Meta tags are the HTML tag use for search engine crawler to get to know about the webpage. Meta tags are place in the HEAD tag of webpage & that’s not directly visible to visitor. Meta tags carry the important information of webpage like page description, keyword, author, etc. This Meta tags information play a vital role in Search Engine Optimization. Meta tags optimization comes under the ON-PAGE optimization technique. In past Meta tags play a role of primary parameters in search engine optimization.
There are mainly four types of Meta Tags everyone must need to know about.
Title tag appears in the title bar of browsers when user views the web page. The TITLE tag is an important one for major search engines like Google as this is the first one indexed and it is given higher weighting in the relevance rankings. It’s a best technique to put impact on search engine & end user to make page titles as keyword-relevant as possible & not more than 70 characters.
How to write Meta keywords Tag?
<title>Up to 70 Characters of Keyword-relevant text here</title>
Meta Description Tag
Meta description tag is the most important Meta tag because it hold the actual description of the webpage which help search engine to know about webpage & its topic. Meta description also help to drive traffic to your website, as many search engine like Google show Meta description in search result with the website title & link. Meta description must be summarized in less than 170 word as per google guideline.
How to write Meta Description Tag?
<meta name=”description” content=”This is where you put your site’s summary”/>
Meta keywords are nothing but a list of relevant keywords for which you want to show your site in search result. These keywords are the content concept on which your webpage is written. Nowadays most of the search engine didn’t consider Meta Keywords as a parameter to boost webpage ranking in search engine, but it’s always a good practice to write these in page.
How to write Meta keywords Tag?
<Meta name=“Keywords“ Content=“keyword a, keyword b, keyword c“>
Meta Robots Tag
Most of the search engine crawler by default tries to index all website pages & try to follow links. But to control this you need to take help of Robots Tag. In Robots tag you specify the exact pages that you do NOT want search engine to crawled and indexed. In some scenarios, on your site you have content that you want to keep as it is but don’t want it to indexed. Listing this pages in the Meta Robots tag is one way to exclude them from being indexed (the other way is by using a robots.txt file and generally this is the better way to do it).
How to write Meta Robots Tag?
<meta name=”robots” content=”index, nofollow” />
Meta Robots Attribute
NOINDEX – Use to prevent the page from get index.
NOFOLLOW – Use to prevent Googlebot from following any links on the webpage.
NONE – Is equivalent to both NOINDEX & NOFOLLOW.
NOSNIPPET – Use to prevent a description from appearing below the webpage link in the search results also prevents caching of the webpage.
NOODP – It blocks the Open Directory Project description of the webpage from being used in the description that appears below the webpage in the search results.
NOARCHIVE – Use to prevent a cached copy of webpage from being available in the search results.
– The Title Tag alone can impact your search engine rankings.
– Descriptive tags may encourage users to visit your site.
– The Meta description may serve as “organic ad text.”
Ranking high in Google in 2016 or hereafter has far more to do with relevance & reputation of high-quality content, user experience and website popularity than meta tag optimization.