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Do You Still Identify A Blog By Using The Directory Blog ?


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#1 reseo

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 06:07 PM

Hello everyone,

I was just curious if all your posts you do within a blog should be just tagged to the blog ?
And if it actually makes sense to use the directory named "/blog" ?

Why I ask ?
I figured that larger blogs are not really using the term "blog" anymore.
Instead, they create immediately categories. And one day they write about "cookies" and the post will be tagged and belong to the category "cookies".
And another day, they blog about their dog and put it into the category "animals".

It's just a general question... meaning if it actually still makes sense to use the directory and category named "/blog" for ALL your blog posts ?

For instance:
allmylovinganimals.com/blog/post_1_I_talk_about_cats/
allmylovinganimals.com/blog/post_2_I_talk_about_dogs/

My post about the cats belongs to my blog - which is a category.
My post about the dogs belongs also to my blog - so the category "blog" is of course the same.

I would Tag the Post about cats with CATS.
And of course the Post with dogs will get the TAG DOGS.


However, thinking this through I can see that this Blog structure - which is based on a WP category "Blog" - doesn't seem to be as user friendly.
Because the only way you could actually browse for DOGS, is through Tags - or providing a Tag-Cloud.

And I actually don't like that.

So long story short now.

Wouldn't it make much more sense, if I strip the category "blog" completely ?
And instead, I just create a category for the "dogs" and one for the "cats" ?

Well... I would see it more user friendly.

Hmm... ok... I am more than happy to hear your thoughts !

Like always, thank you so much and have a good weekend !

Edited by reseo, 07 June 2014 - 06:07 PM.


#2 qwerty

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:22 PM

If the whole site consists of the blog, then you obviously don't need to identify it as separate from the rest of the site. It's not separate from the rest of the site because there is no rest of the site for it to be separate from. But if the blog is a section of the site, then your URLs are going to reflect that blog posts are part of that section (unless you really don't want them to). That doesn't mean, however, that the section of the site, whether it's a directory or a subdomain, that contains the blog has to be called "blog." Call it whatever you like: articles, posts, broccoli, Gwendolyn, whatever.


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#3 chrishirst

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 09:14 AM

"A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet"
 
 
All 'blogs' are websites, not all websites are 'blogs'!
 
@reseo Man you really need to get above the horizon and take the bigger view rather than this excessive study of the minutiae of "how to do things"



#4 Michael Martinez

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 11:35 AM

 
@reseo Man you really need to get above the horizon and take the bigger view rather than this excessive study of the minutiae of "how to do things"

 

Actually, I find his detailed questions rather refreshing.  At least he is asking questions.



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 11:41 AM

I figured that larger blogs are not really using the term "blog" anymore.

Instead, they create immediately categories. And one day they write about "cookies" and the post will be tagged and belong to the category "cookies".

And another day, they blog about their dog and put it into the category "animals".


Categories are used to organize content on blogs so that people can group similar articles together, making it easier for visitors to refine their reading. It's not a matter of "either/or" (blog-versus-category). There are other ways to sub-classify content on a blog (and any Website) such as by date, author, and tag.

It's just a general question... meaning if it actually still makes sense to use the directory and category named "/blog" for ALL your blog posts ?


It's purely a matter of personal choice, although I would say that if you're mixing different styles of content that using "blog" as a sub-folder or subdomain for your posts is a visitor-friendly cue.


It looks to me as though you are confusing the base URL of the blog with a category. If you install your blog in the "/blog/" folder then you are not creating a category.

If you install your blog in the root URL and then publish all the posts in "/blog/" you're still not creating a category. The categories will appear in another folder.

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 02:27 PM

 

Actually, I find his detailed questions rather refreshing.  At least he is asking questions.

 

Sure, but the questions  are all based on finding the "super secret BESTEST" way of doing all these minor things.

 

As Matt Cutts occasionally  puts it, "you're trying to dance on the pin head"



#7 reseo

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 01:51 AM

Hello everyone and thank you again for your answers.

@chris:
lol; sorry if I drive you crazy... haha.. holly molly.. actually, I am not trying to find the best one and only way - I am just trying to get more thoughts about it.

yeah I know.. it's a bit overwhelming right now... thinking to implement podcasts as well.. but I think I do have already a very nice and clear picture about it. Thanks to all your input !!!

Edited by reseo, 09 June 2014 - 01:52 AM.


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 01:41 AM

Oh dear podcasts are a whole new, freshly dug can of worms.
 
Can I just ask, what IS your market place, no need to be specific just general will do .... PLEASE!!! :)
 
 
Anyhow; analysing every little detail down to the nth degree is fine for the sciences (and accountants), but Internet Marketing as a whole is not something that can be distilled down to a quadratic equation or proven to 15 digits.
 
Truly good SEO is the tangentially  opposite to porn, that is; with pr0n you can't describe it, but you know it when you see it, but with truly good SEO, you can't really describe it and you won't recognise it at all because like a really, really good toupée, the best SEO is invisible, like crime scene cleaners SEOs should come and go and nobody can tell that anything happened there other it looking much cleaner. Having a 'plan' that you work to is a great way of drawing the attention of search engine in very much the 'wrong' way. You may not have noticed but when Google rolled out the first of the algorithms that targeted  "Formula SEO"  (the so called "over-optimisation" penalty), the MoZ think tank (and others who espouse the same SEO by numbers ethos) did a 'U-turn' quicker than the Road Runner avoiding one of Wile E Coyote's cunning traps on what they declared was "the right way".

 

As often said here at HR, SEO (and copy writing, marketing etc.) is more art than science, and it is not a formula that you need, but a "feel" for the product, the market place and the target audience. If you haven't got that, all the podcasting, YouTube channel posting, social media 'networking' etc. etc. in the World ain't worth a damn.



#9 reseo

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 06:26 PM

yeah.. you are absolute right...  I was digging to deep.. I try to crawl out from my hole I drilled myself... lol; seriously..  ohh yeah.. the field is graphic design.. competition is crazy...






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