WordPress: Dynamic Meta Description and Keywords howto

This is a quick guide to add dynamic meta description and keyword to each different url of our WordPress blog, very useful to SEO users.

Open your header.php file from your theme directory and put this code into:

Meta Content Description

<meta name="description" content="
<?php if (have_posts() && is_single() OR is_page()):while(have_posts()):the_post();
$out_excerpt = str_replace(array("\r\n", "\r", "\n"), "", get_the_excerpt());
echo apply_filters('the_excerpt_rss', $out_excerpt);
endwhile;
elseif(is_category() OR is_tag()):
if(is_category()):
echo "Posts related to Category:
".ucfirst(single_cat_title("", FALSE));
elseif(is_tag()):
echo "Posts related to Tag:
".ucfirst(single_tag_title("", FALSE));
endif;
else: ?>
ADD HERE YOUR DEFAULT DESCRIPTION
<?php endif; ?>" />

Meta Content Keywords

<meta name="keywords" content="
<?php
$tags = get_tags(array('orderby' => 'count', 'order' => 'DESC'));
$xt = 1;
foreach ($tags as $tag) {
if ($xt <= 20) {
echo $tag->name.", ";
}
$xt++;
}
?>ADD, HERE, YOUR, STATIC, KEYWORDS" />
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38 Responses to “WordPress: Dynamic Meta Description and Keywords howto”
  1. Gonzo
    17:35 on August 23rd, 2012

    I never comment on these things but this was so helpful that I just have to say “thank you” and great post.

  2. nikky
    16:06 on February 9th, 2012

    thanks for such a nice tip..

  3. aris
    15:59 on February 6th, 2012

    thanks bro.. ur sharing is useful for me..

  4. wow
    16:28 on January 20th, 2012

    nice share…thanks you

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    13:19 on April 5th, 2011

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  8. Saurabh
    20:51 on March 5th, 2011

    Old post, but great solution, Thanks a ton. It works perfect. solved my SEO problem

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  9. Aco
    09:04 on January 7th, 2011

    hi thanks for great post if you don’t mind please can you tell me which plug-in you use in your blog for similar post.

  10. Graphic Design Tutorials
    19:01 on June 30th, 2010

    Hi, good post, thanks.

    If I visit a website I get attracted by a soothing design, this actually instills the confidence in me to turn more pages from the site.

  11. Nicolas Ritoux
    22:22 on June 21st, 2010

    Thanks so much! That works great.

  12. weidhas
    17:01 on June 3rd, 2010

    thx 4 the post ;)

  13. morestar
    19:17 on May 4th, 2010

    I’m trying to use Facebook’s new Like Button feature on my site and it’s working pretty good but when adding a few more pieces of Facebook Like meta data to the post pages I found I would do well with adding the description as well in the following format:

    When I add your code into single.php with conditional statements (post page?) the following shows up in the HTML Source:

    Help????

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  15. david
    00:04 on March 20th, 2010

    oops the code didn’t paste, lets see if this works:

    content=”
    asdf”

  16. david
    00:03 on March 20th, 2010

    Great stuff, thanks for the tips, just one question, in the meta description tag there is a newline after the content parameter like this:

    Is it possible to remove that newline? Just curious, I’m guessing it’s got something to do with the str_replace but I’m not sure

    Thanks!

  17. Capucine
    14:02 on December 8th, 2009

    It worked great for one of my blogs (WordPress 2.7.1), but not for the other one, using WordPress 2.0.5 (I know it’s old, but I am frightened of upgrading and crashing my whole site).

    Do you have a similar script for these “old” WP versions ?

    Thanks !

    Sylvie

  18. Capucine
    13:53 on December 8th, 2009

    Génial ! Un grand merci ! Sylvie (Belgium)

  19. wordpresswell.com
    06:16 on November 17th, 2009

    very useful, thanks kindly

  20. Simone
    12:40 on October 1st, 2009

    Very useful thank you!

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