considerations

One benefit I have seen from making good use of categories is their high ranking in search engine results. Google might also pick up these as site links, and display them on the search engines results page.

Carefully consider the issues of nofollowing your tag links and noindexing category tags. This will also be specific to you blog and your SEO goals.