Search Engines Meta Tags Optimization Tutorial

Want to get your web site higher in the search results from the search engines? Then the best way is by the correct use of Meta tags.  As 95% people using search engines only look at the top 20 search results, it is important to get your web site as high as possible.

The meta tags codes

Want to get your web site higher in the search results from the search engines? Then the best way is by the correct use of Meta tags.

As 95% people using search engines only look at the top 20 search results, it is important to get your web site as high as possible.

Several meta tags where introduced by the popular search engines, Infoseek and AltaVista, to help there search engines index web pages, most now use meta tags to index pages.

If you want your web site indexed then consider using Meta tags.

Meta tags go in the head of your web page, in-between the HTML tags, and there are a number of different Meta tags that you can use, but the most important ones are the Description and the Keywords Meta tags as well as having a title for the web page.

Title… Is this the best meta tags for Search Engines?

The title of your web page should also be in the document head, which you want to make as descriptive as possible for the search engines to index. Title display in search engines is limited to 70 chars.

<title>Search Engine Meta Tags Optimization Tutorial</title>

Description

This tag is used to give a short description (the meta description will be limited to 156 chars) of the contents of your web page, and is often used by search engines in the search results as a description of what your page contains. However, many search engines will only display the first 20 characters, so be as short and descriptive as possible.

<meta name= “description” content=”Want to get your web site higher in the search results from a search engine? Then the best way is by the correct use of Meta tags.” />

Keywords

To help get your web site up in the ratings you can supplement the title and description with a list of keywords, separated by commas, that some one might type into a search engine when looking for a site like yours. Most search engines will index the first 128 characters in this Meta tag.

<meta name=”keywords” content=”meta tags, tutorial, training, HTML, seo, search engine, internet marketing” />

Rating

This is used to give the web page a rating for the appropriateness for kids. The ratings are, general, mature, restricted, and 14 years.

<meta name=”rating” content=”general” />


Author

The rest of the tags are not necessary but I shall run through them anyway.

This is used to identify the author of the web page.

<meta name=”author” content=”The Red Elephant” />

Copyright

This one identifies any copyright information there is for the web page.

<meta name=”copyright” content=”2005, The Red Elephant ICT & Internet Services” />

Expires

This meta tag is used by responsible web masters to let the search engine know when the page expires and can be removed from the search engines directory. It can either be set to never, or a date in the format day, month, year, eg. 30 June 2005.

<meta name=”expires” content=”never”/>

Distribution

Tells the search engine who the page is meant for and can be set to; global, for everyone, local, for regional sites, and UI, for Internal Use.

<meta name=”distribution” content=”global” />

Robots

This Meta tag is used to tell the search engine whether you want the web page indexed or not. You only really need to use this Meta tag if you DON’T wont your web page indexed. The values for this tag are:

index(default) Index the page
noindex Don’t index the page
nofollow Don’t index any pages hyper-linked to this page
none Same as “noindex, nofollow”

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

Meta Tags Example

Below is an example of the head of a document containing Meta tags for search engines and a title for the web page:

<head>

<title>Meta Tags For Search Engines</title>
<meta name=”description” content=”Tutorial on Meta Tags optimization.” />
<meta name=”keywords” content=”meta tags, tutorial, training, HTML, seo, search engine, internet marketing” />
<meta name=”rating” content=”general” />
<meta name=”copyright” content=”2003, The Red Elephant ICT & Internet Services” />
<meta name=”revisit-after” content=”7 Days” />
<meta name=”expires” content=”never”>
<meta name=”distribution” content=”global” />
<meta name=”robots” content=”index” />

</head>