Document doesn't have a meta description

Meta descriptions introduce users to your site's content in search results. High-quality, unique descriptions make your results more relevant and can increase your search traffic. Lighthouse flags your page when it's missing a meta description:

Lighthouse audit showing the document doesn't have a meta description
Fig. 1 — Document doesn't have a meta description

What causes this audit to fail

This audit fails if your page doesn't have a description, or if the content attribute of the description is empty. Lighthouse doesn't evaluate the quality of your description.

Each SEO audit is weighted equally in the Lighthouse SEO Score, with the exception of the manual audit, structured-data audit. Learn more in Lighthouse Scoring Guide.

How to add a meta description

Add a description tag to the <head> of each of your pages:

<meta name="Description" content="Put your description here.">

Include clearly-tagged facts in the descriptions, for example:

<meta name="Description" content="Author: A.N. Author, 
Illustrator: P. Picture, Category: Books, Price: $17.99,
Length: 784 pages>

Learn more in Add tags to the head of the page.

Meta description guidelines

  • Make them descriptive and concise.
  • Avoid keyword stuffing.
  • Create a description for every page.
  • Avoid repeated or boilerplate titles.
  • Use different descriptions for different pages.
  • Descriptions don't have to be in sentence format; they can contain structured data.

See Create good meta descriptions for more guidance.

More information

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