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Meta Tags/Description 2 years 1 week ago #4069

Could someone please explain this in easy-to-understand language...

What are meta tags and meta descriptions?

Are meta tags the tags, or keywords, that you list for your article before posting it?

Are meta descriptions the first couple of sentences (or paragraph) that Google displays underneath the title when you pull up a search?

Thank you.
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Re: Meta Tags/Description 2 years 1 week ago #4070

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Chris,

a meta description is indeed what appears below the search engine listing on Google:

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In other woulds, if you want to have some influence over what Google lists as its description for your organic listing, you can submit a meta description. This then gives you a fairly good chance that Google will list your description (usually providing the user's keywords were present in your meta description)

Meta keywords have now been depreciated and shouldn't be added to a page for search engines, since they will simply ignore them. However, many content management systems use meta keywords internally, so depending on the system you use, it might be necessary to use them (or not).

Did that clarify things somewhat?
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Re: Meta Tags/Description 2 years 1 week ago #4071

Thanks, Lorenz. But how do I submit the meta description? Does it just automatically come from the first couple of sentences of the content? Thanks.
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Re: Meta Tags/Description 2 years 6 days ago #4072

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Chris,

your content manager should have a section where you can add meta descriptions.

When you use our system, it is below the area where you edit your page:

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If you have a non-static html website, you can add your content in the header section:

meta-in-header.png


The latter requires you to know a little bit about HTML markup.
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Re: Meta Tags/Description 2 years 4 days ago #4073

Thanks so much, Lorenz!
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