What I Hated the Least Today 156/365: Being the CEO of My SEO

Half my face is over the whole Google
Half my face is over the whole Google

WordPress recently announced a new SEO feature available for customised setup from the Dashboard. While I don’t deeply care for SEO—it’s not like I’m selling something or even blogging about anything anyone would search for—the sight of new Settings always weirdly turns me on. It’s the first button I press wherever I go. I don’t use stuff—I set it up. And then reset it. And set it up again. Etsetera. It’s my mindset, you set see.

Since I learned about the <head> element in HTML, I begrudged that I couldn’t access the metadata contained in the head of my site. If I could, I’d add there something that no one but me would think funny (and no one would see since I’m not sure how many people click View Page Source for their bedtime reading—I do, but I don’t count). I’d totally add <meta name="keywords" content="cookies, cats, crap">.  It alliterates.

You still can’t access all the metadata, but at least now you can modify the front page meta description. That’s what search engines show when they find you. Unless you change it, your blog’s tagline will show as a meta description. I did change it, and the change took effect the next day already—the printscreen at the top of this post shows what I scribbled there. There was no coding required. I was disappointed. It felt like an empty tag. Like <br>. Conveniently, even empty tags can be closed. Like this <br />.


Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

9 thoughts

  1. You are an education to me Mara I have no idea what any of this means but it looks scary and impressive….if you’d like to hear my dulcet Aussie tones go look at my Music Friday response…..if you do please tell me if you understood anything I said….

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  2. I think I’ve set mine to be hidden from search engines! Don’t remember why I wanted to hide. My meta tags used to be an alliteration too; cat, computer,coffee. Or perhaps camera, but I don’t think so. “Web, winter, whiskers” could be another one 🙂. I have googled Tassitus, though. Most hits are mine, but there are two other people too, and there’s nothing I can do about it, no matter how it irks me. I need to change my tagline — I love how you fed the unicorn to the cat!

    The more I look at this Rowling theme, the more I like it. Strange …


    1. I sorted of lifted the idea from you and changed my Instagram bio to Coffee, cats & crap. That pretty much sums it up. Web, winter, whiskers is too perfect not to use! It wouldn’t fit me, of course, but it encapsulates your online presence well, I think 😉

      My blog’s tagline started as random mad idea that grew on me. I think it’s good as an early warning system for newcomers to my blog 😉


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