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Categories versus Tags

11 Jun

Ok bloggers, help me out here. What’s the difference between categories and tags when I’m writing blog posts? I don’t want to figure out the difference months from now when I’ve got a hefty number of posts to go back and re-organize.

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Posted by on June 11, 2010 in Blogging

 

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4 responses to “Categories versus Tags

  1. Josh Morgan

    June 11, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Blogger only has tags that I know of. You can use as many tags as you want to describe content of the post. Tags help readers find information based on more detailed descriptions. Categories would probably be one category that the post would fall under that would be a larger grouping than the tag. This could be like what you have now as Crossfit, Education, Paleo, Recipes. Tags would sort of be sub-categories, and each post can have multiple tags.

     
  2. David

    June 12, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Categories are how YOU organize your blog posts on your blog site. Tags are key words, topics, or items discussed within your blog that others can find through internet searches, etc.
    So, let’s say I write a blog post about my last trip to the movies. I’d categorize the post under movies. BUT, I would add some tags that would be more specific: Avatar, James Cameron, 3D,… So, if someone was searching for Avatar on a blog search, they’d find my post.
    Think of tags like a #hashtag for twitter.
    Does that make sense?

     
    • jalzen

      June 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

      Wow, that was SUPER helpful. Thanks, Dave!

       
    • Daniel Balboa

      June 14, 2010 at 12:05 am

      Yes David is correct on the dot. I do it (tagging) to all my post now. It’s really a pain and can take a long time. In fact all my most recent uploads for pictures are also tagged individually. I have to run all my pictures thru a program to add the tag internally. When you do a google search for a picture what I tag will also pop up. So… what before seem so fun to post can now seem like a tedious task. But when you are trying to get the word out this is all important.

      In addition to that. If you want the world to know about teamalzen.wordpress.com then when you leave a message on someones blog, under the website, you want to leave your URL address. It increases your stats in the the big counter in the sky. See I just did it on your site. When a google spider comes thru it will see that and add it to its places of linkage. Look at http://www.alexa.com/ Add your site name to it. It sees were you are in comparison to EVERYONE else. You can also help others stats by adding them to your blogroll (wink wink). This all helps but you gotta do it A LOT to make a difference.

      Cheers!
      D

       

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