Why do WordPress site owners add so many Categories and Tags, it’s such a bad SEO idea!

Going through about 30 domains I bought recently and some have more categories and tags than posts!!!

Best way to use WordPress is minimal categories/tags, majority of posts go in only one category (I don’t use tags because there’s no difference between a WordPress Tag and a WordPress Category), no this post can go in these 36 categories and 58 tags because more is great SEO!!!

To keep the link juice flowing smoothly on relatively small sites try to keep the number of posts in a category to 10 or less so you don’t get Category/Tag page 2, page 3 etc… because it means the posts on page 2/3 etc… are barely getting any link benefit. If it’s a larger site try to keep to under 20 posts per category, all depends on the number of posts on the entire site, larger a site more you might need to add to a category.
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If you stick to these loose SEO rules there’s very little wasted link benefit and most posts get a fair amount of link benefit and are easily found by Google. Try to avoid sites with categories with 3 posts in and other categories with 30 in, the category with 30 in are not getting their fair share of SEO link benefit!

Remember every page on a site that’s linked uses link benefit, if a site has 30 posts and 30 categories/tags because the way WordPress links stuff together (priority goes to categories/tags) most of your link benefit never finds it’s way to your articles.

Take a look at your WordPress sites home page, most will have all the categories linked, all tags linked and if you use monthly archives (DON’T, TOTAL WASTE OF SEO LINK BENEFIT) the latest 12 months linked as well. What you won’t find is a complete list of all your posts, you might have the 10 recent articles, 10 popular articles, 10 recent comments. If you have a site with just 30 posts and 30 categories/tags you might only have the recent 10 posts linked from the home page, but you will have all 30 categories/tags and the monthly archives. Before your main content gets it’s link benefit your over use of categories and tags has wasted over half of it!

I must have deleted over 150 categories this week because of over use of archiving.

David Law : AKA SEO Dave, Search Engine Optimization Consultant, Internet Marketer, Stallion WordPress SEO Theme Developer and Nice Guy :-)

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