How Can I Add Tag Cloud to My WordPress Site?
Ever wonder what are the most popular topics on social media sites? You can find this information using social media sites like Pinterest and Twitter. Essentially, these platforms provide analytics on your content to showcase the popularity of certain topics or events. You can use this data in a multitude of ways to inform your content creation.
For instance, if you’re seeking to become the go-to source for yoga clothing and accessories, you could start building your audience on Pinterest first, which is largely dominated by fitness enthusiasts. When creating your web content, such as an online shop selling yoga gear, you could surface these popular topics in the form of a tag cloud. A tag cloud is a visual representation of the most commonly used keywords or terms on a web page. Typically, you’ll see these types of clouds built into content management systems (CMS) like WordPress.
Here’s how you can add a tag cloud to your WordPress site:
Step 1: Log Into your WordPress Dashboard
Before you start adding tags to your web content, you’ll need to log into your WordPress Dashboard. The easiest way to find this is by clicking the Dashboard link at the top of any page on your site. This will take you to a single page where you can find all the tools you need to manage and create content for your site.
From the Dashboard, click on the Settings button in the left-hand column, and then select the Facebook tab.
Here you’ll find your Facebook page linked to your WordPress site. When you create content for your site, you may want to include a link to your Facebook page so your audience can access your content more easily.
Step 2: Create a Custom Twitter Card for your Website
Similar to Facebook, Twitter allows you to create and manage content from a single platform. From the settings menu on the left side of your Dashboard, click on the Twitter tab.
Here you’ll see your current Twitter card, as well as a few example cards created by other users. Take a few minutes to browse through these cards and get a sense of what type of information others are sharing on Twitter. You may also see various icons next to the text in the tweet, some of which are clickable. These icons allow you to take the user directly to a specific webpage, show interest in that topic, or add the person’s tweet to your own “following” list.
To add your own custom Twitter card to your site, click on the small blue “edit” button located at the top right of the image.
Step 3: Use the “Insert” button to Add a Tag Cloud to Your Blog Post
If you’ve been following along so far, you’ll now have a better idea of how a tag cloud works. We’re nearing the end of this step-by-step tutorial, so continue on to the next one.
From your WordPress Dashboard, navigate to the “Post” section and click on “Add New.”
You’ll now see a blank slate, which you can use to publish your first blog post. Before you begin typing, you may want to add a tag cloud to the post.
To add the tag cloud, simply click the “Insert” icon adjacent to the “Post author” text field, and select “Tag Cloud.” You can also use this space to add a featured image for your blog post.
A tag cloud will automatically display next to your post, but you can always access it by clicking the three lines located at the top right of the post. This will bring you to your site’s “tag cloud,” where you can see all the keywords or terms associated with your post. You can use this information to determine the most effective keywords or phrases for use in your content.
After you’ve inserted a tag cloud into a blog post, you can click on the “Publish” button to post the blog article.
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll now have a better idea of how to create a WordPress blog that represents your topic area or field of expertise. Remember: the goal is to have fun while also educating your audience about your topic, so feel free to be creative and experiment with different layouts and styles.