You can link to groups of posts within your blog by linking to tags and categories. This can give a visitor access to more of your blog posts, and help them find topics they are interested in. I use this sometimes on my blog when I think a particular word or phrase looks interesting, but I don't have a 100% relevant post or page to link to.
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ContentBySue Premium
Another terrific video instruction! I've been wondering about this and you have answered my questions, yet again, before I even asked them. Thank you, Nathaniell.
Sue
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TitaWorks Premium
Thanks, Nathaniell. I've been trying to figure out the best way to similarly themed blog posts on my site. This helps enormously! Bookmarking.
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Buchok121314 Premium
Wow great!
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HappySwede Premium
That was a way to use tags and categories that I hadn't heard of before. Thanks for sharing!
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MaryJaneW Premium
Thank you for that! I found myself staring at the screen feeling like a failure- so the menu categories, do they pertain to the pages or the posts? Or do the posts even pertain to the pages that are related to the categories?
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Loubelle Premium
Very useful thank you regards
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QFIntrepid Premium
Very helpful. Thanks.
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CSpears Premium
I needed this thank you.

Carl
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rwagener Premium
Great training as always. Thanks
Richard
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Tirolith Premium
VERY GOOD information.
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SuzetteH Premium
I have a question about categories. How many categories can or should a particular post have? Can you add a post to too many different categories? For example: if I have a siterubix review, can I add that post to these categories - building websites, getting started, product reviews, and the sub-category good reviews?
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jvranjes Premium
You can add your post to several. How many? I am not sure, 2-4 sounds reasonable to me, see this discussion:
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Juneyo Premium
I don't think there is limits to how many categories a particular post should have. Yes, you can. I don't see why we can't do that.
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nathaniell Premium
The key is to make navigation easy for your users. Having 10 categories doesn't help people navigate and find the posts they want - it's a scramble for SEO power. I prefer 1 category, and 2-4 tags, but that's just me.

If you are creating categories and tags that only have a a few posts in them, what's the point?

People click on category/tag breadcrumbs to see related posts. I try to keep them to a minimum, while keeping them helpful. With categories I go broad, and tags I go more specific.
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stevemiller Premium
Great training video Nate!
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nudge1969 Premium
Thanks mate. Just used it and works well.
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larryf20865 Premium
Hey Nathaniell
I just started using internal/external links using a lot of words(guitar, guitar lessons, metronome, etc) and pics that refer to other pages in my site.
Thanks for pointing out tags and categories.
Now ya really messed me, LOL!!
Larry
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cawells Premium
Very helpful
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KyleKim Premium
Great!
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kittyclark Premium
very good information. I can't believe I understand this now. This course at WA has taught me so much. I am amazed at miyself!!! Wonderful information and will be useful. I definitely will be using this.
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larryf20865 Premium
I'm bookmarking this pg
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It is very good and cool....LOVE IT.
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Dgegegegwg Premium
Very cool! Do you ever go back and add internal links to old posts as you add more content? Or do you just add more and more links to older posts from new posts As your site grow and you have more related content to link to?
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ShaunFern Premium
I always go back and add internal links to old posts. There's no harm in doing it and it helps your readers
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nathaniell Premium
agreed.
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Familyman82 Premium
that is a great idea but I have a question for you if you dont mind helping me out. It seems when google crawls my site I constantly am getting errors for tag URL's. I do not know why because the tags that I am getting the errors on are not tags that I entered. Can you help me figure this out please.
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nathaniell Premium
Do you have a plugin that's creating weird tags? That happens sometimes. Do the tags make sense, ie are they related to your content?
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Familyman82 Premium
thank you for getting back to me.

I do not have a plugin that does this at least I am not aware it if 1 does.

I have not gotten one for the reason of creating tags.the tags do make sense and are for the most part related but they are giving me a 404 error when clicked.

Any ideas as to what could be causing this other than a plugin.

And to be quite honest I'm not sure if I need tags for my posts. with that said could I just nofollow all my tags or just keep them out of my sitemap.

Another question (not related at all to this) but if I have videos on my site that I did not make and got from utube would it be wise to include them in a video sitemap or would that make it duplicate content.
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Free2Paint Premium
This is really helpful information. Thanks for sharing!
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brookeflinn Premium
You're my hero! This is exactly what I've been trying to figure out for a few hours now
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MarianMartin Premium
WOW, I didn´t have a clue and this was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks so much for showing me!
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Mytoptech Premium
Thanks for your reply, very helpful.
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Mytoptech Premium
Really good video, thank you. I am not sure if I understand what is the difference between categories and tags. When to I need to create a category and when a tag. This is a different question from what you have covered in your video.
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nathaniell Premium
A category is just a broad concept for your blog. There will be just a few of them. A tag is similar, but more refined. There will be more of them, kind of like "sub categories". But every treats them differently, and some people don't use them at all!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Hi Nathaniell. Figured I better "like this" and let you know that I've watched this video about 5 times now. This time it was to learn more about tags which I'm finding there's not a lot of info about at WA. Anyways, just wanted to say thanks for another great vid.
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks Rick! I thought this would be just another "meh" video, but I guess not :)
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patty8453 Premium
Great info!
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rob3 Premium
Very interesting, I hadn't realized the importance of tags and categories.
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gmegs Premium
Great - thanks!
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TJ Books Premium
Great! John
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akwb77 Premium
Wow, you can link posts. Great Training.
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rebeccas Premium
Excellent training. I had no idea I could link several posts together using either tags or categories. Thanks for the training!!
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ShannonRae Premium
This was awesome training!!! I did not know this was an even a concept yet, possible!!!
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christopherM Premium
I've been trying to learn more abut internal linking, so this was perfect timing. Thanks for sharing.
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Divine23 Premium
Thanks a lot for a good tips, Nathaniel but needs to watch it again!
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ferns4733 Premium
I will book mark this, I will have to comeback to this once I get my web site going.....cheers, Rexton
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neilc Premium
I'll watch the video when my dongle actually let's me do so lol.

As for adding tags to a blog post, what's the minimum and maximum amount I should add to each post and also what's the recommended length of each tag? Is it best to keep them short down to 1 or 2 words or to make them more long tailed?

Thanks, Neil
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nathaniell Premium
When I started out I went tag and category crazy, thinking that I could get more terms and ranked for more stuff. It wasn't worth it. I don't think there's a set number that's good or bad, but I've read some other posts about it, and come to the conclusion that fewer is better. This is purely my opinion.

I don't think they have any real SEO purpose other than what I've shown in the video. They are best use as organizational tools to help you create a better, more efficient site. Personally, I use one category and 2-3 tags per post.
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kiya05 Premium
Another one to save for the future. By the way, I watched the Hobbit, and it looks like it's the first part of probably two parts, hopefully people like it enough for the sequel. I watched the Hobbit years ago, the animated one that came out in the 70s, and the sequel was Lord of the Rings, but it never happened, of course now they have all these special effects, etc. It started a little slow, but got much better, so you should definitely see it. If they come out with the sequel, I'll probably get them both at that time.

You definitely should get a Kindle though. I have a Samsung notebook, which I love, so just have the paperwhite ereader from Kindle, but it's so much better than reading a book, it does so much, like if you forget a character, you just hold on the name, and it will tell you, same thing if you don't know a word, the dictionary spelling and description comes up. It does so much more, but there's no time to put it all here, but if you read at all, it's totally worth getting.

Anyway, I really want to get to my site this week, although my schedule was blown Monday, and again today, with last minute dental stuff, but I'm going to try to get some stuff done while the weather is cool, then pick up where I left off, and hopefully have a site that at least says something. I'm going to TRY to keep things short, if I even reply to some posts for the next couple weeks, in order to at least get started, but I'll be talking to you again. Keep up your good posts & training, and nave a good rest of the week.
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nathaniell Premium
I use Kindle for PC and am constantly using the dictionary! it's very convenient. Definitely try to make some time for your site this week - it's probably getting lonely. :)
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Good tip. I do this all the time.
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