I was always confused with tags and categories. I thought they are the same things. Searching the Internet for an answer and I found out that they are not quite the same. So knowing the difference between them can help you build a better structure for your blog/website; and it can even help you optimize your blog/website for search engine purpose.
What is tag or tagging? – Tag or tagging is a keyword or a short phrase that typically listed alphabetically. People can find your blog/website or other people’s blog/website through tag or tagging. Tag or tagging can be a category but not vice versa. Tag or tagging can be more specific topics of a broad topic. See some general ideas about tag or tagging from Technorati Tags.
What is category? – Category, on the other hand, is something you create to navigate your own website. It will help your visitors to find your related posts easily. Category is searched locally in your own website while tag or tagging can be used to search your own website or other people’s websites. Category is a keyword or a short phrase too except it groups a broad topic.
Tag or Tagging can help optimizing your blog/website for search engines so can category. I also learned that it is a good practice to use both tags and categories for your blog/website. One example of using tags vs. categories is if you write a post that is about fish, then your category should be fish, and your tags should be more specific types of fish.
What is the difference between tags and categories? Please leave a comment below.