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Zip code, Latitude/Longitude META tags?

Are they worth anything? Does any search tool use them?

     
7:04 pm on Aug 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A question for the group: I have some pages with very definite locations. I could add META tags, e.g.:

<HEAD>
<META NAME="geo.position" content="37.9028;-122.2982">
<META NAME="zipcode" content="94703">
</HEAD>

But will anybody care? Are there any methods of geotagging websites that have momentum? And if so, are we destined to see another flood of SEO spam, with millions of doorway pages so geocoded?

4:58 am on Aug 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That's a good question. I know that geourl advises a tag called ICBM:

<meta name="ICBM" content="XXX.XXXXX, XXX.XXXXX">

So far, I haven't found any definitive webmaster guidelines which describe how to tag your pages best so they would be picked up by local search engines.

Let me know if you can find anything useful!

11:19 pm on Aug 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Here's what I know: It seems to be mostly bloggers that care. Multimap has harvested the ICBM/geo.position tags of about 4,000 blogs. And flickr has thousands of geotagged photos.

So it's getting some momentum. I'm looking to extend the concept beyond points, to areas (Example: the website for a National Park should be tagged with the boundary of the park).

But the usual metadata qualities issues apply. For example there is a mirror image of the USA in Asia at Multimap -- because people get the sign wrong on their coordinates.

6:33 pm on Aug 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'd prefer a microformat, like hCard [developers.technorati.com...]

embed that in your pages, have the crawler find it, boom a standard emerges.

-Vince