WordPress 104: Post Tags and Categories

Editing and Adding New posts will be the same as with Website Pages, so I will not cover that part here. Tags and Categories are the only parts that are different. Tags are links at the bottom of each blog post that allow other blogs and websites to find your posts easier. Think of it as a quick list of SEO keywords for each individual post.

Categories are how your blog posts are organized. If you only have one thing you plan to blog about, you only really need one category. But once you get into multiple topics for your blog, it is a good idea to keep your blog organized by different categories to help make it easier for your users to find what they are looking for.

You can have nested categories – categories within categories – or just flat categories of different types. For example, you can have a category called “Pets”. Within that category can be sub-categories for “Dogs”, “Cats”, “Parrots”, “Mice”, etc. This would be helpful if you are going to talk about more than just Pets. Otherwise, you could do away with the main category of “Pets” and just make the subcategories main.

If you take some time to look at other blogs on the internet, you will see how this is commonly done depending on your industry. It is a good idea to review the competition! That way you know where you stand by comparison.

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