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Tags provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post or page is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content.

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Adding Tags via the Tags Module
Managing Tags in Site Settings
Topic Listings
Adding and Managing Tags through WP Admin

Tags are similar to categories, but they are generally used to describe your post in more detail. The use of tags is completely optional.

Some themes use Tags to create featured content on home pages.

Depending on the theme and widgets you have activated, tags can be displayed at the top or bottom of posts or pages, on the individual post view, and/or in the sidebar. You can assign multiple tags per post/page.

Five to 15 tags (or categories, or a combination of the two) is a good number to add to each of your posts.

Tags - Example Post
An example of how the Editor theme displays Categories and Tags on the Blog page.

Adding Tags via the Tags Module

You can assign and/or add new tags to posts or pages before you publish them using the Tags module to the right of the Editor:

Tags - Add Tag in Builder
Add tags through the Document settings in your Editor.

Add new tags by typing the text for you tag then hitting the Enter or Return key on your keyboard.

If the tag has already been created for a previous post or page, the Tags box will begin to auto-populate with matching tags.

To remove a tag, click on the X to the right of the tag.

Tags - Adding tags
Adding tags

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Managing Tags in Site Settings

Tags - Manage Tags
My Site → Settings → Writing

On this page you can see what tags are being used, and filter to the specific posts that the tags are used on.

  1. Go to My Site → Settings.
  2. Click on the Writing option.
  3. Click on Tags.
Tags - Manage Tags
Tags Management

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Topic Listings

Your posts will appear in the topic listings of any tags or categories you use. Therefore, assigning tags and categories to your post increases the chance that other WordPress.com users will see your content.

However, you don’t want irrelevant content showing up on the topic listings or search, and neither do we. That’s why we limit the number of tags and categories that can be used on a public tag listing. Five to 15 tags (or categories, or a combination of the two) is a good number to add to each of your posts. The more tags and/or categories you use, the less likely it is that your post will be selected for inclusion in the topic listings. Learn more about Topics here.

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