Meta Tag Generator

Free Meta Tag Generator

HTML Header Code Generation Tool

Latest Addition: Canonical Tag


Doc Type: Required [Help]
Language: Required [Help]
Title: Required [Help]
Character Set: Recommended [Help]
Description: Recommended [Help]
Keywords: Recommended [Help]
Copyright: Recommended [Help]
Author: Optional [Help]
Robots: Optional [Help]
Cache/Pragma: Optional [Help]
No ODP Optional [Help]
Canonical Optional [Help]
Base URL: Optional [Help]
Stylesheet: Optional [Help]
Shortcut Icon: Optional [Help]
ICRA: Form at ICRA Website Specialty [Help]
GoogleBot: Specialty – Only Google [Help]
NetInsert: Form at NetInsert website Specialty – Only NetInsert [Help]
Zip Code: Specialty – Only Gigablast [Help]
City: Specialty – Only Gigablast
State: Specialty – Only Gigablast
Country: Specialty – Only Gigablast
Geo Tags: Form at GeoTags Specialty [Help]
Dublin Core: The Dublin Core ( Tags are optional Specialty [Help]
Other Tags: Go here for meta tag list Specialty [Help]
Refresh URL:     3 Seconds Not Recommended [Help]

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Required If you skip this you will probably not have valid HTML – may break your web page.
Recommended These are not strictly necessary but are recommended either from an SEO, web designer or legal viewpoint.
Optional Use with care. Most of the time you don’t need these.
Specialty These have legitimate uses to certain sites. If you don’t know what it means, you don’t need them. Optional and will not help you much. Their inclusion here is for education purposes and not necessarily a recommendation. Examples include rating with the ICRA, etc.
Not Recommended You are warned. Some of these are actually harmful if used improperly, and others just make you look foolish. There are also a couple of extremely limited reasons to use them. But your site probably doesn’t need it.

Remember: Less is more! Don’t go crazy with these tags. They exist simply to help indexing, and do not have much of an effect on your rankings. Additionally, every single page on your site should be different and unique. Therefore the metatags on each page should also be different and unique.

Here is a good rule of thumb: you should never have the same information in two different metatags on the same page. It’s spam.

An example of this would be to create a description for your site (perfectly acceptable) and then copy that and use it as well in the dc.description tag. Why? You only need it in one place. Same with keywords, the other highly abused tag. Never duplicate content in your metatags. Each one is unique and has it’s own reason for being, so the information should be unique as well. If it’s clear that the same information should be in two different tags, then it’s clear that you don’t need one of the tags.

For example, currently Google ignores the keyword metadata. Yahoo and MSN use them to a degree, but only for inclusionary purposes, rather than ranking purposes. For example, if you put a common misspelling into the keywords metatag, then that will tell Yahoo to consider you as a page to be shown for that keyword – but it will have no effect on it’s rankings.

If you are not sure what to do or what to fill in, leave it blank – it will generate perfectly acceptable code if you don’t fill in everything, and I recommend that you do skip the specialty (and “not recommended”) areas unless you have a need for them.

You missed some tags?!

What about revisit and VW96? These tags were invented for the use of ONE search engine – the SearchBC engine, run by Vancouver Web Pages, that is geographically restricted to British Columbia, Canada. That’s it. This site offered one of the first metatag generators on the net, and as a result there are a lot of sites out there that use these tags. Unless you are geographically located in BC and interested in being included in this one search engine, these tags are useless. SEOConsultants has stopped accepting SEOs who use the revisit tag because it’s a clear sign they don’t know what they are doing.

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