Blogging Tips: Categorizing and Tagging


If you blog for an audience and want your blog to be found on the first page of search engines, categorizing and tagging are two important things you might want to consider. In this brief post, you will read a few pointers on how to properly categorize and tag your post.

When I embarked on this blogging journey in 2011, I never had the slightest knowledge of these two. I commenced this journey empty-handed. Well, except that I had stories to tell. Let me just emphasize that I’m not encouraging you to count your views. You must enjoy blogging without stressing over the number of your audience especially if you don’t have a target audience. However, wouldn’t it be fulfilling to know that your site is found by people who are in need of some information and inspiration? This is where categorizing and tagging come in.

CATEGORIZING

  • What’s the topic of your post? If it’s about a skincare product, that goes under “Skincare” not “Beauty”.
  • Choose the word that best describes your article.
  • One category is the ideal number.

TAGGING

  • If you aren’t quite certain about your categories, tags will come to the rescue.
  • Limit your tags, because the lesser the better. Want a specific number? Based on my experience, for the most part, I write 3 tags.
  • This is the time when you have to be very specific. The following photos will show you. Notice the underlined words.

 

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You see if not for the way I wrote the tags, my blog wouldn’t be on the first search results page (sometimes the top result) in which I didn’t expect at all. How did I learn this? It was when I was checking my site statistics and I saw the search terms. Kudos to WordPress! Below are a few of them.

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  • Finally, yet importantly, try to think like you’re the one searching for something. I think that’s the key. You don’t even have to mind the grammar.

Perhaps, there are likely a lot more ways to appropriately categorize and tag your posts but I hope these can help you get started.

 

 

 

 

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