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This is my first posting, I am still a bit of an internet virgin. I have been looking everywhere for help with meta tags but everyone seems to have a different view on them. I was wondering if you could have a look at mine and see if they are ok?
<META NAME="description" CONTENT="A little bit about my site
<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="car spares,auto parts,Autospares,Parts,Dephi,Lockheed,Multi Media,Transmission,C.V Joints,Driveshafts,Borg & beck,Kayaba,shock absorbers,Timax,exhausts">
<META NAME="author" CONTENT="my name">
<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="index,follow">
<META NAME="distribution" CONTENT="Global">
<META NAME="revisit-after" CONTENT="4 weeks">
Any feedback would be appreciated.
The <title> is not a meta and is referred to as the Title Element. I would trim the above tags down to...
<meta name="description" content="A little bit about my site.">
(You are missing the ."> at the end of your description meta.
<meta name="keywords" content="car spares,auto parts,Autospares,Parts,Dephi,Lockheed,Multi Media,Transmission,C.V Joints,Driveshafts,Borg & beck,Kayaba,shock absorbers,Timax,exhausts">
Note: For the keywords tag, first order of keyword phrases should come from your title, then description, and then your first two paragraphs on the page.
By that definition, certain <meta> tags (such as the "meta refresh") are not, strictly speaking, meta. It's a strange, confusing world, but there it is.
I just like the "author" tag. The other tags are not necessary.
Is it worth anything, for example on the default page of a multilingual site?
I would not have thought so inless you had instances of that word within the index page. It would be better to have the keywords specific to the particular language section. It seemed to work OK for me when I did the same, although metas dont have the same usfulness they one did.
It would be better to have the keywords specific to the particular language section.
Problem is, the whole site is dynamic, i.e. the content comes from a database, including the languages. I.e. there is only one (asp) page for all languages...
So I guess it doesn't help much, but is not harmful either?
<meta name="robots" content"index, follow">
You can change the parameters, in the above case the page will be indexed and the links followed.
If you wanted to have the links followed but not have the page indexed you could use "noindex, follow". A site map would be a good scenario for this.
If you want to control where spiders can crawl in a bit more detail you will need to create a robots.txt file. There are loads of discussions here on the subject