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How to add meta tags meta description to your WordPress website

How to add meta tags (meta description) to your WordPress website

HTML – Meta tags

Meta tags have two main functions

  • To help list your site in some search engines indexes.
    As the web gets older this function does not have the same importance. In
    earlier times some Mata tags provided the information to search engines
    (crawlers
    1) but now some search engines only treat this as a secondary
    means of listing your site on their index.
    UWS pages (using the CMS system) do not use these tags.
  • To help maintain pages within your own organisation.
    Some tags are used for maintaining page relevance or can assist with
    searching within an organisation.

Overview:

We will describe the most popular meta tags here and how they are used.
The meta tag itself looks like this;


<meta name=“keywordscontent=PC Drafts – Online learning source: Free computer help and support. Answering all your computer related questions with complete information on all hardware and software”>


Meta tags are made up of two main attributes name (type) and content.
To add Meta tags
You add Meta tags within the <head> tags of your HTML document.
Many HTML editors (such as
FrontPage) automatically insert Meta tags for you or
can be configured to do so.
There are many different Meta tags you can include in your pages but the most
important for maintaining an internal focus are;
keywords, description, maintainer and review.

Keywords:

You can use a Meta tag to include keywords which will make your page easier to
search for, within your site.


<meta name=“keywordscontent=“computer, training, it training, web”>

By including a list of words that people would often use to search on your site,
you can increase the number of people finding your pages. Keywords should
include words and phrases people would use when trying to find your site. You
can use both singular and plural versions of words to increase the number of hits
you receive. Try a thesaurus for synonyms of keywords.
Some Search Engines will also use this Meta tag.
Some important points:

 

  •  Try using about 5-7 keywords or phrases on each page. Don’t overdo it.
  • Overloading keyword Meta tags with a diverse collection of keywords only
    waters down their impact on your ranking.
  • Phrases often work better. For example, you are unlikely to search for
    “Word”; you are much more likely to search for “Word 2007 training”.

Description:

The description Meta tag provides a summary of your page in the list of
sites found.
Some Search Engines will also use this Meta tag.


<Meta name=“descriptioncontent=PC Drafts – Online learning source: Free computer help and support. Answering all your computer related questions with complete information on all hardware and software”>


The description should be a brief and concise description of the page.
Some important points.

 

  • Don’t make it too long because the search engines usually only allow a
    limited amount of text.
  • Don’t simply copy the description from the title page for each subsequent
    the page you create – you should describe each page itself if you want an
    accurate listing.
  • It’s a good idea to also include a basic description of your site using the HTML
    comment tags for those search engines (such as Excite), which do not use Meta tags.


<!This site is for computer training for staff –->
An example of using both description and comment tags is:


<html>
<head> <title>
PC Drafts – Online learning source</title>
<meta name=
descriptioncontent= PC Drafts – Online learning source: Free computer help and support. Answering all your computer related questions with complete information on all hardware and software.”>
</head>

 

There are Internal software programs that search for out-of-date pages and contact
the owners to make sure they are updated.

 

Maintainer:

The maintainer Meta tag provides the name of the person responsible for
maintaining a page. You will be contacted by email when your site is due for
review.

<meta name=“maintainercontent=“Abdur Rehman”>

Review:

Web sites use this tag so that when the ‘review’ date approaches, whoever is
listed as the ‘maintainer’ is contacted by email and made aware that the
information on the web page/s needs to be reviewed.

<meta name=”review content= “ …….”>

 

More Meta Tags.


There are more meta tags you can use.

 

Refresh:


The refresh tag is used to automatically load a new page or reload the current
page after the specified period of time (in seconds).


<meta http-equiv=“refreshcontent= “5; url=www.pcdrafts.com”>


The best time to use it is when you want to redirect pages that have been moved.
The original page loads with a message saying that the site has moved and then
the new site is loaded automatically. You can also use the refresh Meta tag to
make slide shows where, after a given period of time, the next page in the series
is automatically loaded. Don’t overuse it.


Copyright:


The copyright Meta tag is used to add an official copyright notice to your page.


<meta name=“copyrightcontent= “Copyright.pcdrafts>


Although everything on the web is copyrighted by default, including a notice
prevents the excuse of “I didn’t know” should a legal situation ever arise.


Robots:


The robots Meta tag is used to specify whether or not you want robots to access
your page.


<meta name=“robotscontent= “noindex, nofollow”>


Robots are programs that surf the www indexing and cataloging it for search
engines etc. The content of this tag can be no index or index, and/or nofollow
or follow. Noindex prevents the page from being indexed, while nofollow stops
the robot from following any of the links from the page.
Using Meta tags in html
Below is an example of using some of the Meta tags described:


<html>
<head>
<title>
Professional Development Unit – IT Training Page</title>
<meta name=“
reviewcontent=”>
<meta name=“
maintainercontent=“Abdur Rehman”>
<meta name=“
descriptioncontent=“PC Drafts – Online learning source: Free computer help and support. Answering all your computer related questions with complete information on all hardware and software.”>
<meta name=“
keywordscontent=“computer training, Microsoft office training”>
<meta name=“
copyrightcontent= “Copyright.pcdrafts”>
</head>
<body>


Instead of doing this on every single page in your site, you can copy and paste the
common tags and then set the description and keywords for individual pages.

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Abdur Rehman (Born July 7, 1993) is a student of Software Engineering and a founder of pcdrafts.com. I am a graphic designer, blogger, geek and a man behind the pcdrafts.com. I am currently living in Peshawar, Pakistan. With integrated time along with my study, I have been working on the different computer project. Recently I am working with the organization named E-MO. I love to learn and experience new stuff and put them to the test. I love spending time on the computer and reading books and so on.

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