How to programatically set meta tags on ASP.Net page

When we are creating a web site, one of the main goal we all have is that out site should be listed on first page of search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu etc. As we all know that in SEO world, one of the first thing we all look for in the page is meta tags in header of the page. In the past there was no direct way to set the meta tags on a page programatically when developing ASP.Net web site. We all used the work around of adding metaelements in header element of the page. You can read my previous post Adding meta tags to asp.net page dynamically about that technique. With ASP.Net 4.0 microsoft has introduced following two properties on that allow you to set the meta tags on a page.

  • MetaDescription
  • MetaKeywords

Following code snippet shows how it is used in your code.


public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
{
 protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
 {
  SetMetaTags();
 }
 private void SetMetaTags()
 {
  Title = "Hello Meta";
  MetaDescription = "This is description of my ASP.Net 4.0 page.";
  MetaKeywords = "ASP.Net,.Net4.0,Meta";
 }
}

And it works. You can see from the source of the page as shown below.

<head>
<title>Hello Meta</title>
<meta name="description" content="This is description of my ASP.Net 4.0 page." />
<meta name="keywords" content="ASP.Net,.Net4.0,Meta" />
</head>
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