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How blog tags and categories appear in search

When adding more blog posts to your website, you’ll be tempted to use tags and structure your blog posts in certain categories. But, have you wondered how these blog tags and categories appear on search engines?

In this guide, we’ll help you understand tags and categories more and how you can use them correctly. 

Filtered page URLs

Your categories and tags both have links on your website and can appear on search engines. Your categories and tags will have URLs like this: 

Site.com/blog/category/seo

Site.com/blog/tag/offpage 

These URLs will redirect you to blog posts for example who are under the category SEO or are under the tag off-page.

Your tags and categories appear on your sitemap as well, although it’s recommended to not index tags on search engines and to remove them from your sitemap. 

Add categories 

You can add categories that reflect your website’s content and blog posts by going to your admin dashboard > going to posts > adding a blog post > checking the menu on the right > and going to categories. 

You can choose there whether to add categories to your website or not.

Add tags 

To add tags to your website, you can follow the same steps as before in categories by going to your admin dashboard > going to posts > adding a blog post > checking the menu on the right > and going to tags.

Tags are supposed to reflect your blog post’s content so they can help you rank better on search engines. 

Why is it recommended to not index tags?

As a website owner, you’ll want as much as links of your website to appear on search engines. But, it is the general consensus that tags should not be indexed on search engines as they don’t matter in anything.

No one is going to click on a page of tags on SERPs to find content, which is why it’s better to remove it in the setting of your sitemap. 

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