Website Must-Haves #3: Title Tag & Meta Tags

Design Angler - Monday, August 29, 2016

A meta tag is a line of code that is contained in the background of a web page. Search engines look at meta tags to learn more about the page. Meta tags don’t quite have the level of SEO importance they used to, but they are still relevant. Back in the day, websites abused meta tags to increase their rankings by including far too many keywords. Now search engines are smarter and give more weight to inbound links and page content for ranking instead. However, they still play an important role to an SEO strategy. Make sure to use them on all of your pages.

If you’re not a web guru, most website editors and content management systems enable you to easily edit meta tags without coding knowledge. If you don’t have an editor, you can simply open a web page file (ending in .htm, .html, .asp or .php) in Notepad or a plain text editor and the meta tags will be found near the top of the document.

Here is what meta tags look like in an HTML document:

Title: The title of the page seen at the top of a web browser, also the main headline displayed in search engine results.

<title>Design Angler Inbound Marketing Program</title>

Description: A concise description of the page.

<meta name="description" content="Stop Pushing. Start attracting. Stop interrupting. Start engaging. Design Angler's Inbound Marketing Program…">

Keywords: Words that identify what the page is about. Keep to less than 7 per page. Keywords in meta tags are not visible in the search engine results like Title and Description.

<meta name="keywords" content="inbound marketing, marketing solutions">

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