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Handy WordPress meta tag plugin

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday November 18, 2006 )

If you’re concerned about not having a keywords statement in your posts; I’ve heard that a plugin called Jerome’s keywords is pretty good; plus it also offers the option of having your keywords indexed by Technorati as tags.

Related:

Learn more about meta tags

Try our simple meta tag generator for static pages

Title tag – guidelines for one of the most important tags in your page source code.

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I’ve mentioned previously the importance of implementing meta tags in your site pages as part of search engine optmization. I recently went hunting for a good WordPress blog meta tag generator plugin to somewhat automate this task.

When I write my blog posts, it’s usually towards the end of what’s always a long day and sometimes just that extra bit of effort of specifying meta tags is enough to make my brain melt :).

To help avoid repeated brain melt scenarios and after trialing several plugins , the one I settled on is a free application from Kaf Under called Head META Description (Kudos Kaf – great work!).

While this plugin only generates the description tag, the flexibility it provides is fantastic. Having tested it now for several weeks to see how search engines treated my posts, but without the benefit of the keyword meta tag being present; I can say it’s certainly had no negative affect.

Head META Description is super simple to install; just upload the plugin file to your wp-content/plugins/ directory, then activate Head META Description under Plugins in WordPress. That’s all there is to it, if you wish to tweak the plugin to suit your needs, it’s very easy to do as the configuration options in the code are very clear.

Once activated, you can choose to do one of three things when posting:

a) Do absolutely nothing and the description tag will be automatically generated based on the first X number of words in your post excerpt when you publish. This is great for when you’re pressed for time. It also gets you into the habit of writing keyword and keyphrase rich opening paragraphs. I’ve used that option on this post, so if you view the source of this page you’ll see it in action.

b) Use a pre-defined description statement which you specify in the config file. I advise against this as much like the situation with title tags, search engines definitely seem to prefer unique description tags for each page.

c) Override with a custom statement. This is done via the “custom fields” area at the bottom of your WordPress “write post” page. Click the drop down selector, select “description”, enter your description tag text – done.

If you’re concerned about not having a keywords statement in your posts; I’ve heard that a plugin called Jerome’s keywords is pretty good; plus it also offers the option of having your keywords indexed by Technorati as tags.

Related:

Learn more about meta tags

Try our simple meta tag generator for static pages

Title tag – guidelines for one of the most important tags in your page source code.



 

 
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