I'm still confused with WP categories- Help

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If I create a site and then create let's say 30 articles.
And I have 4 categories.
Can I then place the same article in each category if relevant?

For example, I write about Men's Blue Mountain Bikes Under $1000 then post that article in 4 different categories-

1. Men's Bikes
2. Mountain Bikes
3. Blue Bikes
4. Men's bikes under $1000

Is that the correct way or is this duplicate content?
#categories #confused #wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
    Assuming you have a separate page for each of your 4 categories, when you post that article to 4 different categories, it will get posted to each one of those pages ie. duplicate content.

    If you write an article about Men's Blue Mountain Bikes Under $1000 and only post that article in the category of Blue Bikes, it will only get posted on that one page.

    It's an easy way to organize and publish your posts. You choose which pages get which posts.

    In your example though, you have written an article that pertains to all 4 categories, so it makes sense to publish on each page.

    Hope that helps!
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeb222
      Originally Posted by palmtreelife View Post

      Assuming you have a separate page for each of your 4 categories, when you post that article to 4 different categories, it will get posted to each one of those pages ie. duplicate content.

      If you write an article about Men's Blue Mountain Bikes Under $1000 and only post that article in the category of Blue Bikes, it will only get posted on that one page.

      It's an easy way to organize and publish your posts. You choose which pages get which posts.

      In your example though, you have written an article that pertains to all 4 categories, so it makes sense to publish on each page.

      Hope that helps!
      So, wouldn't Google penalise me for duplicate content in that example?
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      • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
        I believe you edited your original question? I'm pretty sure I would have answered differently.

        Why would you write 30 articles and put all 30 articles in all 4 categories? That doesn't make any sense. The whole point of categories is to organize your posts. What you're suggesting provides no organization.

        So, wouldn't Google penalise me for duplicate content in that example?
        I'm not an SEO expert, but you're going to be in a very tough battle for ranking either way as men's mountain biking is a big niche. Personally, and this is just my opinion, I would not want my business to rely on Google rankings. It's so competitive and difficult to reach AND maintain a high ranking. Some are very good at it, but the masses obviously are not because not everyone can rank high. Again, ranking is not something I would focus on. I would focus on content and driving traffic to my site without relying on SEO for that traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author naviown
    Maybe it is easier to link it to the relevant article instead of posting it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Aletoria Booker
    No. When you create the post, you should see a box for categories in the right column. Just check all that apply. Wordpress does the rest.
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