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In this article, I’m going to show you how to add the copyright meta tag to your website.

Is The Copyright Meta Tag Useful?

Absolutely. Not only is it good practice to have this useful meta tag in your website’s HTML code, it’s essential because it lets search engines ‘know’ that you are the owner of the content.

Let’s not have Internet pirates scraping and repurposing our content, and then outranking us with our own content, eh?

That’s why the copyright meta tag is vital.

Use any method at your disposal to always claim your content as your own. You worked hard on it. Keep it yours.Click To Tweet

So let’s get down to adding this great meta tag.

SEO Best Practices: Inserting The Essential Copyright Meta Tag in Your HTML

In the video, you’ll see me use my test blog to demonstrate an example of how to add this tag to the metadata.

In the video, I right click my home page and select view source in order to see my HTML source code.

A quick Crtl+F (control + find) can help you verify whether this tag already exists in your metadata.

It’s always good practice to do a quick check, because some WordPress themes may actually include this meta tag, if not now then in the future.

How to Use the Copyright Meta Tag: Adding Your Name to The Content Parameter

In the video, you’ll see that I already added my name to the content parameter of the tag.

This is what that looks like:

copyright meta tag example

* NOTE: I left the head tag in the above image only to show you where exactly in my header.php file I added the copyright meta tag (i.e. right before the closing head tag).

The tag itself is everything else except the head tag:
full copyright meta tag example

* NOTE: my security settings prevent me from pasting raw code, so you’ll have to type it out :/

Here’s what to do:

  • type out the tag and obviously add your own name to the content parameter
  • in your WordPress admin area, go to Appearances, Editor and search for your header.php file (this is the file that contains the code that makes up the header of your WP theme)
  • click on that file to open it up in edit mode (best practice: copy and paste the entire code into a text pad before you do anything!)
  • find the closing head tag and paste your meta copyright tag just above it
  • save
  • that’s it!

That’s how you protect your content, at least a little bit better. Of course, you can’t stop people stealing your content if it’s online, unfortunately, but that said, we want to put all the things we can in place to:

  • comply with HTML standards
  • protect our content as best as we can
  • get an edge in term of SEO (anything we can do to help out search engines understand and classify our content is probably worth doing)

In the case of adding this tag, the time and effort involved is so small compared to the ROI benefit, that it’s definitely something we need to take care of right away.

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