Adding meta descriptions to Blogger

Good news folks, now you can finally add meta description to individual posts and pages on Blogger! This new feature is only one of several new features added by Blogger aiming at improving its SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Meta description is a big deal because it describes the content of your blog or post. It will appear as snippet in search result and as description when you share the post on Google+, Facebook and other social networks. A good description increases the post’s chances of getting clicked. Blogger meta description

 

1. Enabling and adding meta description to multi-post pages

  1. Go to Settings > Search preferences > Meta tags > Description and click the Edit link.blogger meta description for homepage
  2. Click the Yes radio button to enable search description.
  3. Enter the meta description for your blog. This meta description will appear on your homepage and other multi-post pages.
  4. Click Save Changes button.

 

2. Adding meta description to individual pages

blogger meta description for each individual postA meta description for a post or a static page can be added  via Blogger’s post editor.

  1. Click Posts and select a post to edit.
  2. Click Search Description option under Post settings. (This option appears only after you enabled search description in step 1)
  3. Enter the meta description for the post and click Done.

For older posts, you have to go back to edit each post and manually add in the description.

But before you do that, it’s better to confirm if this feature works on your blog template.

 

3. Confirming if the feature works

This step will check if the meta description is actually added to blog/post when it goes live. You only need to do this step once (per blog).

Enter the post’s URL into this online meta tag checker. If the feature works correctly, you should see the description displayed under Description header in the result. 

Check also the homepage, just to make sure.

 

4. What to do if the meta descriptions fail to appear?

If none of the meta descriptions appear, chances are your template does not contain the necessary code to import the meta description from Blogger database. (A third party or heavily tweaked template tends to do that).

You will have to add it to your template manually:

  1. Go to Template > Edit HTML and insert this code right on top of <b:skin><![CDATA[

    <b:if cond='data:blog.metaDescription != &quot;&quot;'>
      <meta expr:content='data:blog.metaDescription' name='description'/>
    </b:if> 
  2. Repeat step 3 to reconfirm the meta descriptions.

Enjoy!

182 comments to "Adding meta descriptions to Blogger"

Green bajgain March 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM    

Thanks Green Lava For this Tips.
But if we are using window live writer then we may face problem.Is there no other plugins to enter in individual post.

Bye

Husieno Anwar March 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM    

good news indeed! thanx for the info.

Harwinder March 25, 2012 at 7:25 PM    

thanks for the great post, but I could not find the alt and title option in image as blogger mentioned in his official blog.

Abhishek Boinapalli March 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM    

This feature is cool!!!

Can't you figure out a way to add the meta descriptions to all the posts automatically? I mean create a online script or something ..which can do it!!

you guys are the pro!! Everyone has the requirement .. so ..you ought to do something about it!!

with regards
Another Author

Jennifer James March 25, 2012 at 8:01 PM    

It's working!! Thanks!

Gina March 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM    

Blogger is finally catching up with the rest of the world!

Thank you so much for showing how to do it. I tried it and it worked.

Sunny Singh March 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM    

i have customized my template.
But I can't see my error 404 page on my blog.
Does it has to do with any customization features of my blog?
Would appreciate if you have a look.
I have added a error 404 page to my blogger blog.
But it doesn't shows up.
website is www.streetbears.com

Cheryl March 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM    

Thank you for sharing this helpful post!

IMAGINE March 26, 2012 at 4:44 AM    

Indeed good news.

GiotaExairetico Gkrin March 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM    

Greetings Green Lava! Thank you SO MUCH for this great post and especially for the 4th step! I added the code that you provide and i have finally saw the meta description in your meta tag checker (I have a lot of issues with my template, it seems that is heavily tweaked)! Although, the sharing problem with facebook still remains :( most of the times i see only the URL post, no picture or description or title. Any help will be much appreciated! Keep up the good work!

Mjv1 March 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM    

thanks alot.is the taglist visible on post?

gamepoint amd March 26, 2012 at 10:13 AM    

I already put meta tag before manually, but when i search my blog, the description does not come out. so what's ur recommendation bang? sebab yang ni kan official. mana better?

10 Hal Menarik Dunia Kita - Arham Vhy March 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM    

Thanks for sharing master..

Greenlava March 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM    

@Green bajgain
Let's hope somebody will come up with a plugin for it.

@Harwinder
It's in there. First click the image (in Compose mode, then Properties.

@GiotaExairetico Gkrin
Facebook post looks fine:
http://www.facebook.com/bloggersentral/posts/198226333620484

@Mjv1
Taglist? You mean the description?
No it won't appear on post. It's called "meta" description for a reason :)

@gamepoint amd
The change won't appear on search results immediately. It'll show up only after Google crawls it.

akubiomed March 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM    

Most of the newbie to forget update blog description which very important to tell what is the blog all about.

yastro March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM    

i like it!! Yeahhh...lets rock babeh!!!

Jide Ogunsanya March 27, 2012 at 1:01 AM    

Yes, I realized the meta descriptions failed to appear after testing posts that have meta descriptions with the SEO tool> I have fixed the problem with the code you shared above. Thumbs up man.

Tommy March 27, 2012 at 2:33 AM    

HAI GREENLAVA i can'not add script above on my blogspot, why?

Harwinder March 27, 2012 at 2:56 AM    

thanks!!

Greenlava March 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM    

@Sunny Singh
404 message would appear in status message area -at the top of post area.
To see it, try going to this nonexistent page on your blog: http://www.streetbears.com/jklds

custom items March 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM    

This is very helpful to market your blog! For one, sometimes the URL we use won't really describe what the blog is all about. In using meta descriptions, readers will know right away what the content of your blog is.

Sunny Singh March 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM    

Thanks Greenlava.
I figured out the culprit.
I have done customization to hide the message " showing posts with a particular label, show all posts"
I removed that customization. It is all set now.
I have included one more customization in my blog taken from Google webmaster tools. If you want, you can check it out.
I use lots of customization techniques from your blog.
:)
Thanks for helping us out.

Tim Hicks March 28, 2012 at 3:38 AM    

Thank you so much for this information!! I got it to work (using the code you supplied) and I'm currently adding meta descriptions for my individual pages. Thanks again!!

Website solution March 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM    

The new search and SEO options are really great. They're definitely gonna improve the optimization of Blogger sites.

How To Make Money with Your Website or Blog March 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM    

Mine is still not seeming to pick up the meta tags at least by the checker provided. I enabled and added the code. Mine is a custom template however. Thoughts? www.yourwholesaledropshipsource.blogspot.com

Karthik.c.pattar March 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM    

thank you very much i was actually worried about this problem.....

Muhammad Rafizeldi March 30, 2012 at 10:50 PM    

Thank you this is really helpful, now we don't need to put meta description manually using conditional tag like before

Jennifer @ Spend Less, Shop More April 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM    

This was awesome information -- thanks so much for the step by step tutorial!

Tethys Pestana April 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM    

I joined my Blogger Blog account, linked it with my Google+ so my posts show up in my Google+ page automatically. For a week now, the automatically generated post-descriptions are picked at random out of my post and often have noting related to my posts' main content. I tried the meta descriptions, no-go. Is there anyway to manually override the automatic post descriptions I'm getting, else I just have to keep removing descriptions as it posts to my Google+ page. Thanks very much, Teth ♥

Martin Gajurel April 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM    

i should give it a try.

TR,  April 5, 2012 at 3:33 AM    

I am using live writter to publish post . My problem is that losing my post formatting when applying post search description. How to solve this , please help ... Am not femiliour with it .

web hosting April 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM    

Enjoy with always blogger and meta tags.

Greenlava April 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM    

@TR
Formatting changes when you open a post in (or swith to) Compose mode. So the trick is to open and update the post only in HTML mode.
If when you click Edit, a post opens in Compose mode, you need to switch to HTML and then Close the editor without saving. The next time you click Edit it defaults to HTML mode.

vivasolve.blogspot.com April 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM    

Previously i was doing xml editing for showing posts first part in the search engine.But now i change to your system.But the previous condition is still unchanged.How much time is required for that?

Greenlava April 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM    

@vivasolve.blogspot.com
I can't say for sure. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks or months.
I've had one post that changes the next day, yet another one still has not changed after a week.

Only Fish Recipes April 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM    

hey...this is a really helpful post....I follow your blog posts on a regular basis ! I have a query though, with this new blogger interface , is there a way to include different meta tag description for the archive pages , as I see in the webmaster tools it's giving a " duplicate Meta description" error for the home page and the archive pages. This is my site http://www.onlyfishrecipes.com/

Greenlava April 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM    

@Only Fish Recipes
For that error to occur, you must've hard-coded the meta description (and meta keywords) into your template.
To fix the error you have to remove the hard-coded meta description (you can keep the meta keywords), and then add it back via the new UI's Search Description.

Only Fish Recipes April 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM    

Thanks for the pointers :-)I had the meta description hard-coded before, I had removed it 3 days back,I just hav the meta keywords hard-coded now, but I still see the error message. Right now I have included the meta description for my homepage and for all other posts from the new blogger interface. I have made all these changes very recently, within last 4 to 5 days span. I have even checked using the online meta tag checker, where it shows the correct data. Does it take some time for all the changes to reflect in the google search engine? One more query , is it possible to include different meta keywords for individual posts?

Jennifer James April 25, 2012 at 3:32 AM    

I am so confused. Do I want robots.txt enabled or disabled? What about "header tags." Also, when I used your meta tag checker this is what it gave me. Is this good or bad? (deleted the ,<> marks)

meta name="Google-site-verification" content="g11wBoYThD4wG9L6A9s476mc44u3BC72qirsZWa5jco"
meta name="Viewport" content="width=1100"
meta name="Description" content=""

souno April 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM    

This is very nice and good thing for bloggers in seo matters

Mason disick April 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM    

you are right sir,
meta description is a great new changes by blogger team and now we gets more traffic from other search engines like yahoo, google, aol and more.

Greenlava April 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM    

@Only Fish Recipes
Yes it does take sometime for the changes to appear in search results.
Google (and most search engines) disregads meta keywords, so no point adding them:
http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/keywords-meta-tag-in-web-search/

@Jennifer James
1. Leave the robots.txt disabled.
2. For robots header tags, you can leave it disabled, or
(my preference) you can select Yes to enable and then check noindex, noarchive and noodp checkboxes for Archive and Search pages only. Keep other checkboxes unchecked.
3. Bad. If there is a meta description tag, the content should no be empty. Did you add a meta description tag with "data:blog.pageName" in your template? If you did, remove it (the meta tag). To enable meta description, go to Settings > Search Description > Meta tags; the description you enter there will be used for your homepage. For individual posts, you can add the description (if you want) via the post editor, under Post Settings.

how to tricks April 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM    

Can u expalin robot.txt deeply.

Jennifer James April 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM    

Yes, I did have that meta tag. I've removed it. Do I need to remove this, which was above it? title></title I think this is so my post title will appear before the blog title in search results. I added it a couple years ago. Thanks for all your help. I made all the other changes you suggested.

Greenlava April 27, 2012 at 7:03 AM    

@Jennifer James
Do not remove the title tag.

Gina April 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM    

Thanks for this insightful and easy-to-understand article. Maybe I can hack it in the blog world after all :)

Only Fish Recipes April 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM    

Hi there...thanks for the help :-) I need one more help from you...I have recently changed the look n feel of my space...but now I see its loading very slow !!!I'm not sure which plugin may be causing it!!! do u know of some tool to detect plugins in Blogger which might slow down a site like we have P3 plugin for wordpress!!!

Greenlava May 2, 2012 at 1:49 AM    

@Only Fish Recipes
Try this page loading tool:
http://tools.pingdom.com/

Only Fish Recipes May 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM    

Hi....the tool is indeed helpful...thanks :-)It has improved the performance, but not very much ,also I had to delete lot of my favorite jquery plugins n sliders!!!can u suggest any tool which can improve the loading speed, keeping the plugins n sliders ?

rpearcealpine12000 May 4, 2012 at 4:58 AM    

This worked very well -- had to do part 4 -- Thanks! This was much more simple than other "solutions" I had tried.

Proste Przepisy Kulinarne May 4, 2012 at 6:53 PM    

Thanks for help with meta data in Blogger! :-)

joanne greenwood May 8, 2012 at 2:27 AM    

Thank you thank you thank you! it wasn't working. I didn;t even know it wasn't working. Now I do know and it is fixed! Your blog has helped me enormously. Thank you :D

Boy May 12, 2012 at 5:59 AM    

I like it your post..nice

sastavi za pismeni iz srpskog May 13, 2012 at 9:45 PM    

Is this helpfull for seo?

Greenlava May 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM    

@sastavi za pismeni iz srpskog
Yes it is, provided you include your keywords in the description.

DramTherapy May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM    

Still confused. I see in the google webmaster tool that my blogger blog archive pages all have the same meta description as my home page. But, all my posts have custom descriptions (I type them in under search description on the right when writing my post).

A post above said to remove the hard-coded description. Where do I do this? Is it under Settings > Search preferences > Meta tags > Description? Right now I have "enable search description" set to yes and a description typed into the box. Should I empty the box? Sounds odd.

Greenlava May 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM    

@DramTherapy
You don't have description meta tag hard-coded into your template. So the problem has nothing to do with that.
The problem lies in that Blogger uses the description you entered under Settings > Search preferences > Meta tags > Description for all multi-post pages, archive pages included.
You can remove the duplicates by:
1. Emptying the description box (but keeping "enable search description" at "yes") or
2. Keeping the description, but prevent the archive pages from being indexed (the better way in my opinion).
*Be careful not to make any mistake when performing the following*
To do this you need to "Enable custom robots header tags", then check the NOINDEX and NOARCHIVE checkboxes for ARCHIVE AND SEARCH PAGES ONLY.

Jennifer James May 17, 2012 at 3:53 AM    

Is it a big deal to have the archive pages with duplicate meta descriptions?

Greenlava May 18, 2012 at 1:04 AM    

@Jennifer James
I think so.

VideoMasi May 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM    

Thanks for the tutorial.
Its work for my blog.
Im happy for that .
Thanks again :)

Shirshak,  May 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM    

I think now we won't need to add any xml includes because blogger has implemented it sucessfully......if we add that we will see 2 meta description and get message at google web master tools..................

Nilbaboon May 22, 2012 at 7:38 PM    

Hi,thanks a lot.I applied it and working well.But I can't understand why other descriptions (meta name Viewport" content width etc) are showing.Is it normal or any problem?

Greenlava May 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM    

@Nilbaboon
That's normal.

Blogger May 26, 2012 at 7:18 PM    

Greate Tip from You . I am searching for it from a long time . Very very Thanks for the post

WordPress Tutorial May 28, 2012 at 6:55 AM    

very useful, thanks for sharing Master :).
i like your post.

Info World May 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM    

what i do if iam using windows live editor

Greenlava June 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM    

@Info World
Please read reply #33.

Paul Rosendall June 8, 2012 at 5:43 AM    

@Greenlava

Your advice/tutorials are fantastic. I almost have my Facebook share button working. I was having the problem where the FB share button used a post's comment as the description, so I enabled meta-tags for the page and added a meta-tag to my latest post, and even added the meta-tag HTML code to my template (step #4 in http://www.bloggersentral.com/2012/03/adding-meta-description-to-blogger.html).

The quirky thing is that when I go to Facebook and paste the link directly (http://paulrosendall.blogspot.com/2011/07/boehners-flaw.html), I see the post's meta-tag as the description. But when I hit the FB share button from that post's page, I still see the comment as the description.

Any thoughts here? Thanks for everything

Lowongan Kerja Terbaru | Lowongan kerja Kaltim June 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM    

I try do this on my blog, it works, it's awesome tips, when i try to score my seo page it's 100% flow with SEO Doctor Mozilla Addons...

Thanks So Much...

Admin June 8, 2012 at 7:54 PM    

I hv my blog http://oyaah.blogspot.in/, I want description meta tag more that 250 words pls advice, how it could be possible.

day2dayblogs June 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM    

nice post its working !!!

Greenlava June 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM    

@Admin
You can have it longer than 150 characters, but Google will only show the first 150. There's no changing that.

Greenlava June 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM    

@Paul Rosendall
Sorry I have neither explanations nor solutions for that. Blogger works in mysterious ways sometimes :)
But I'm sure if you install a separate Share button it will work fine.

Abdul wadood June 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM    

thank you man

Optimize your Website Or Blog June 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM    

Thanks ...............

Emma @ The Blooming Times June 25, 2012 at 3:20 AM    

Thank you for this, simple, easy and effective....brilliant.

vaibhav July 3, 2012 at 12:08 PM    

thanks bro

Lisa July 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM    

Great tips, i am help from this blog. Thanks you

Oniel Salmon July 7, 2012 at 4:20 AM    

how to remove duplicate meta description in blogger?

HVAC system July 11, 2012 at 12:54 AM    

Great tips.
Please help ,search description is not appearing in individual post editor.

Unik dan Aneh July 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM    

The new search and SEO options are really great. They're definitely gonna improve the optimization of Blogger sites.

Linh Luong July 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM    

such a great post. I'm appreciated it :) Thank bro!

Inoponible July 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM    

Excelent post! Thanks for valuable info.

Bikky Sah July 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM    

Is it also happen with Meta Name Keywords?

Greenlava July 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM    

@Bikky Sah
No, it doesn't include meta keywords.

i'mblogspot July 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM    

thank you for this info. i've been trying to know how to do this

Majid Ali July 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM    

Thanks for the steps to add meta tags to blogger.

Honeybee August 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM    

i was wandering around your blog to check new tips i might have missed. and am glad to discover this one. thnks for sharing.

Anonymous,  August 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM    

thanks write this articles

Anonymous,  August 8, 2012 at 7:03 PM    

Just what I have been looking for! Thanks

Nids August 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM    

Hi, I have included meta description for each post in my blog. However, I find for some of the posts in my blog the meta description is not showing using the link given by you for checking meta tags. I get this message - No meta-tags found on this address.

I followed the solution provided by you in this post. However, the problem is still there. Here's one of the link (http://cookingthumb.blogspot.com/2012/08/missi-roti.html) in which I am continuing to face the issue . Can you please help me to resolve this issue. Thanks in advance!

Greenlava August 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM    

@Nids
Make sur you remove the http:// prefix when entering the URL.

Nids August 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM    

@Greenlava

Thanks so much, it worked!

Disimpan.Com August 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM    

Thanks bloggersentral. that's worked ! :)
But i prefer like to use automatic meta tag.
because we must not to fill the description again :)

woocks September 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM    

Thank you.

Jayr September 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM    

Thanks! This one really works.

gripko September 10, 2012 at 4:02 AM    

great it's work

Shades of Safhire September 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM    

Thanks for the info and it worked for my blog itself, but not for the static pages. I used the meta checker at the link you provided and the tag for the blog itself worked. I added the code to my template as in step 4 and tried it again and it didn't work. http://shadesofsafhire.blogspot.com
Thanks!

Helen

Shades of Safhire September 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM    

Never mind :) I just saw your post number 92. It works now :) Thanks!

Edward October 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM    

i like it and use it on my blog and found that traffic increases very much

vikas October 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM    

thanks ................

soundatventure October 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM    

Nice article.. I was wondering where can I check if my meta tag is working. Thanks

Greenlava October 14, 2012 at 12:27 AM    

@soundatventure
You can check it with the online meta tag checker.

Stellissimo October 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM    

Thank you for your help. I have been very useful to optimize my blog

mad.madrasi November 4, 2012 at 9:21 PM    

Wish someone would write a plugin for this. :-D

Woocks November 7, 2012 at 1:40 AM    

Thank you for your help

Informasi Online Indonesia November 8, 2012 at 7:13 PM    

Thank you, it's really nice post.

I just try and it's work..

I am newbie on blogspot, i'd like to improve my knowledge in blogspot.

Mark November 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM    

It's really helpful for me. thank you!

Amit Seal November 13, 2012 at 4:57 AM    

Thank you!

Casting Bread November 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM    

Has blogger removed this option already? It was there the other day, but I just sent a new post live and it has disappeared again. I can't find anything that says blogger has removed it. Please update. Thanks!

www.studentvoice.in-Officials November 17, 2012 at 2:36 AM    

Thank you for your help. We have been very useful to optimize my blog......

Radko Aleksandrov November 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM    

That's great. It worked on my machine buzz blog. Thank you very much. I was getting crazy how to fix this issue and finally i found it. Good work.

Artemisia Moltabocca November 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM    

Hi. I added meta descriptions to my homepage but the snippet tool says this: "The excerpt from the page will show up here. The reason we can't show text from your webpage is because the text depends on the query the user types."

Isn't that the placeholder for the description that shows up in Google? If the resulting meta description text isn't going to show based on what the user searches for, what good is the meta description?

So confused.

Isnan Nugrah Lastiko Tiko November 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM    

thanks

khawer Khan November 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM    

Is there is a way to create meta description for each category like wordpress.

Abedallah Anqar November 25, 2012 at 2:59 AM    

Thanks man work for me very well
Alot of professionals did not solve this problem..

Greenlava November 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM    

@khawer Khan
That's not possible on Blogger

Great Speech December 4, 2012 at 3:42 AM    

Thankss for tot

Alexandra Mar December 17, 2012 at 7:40 AM    

Thanks a lot for your great post .

Blogger Meta tags December 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM    

This feature is really an awesome feature launched by Google. I like the way it has.

Jaringan Komputer December 24, 2012 at 2:03 AM    

Thanks dude...
i succesfully use this method..

rahasia hidup sehat December 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM    

I have a question. What is the difference meta tag description and search description?

Greenlava December 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM    

@rahasia hidup sehat
"Meta tag description" will become meta description for all multi-post pages (homepage included), whereas a "search description" will become a meta description for a specific post.

Christian December 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM    

Hello!

Have a question about googles blogspot (blogger).

I head to my blog which title is best for the search engines then? Is it data:blog.title or ordinary title.

Grateful for help.

Best regards
Christian

optimasi blog January 2, 2013 at 5:21 AM    

Thanks for the tips and trick. it is useful for me as a new blogger.

Valentine's Day 2013 January 3, 2013 at 1:04 AM    

Thank you sir for sharing this post with us.
I have used this on my blog and get fast result in few minutes.
thank you.

Techbymak January 3, 2013 at 1:10 AM    

Thank you
Help me to fast Index.

Jyoti Chauhan January 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM    

Thanks for sharing this good info, it is really more useful for all bloggers.

Greenlava January 4, 2013 at 12:38 AM    

@Christian
I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

amdev January 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM    

OMG!!! Many thanks.
Solved my problem.

Bpunk Blogspot January 13, 2013 at 2:36 AM    

Thanks a lot Greenlava, cause this duplicate meta-description things, my search queries just fall down... Already try your tips here, hope my blog can be a good friend with Google... :)

Elizabeth Sebastian January 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM    

Hi Greenlava,

I have just recently begun publishing to my Blogger blog, and cannot find where to enter descriptions for individual posts (articles). I have looked in the settings sidebar of the Post Editor and in the General Settings for my blog. I can't find an option for Meta Tags in General Settings > Search Preferences. All I see under Search Preferences are two sections: "Errors and Redirections" and "Crawlers and Indexing."

What steps should I take to enable the Meta Tags option? Does this have anything to do with my blog being set as private for the time being, or with having set a Meta Description in my HTML template? I use a third-party template, which is why I've added meta tags for the blog itself (not individual posts) in the template rather than in the settings. But even before editing my template, no option appeared for Meta Tags in the preferences.

Please advise. Much obliged in advance.

Aakash January 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM    

I was surprised to learn that you yourself haven't added any meta tags to your current post.Though, its appearing in search results strongly :)

Greenlava January 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM    

@Aakash
You're right. I use Windows Live Writer to write my posts. Going to Blogger editor just to add the meta seems like too much work :)

emier January 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM    

Thanks, this is a very simple way but we often forget to do it

manik January 22, 2013 at 2:03 AM    

nice tutorial for blogger.

Khurram January 28, 2013 at 6:18 AM    

You Solved my problem Brother Thnx.

Maricar Gomez January 30, 2013 at 8:18 PM    

This will do a very big help to me.. thanks a lot for this great ideas and information you have shared..



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Jan Christian Bajas February 4, 2013 at 1:49 AM    

great! thanks for this tip on how to add meta description.. I'm will surely gonna use it in my blog

Kutsal Diş February 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM    

thanks, i couldnt find that.

emorroidi February 14, 2013 at 7:40 AM    

Thank you soo much

Himshikha Khati February 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM    

hi i tried to paste <![CDATA[ above the mentioned code but it gives me an error saying.

Error parsing XML, line 690, column 16: Attribute name "skin" associated with an element type "b:" must be followed by the ' = ' character.

can u please help what's going wrong?
thanks

Klik Zila February 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM    

so true, blogger make thing more simpler now to edit our description for every page

Sarfraz Alam February 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM    

Very Useful & Worthy. Thanks. Keep Posting

PJW February 28, 2013 at 2:21 AM    

Thank you. Seems to be the only one to understand how to do this. Even Blogger did not have the answer. Well done.

Oyon Boyon March 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM    

Thanks so much! I didn't know about this till now!! THANKS A LOT!

Shahan Calicut March 16, 2013 at 9:35 PM    

Thank You

alfajri March 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM    

Sepertinya memang harus tau tentang bahasa scripts.... terima kasih, telah berbagi

iphone Apps Store April 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM    

This is very nice and good thing for bloggers in seo matters.
Thanks

Saiful Islam April 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM    

Thanks so much!

Cruise April 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM    

great! thanks for this tip on how to add meta description.. I'm will surely gonna use it in my blog

diseaseuniverse April 4, 2013 at 2:48 PM    

thanx for this info. i am trying it

diseaseuniverse April 4, 2013 at 2:50 PM    

thanx for info. i am trying it

Pinoy DetectiveConan April 6, 2013 at 6:34 AM    

Hello how to add meta tags in customize template?Help me please ill search and try all meta tags in 5 hours and no one work by the way this is my blog www.tinyfilms.info hope u will reply ASAP thanks!

jinson April 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM    

I use this trick... Thanks

Fun With Logic April 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM    

Thanks for this great post.
My blog is very old and contains around 900 posts. It is very difficult to edit each and every post and then write meta description. Is there any script or any other way which can tell the blogger.com to take the description text from the page itself.

Ralph Marcuss Manarang April 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM    

Thank you for this tutorial! This will greatly helps me a for newbie in blogging like me!

Gigaster

Sunshine Diva Gaganpreet April 24, 2013 at 5:45 AM    

Last night suddenly the inline ads stopped showing on my blog and today the search description box was missing from drafts. I don't know what's happening. Fixed the template code already and so glad I found this article. Just re-enabled meta tags from the settings. I am subscribed to your site for a month now and really like your helpful posts. Keep up the good work!

Sunshine Diva Gaganpreet April 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM    

Hi. I had left a comment last night. I need your help. Something has suddenly changed in my blog. I have added code to my template to put adsense ads inline into my posts. They disappeared suddenly yesterday and I removed and readded the code. Today, I re-enabled meta tags after reading this post. Now, whenever I enable meta tags, the inline ads stop showing. I just switched it off in settings and the ads are up again. Not sure what's happening. Can you tell me if my previous tags are intact? I mean when I switch it off in settings, am I just switching the ability to add meta tags or am I turning them off for search engines from my previous posts too?

Rahul A April 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM    

Very useful info..Thanks a lot..
I tried it.. I can see my blog description through meta tag checker link but I CANT SEE MY BLOG DESCRIPTION in google search results when I search with 'Be a Human Calendar'.. Please help!

Greenlava April 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM    

@Rahul A
Your blog hasn't been indexed yet.
You can check it yourself by entering "site:http://behumancalendar.blogspot.in/" in Google search.

Greenlava April 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM    

@Sunshine Diva Gaganpreet
I can see the inline ads and the descriptions meta tag also seems to be in place. So I guess everything is okay now?
However, I want to comment on your descriptions if I may -they look more like keywords to me.
See how they look in search results here: http://bit.ly/Y1e2RY

Sunshine Diva Gaganpreet April 27, 2013 at 4:01 AM    

Thanks for replying and for the demo, very insightful. When Search Description is enabled, the inline ads or any additional inline code I place does not work. This has started from Apr 23. So I enable Search description only while composing the post and then disable it again after publishing, for the ads to start showing again. Regarding the meta description, I understand I should put a proper text snippet which shows to the user, but then where can these keywords be put, so they Search can get me relevant traffic?

Sunshine Diva Gaganpreet April 27, 2013 at 4:06 AM    

Also, I just typed inurl:html site:http://onlygraymattermatters.blogspot.com in Google Search to check the snippets for my parent blog. Here also I have added keywords-type meta tags, but in this case, it is rather showing a snippet of the first two lines of the article and not those meta tags. How can it be different for my two blogs with same settings? Pls help me understand.

Loc Nguyen May 2, 2013 at 11:15 AM    

This is greate. Definitely what i'm looking for to optimize my blog. Before this i have to hardcode the template file and it's really suck

aryan May 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM    

nice tip. Thanks :-)

Anonymous,  May 5, 2013 at 2:49 AM    

I applied that code but in googleweb master there is still duplicate meta description and keyword tags errors with also duplicate urls,
Duplicate URLs with Duplicate Tags are some like bellow....
1st URL is Like: http://www.mobilepricess.com/ and the other is
like: http://www.mobilepricess.com/?m0 Or
like: http://www.mobilepricess.com/?m1
I also disable the mobile template in blogger CMS.
Any suggestions ?? Please Help

Greenlava May 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM    

@Sunshine Diva Gaganpreet
Put the keywords inside your posts and you can also use them as labels.
But you said, you've disabled the search description. Once you disabled it, the previously registered search description would only last up until the next crawl.

@Anonymous
It looks like your template has this line missing in <head>:
<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/>

Neamul May 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM    

Great job. Was very helpful for me.

Lương Duy Khánh June 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM    

Great job. Was very helpful for me. we are in a same boat

Ellys Journal June 8, 2013 at 11:10 PM    

Nice sharing. but i still dont understand about Meta tag for Post.

Deepak June 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM    

very well written, thanks this helped me a lot in implementing the metadata to my blog.

sao yen June 16, 2013 at 2:53 AM    

i've follow your instruction but it is not working with my blog http://www.yensao.co/2013/06/ban-yen-sao-yen-viet-yen-Malaysia.html .Could u plz help me check ? thanks

sunil bishnoi June 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM    

Hello dear ! i used your trick but when i check my post title in browser tab like you "Adding meta descriptions to blogger" your title is good but when i check my site title it show me my site url "http://www.tricksandteach.com/2013/05/boost-your-alexa-rank-with-alexa-boostup.html" any suggestion please help me ?

X-San June 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM    

Thx

Greenlava June 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM    

@sao yen
What is it that doesn't work? The meta description looks fine to me.

@sunil bishnoi
This problem is related to the <title> tag. I don't see the tag in your posts pages, but see it in homepage.
My guess is you wrapped the <title> tag in a conditional if statement, but made a mistake while doing it.
Please read SEO (Search engine optimization) friendly Blogger page title

Tip Tech News June 27, 2013 at 3:56 PM    

Thanks for this stunning post because recently Google is showing errors in webmaster tool that's why I want some post which give me highlight about how to add individual meta description.

Meta Tags for blogger August 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM    

Most of blogger do not pay more attention on simple SEO techniques like Meta Tags, Meta Keywords but they should pay more attention on it because the are playing biggest role in the SEO.

bidof vic September 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM    

Nice info.

Ro Delima September 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM    

Your post give me a relief! I've been wandering in the internet for a real solution to this, since web page checker prompt me to fix meta tag description. Thank you for helping me out.

Ro Delima September 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM    

Hello,

Some web analyzer requires meta keyword to be visible but i cannot figure it out. This post just recently helped me on description but I hope you or anybody can help me about how to include or show meta keyword too. I've read that it is not really important , but it can make the site looks neat.

banyu September 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM    

Wow, it's so easy now to add meta tag to blogger. Thanks for your share, very useful.

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