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How To Add Meta Tags To A Webpage
October 21, 2012



How To Add Meta Tags To A Webpage
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Whenever I add a new page to my websites I always make sure to add relevant Meta Tags, meaning title, description and keywords. The reason I do this is because it makes it easier for search engines to pick up information from my webpages and it allows me to control what information the search engines show from them as well, also known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization). To make sure the Meta Tags I have added are good, I always double check them with a Meta Tag Analyzer Tool.

Now Meta Tags are located in the HTML code, usually after the first <head> - always in between the two <head> tags. The Meta Tag template I use looks like this:

<title>Add Title</title>
<meta name="description" content="Add Content" />
<meta name="keywords" content="Add Keywords" />

Below are also some examples of how I choose which title, description and keywords to use as Meta Tags on a webpage:

Title - Always the same as the headline of the page/post. So on this page the Title is "How To Add Meta Tags To A Webpage".

Description - Usually the first/or two first sentences in the page/post, depending on how long they are of course. Sometimes I have to edit a bit though, like on this page. But I always try to include some words from, or all of, the title in the description. As well as some of the keywords. So on this page the Meta Description is: "Whenever I add a new page to my websites I always make sure to add relevant Meta Tags, meaning title, description and keywords. The reason I do this is SEO (Search Engine Optimization).".

Keywords - The words mostly used on the page or in the post/text, between 4-7 keywords. On this page the keywords are: "how to add meta tags, webpage, add meta tags, meta tags, add meta tags to webpage, seo, search engine optimization".

Also, like I said earlier, to make sure I have chosen good Meta Tags I double check them with a Meta Tag Analyzer Tool, I usually use the one at seocentro.com, where I can see if I have used too many characters, bad keywords etc. I also get suggestions of which keywords I can replace the bad ones with, as well as other great information about the webpage. Of course no analyzer tool is 100%, I have tried many different ones and the result of how good the Meta Tags are on a webpage do vary a bit. But the tools at least give me a good indication of how good/bad the Meta Tags I have chosen are.

So all in all, it is definitely a great idea to add relevant meta tags to each page on a website and to double check them with a Meta Tag Analyzer Tool. The main reason to do this is to make it easier for search engines to scan and display relevant information from your webpages in their search results. And, to add Meta Tags to a webpage is really not that difficult either - so I do hope you all give it a go. :-)

Feel free to leave comment with your thoughts, ideas and/or questions in the comment section below.

Thank you for visiting!

/A.L
 
 
 
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