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Best way to categories your articles?

kurt
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Best way to categories your articles?

I was thinking about how people categories their articles. On Mark's "enlightenmentgateway" site for example, he he has like 7 different categories with articles in each category. The problem I see in doing this is that people might not stick around as long as they otherwise would. They're probably not likely to go through every single category and look at every single article to see if there are any they might want to read. So while there might be an article in the "mind power" category that they would have probably read if they had seen it, they might not end up reading it if they don't happen to go into that category.

Mark's "Wowblackbook" site on the other hand, doesn't have categories. However, it's easier to see all of the articles on the site. So, you can quickly see all the articles right away without having to go through categories (which a lot of people probably wouldn't mess with). This way people might end up seeing more articles that they would like to read that they possible could have missed if they were in categories.

It seems to me like that would be the best way of doing it, unless you happen to have a lot of articles. Then you would have to categories them some how. But, if that's the case, wouldn't Mark's "dogobedienceadvice" site be a better way of doing it? It has a dynamic menu that shows different categories and articles and it changes every time you click on something. This way you keep seeing different articles - some of which might grab your attention, and some even related to what you're already reading.

What are your thoughts about this?
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esolutions
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Hi,

The best way is by siloing (categories with posts inside). Realistically people will not be reading every single post, regardless of if you have them all listed at once or not. By properly organizing, you actually give readers the best chance at finding what they are looking for.
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maryt
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Hi Kurt,

That would be a good observation. :)

However, I still believe that categorizing is a good idea for a website. You want to do this to get organized (if you are going to promote different products and if you are interested in doing sub-niches) and at the same time you also do this for SEO.

Putting categories also helps in your on-page SEO efforts. Actually by categorizing, you are maximizing your chance to get those articles out to the right audience/readers.

With regards to the problem of not able to read all your articles, that is true. But like esolutions said, people will not really be reading all you posts. What you can do is to insert article links within each content. You have to interlink your pages/posts so people may be able to click and visit the links as well.

You may also insert "recommended reading" plugin (I am not sure of the exact plugin name). This plugin displays recommended articles at the end of your post.

I hope that helps.

Mary
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kurt
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Yes, thank you. I didn't think about that - interlinking my pages. That could definitely help, as well as the plugin you mentioned. Awesome, thanks.
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