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How Meta Tags Influence SEO and Website Ranking
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Why Business Owners Need to Go Beyond Just Adding Content to a Web or Blog Page

If your business has a website (of which I hope so!), then itís important to think beyond just writing keyword rich copy for the page. Itís also vital to utilize the catalog of Meta tags available that can be associated with that page in order to get better traction in the search engines.

One of the parts of good SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques includes HTML Meta tags. Thankfully, you donít need to be a programmer to learn the basics of Meta tag relevancy and how you can use them to draw your ideal client in to visit your site.

Unlike the early stages of search engines, adding relevant keyword meta tags wonít rank your website higher up the search results anymore. However, Meta tags are a great way for business owners to provide search engines, and their users, with information about their website.
But when used incorrectly, the negative impacts can be detrimental to your business.

Simply put: Tags, by definition, are snippets of text that describe a pageís content but they donít appear on the actual website itself, they only appear in the pagesí HTML code.

In this article, Iíll cover the six different types of meta tags and why you need to pay attention to them for all pages on your website, including blog posts.

1. Meta Keywords Attribute (Aka. Keywords Meta Tag)

Usually, a good keyword meta tag is a list of 10-15 essential ideas related to your web page. They should be based on a specific theme or topic of discussion on any particular page or post on your site.

As mentioned, the "keywords" meta tag was once crucial in the early stages of search engines. In modern times, however, Microsoftís Bing is the only search engine that still looks at these keywords. Bing also uses keywords to detect spam.

Since some search engines still these tags in their algorithm, we recommend adding them anyway despite many SEO experts saying not to bother.

2. The Title Tag

A title tag, on the other hand, is the most important title tag to use on a web page and blog article.

Each page should have a unique title tag that specifically describes the content on that web page.

You will always find the title tags of each web page at the top of your browser, giving the viewer direction as to where they are and more importantly, gives the search engines a primary look into what that page is about.

Ideally, you want to use keywords in the title tag but in a way that makes sense to the reader in efforts to draw them in and want to click to continue reading the piece.

3. The H1 and Other Heading Tags

These tags are also important. The search engines will look at these as indicators of context.

In terms of on-site SEO, header tags are certainly here to stayĖit has been demonstrated that careful optimization can lead to major ranking increases.

Use heading tags as a means to help organize your page or article:

ē H1 tag: What is this page about?
ē H2, H3, H4 tags: What is this section about?

4. Meta Description Attribute (AKA. Meta Description)

First and foremost, the Meta description is a short summary sentence that appears in the search result pages under the Page Title.

Often, the meta description information is what shows up in the SERPs (Search Engine Resultsí Page) as the pageís description.

Even though Google had stated that keywords in meta descriptions have no impact on website rankings, they are still considered very important to many SEO leaders.

We at eVision Media, feel that using relevant, well-researched keywords in targeted demographics & geographic regions can only benefit your website ranking.

Another reason to pay careful attention to the Meta description tag is your SERP sales pitch. Use this tag to describe your page in such a way that the user will want to click.

To make the description sound both applicable and sensible isnít easy; hence, why, we are here to help!

5. Meta Robots Attribute

The meta robots attribute is a lesser known meta tag but nonetheless, ranks as the second important meta tag. These tags direct the search engines on what to do with your webpages:

ē HTML code: index/noindex Ė whether to show your page in the SERPS or not
ē Follow/nofollow- tells the engines what to do with the links on your pages, whether to trust and "follow" your links to the next pages, or not.

6. Blog Post Tags

Although not considered official Meta tags, blog post tags are very valuable to your siteís visitors and to search engines.

Much like in WordPress, tags can be used as "categories" next to every blog post to ensure visitors find the topics they want to read.

From a visitorís stand point, blog post tags improve the usability of your website as they can identify specific post topics.

Ultimately, blog post tags categorize information on the web page and group them into topics, which in the end, will increase your site ranking.

At eVision Media, we provide hassle-free SEO services that aid in your success of running your business.
Hiring a professional will avoid you from making costly mistakes.

A little mistake you make now could cause large problems for you in the eyes of the major search engines later.

Some examples include using your primary keyword too often or giving the images in your blog posts the wrong name. SEO mistakes like these can get your website penalized or maybe even blacklisted by Google.

If you donít wish to take on the big task of search engine optimizing your website, give us a call. This is what we do every day and achieve incredible results for our happy clients.

Susan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

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