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SEO Tips & Tricks

Page Titles

A page title, or title tag, is the main text that describes your web page. It is one of the most important elements of search engine optimization (SEO).

Choosing the right terms for your page title is important as this text appears in browsers and search engine results pages. Additionally, title tags can be used as links when a page is shared on a social media site.

The Page Title text is displayed in the browser tab.

When you create a new file, the Title field becomes your page title, or title tag.  Your page title also becomes the default Heading 1 on the page.

When you create a new page, adding a Title is the first thing you will do.  Give your new page a proper title that reflects the content of the page and does not exceed 60 characters.

  Creating good titles at this stage will save you the time of going back and changing them later.

You can modify the default page title in the page properties of your file.  

  1. To go: Page Properties > Advanced > SEO Title Format
  2. Unlock the SEO Title Format field by clicking on the lock icon. 
  3. Add the page title you want to use for this page.

 

Notes

  • "-Ryerson University" is appended to each page title by default. It will always appear near the end of your page title and cannot be modified.
  • Modifying the SEO title field will not modify the original value of the Title field, or the page's H1. This can only be done in the Title field of the Page Properties.
  • {pageTitle} represents the Title field of every page. If you include this in the format field, the title of the page will appear in the Title tag automatically, in the order you specified in the format field. *
  • {homepageTitle} is the Title field of the homepage (root site name). *

    *Useful when setting the SEO title format for the entire site.

If you want to set a standard Title tag format for your site, do the following:

  1. Navigate to your root folder name
  2. Open Page Properties> Advanced> SEO Title Format
  3. Unlock the SEO Title Format field by clicking on the lock icon.
  4. Add the page title format to be used on all pages

    The following format:  {pageTitle} - {homepageTitle} will result  in this page title: University award recipients announced - News and Events - Ryerson University

 

Notes

  • "-Ryerson University" is appended to each page title by default. It will always appear near the end of your page title and cannot be modified.
  • Modifying the SEO title field will not modify the original value of the Title field, or the page's H1. This can only be done in the Title field of the Page Properties.
  • {pageTitle} represents the Title field of every page. If you include this in the format field, the title of the page will appear in the Title tag automatically, in the order you specified in the format field. 
  • {homepageTitle} is the Title field of the homepage (root site name).  
  • Do not use commas to separate text

Set the SEO Title Format for all pages on your site by adding the format in the Page Properties of your homepage (root name).

Meta Description

A meta description is a short description or summary you manually add to a page. This summary tells both the reader and search engine what the page is about. This summary is generally displayed in the search results when you search for a keyword on Google or Bing. 

A good meta description with the right keywords will help people find and click on your page! A meta description should:

  • Be no more than 1 to 2 sentences.
  • Concisely summarize the page and match the content.
  • Use proper spelling and punctuation.
  • Be unique and include some keywords from the content.
  • Include a call-to-action if necessary.

The Meta Description field is found in Page Properties. The page properties dialog allows a user to edit and add meta information associated with the page.

Screenshot of Page Properties in Adobe AEM. Description goes in the Meta Description field.

The meta description should display in search engine results after some time. If it doesn't appear, in some cases the search engine might automatically generate one for you. 

Screenshot of Google's search results. The meta description follows the meta title within the list of search results.