Comment on WordPress SEO Categories by SEO Dave.

WP SEO - Lots of Categories and Tags is Anti-SEODepends how niched you want your silos and how much time you have to build your silo architecture.

Taking silo SEO architecture to the extreme you’d only have HIGHLY relevant links from any particular webpage. Extreme silo SEO would mean this webpage (main article is about SEO of WordPress Categories and Tags) would only have links from it with anchor text about:

WordPress
SEO
Categories
Tags

and close derivatives

WP
Search engine Optimization
Category
Tag

That would severely limit what I could link to and to achieve this would mean I can’t have a popular posts widget, recent posts widget, categories widget or navigation menu, ALL links would be added manually.

A website silo architecture to this degree is impractical to say the least AND would make navigating the website almost impossible and cause SEO damage to the site overall in an attempt to think SEO only about one webpage at a time!

Remember it’s a balancing act between optimizing the webpage you are working on and all webpages of the site. We all have webpages we want ranked higher than any other webpage on the site, I want the Stallion Responsive sales page to be easily found: I add lots of internal links. Don’t care about the Privacy policy page, just one home page link and that’s it.

With a large site look to break into a distinct set of niches (silos) and try to limit internal linking mostly (not exclusively) to within each silo.

The difficulty is with a site that is pretty much one niche already, can you build distinct silos and should you?

If you had a huge site that included what you have now (Amish information), plus three more distinct niches: let’s say Forest Management, Antique Farm Equipment and Real Estate with each having over 1,000 posts each.

You can see it would make sense to have a separate SEO silo for each of the four main niches and maybe sub-silos under each main silo. There would be some overlap, Amish farm equipment, Amish real estate… so there would be some obvious places to link silos together on a page by page basis and/or a category by category basis.

What you have now is one main niche (Amish) and it’s up to you how much you want to break that main niche into smaller niches (sub-silos) and that depends on how much time you want to devote to building your silo SEO architecture and what you consider a niche/sub-niche.

Right now I have 19 categories and under 250 posts. As I add more content I’ll create more categories. Right now having 19 links to all categories from all categories, the homepage and a few other pages works. The categories widget isn’t linked from any WordPress posts (which includes the SEO Super Comments as well). This means the category widget is loaded on probably 100 webpages (home page, all categories and some pages) and the 250 post and the thousands of SEO super comments don’t load any unrelated category anchor text.

It’s your actual posts where the silo SEO is most important, by not loading the categories widget on WordPress posts (at least 1,400 pages for your site) you leave the anchor text optimization down to what you add to the content of a post (I try to add contextual links from all posts related to the post) and any popular/recent posts widgets which can be siloed to each category or a set of categories.

If I get to 1,000 posts I might have them shared over 50 categories. I won’t know how to exactly silo SEO the website until I get there, depends on what the categories are and how many posts in each.

Might make sense to build the custom category widgets I mentioned, I could see a category widget of only SEO categories, another with money categories, beyond that we’ll see.

If I can tightly niche the category widgets to maybe 10-15 highly related categories per widget, might make sense to load those widgets on posts as well.

This post is in the “WordPress SEO Tutorials” category, would make sense to load a category widget which linked to categories about WordPress, SEO and Tutorials.

Won’t know until I’ve created more categories :-)

David