If you want to display blog posts on a page in wordpress with Gutenberg , here is what you should do
Select the page you want to display your posts
Click on the plus button to pull up the search bar
Search for latest post
Click on the latest posts block
You will have to customise the latest posts block to make it appealing. To do that,
Click on the settings icon
Scroll through the settings to make the necessary settings
If you don’t want to use the Gutenberg editor, you can use page builders like Elementor pro, Beaver builder, Divi builder, etc. to customize the page, to display your blog posts.
Advantages of using Posts to publish your contents
They are timely
Can be categorized and tagged
Can have comments
Needs to be updated frequently
Advantages of wordpress pages
Pages are timeless. This means they do not expire nor do they get archived
Pages rarely need updates
Pages can have sub or child pages
Disadvantages of pages
Pages can’t be categorized or tagged
Pages does not display authors
It does not display dates and time of publishing
When to use posts and pages
Think of it this way.
Whenever you are creating contents that will be evergreen and will rarely need updates, then you should publish using pages.
If you are creating contents that may change over time, you should consider publishing using posts.
Using pages to publish your posts should follow a clean and clear structure. This way of structuring your site using pages is known as silo.
If that is not done well, some important posts may be buried deep in the blog as you can’t categorize page posts, and it may take loads of digging by your visitors to find the contents they are looking for.
As a new blogger, it will be very wise of you to publish your posts using posts.
I promise you, you wouldn’t want to get your hands dirty with Silo (is one hell of a confusing mess). You can read more about website silo here.
Stick to posts and use WordPress categories and tags to organize your posts.
Anonymous bloggers make money the same way regular bloggers make money.
Anonymous blogs make money from displaying ads on their site,selling digital products, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts,etc.
The only downside to an anonymous blog when it comes to monetizing is the payment option.
You have to expose your identity and information through the payment option you will choose.
If you are into crypto you can find advertisers who are willing to pay you through cryptocurrency. This enables you to keep your identity intact.
The best way to monetize an anonymous blogging website is by producing your own products.
That way, you are the one handling the payments and everything that is associated with handling money.
Can you be a successful anonymous blogger?
Yes you can be a successful anonymous blogger. Provided the information you bring out is of interest to the public.
To be a successful anonymous blogger you have to be consistent in what you publish on your blog and consistently promote your blog till your voice is heard.
Use the various promotion methods that I have outlined in this post to help you to promote your blog and become successful blogging anonymously.
How to start a free anonymous blog
There are many free blogging platforms which you can use to blog anonymously.
However, you should know that if you decide to blog anonymously on free platforms, your content will not be yours, although you wrote it.
Your content can be taken down as and when the site you are using to blog for free feels like it.
Here are some free blogging platforms which you can use to start an anonymous blog free.
All you need is to register an account with them and you are all ready to start blogging anonymously on them.
Pros for Blogging Anonymously
Freedom to write whatever you want
When you blog the anonymous way, you can write your heart out without feeling insecurity of people judging you and the way you write.
Protection of your identity
To help protect your identity from being exposed. Not only do you get to protect your identity, you also get to protect the identity of your friends and family from the public.
Cons of Blogging Anonymously
More Attention on you and your content
It is in human nature to be curious about vague identities. People can go to the ends of the world just to find out the identity of veiled personalities especially when your content peeks their interest.
If you intend to blog about things that expose companies and people, be ready to face legal issues from time to time.
Fewer monetization methods
Although there are countless ways to monetize your blog, blogging anonymously may limit your monetization efforts.
Most advertising agencies such as Google Adsense require you to sign up with your personal information. This may not help you to cover up your identity entirely on the internet.
On the whole, blogging anonymously is not as bad as you may believe it to be. The choice is always yours as to how you portray yourself on the internet.
I hope this blog post has been helpful to you.
The ball is now in your court.
Do you prefer blogging anonymously or publicly?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
Don’t forget to share this post to help others who want to start an anonymous blog.
WordPress Categories and tags always confuse newbie bloggers when they start writing blog posts.
Let me explain these two to you in simple terms
WordPress categories help you to group a broad range of posts that are related together in one net. Whereas WordPress tags are used to group posts that are only specifically related to each other in one place.
There is always the confusion of either adding posts to categories or tags only or adding posts to both WordPress categories and tags.
Here is the deal, these two are good for SEO, and at the same time bad for SEO, if used wrongly.
In this blog post, you will learn how to create categories and tags for your blog. You will also learn why you should or shouldn’t create several tags and categories for your blog posts.
What are WordPress Categories
WordPress categories help you to group or organize your blog posts to make navigation of your site easy.
The point here is, categories make searching for content on your blog easier for your visitors.
A lifestyle blog typically has post content about travel, family, self-care, etc. All these topics need to be grouped in specific categories so they don’t mix up.
Categories also help search engine crawlers find it easy to crawl and index your blog post seamlessly.
Again, creating categories for your blog posts helps give your site an SEO structure which makes your whole website structure optimized.
But there’s the catch
Only add a post to a category if it’s relevant to the category.
A cakes recipe post has no business being added to a rice category.
Do you catch my drift?
Relevance is what is needed with WordPress categories.
How to create categories in wordpress
Creating a category is not as difficult as you think it may be.
What you have to bear in mind when creating your categories is to name your categories with keywords you want to rank for.
Using a food blog as an example, you can create categories for keto recipes, chocolate cake recipes, Italian pasta recipes, etc. Instead of generic names such as cake, keto, pasta, etc.
But you can use these generic names as your category names if you intend to make them parent categories for child categories.
In that case, you can have the parent category as cakes; and under this parent category, you will have child categories such as chocolate cake recipes, sponge cakes recipes, strawberry cake recipes, etc.
Here is how to create a category in WordPress
To create categories in WordPress,
Login to your WordPress dashboard
From the menu hover on posts
Select categories from the posts menu
Enter the title and slug for the category
Click on add new category
NB: The slug will be the URL for your category. You can leave it empty or enter one for your category.
The category titled cakes is the parent category. To create a child category for your category, follow these steps
Select posts from the menu
Click on categories
Give your category title
Enter the slug for your category
Select the parent category the child category falls under like below
NB: You can write descriptions for your categories but it is not entirely important. Some themes may show the category description others too may not.
Should you decide to write a description, make sure to include keywords in your descriptions.
How to add a post to a category in WordPress
Select the post you want to add to a category from your dashboard
Click on the settings icon at the top right of your post
Scroll down to the categories box
Select the category you want to add your post
NB: Make sure to deselect the uncategorized box any time you publish a post.
Can WordPress Pages have categories?
WordPress pages currently can not be added to categories. Categories in WordPress work for posts only and not pages.
But, there are some plugins that you can install and use to categorize your WordPress pages.
So how can you actually create and use WordPress Categories the right way?
Here are 7 part guidelines for creating and using WordPress categories the right way.
Do not create several empty categories.
Use simple .keywords to name your categories.
Make the slug of for your category keyword rich.
Your category title does not necessarily need to be the same as your slug.
Link posts to relevant categories.
Don’t add the same post to the parent category and child category. It creates several duplicates of the same post.
Always remember to uncheck the uncategorized box when adding a post to a category.
Why are wordpress categories important?
You need to create and use categories; because it helps you to organize your blog posts and makes the overall site navigation experience for your blog visitors worth their time.
That’s not all
Categories do a great job of increasing the dwell time of your visitors.
How is that possible?
Well, that is because other posts in that category may catch the eye of your visitor.
I personally love binge reading posts in categories on other blogs and I can say most blog visitors do the same.
Does using categories create duplicate pages?
The simple answer to this question is YES. Categories create duplicate pages of your post.
Your duplicate post in your category might do well on search engines to the neglect of the original post.
If you don’t want that to happen, there is a way to not make the duplicate posts not appear on search engines.
In fact, there are two popular ways to do that. That is by adding a canonical rule to a post or no-index your categories.
What is a canonical rule?
A canonical rule simply means adding a line to a post to tell search engines which post is original.
When you tell search engines which one of the same posts is the original one, search engine crawlers will ignore the duplicate page and rank the original post.
If you use Yoast or any other SEO plugin you can set your canonical rule for a post easily.
For more on canonical rules, read this post by ahrefs.
To set a canonical rule for your post here is what you should do using Yoast.
Select the post you want to set the canonical rule.
Scroll down to where the Yoast box is.
Click on advanced
Enter the url of the post in box under box under Canonical
How to No-index categories
To no-index simply means you do not want search engines to make some parts of your blog to appear on search engines.
Here is how to no-index your categories using Yoast.
Click on the Yoast button in your wordpress menu
Select search appearance
Click on taxonomies
From the categories box, toggle the no button on
Scroll down to save changes
How to delete categories in wordpress
Go to categories
Select the category you want to delete
Scroll to the bottom of the category page and click on delete
Simply click on delete under category title from the categories table.
Remember to redirect your category to a post to prevent it from showing a 404 or error page when visitors use the category URL to visit your blog.
What are tags in WordPress
Tags in WordPress are used to focus on specific topics that are found in categories. Tags are useful when they are used strategically together with categories.
For instance, instead of creating a subcategory or a child category for the cakes category, you will create a tag instead.
For example, when writing a post on how to prepare sponge cakes and add it to your cakes category, you create a tag titled sponge cakes. This way, anytime you write a blog post under sponge cakes, you will add it to the sponge cakes tag.
Very important: Do not create tags that will compete with your categories.
The names for your and slugs for your categories should be different from that of your tags.
To explain further, when you create a category titled cakes, do not create a tag with the same title or slug as that of the category.
What do tags do on WordPress?
WordPress tags help group-specific blog posts that are related together.
For example, all sponge cakes recipes should be added to the tag sponge cakes.
Here is how to create tags in WordPress
Click on posts in WordPress
Enter a title for your tag
Write a slug for your tag
Give your tag a description (if you want to)
Click on Add new tag
How to add tags in WordPress to a post
To add a tag to a post follow these steps
Select the post you want to add to a tag from your dashboard
Click on the settings icon at the top right of your post
Scroll down to the tag box
Select or enter the title of the tag you want to add to your post
Most newbie bloggers think that tags are like hashtags for social media, which in some way could be true.
Unlike social media hashtags that you can add more than 20, in WordPress, doing so adds more load to your page.
Why is that so?
Any time you create a tag, it creates a new page on your site which in this case becomes a duplicate of your post.
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