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Blog Categories – Are Yours Precise Or a Mess All Over?

By Lisa @Lisapatb

Blog Categories – How To Create A Blog with Categories

Blog categories are like an old fashion file cabinets. If you were like me as a new blogger you just picked a theme and started to post, right? You added your blog categories and tags as you went along.

I knew I had too many categories but hadn’t really looked into it back in those early years of blogging.

Then several years ago a blogger named Adrienne posted about spring cleaning your blog. It got me motivated. Especially when I looked and found I had over 800 categories!

Imagine? I wanted to get it down to 10-20. I settled on 15 blog categories for now. (16 if you count uncategorized). 

Think of your blog categories like a file cabinet. What are you looking for? Define your niche and create categories from there. Keep it simple if you want to get your blog noticed.

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How Many Blog Categories Are Too Many?

The number of categories for a blog seems to be a gray area. Back in 2008, Darren Rowse wrote about blog categories. They really don’t seem to be any clear answers on the exact number.

But it is about what makes sense. How will the reader experience be on your blog? And of course, how will Google view your blog categories.

We all know how much Google and other search engines are looking over our blogs and categories is another one of those things they are looking at.

Too many keywords and you could feel Google’s wrath.

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Where to Start Cutting Your Blog Categories?

Start with your categories that have 0 or 1 posts only. Then keep deleting until you get to around 50-100. Then take more severe action and cut those that have 2-3 posts.

Pick the ones that could be replaced with the final categories. Cut it down to a number that really makes sense for your blog or website.

According to Hubspot on blog categories:

If your blog has been around for a few years, you may have some serious organization to do. Blog categories are a great way to start sorting. Consider what categories your readers enjoy best, and get rid of any with only a few posts. Trimming down categories isn’t always easy. But it’s definitely worth the effort for a site that’s simple to navigate and build a strong content strategy around.

What Do You Do After You Cut Your Categories?

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