Is the 'tagline' info important?

by mikehende 28 replies
In my dashboard, the image shows what I believe is my HOME page? If yes, I wish to work on the Title but I am also seeing a field named 'Tagline' and I am not understanding that, does the tagline info show on google please or should I leave it blank please?
#search engine optimization #important #info #tagline
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    Thanks but can anyone confirm that this is indeed my Home page? If yes, I am not seeing a 'description' field to edit the page's description?
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

      Thanks but can anyone confirm that this is indeed my Home page? If yes, I am not seeing a 'description' field to edit the page's description?
      The homepage is the page that you define as the homepage. What you are looking at is just basic settings for Wordpress.

      The tagline is only important if you are allowing the tagline to be displayed in the header. If you are replacing the header text with a graphic/logo, it won't be displayed (in most themes).
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      • Profile picture of the author mikehende
        Alright, let me take this from the start please. I go into my WP dashboard and click on PAGES, as the attached shot shows the "HOME-Front page", this is the page I wish to start doing the SEO on so I click on the hat page's EDIT button but when I go the EDIT page where I can edit that page's content, I am not seeing the field to edit Title and Description. So guys, my question is where do I get to edit the Title and description for that Home page in my dashboard please?
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          Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

          Alright, let me take this from the start please. I go into my WP dashboard and click on PAGES, as the attached shot shows the "HOME-Front page", this is the page I wish to start doing the SEO on so I click on the hat page's EDIT button but when I go the EDIT page where I can edit that page's content, I am not seeing the field to edit Title and Description. So guys, my question is where do I get to edit the Title and description for that Home page in my dashboard please?
          Go to Settings > General

          Note, this setting applies on all headers across the board not just the home page.
          To not have this happen you will have to edit the templates.
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          • Profile picture of the author mikehende
            That's where I was in the begining as attached shot shows and is where I saw the Tagline field, the Title is there but no 'description' field so how/where will I be able to edit the description?
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            • Profile picture of the author mikehende
              Oh, sorry, I had thought you guys were seeing the shots, I will post a link to photobucket now
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            • Profile picture of the author Tim3
              Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

              That's where I was in the begining as attached shot shows and is where I saw the Tagline field, the Title is there but no 'description' field so how/where will I be able to edit the description?
              The Tagline is the description for the whole site.
              For individual page <meta> descriptions you need a Plugin like AIO SEO, unless you're good at coding.

              Some of us prefer to leave descriptions out, and let Big G pull the the text it deems suitable for the search query used.
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    Attachments don't work on this forum for some reason. We can't download them.

    Unfortunately you need something like a theme that takes this in account, or a plugin such as Yoast SEO or All in one SEO pack to really change the titles and meta descriptions. WordPress is stupid like that.
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    Who told me this? An ex Google web spam engineer.

    What's your excuse?
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    The General Settings is exactly that. It is general settings for the entire Wordpress site.

    To make any specific changes to a page, you need to go to that page.

    If you do not see an option to change the title and description of a page, click on the "screen options" drop down at the top right of the page and make sure you check all the boxes. Then scroll down again and see if it is there. If it is not, your theme doesn't support it on its own and you need to install a plugin like Yoast or All-in-One to do it.

    On a side note, 7 plugins that are not updated is a huge security risk.
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    Alright so if I am understanding this correctly guys, only way I can have an option to edit the description field is to install the AIO SEO plugin since the YOAST plugin does not offer this option, is this correct please?
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      Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

      Alright so if I am understanding this correctly guys, only way I can have an option to edit the description field is to install the AIO SEO plugin since the YOAST plugin does not offer this option, is this correct please?
      No.

      It is right there in Yoast. Scroll over the Snippet Editor (from the image you posted).

      You can modify the Title and meta description right there.
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    Oh wait a minute Mike, I was expecting to see 2 separate "fields" with one labelled Title and another Description but from your answer I am guessing the contents in the snippet are the title description and URL? Also that as in the attached shot, the info below the url is the description and the info above the url is the title, is this correct please?

    http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/r...psl3sizcek.jpg
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      Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

      Also that as in the attached shot, the info below the url is the description and the info above the url is the title, is this correct please?

      http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/r...psl3sizcek.jpg

      that is correct.
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      • Profile picture of the author mikehende
        Thank you very much for solving this mystery! Can you tell me how I can check to see my editing is reflected in google please?
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          Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

          Thank you very much for solving this mystery! Can you tell me how I can check to see my editing is reflected in google please?
          You can't. You have to wait until the next time Google crawls and indexes your site. Even then, Google can choose not to use your title or your description.
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    So only option for me is to edit those two and hope that my site shows on google "someday" then I can see whether or not the change was made?
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      Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

      So only option for me is to edit those two and hope that my site shows on google "someday" then I can see whether or not the change was made?
      Yes, more or less.
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    Alright, appreciate the help, thank you!
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    • Profile picture of the author mikehende
      BTW guys, I typed my site in google using cache:pcandnetservices.com
      nothing happens, does this mean google does not have a snapshop of my site in their cache?
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

        BTW guys, I typed my site in google using cache:pcandnetservices.com
        nothing happens, does this mean google does not have a snapshop of my site in their cache?
        It's right here.

        Computer Repair NYC

        You need to include the full URL.
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    I don't get it, I now typed cache:Computer Repair NYC in google and nothing happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    Sorry, I don't know why it's showing that in my previous post, I typed the full url starting from http.......
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Looks like for some reason the cache command is not working in the Google search bar. Maybe they are working on something. Certainly a bug.

    I just type it in where the URL goes in the Chrome browser. The other way you can find it is if you pull up your site in the SERP and click the little down arrow beside the URL. There is an option in the dropdown that says "cache".
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    Yes, that works, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    BTW, if there isn't any way to know on which page a site is currently located or being ranked then how would you know if your SEO work is working?
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