Why tagging and categories are essential content strategies

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You want to create a lot of content.

You want to blog.
You want to write newsletters.
You want to record videos.
You want to publish books.
You want to podcast.
You want to host webinars.
Maybe you want to speak on stage.

At the end of the day, it can feel overwhelming, can’t it? One of the most frequently asked questions I get are how to create a lot of content on an ongoing basis, in a sustainable manner. The answer is simple: tagging and categories.

I can see you scratching your head. The basis of a good content strategy that won’t drive you insane is a system that encourages you to create a little something every day. Most of the time, that’s blogging. Just about anyone can knock out 100-500 words a day. The problem with blogging is that because it’s bite-sized content, it’s very difficult to see how that plays into a bigger picture. The secret is to use tags and categories that are accurate when you’re writing your regular blog posts. Make sure every post is tagged or categorized accurately when you’re writing.

Why tagging and categories are essential content strategies

Why? Because when it comes time to crank out other formats of media, other formats of content, you can simply head to the categories page on your blog and look at all of the work you’ve done in any category:

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Look back after you’ve been blogging for a while, and you’ll find the posts by category you created that can be sewn together into an instant eBook, with each relevant post in that category a chapter (or at the very least a start of a chapter). Summarize the links for a category (especially if you’re prolific in it) and you’ve got a newsletter. Look back at the posts in a category and find some imagery that matches the post (or larger versions of in-post images) and you’ve got slides for a webinar. Read them into a microphone and you’ve got a podcast. Record the webinar and you’ve got a video or video series. Get really good at delivering your ideas on a category and you have the makings of a public talk.

All of this is based on the work you already do every day. Don’t panic and stress about trying to do it all. Blog on the categories and topics that you are expert in, that you have experience in, and with proper categorization, turning it into other forms of content will be relatively easy.

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One response to “Why tagging and categories are essential content strategies”

  1. Good one! I do have aspirations of speaking and have wondered what my message would be. This gives me a new (and easy) place to look.

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