Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 23.20.147.6

Forum Moderators: anallawalla & bakedjake

Message Too Old, No Replies

GeoTags

Adding GEO TAGS in Meta

     
3:40 pm on Jun 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

5+ Year Member

joined:June 30, 2008
posts:2
votes: 0


Hello all,

Anyone else playing around with implementing GEO TAGS in their meta? I've been recently seeing a little more accurate listings in some cases.. I know it's not going to move the needle that much, yet may stil be useful.

Cheers,

Ben

4:47 pm on June 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

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

joined:Feb 22, 2002
posts:3455
votes: 0


more accurate listings

Really? with which search engines?

I wasn't aware that any of the majors needed such a tag - page content gives the same message, without the need.

Or am I missing something?

8:33 pm on June 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

5+ Year Member

joined:June 30, 2008
posts:2
votes: 0


I've seen a little movement in MSN. The following is an example of the geo tag:

<meta name="geo.region" content="US-MD" />
<meta name="geo.placename" content="Columbia" />
<meta name="geo.position" content="39.168122;-76.844225" />
<meta name="ICBM" content="39.168998, -76.844989" />

10:35 am on July 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

Administrator from JP 

WebmasterWorld Administrator bill is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Oct 12, 2000
posts:14966
votes: 125


Really? with which search engines?

There are a few specialty SEs that read the geotags. However, they aren't too big.

Yahoo has geotagging for Flickr. The mapping features for most of the majors support some of these tags to an extent. The question really is which ones do we need?

11:16 am on July 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

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

joined:Feb 22, 2002
posts:3455
votes: 0


Thanks for that; you've identified the question .... who has the answer?

:)

6:44 am on July 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Administrator from JP 

WebmasterWorld Administrator bill is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Oct 12, 2000
posts:14966
votes: 125


I approach it kind of like I did all the standard meta tags back in the days of AltaVista, Excite, Lycos, Infoseek, et. al. Just include them all on a few potentially relevant pages.

If you have a local site that could benefit from customers finding your physical location, then there's no reason not to try most of the tags mentioned above.

7:01 am on July 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Moderator from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator robert_charlton is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Nov 11, 2000
posts:11831
votes: 284


If you have a local site that could benefit from customers finding your physical location, then there's no reason not to try most of the tags mentioned above.

The danger in using such a meta tag, I believe, is in relying on it. If you believe that the tag is all you need to optimize a page for an organic geo search, then you most likely haven't done your job.

I think in most situations you need to really think about possible vocabulary for a geo-search, and figure out how to optimize a page or a site for various combinations. It's often not easy.

Yahoo has geotagging for Flickr.

This does pull me into the discussion. ;)

7:09 pm on Oct 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Apr 12, 2006
posts:290
votes: 0


I think it'd be much more beneficial to include hCard Microformatting.
12:58 am on Oct 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Administrator from JP 

WebmasterWorld Administrator bill is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Oct 12, 2000
posts:14966
votes: 125


hCard Microformatting is for marking up addresses. GeoTags that include latitude and longitude could be much more precise. For instance GeoTags could be plugged into a GPS unit as-is.

hCard Microformats are said to be recognized by some search engines so it's a good idea to incorporate them too. If anything I'd be inclined to use both, not one or the other.

5:13 pm on Oct 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Oct 9, 2004
posts:1435
votes: 0


The need for a widely used standard here is huge, and I feel not far away. Browser side solutions for Geolocation are making it to beta so there needs to be site specific tags that help match up people to local data.
 

Join The Conversation

Moderators and Top Contributors

Hot Threads This Week

Featured Threads

Free SEO Tools

Hire Expert Members