Meta Tag Demystified

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What is a Meta-Tag ?
It is indeed a good question to ask in the beginning of the post. There are number of ways that I can answer this question.

MetaTag is a Information about information.., very general definition.

Meta elements are HTML or XHTML elements used to provide structured metadata about a Web page. Such elements must be placed as tags in the head section of an HTML or XHTML document.
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metatag

Meta-tags are HTML tags that can be used to identify the below details about the web page you are viewing,

Title
Description
Keywords
Author
Content Language
Refresh
Robots
Distribution and
Revisit

Among the above listed things, few are optional. Let me first put the code and explain. That sounds good right.,

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<HEAD>


<TITLE>Title of the webpage</TITLE>
<META name="description" content="Describe about your webpage here.">
<META name="keywords" content="Keyword phrases that describe your webpage keywords.">


//Add the below tags if you want to Refresh your page after 60sec/redirect to other website after 60 sec.
//<META http-equiv="refresh" content="60">
//<META http-equiv="refresh" content="60;url=http://www.rockstartemplate.com/">


<META name="Author" content="Add the Author Information here">


//In the below Tag you can specify whether search engines should Index your page or Follow the links in this webpage.
//You can also use NoIndex and Follow.
<META name="robots" content="index,nofollow">


//You can specify the level of distribution in the below Tag.
//You can use Global/Local/IU(Internal Use)
<META name="Distribution" content="Global">


//The below tag is used to defines the language your webpage uses.
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Language" content="EN">


<META name="Revisit-After" content="No of Days after which Search engines needs to revisit your site">
<META name="Abstract" content="Abstract - Overview of your entire webpage goes here">
<META name="Copyright" content="Put your Copyright Statement here">
<META name="Expires" content="Mon, 08 May 2011 10:23:00 GMT">


//Inform Searchengine that your site is for General/Restricted/Adult audiences.
<META name= “Rating” content= “General”>


</HEAD>

 

Sample Metatag in Google :

 
Metatags