Does the Search Engine produce results based on categories or tags?

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  • #152632

    glad1at0re
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    Hey there cool wordpress users who always answer forum-questions with no delay!

    Here’s my confused noob question:

    So we have tags now… A considerable part of my blog traffic comes from the wordpress search engine which was/is? working based on categories. What’s the deal now? When you search for something, do the answers come out based on tags or categories or both?

    For example, I have a sports blog and I made a post about Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. I add “Kobe Bryant” as a tag and “Los Angeles Lakers” as a category. When someone searches for Lakers, will he/she find my Kobe-post ?

    Thank you
    Stavros

    #152929

    timethief
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    As far as I know, until we hear further clarification from staff this is the information we have:
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/the-difference-between-tags-and-categories/
    http://wordpress.com/blog/2007/10/08/category-to-tag-converter/

    #152931

    options
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    wordpress search engine is (never was/did) NOT ‘working based on categories’ nor tags.

    #152942

    glad1at0re
    Member

    Then where all these “Search Engine Terms” in my blog stats come from? And what are they based on? Random words in my post?

    #152943

    Those come from search engines outside wordpress such as Google, Yahoo, etc.

    #152944

    glad1at0re
    Member

    Oooh.. right. This is interesting… Thank you

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    #152945

    glad1at0re
    Member

    Sorry but some other question popped up…

    What’s the meaning of differentiating Tags and Categories since tags cannot be seen in the side bar for instance or in a search engine ? How do the other search engines work? If tags are shown nowhere, why have them?

    So in a nutshell… Do categories and Tags have anything to do with search engines? Or is their only use to organize your categories better?

    thx again

    #152946

    nosysnoop
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    It’s helpful to add the terms to the pictures as a file name when uploading pictures.

    #152947

    Both categories and tags will be caught by the search engines. Categories can be though of as broad while tags allow you to narrow things down. From Timethief’s post above:

    http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/the-difference-between-tags-and-categories/

    #152971

    options
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    yep, that’s absolutely true: both Cats & Tags can be thought that way.

    essentially, they are exactly just the same thing from the search engines’ point of view (literally), though.

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