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Meta Tag Description Redundancy (8 posts)

  1. jaco223
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hello,

    I'm using WP 3.1.3 and the latest all in one seo plugin. The problem I'm having is looking at my seo I have 53 pages with the same description, Writing Just Write of Left. That's my site description just below my site title. How can I make it so search engines don't penalize me for the duplicate description? I don't know if this the appropriate forum. Sorry if it's not, but this is driving me crazy. Also the all in one plugin is set to dynamically use appropriate keywords, but I don't see any keywords being populated in the keyword field in my dashboard. Thanks

  2. alchymyth
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    your theme might have a line with the meat description code programmed into header.php, just below the <title> tag;
    if so, remove it, to alow the search engines to pick up the seo plugin's description which, if filled in properly per page/post, should be differnent for the pages.

    please post a link to your site for further suggestions.

  3. jaco223
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you for your reply here is the link to my site. Just Write of Left
    ` I'll go into the style sheet and make that change.

  4. jaco223
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm using Genesis framework with the Georgia child theme. The only place I see the header.php file is in Genesis. Do I make the change there?

    I just looked at the Genesis header.php and it say's under no circumstance make changes to this file.

    Would I make the change to the style sheet for the child theme?

  5. alchymyth
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    there does not seem to be a duplicate meta description in your header.

    looking at my seo I have 53 pages with the same description

    where is that information coming from?

    how recently have you added the seo plugin and filled in all meta descriptions for all your pages, posts, templates?

    some of your pages don't seem to have the meta description at all, so maybe the search engines take it from your tag line.

  6. jaco223
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm getting this from Attracta seo score. How can you tell, and where do I look for meta descriptions for my pages, or the absence of a meta description?

    I think I added the plugin the day before yesterday.

    Where do i add meta descriptions for my pages?

    I know I go in and add a description for my posts, and add keywords, and that stumps me as well since my seo plugin is set to dynamically add them.

    I'm just really confused about meta tags. I mean I know what they are but I don't understand where to make the changes. It's frustrating.

    Thanks Sweeper.

  7. alchymyth
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    i don't work with any seo plugin;

    however, i assume it has more than sufficient options to add whatever meta description is needed; possibly, you need to edit each page to find the meta boxes to enter individual descriptions. for posts, it seems to use the excerpt automatically.

    where do I look for meta descriptions for my pages, or the absence of a meta description?

    in your browser, when viewing a page, click 'view' 'view source' (or similar) on the browser tool bar - this will show the html code of your site, where you will find an area with the output from your seo plugin:

    <!-- All in One SEO Pack 1.6.13.3 by Michael Torbert of Semper Fi Web Design[316,335] -->
    <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.yoursite.com/?page_id=4" />
    <!-- /all in one seo pack -->

    (the above is from your 'about' page - no meta description).

    the following is from your latest post - automically generated excerpt as meta description:

    <!-- All in One SEO Pack 1.6.13.3 by Michael Torbert of Semper Fi Web Design[316,346] -->
    <meta name="description" content="Chongqing's Cotton Club. One night during my week long gig, she walked in" />
    <meta name="keywords" content="joni mitchell, chinese, cotton club, chongqing, dying voices, silenced,,chongqing,cotton club,creative writing,flash fiction,guitars,joni mirchell,reflections,short stories" />
    <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.yoursite.com/?p=198" />
    <!-- /all in one seo pack -->

    generally: meta descriptions don't seem to be too important for search engine rating, however, they are usually the bit of content showing with the search result - so it is more for your human viewers...

  8. jaco223
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I could use the HTML editor in the dashboard. Ok, so i need to figure out how to prevent search engines from using my tagline as a description. This is where my problem is.

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