Understanding how title tags and meta descriptions work will help increase your website’s optimization. These features will increase the visibility of your website by pushing you up in the rankings for your primary keyword.
How Title Tags Work
Title tags are arguably the most important aspect of on-page optimization, they offer the least amount of work but provide the most reward. A title tag is like the sign at the front of a physical store, it aims to pull people in and turn them into leads.
Your title tag will look like this:
<title> How To Create Title Tags & Meta Descriptions </title>
This title will be the first thing people will see when they find you on Google, it appears on the search results page in the little blue ink. It is also displayed on the top of the user’s browser on your website’s tab.
The title tag must be within 65 characters according to Google and has a max-width of 600 pixels. If it’s more than 65 characters, it will cut off the rest of the title and an ellipsis will appear, this is known as a truncated title. Some people dislike truncated titles, but it’s important to note that Google will always look at all the keywords in your title tag, no matter the length, so it’s really just a personal preference.
Google also reserves the right not to use your title tag and come up with its own. If they feel like another piece of writing in your content is more relevant, they will grab a snippet of text and use that instead.
For more information on the importance of title tags, read our blog post.
Creating Your Title Tag
When users perform a Google search, they are generally scanning the results on the screen. This is why it’s a good idea to place your primary keyword as close to the front of the title as possible. For more information about keywords and SEO, read our comprehensive guide to keyword research.
While we talk a lot about methods to increase your rankings, we want to remind you that you should be writing for users and not for robots. Don’t just try to please the search engine, make sure your writing makes sense.
If your title tag is the store sign, your meta description is the sample dinner menu posted out front. At the beginning of this blog post there is a meta description, a short written overview of the content in this post, typically 1 to 2 sentences long. Google will bold the keyword and its variations if the user searches for that term.
Users spend approximately one second on one result, so ensure to be compelling and try to reel them in. Meta descriptions will get truncated at 160 characters, so we suggest that you aim for a meta description length of between 40 and 160 characters. Google says that meta descriptions don’t impact search rankings but they do impact click-through rates. We know that click-through rates do impact search rankings, meaning that meta descriptions have an indirect impact on search rankings.
For a guide on SEO analytics and their definitions, read our blog post.
Similar to title tags, Google reserves the right to change your meta description and choose something more relevant.
Title tags and meta descriptions are key components of SEO and here at Choquer Creative, we have in-house SaaS SEO experts that can help you with your website.
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