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What is a metatag?

  1. Novel Treasure profile image89
    Novel Treasureposted 5 years ago

    What is a metatag?

    Is this the same as the summary section?

  2. Alistair Olver profile image68
    Alistair Olverposted 5 years ago

    Metatags are like keywords, the summary is your meta description, this is what appears below the title in search results, so it is important to get your keywords in the summary/description.

    1. Novel Treasure profile image89
      Novel Treasureposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. I have to admit I was a little confused by what I had read.

  3. Marisa Wright profile image98
    Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago

    You can't use metatags on HubPages.  When you're reading articles or watching videos about writing online, you'll find lots of references like that, to things you can use on your own website but are not under your control on a revenue-sharing site.

  4. flashmakeit profile image69
    flashmakeitposted 5 years ago

    Meta provide information about a Web page and is inserted into the HTML document the user cannot see them. A tag is a non-hierarchical keyword.  An user can see your summery which is like a brief description of your article that would help someone to decide if they would like to read your hub.

  5. Greekgeek profile image95
    Greekgeekposted 5 years ago

    Yes, actually, you're right! A hub's summary gets fed into the "description" metatag of that webpage.

    Metatags are various shorthand bits of information describing webpages for computers and search engines, like the information about a book in a library card catalog.

    You can see metatags of various kinds by choosing "View Source" from your web browser and then searching for the META tag. (Just search for "META").

    Nowadays, metatags are  ignored by search engines as far as using them to help the search engine decide how to rank the page, because too many people stuffed their metatags with fake keywords or descriptions that didn't really match the content.

    However, the "description" metatag -- our hub summary -- is still important, because it's often displayed as the excerpt, the quote, when our hub appears in search results. Google may pluck a quote from elsewhere on the page that matches the searcher's query, but sometimes it uses the description. Bing and other search engines are more apt to display that description.

    So it's important to write it for human readers. It's like your job interview, a quick first impression to show that your page is competent, clear, well-written, and (most of all) that it covers the topic a searcher is looking for. So tell what your page is about -- be specific! -- and use engaging, appealing language.

    When I'm trying to leverage every visitor I can, I'll often phrase the description as a question, because people tend to click on questions to find the answer. smile