Did you know there are certain limits on the amount of information you can use in your HTML Meta “head” tags? Search Engines are rather particular when it comes to indexing websites. If you flood your Meta Tags with too much information you may be penalised and your website will score poorly on the search results pages.
How do you determine best practices when it comes to describing your web page content? In the source code of your web pages you will see the “head” and “/head” tags. Between these two tags is where you should add your Meta information.
If you are using WordPress or other good blogging software you can generally install an SEO Plugin that will allow you to manage the Meta information on your web pages. Each page should contain relevant information specfic to that page, otherwise your ranking could be affected.
The main Meta tags for SEO are the “Title”, “Description” and “Keywords” tags.
The number of characters in each of these are as follows:
Title – 60 Characters
Description – 160 Characters
Keywords – 180 Characters (or about 25 words separated with commas, not colons – this is wrong –
keyword 1 : keyword 2 : keyword 3) Adding irrelevant characters can harm your search engine ranking by taking up valuable space.
You can use our Meta tag character counter below to check your character count. Simply type your web page Title, Description or Keywords (including commas) in the text area below and click the “Total Count” button. You can also copy the text in your Meta tags from the “View Source” or “View Page Source” of your web pages and paste it in to the field below.
If you are mobile you can download the SEO Expert app from the following link: http://metacount.mjbapp.com