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How to Tag WordPress Posts Automatically

When creating content in WordPress, there are a lot of things you need to do to be successful. Keywords, links and categories are only part of the reading experience. What about creating a tag in WordPress posts?

Tags are often useful to visitors as they helps share like-minded content. If you tag a post with the word, “chocolate recipes,” any article with that tag will be listed when the visitor clicks it.

It also contributes to improving search engine optimization.

Tags are incredibly useful for helping keep your content even more organized than by using mere categories alone.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to save time while adding a tag to WordPress posts. This is an automated process which helps free up your time. It may also help those who simply forget to add tags after creating content.

Using a WordPress Auto Tag Generator

Today, I’m demonstrating the Automatic Post Tagger plugin. It’s an older tool, but I verified it to work with WordPress version 4.9. It will search through content whether you save or publish and generate a list of words used if they match your criteria.

Install and activate the “Automatic Post Tagger” plugin.

Automatic Post Tagger

Go to the Settings area and click, “Automatic Post Tagger.”

APT Settings

Automatic Post Tagger has a long list of settings to customize for your specific purpose. You can change when APT runs, the types of posts it scans, how it processes words in a post and the types of word separators most commonly used on your site.

Before you can use this tool, you need to create a keyword set. Let me make a basic one to give you an idea of how it works.

Scroll down to about the middle of the page to the “Create new keyword set” and input a new term name you want to identify. For this sample, I’m simply going to use “renewable energy.”

New Term Name

Next, enter related keywords to the term name you want to associate. Use synonyms and other terms that connect the keywords with the term name you just created. For example, I put in geothermal, wind and solar variations that are connected to “renewable energy.”

Related Terms

Click the “Create item” button under keyword sets.

Create Keyword Set

By default, APT will begin scanning for your keyword terms and tags every time you publish, update or import content.

You can create specific groups of tags, set the number limit of terms used and much more. It may take you a bit of time to go through the settings and add your own tags and keywords, but the end result is often worth the effort.

Automating the Process

Plugins like a WordPress post tagger are only part of how you can automate many of the processes for your website. From links to post schedules, all it takes is the right set of tools to streamline online publishing. Take the work out of managing a website with plugins like APT. You may shave off a great deal of time with each post and page you create.

What kind of automatic tools do you use in WordPress? Do you find a blog post tag generator to be useful when creating content?

Author: Josh Dargie

My name is Josh Dargie and I’m the Operations Manager at GreenGeeks. I’ve been with the company since 2009. I have over 16 years of experience working with and for various web hosting providers specifically in development, day-to-day operations and customer service.

Updated on February 12, 2018

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