Meta Information on Wordpress

Posted November 19 2005

Part of the initial reason for staring this website, was a little project to get to No1 in the major search engines with a list of certain keywords.  I want to do this by white-hat methods. 

One of the methods search engines look at it Meta-Information, this includes key words and a description of the current page.  I wanted to add this information to each page easily. 

Now for each post I write I add the following custom fields to each

  • meta-keywords
  • meta-description

For each one, I fill in relevant information.

To have this information appear within the top of each page, I had to modify the header.php file found within my current template directory. The following code should be added within the head section of the page, between lines 5 and 7.

 <? if (get_post_meta($wp_query->post->ID, "meta-description", true) != "") { ?>post->ID, "meta-description", true); ?>" /> <? } ?>

<? if (get_post_meta($wp_query->post->ID, "meta-keywords", true) != "") { ?>post->ID, "meta-keywords", true); ?>" /><? } ?>

These will only appear on the post / archive pages themselves. So you will need to click on the article title first before viewing the source.

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More on Custom Fields, and SEO

Further infomation on custom fields can be found on the WordPress Codex

In order to get the current post id, I found this post in the support forum.

What I know about search engine optimisation can be written on a stamp, but google knows all.

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