SEO for Rookies # 6 – Meta Descriptions are a cinch.

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Even though it sounds complicated, you don’t need to know how to code to write a great meta description. It’s much easier than that.

The meta description summarizes a webpage’s information for searchers.

The “snippet” is the headline.

And the snippet and meta description together disclose to the searcher (and Google) what your content is about.

Write your meta description well, and a searcher might click over and read your full article.

Snippet from Google

Since Google usually publishes your words verbatim in the search results, write something enticing, so your customers click over to your website.

I’ve had articles that ranked horribly because I didn’t give the meta description much thought.

And once I put more effort into writing a clear meta description, my traffic to that page increased dramatically.

Yes, you can and should fix a meta description that’s not working, even years later.

So let’s make your words count:

Choose about 150 words – more, and you risk them getting cut off or losing searchers’ attention.

Add something enticing that might encourage a click, like “includes a free PDF” or “a list of universally appealing paint colors you won’t find anywhere else.”

And, of course, add the keywords you’re hoping to rank for in both the meta description and snippet.

If a webpage isn’t getting as much traffic as you’d like, go back and fiddle with the meta description. Try to get into the searchers’ heads and write something that might entice them to click on your website. You have a good chance of getting noticed if you match the “searcher’s intent” precisely with your meta description.

And that’s really all there is to it.

Read my other “SEO for Rookies” posts here.

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