Ask Yoast: Reusing category name as tag in different taxonomy

Finding the right structure for your site can be difficult, but it’s an important thing to figure out for your SEO. It’ll not only guide your visitors to the content they’re looking for, but also help the search engines understand what content on your site is most important.

Dividing your content into groups, using categories and tags, is a great way to structure your content. Naming these categories and tags is where it can get difficult, especially if you have several different taxonomies on your site. You’re probably aware that you shouldn’t have a category and a tag with the same name. But what about tags and categories that are in a different taxonomy?

Andrew emailed us his question on site structure and taxonomies:

“I know it’s bad to use a tag that you also use as a category. However is it okay to use the name of a category from one taxonomy as a tag in a different taxonomy?”

Watch the video or read the transcript further down the page for my answer!

Is it OK to reuse a category name as a tag in another taxonomy?

“Well, the problem is that the name is also the search term, and if someone searches for that term, which page on your site should they land on? Which is the most important one? How do you tell that to Google?

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If you have both, then you have to find a way to link from one to the other and deem one more important and that’s actually hard to do. So if you can avoid it, avoid it. Good luck.”

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19 Responses to Ask Yoast: Reusing category name as tag in different taxonomy

  1. astogel
    astogel  • 4 months ago

    hi master seo, i have a website with some alternative links, i want to bring up 1 selected link only in google search page. But the unexpected thing just happened on my site, which happens is an alternative link that I do not want to appear, google pagerank position better than the main link. Please best solution from master as well. thank you

  2. wasim akram
    wasim akram  • 4 months ago

    very helpful post.
    Thank you so much for sharing this.
    category can be used for different purpose i did not have any idea about this.

  3. Gopal Shaw
    Gopal Shaw  • 4 months ago

    What an awesome post, I just read it from start to end. Learned something new after a long time. An informative blog.

  4. Jamiel
    Jamiel  • 4 months ago

    interesting articles.

    thank you for sharing the practice and tips Joost

  5. shubhangi
    shubhangi  • 4 months ago

    excellent post .. I agree with you Joost . Just avoid this kind of situation and change tagname or category name whichever is not ranked.

  6. PccWebWorld
    PccWebWorld  • 4 months ago

    Awesome Post. Yoast, you are the perfect place where we learn and apply tricks and also Yoast a best plugins

  7. Schuheliebe
    Schuheliebe  • 4 months ago

    Same thing happened to us with tags and product categories. We then deleted the tags and focused on product categories.

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 months ago

      Hi! Making a choice can be difficult, but in the end it’s best!

  8. Ryan
    Ryan  • 4 months ago

    Very cool!

  9. Subhojit Dutta
    Subhojit Dutta  • 4 months ago

    Thanks for sharing informative blog. This will help us a lot.

  10. Marcin Kordowski
    Marcin Kordowski  • 4 months ago

    It’s really difficult to find right way if you have tags and categories. Everything depends on language and what you write about and how users research information.

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 4 months ago

      That’s right Marcin. Hopefully, you can figure out a way that works for you! And if you want to know a bit more on the subject, maybe this article can help: Good luck!

  11. Christopher Chorley
    Christopher Chorley  • 4 months ago

    Cheers Joost, very good read!


  12. Garv
    Garv  • 4 months ago

    That’s why I always suggest planning things earlier because after getting so many posts things get a bit messy to optimize.

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 4 months ago

      Yes, it’s a great idea to keep a clear overview Garv! :)

  13. Georg
    Georg  • 4 months ago

    Thanks for this helpful article. I use Yoast for my blog and its really awesome. Keep up with the good work.

  14. CoinRaja
    CoinRaja  • 4 months ago

    so, should i change my tag name as they are same as category name. please help me for my new website.

    • Joyita Paul Chowdhury
      Joyita Paul Chowdhury  • 4 months ago

      Hi Raja,

      Yes, you must as you can understand that it will be confusing for Google to decide on to which page to rank.

      I believe categories and tags serve absolutely two different purposes. Where categories are all about topics structurization tags are primarily the possible search terms we want to get traffic.

      It’s better to think naturally while creating categories and adding tags and I’m sure such situations of both being same can be avoided.


    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 4 months ago

      If you can, change it. Maybe this article can help you get started: Let me know if it worked out? Good luck!

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