Keyword Usage The first element that you need to be aware of is keyword usage. Although using your targeted keywords does not help improve your search engine rankings, using the right keywords in your descriptions can be incredibly helpful in drawing the eye to your listing. When a potential customer keys in a search query into Google, if the query is found in your description it will be bolded. In the image below, I did a search for Utah Jazz and as you can see, the top three sites all have the keyword Utah Jazz in their meta description and when it is bold, it does draw the eye. I promise! meta description

Call To Action

The second element you need to be aware of is adding a call to action. Many marketers tend to write meta descriptions for the search engines and fail to remember to add a call to action. By adding a call to action like, learn more or click here for more information, you are personally inviting them to visit your site and find out more. I’ve even seen businesses trying to generate local customers add phone numbers and enticing customers to just call without even visiting. Calls to action are EXTREMELY important, so when writing your descriptions, please make sure to include room (remember, about 160 characters) for your call to action!]]>

Greg is the founder and CEO of Stryde and a seasoned digital marketer who has worked with thousands of businesses, large and small, to generate more revenue via online marketing strategy and execution. Greg has written hundreds of blog posts as well as spoken at many events about online marketing strategy. You can follow Greg on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.