Why Are Meta Tags Used?
Why are Meta Tags used?
Meta Tags were originally designed to provide webmasters with a
way to help search engines know what their site was about. This
in turn helped the search engines decide how to rank the sites
in their search results. Making Meta Tags is a simple process.
As the competition increased, webmasters started manipulating
this tool through spamming of keywords. In turn most search
engines withdrew their support to Meta keywords Tag, which
included Lycos and AltaVista. From being considered as one of
the most reliable and important tool, Meta Tags are now often
abused. In the present day scenario a vital feature that the
Meta Tags provide to the websites is the ability to control, to
a certain extent, how some search engines describe its web
pages. Apart from this, Meta Tags also offer the ability to
specify that a certain website page should not be indexed.
Using Meta Tags, however, provides no guarantee that your
website page would rank highly in the search engine rankings.
Due to the rampant abuse and manipulation of the Meta keywords
Tag by webmasters, most search engines don't support it anymore.
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Thanks for the post man, I think you should sticky this as many people don't know what meta tags are.
Also, yes the tags are less supported than they were, but everyone should be aware that they are worth adding as they can help to make a link between your domain name and the keywords in it (ie. angrymice.com should lead to a page with the words 'angry' and 'mice' in its meta tagging) thus, adding value to the domain itself.
Great explanation. I use the description meta tag to draw viistors in from google
Nice article Farrhad.. Its good to inform people about Meta Tag.
More on Meta Tags can be found here ;) - The Meta Tag
I read some where that meta tags also have its draw back. If you use meta tag, you are telling search engine bots on how to define your site. It is better not to but meta tag and let search engine bots define your site by itself.
To explain easily about meta tags, i'm using this example :
If you're not using meta tags, maybe your site will indexe like this :
Home | Login | Community | FAQ | etc...
It's because search engine is indexing page from up-left side to bottom-right side.
But if you're using meta tag, you can set about what SE will write about your site/blog, just like :
WMP.com - The webmaster community forum. Discuss many topic about webmaster, internet business, SEO, here..bla bla bla....
That's meta tag are, i hope you become understand about it. To add meta tag is not hard, there is a lot of literary, just search it in google. I'm also using meta tag for my blog and for each post i made.
I'll clear Akira07's point more by this link - The Meta Tag Description
And the best solution for this for me is ALL IN ONE SEO Pack.. helps alot in many cases (for wordpress) or for normal websites, its already written on the Link.
Some say, not to use Meta Description tags as the Google automatically indexes the Post Paragraph (that explains the content well), but that doesn't help every time !
Hey Enk! Long time no see... welcome back. ;)
Yes, that may be true for Google, but I know as a matter of fact that both Yahoo and mostly MSN still relly on meta tags.
Originally Posted by Enk
Great post on your blog by the way.