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Templates, Keywords and SE...

...what's their relationship?


Digital Guerrilla

12:16 pm on Mar 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Hi dears...
just back with another big question.
Actually many times to make sites more usabily and accessabily by all I use "dreamweaver templates".
In this way I can create pages that have most the same things (navigation bar, logo, etc...), while just teh "central part" changes. So the bvrowser load faster all the pages (since must information are recognized as the same of the pages before).
The question is:
Does the templates influence spiders? How I should work to optimized best (for index them in the SE) pages? Should I leave metatags for the templates and the add more meta for each different page (or at least sections)? At the end, if the purpose os a good ranking, is better to don't use templates?
thanks in advanced...
by to all...
1:39 pm on Mar 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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WebmasterWorld Senior Member marcia is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

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>Hi dears...
Hi to you too, Digital_Guerilla, good to have you back.

A good educated question in answer to your question is: What is the difference between using the templates from Dreamweaver and using templates that you yourself would make for a site, just to keep it uniform in design throughout?

Make sure the content is unique across the site pages, and create different page titles, meta tags and H1/H2 headings for different pages and sections. Use a couple of keywords across the whole site for purposes of cohesiveness, but emphasize the uniqueness of different pages also, including varying the number of words of text on pages, and making sure there are variations in keyword density between pages.

They can all be similar by means of the templates, but they can still be unique.

An aspect to consider, however, is whether the actual HTML structure is spider-friendly, and how far down the page text actually is in the code, as well as considering the page file size. Make sure it's not got HTML bloat.


1:56 pm on Mar 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Hi Digital_Guerilla,

I am sure we all use templates in one form or another to maintain homogenity within a site or else the sites we build would end up like so much mish mash no one would look at them.

The key is to make sure that the template is a framework only (not to be confused with a frame-set..) into which you put your content.

I am not sure I can say much more than Marcia other than just ask yourself, "What is unique about these pages?" If the answer is "Not Much" then you have too much template and not enough other stuff.



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