How To Add Categories To Blogger

If you wonder why should you use categories on your blog in the first place, it's because of your readers and readers only! You want to make your blog to be easy accessible for anyone! When your readers want to browse your blog a little bit, they want to be able to do it in a very very easy way! They could browse your blog through The Archives but it allows them to browse your blog only through dates and not through topics! That's where the categories come in. ;)

Unfortunately Blogger does not have categories included in their platform. It's one of the things I don't like about Blogger but hey, I guess they'll correct it in near future...

Until they do, I'll show you how to make your own categories using Blogger search for labels! Trust me, It's by far the easiest way to make categories for your Blogger account! (as you can see, I'm using them on this blog ;))

Adding Categories To Blogger (Step By Step Guide):

1. Open your favorite text editor (notepad, wordpad...)

2. Type the following text into it and replace "Your URL Here" with your URL, "Category Name" with desired name for your Category and "Catgory Title" with the name of your category which you want to be displayed in your sidebar! (note that Category title and Category name should be the same!)




I have put the text for only three categories, you can use as many as you like!

3. Open your blog dashboard and click "Customize". Click on "Add a page element", from the opened menu choose "HTML/JavaScript" and paste in the edited text from your favorite text editor, click "Add to Blog" and then "Save Changes"

4. Your Categories should appear on your sidebar ;)


Now that wasn't so hard, was it? :P You have now added categories to your blog! ;)

OK, we're not done here.... In order for your categories to work, you have to use your post labels. Every time you publish a new post you have to use your post labels and write in the name of the category under which you want your post to appear. (If you want your post appear within more than one category than use commas (my categories example: Post Labels: Link Juice, Agloco)

I'm placing this post in the "Blogger - Blogspot Tools" category. Be careful because the Post Label must match the category name EXACTLY!



One more thing, all of the posts published before you added categories to your blog WILL NOT appear in your categories. You can republish the posts and then the categories will detect them!

If you encounter any difficulties with adding categories to your Blogger Platform do not hesitate to ask for help. You can leave me a comment bellow or use the contact me form!

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49 comments:

Peter said...

New Blogger already have the provision to add a Label List (which is Blogger's name for Categories) to the sidebar. The instruction on how to add such a Link List is in Customizing your blog.

BTW the default title for this is Link List (already entered for you) but just to make sure visitors understand what that is I added (Categories) after the title Link List in my blogs.

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Blogger Tips and Tricks

Kassper said...

Thank you Peter for your information, it is highly appreciated, to my knowledge there was no easier way to add categories to blogger :) so I wanted to share the info...

Very nice of you to share. Thanks.

Karin said...

A long time ago I found a site which had a script generator which made it possible to have categories in the old Blogger.
Blogger Categories. Nice and very easy.
When I moved this blog to Blogger Beta, I didn´t change the template because I was afraid to loose this widget.

Anyway, recently I decided to leave the Classic Blogger Template and pick up a new one, and, voila, there the categories appeared again.

The only thing that was missing, was a visible link to the script generator site.

GigaBytes said...

You labelled all your posts right? So the label will appear at the footer of your post when you published. Click the label link at the footer of your post than copied the url address in your address bar of your browser, replaced the url in your code you will have all the posts tagged by that particular label, it is much more efficient than adding post by post, isn't it? We are still using the label in Blogger.

Noelevz said...

very useful info specially since i'm just starting out. thank you so much!

Self Improvement Wizz said...

You can now do this on the new templates just by adding labels as one of your page elements, check it out at http://money-makingtruth.blogspot.com/

rajesh said...

thanks for you info. i vl try out.
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zahir said...

when i click my categories label it say bad request error 400...
Why?

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abhayprakash said...

Hi,

I was trying to add category to my blog but I failed to do so. Finally, after reading this post I successfully added the category. Thanks a lot for your valuable guidance.

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mv4men said...

Fantastic walk-through tutorial I am so pleased I was able to add categories to my blog. Thanks a million

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Thanks a lot,

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MattyJerry said...

It is a nice easy way to put categories, but i am looking for a way to make it count number of post in each category. I can i do that.

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cLaRa said...

wow!!thanks so much!!!^^

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1167 said...

Thank you this was incredibly helpful, and very understandable!

Basant Singh said...

Excellent post. I am yet to implement categories in my new blog. I'll give it a try.

Esra said...

Hi,
I can see my categories on my blog page, but they do not work. I mean even though I enter the category names into the Labels box, the posts do not show up in the categories.

Ali Raza said...

Thanks a lot. I am looking for that for a long time and finally I have found here. Really pleased to see your article.
Thanks

Waspoeder said...

Thanks for this handy guide!!
1 question..., how do you get the amount of posts in a certain category. Yours has it, for example:
Reviews (14)
SEO (11)

Thanks & greetings!

Kassper said...

@Waspoeder - the number of posts in categories depend on number of posts You add to a certain category. When You finish the post, You need to type the label which has to be exactly the same as the blogger category's name. So, my "reviews" category has no. 14 next to it because I wrote 14 posts which go to the "reviews" category. You can add one post to more than one categories.

Hope this helps. ;)

devlevis said...

dude i m getting
bad request
error 400
please help me..

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Thanks a lot!!!

123 said...

hai

i am created 3 labels as you said.
But how can i insert my posts in my label.
Olwase replay me.

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madd said...

blogspot make parent categories so perfect thanks ..

Tiffany Wright said...

I did this and it works perfectly. I read other solutions. For me, your suggestion works best.

Thank you!

Sudhir Dudeja said...

thanksssssssssss it really helps me i m looking for this i like ur workk

i also post some similar tweaks in my blog

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Imran Ali said...

Hello to all of you and admin of this site, i have created a blog named http://mp3songslyrics-imransway.blogspot.com problem is that i can't make a label with such style
A!B!C!D!E!F!G!H!J!K!L!M!N!O!P!Q!R!S!T!U!V!W!X!Y!Z


but i am able to make with such style

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SO PLEASE HELP I WANNA TO KEEP MY CATEGORY ON TOP WITH FIRST MENTIONED STYLE CAN I? IF THERE IS ANY SCRIPT SO PLEASE SEND ME MY EMAIL ID IS imrans_way@yahoo.com please help

i will wait for you cool reply

imran here

Malini Mahendran said...

Hi, you could check out my blog for easy way of adding categories. There is no need to add any html code.

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spooky said...

Read my article it describes about adding categories with images

http://allarticles1000.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-categorize-blog-posts-in-blogger.html

Hotnigerianews said...

Thanks for this, but am having problems inserting categories in my blogger blog.
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