What is the difference between a tag and a category?
I get asked this question a lot! Tags and Categories are a great way of organizing your content so that your readers will be able to find the content that is of interest to them. Originally there were just categories but then the list of categories began to get way too long, thus tags were born.
Let’s use food as an example – we all eat, right?
What is a category?
Categories are the broad term – they help to categorize your posts. You can have a long keyword phrase, which is a 3-4 word phrase, as a category, or a simple one-word category.
Healthy Fruit Smoothies OR Smoothies
You can also have sub-categories!
Healthy Fruit Smoothies
What is a tag?
Tags are words or terms that are related to your post. It’s best to keep your tags to one or two words. So for the above examples, you may have a Green Smoothie recipe that is great to drink before you go work out. Some useful tags may be:
pre-workout, spinach, high-protein
To make appropriate recipes easier to find for those with food allergies, or preferences, you may use the following tags on some of your posts:
dairy-free, nut-free, kid-friendly
So let’s take the picture above as an example:
Sub-Category: Fruit Smoothies
Tags: berries, raspberries, blueberries, kid-friendly
Categories are what the blog is about
Tags help your reader to find related information on your website
Tags help the search engines find your content
Try to use tags that will be used in future blog posts to help tie them together
And lastly… save the categories and tags for last – the content is what is important!