Kelly-Anne Crean

Meta Tags for SEO – Best Practices Guide

9th Nov 2021 SEO Blog 2 minutes to read

Meta Tags are elements used on every page of a website to provide information related to the website and the individual pages of the website, they have a big influence on your SEO performance. Every web page has meta tags, but they are only visible in the HTML code.

Here are some common Meta tags:

1) <title>The Title of the Page</title>

2) <meta name=”description” content=”Description of page” />

3) <meta name=”robots” content=”noindex, nofollow” />

Page Titles

The title tag is for use on every page on the website. This should describe the content of each unique page and include keywords if applicable.

Page titles are an important on-site factor that assist a website’s ranking SERPS. They provide summarised information about your website which appears in the SERPS when keyphrases related to a website’s page are searched.

Each page of a website should have unique page titles. While Google does not specify a recommended length for title tags, most desktop and mobile browsers are able to display the first 50–60 characters of a title tag.

Even though since August 2021 Google confirmed the update with title tags and how they are generated has changed. Your focus should still be on creating great HTML title tags. Content from HTML title tags is still by far the most likely used, more than 80% of the time so it is worthwhile optimising your title tags.

Meta Description

The Meta Description tag is a place where you can include a summary of the page contents.
Meta descriptions appear in SERPs just below the page titles. The aim of the meta description is to create relevant and interesting description of the page.

Meta descriptions are extremely important for improving user click through rate and gives you the opportunity to let users know exactly what is on the page. Meta descriptions are summaries and have an optimal size of no more than 160 characters.

Robots Tag

The Robots tag tells the search engine crawlers how to treat the pages of your website. Noindex will tell the search engines not to index that page. Nofollow will tell them not to follow any of the links on the page.

Best Practices

Title and Description

The Title tag is important and should appear on every page of the website. This should reflect the content of the page and include keywords relevant to the page. The search engines bold the keywords within the Title and Description associated with the search query within the results. Each page should have individual Title tags.

The Meta Description should be descriptive and also relate to what appears on the page. The Meta Description has no ranking influence within the results and therefore its job is purely to encourage a click.

Robots Meta Tag

The Robots Meta tag is used to tell the search engines how to treat certain pages of your website. For example, if you do not want the search engines to index a certain page of your website, you can use the Noindex tag. If you don’t want the search engines to follow any of the links on a specific page of your website, you can use the Nofollow tag. We recommend adding these carefully as they could prevent the indexation of important pages of your website if placed on the wrong pages or across the site.

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Kelly-Anne Crean

Client Services Manager

Client Services Manager and SEO super-star, Kelly-Anne has over 14 years’ experience in digital marketing and Search Engine Optimisation. During that time, Kelly-Anne has had the opportunity to work with a variety of exciting clients including the likes of De'Longhi (Braun), Srixon and the V&A. Queen of self-defence, in her personal life Kelly-Anne is passionate about Krav Maga! Having trained for over 8 years and earning her P5, we’re hoping should we ever need defending, Kelly-Anne is around! Very well-travelled with over 60 countries under her belt, the next big adventure is hiking the Inca Trail.

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