I'm finding some great keywords but they would be used for categories, so I'm wondering if categories get ranked or if it's only content.

They're broad keywords that I could add a lot of content to but I can't use them for the title of a post because it would be a never-ending post.

I hope my explanation makes sense!

Melissa

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nathaniell Premium
With the way we set up our websites in Wealthy Affiliate, categories DO NOT rank. They are no-indexed using the All-In-One SEO Pack.

You CAN change the settings to have categories rank using the same plugin, and many people do. However, it's not "necessary" to do so. Here's why: A category is a list of content excerpts from blog posts. The content on those same blog posts already ranks as a post. Google normally won't pay attention to the same blog post twice. So since your post is ranking, the category containing the same content from that blog post will not rank.

Occasionally you'll see situations where it does rank, especially if you fill out all the meta details in your category options, plus maybe add an introduction to the category (unique content).

Most of the time this will not have a huge effect on rankings, and it's only something I'd do if you are really refining your traffic funnel and optimizing your site with minor tweaks.
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MRRSP Premium
Thanks Nathaniell! I appreciate your time ☺️

I have unchecked all the noindex boxes in my all-in-one SEO because it kept coming back as errors in search console and I didn't like it.

It makes sense that Google would pay attention to the same post twice. I get where you're coming from.

Thanks again!
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nathaniell Premium
It's annoying that Google returns those as errors, when in fact it shouldn't. Many people leave their categories as indexed, so it's fine that you have your settings these way.
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MRRSP Premium
It is super annoying! I hate seeing errors lol no matter how miniscule it is.
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VonAkon Premium
If I have a Category "DRUGS" and contents Effects of drugs, Drugs and pregnant ladies etc, I think If my website is powerful, Drugs(category) get ranked and exposes the reader to all the contents in that category making the reader spend more time in your website. Although the contents would be highly ranked too as per the search engine.
For baby websites, content rocks. I hope I made a bit of sense.
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MRRSP Premium
You did make sense! Thank you so much for your input ☺️ I appreciate it!
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HildeRegine Premium
Good question! I have wondered about the same thing.
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MRRSP Premium
Thanks ☺️
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megawinner Premium
Categories can be competitive or some categories can be a little less. But the one that will make you succeed, in your question the one that will help you get ranked is content. 🏅🥉🥇🏆🥇🥈
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MRRSP Premium
Thank you, Florentino ☺️
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megawinner Premium
My pleasure!👍💝🌹🆒
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