Friday, 3 May 2013

Learning SEO : Working with Titles and meta tags

Posted by ambarish kumar on 00:17 with 8 comments


Page titles is the entry for visitors to the home of contents and information. Having a poor title will tell them to leave without getting in. Getting a good, relevant and unique titles should be first priority in Search Engine Optimization. 




Unique title for each page. Did you ever find two of the chapters in the same with the same name? Create unique title for each of your post. Don't repeat any title. This is not a compulsory thing but still its the ideal thing to create a different title for each post or article. 

The <title> for you post is the what is displayed in search engine results. Chances are that user will visit you if the title really attract him. I said that earlier, Titles are the opening doors to the vast information you have written in your blog. If you don't keep them good, you are allowing people not to visit you. 

Use descriptive but brief title. There is no point putting a complete two line sentence in title only. Make it brief but highly relevant to whatever you have discussed in the post. You should use some of the keywords related to the article. However, avoid keyword stuffing. Search Engines don't like it and it will degrade your performance. The best practices as suggested by my blogger friends is a title of about 5-6 words relevant to the article with 2-3 keywords accordingly. Avoid too long title, and keyword stuffing in titles. Using a keyword or two is a good practice.

Use meta-tags to describe your article. You cannot put the complete description in the titles. A page description meta-tags tells the search engine about the summary of the page. When a search result is presented, along with title Google may use your meta tag in description in that result. Writing a good description will increase chances of your visitors. However, always try to
  • provide accurate description in meta tags.
  • avoid keywords-only description. 
  • avoid using the complete post in meta-tags.
  • using a unique description for each page. 
Meta tags is a summary to the articles which you have written. And this summary is shown to the user searcher. A person by taking a glimpse to the meta-tags can decide whether to visit the site or not. So, writing a good meta description is a necessary thing for you. 
These two aspects, the titles and the meta-tags are the first steps towards the optimization of a blog / site for a search engine. 

Providing the  details of how to insert meta tags is not my aim here. You may Google search it, and you will find thousands of people helping you out.

Previous Chapter: Search Engine Optimization Introduction. 
You may like to read the next chapter. Best seo practices: improving the structure of URLs

mb.

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