… might be a bit complicated. However, here is my attempt to explain it based on what I read the past couple of weeks.
Do you remember those index cards, were you used to write recipes? (maybe school lessons? or business contacts?) I do! My favorite one was oatmeal cookies.
You are probably thinking what on earth recipes has to do with Meta Tags? Well, believe it or not, it works exactly the same in the World Wide Web (WWW) (at least this is what I understood :D).
The usual practice to write a recipe on an index card was to include a short title, which helped us find it later. The list of ingredients was as important, being that a wrong item would throw you off completely. Finally, the preparation took us into a more detailed explanation. In other words, I wouldn’t titled this recipe chicken stew, nor would I find red vinegar as part of my ingredients, right?
Then, if you understand how we used those index cards, you understand Meta Tags! Meta Tags have the same purpose and system. The most common ones below:
1. Write a title that represents the page, remember, this is just a short phrase (ex: Oatmeal Cookies = Patricia Awapara’s Art), also known as Meta Title.
2. Include a list of words relevant to your webpage. That is, they need to be related to your content (ex: oatmeal, sugar, raisins, etc = art, acrylic paintings, artist,etc) also known as Meta Keywords.
3. Describe your page, yourself or product in detail. Unlike keyword, this must have full sentences to make sense, being that it will be visible to the reader, (ex: Start by mixing all ingredients into a bowl = Patricia Awapara’s paintings are colorful and have a variety of subject matters). Also known as Meta Description.
Well, at least when it comes to understanding a small part of Meta Tags. There are tons of information about this subject alone and articles alike. In fact, indexing is one of them. Once you finish writing all your tags a “Web Crawler” will (hopefully) find your page with the purpose of indexing it and store your information, which makes the “Search Engines” task easier (to find you).
Please, do not hesitate to comment or correct me if I am wrong.
Happy Meta Tagging!!
Update 6.3.13: Read comment from Art Morehead (Arthur) in the reply section below. He goes in depth regarding this issue. It is an excellent explanation. Check it out!
Arthur also replied after I asked him about my explanation and recipe metaphor, see following quoted comment here:
“Yes Patricia your recipe metaphor was actually pretty good but it didn’t really explain what tags are and barely scratched the surface which is why I added to it. However it did do a good job of explaining the way that basic indexing works through the title tags, meta description and keywords, I just gave it a little more of a push is all to include a little more detail about what tags are actually used for and how they should not be used for indexing. However this doesn’t mean that others wouldn’t use tags in a totally different manner. They could use tags for indexing but then you would use the “no indexing” attributes for your categories and or/ titles. Like I said it really depends on how you set your link structuring up under your settings (permalinks, slugs, etc.) This is why I tell everyone to have a self hosted wordpress.org blog to be able to make these setting on your own to work they way YOU want them to and not be restricted as to how Blogger, WordPress.com, TypePad, or any of the other free blogging sites.
Sure you can use it just use your editor to put what you need into “block quotes” and add my name and URL at the bottom of the quote so you don’t get hit for like kind content from Google.
Google doesnt like the copy and pasting of content from one site to another but the do like it when quoting is done correctly, Which means using the quote blocks in your html editor which captures and signals the bots that this is something of importance and is good for SEO, by Arthur Morehead – This conversation was originally posted under a LinkedIn Group called Art Marketing“
(I hope this is how it’s done :D)