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Suggesting New META Tags for Google

Commercial site or not.

     
1:14 pm on Jul 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would like to suggest two new Meta Tags to be used by Google and other SE’s.

The first would be to indicate if a page is commercial or not. The second tag would indicate if the site’s webmaster is White or Black hat.
Google the can add an option on the search page where you can search for commercial info or not. Personally I will find it very helpful because sometime I’m looking for something to buy then I can do a search with commercial on, but if I’m just looking for information I will switch commercial of.

Yes, I know some webmasters will cheat, so that is there the second tag come in play. If the Webmaster is “Black Hat” Google can just ignore the page.

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Are you suggesting that Black hat sites actually tell Google and the world that they are using Black hat techniques by adding a Meta tag themselves? If yes than I am sorry but that sounds a little bizarre.

I do quite like the sound of the first tag although I still think users like to keep search simple so am not sure if this would work with most searchers.

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Google the can add an option on the search page where you can search for commercial info or not

Isn't that why they have Froogle?
8:15 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>> some webmasters will cheat, so that is there the second tag come in play

Why would they cheat on only one tag and not the other? And if they are going to cheat wouldn't they cheat on the hat tag?

PS: How do you get posts like this past the pre-moderation? I've hardly ever get any of my posts approved. :)

8:29 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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are you for real?
8:32 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If the Webmaster is “Black Hat” Google can just ignore the page.

Mr. Ploppy says no.

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8:36 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I needed a laugh.
thanks Dumped
8:38 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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ROTFLMAO.

How about a third tag for indicating the trollomatic rating for the site (aka spam content level)?

Is it Friday yet?

8:38 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Maybe can add the metatags

<meta name="google-ranking" content="#1" />
<meta name="google-scrapper" content="no" />
<meta name="google-penalize" content="never" />

heheh

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<meta name="dupe-filter" content="false" />
<meta name="spam" content="false" />
<meta name="linkfarm" content="false" />
<meta name="google-RealPR" content="9" />
<meta name="domain-registered-date" content="1982-01-01" />
<meta name="backlinks" content="2.3E-06" />
8:55 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Nice to see some members still have a sense for humour.

And thanks also to the mod's whom also have not lost it yet

10:23 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My favourite tags were suggested by one member in other thread:

<meta name="Google_PR" content="8">
<meta name="DMOZ_Included" content="True">

I use them on one my site. With true information, of course. And I do it for joke - they can't hurt, but if the site were manually reviewed by a folk from Google, and he appreciated my sense of humour, he wouldn't penalize my site :))

A bit more seriously, the idea of marking commercial sites is great, in my opinion. And I agree there is Froogle and Adwords, so in order to keep things simple, Google could just throw away all commercial sites from normal search results ;))

There could be a simple rule to enforce honest usage of this tag - if you lied you're not commercial and you are, the domain would be permanently banned.

But it can be achieved without using the tag - there are special domains that can be used only by non-commercial sites, so having such domain marks the site as non-commercial, and preventing the cheating is a task of registrars of these domains.

And obviously, .com domains were intended to mark commercial sites, so it's a pity that commercial sites are allowed other domains - if they always used .com domains, it would be so simple to distinguish.

Disclaimer: The opinions written above are not strictly serious, they are only intended to point a few issues related to this thread.

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All of the tags suggested would be useful, on the understanding that Google read them as equivalent to:

<meta name="SEOd" content="true" />

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10:43 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>> Mr. Ploppy says no.
LOL
10:59 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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2:37 am on July 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I can't believe I fell for it - well you do get all types on here eh!
8:10 am on July 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google then can add an option on the search page where you can search for commercial info or not

Isn't that why they have Froogle?

OK, but where do you search if you just want pure good old Info?

8:23 am on July 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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But it would help detect one class of Blackhats: those who tell the truth.

Admittedly, there may be few of those. But it is the same principle as the one used by governments across the world for visa applications. You know the forms that say: "Are you trying to enter our country to commit genocide or terrorism?"

Catches me out every time.

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>>PS: How do you get posts like this past the pre-moderation?<<

By using blackhat techniques ..LOL

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After reviewing all pro's and con's for your suggestion, reading some related articles and talking to some experts on this topic I came to the conclusion: NEVER
1:19 pm on July 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I want the following metatag...

<meta name="google-adsense" revenue="thousands per day please" />

6:06 pm on Aug 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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ThomasB you mention that you talked to some experts on this topic - can you suggest somewhere I might find some?