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I have officially dubbed today: WordPress Wednesday.
I’m sure I have mentioned it on here a few times but I am a little OCD. When my blog got transferred from Blogger to WordPress last summer all of my old posts lost their formatting. It is a mess y’all. They are all one big paragraph and the pictures are super tiny. They are all officially “uncategorized” and I spent a LOT of time last fall trying to fix them to no avail.
One of the classes I’m taking in school is a three part IT class and this semester we have been learning a TON about HTML and such and so I started reformatting all of the old posts…again. But this time it’s working!! Hallelujah!
As I have been in the process of reformatting I have been plugging my old posts into my SEO plugin and categorizing all of my old posts. I got about halfway through and I had a lightbulb moment. I was using my categories and tags all wrong. Lucky for you I am going to share my lightbulb moment with you!!
So what is the difference between a category and a tag? Good question!
A category is a broad grouping for your posts. Think of a category like an umbrella. A category can have sub-categories or sub-groupings. Categories also help people understand what you actually blog about.
A tag is supposed to describe your post. Think of them like key words that describe what your post is about.
WordPress requires you to categorize your posts. If you don’t then it will default to Uncategorized. You can always rename that category to something like Random if that makes you feel better. Not all of my earlier posts fit into my categories and that’s ok with me.
However, WordPress does not require you tag your posts. This is just something extra if you want to do it. Kind of like micro-organizing. Personally, I LOVE tags. Especially for my wary posts that don’t fit into a specific category.
How many categories should you have? This is totally up to you. They Sits Girls say no more than 10. Remember that your categories are what your blog is about. If you are having trouble defining yours go look at your most popular posts and see what posts people are reading and interacting to…that’s what I did.
While you need to have more than one category remember that putting posts into more than one category will hurt your SEO. SEO is how people find your blog. You want your website optimized so that Google can find you and you will get more page views. That’s why you need to tags to micro-organize your posts.
For example, say I write a post about how I straighten my hair. I would put this in my Beauty category but tag it with hair. Remember the umbrella I showed you above? This is how it works!
I am just OCD enough that all of this micro-organization makes me really happy! HA! I’m a nerd and I know it.
Do you categorize and tag your posts correctly?