Sunday, May 15, 2005

meta tags and search engines

Not all of the search engines use meta tags but they can help. These are tags that are in the head section of your page. In your template, look for:

<head>
<title><$BlogPageTitle$></title>
<$BlogMetaData$>


You can add something like this under the "title" line:

<meta name="description" content="brief description of your page" />
<meta name="keywords" content="keywords for your page, separate, by commas" />
<meta name="author" content="name(s) of author(s) of page" />


This meta tag checker (scroll down the page to plug your URL into the form) can help to put your site into the search engines like Google and Altavista. DO NOT PAY TO PUT YOUR SITE INTO A SEARCH ENGINE!!!! Just follow the guidelines presented by the analysis done on your page.

Once a site gets into a search engine, generally, other search engine robots will spider the link and the site will be added to the other search engines.

Hope that helps.

10 comments:

paul said...

The title tag is very important and is much more effective, results-wise, when you throw another word or two into it that describes your site. Keep in mind it's what shows up in someone's bookmark list when they add you, so make it short, but very identifiable.

Google once valued the "author tag" highly, If you wanted to get your name a high result you would put it there. I'm unsure of it's effectiveness now, since I've seen mine (and several clients) drop drastically in the past year.

Lady Amalthea said...

Thanks a ton. I now show up on Yahoo! and Altavista, but not yet on Google. Is Google just a lot more picky?

paul said...

Google is very picky. It's based on popularity (how many people link to you, and how popular they are).

ejm said...

But even google will eventually pick your site up if it is on Altavista and Yahoo! These things do take time.

Lady Amalthea said...

I'll be patient.
Another questin, though: how do I check things like how many visitors I have and where they come from?

Lady Amalthea said...

That would be question, not questin. Sorry.

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Clare Eats said...

To Get on Google is easy

http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
go there, enter your url, wait a few days, easy.

I dont know if the meta tag checker works, as we used it on my partners site, which is VERY WELL indexed by google, and has meta tags (read here he is a professional Web devloper) and it said that his site had no meta tags.

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