WordPress Tags vs Categories

Understanding WordPress tags vs categories starts at the very root of what both tags and categories are.  They are what is know as taxonomies.  The sole purpose of taxonomies is to sort the content on your page that helps the user find information.  Taxonomies also help with website SEO.

When reading this post it will be a good idea to have an understanding of the difference between pages and posts.

Tags and categories are entered and controlled from your post’s back page screen.

WordPress Tags vs Categories

WordPress Tags Vs Categories; understanding the difference between them and how to use them.

WordPress Tags Vs Categories; understanding the difference between them and how to use them.

Tags and Categories are very easy to understand.  Think of categories as a book’s table of contents, and tags as a book’s index.  Both the table of contents and the index are used by readers to find information quickly.  Categories tend to be more broad in what they describe.  Tags are more focused.

Categories:  are meant for broad groupings of your many posts.  On Earn Your Success I write a lot about various ways to get started working at home and becoming your own boss.  I also write and provide some information about blogging and building up your business website.  I use categories to link each post I write to one of the main topic themes of my websites pages.  This particular post is geared towards website building, so I use that as my category.

Categories are there to help identify what your blog is really about for the big search engine browsers as well as users.

Tags:  are meant to describe the specific content of the post you created.  You can have more than one tag for your post, especially if the post hits on a few different topics.  Tags are used to help differentiate what might be perceived as similar content on your web page.  Google does not like duplicate content.

How Do Tags And Categories Affect SEO?

It’s all about organization.  You can use your tags and categories to help the search engine tell the difference between similar posts.  There are more than a few posts on this website about getting started working from home, but each one has different tags that separate each post as a unique piece of content.

Tags and Categories, along with well written content, and an organized web page, well get you better ranking with Google, Bing and Yahoo.

WordPress Tags Vs Categories – Conclusion

It really is worth your time to sit down and plot out your web page design from it’s very beginning.  Sometimes that is easier said than done.  Sometimes, usually with your first website or two, you will not be able to do that.  There is just too much to learn about building a website that is SEO friendly that you can only learn it as you go.

You can always head back and ‘clean up’ you web page to make it better organized for users.  I have done it with several of my early pages.  It’s not fun, but hey, we do what we have to in order to get better search engine rankings.

TD Bauer

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