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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Adding meta tags

To new bloggers, meta tag or meta data might be something you've never heard off. Some might be thinking, what is a meta tag? All I want is just to start a simple blog and make tons of money from the ads.Ok lets move on the things,

Well the reason is simple, if you want to make money from blogging, you've got to get traffic. To get the traffic, you need meta tag. I am not guaranteeing that thousands of visitors would be thronging your site the day after adding the meta tags. What I intend to say here is that by adding meta tag to your blog, you've taken another step towards increasing traffic to your blog.

It is clear that there are 3 meta tags that should be included into your blog. The first is the title meta tag, followed by the description meta tag and lastly the keyword meta tag.

Today, I will be sharing steps on how to add the description and keyword meta tag to your blogspot. Why did I leave out the title meta tag? The reason is simple, in blogspot you've already defined your title meta tag the moment you enter the Title for your blog.

*Blogspot automatically uses your blog title as your title meta tag.

Let's move on to adding the description and keyword meta tag to your blog.

Adding meta tag requires some HTML editing on your blog template. Fear not as the steps are simple and easy to understand. I've always mentioned in my past posts that you should always backup your blog template before making changes on the HTML codes. God knows if you accidentally delete a whole chunk of your HTML code while attempting to add the meta tag codes. Your backup blog template might be your only saviour then.

To backup your blog template,
Go to Layout -> Edit HTML -> Download Full Template
Once you've backed up your blog template, you're now ready to take the plunge.

Start by locating the following HTML codes (located somewhere near the top):


<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/> <title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title>


Copy the following meta tag codes from here:

<meta content='MY BLOG DESCRIPTION GOES HERE' name='description'/>

<meta content='MY KEYWORDS GO HERE' name='keywords'/>

Add the meta tag codes under the blog.pageTitle tag. The code arrangement should look like this:


<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/> <title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title>

<meta content='MY BLOG DESCRIPTION GOES HERE' name='description'/>

<meta content='MY KEYWORDS GO HERE' name='keywords'/>


Before pressing the Save Template button,

Make sure you write a simple description about your blog. Add relevant keywords to your meta tags by seperating each keyword with a coma. The description is what appears on a search. If your blog description is too long, it'll be cropped as search engines only uses a few lines to describe your blog. An optimum number of characters to use for meta description is 150 (including spaces and dots).

You are allowed to insert as many keywords as you want into your meta keywords. Repeating your keywords to many times (more then 5) might result in your blog being blacklisted by search engines due to keyword spam.

You may now click on the Save Template button. To check if your meta tag works, you can use this Meta Tag Analyser from Change your meta description and meta keywords again if your Meta Tag Analyser result is not to your liking.

I hope you find the steps for adding meta tag to your blogspot template easy to follow. My upcoming post would be on how to replace your blog's static header with a dynamic header.

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