Maximizing Your Use of WordPress Tags

WordPress provides two tools for helping users find posts: categories and tags. Tags are used more for sorting posts according to topics and identifying your content. Tagging your posts with keywords and phrases helps both search engines and users.

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Tags are more specific than categories. Categories are broad, and tags go deeper and tell you specifically what’s inside a blog post. Whenever you add a new post, on the right side, you’ll see a section that says Tags.

Simply type in keywords and phrases related to your post separated with commas. Or, if you’ve had the blog for awhile, just click “Choose from the most used tags” and pick from among your common tag choices.

If you change your mind and want to delete a tag, just click the gray X beside the tag. WordPress recommends an average of 5 to 10 tagsfor each blog post. No tags is bad for your search engine optimization. Having too many will confuse your reader.

You can also manage your tags from the main dashboard. Click on Posts and then Tags. You can add tags from there, delete or edit them. On this page you’ll see a massive tag cloud, too.

A tag cloud shows you which tags are used most on your site. If you see a tag you want to edit in the tag cloud, click on it and it will let you edit the words and the URL for that tag, too.

Tags and categories are both important to your site’s findability and navigation. Don’t exclude one for the other – use them in conjunction to give your blog the best SEO boost possible.

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