Categories–How to link only to my own blog, not others?
I’m sure I’m just being a Bear of Very Little Brain, but I’m not understanding why, when I click on a category in my blog’s Category Cloud, I get a list of all the posts in my blog that are in that category (which is what I want), but when I click one of the categories listed immediately beneath a particular post, I am whisked off to a page listing other WordPress blogs that have posts in the same category (which is what I don’t want).
I don’t want my visitors to run away to other blogs just yet. I want them to explore other posts in MY blog that are within that same category.
FWIW, I don’t use tags anywhere in my blog.
Why is this happening? What can I do to stop it?
The blog I need help with is sewayoleme.wordpress.com.
There is no easy way to change that although the new iNove theme allows you to turn category and tag display off in the post metadata.
With the theme you are using, it can be hidden with the paid CSS upgrade, but do realize that being able to hide them is theme specific. In some themes it is not possible and will take out a bunch of other post metadata as well (such as author, date, comments link, and in some cases even the title of the post).
I guess what I don’t understand is why the categories point to my own blog one place (the cloud widget), and why they point to other peoples’ blogs in another (when they’re listed below my post). That’s just screwy.
No, that’s how a lot of people find other blogs using the same categories/tags and generate traffic on WordPress.com (including to your blog). It is what it is.
The only way to make all categories/tags revert back to your own blog is to mark your blog as mature, which will sever your blog from not only the WordPress.com category and tag pages, but I think also the blog search, top posts, BOTD and any other community type searches.
You can make categories/tags link back to your own blog:
dashboard -> settings -> privacy -> tick “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors”
(note that categories and tags function the same way for SEO)
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