How to automatically add tags in WordPress

Similar to categories, tags are a way of grouping WordPress posts and pages. They are usually more specific than categories but are entirely optional. Although you can easily decide not to use tags in your posts, most people in WordPress do tag their posts with at least one word which is the most relevant to the article they have been writing.

The problem with tags is that most bloggers don’t use them correctly. Some will fill in the tag text box just to feel their post is getting better, while the other ones will keep on adding irrelevant tags and overpopulate the textbox. Like with most things in life, you should be moderate. We suggest that you add 2-3 tags per post and also keep the minimum number of unique ones. Since WordPress creates an additional page for each tag, you don’t want to overfill your database with the unnecessary information.

Tag Clouds aren’t as popular as they were before several years ago, but if you are still using one, you should know how to limit the number of tags in it.

If you’re serious about tagging your posts, you already know that you can lose even several precious minutes per each post by choosing the right tags. But what if we told you that you could automatically add tags to your WordPress posts?

Smart Tag Insert

PRICE: Free

Smart Tag Insert

As you can already see, automatically adding tags can be done with the help of a free plugin. You won’t have to modify files or write code since Smart Tag Insert will do the job for you. Instead of losing time thinking about tags for each post you write, the plugin will let you set things up through a friendly user interface. The plugin will find several tags which are the best for your posts, and you get to use them or modify if you need to.

Create a list of tags

After you install and activate the plugin, the first thing you will want to do is to create a list of tags. Smart Tag Insert will use this list in the future; the plugin will scan all the tags you have listed so that it can find the most appropriate ones for your articles.

You can use words or the entire phrases. To write a longer tag, simply add a space between words.

Allowed Post Types

Instead of automatically adding tags to each and every post type you have, the plugin lets you choose the post type(s) it will work with. This means that you can select only posts, pages or revisions, for example. The good news is that the plugin will recognize all of your custom post types so that you can choose to work with them, as well.

Smart Tags Insert settings

User roles allowed to add new custom tags

This option will allow you to choose user roles who will be able to add custom tags from the Tags widget. For example, if you check the box next to Authors, only they will be able to come up with new tag ideas when writing new articles. All the other users won’t be able to see the Tags widget.

Automatically add tags to older posts

Everything mentioned above will work for your future posts. In most cases, you will already have some published posts before installation of this plugin. But that doesn’t have to worry you because Smart Tag Insert got you covered with the latest option, so you can dedicate more time to promoting your content and earning money with your site.

With a single click of a button, you can automatically add the most relevant tags to all of your older posts. The first button will add the defined number of tags to selected post types, while the other button will remove all the old tags and replace them with the new ones. Before hitting the button, you should know that this option is irreversible so make sure that you know what you’re doing and create a backup before applying changes.


Although it will take you some time to set up the plugin, you will save yourself some time in the future. The plugin will take care of your tags and you will be able to relax and think about creating the content. Have you tried Smart Tag Insert plugin? How do you like it?

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