Thank you to Carol Taylor, who blogs at ‘Retired? No One Told Me!’, for asking me a question about blogging after reading my recent blog post ‘Do You Have A Question About Blogging…’
Here’s Carol question in full.
I went back to Carol to confirm that what she was referring to was a sub-category being added to a category. It was!
First of all, let me start by saying that it’s essential to ensure that all blog posts are categorised. Why? Because it’s a way of helping visitors to your blog find the information they’re looking for.
Here’s an example. I’ve just read a blog post you published about your Grandmother’s recipe for the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. I want to find out if you’ve published any other recipes, and search for a recipe category. Unfortunately, you don’t have one, or you don’t categorise any of your posts (so they all fall under ‘uncategorised’).
I could search for the information (if you have a search bar on your blog), but I want to check out all your recipe posts, not just one. The only option is to now scroll through all your posts looking for recipes that may interest me. The clock is ticking, and I’ve got lots more to do…
Adding a category to your post is simple to do. In the settings menu of your blog post, you’ll find the place where you can add categories. If you already have categories, you’ll see them there. The following screenshot is taken from my blog.
For Carol’s question, we are going to add a new sub-category for my new book, ‘More Glimpses’, to the category ‘Glimpses’, which I already have as a category.
The first thing we need to do is create ‘More Glimpses’ as a category. To do this, we need to click on the ‘Add New Category’ link.
Next, add ‘More Glimpses’ in the ‘New Category Name‘ box.
Just under the ‘Add New Category‘ box, you will see a ‘Parent Category‘ box. This is where we can turn the new category, we’ve just created, into a sub-category.
Click on the little arrows in the right-hand side of the “Parent Category‘ box to display a list of all your categories.
Select the category ‘Glimpses’ and click on it.
‘Glimpses’ now appears in the ‘Parent Category‘ box.
Next, click on the ‘Add New Category‘ button.
‘More Glimpses’ now appears as a sub-category under the category ‘Glimpses’.
Why are sub-categories important?
Let’s say you’re a travel blogger and are visiting the countries in the UK – England, Scotland, Northern-Ireland, and Wales. You could have ‘UK’ as your main category, and England, Scotland, Northern-Ireland, and Wales as sub-categories.
I want to thank Carol for asking her question and hope that my answer has helped her.
Connect with Carol.
Carol’ s early attempts at writing have been published in two separate anthologies. Her new cookbook will be out quite soon.
As her direction in blogging has changed, and now includes healthy eating and waste, she wanted to share the following post which she feel reflects her more at this time.
Do you use categories and sub-categories on your blog? If you have any further questions about categories or sub-categories, leave them in the comments section.
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