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Possum
Hi

How do you get your web site high search ratings..

Are meta tags a good idea?

Cheers Possum
Animal
Google doesn't rely on meta tags when searching sites. Your pagerank is defined by the actual content of your site - why not register for Google Webmaster Tools - it will give you details on your search results and an idea on what to optimise. You can also create Free XML Sitemaps and upload them using Google Webmaster Tools so that they index all of your pages without missing any of them.
virulence
Thanks animal. I will definitely use that. I thought google used metadata :(
me is a choob i guesses
manumiglani
Meta tags are still very important.

Yahoo considers Meta Keywords Tag while ranking sites and Google shows your meta description tag in search results. Meta Description Tag helps you get more CTR through search results. Whats the benefit of being on the first page if visitors don't come to your site through search results.

Animal wrote:
Your pagerank is defined by the actual content of your site

Pagerank is only defined by the no. of backlinks to your web site, not by your content.
infobankr
Meta tags are a popular topic of argument - do they work or do they not?

I don't know the answer, but I have used this site called Widexl to learn a lot about how to set them up properly:

http://www.widexl.com/remote/search-engines/metatag-analyzer.html

You can enter in your URL and it will analyze your meta tags for you.

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SoftStag
There is much debate over whether to use meta tags or not. Some people say they help, others say not.

Personally, I feel that they are not necessary and do not help with the major search engines at all. My site ranks well for the keywords I have optimised for, and I don't use meta tags.

I agree with Animal, sign up for Google Webmaster Tools and submit sitemaps. This will help and also provide useful information on how your site performs in Google SERPs.
Animal
manumiglani wrote:
Animal wrote:
Your pagerank is defined by the actual content of your site

Pagerank is only defined by the no. of backlinks to your web site, not by your content.

Ok, perhaps I've mis-used the term "Pagerank". The position of results from your website in a Google search is determined by your page's content - Google does not use Meta Tags to display search results. This is the point I was trying to make.
manumiglani
Animal wrote:
manumiglani wrote:
Animal wrote:
Your pagerank is defined by the actual content of your site

Pagerank is only defined by the no. of backlinks to your web site, not by your content.

Google does not use Meta Tags to display search results. This is the point I was trying to make.

Really! Its as REMOVED as your earlier comments. Google does use meta description tag to display search results. You want proof? search free directadmin hosting on google ( http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=free+directadmin+hosting ) and see the description of Frihost on google.
Why can't one resist posting wrong information when he/she does not have much information on the subject? Seriously, one should resist posting rather than providing wrong information and confusing the newbies.
Animal
manumiglani wrote:
Really! Its as REMOVED as your earlier comments. Google does use meta description tag to display search results. You want proof? search free directadmin hosting on google ( http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=free+directadmin+hosting ) and see the description of Frihost on google.
Why can't one resist posting wrong information when he/she does not have much information on the subject? Seriously, one should resist posting rather than providing wrong information and confusing the newbies.

Firstly, I think you need to calm down.

Secondly, you should take your own advice regarding giving out wrong information:
http://searchenginewatch.com/showPage.html?page=2167931 wrote:
For this page you are reading, I would like it described in a search engine's listings like this:

This tutorial explains how to use HTML meta tags, with links
to meta tag generators and builders. From SearchEngineWatch.com,
a guide to search engine submission and registration.


Will this happen? Not with every search engine. For example, Google ignores the meta description tag and instead will automatically generate its own description for this page. Others may support it partially.


http://www.thesitewizard.com/archive/metatags.shtml wrote:
The Meta Keywords tag used to be an important way to get your page listed under specific keywords under the search engines. Nowadays, however, major search engines like Google and Alta Vista ignore this tag...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta_tag wrote:
Newer search engines like Google and FAST have never had any support for the META keywords tag.


The above article goes on to say:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta_tag wrote:
Some search engines such as Google will display the text specified in the content of the META description tag for a page in their result listings. This allows the webpage author to give a more meaningful description for listings than might be displayed if the search engine was to automatically create its own description based on the page content.

So you're correct in what you say. However, as I was saying, the META tags have no bearing on the position of your website in a Google search result.
manumiglani
First you yourself state that
Animal wrote:
Google does not use Meta Tags to display search results.

and then you yourself posts links to articles that contradict your own statement.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta_tag wrote:
Some search engines such as Google will display the text specified in the content of the META description tag for a page in their result listings. This allows the webpage author to give a more meaningful description for listings than might be displayed if the search engine was to automatically create its own description based on the page content.

Great!
Animal
manumiglani wrote:
First you yourself state that
Animal wrote:
Google does not use Meta Tags to display search results.

and then you yourself posts links to articles that contradict your own statement.

Yeah... but that wasn't the full statement that I made above:
Animal wrote:
The position of results from your website in a Google search is determined by your page's content - Google does not use Meta Tags to display search results.

As you yourself have said, when making an argument it is good to use all of the facts Wink

While Google's search results might display the contents of Meta tags, these contents are not actually used to determine the position of your page in search results - this is entirely dependant on the page content, and not the contents of the Meta tags.
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