SEO 101 for Shopify
To optimize your ecommerce on Shopify, you must start by taking care of the tags that are displayed in Google. Articles about SEO often talk about meta titles and meta descriptions. Today, we will explain clearly what they are and how to take advantage of them when you have an online store.
Title and description tags are your minimum content plan for all pages
Here’s an example of what a meta title and a meta description look like.
Let’s say you have exactly what a user is looking for in Google. Well, you still have to convince them to click through to your store! This is why all the important pages of your store must have a good title and description for Google.
Which pages to prioritize on Shopify?
Start with writing a meta title and a meta description for these pages:
- Home Page
- Collections Pages
- Product Pages
- About Page
What is the difference between the title tag and the meta title?
You’re right, terminology can be confusing. A meta title tag is the field that is used by search engines as the title in their results. On the other hand, the title field in a product page is what is used as H1, the main title of your page and the one that is visible for the readers on your website.
Can I use my H1 as a meta title tag?
The answer is yes. Many people do this to save time. But if your H1 title is too long or too short for the search engines, it may not show up properly in the search results.
How to set up meta tags in Shopify?
You can find the meta tags at the end of each page in Shopify. There will be a dedicated block for these SEO elements that you can fill in.
Best practices for writing Google-friendly tags
The best practices for creating good meta descriptions are very similar to those for writing great ad copy. Use researched and targeted keywords in your meta descriptions:
- Make sure they relate to the content on each page; never use the same meta description throughout your site.
- Communicate the benefits of each product, not the features.
- Must not exceed 65 characters (Google does not display the excess)
- Contains at least one of the main keywords
- Should not exceed 155 characters (Google does not display the excess). I know Shopify says 300 characters but that is not the guideline for SEO.
- Insert keywords in the text.
Be careful with the 300 characters limit in Shopify
You have to be very careful with the limit in Shopify because it is not up to Google standards.You should not rely on it.
Google’s criteria are around 155 characters for the majority of the results. The length of the meta description displayed also depends on the type of device (mobile, tablet, etc). Meta descriptions are naturally shorter on mobile, so always write your descriptions keeping in mind that you must convince in 155 characters and less.
However, this doesn’t mean that you need to write very short meta descriptions, because then you will give very little information to the searcher about why your page answers their query.
Search engines like Google may also decide that your meta description is not suitable for the user’s query and it will generate theirs (which doesn’t really appeal most of the time).
How to write better meta descriptions to get more clicks
I consider writing meta descriptions to be a legitimate exercise in ecommerce copywriting. Our goal should be to persuade Google visitors to click – without falling into clickbait. Here’s how you can write clear, useful meta descriptions that stand out to potential customers.
First, think about the following:
Terms of Research
The keywords in your meta description that match the user’s query will be highlighted in bold, which will catch the eye and make your search result stand out.
The power of the brand
This is an important differentiator in a very competitive market. Why should a searcher click on your web page (or website) and not one of your competitors? Be honest about why you’re the best choice.
The brand’s tone
Communicating the essence of your brand in less than 160 characters is a fine art. Your brand tone helps you stand out in the jungle of search engine results. Like any writing effort, a good meta description can give a sense of your brand’s personality.
If your brand message answers the question “Why us?”, marketing answers the question “Why now?”. How will this page or product satisfy the potential customer’s search intent?
USP (Unique Selling Point) / added value / discounts / offers
Share your promotions, your sales, your added value and the unique assets that your store offers.
How to edit the homepage meta description in Shopify
You are advised to present your store and the brand or brands you sell. Other relevant elements are the type of products you sell and your location.