Apr 122013

I’ve had my blog on WordPress for quite a while now, and love it. There is one thing that I haven’t mastered yet, and that is categories versus tags. I don’t really know what to use for them, and how they differ. I use categories mostly, and while I have a few tags, I really don’t understand how to use them.

My categories represent the main types of posts I have. At a high level there are author features, blog features, challenges and reviews. Each category has sub-categories that are more specific. Like the reviews categories has sub-categories for each star rating.

But what do I use for tags? Right now I have tags to identify how I get books, and that’s about it.

Do you have suggestions as to what tags should be? Do you even look at categories and tags?

  4 Responses to “Discussion: Categories vs tags”

  1. WP suggest the tags are to help with search engine pickups rather than organisation though they can be used for both, I always forget to add tags even though I keep meaning to use them.

  2. I’ve wondered the same thing! I can’t wait to hear what you find out. I don’t use tags at all because I haven’t understood what they’re for.

  3. This is weird, this is the third time I’ve tried to leave this comment! For some reason my comments won’t be sent through? Either the page stops responding with an error saying something like it’s taking too long for the your blog’s network to respond :/ Just passing on the message! I don’t think it’s my internet or anything because I seem to be able to leave comments find on everyone’s else’s blogs. Here’s hoping third time lucky!

    I use categories mostly the same way you do. I also have author names and series names in categories. On my Review Archive I link to the authors page and the series page so readers can easily find reviews on books from the same author or in the same series.

    I use tags to let readers know what’s in the post, or if it’s a book review; what’s in the book. Then if they want to see other posts with the same tags they just click it and are directed to all book reviews that have vampires in them, or are rated three stars, or have faeries or werewolves or any other paranormal being in them, to posts that are about eBooks, or give-aways, or what the discussion is about. Or what genre the book is classed under as I usually find a lot of books are classed under more than one genre, for example it’s a YA romance book that has science fiction elements, set in a dystopian world. That’s a lot of sub genre’s/elements for one book so I use tags instead of categories for genres!

    I find tags easier to use to organize things like that, and categories are the things I use for higher up posts like a thread of posts, a category might be able to span over a whole range of posts etc.

    I’m now feeling like I’m not making much sense haha. But I hope you understand what I mean!

    My point is, I hope you learn to use tags effectively and figure out what the best way is to do that for your site! šŸ™‚

    Miss J

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