When I first started blogging, I didn’t consider how organizing my content upfront would help me in the long run. I would write a post, see if I already had a category to fit it into, and if not, I’d create a new category. Up until that point I had only been using categories to organize my blog posts, and before I knew it, I had 30+ categories.
As I tackled my first redesign in 2012, I began educating myself on how to organize blog posts with categories and tags. I learned that categories are for broad groupings of post topics and that tags further define the post within one category. For example, if I were to publish a blog post about training for a 5K, I would place this post into my “Fitness” category and then add “running”, “5K”, and “training” as tags.
Going through a year and half’s worth of blog posts back in 2012 was a lot of work, but it was a manageable project. I simply created a list of eight categories all of my posts would fall into and then opened up each individual post in order to determine which category it’d fall into. The problem was, I still wasn’t thinking long term. I was only thinking about the blog posts I was writing at the time, not about my blog’s long term growth and path.
What I’ve realized over the years is that the foundation you build your blog upon is so incredibly important! As you start your blog you really need a hosting company you can trust and depend on, a blogging schedule you can stick to, and a system for organizing your posts. Designs can change and topics can evolve, but the foundation your blog is built upon should withstand any facelifts that occur over time.
I am currently working to reorganize and re-categorize all of the content here on Coffee Cake and Cardio. My hope is that this is the last time I’ll have to do this! I am working hard to think about my long term goals, the categories my posts will fall into, and the easiest way for readers to find old content.
It’s a much bigger project this time around, as I have four years worth of posts to go through. I started out by creating my categories and have been going through each and every post, one month at a time. The key for creating categories is to keep each of them broad! Some of my categories include: Family, Fitness, Weight Loss, Recipes, and Day to Day. It may take me a few weeks to do, but I really believe my blog will be in a healthier place when I’m done.
Since I’ll be looking at every single post these next few weeks, this is also a great time to check for any broken links and to work on SEO (Search Engine Optimization). I am using the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin to help with my SEO and plan to clean up old posts.
If you’re new to blogging, I urge you to take some time to create a category system you can build upon. If you’ve been blogging a while, there’s no better time than the present to go through your posts and to reorganize your category system (you’ll also want to resubmit a sitemap to google).
It can be a tedious task, but in the end, it’s well worth your effort! Learning how to organize your blog post with categories and tags can help you, your readers, and businesses find older and relevant content.
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