WHAT ARE META TAGS? Meta tags are the information inserted in <HEAD> area of the HTML code of your website, where apart from the title tag, other information is not visible to the personsurﬁng your website but its intended for the search engine crawlers.
A TYPICAL META TAG WOULD LOOK AS GIVEN BELOW: <HEAD> <TITLE>This is the Web Page Title. </TITLE> <META name="description" content="This is where you place your web pages description."><META name="keywords" content="place, your, keywords, here, separated, by, commas"> </HEAD> Typical meta tags are "keywords" and "description"
Using meta tags in your HTML code is not necessary.There are many website that dont feel the requirement to use meta tags at all.
Meta tags were originally designated to provide web masters with a way to help search engines know the content of a website. This in turn helped the search engines decide how to rank the sites in their search results. As competition increased, web masters started manipulating this tool through spamming of keywords.In turn, most search engines withdrew their support toMeta keywords Tag, which included Lycos and AltaVista
THE TITLE TAG• The title tag is not a meta tag. Its an HTML code that shows the words that appear at the top of your browser. It is not displayed anywhere else on the page.• Searchengines use your Title Tag to gather information about your site. Therefore, its signiﬁcance is evident.• Title tag should announce the the summary of the content of the page• You should put the product, or the service you are offering in the Title Tag.• Google usually reads about 90 characters of your title tag, so leverage this length to cover important keywords that are relevant to the page.
THE META DESCRIPTION TAG• The MDT is HTML code that allows you to give a brief and concise summary of the content of your page.• Thewords placed in this tag are often used in the Search Engines Result Pages (SERP). So, in SERP, after reading the title of your website, a user goes through the description of a Mage and decides if he/she wants to visit your website.• Incase you dont provide MDT, the search engine will try to make one for you by using the ﬁrst few keywords of your web content.• The MDT should be written in a creative way to get the interest of a user.• TheMDT shall be different and customized on each of your pages /HTML/ documents.
THE META KEYWORD TAG• Most of the search engines do not read the MKT anymore, so it is totally OK to ignore it. If you decide to use it, you can always put up to 15 important keywords that shall be separated by commas.• <meta name="keywords" content="Internetmarketing, SEO, Socialmedia" />
META ROBOTS TAG• TheMRT helps you to specify whether search engines shall index a page or follow the links appearing on that page• There is no need for using MRT if one is already using a detailed robots.txt ﬁle to block any speciﬁc indexing. (for more info on robots.txt look at my previous lecture)• Thevarious commands used under MRT are index,non index,follow and nofollow : <meta name="robots" content="index, follow"> <meta name="robots" content="all">
META REFRESH TAG• This tag is used to redirect a visitor from one page to another or refresh the page in a speciﬁc time.• When inserted into an HTML document, it causes the users browser to load the same or a new web page after a speciﬁc number of seconds.• To refresh the current page: <HEAD><meta http-equiv="refresh" content="40"> </HEAD>• Toredirect to another page: : <HEAD><meta http-equiv="refresh" content="4;URL=http://www.madamseo.com"> </HEAD>• UsingMeta Refresh Tag to redirect to another page is likely to get it dropped from search engines, since this method is considered as a doorway in search engines algorithm.
META DISTRIBUTION TAG• Thistag identiﬁes the levels of distribution of your webpage and how it shall be classiﬁed in the context of the world wide web.• Global speciﬁes that your website is for mass distribution• Locallets you specify that your document is for local distribution only.• Example: <META name="Distribution" content="Global">
OTHER META TAGS• Meta Author Tag - identiﬁes the author of a particular web site• Meta Revisit Tag - speciﬁes how often a search engine crawlers shall visit a web page for re-indexing• Copyright Meta Tag• Language Meta Tag• RatingsMeta Tag - tells the search engines if your site is for general or restricted adult audiences.