What is Metadata and How Does it Apply to Your Website?
Metadata, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is data that describes other data. As vague as it sounds, when it comes to the Internet, it's anything but. Throughout the Web, metadata is used to describe individual pages on a websites, allowing search engines to understand what each page portrays. Originally seen published on Yola at https://www.yola.com/blog/3-key-tips-to-adding-in-your-sites-metadata/Metadata has been used on websites for years and this key information is used to tell the search engine spiders what your content is about. Each and every page of your website has metadata and it is important to understand the key elements and what they are used for. You also need to know what the most important components are in the data, how they are used and what you need to avoid to make sure you are using this information to best represent each page on your website. Google as a whole ranks web pages not websites, this is why each page of your website needs to be structured properly to attract the search engines and potential customers. It is an art to be able to do both and remember conversions. Your website authority and trust of your overall website plays a factor in how well a page performs, but the algorithm is designed to rank pages of your website based on different elements (We will discuss this more later and how your overall website trust and authority affects pages on your website). The best way to optimize the page and your website is to discuss 1 topic on a page.
What are the meta data Elements of a Page?
Additional Key Points - Things to Watch Out ForThere has been a lot of analysis and studies done on proper Title tag, URL structure and H1 Tag and its ranking performance in Google. There is a mixed response on whether you should have these be the same or different. One of the easiest things to do is over optimize a page on your website. When you think about it, if you are targeting blue widgets and your domain is bluewidgetsexpress(dot)com and you create an internal page that is bluewidgetsexpress(dot)com/blue-widget-reviews/ or bluewidgetsexpress(dot)com/best-blue-widgets/ this is having the keywords in the URL structure 2 times. Then the title tag would also be something like Best Blue Widget Reviews and your H1 tag would also be Blue Widget Reviews, well this is clearly an over-optimized page trying to rank for Blue Widget Reviews. Then when backlinks are being built to the page most of the time they are being built as Blue Widget Reviews or bluewidgetsexpress(dot)com/blue-widget-reviews/ this causes an even bigger issue with the backlink profile of that page. This was a bit extreme, but it gets the point across on what not to do with your metadata and URL structure. We incorporate a few different techniques that can be used to effectively rank your page and help visitors get a clear understand of what the page is about. We use these techniques based upon different factors of the current website structure and backlink profile of the website. One Example would be:
What are the Most Important Metadata Factors?
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