Meta Tags -A Beginners guide

Meta tags are the tags which contain information about the data.

They are used in INPAGE-SEO technique . These tags are not shown in the web page, but they can be seen on the HTML code of that page.

As we all know webpage is made of the HTML codes.

Meta tags tells the search engine about the content of the page that’s why we says that it contain data of the data.

You can say that they act like content describer  for the search engine.

Google supports both page-level meta-tags as well as inline directives to help control how your site’s pages will appear in Search.

The google algorithm understand only the meta tags and not the whole content of the web page.

Bascially these tags are put on the top of the web page that is in the head section.These tags also helps in your web page ranking.

This is example of the meta tag

<head>
<meta charset=”UTF-8″>
<meta name=”description” content=”Meta tags is a technique used for raning”>
<meta name=”keywords” content=”meta tags,SEO “>
<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0″>

<meta name=”robot” content=”index.follow “>

</head>

Meta tags Attributes

1.Charset :

This attribute will specify the character encoding  for the HTML documents. Common values:

  • UTF-8 – Character encoding for Unicode
  • ISO-8859-1 – Character encoding for the Latin alphabet
2.Content :

Content attribute gives the value associated with the http-equiv or name attribute. This is the second attribute of this tag.

<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=utf-8″ />

<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1″>

3.Description :

As from the tag name we can understand that this attribute will tell the description of the web page. This tag is important as it can catch the user attention .This is the block which is shown when user search for the keyword .

4.Viewport:

Viewport attribute is important for the mobile world. If you will not specify view port then you may have risk of poor mobile experience .

Now a days mobile experience is very important  factor for ranking .

<meta name=viewport content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1″>

5.Robot:

This attribute tell the search engine whether to index or follow the webpage or not.

  • Index/noindex : It will tell the engine to show the webpage in searvh result or not.
  • follow/nofollow :This attribute will tell search engine that the link in your webpage  is trusted and follow or not.

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex” />

There are more tags , some of them are listed below .These were used around 10 -14 year back.

Now a days you will not see these tags .

  • Author/web author
  • Revisit after
  • Rating
  • Expiration/date
  • Copyright
  • Abstract
  • Distribution
  • Resource type

Meta tags are useful for the Search Engine optimization and ranking of the webpage.

These tags are very easy to understand and also easy to add.

You can add these tags to your webpage if you don’t have any knowledge of programming.

Only you have some knowledge of the HTML and you will able to embed these tags to your web page .

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