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    What Meta's can I add to make search engines like me?

    What are the typical meta tags that I can add that will help with search engines. There seem to be so many variations that I can't tell what is good and what isn't. Here are my tags

    <meta name="revisit-after" content="1 days" />
    <meta name="robots" content="all" />
    <meta name="keywords" content="blah blah" />
    <meta name="description" content="blah blah" />

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    You shouldn't be linking to your own site and asking us, please show your meta tags and ask us for feedback. All you are doing is hiden advertising.

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    sorry, that wasn't my intentions

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    meta tags are (mostly) irrelevant, don't waste your time. Optimize content.

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    well, that is what I have done, but I still have the meta tags up there. I guess I am more refering to having the meta tags call for certain robots and such. There seems to be the basic functions like keywords and description, but it also appears that there is so much more you can tell a metatag to do

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    revisit-after is useless, don't use it.

    robots is unnecessary unless you dont want them to index your site.

    description and keywords are only used by two search engines, one of which is likely to disappear soon (Inktomi). Include them but don't spend too much time on them.
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    and google doesn't even know what the word META means anymore?

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    Would it be wrong for me to do something like this.. and I would be using coldfusion to do it.

    <cfquery="baskets" datasource="whatever">
    SELECT basketname
    FROM baskets
    </cfquery>

    <meta name="keywords" content="<cfoutput query="baskets">#basketname#",</cfoutput> />

    That way only the basket names in my database would be included in the metatag and nothing else. I know its possible, but if I was to do anything with the meta tags, regardless of whether they are important or not, would that be ok?

    Thanks
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    you can do that
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    Already did it[img]images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] a few minutes ago. One small problem, there is a lasting comma when it is all said and done. Here is what my source shows
    Code:
    <meta name="keywords" content="Munchies College Care Package Gift
     Basket,Showtime Gift Basket,Junk Food Junkie Gift Basket,Happy Birthday 
    Gift Basket,Over-The-Hill Gift Basket,International Gourmet Gift Basket,Get
     Well Soon Gift Basket,Time for Tea Gift Basket,Welcome Home Gift 
    Basket,Best Wishes Gift Basket,Sweet Moment Gift Basket,Break Time Mug
     Gift Basket,Thanks A Million Mug Gift Basket,VIP Mug Gift 
    Basket,Celebrate! Gift Basket,Pamper Her Bath Gift Basket,Choco-licious 
    Gift Basket,Treat Her to Breakfast Gift Basket,Car Care & Treats Gift 
    Basket,All Around Sportsman Gift Basket,You're the King of Swing Golf Gift 
    Basket,Good Doggie Gift Basket,Purr-fect for Kitty Gift Basket,A World of 
    Thanks Gift Basket,Dinner for Two Gift Basket,Cool Cat Gift Basket,You 
    Crazy Dog Gift Basket,Cozy Time Baby Gift Basket,Special Delivery Gift Basket," />

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    now, that will always change depending on how ever many baskets I have. Lets say, hypothetically, there are a total of 100 baskets, well there will be 100 keywords as well. I just don't want to get in trouble.

    Like you said though, meta's are almost irrelevant, so probably most SE's don't even care whats in them

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    to get rid of the ending comma either have one keyword that you always put in either the beginning or end, and put the comma in the script accordingly.

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    good point.

    still, would it be bad to have a huge list, if the basket #'s ever get real high.

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    Having a large list of keywords is never good. Most larger search engines do not use meta tags anymore. Which is mainly what you should focus on, because that will be where most of your traffic comes from.

    So looking at the big picture no, it shouldn't hurt. But it's never a good idea.


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