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How does a spider see all my pages? Do I need the "index, follow" tag on all pages? Monkscuba msg:970745 10:32 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0) Is it better to have the following on all pages of my site:
<meta name="robots" content="index, follow">
or just the index page?
If it's on all pages, will this be easier for robots to spider the site? We have a very good internal link system already, but i wonder if this would be a good move...
pendanticist msg:970746 10:44 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)
I use <META NAME="Robot" CONTENT="ALL"> on every page, including index.html.
It would seem if you want them to visit, 'ya gotten tell 'em.
SmallTime msg:970747 10:49 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)
I use a robots.txt file to dissallow any folders I don't want them to spider. I do not use a meta robots tag on the page. Mohamed_E msg:970748 2:35 pm on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)
Never use it, spiders have had no difficulty indexing my whole site. The main purpose of that tag is to prevent spiders from exploring parts of your site, following links is their default behavior. JamesR msg:970749 5:58 pm on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)
mohamed has it right. I don't think they pay attention to follow tags, just no index ones (and even then it is suspect). Spiders usually follow links to other pages and will index your site if you have given them a clear path from page to page. pendanticist msg:970750 6:42 pm on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)
I don't think any one solution is right. Obviously both work.