Creating Tags

This tutorial will show you how to organize similar news by tags. Tags are hand-picked by the website owner to help readers easily find the information they are interested in and is most relevant to the site’s topic.  Once the tags are configured, the site starts to automatically tag every news according to the configured tags.

1. To create these tags, start by defining how you want to group the news.  One way to do so is by going go through the article’s titles and listing the most relevant ones.   This will let you organize news according to the site’s content, that is, that all news with a specific “word/s” in the title will be grouped together around a tag.  Once configured, people who visit your site will be able to see similar news by clicking the tag (under each news), or by selecting the tag at the bottom (or at the sidebar) of the site.

In this guide, we’ll use http://agencies.contentbreeze.com/ as an example for creating tags. As a first step, we will go through each article title and list down relevant keywords.

These are some of the keywords gathered from the articles in http://agencies.contentbreeze.com. We could have gathered more relevant keywords, but for discussion purposes, we will concentrate on these.

  • advertising agency
  • creative agency
  • digital marketing
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • freelancer

2. With our keywords ready, we can now configure our tag cloud. On the admin panel, go to Tags, click the dropdown arrow beside it and choose List tags.

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3. Click the New button. You will be directed to the New Tag page where we will be adding the keywords one by one. Let’s start with the first keyword, ‘advertising agency’.

For the Name field, type Advertising Agency.

For the URL field, type advertising. The URL for this specific tag will have to contain the word advertising.

For the Meta title, type Advertising Agency News. This is for SEO purposes, which allows search engines to identify the tagged pages.

Leave the Position field as it is.

For the Keywords, type all the related terms you can think of that are about Advertising Agency. Let’s use these words: advertising & ad. Now, every time the site finds any of these words in the title of the news or in the category of the news, it will categorize that article with that tag.

You can put in multiple terms separated by commas and each term will produce another news feed specific to that tag.

If you put a word or more than one word, it will look for exact matches of that word/s.

If you put the term between brackets, ie “(ad)”, it will tag any word that has that exact keyword included. This can be good, if for example “advertising” comes up, but you will  also get results for terms like “ipad”, “dad”, “bad”, you get the idea.

Another trick is to put two terms separated by commas and add a plus sign to the second term (ad, +agency). This will find titles that include both words but they do not have to be next to one another.

Check the box for Active and leave the Featured box blank.

You can also leave the Tag image and Group tag fields blank.

Hit the Create button. You will see that the Advertising Agency tag has been created. Hit the New button again to add the other tags we have listed. Go through the same process for each new tag.

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3. Once you finish putting in all the appropriate tags, press the “Tag News” button, to tag all the existing news.  The number of tagged news will show in the “Count” column.

You have the flexibility to edit your feeds anytime you like. If you need to add or delete a tag, it’s no problem.

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Once you have added all the listed words or search terms, you will have a tag cloud on your home page which should look something like this:

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If you want to add a tag cloud, you will need to add it to the design of the page, adding “Tag cloud” at the footer of your design following the steps we show you  in the following guide.

Notice that the keywords are underlined. This is because they are hyperlinked to their respective tag URLs. For example, if you click the LinkedIn tag, you will be directed to a URL where all articles about LinkedIn are gathered, etc.

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