Book Blogging 101: Everything You Need To Know About Metadata


Book Blogging 101: Everything You Need To Know About Metadata

Book Blogging 101

Everything You Need To Know About Metadata


SEO can be overwhelming for the best of us, and down right frightening for others, so I'm going to try and help explain some of the more technical parts in more detail for you.

For today's post we're going to be delving into the world of meta data. 


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What Are Meta Tags?

Let's start by defining was meta tags are. Meta tags are a basic part of HTML code and they can have a huge impact on SEO. They are pieces of information you use to tell search engines and those viewing your site more about your page and the information it contains. Meta tags aren't seen by viewers to your site but work in the background to tell what each page contains.


How Meta Tags Affect Brand Image and Click-through Rates


You absolutely can judge a book by its cover. It’s what covers are designed for. Your title and meta description tag create the cover for your web page. They’re your first impression on most visitors. It’s not just about search engines, but how we view the Internet. - Neil Patel

 

As Mr. Patel says, meta tags can have a huge affect on not only your brand image but also on click-through rates.


Best Practices for Understanding & Writing Metadata


Why are meta tags important?


Meta tags are an important part of SEO because they impact how your site shows in search engine result pages (SERPs) and also how many people will click-through to your website. 

How do meta tags improve website accessibility?

Not only will your Title Tag show up on the search results, but the Title Tag will also be added to the browser window or tab of your website so users can see what the page is about...
The Title Tag will also show up if you share your content on social media where ‘Open Graph’ is enabled. Open Graph previews a web page when linked on social media and makes your social media posts more neat and professional...
From an accessibility point of view, the Title Tag will be read out to people using screen readers, who ordinarily would not be able to see your website. The Title Tag will allow users to understand what the content on each page relates to.- thinkcre8

What types of meta tags should I use?


Title tags- This is the title of your page and should be unique for every page you publish.
Meta description- This is a description of the content on the page.
Open graph tags- These are used to specify what shows up in the title and image by default when sharing links on social sites.
Alt Text Tag- This is used to describe images.

There are of course many more. You can find out more about the above mentioned meta tags and others in this post by Clutch about Meta Tags that improve SEO.

You should, of course, be using your keywords in your meta data. As a book blogger you'll want to include things like "Book Review" and the title of the book and the name of the author. The more specific the better. 

How do I add meta tags to my website?


To add meta tags to your website you need to edit the html code. If you're using Blogger or Wordpress for your blog they had sections where you can fill in the information and they produce the html code for the meta tags for you automatically.  


Book Blogging 101: Everything You Need To Know About Metadata


Further reading


If you're interested in knowing more about how metadata affects SEO, using keywords in metadata, and best practices for writing meta-descriptions I suggest checking out this article by Denver Data about Metadata Best Practices 

For more details about using meta tags in SEO I also suggest you visit Search Engine Watch and check out their article A complete guide to meta tags in SEO


Free Tools to Add and Check Your Meta Tags


Yoast SEO Plugin for WordPress

BuzzStream Meta Tag Extractor

WebFX SEO Checker

Search Engine Reports


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