It is no secret that you can improve search ranking for your website by optimizing Meta Description.
Although, Meta Description of a page or post is not one of over 200 organic ranking factors, as Search Engine becomes more intelligent, it is used to boost relevancy of search results to qeuries.
Google receives over 63,000 searches per second on any given day. –Internet Live Stats
Besides not being a known organic search ranking factor for content, Meta Description is sure important for explaining why prospects should click through to your web page or post.
Meta Description mostly help you say what you could have said in your web Page Title but could not, due to 65 – 70 character limit.
Meta Description appears underneath the blue clickable links (Page Title) in a search engine results page.
What is Meta Description Tag?
Meta description tag is a HTML tag (snippet) between 165 to 275 characters, that summarizes a page’s content. Search engines show the meta description in search results mostly when the searched for phrase is contained in the description.
But, depending on a user’s query, Google Search might pull Meta Description text from other areas on your page (content) -in an attempt to answer the searcher’s query the best way the search algorithms could do.
How Meta Description Improve Search Ranking?
Meta description tag serves the function of ad copy for your web page or post. It draws readers to a website from the SERP, and thus is a very visible and important part of search engine optimization.
Crafting a readable, compelling description using important keywords can improve the click-through rate for a given web page.
Best Practices for Meta Description?
- Use one simple sentence or a paragraph that clearly communicates value, benefits or urgency
- It should include focus keyword (theme of the article) alongside synonyms or relevant terms
- It should intelligently come across in a natural, active, non-spammy way
- Avoid having duplicate Meta Descriptions across multiple web pages and posts
- Write in a way that compels users to click through by appealing to emotion.
What if I don’t have time to write new sentence for Meta Description? Tweak your First Paragraph a little bit to fill up the space.
Trust you have learnt something new on how to improve search ranking for your website by tweaking your Meta Description.
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