Increase Google Traffic Using Correct Meta Tags

Meta tags seem like nothing more than HTML tags describing the content of your website’s pages. However, did you know that when used correctly, meta tags can help increase Web traffic? Even better, setting up the tags takes little effort and returns a lot of advantages.

So how do these tags help exactly?

Meta tags are inserted at the top of every site’s pages. They tell the search engines what your website is all about; and sometimes, they give search engines a brief description to use when displaying results about your website.

A couple of years ago, SEO people would stuff keywords into meta tags because they were thought to increase Google traffic and page rank. For awhile, this notion might have been true; but in September 2009, Google officially dumped this theory. Even so, anyone who’s serious about increasing search engine traffic should adopt this strategy.

Although meta tags have no impact on search engine rankings (according to Google), they’re still picked up and are highlighted in the search results. Thus, if you have a clever combination of the right keywords, you can very well boost your click through rate. Besides, first impressions count. So, the users’ first impression of your site will be based on, you guessed it right, your meta data.

How do you spruce up your meta tags?

Here are some tips on enhancing your meta tags:

1. Place the tags right

Meta tags are placed in the <HEAD> </HEAD> part of your HTML document. The scripts, title tag and meta tags aren’t visible on the page itself.

Here’s what your meta tags should look like:

<META name=”description” content=”briefly describe your page’s content and include some keywords”>

<META name=”keywords” content=”include a list of your keywords and separate them with commas”>

2. Keep the description short

Google cuts off meta data that are longer than 150-160 words. Think twitter tweets when it comes to word limit. Besides, if you go over the word limit, chances are your target audience will feel bored by the lengthy description.

There are some search engines, however, that allow meta tags with 200 characters. The length of your tags, therefore, will depend on the search engine you’re optimizing for.

3. Come up with compelling meta tags

Good meta data should be something that’ll make Internet users say, “this website sounds like exactly what I’m looking for!” Make the description as compelling and interesting as possible. A good way to encourage users to click the link to your site is to put yourself in the potential visitor’s shoes, and then say the meta data in such a way that relates to them. It’s great if you can put the keywords in there, but if you can’t, don’t lose sleep trying to.

Remember, even if you have the best website in the world, Internet users will remain unaware if you can’t encourage them to click through.

4. Create unique meta data

It’s unlikely that you’ll get a penalty for duplicate content, but it’s always better to have original descriptions. Not only do you prevent unpleasant consequences, you also have more chances of showing up on relevant results pages of Google and other search engines.

Dont’s of meta tags

1. Never use special characters

These include quotes and other non-alpha numerical characters. Should your meta tags include such characters, they’ll only be replaced with gibberish or not included in the results at all.

2. Don’t stuff the meta data with keywords

As much as possible, don’t repeat your keywords more than three times in one description. Otherwise, Google might penalize you. Having descriptions loaded with keywords is one basis for exclusion from the search results. That means no search engine traffic for you.

Moreover, the purpose of the meta data is to invite the human reader to click through to your website. A keyword-rich description is good, but you should also focus on the human reader.

3. Avoid duplicating the title tag

Your meta description should not be a duplicate of your title tag. The key is describing the content of your page in a short and precise manner.

Meta tags tools

Meta tag tools look at your webpages’ tags and then examines them if their compatible with search engines. The tool checks if your website sticks to the guidelines of search engines like Google. For example, if your webpage’s title tag goes beyond 65 characters, the tool gives you a warning.

Other tools designed for meta tags help you generate effective page titles, keyword tags and meta descriptions. Consider a meta tag tool that updates their software based on search engines’ algorithm, which are constantly updated.

Bottom line

Meta tags are just as important as the title of a certain webpage. Stay relevant because, after all, there’s no point in including the keyword “women’s shoes” if you’re selling computer software. Furthermore, make sure to focus on your target users and potential customers.

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44 Responses to Increase Google Traffic Using Correct Meta Tags

  1. This was very informative and helpful. I have a better understanding of the importance of meta tags. Thanks alot!

  2. How about meta tags for blogspot engine?

  3. MasterP says:

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  4. Are very important for a site but who can tell what percent of importance it occupies at Google?

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  5. Cruzer says:

    Thanks thats really helpfull,but whats the total number of keywords we can use on the meta tags? and is thr a limit?
    If we use more key words do we have any probs?

    Have a nice day

  6. soba says:

    hello,

    but where can i get the meta tag tool?????

  7. Good review about ‘Meta Tags’, You always pump out some good source of info about SEO which keeps me visit here again & again.
    Its true that meta tags are really helpful in seo and driving traffic especially in ‘Static Websites’ they help a lot. Thanks for short and sweet information.

  8. This is a great, well formatted and easy to understand post with useful information, keep it up and keep writing this way.

  9. Good Advice..

    That’s good tips, thanks for share this post. i’m searching and this is firts time i got like this.

    thats helpfull

    Zara

  10. Well, that’s what I’ve been doing wrong! I always thought that having more keywords stuffed in there would be better, but now I see that that’s only hindering the search results. Great article, thank you very much for the advice! !

  11. Thank you for your shared infomation.

  12. This very useful Article .Thankx for shearing

  13. Great tips as usual. I had to go back and redo some of my stuff so that it wasn’t blatantly obvious! Thanks again.

  14. Hi,
    This is really nice article about Meta tags.

  15. adtre says:

    thanks for sharing

  16. Bye Video says:

    It has been a pleasure reading your blog. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back & read more in the future as well. Please do keep up the quality writing.

  17. really helpfull topic you shared with us. i must say Meta Tags are part of SEO and if we use right meta tags we will get more traffic.

    Thank you.

  18. wptidbits says:

    Simple and summarized. Very good article. Does page meta tags also one of the key factor? Or does it only post meta tags. Thanks in advance.

  19. Could you suggest some meta tag tools. Some free ones if its possible

  20. One important thing to to increase traffic is to properly used meta tags. We must
    make a list of words and phrases that closely describe the products and/or services. There are often several phrases that describe the same thing. Only those words that makes sense.

  21. Jordan says:

    In #2 above, where referencing meta descriptions should be 150-160 “words,” did you mean 150-160 characters?

  22. Desi Hoes says:

    I have been searching for meta tags information for a while. Thanks for the good work.

  23. Sujit says:

    Google ad sense can increase website traffic to your site. There are many SEO companies that are providing seo services to business owners to increase website traffic to their sites and their main goal is to take their websites at the top of Google search engine rank.

  24. is there any meta tags to increase my page ranks easily? I want to this type of meta tags seo code for increasing my page ranks

  25. Alexandra says:

    When you say, don’t keyword stuff metatags, how many keywords constitutes stuffing? I’m working on updating my website’s metatags and I was wondering if you could give me an idea of how many keywords/key phrases to have in metatags (not just title tag, but meta content/keyword tags as well). Thanks.

  26. sunny leone says:

    its very dufficlut task dude but great meta tags i dont know that they give us traffic

  27. GS says:

    I learned about the value of meta description a few weeks ago. So I went ahead to add it along with the meta keywords. Two days later, I noticed that Google search result included my meta description under my blog title. Yet I wanted to find out whether I typed the correct stuff because just as you said here, meta d must be right. So I went to one site where they check such stuff. The result it showed me stated that I basically had no meta description at all. Then I went to another one and over there also I was told that it was missing from my page. I quite don’t get that because I see that Google still finds it.

  28. Pamela says:

    This was very helpful. I had no idea that special tags would be gibberish and not show up in search engines

  29. thank you very much I will be using these seo techniques with meta tag

  30. John says:

    Great question: No there is not a script. See http://www.addme.com/newsletters/link-building-fundamentals.htm for more information on link building.

  31. jemm lee says:

    Any website without the right meta tags it decrease Google traffic and page rank.Indeed meta tags can help increase Web traffic

  32. Great and effective information ,This Meta tag technique is a very important for all SEO learners Thanks for share.

  33. Share Tips says:

    So I went ahead to add it along with the meta keywords. Two days later, I noticed that Google search result included my meta description under my blog title.

  34. Stock Tips says:

    I had no idea that special tags would be gibberish and not show up in search engines

  35. Thank you for this great Article !!
    Just a small tip .. the META Keyword is no longer being used either from Google or Yahoo.
    Google dumped it long time ago like from 2009 or something

  36. and i thought metatag is dead

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