Meta data is additional information that a site owner can provide to search engines and users, to increase the understanding of the contents of a page. For SEO reasons you will often have Meta Title, Meta Description, Keywords and the Page Title itself, though more meta data can be added (see the Moz.com breakdown
Shopit gives you the ability to add/edit the meta data fields at the bottom of every:
- Blog post
- Category page
- Product page
Overall, you should make your meta data succinct and an accurate representation of what is on the page. Here our example does 2 things:
- A simple explanation of what the product is, and additional features like the D rings and materials.
- We have also chosen to target school search terms in our product title and description, and also included an more persuasive but factual delivery message. This plays well with our recommended Multi Site Strategy.
Search Engine Guidelines
For each meta data section, there are search engine specific limitations and guidelines.
For example; depending on character widths, Google will read the entire meta data but only display:
- The first 50-60 characters of a Meta Title
- The first 150-160 characters of a Meta Description
- Your entire url string (www.site.com/category/product/13...) unless they decide to truncate it (Site > > Product)
This data can vary for mobile versus desktop devices.
To avoid cannibalisation (where 2 of your pages compete for the same keyword search result), you should always create unique meta data.
eCommerce sites naturally lend themselves well to unique data, but site owners should be careful where products are similar, and where categories are similar. Content pages and blogs should also be reviewed carefully for different content and meta data.
is an excellent piece of software to help you view, analyse and correct masses of ecommerce meta data.
There is no guarantee from the search engines that they will display your exactly inputed data
Recommendations on Improving Clickthroughs
A key recommendation on creating your meta data - as well as the search engines indexing and understanding you - is the persuasion value to encourage clickthroughs.
There is no perfect science to this (it's often trial and error) but consider the big differences in the following example:
- Garden Furniture Centre offer a simple 'great prices' message
- Wayfair are more emotive
- Dunelm are descriptive in the types they sell
- Garden Furniture Centre show off the amount of items available and their delivery options
- Wayfair talk about styles and budget, and are more colloquial in saying 'big stuff'
- Dunelm generically mention ranges, then hone in on the specific Nevada and Helsinki ranges
What goes in these fields is ultimately your choice - though do wear both a technical and a marketing head when you do so.
You can export/import
your sales channel specific information to make mass changes.
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