Add Meta Tags WordPress Plugin Guide

Posted OnJul 17, 2015     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

Hello and welcome to the Add Meta Tags WordPress plugin guide. This is a great plugin, designed to give your website a boost for better search engine optimisation by adding basic meta tags, as well as using tools such as Opengraph, Microdata, Twitter Cards and Dublin Core metadata.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) On the Dashboard of your website, scroll down the left-hand sidebar and click on Plugins


Step 3) From the Installed Plugins page, click on Add New at the top of the page. Alternatively, click on Add New from the dropdown menu under Plugins on the sidebar.


Step 4) On the Add Plugins page, type in the name of your plugin in the search box on the right hand side, at the top of the page.


Step 5) From the Search Results page, scroll down to your chosen plugin and click the button marked Install Now. If you would like to learn more about your plugin, click the blue link marked More Details


Step 6) The plugin is now installed and unpacked into your website. The last thing to do now is click Activate Plugin


Step 7) Once activated, you will be redirected to the Installed Plugins page. From here, you can read all the info about your plugins, and deactivate and delete it if you no longer need it.


Step 8) From the Admin Panel, head to Settings >> Metadata. On this page, you can read all about the plugin, including a guide as to how to it works, and get in touch with the developers.


Step 9) For the Front Page Metadata, you can use the Edit the Front Page link to set the Description and the Keywords Meta Tags in the box at the bottom of the page. This is important if you use static pages on the front page and the latest posts page of this web site, as this is the page that you want to optimise the most.


Step 10) The Global Keywords are the keywords you wish to be added to the metatag for all posts and pages of your site, and will therefore increase your rankability. Enter them into the box provided, separated by commas.


Step 11) If you have metatags you need to add throughout your site – for example, Google verification – add the HTML code for them in the box below.


Step 12) The Publisher Settings are used to connect various publishers to your website, including Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Add the usernames or URLs into the boxes provided to link these up to your site.


Step 13) The Basic Metadata options, when ticked, will automatically generate a description meta tag and a keywords meta tag based on the content within your posts. If you don’t tick these boxes, you can create them yourself by scrolling down to the bottom of your posts/pages and customising them yourself.


Step 14) Opengraph Metadata is what connects Facebook to your WordPress site. You can automatically generate Opengraph meta tags by ticking the box required, or leave it to customise it yourself.


Step 15) The Twitter Cards Metadata section is where you can allow the plugin to automatically generate Twitter Cards meta tags – including allowing default media and image cards for posted content – by ticking the box provided.


Step 16) The likes of Dublin Core and are features designed to help search engines better rank pages based on how their data is structured. By ticking these boxes, the different features will automatically generate metadata for the different features, and ensure your content can rank in the search engines.


Step 17) The Metabox features can be altered so that only certain features are enabled for each post. At present, custom descriptions, keywords and the title element are enabled, but you can also allow news keywords, full meta tags box and referenced items.


Step 18) Duplicate content can see your site penalised by Google, so by using the Extra SEO Options below, you can add NoIndex and NoFollow meta tags to various sections of your site (including Search Results) to ensure that Google and co. see you as a legitimate site and not a spammer.


Step 19) The secure access feature should be ticked, as many connections are now using HTTPS as well as HTTP. By ticking the box, your content will still be accessible to HTTPS users.


Step 20) If you have copyright information in relation to any part of your business, products, services or content, enter the URL that leads to that document into the box below. The plugin will add the copyright information to every page of your website using a metatag.


Step 21) If you have a logo or image you want associated with your website or business, enter the URL of that image into the Default Image section and it will be added to every page of your site using its own meta tag.


Step 22) The Review Mode section is for the Admin to keep a close eye on what the meta data is for every post and page on the website at any given time, so that they can change it if needs be. The Donations section is the last setting, and by ticking the box, you can remove the message from the author section on the Settings >> Metadata page.


This concludes the WordPress plugin guide for Add Meta Tags.

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