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Reusing category name as tag in different taxonomy

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

  1. wasim akram
    By wasim akram on 14 June, 2018

    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.

  2. Gopal Shaw
    By Gopal Shaw on 13 June, 2018

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

  3. Jamiel
    By Jamiel on 12 June, 2018

    interesting articles.

    thank you for sharing the practice and tips Joost

  4. shubhangi
    By shubhangi on 11 June, 2018

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

  5. PccWebWorld
    By PccWebWorld on 11 June, 2018

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

  6. Schuheliebe
    By Schuheliebe on 11 June, 2018

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

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      By Willemien Hallebeek on 12 June, 2018

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

  7. Ryan
    By Ryan on 11 June, 2018

    Very cool!

  8. Subhojit Dutta
    By Subhojit Dutta on 11 June, 2018

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

  9. Marcin Kordowski
    By Marcin Kordowski on 11 June, 2018

    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
      By Iris Guelen on 11 June, 2018

      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!

  10. Christopher Chorley
    By Christopher Chorley on 9 June, 2018

    Cheers Joost, very good read!


  11. Garv
    By Garv on 9 June, 2018

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

    • Iris Guelen
      By Iris Guelen on 11 June, 2018

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

  12. Georg
    By Georg on 8 June, 2018

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

  13. CoinRaja
    By CoinRaja on 8 June, 2018

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

    • Joyita Paul Chowdhury
      By Joyita Paul Chowdhury on 11 June, 2018

      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
      By Iris Guelen on 11 June, 2018

      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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