It seems that meta tags are important for google to find your hub (when you submit it to them), but I don't really know what they are, and I have no clue how to use them.
Also, I submitted my hubs to google, but they are listed quite low. Do search results change often? (like can my hubs go up and down in popularity and thus maybe get me to the 1st page one day?) Or are my hubs sentenced to a lifetime of living in the backwaters of search engines in one, exact specific spot?
Meta tags are just a tag of what the article/video/picture contains, so search engines knows what involved in the subject.
Your hubs will go up and down in search engines, if you promote your articles. The more links going to the article, the more relevant a search engine will deem your article, and the higher it will place. So promote your article all over the web, and try and bump yourself up the search engines!
If you have no idea how to do that, just search through the countless SEO advice you can find here on hubpages. Do NOT pay money for someone's magical eBook that will make you millions of $'s and huge traffic for only $17.
Meta Tags are unnecesary on HubPages. You need not do anything to get search engines to find your hubs except write good original material.
Oh yeah, no no i'm not down for paying for an ebook or anything. Okay so how do I make a meta tag? Are there already ones inside my article promoting itself to google, yahoo and what not?
In hubpages, there just the tags down the side of your hubs, (use the suggest a tag feature for one's you may have forgotten, but don't use hundreds!)
If you use social bookmarking and networking sites such as Digg, Mixx and Stumbleupon, it will ask for tags, make sure they are relevant to your article and use as many as your allowed to. Some sites only allow you 5 for example, use them all!
It will help with people searching within the site, and on Google etc. In time, this should help you bump up the search engines, as long as your content is evergreen (ie it has not time limit on the article) you should progress up the ranks.
In general, you have no control of meta tags within a hubs html.
The tags one selects within a hub, are not meta tags.
If you check the source code on your published hubs you would see that the only meta tag that hubpages creates for you meta "content'
Meta tags are no longer confirmed as being used by any search engines as far as ranking and placement goes anyway. Spamdexing and keyword stuffing killed this practice long ago. I wonder if what you were reading wasnt outdated?
Meta tags are useful in that you can choose "how" a search engine displays your results, but you wont influence when.
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