As you start to get more and more blog posts published on your site, you may find that many of the blog posts share some of the same topics or focuses. Organizing your blog posts using "categories" and "tags" will not only help make your blog a better resources for visitors, but it will also help with your Search Engine Optimization (helps your site get found by search engines).
Before you organize your blog posts, you'll need to know the differences between categories and tags.
An easy way to understand what categories are, is to think of them as a "filing cabinet" for your blog posts. These should reflect the main topics you focus on.
For example, if you write blog posts on local events, restaurants, parks, schools, recreational activities, local news, and real estate news, then each of those can be separate categories, with each blog post being "filed" into its relevant category.
Tags are a way to associate various keywords with a specific blog post. Another way to think of these, is that if an individual blog post were a recipe, then the tags would be the different ingredients in the recipe. You can add as many tags as you want to a blog post, and should use descriptive keywords based upon what that blog post is about.
How to add categories:
If you are just starting out with your blog, try and think of 5 or 6 main categories you want to create.
1) Hover your cursor above "Posts" on the main navigation menu in your admin dashboard. You'll see a pop-out menu appear. Click on "Categories" in the pop-out menu (pictured at right).
2) You will arrive on the Categories page. If you have not set any categories up yet, then the only existing category you should see will be called "Uncategorized".
3) On the left side of this page, you will see the available fields for creating your new categories:
- Name - Keep this short. For example, "Denver Schools" or "Denver Attractions"
- Parent - This is how you can make a category into a subcategory. For example, if you want to showcase your target area's restaurants, you might have a main category called "Denver Restaurants". If you are creating a subcategory called "Italian Restaurants in Denver" then you would set the parent category to Denver Restaurants.
- Description - This is for your use only and will not be seen by visitors.
4) Once you have filled everything out to your liking, click the "Add New Category" button on the bottom of the page, and your new category will be added.
How to associate categories & tags with a blog post:
- Create a new blog post
- When you are finished writing your content and before you publish your blog post, locate the "Categories" and "Tabs" sections (pictured at right) to the right hand side of the main content box where you typed your blog post. Your screen will show the categories you have created, not the ones pictured in the screenshot to the right.
- To choose a category for your new blog post, simply click the check box next to the category you want. If you decide you want to create a new category instead, simply click the "+ Add New Category" link to create a new one.
- To associate tags with your new blog post, simply type them into the field provided in the "Tags" section. Make sure you separate each tag with commas (tag 1, tag 2, tag 3, etc.) After you have typed all of your tags, click the "Add" button. You can also choose from your most commonly used tags from previous blog posts (if you have previously used tags) by clicking the "Choose from the most used tags" link.
- When everything is to your liking, simply click the Publish button.