Questions tagged [meta-tags]

Meta tags convey information about a webpage, such as its description or its keywords, in a way that a computer program can understand. They can be specified with the <meta> element and its 'name' and 'content' attributes.

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What's the fluid-icon meta tag for?

I've stumbled across an HTML meta tag I didn't know and wondered what it is for: <link rel="fluid-icon" href="https://github.com/fluidicon.png" title="GitHub" /> I googled around, but couldn't ...
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Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?

I've been told by an SEO company to add a hreflang attribute to every page on a single-language website (ie. 'self-referential' tags), but everything I've read about the hreflang tag, including Google'...
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Which meta tags are not worth the effort?

After reading this question about meta keywords, I've been wondering : of all meta tags, which ones are really worth the effort ? I know that the description is used in google search results, and the ...
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Order of HTML meta tags

A SEO company suggested we change the order of our HTML meta tags so that <title> and <meta name="description"> are the first two. They say this is to ensure search engines can utilize ...
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Is it possible to stop Chrome and other browsers from pre-fetching/rendering my site?

I know you can guide Chrome to prefetch links you think users are likely to click on your site, but can you also do the inverse? Can you tell Chrome (or really any browser) not to prefetch and ...
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What is the SKYPE_TOOLBAR meta?

I need to make an audit for a website and I discovered a "new" meta called "SKYPE_TOOLBAR", it looks like that: <meta name="SKYPE_TOOLBAR" content="SKYPE_TOOLBAR_PARSER_COMPATIBLE" /> I've ...
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Indexing for Google scholar, which tags to use?

In the "Inclusion Guidelines for Webmasters" for Google Scholar is written under Indexing Guidelines: Google Scholar supports Highwire Press tags (e.g., citation_title), Eprints tags (e.g., eprints....
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Can microdata be implemented in meta tags?

Please consider the following code marked up with attributes to provide microdata: <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Micro data test - Normal version</title&...
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http-equiv=content-language alternative - the way of specifying document language

Lots of web sites uses following meta tag to specify the default language of the document: <meta http-equiv="content-language" content="es-ES"> When I go to W3C site and read about HTML ...
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How does client side XML+XSLT affect SEO?

I have a site that is built completely in XML and is transformed by a single XSL file. How does this affect SEO? Is it possible to store page-specific metadata? Will robots see the transformed page (...
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What's the meta-tag title for?

While reading this question on webmasters: Why don't websites have a "description" meta tag in the head section?, I also checked out StackExchange's source code. Indeed the 'description' ...
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What is the solution for “Submitted URL not selected as canonical” in Google Search Console beta?

Google's new webmaster tools has a section 'Index coverage'>'Excluded'>'Submitted URL not selected as canonical'. I am getting 3 internal links in the section "Submitted URL not selected as ...
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Can a website use multiple meta keyword tags?

Are these two equivalent? <meta name="keywords" content="first" /> <meta name="keywords" content="second, third" /> and <meta name="keywords" content="first, second, third" /> I ...
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SEO Meta Tags: Is it better to have empty meta content or no tag at all?

Basically, for pages that may not have a description or tags set, is it better to have <meta name="description" content="" /> <meta name="keywords" content="" /> or just skip the tags ...
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Are Meta Keywords Obsolete? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are meta keywords worth the effort? Creating a website for a BraodBand Company, and not too sure whether or not to go ahead and fill in the meta keywords? Are they still ...
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Is <meta name=“title”> redundant?

The <title> tag is displayed to the user of the search engine. Given that it is also what the search engine uses for ranking, why would one need to include a <meta name="title" content=""> ...
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Will adding 100 meta keywords to the same page hurt or help SEO?

Is it possible to add several keywords to the same page? Will this penalize my page by Google? Example: What is the implication in adding many keywords? I am expecting I get traffic from all ...
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Difference between meta tags Content-Language and language

What's the difference between these two meta-tags <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="de, en"/> <meta name="language" content="de, en"> Are they both needed?
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Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

I have set up a series of Twitter cards for my website. The type of twitter card is [summary_large_image]. The meta-information included in the <head> of my webpage is: <meta name="twitter:...
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Overriding nofollow rules with meta tag

I'm using a blog that automatically nofollows links in spite of manually dofollowing links in the HTML code. so I decided to put this code: <meta name="robots" content="index,follow,noodp,noydir"/&...
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Website metadata SEO: Schema.org, Open Graph, Dublin Core and standard meta vs. duplicate meta?

There are a lot of schemas out there. Which should I use for my website SEO? Which are useless or may even be harmful? I will explain my question by the description tag: Schema.org: This is Google's ...
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What are the pros and cons of using Dublin Core meta tags?

This is an open question on why, how, or when to use or not use Dublin Core meta tags. For example, <meta name="DC.title" content="Title of my Webpage" />. Should this be used in addition to ...
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Should search engine validation meta tags be removed following validation?

Should validation meta tags for search engines be left on the site following validation? For example, should I leave my msvalidate meta tag after I've validated the site.
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Within my HTML meta data, should it be © or &#169;

Within my copyright meta data I have the following <meta name="copyright" content="example.com &#169; Copyright 2011 by Me. All Rights Reserved." /> Is this correct, or should I simply ...
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Where can I find an exhaustive list of meta tags and what they do?

It seems to me that there are a ton of <meta> tags for all sorts of different purposes out there... Though they all follow a similar format of <meta name="" content="" /> they seem to ...
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Best practise for meta tags in various languages

We have a global site, all hosted on one .com domain (www.example.com/en www.example.com/es www.example.com/pt www.example.com/ru etc.) Each language sub directory is identical to one another, apart ...
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Where are the complete set of Highwire Press metatags defined?

In the Google Scholar Inclusion Guidelines for Webmasters , it is suggested that one use the tags defined by "Highwire Press". Example: <meta name="citation_title" content="Article Title"> ...
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Does a meta title tag help rankings when used in addition to a title tag?

I realized my site was SEO optimized but only using the <title> tag and not the <meta name="title" content="My Website title"> tag. Can I have both, the <title> tag and the <meta ...
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Should paginated content have unique meta tags?

I have a category page that leads to an additional 100 pages. For example: www.example.com/category <- this is my category page www.example.com/category-2.html <- this is paginated content ...
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what are benefits of URL rewriting?

URL rewriting has become quite popular, but I think it only adds more complexity to the Web. Old fashioned URL's are often called "dirty URLs", so I'll use that term. It is argued that with ...
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Which method is the best to specify the language of a page?

There seems to be two ways to specify the language of a page: <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us"> and <html lang="en-us"> Which one is the preferred way? I know I ...
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Is there any difference between writing meta keywords with or without space?

Today I was creating keywords for my website and I have one issue. Is there any difference between writing: <meta name="keywords" content="HTML,CSS,JavaScript,PHP"/> And the same code but ...
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Is “article:tag” meta tag necessary?

I just changed my Wordpress theme and I can't find <meta property="article:tag" content=" " /> in my posts and pages metadata. Are they really necessary? If they are how do I add them back?
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What do you do if you don't want to put a keyword in your title?

Suppose you have a website about a subject, for instance, popcorn. Everything in your site will be about popcorn and your regular visitors are popcorn enthusiasts who will understand that even ...
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Which is good to target, singular or plural keyword?

Which keyword is better for targeting and on-page optimization, singular or plural? Like "baseball bat" or "baseball bats"?
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Correct syntax for Canonical - link or meta tag?

I'm getting a little confused about adding canonical tags to pages. Some (most?) guides suggest using a link tag thusly: <link rel="canonical" href="www.example.com/somepage" /> but some ...
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What sort of metadata should I include on my site for rich previews in iMessage?

As you can see in this screenshot taken from Apple’s iOS 10 preview page, the Messages app in iOS 10 will offer inline previews of URLs that are sent in conversations: How can I ensure that my site ...
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Multilanguage site meta content-language tag

I have a website which is in 3 languages: English (primary), German and French. When a language is selected all of page's content is translated to the selected language (the page content is always in ...
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What is the difference between the description and abstract meta tags?

There are two meta tags that seem very similar: description and abstract. What is the difference between the two?
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Adding meta tag keywords - the same or different on all pages?

I have 10 page php website. I want to add keywords to webpages. The website is related to hotel and having different-2 page like booking, rooms, places to visit etc. Question: Do we need to add same ...
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Meta tags again. Good or bad to use them as page content?

From a SEO point of view, is it wise to use exactly the same page title value and keyword/description meta tag values not only as meta information, but also as page content? An example illustrates ...
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Can microdata be used within META and custom tags?

META tags that sit within HEAD of a webpage. What difference it makes when using microdata in them and outside of HEAD of webpage? Let's take for example "datePublished" property. Instead of hunting ...
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Does anyone use meta keywords besides google?

Can anyone tell me if there are any services that use meta keywords, and if so, what those services are? I know that google doesn't use them, but I'm wondering if anyone else does.
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Services using the “generator” meta tag for usage stats

I'm planning to release an open source cms and I wonder if there is a way to know if people use it. I added this line to CMS templates: <meta name="generator" content="My CMS - Open Source Content ...
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SEO - Meta Description Tags Not Updating Search Result

I updated my meta description tag for my comics website about two months back now, but the search engine is still picking up my footer "Acceptable User Policy" text for some reason. I'm not even sure ...
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Which is the appropriate content-type meta tag value?

I have a question about the meta tag content-type. When starting to build my site (HTML+PHP+JS), I copied a lot of the meta tags over from elsewhere, and I have, amongst others, the following: <...
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Are HTML encoded symbols allowed in meta description? [duplicate]

I am using HTML-encoded symbols like &mdash; or &amp; inside the meta description field. Will they be displayed properly by Google and other engines or should I correct the text to have only ...
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Meta tags decoding by Google

My site's CMS has some problems with reflecting correct cyrillic letters. So, in source code of the page my meta description looks like the next: <meta content="&#x0417;&#x0434;&#x0435;...
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What's the difference between og description and meta description?

Should we have both for better SEO? Does having og description, override meta name description?
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Appropriate robots meta for “printer friendly” pages

We have many printer-friendly pages that have a link that adds ?pf=1 to the URL. On the ?pf=1 page would it be better to have noindex,nofollow or noindex,follow. I think that it would be better to ...