WordPress has been a great venue for me, a beginning blogger. I wasn’t sure who would be reading my blog because it is open to the public — anyone with a keyboard and access to the Internet can click and enjoy reading my past several blog posts. I recently found out that a reader from Australia liked my blog (Day 70: “Quote of the Day”). Her “like” is archived and accessible in my site in the views category. I wonder if she discovered my blog through looking up tags. I first learned about the tag feature via Lara Tompkins, one of our instructional design experts in Learning Technologies at College of DuPage. She encouraged me to use tags in WordPress to increase visibility and the possibility of finding my teaching writing blog online. “After all, you want a lot of people to read your blog after investing so much time into it, right?” Lara asked. I smiled. Of course I do. Read, comment and like!
What are tags? According to WordPress:
Tags provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, categories. The use of tags is completely optional.
For more information on the differences between tags and categories please check out this support doc.
Depending on the theme and widgets you have activated, tags can be displayed at the top or bottom of posts, on the individual post view, and/or in the sidebar. You can assign multiple tags per post.
Adding Tags via the Tags Module
You can assign and/or add new tags to posts before you publish them using the Categories & Tags module to the bottom left of the post editor:
Add tags one at a time by typing in your text, then hitting the Enter/Return key on your keyboard after typing each tag, or can add multiple tags at a time by separating each with a comma then hitting Enter/Return when you’re done.
After hitting Enter/Return, you’ll see the tags you’ve added highlighted in blue and listed at the top of the module:
If you’ve previously added tags to other posts on your blog, a drop-down menu will appear as your type to let you scroll through the tags you’ve already used. Click on any tag to assign it to the post:
To remove a tag, click on the X to the right of the tag.