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WordPress Wednesday: Eliminate Uncategorized from Your Categories

Are you new to blogging? Have you started using WordPress as your Web site platform? Then you must know these marketing strategies to gain more traffic if you want your business to prosper. Do you know that unknowingly, you may still be using the category ‘Uncategorized’ as part of your Web site strategy? Let me show you why and how you need to eliminate Uncategorized from your site’s category lineup.

Where do I find Uncategorized and why should I care?

First, to corral your Web site’s underlying architecture, you’ll want to harness all the words (keywords) that characteristically define you as a small business. Has the term uncategorized ever been part of that scheme? I didn’t think so! πŸ˜‰ Simply stated, Uncategorized doesn’t get SEO love.

Uncategorized falls into that, “I can’t think of anything so I’ll just put it here for now.” Yikes! Okay, don’t make me call you out! Did you know that the term lazy can be found under it’s own category? πŸ˜‰ So does talented, hardwork, and famous. Where would you rather be found?

Okay, so now that we know what we don’t want as part of our Web site structure, let’s talk about where to find Uncategorized. You can find it in two ways:

Publicly, in your address bar like this:

… and on your Web site:

Now, to find Uncategorized in your WordPress dashboard, look inside any Post (not Page) that you’ve written or are about to write.

  • In the left nav, you’ll find ‘Categories’ inside the Posts section
  • In the right nav, you’ll find a larger section titled ‘Categories’ with a little scroll bar to review them all at once. Social Media Calendar is the best way to plan and organize upcoming content.

See Uncategorized highlighted? Looks like the ugly red-headed step child, doesn’t it? Pardon me if you’re a red-headed step child, ginger runs so fast in my family it practically gallops! Oh, I’m also a step-child.

How to eliminate Uncategorized

Play close attention to the count of articles that reside under the category ‘Uncategorized’ as you’ll want to relocate them in their appropriate categories.

You can simple rename the word Uncategorized or delete it.

Hover your mouse under the category you want to edit and you’ll see three options appear:

You could choose Edit, which is a little more formal, but in this case, I’m choosing Quick Edit as it will accomplish the same task.

The Quick Edit Box opens allowing you to see both the name and the slug; you’ll want to rename both.

I’m showing you what it looks like to use a two name convention, like shows & events. Be sure you hyphenate words in the first term titled name and place an underscore between the two words on the second term titled slug. These are WordPress conventions and at this point, I don’t ask, just do. πŸ˜‰

Actually, I do know the reason why but at this point, you’d glaze over like a 3 day old donut and I wouldn’t want to do that to you. Oh, and be sure to click ‘update category‘ to save your changes.

And that’s it! A quick 5 minute solution to removing that WordPress sneak attack.

Here’s to Cultivating Your Creative Independence

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Lisa Stewart
CREATIVEGoddess, Design Entrepreneur, Guide for; Huge Pet Advocate; Lover of Wine, Food, Travelling, Tech & Laughing. Dreamy & Practical.

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