Step by step guide to add meta description tag on your WordPress website without any plugin and improve website ranking [2018]

The purpose of a meta description for your page is to get someone searching on Google to click your link. The meta description tag in HTML is the  around 160 character snippet used to summarize a web page’s content. They are between one sentence to a short paragraph and appear underneath the blue clickable links in a search engine results page (SERP). However, depending on a user’s query, Google might pull meta description text from other areas on your page (in an attempt to better answer the searcher’s query). Search engines sometimes use these snippets in search results to let visitors know what a page is about before they click on it.

In this post, we will look at how add meta description tag to your WordPress Website Manually without any plugin

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WordPress Sample Dashboard

Login to your WordPress website

 Login to your WordPress website. This means that you should open your WordPress Dashboard. 

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Navigate to theme editor to add meta description to your website
Go to Theme Editor

Edit your theme

To edit your theme you should go to Appearance tab in WordPress Dashboard and then click on Editor inside Appearance tab

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Locate tag where you will put description tag
Locate tag where you will put description tag. Here it is inside header.php

Locate <head> tag

WordPress website consists of many files. Meta description tag should be inside <head> tag. So to put meta description you need to first locate <head> tag.

Depending on your theme, your <head> tag will be located in any one of these files Header, Main Index or Index.

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Prepare <meta> description tag

Finally coming to the main content i.e. <meta> description tag. Syntax of <meta> tag is:

<meta name=”descriptioncontent=”Site Description“>

Just replace “Site Description” in above <meta> tag with description that you want to give for your website.

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Put tag inside tag as shown
Put description tag inside tag as shown

Insert <meta> description tag in <head> tag

Copy the prepared <meta> tag inside head tag. After inserting it should look like this

<head>

<meta name=”description” content=”Your Site Description“>

<meta charset=”UTF-8“>
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</head>

After inserting click on update file. To apply changes to your website

 

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Finally check description tag is located properly inside tag in the initial few lines of your website
check description tag inside tag of you website

Final & Imp Step: Check your website

Your description has been added to your website and ready for site description is ready to be indexing by google and other search engines.But checking is very important as adding this tag at other places by mistake will not help you that much. It is important to have it inside <head> tag appropriately.

You can check that description has been added at appropriate place by visiting your website on any browser. And then right click to view page source. If you have followed every procedure correctly then inside page source, you should find <meta> description tag inside <head> tag in the first few lines of your website source.

Congrats!!! You have added <meta> description tag which is very important part of on-page search engine optimization (SEO). 

 

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