Complete Guide to Meta Tags in SEO
Christopher Ratcliff's complete introduction to all the meta tags a webmaster may need when creating or optimising a webpage for SEO.
Everything will be covered here, including: Title Tag, Meta Description, Alt-Text for images, Canonical Tag, Noindex, Nofollow, H1 – H6 tags, Robots Meta Tag and the various tags involved in Google News.
But first, let’s answer the question…
What are meta tags?
Meta tags are HTML elements that provide information about a web page for search engines and website visitors.
These elements must be placed as tags in the <head> section of a HTML document so therefore need to be coded in your CMS.
Some are easier to implement than others, especially if you have WordPress or any other ‘out-of-box’ CMS, where things like merely writing a headline creates your H1 tag and there are specific sections to add your own canonical links or meta descriptions.
None of them are as complicated as they sound though, so let’s define each one in alphabetical order.
Types of Tags Explained in this Article
* Alt-Text for images
* Canonical Tag
* Google News meta news_keywords
* Google News Standout Tag
* Google News Local Source Tag
* H1 – H6 tags
* Meta Description
* Robots meta tag
* Title Tag
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