Is is bad to use similar tags for one post? ex. education, educational reform, educational philosophy?
The blog I need help with is ephraimseducation.wordpress.com.
No. All of those are valid, provided they are supported by the content in the post.
Category – Education
Tags – Educational reform, Educational philosophy
We assign categories and/or tags to post for our reader’s convenience. They can click the category or tag and locate all posts in the blog assigned to it.
All reasons for non-appearance of posts on Topics pages can be found here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/topics/#missing-posts
If you have assign a combined total that exceeds 15 Categories/Tags to your posts they will not be displayed.
Despite the idiotic “advice” bloggers give each other neither Categories nor Tags are required for SEO purposes and spamdexing (excessive tagging) is rampant.
The rule of thumb is to assign the least (not the most) combined number of relevant categories and tags that accurately describe the post content.
For tips on tagging see > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/03/15/quick-blog-post-tagging-tips/
Depends on why you tag your posts. If you do it because you want your posts to show on the respective WP “Topics” pages, you can add whatever tags you see fit. If you do it for search engines, all your tags are practically useless. Tags were (and are) greatly abused, so search engines nowadays pay attention to your content rather than your tags. Here’s Google’s Matt Cutts on tags:
In other words, when you’ve got “postformal psychology” in the title or the content of a post, there’s no need to use the same phrase as a tag as far as search engines are concerned.
What you must never do is use the same word or phrase as both a tag and a category. They are the same data, so
a) if you categorize a post under “Philosophy” or if you tag it “Philosophy” the result is the same: the post will show in the “Philosophy” WP Topics page;
b) using such duplicates can lead to technical problems I needn’t explain now.
You should delete all these duplicates, and make sure each word or phrase is used as a tag or a category, not both.
thank you both…one more question…what if I have a tag American education and a category education. Should I delete one of them?
i’m asking because the word education is included in both…or does that matter?
No, you should delete only exact duplicates. For instance, since you’ve got a category “Education”, go to Posts > Tags and delete the tag “Education”.
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