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Adding Categories

Categories help keep your posts organized and give your visitors another way of searching your content. This is a good thing!

Let’s say your blog/site will be about travel and holidays. You might therefore have categories such as:

Family Holidays
Cruising
Spa Holidays
Travel Arrangements
Working Holidays
Travel Accessories

Over time each of those Categories might be broken down into sub-categories e.g. Cruising might have the sub-categories:

  • Caribbean Cruises
  • Mediterranean Cruises
  • Canal Cruises

and so on.

As I explain in the video below I like to get, at least, my main Categories in place before I start adding content to keep me focused.



I also think that naming Categories well can help for search engine optimization as Google etc. may well take the category name into consideration and don’t forget that category pages ( i.e. the page showing snippets of all your posts in a particular category) are indexed by the Search Engine too.

Clive

Clive

Managing Director at Big Buzz Projects
Clive McGonigal is a full time Web Developer, Marketer, WordPress Evangelist and all round Decent Chap. He lives between London and France ( on a tiny rowing boat with an internet connection) and spends his offline time wining, dining and conversing with his dogs. He loves WordPress ( themes, plugins and tweaks) and blogs about them whenever he can.
Clive
Clive

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  1. Hi Clive,

    Nice to see you’re powering away on Blogbriefing. I don’t know if you remember me. I’m the guy who started up the fictitious fantasy blog two years ago about someone who stumbles into another dimension and blogs about his experiences there.

    Well, my blog now has a small but dedicated following. The trouble is, though, that due to its size I think a lot of prospective readers are being put off because, in order to get to the current point in the story, they need to start from the beginning and read through 913 posts. I’ve tried to counter this by having a static page (big thanks to blogbriefing for the info on doing that) and an introduction page to summarise what’s going on. Problem is, I still have all those posts. What I’d like to do is to somehow start afresh from a fixed point (maybe a few months ago) in the story where readers can jump straight in without actually seeing any posts previous to this. I still want these posts accessible, though, as maybe a separated database/archive/or separate sub blog that they can read if they want to go back that far.

    I’ve trolled the Internet on methods to do this, but now I’m totally confused as to what to do.

    Cheers

    Colm.

  2. Clive says:

    Postscript: There is also an argument that your categories should reflect your keywords – which is kind of what I’ve done in the video above.

    So the url of in the categorised post about a cruise to Turkey might be: domainname/category/mediterranean-cruises/my-turkish-cruise-adventure/ and that might give you a better ranking in Google.

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