Meta description for collection

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Is it a good idea to have own meta description instead of the default description which is showing for example:

in the google search, the meta description is like this:

Lamps & Light. Candlestick, Yellow. Glass Candlestick $19.95. Light light $28.95........

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Hi, Joe!

Aria here, I'm on the Social Care team at Shopify. ?

Yes, I would recommend you change your meta descriptions to make them more user-friendly. You should make sure they include important keywords that your potential customers are likely to search for but you should also be looking for complete sentence structure to make it easy and comfortable for people to read in Google search results. 

Check out the Google Keyword Planner to help you decide what to include in your meta description. 

I used the meta description you provided as an example and did a Google search for, 'Glass Candlestick'. This was the number one search result: 

As you can see, it's easy to read, descriptive and inviting. If I was in the market for this type of product, I wouldn't hesitate to click on this listing. 

Check out our guide to Improving search engine optimization (SEO). It's a tricky science but this guide should point you in the right direction.

Let me know if there is anything else you need. 

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Aria, Social Care Guru, Shopify
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Thanks Aria!


Hi Joe! Maggie, a Shopify Partner here :)

I agree with Aria - it's a good practice to define your own meta descriptions for collections, as they also show in the search results [also remember that Google has recently made the changes to the snippet length again - it's no longer 320 characters long - read more].

You also have to pay attention to what type of keywords you pick for your content [not all are the same!] - some are general [used by people doing a research], some informational [used by those wanting to learn more about the product before they decide to buy], and then some are transactional [used by those who already decided what they want, and now are ready to buy]. Each of these stages is characterized by different keywords.

In order for you to bring the most relevant traffic that also converts into sales, you need to target the transactional keywords [in your website content/ad copy]. 

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Thanks that is so true