Last Updated on 21st September 2021 by Ajmer Singh
Tags are a kind of taxonomy used to define “What your article is about”. Taxonomy is a word used to group things together, just like your WordPress posts.
Unlike categories, tags are optional. Your posts are categorized by default but you need to manually create tags on every WordPress post.
To explain you better, let’s take an example of SEO,
Blog post/Article Topic: What is SEO? Understand On-page & Off-page SEO.
Category: SEO (Your all the posts under the SEO category will appear here)
Tags: #SEO, #wordpress SEO, #Search engine optimization, #on-page SEO, #off-page SEO etc.
You can create as many tags as you want for every blog post. You can even use common tags for every post but it’s recommended to use tags only that is related to the post.
How to create Tags?
You can create tags in two ways,
1. Whenever writing a WordPress post, you can always find a tags option at the right sidebar. Just click on tags, and add as many tags as you want. Here you can also find your most used tags. You can also use them with just one click.
2. Log in to your admin dashboard, on the left side, hover over to posts and click on tags. Here you can add new tags as well as manage previous tags.
Tags are automatically displayed by most of the themes. But if you want to display manually then you can display using widgets.
To create a widget that displays tags on the sidebar,
On your dashboard, hover over to appearance, click on widgets.
Select the position where you want to display tags, like sidebar, top, bottom etc.
Then click on the + icon, search “tag”. You will get tag cloud, add it & done.
Now your tags will display on the position you select.
To add or remove your tags to display in search engines you need to install the Yoast SEO plugin.
A quick guide to help you set up the Yoast SEO plugin – “Yoast SEO plugin settings”
After installation, hover over to Yoast SEO on the left sidebar of your dashboard – click search appearance.
You will see some tabs,
- Content types
Click on taxonomies, you can find three options, Categories, tags, formats.
Click on tags and expand it.
Here you can select your tags to be indexed on search engines or not.
Tags are an optional part of every blog post but if done correctly then this can help in best SEO practices.
Hope you guys understand “What are tags in WordPress posts and other related things”.
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