Meta tags are important part of on page seo as many search engines still use them to rank your website in search results .
Using right meta tags for your website or blog can significantly increase your ranking in search engines and get more relevant traffic to your page. There are countless meta tags that you can use but here are some of the most important meta tags that you should use on all pages of your site .
- <meta charset=”UTF-8″ />
- <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width”></meta>
- <meta name=”copyright” content=”Copyright (c)2016” />
- <meta http-equiv=”content-language” content=”en-us” />
- <meta name=”description” content=” Description of your site goes here”/>
- <meta name=”author” content=”Your Name”>
Meta Description Tag
You can provide a summary of your page content using meta description tag . Using important keywords in meta description is always a good way to increase ranking . Description provided in this meta tag is also displayed in search results so make sure to write a description that will catch the attention of users who see your site in search .Best practice to write meta description is writing a brief summary of article in less than 160 letters . Search engines only use first 160 words of meta description .
<meta name=”description” content=” Description of your site goes here”/>
Briefly summarize your content in one or two sentences and use your main keyword in meta description.
Meta Keywords Tag
Google experts have repeatedly sad that they don’t use keyword tags any more so meta keywords are not relevant any more.
Meta keywords tell search engines about the major keywords on your page . This information is used by search bots to get an idea about the content on your page and rank your page for these keywords . Keywords used in this meta tag must be relevant to the content provided on page .
<meta name=”keywords” content=”keyword1,keyword2,keyword3″>
If you still want to use them then avoid using too many keywords and keep the number of keywords to about 5 or 6. Only use relevant keywords.
Meta Viewport Tag
Viewport tag help make your page friendly to different screen sizes . This is one of the most important meta tags now and your page must have a viewport tag as visitors to your site will be using different screen sizes . This viewport meta tag makes your site load nicely on all devices.
<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width”></meta>