Ecommerce Meta Description: Home, Product, & Category Pages

Updated on July 30, 2022 in Ecommerce by

Ecommerce Meta Description: Home, Product, & Category Pages

For many SEO enthusiasts, writing an eCommerce meta description might not be a breeze.

After all, we are confined by characters, have no idea what to share, and also – will Google even crawl the description are pick something from within the page?

I understand.

But I have started seeing creativity brewing under confined spaces.

In this article, I’ll be sharing how to write an absolute eCommerce meta description for your Home page, Product pages, and category pages as well.

While the characters are limited, there’s a lot that we are going to discuss here. So without taking any more time, let’s get started.

What is a Meta Description?

A meta description is a short description of the content, that viewers can read to learn about the search result before they decide to click on it.

A meta description helps both the user and the search engine to determine the relevance of the page (home page, product page, category page, blog post, about page, etc.) to the search query of the user.

Here, the search query is generally the keywords or phrases that you are targeting to rank that page one.

How Long Should a Meta Description be?

How Long Should a Meta Description be?

According to SEO guidelines, your meta description should be 160 characters or less.

But if I am honest with you, it’s better to hold yourself at less than 155 characters. This is to ensure that while crawling, important information is not swiped out in search results.

Often, you’ll see that your 160 characters are not completely available instead they are replaced by dots.

I’ll also recommend creating a spreadsheet and adding the top 10 meta descriptions, titles, and URLs of the pages ranking for your keyword.

It helps in drawing out similarities between what people and Google are preferring.

Now don’t copy the top results.

Figure out the similarity, like:

  • Common keywords
  • Number of times keyword is used
  • Number of characters
  • The intent of the meta description
  • CTA of meta description (if it has one)

If you are using chrome, you can also use the META SEO Inspector chrome extension. It will show you the title, URL, meta description (that user has written), and the whole structure of the page.

Why are Meta Descriptions Important?

Meta descriptions are an essential part of on-page SEO. It helps the user who is searching for the query, and the search engine understands what the page is about concisely.

Because a viewer is presented with top 10 search results, it can be for them to find what they are looking for quickly.

To make it easy for them, and give them the context of the information about the page, the meta description is really important.

According to SearchEngineLand, your meta description is also the most important factor in improving your click-through rate.

That means, that if you can craft an impactful eCommerce meta description, you will be able to present your products in front of more people.

How to Write Ecommerce Meta Description?

Writing an eCommerce meta description is tricky. Agreed. But just because of that reason, you should not skip writing it or randomly fill it up.

The three most important pages for eCommerce are the Home page, product pages, and category pages.

You’ll be learning how to craft your eCommerce meta description that both search engines and your customers would love.

1. Home Page

Search Query: Nike, Sezane, Zara, alo, etc.

For an eCommerce, the homepage is like the front view of your amazing shop.

Just like customers walking down the street peek through the window to look at the products and learn about the shop, your eCommerce home page meta description is to help customers learn about the brand.

Remember, it’s about the brand and how it caters to the audience.

I’ll also recommend you add some kind of experience/emotion within your meta description.

The tone and word choice would align with your brand voice. For the luxurious brand, it might be a little sophisticated, but for a casual wear brand, it will be more chilled out, relaxed, or fun.

Similarly, there will be a difference in the emotion between an athletic brand, and a leisure brand.

Remember one thing. It’s not about you or your brand. It is about placing your brand right where your customer’s emotions are.

Here are a few examples of brands and differences:

Alo is yoga wear brand, hence their description shares a focus on being tested (wear-tested by yogis), and aligns with what people want, which is looking like a celeb while working out (celeb-approved yoga pants).

Now let’s have a look at Sezane here:

Sezane is about warmth, being easygoing, and sticking to the classics. And if you are reading this home page eCommerce meta description, you’ll know it reflects just that.

Let’s break it down.

  • Born in Paris – sticking to classics by sharing the origin and inspiration of their fashion.
  • quality & creativity at the heart of everything – sharing warmth and a sense of being easygoing.
  • Free returns and shipping for orders over $200 – lastly they place their brand exactly where their customer wants with an offer.

2. Product Page

Search Query: Air Jordan 12 Retro Twist, Louis Vitton Brown Drum Bag, Gymshark vital seamless 2.0 shorts, etc.

Unlike the home page, if someone is reading your product page meta description, they are more interested in the particular product rather than your brand.

If you are an already established brand in the industry, your mention in the URL and title might be effective. But specifically for eCommerce meta description, share information about the product.

In recent Google SERP updates, it was also seen that the product images will be visible in the search results as well.

Your product page eCommerce meta description would further help the interested customer better understand the product.

Rather than emotion or branding, focus on information.

In the description, you can share specifics like the color, material, ratings, name of the product, brand, size, features, etc.

Here’s an example:

When one searches for “Gymshark vital seamless 2.0 shorts”, the meta description of the page is – 1 pair of shorts. 2 layers. All the possibilities. The Vital Seamless 2.0 2-in-1 Shorts feature an inner layer made from the classic seamless, sweat-wicking

If we break it down:

  • The entire focus is on features(1 pair of shorts. 2 layers, classic seamless, sweat-wicking).
  • Uses the keyword once for SEO (Vital Seamless 2.0).
  • No use of brand name instead of title.

3. Category Page

Search Query: alo yoga pants, daniel wellington watch for women, sneakers for men, etc.

Category pages are complex. People are looking for the products and sometimes are specific as well.

You may also note that your eCommerce category pages are probably also the most traffic-generating.

They reach more audiences, and your eCommerce meta description will have to be very much what your customer wants.

That is something afloat.

You don’t have to be specific as we did on the product page, but you also should not be brand-originated.

The best way to go through this challenge would be to use the keyword, align it with the brand, and deliver it with what your customers want.

Here’s an example.

When one searches for “daniel wellington watch women”, the meta description of the page is – A beautiful women’s watch from Daniel Wellington is more than just a watch. It is a piece of jewelry that makes the ultimate style statement about who you are.

If we break it down, 

  • They begin with their target keyword (A beautiful women’s watch)
  • Align it with their brand (from Daniel Wellington)
  • Delivers it with what the customer wants (makes the ultimate style statement about who you are)

Bonus Read

Writing an eCommerce meta description can be challenging. But if you are running an eCommerce, the meta description is a window to allow customers to engage with your brand.

It is probably among the first interaction your customers might have.

So make sure, you don’t skip it and let Google pick random info to show to your customers.

If you have a large inventory, I’ll also suggest you create a skeleton on your meta description.

With all the other information being intake – like brand name, product name, and keyword – you can add the features specific to the product like the color, size, etc.

This is only for the product page. For the category and the home page, ensure that you are writing something unique about the category and do thorough research before you start.

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