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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How to noindex certain Wordpress pages by default with Yoast?

I have WP website with multiple campaign landing pages made with Page Builder. All campaign pages are under /campaign/ so urls are always type http://example.com/campaign/some-landing-page Now I would ...
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Using rel = prev/next/canonical with the pagination of frequently updated content

I am confused about what would be the proper markup for a paginated series, even after reading quite a lot of advice, from google included. The common wisdom seems to be this: Use rel="next" to ...
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Which meta names are case-sensitive?

I am the developer of an HTML checking tool. I want to check meta names to make sure they match case-sensitively when it matters. All I've come across so far (according to Google) is that this meta ...
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Google shows every page of my WordPress site but I only want the home page indexed

So to start with, I have Google crawl my (WordPress) website with the search console, now I can see my pages in the search engine. But it shows every page separately. Like my /contact, /services and /...
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Is the correct way for adding the author's name on Facebook Sharing to use: meta name=“author”

In some Facebook posts I see the author of the page, beyond the title and description. For example, in the image below is the string "Di Redazione": Looking at the source code of the page: http://...
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What is Manifest for Web Application, and do we need it?

Web Application Manifests: Starting in Chrome 39, Manifests let developers wrap metadata about a Web application into a single file, reducing duplication and saving a bit of bandwidth. Adding apps to ...
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“prev. next.” text in Google search results meta description

Strange things happend when I check my website in Google search results. I'm using Wordpress and Yoast SEO plugin. Meta description of site was typed in Yoast SEO plugin so everything is fine but at ...
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Should <meta property=“og:image” content=“…”> have an alt tag?

I want to follow good SEO practices by adding alt tags to all my images. For Facebook sharing, I have this code: <meta property="og:image" content="..."> Can I add an alt="Facebook image" to ...
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falling down Google ranking with canoncial tags and Google site verification

Recently I released this site live, which is a small brochure site for a local catering company. I took the time to add a canonical <link> tag and also verify the site with Google, so the ...
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Usage of meta tag “generator”

Is the meta tag "generator" still relevant in today's web? Has it every had any use? <meta name="Generator" content="Drupal 7 (http://drupal.org)" />
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How can I add use meta description and meta keyword tags on a multi-lingual website?

Currently I m using <meta name="keywords" lang="en" content="..."/> <meta name="description" lang="en" content="..."/> for meta lang declaration. But my website is multilingual. Now how ...
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Is meta name=“verify-v1” essentially google webmaters verification meta?

If a website uses meta name="verify-v1" within the head, does this mean they are using Google Webmaster tools? and is it associated with any other services?
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Extremely similar SEO keywords

So I work for a company that recently decided to jump on the SEO bandwagon. We asked the different departments (each has its own site) what they wanted their keywords to be and I got a lot of examples ...
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PHP Include meta tags

A website I'm currently working on is http://www.troubi.com . Please don't care to look at the source code. If I validate the website through the w3cValidator a lot of errors occur all due to "...
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Does rel=“next” have to be in the HEAD?

I'm trying to improve SEO on a platform i'm working with, and was advised to add rel="next" and rel="prev" links to my pages to make it clearer to google which URLS are paginated. My question to you ...
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Can we put more than one meta tag in a single page website?

I have a one page website, but it has "about us" "contact us", "services", "forum", etc... so I am little confused on how I should write the meta tags for it. Should I write only one meta tag for it ...
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Will google get upset if I have incomplete pagination links?

For technical reasons (this would be really hard to do given the software that I'm using), I am only able to generate rel=prev links and not rel=next links (those links tell google what page they are ...
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Publication date - only for articles? Can it be updated?

In Google's search results there are often publication dates of articles. Google finds this date on its own or takes it from DC.date.issued meta tag. Is this date only supposed to be displayed for ...
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Duplicate meta title and description displayed in Google Webmaster Tools [duplicate]

In Google Webmaster Tools under Search Appearance --> HTML Improvements it's showing: Duplicate Meta Titles - 166 Duplicate Meta Descriptions - 275 For example: Duplicate title tags Offer prices ...
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Page Speed Optimization Questions: defer parsing and specifying a char set?

Continuing to optimized a web site, I'm using Chrome's Dev Tool add-on for Page Speed. I've been able to do a good bit of performance tuning thanks to its suggestions, but these two have me perplexed:...
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Alexa-rank complaining about insecure generator meta-tag

The Alexa-rank auditing tool is complaining about a generator meta-tag that is according to the HTML5 standard: <meta name="generator" content="Company Name"> The Alexa Site Audit Report ...
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Meta Description has HTML entities, will Google show the real character or the entity code in SERP?

Will Google's SERP show the ampersand (&) or the ampersand HTML entity &amp; in its snippet? Here is my description meta tag: <meta content="Questions &amp; Answers" name="description"/...
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Confusion over W3C POWDER standard (PICS alternative)

Now that PICS is dead, I still need an easy way to tell users that my website is for mature audiences only. I intend to use PICS tags, but POWDER is said to be the new standard. Is it really used? And ...
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Are meta descriptions important for pages that are not indexed by search engines?

I have read about meta descriptions here on the webmasters forum. Is it necessary or important to have description on pages that are not being index by the search engine? Like for instances, pages in "...
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Can the content attribute of <meta name=“robots” /> be left empty?

Is <meta name="robots" content="" /> a legitimate meta, exactly equivalent to: <meta name="robots" content="index, follow" /> <meta name="robots" content="all" /> [nothing] Or ...
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Deleting many pages SEO check

I need to delete many pages (recipes) on my website because the recipes were made with products that don't exist any more. Links to those pages are all over social media so I can't just use a 410 ...
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Twitter Card - Image not showing

I have this code: <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary" /> <meta name="twitter:site" content="@myTwitterUser" /> <meta name="twitter:creator" content="@myTwitterUser" /> <...
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Open Graph object type for secondary pages in local business website

I'm developping a website for a local business, and I don't know what is the most pertinent og:type to chose for pages like "about us", "other services", "contact us" and so on... As stated in the OG ...
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Can I use meta refresh instead of 301 redirect?

I have submitted my site with ugly URLs to Google, and now they are appearing as mysite.com/show.php?id=42. Now, I know that I can 301-redirect it to mysite.com/article/42. However, my site uses the ...
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Is there a way to indicate that a web page may have “disturbing” content for OpenGraph/Google etc

I am working on a website that hosts medical imagery. Some of those images might be considered "explicit" or "disturbing", e.g. surgery or diseases. We would like to add metadata to those web pages ...
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<meta property=“og:type” content="video or website?

My website has pages with links to videos. Google sends traffic to these pages and in the SERPs it shows the a video thumbnail next to my result. The video thumbnail chosen is the first video link on ...
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Can Googlebot see pagination meta tags created with JavaScript?

I would like to render meta pagination links (<link rel="prev"../> <link rel="next"../>) with JavaScript. As Google Search Console does not show rendered meta data is there any other way ...
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Replacing The Displayed URL When Sharing On Social Media

The best way I can explain this question is with a real life example. Team Rock host their magazine Classic Rock as a subdomain to the comapny website, i.e. http://classicrock.teamrock.com, which is ...
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How to update the date on Google search results?

For a blog entry, I have this meta tags: <meta property="article:published_time" content="2015-09-07T21:54:43+00:00" /> <meta property="article:modified_time" content="2015-11-13T13:28:21+00:...
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Do web crawlers use the “revised” meta tag?

When adding a WordPress plugin to add a "Last Modified" date to my posts I noticed the plugin also has the option to add a "revised" date meta tag. The revised tag looks like: <meta name="revised"...
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Google is appending branded url to title in search results with undesired capitalization

I work for an organization with a website domain that is two words that are placed together. For branding reasons, we always display the url as Loremipsum.com or loremipsum.com and NEVER LoremIpsum....
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Facebook open graph doesn't work

I have used open graph meta tags in my website <meta name="og:description" content="My page descriptions ..." /> <meta name="og:title" content="سخت‌افزار20" /> <meta name="og:type" ...
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SEO indexing with dynamic titles, keywords and descriptions

I'm working on a website (all in one single domain) so I'm wondering to create dynamic titles, descriptions, keywords and headings for each location. What I'm doing is to get information from the IP ...
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What meta tag do you use to provide Google with a publication date? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Google recognize publish date of a post I read about the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and some spotty documentation from Google, but I can't find an official ...
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Can meta tags replace structured data for Google News articles?

I've a news website included in Google News. I've used to use hEntry schema to give my news articles the structured data of articles. Now I want to remove my structured data tags/attributes and rely ...
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How can I check if my metadata tags for Google Scholar work?

I’m creating a site where I would like to use tags for indexing my pages on Google Scholar, but I don’t know if my tags works. Should we use https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool/ ...
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Would I be at a major SEO disadvantage, if I did not include a Targeted Keyword within the Product Title?

I am currently having a major headache in how to organise Product Variations, on an eCommerce site I am working on. The eCommerce site sells a variety of Canvas Prints. Each Canvas Print is ...
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What keyword should come first in a product page's meta tags?

Working with ~100,000 products. Currently the way I'm using has the following priorites (most to least) Model information such as name and model number of a given product Product line's associated ...
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Can a web page have two keyword meta tags?

If I have 2 keyword meta tags on my page how are they read? Both together? Only the 1st? Only the 2nd? Neither?
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Meta keywords random keywords

I was wondering what about having random meta keywords instead of fixed one? I have a blog, so every blog post has some related tags, in my home page i show the post's previews, so i put in meta ...
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Foreign text on English website

We decided to add translation links in our website for other languages. We have added 3 links for that: English | සිංහල | தமிழ் My problem is that we have added meta tag saying that this page is ...
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Why won't Google use my meta description? [duplicate]

I have an issue with my website: Google isn’t using my meta description, instead it’s using the content of the web page and I’m really confused. Reason I’m confused is because I have checked and I ...
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Personal page - name with foreign accent

I am writing HTML code for my personal webpage. I used GitHub page to host it. I am French and my firstname Céline contains accents. Assume my surname is Foo. There is two kind of request from the ...
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<br> in meta-description, ok or not?

I have a dynamically constructed page that automatically pulls specific page content and applies it to the meta description. There are <br> tags that end up in the meta description. Should I ...
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No date/time shown before my page in Google search results

I know that by changing the meta description of my webpage, I can control the texts shown by Google in the search results. However I do not know how I can control the text shown just before the ...