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Re: For Clare
From Inachu at on 16 Oct '01
replying to For Clare posted by Dale

I have seen that on certaqin cases that to merit a good site you
will want to reduce metatag usage as much as possible.

Compare that to when I first came to deadlock years ago I had at
least 20 lines of meta tag information! That was over kill and I
was never listed at all on any of the search engines.

Just use the meta tag if you know the search engine you are
optimizing it for needs it. Otherwise just use the meta keywords
and description.

Good Luck!


>Found this posting that may be of interest to you and possibly others
>Point 1 Traffic1.htm:
>There are three main search engines. We suggest you spend more
>effort to get listed on these:
>1) Yahoo - getting listed at Yahoo should be your primary goal.
>This is the directory that started it all and is the most popular
>and most used search engine.
>2) Lycos - another big engine that uses a spider to index your site.
>3) AltaVista - getting listed at AltaVista is not very difficult.
>Getting a high listing requires good Meta Tags.
>There are many more where your website should be listed, but
>these three should be (and we hope are) your priority. A good
>listing on any of these three will give you a good traffic boost.
>Yahoo is not a search engine. It is a directory that suppliments
>it's SERP's with data from Google (commonly called Yahoogle or
>Yahoo.Google. While Lycos does have a spider - they are fully
>integrated with DMOZ and Fast/Alltheweb (meaning they use data
>from them) It earns the title of search engine as it does have
>spiders - but it does not rely on it's own spiders for the
>majority of it's SERP data. AltaVista is still considered a major
>engine - but it is steadily declining in importance. Their recent
>attempts to restructure and revive may indeed be a benefit - but
>it is rare that a site actually get's enough traffic from them to
>be beneficial. - Again, NO mention of Google. You might want to
>check this out [Stats on search engines/searchs per day]
>Meta tags
>When you submit your site to a search engine that uses spiders,
>the only thing they ask you for is your URL. That's because they
>send a spider to crawl your site's Meta tags. That is why Meta
>Tags are very important. Most people don't realize that. On the
>next page you'll see what your Meta Tags should look like.
>I think not. Yes, you usually only submit your url because they
>go grab the data from the page itself - but Meta tags are not all
>they grab, not even the most important thing they grab. TEXT is
>what they take - all the text from your site - this is used to
>determine you placement and rank NOT meta tags.
><TITLE> Your website's title </TITLE>
><META NAME="KEYWORDS" CONTENT="keyword 1,keyword 2">
><META NAME="DESCRIPTION" CONTENT="Description of your site">
><META NAME="OWNER" CONTENT="your email address">
><META NAME="RATING" CONTENT="General">(If you have an adult site,
>write: Adult)
>"Expires" is useless - they could care less.. they visit your
>site when they want.
>"VW96" is a new one on me
>"rating" should be gained by visiting the IRCA not determined
>"revisit" is another useless tag
>Here is another clue - you should make your meta specific to the
>individual page not copy it across the board.
>Meta Tag Keywords
>Keywords are the most important thing in the Meta Tags
>You have a maximum of 255 characters.
>even AltaVista ignores this one now. Keywords are determined by
>word usage on your page, character max varies per engine. I do
>agree with your misspellings comment tho - but not just for the
>tag - they need to be used on your page to count.
>Alt tags are useful - when used wisely - this is something else
>that is being spammed to death with keyword stuffing.. you should
>also keep in mind that there is an internet community of blind
>people that surf the web - their computers use these alt tags to
>describe the image for this audience - do you really want to be
>that rude?
>Title stacking - Do not repeat it more than 3 times or it's spam
>- try more than once. The rest are either ignored or penalized as
>Hiding meta - as previously pointed out is a useless task. You
>can't and you should not care - meta tags to not make a page.
>Ok - almost choked on Page 5.. A splash page is GOOD! - Help me
>here gang! 2 to 10 splash pages!!! OhKay. This would be a Doorway
>page.. and 100% spam - infact this will get your site dumped out
>of Google and AV's index faster than anything right now.
>Page 6..
>Exicte is Bankrupt.
>Google updates every 28 days - you have a 2 week window to catch
>the next update - people rarely make it - standard is 2 months
>from submission
>Yahoo is $299 now
>About - what no ref to Sprinks??
>Looksmart prices are wrong too.
>One of the biggest mistakes you can make is using automated
>software to submit to major se's (or attempt I should say) It is
>impossible with AV and bannable by Google standards. While minor
>engines may accept it - they really don't drive the kind of
>traffic that business sites require.

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