If you’ve been browsing around the world of blogging you might have noticed two different terms that might seem similar; categories and tags. So what is the difference between these two?
With categories you separate different topics that you write about in your posts. Now, your blog of course has one main subject that it covers, but it still has sub-topics. If you look at mine, which is about fashion and style, I have categories like Celebrity style, Beauty, Personal style and Fashion advice. These will all help your readers find what they’re looking for.
In WordPress, you can create your menu bar automatically by creating categories. This is an easy way to organize your blog. Go to Appearence → Menus → Categories → Add to menu. The easiest way to create a menu is when writing a post.
On your right side, you will see Categories and you can browse through all the Categories that you’ve created or add new ones. You should only put the most used categories into your menu.
Tags are keywords that are much more specific than categories and while I might have a category called ”Celebrity style” I might put a celebrity’s name as a tag to a post. Tags are usually links which lead to a page showcasing all the posts that have been tagged with that specific keyword. They’re easily added to any post in your right hand corner while writing a post.
You might have seen widgets that show a bunch of tags in the sidebar on a blog. Personally, I find them annoying and prefer ‘Most popular posts’ widgets to these. They look messy and showcasing a bunch of words doesn’t seem inviting.
If you’re on Twitter you have probably come across hashtags which work in the same way as tags on a blog. If you click on a hashtag on Twitter it will take you to tweets with the same hashtag.
If you’re using Instagram, you will then too notice that many use not just one hashtag but several in order to be easily found on this picture social network.
I hope that this post clears up your question about tags and categories.