Search engine optimization (SEO) meta descriptions are short blurbs of text that briefly describe the content of web pages. These appear within search engine results pages (SERPs) when a user searches for a term or phrase.
Meta descriptions are written in HTML summarizing the webpage’s content. In the HTML code, the description looks like this:
<meta name= “description” content= “here is where you place the description”/>
Google determines meta description lengths based on pixels. The limit for desktop is 920 pixels, or about 158 characters, and 680 pixels on mobile devices, or roughly 120 characters. When creating these descriptions, you need to keep these restrictions in mind.
An engaging sales page coupled with an optimized meta description can increase traffic to your page exponentially and boost conversions. It will set you apart from the search snippets chosen by Google.
While meta descriptions are search snippets, search snippets don’t have to be meta descriptions (confusing, we know). Meta descriptions are an HTML tag you control while search snippets can be HTML tags or descriptions generated by Google.
Meta descriptions appear in SERPs with title tags and slugs. A title tag is a version of the page title that’s added to the HTML. This can be the same as or different from the headline in the copy. The slug is the URL for the page.
Meta descriptions are an invaluable element of your marketing strategy. They are essentially a mini ad for your webpage. Carefully curated meta descriptions look better in search results and increase click-through rates.
Here are some reasons why you should use SEO meta descriptions:
So, how do you write effective meta-descriptions? Take a look at the step-by-step plan outlined below.
Make sure you know your target audience and their optimal buying journey. You also need to understand what happens at each stage of the marketing funnel. The marketing funnel tracks your customer’s journey from their initial awareness of your brand to the point where they make a purchase.
Meta descriptions can optimize your market funnel. For example, potential customers may stumble across your brand in a search or be evaluating whether or not you’re the best option. Either way, meta descriptions are an easy way for potential customers to get to know you.
You want potential traffic to get to know your brand through a limited number of characters, so write meta descriptions that illustrate who you are and why they should click on your page. You need to figure it out your brand message therefore before creating your meta descriptions.
All your meta descriptions to have a clear and consistent voice. Setting a consistent tone within your descriptions will give your business a sense of authenticity and foster brand recognition. Try to make your audience feel like they know your company and what you stand for.
What does your audience want to know, what is your page about, and why should a browser choose you? When you answer these questions, always put the most important information first. For example, if your company can provide internet phone services from home, tell them the most prominent features of this in the first sentence.
Consider what the primary keyword should be for your webpage. These should be the keywords your audience is searching for in a search engine. When coming up with keywords, think about what you offer and what your audience will type in to look for you.
Also, take advantage of trending social headlines. Keep track of prominent figures like influencers to gather relevant keywords.
Keywords will appear in bold letters in the meta description. For example, below, when video call was placed in Google, the words are bolded to draw the reader’s eye to them. You want any phrase that contains the keyword to be impactful.
Make your meta description conversational, but also let your audience know the benefits of clicking on your content. For example, this search tells customers they can ‘Step into the perfect vintage-inspired clothing. It also includes a call to action. It tells the audience they can ‘Shop now for free shipping over $150!’
The creation of meta descriptions gives organizations control over how they present themselves in SERPs. Content Marketers need to consider the company’s brand and target audience when crafting these. Developing this material should be an active part of content creation.
Producing effective meta descriptions will increase your CTR and boost your search rankings. The ability to use this inexpensive method of marketing should therefore be fully utilized. Your team spends time and resources to curate an attractive platform for your audience. By taking advantage of meta descriptions, you’re ensuring that your users will see the fruits of their labor.
Finally, remember to always be creating content and researching for the most up-to-date trends. Nothing is worse than an outdated website and the same goes for your meta descriptions. It’s an easy way to increase website traffic and lead your organization to success.
“The general assumption under such an approach is that searching users are often the best judges of relevance, so that if they select a particular search result, it is likely to be relevant, or at least more relevant than the presented alternatives.”
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