How to Write Effective Blog Descriptions for Better CTR

by Tamal Anwar on Sunday, August 21, 2011

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Writing a good blog description is one of the important things in blog SEO. Targeting useful keywords and using them on your blog’s description will bring in more clicks, interested readers & new leads.

At the very beginning, bloggers find it tricky for them what to do and what not? Titles are easy but what about description? There are some factors work together in search terms. Some bloggers found their site rank higher in search terms within few months. Most of the times these terms are not that popular enough to bring a burst of traffic.

For an example, when I started my first blog, it was ranking number one for a local term. But I was not getting hundreds of hits daily for that because it’s not a popular keyword! The thing I learned is that I should look for popular keywords and ranking my blog for such keywords will bring in more traffic.

Increasing the effectiveness of a company’s blog can help relay the mission and goals, as well as engaging with customers and improving your product based off of their needs.  It doesn’t take an online MBA to figure out the importance of a quality blog in this age of the internet

What is the purpose of blog description?

The only reason to write one is to explain what your blog is about. This description goes in search engines, article sites, RSS feeds and everywhere. This is your chance to grab the attention of a reader and bring them to your website or blog.

Set a blog description under 150 characters

Search engines show up only 150 letters or so in the search results. Some engines show up to 160 letters. It would be better to keep your description under 150 characters. There are two things that work here, one is the description and the other is meta description. The first 150 chars will work as your meta description if you haven’t set it up already.

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For an example, if you search your blog in google it’ll show the first 150-160 letters that it found on the page. So you have to create a special meta description to ensure maximum exposure. Use your blog’s main keywords in your meta description.

For an example when you search BlogKori on google you will fine: “BlogKori offers tips on how to start a blog, blog marketing, getting blog traffic, building an online business & ways to make money blogging.

I tried to sum up my blog theme into a small description.

But how do I pick up a good home description? Let us draw an image to visualize out site,

Draw an image of your blog

Take a piece of sheet and a pen and draw your blog. Now write down what types of posts you’ve written on it? What posts are getting higher place in search results and what are the keywords that visitors are using? It’s like drawing a mindmap but for your blog. You can take help of google analytics to figure this out. This will help you to know some of the common keywords about your blog.

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Although you can get a better idea by reading your categories. Your blog categories are your best main keywords.

Use main keywords in your meta description

Another important thing for your blog’s SEO are keywords. When I write a new post, I set some keywords for that post. For and example I’ve set google, SEO, search engine etc as the keywords for this post. Google will use these keywords to determine what’s written in this post. This is an easy one but what to do about your blog’s homepage keywords?

But now days google and other search engines don’t care about keywords anymore. They now look into the content to determine the keywords of a blog.

It’s always a good thing to put your main word/keyword in your blog description.

Homepage description is not that important

Blogs are special websites and it has more pages than a usual site. Company websites pay a lot of money to opt their homepage because it’s their only entrance. But with a blog any page can outrank thousands of other websites or even your own homepage. I remember when I had my first blog, blog-success.blogspot.com, one of its post about “reverse ad strategy” had Page rank 4, but the actual homepage was still a PR 3.

Make it a teaser for your article page

Searcher searches for information, they have 10 options to choose, which one they will click on?

You have to write an appealing description for your article page. Start with an action like,

  • Learn how to..
  • get all the..
  • Take a look at how..
And then end with a cliff hanger like,
  • after conducting the research we found..
  • what we expected but when we..
  • 10% increase after applying this method..
Also make sure you use your keywords in the description.
Add custom descriptions, don’t let the engines to fill in the blanks for you.

Keep the changes for longer

All of your posts are being checked regularly by google. Each post get’s a position but when there’s a change in the post, google re-organizes the will index to fit with the updated version. Now when google will do it, another new site may take your position and throw you in the bottom of the results page. Don’t do these mistakes what I did before, make changes and leave them for another 6-12 months.

Also read: Using long tail keywords for blog traffic

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Geoserv

Determining the keywords are one of the toughest parts of on page SEO and can take some time to determine.

Browse some blogs and it is shocking how many don’t bother setting their description and keyword tags.

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Choosing the right keywords for you site is a not an easy work. One of the most trustable tools which help me with this task is Google Adwords which is better than more paid software. I think you are right Geoserv saying that a big number of blogs doesn’t set up their keywords and description.

@krjx

How do you set keywords for individual posts using wordpress 2.7?

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Tamal Anwar

@krjx: Adding tags will work as a keyword and I specially add meta keywords using the all in one SEO pack plugin.

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@krjx

Hey Tamal, saw your post about google analytics. But I do not see a way to check individual pages PR. Can you tell us how you checked the PR of your individual posts? Thanks.

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@krjx

Tamal, I have the All in 1 SEO plugin. It has the option for using categories as Meta Keywords. Do you see a way to use tags too?

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Tamal Anwar

@krjx: I have to search for an easy tool to check PR of individual pages. I’ll tell you later about it.

I use “WP all in one SEO pack” there’s three fields, one for title, one for description and the 3rd one for keywords.

Take a look at this posts title and the title in the browser window, both are different. This is because I set a different and long version for meta title.

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Geoserv

All-in-One SEO Pack is probably the best SEO plugin for Wordpress, makes SEO so much easier.

Geoserv’s latest blog post..New upcoming Pligg template

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Justin Brooke

Great post, and this will inform and educate those who are not yet optimizing their site for the benefit of the search engines.

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Tamal Anwar

@Geoserv: Ya I thing this plugin is the best so far!

@Justin Brooke: Everyone should opt their site a bit to get some more from search engines.

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@krjx

Hey Tamal, you didnt tell us about the PR checker?

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Hamdani Amin

While the wordpress plugin your mentioned here is a very essential tools for wordpress user, you still need to find out the best keyword for your blog.

In the past I used to use overture but now, I look through some keyword used by similar website for a guide.

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weng

this article is very interesting and very informative, a lot of people including myself can learn from this site, great work!!! hi five for you!!!

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sadia mansoor

Nice and very informative article for beginners.

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Start Your Internet Business

Categories and tags are also very important for ranking. Just take a quick look at Google’s webmaster tips videos and you’ll see how they like webmasters to setup websites for ranking in their search.

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Internet Marketing Alchemy

Every time I think of starting a new blog I draw a pic of it first to, but, only to get an idea of ad and content placement. Meta descriptions should best describe the content on your page/s.

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shahriar

you r very inteli. this blog is my fav one. my god bless u. so we can get more. thanks………….

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shahriar

i cannot change parmalink on wordpress. i it set custom: /%catagory%/%postname%/.it shows 404 error. i use a plugins but not work. i want that as your url shoes. can u help me? pls mail me

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Tamal Anwar

it should be /%category%/%postname%/ not “catagory”

Shamim

Good meta description writing is little bet tough to apply some keywords in a post. Sometimes it feels me so much enjoying and I like to add meta description on all of my post.

Great post again.

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Vaseem Ansari

hello dear its nice tutorial and as u have used WP u can manage keyword and description in admin
but how to manage keywords for inner pages on blogspot, can u provide me suggestion on this. as i m using blogspot blog for my personal use and want to put correct and customise keywords for inner pages.
need ur suggestoin on that means how to do that thing
my blog is http://www.vaseemansari.blogspot.com
Vaseem Ansari
thanks
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aprilcruz

hello, im a new blogger, can u help me to make a blog description for my personal blog page.. thanks

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Alamin

Thanks really nice tips for blog seo. I will apply this on my blog

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Bob

“Keep the changes for longer
As you have your blog’s control, you can change the blog’s title, description, and keywords 10 times a day! It’s a bad thing for SEO because it’ll hurt your rank. ……Don’t do these mistakes what I did before, make changes and leave them for another 6-12 months.”
I wish I had read the post at the first begining, as I begin to realize the importance of the issue not till now.
I am adding/Changing blog’s title, description, and keywords for each posts before, It might hurt my blog rank, But I still think it is something I will have to do even not now, I guess the earlier the better

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D.J.Rony

Changing title and keyword can heart your blogs ranking and reputation. Even sometimes changing the design of an well established site or blog can also do positive or negative effect on it. And it’s true – The sooner the better.
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Joynal Abedin

Really helpful post for new bloogger to start hi keyword research…..

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Joel

Another point you can add.

Over effective titles may harm reputation of blog too.

For example, if meta title starts in ALL capital or title start with “SHOCKING TRUTH of xyz..” may sometime annoy visitor when there is actually no shocking truth there.

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Harshit Singhal

More importantly…250 words should be the ideal length !

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Garden Solar Lighting

Before I write any blog post on a number of my blogs I always do some keyword research first. By doing the keyword research before hand you will already know what to write about. This makes things easier to build a description as well. It does no good to write a post that is heading to the most saturated search term of the bat. So do the keyword research before you start any of your blog post and things get that much easier.

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Zaheda Khatun

It is really a best informative and helpful site about world’s best online earning ways.

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Rafiqul Islam

Hi Tamal,
As a new Blogger, every day I learn something from blogkori.com. I could not but thanks to creator of Blogkori. Eid Mobarak to you all.

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Ibrahim Kamrul Shafin

This post is one of the best posts in the world! Am I right?

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richcloud

This post is great, use keywords and description to describe your article, they are used to show how your article works in limited words.
You can install some seo plugins in wordpress to set the page title, description and keywords.

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riitaa

great tips thanks for sharing this ideas.

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Chayan Barua

How can I get the basics on SEO? I have a very little knowledge on SEO, but it is not enough.

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John

I always use thesis themes to creating my blog. its is Seo friendly!

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ringgo

under the 160 chars huh, i think i will did this to my description. thanks anyway, very helful

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Micro Niche Sites

Thanks for the useful review! I am 100% sure that targeting the right keywords is one of SEO essentials. Just imagine, if you place the wrong keywords you will get wrong traffic, and with wrong traffic will come bigger bounce rate and average time on the site will decrease.

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sanjid

thanks for the share. it will be very helpful for all

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Emma Zehr

Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thank you However I am experiencing issue with ur rss . Dont know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting identical rss problem? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

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Study English in UK

thanks to tell the basic things of seo as these are really very useful to me as i am a new starter

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Muhammad Idrees

Hi Tamal, Thanks for the good post.
Ok, I understand about the meta keywords, one could set with searching keywords related to this target site. But I am not sure about ‘meta description’, what should be the content in it. Could you please elaborate some detail providing any example?

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Kawsher Ahmed

Really A Nice Direction For Starting The SEO Of any Blog

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Shaon

How Can i add My Site To all Search Engines With a Software?

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Tamal Anwar

You don’t need to add your site, they will index it automatically

Nizam Khan

Awesome and very informative post. Well said, There’s nothing special about those Meta tags, your blog’s “every word is a keyword”. And agreed, blog title, description etc should not be changed frequently, as it is bad for SEO and also it effects the blog ranking. Thanks for sharing this info :)

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Tamal Anwar

Thanks man, things are changing and we must keep up.

Chayan Barua

Still now I am having problem with my site in SEO. Can anyone help me?

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Tamal Anwar

You will learn as you go up.

Tim

This makes absolutely no sense at all. What are you talking about?
All of your posts are being checked regularly by google. Each post get’s a position but when there’s a change in the post, google re-organizes the will index to fit with the updated version. Now when google will do it, another new site may take your position and throw you in the bottom of the results page. Don’t do these mistakes what I did before, make changes and leave them for another 6-12 months.

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Tamal Anwar

This makes sense this way: Google is making like 400 changes in their algorithm in 1 year and one page doesn’t sits in a position forever. So for highly competitive terms you may get outranked by others when you do slight changes even in the meta description.

raj

Is Pr link building strategy or Unique content building strategy which is most effective for a wordpress blog.

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Tamal Anwar

No strategy is quite working well right now, so it is better to write better content on your own blog.

Mohammed S M Nayon

I am a new blogger.
It really helped me.

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Tamal Anwar

My blog will help, thank you!

Rohit Basak

hi i am rohit basak and i want your help to make my blogger more better so that i am thankfull towards you. I noticed that you have a great blogging experience.

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Tamal Anwar

Thank you my friend, yes feel free to explore my old articles and you will learn.

amir

Thank you great point. How do you do increase visitor to your blog?

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nidhanahar2020

Thanks for your great post,

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M

Your way of explaining everything in this paragraph is in fact fastidious, all be able
to without difficulty be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

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Tamal Anwar

Thank you for the comment, wish you success!

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Chayan Barua

Hi, I have changed my comment option. Now what can I do to make my blog SEO friendly and get higher pagerank? Can you tell me? Thanks

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Tamal Anwar

Write more useful content.

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