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Do you use Meta Desc in Wordpress?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by samiejg, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    Aside from my homepage, I've never really used Meta Tags for my description in Wordpress. Is there anyone else here that does that? Is it really bad to do?

    I don't even think Wordpress has the ability by default does it? I really don't want to install some all-in-one Wordpress app, but had some previous people from one of my lasts posts telling me that it should be done.
     
  2. TZ2011

    TZ2011 Senior Member

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    Your question in post is "Do you use Meta Desc in Wordpress" , and in post you are asking for meta tags. You do realize how much those stuff are different?

    Anyway, Meta Description is useful, google pulls that 154 letters like short info from your posts and pages and show them in google searches, so yes, they are useful. plugins like All in One SEO (for wordpress) are good enough to use for that purpose.
     
  3. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    A Meta Description IS a Meta Tag. I guess for me I know that Google is going to grab a Meta Description from my site regardless of if I have the Meta Tag or not, so why bother. I hate the idea of putting more work into my posts.
     
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    mindlesswizard Supreme Member

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    I create unique META DESCRIPTION for each post using the YOAST SEO plugin.
     
  5. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    Google will pull the first 154 words from your article and use them as the meta description. If you are happy enough with that then theres no problem even if does trail off mid sentence like...........

    On the other hand a meta description is your chance to write a crafted call to action. Explain what your post is about and make people click the link. I always craft my meta descriptions it only takes me another two minutes of time. Dont presume that people will click your link just because you happen to be on the front page.
     
  6. Logician

    Logician BANNED BANNED

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    Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. It depends on how I want it to look in Google.
     
  7. Aty

    Aty Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Same here, but usually I use it, it's part of the on-page SEO.
     
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    linktolinker Junior Member Premium Member

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    I believe Meta Desc. is important. It helps you write your desired description including your keywords. I use Yoeast plugin
     
  9. Gogol

    Gogol Elite Member

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    Yupp I do and google uses that for the description. I also use og:description meta tag for social networks.
     
  10. ikilledkenny

    ikilledkenny Junior Member

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    just do yourself a favor, ask your content writer to always write for each article 2 sentences as a teaser. then use those as meta-desc and just before the "read more" button on your site. don't over-think things.
     
  11. nshunz

    nshunz Junior Member

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    Yes, I do. IMO it is very important as people see that when they find our site among the results returned by google. That could decide whether they click on our site or no.
     
  12. Logician

    Logician BANNED BANNED

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    Only if you want it to be.
     
  13. ComRade667

    ComRade667 Regular Member

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    yes, it's a part of optimization. however, it's your wish whether you need meta description or not.
     
  14. prosystems

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    You can write a detailed meta description for every page/post but doing so on an ecommerce site can be cumbersome and the automated meta is generally good enough if your item descriptions are good enough. Same holds true for non e-commerce sites. Get your keywords/phrases up top and the meta thatis automated will generally be what you would have written anyways.
     
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    jaselc Regular Member Premium Member

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    pompano Power Member

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    I love the capitalization of YOAST from you. It always bothers me when "All In One SEO" is suggested on BHW so much. :(
     
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    Yep. It's a good way to put some additional keywords into content.
     
  18. BlackSEOBelt

    BlackSEOBelt Regular Member

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    Sure.

    If you think meta descriptions are no longer important these days, you are wrong. :)

    In fact, with the rise of social media, they are more valuable than ever.

    Say, when you post to Facebook, Google+, etc. meta descriptions show what your posts are about. The ones that are the most informative and catchy, get more clicks and your site gets more traffic.

    So, don't ignore using meta description.
     
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    Meta description can skyrocket your CTR and is not only used by google but also other sites.
    So if you take your time to write a long detailed post about something, take the time to optimize the meta as well!

    Do I use meta description? Sometimes, depending on what I publish.

    I think you refer to Meta Keywords, which is said to be pointless. But both are Meta Tags.

    <META name="description" content="">
    <META name="keywords" content="">
     
  20. zee007

    zee007 Senior Member

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    It depends on the page. If its a page you want exposure for in the SERPS, then yes.

    By habit, I create a unique description for each and every page (150 characters) as part of on-page.

    Its work, but so is SEO :)