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The Title and Description Tags
First, what is a tag?
A tag is a name for a reference in the background coding of a website that tells the browser and search engines something about the page.
For instance, a "Title" tag tells the browser to show the information following that tag at the top of the browser. It also tells the search engines what to display in the search results as the title of the website.
Then there are Meta tags. These are special tags that give other information to the search engines. Such information usually includes a description of the site and the keywords related to the site. As I mentioned in the keywords article the keywords tag is now days pretty much ignored by search engines due to dishonest website designers and SEO companies abusing it so much. But the description Meta tag is still used.
The Description Meta tag is where the search engines get the information to display right after the title of your website. It is important for two reasons. One is to help search engines understand what your site is about and the other is to give real people something to tell them about your site when seeing it listed in the search results.
Here how the tags look in my own site. You will notice the title tag which has the title as