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How to Tag WordPress Posts Automatically

How to Tag WordPress Posts Automatically

Tagging is widely used by many website administrators as well as operators over the web. Since manually defining tags for each post requires some time and energy, many readers find it is a little bit difficult to enjoy the advantage of this strategy with ease.

Therefore, in this beginners’ guide, we will briefly review on tags and their benefits in the first. In the next, we carefully describe a simple method to help you tag WordPress posts automatically.

Brief Introduction to Tags and Their Benefits

Tags, according to Wikipedia, refer to the keywords or terms added to a piece of information, such as a digital image, computer file, and so on. Similar to categories and custom excerpts, tags are frequently used to link the contents of your WordPress site.

Functioning like the index of each chapter of a book, Tags are able to specify some individual keywords of your site posts and therefore describe them in details. Generally speaking, the utilization of tags can be potentially helpful in the following two aspects.

  • Improve the user browsing experience. By tagging your posts, you can help the readers quickly find and access contents that are closely related to the topics they are searching for.
  • Enhance your site visibility. It is widely known that search engines use tags to find posts for a certain topic. In this case, you can use tags to make your posts more search engine friendly, which, in return, can boost your site visibility to some degree.

Set Up Tags Automatically in WodPress Posts

After a brief review of the definition and benefits of tags, let’s move to the coming part for the detailed instructions on how to add tags to WordPress posts automatically.

To be frank, there are a large number of free plugins available over the web for tagging WordPress posts automatically. Among these options, we have finally chosen the one named as Automatic Post Tagger to help you through the whole process.

Step 1 – Install and adjust the plugin

As usual, to utilize the plugin, you firstly need to download and install it to your dashboard. After that, you can see a new item – “Automatic Post Tagger” in the “Settings” menu. Click on this item to adjust the plugin settings.

Install and Adjust the Plugin

Once you have entered the plugin setting page, you can see multiple options available for defining how the plugin will work on your WordPress site. Since most of the settings are self-explanatory, we will provide some suggestions on certain configurations only.

Firstly, in the “Settings section”, we recommend you enable the option “Run APT when posts are Saved” because the plugin only automatically tags posts that are published and imported by default. By doing so, you can see it in action when you are adding a new post or editing a draft.

The Settings Section

In the next section, that is, “Advanced settings”, you need to add draft to the field next to the “Allowed post statuses” option if you have performed the above operation. If not, simply leave this field as it is and change other settings according to your actual needs.

The Advanced Settings Section

As for the last section – “Miscellaneous”, there is no special tip or suggestion since we’ve found the plugin is able to work smoothly in its own way. What worth mentioning is that if you have created some new configuration groups detailed as below, you can change the “Default configuration group” to the one you prefer.

The Miscellaneous Section

After you are done with the above operations, remember to click on the “Save changes” button to enable all the settings.

Step 2 – Define configuration groups and tags

Then, you can proceed to the next operation, that is, defining configuration groups and tags. As the following screen capture shows, the plugin allows you to create multiple configuration groups, which can be done according to your needs.

Define Configuration Groups and Tags

Note that if you want to add categories to WordPress posts, simply insert the taxonomy “category” to the related field of your configuration group. Also, do not forget to save all your changes.

As for the keyword sets, you can get started by defining a term name. Then, choose some suitable signal words or say related keywords for the plugin to detect from your WordPress posts. If you want to assign several tags when the above-mentioned keywords appear in the post, you can create another keyword set with the same signal words using a different term name.

Besides creating new tags and configuration groups manually, the plugin also grants you with the possibility to import these data with the options below. At present, the plugin is compatible with multiple post import tools, such as IFTTT.com, RSS Post Importer, etc.

Import Data

Moreover, you have access to a bulk tagging tool, with which it is possible to edit, replace, or delete all the existing tags added to multiple posts within few steps.

Bulk Tagging Tool

Up to now, you are almost done with the whole process. If there is a need, you can troubleshoot and refine the settings above to make them work more efficiently in the way you like. After that, visit your site and you can see the tags functioning in the posts as below.

Tags in Action


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