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Can we add Anchor Tag in Meta Description Tag

 10:38 am on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi All,

I have found few website having Anchor tag in Meta Description Tag and they are ranking in top 10.

So, how to add Anchor Tag in Meta Description Tag?

Can any one suggest me the method.



 11:14 am on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

You can do anything you want to your page but that doesn't necessarily mean you should repeat everything you see.

Just because someone has something on their page does not mean it is working. Smart webmasters know that competition will try to reverse engineer their pages. That led to some webmasters creating fake meta tags to trick their competition. My favorite fake meta tag is <meta tag pagerank="10">.

To protect yourself from these tricks you need to do research. What research have you done that makes you think Google is giving credit to anchor tags in the meta description?


 11:18 am on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Heh. I'm turning my site up to 11: <meta tag pagerank="11">


 12:13 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi goodroi,

I know why meta description is important and how much search engine give importance to meta description. but my question is how to add Anchor Tag in Meta Description Tag? So, please give me the example or any syntax to work.


 12:23 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Are you sure that you saw an anchor tag or was it something like "Jump to a section"? The latter is commonly seen with wikipedia and they don't add meta description tags.


 12:53 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

yes, i am sure.

I have seen many websites with anchor tag in meta description tag.


 12:56 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Another classic example of a 'webmaster' trying to write for a search engine and not for humans, and they wonder why their sites tank ...

Meta Description is the well crafted 'sound-bite' used to entice a person looking at the search results to click on your page; do anything else in there and just forget about traffic ... keep the description 'natural', 'understandable' and above all 'enticing' - the best descriptions use one sentence, with correct grammar and spelling.

Other meta tags used in the source code is another matter entirely ... <meta tag pagerank="10"> being a classic!

But to answer the OP: To alter meta descriptions if you are running a CMS like wordpress use a plugin like 'All In One SEO' etc. it allows you to alter individually the description meta tag for each page, but heed my earlier advice ...

Cause and effect in SEO needs careful study, because they rank does not mean that this is the cause ...


 5:46 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

hi venunath,

Was the anchor tag in the html code of the website or was it displayed in the Google serps?

Robert Charlton

 7:40 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'm thinking the question may be about links to fragment identifiers that show up in a line just below the description and above the url in a Google search listing.

These are links to page fragment identifiers, ie, links to named anchors where the named anchors are use to define sections of a page....

Several threads that might help with the onpage syntax and when they occur....

html: link to named anchor
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum21/9776.htm [webmasterworld.com]

Google linking directly to part of page
http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4086469.htm [webmasterworld.com]

Page Fragment Navigation in Mini Sitelinks - and snippet!
http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3977406.htm [webmasterworld.com]

Note in my example of Internet Movie Database in the last thread that...
...there seems to be a certain threshold of activity needed before the identifiers kick in.

...ie, you're more likely to see these on busy sites like imdb and on wikipedia than on less frequently visited sites. The name anchor links aren't in the meta description... they're on the page.


 8:17 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Using the
<a> element within the <meta> element is NOT a valid use of HTML.
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