Categories and Tags in WordPress Post

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Categories in WordPress

Categories in WordPress post is a method to group your Posts of the website. Categories act as Labels that can be applied to the Posts to group them.

A category showcases a topic or a group of topics that are connected to one another in some way. For example, on this website, I have created 4 Categories and tagged my Posts in those categories. Thus, I have grouped my posts as shown below ( Red Box)

A Category Dashboard of this website that shows Categories we have created and Count of Posts in the Categories
A Category Dashboard of this website that shows Categories we have created and Count of Posts in the Categories

In the image above –

Thus, when a visitor clicks on any of the categories, the person will easily access the posts that are present in that category

Tags in WordPress

Tags help us identify a particular type of WordPress Post. Tags are used preferably in Internal Organisation

In the example above, I have created a Category named – Content Creation and Strategy Lane and there are few Posts present that Category. Now, in each of the Post, I have added Tags.

In one of my Post: Top Web hosting Companies for WordPress Sites and Blog, I have added tags like Hosting, Cheap Hosting, Website Hosting. These tags describe the nature of my Post by adding an extended meaning to it. See below snapshot –

Categories and Tags in WordPress Post
Snapshot of a Post and Tags associated with IT

Most importantly, just like Categories, you can also assign tags when editing a blog post as shown below. In case you use Related Posts widgets or features, you can use tags to group your Posts

Tags can be added while Creating Post in the box as shown

SEO optimize Categories and Tags in WordPress

One can easily SEO Optimise Categories and Tags using Yoast SEO Plugin. Once you have installed the plugin, Follow below steps

SEO optimize Categories and Tags in WordPress
After installing the Yoast SEO Plugin, Click on SEO and then Choose Search Appearance
  • You can choose Yes and Show Categories in Search results (Preferred)
  • You can design a Title for Each Category and Have a Meta Description
SEO optimize Categories and Tags in WordPress
Choose Taxonomies and make changes accordingly
  • I do not prefer showing Tags in the google search result but you may choose to differ here
  • You can design a Title for Each Category and Have a Meta Description
Categories and Tags in WordPress

Best Practise for Categories and Tags

Check this video. I have summarised Best practices below that this video talks about.

Categories and Tags – Best Practices

Conclusion

Categories and Tags are awesome tools or methods to organise your content. They should be used intelligently giving a unique landing experience to your visitors.

We highly recommend you to organise your website using Categories and Tags. In case of any questions, comment below and we will answer them!

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Categories and Tags in WordPress

Shobhit Gupta

Posted for Digital Marketing Lane

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