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  • keywords

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  • description

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  • language

    7 33.33%
  • robots

    5 23.81%
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    5 23.81%
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    Which Meta Tags Do You Use?

    I'm taking a poll, trying to decide which Meta tags are worth including an ordinary design by default. Please check all tags that you normally use. Some notes on how you make use of them would also be helpful. Thanks!

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    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Script-Type" content="text/javascript">
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type" content="text/css">
    <meta name="generator" content="WebHackerPro(tm) Version 5.937">
    <meta name="author" content="Rudy Limeback">
    <meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="true">
    <meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no">

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    I mostly concentrate on Title and description tag. Title Tag is more important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenquad View Post
    I'm taking a poll, trying to decide which Meta tags are worth including an ordinary design by default. Please check all tags that you normally use. Some notes on how you make use of them would also be helpful.
    In terms of SEO, the principal one is "description". Use this to give a short, ahem, description of the page, as it will often appear as the snippet in SERPs. So write it with that in mind - a short sentence or two that gives your potential visitor enough information to believe the page will be useful to them, and to entice them in.

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    description and keywords are the only two I use on all my pages and that's because the site search script uses those as the information that it searches.
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    Mainly Keywords, Description.

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    I really like the descriptions because they are somehow great to use and in most cases by writing some great descriptions, even the clicks numbers would get increased as the people using search engines would be taking a look at the tags.

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    description and keywords. Title is essential.

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    Thanks all for your input so far. Other than Felgall, who says why he uses keyword tags, I'm wondering why anyone would. Didn't Google announce years ago that they were completely ignoring them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenquad View Post
    Thanks all for your input so far. Other than Felgall, who says why he uses keyword tags, I'm wondering why anyone would. Didn't Google announce years ago that they were completely ignoring them?
    Yes, although Bing, Yahoo and possibly others do pay some attention to them. Particularly if your target audience is a demographic that is more likely to use one of these minority search engines (such as some countries where Google is less prominent), it may pay dividends if it doesn't take you too much time.

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    is there a site that shows you a whole list of unique meta tags?

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    Title tag is very important. It should have been included in the options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fahadkhan14 View Post
    Title tag is very important. It should have been included in the options.
    First, <title> is not a <meta> element. What we're looking at is tags of the form
    <meta name="????" content=".....">

    Second, a <title> is mandatory on every page, so there should be no question as to whether you use it or not.

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    I mostly use description & keyword meta tags.

    If I want to disallow search engine crawlers from viewing my web page, then I'd use robots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie D View Post
    <title> is not a <meta> element.
    Thanks for clearing that up. With a couple of people referring to it as one, I thought I might have it wrong.

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    HTML Code:
     <meta name='imagetoolbar' content='no' />
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Betong View Post
    HTML Code:
     <meta name='imagetoolbar' content='no' />
    see post #2, i thought it was supposed to be http-equiv, not name ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by r937 View Post
    see post #2, i thought it was supposed to be http-equiv, not name ???
    Yes so it is - thank you. I have vague memories it was changed with a global replace when I read that the "name" can replace " http-equiv".

    http://www.techmynd.com/meta-tags-list/


    HTML Version
    <meta name="keywords" content="">
    <meta name="keyphrases" content="">
    <meta name="description" content="">
    <meta name="subject" CONTENT="Web Page Subject">
    <meta name="abstract" content="">
    <meta name="topic" content="">
    <meta name="summary" CONTENT="">
    <meta name="Classification" content="Business">
    <meta name=geography content="">
    <meta name="author" CONTENT="name, email@hotmail.com">
    <meta name="designer" CONTENT="">
    <meta name="copyright" content="">
    <meta name="reply-to" content="email@hotmail.com">
    <meta name="owner" content="">
    <meta name=URL content="http://www.websiteaddrress.com">
    <meta name="identifier-URL" content="http://www.websiteaddress.com">
    <meta name="directory" content="submission">
    <meta name="category" content="">
    <meta name="coverage" content="Worldwide">
    <meta name="distribution" content="Global">
    <meta name=Rating content="General">
    <meta HTTP-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">
    <meta name="robots" CONTENT="FOLLOW,INDEX">
    <meta name="robots" content="all">
    <meta name="revisit-after" CONTENT="7 days">
    <meta http-equiv="Expires" content="0">
    <meta http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache">
    <meta http-equiv="Cache-Control" content="no-cache">


    XHTML Version
    <meta name="keywords" content="" />
    <meta name="keyphrases" content="" />
    <meta name="description" content="" />
    <meta name="subject" CONTENT="Web Page Subject" />
    <meta name="abstract" content="" />
    <meta name="topic" content="" />
    <meta name="summary" CONTENT="" />
    <meta name="Classification" content="Business" />
    <meta name=geography content="" />
    <meta name="author" CONTENT="name, email@hotmail.com" />
    <meta name="designer" CONTENT="" />
    <meta name="copyright" content="" />
    <meta name="reply-to" content="email@hotmail.com" />
    <meta name="owner" content="" />
    <meta name=URL content="http://www.websiteaddrress.com" />
    <meta name="identifier-URL" content="http://www.websiteaddress.com" />
    <meta name="directory" content="submission" />
    <meta name="category" content="" />
    <meta name="coverage" content="Worldwide" />
    <meta name="distribution" content="Global" />
    <meta name=Rating content="General" />
    <meta HTTP-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us" />
    <meta name="robots" CONTENT="FOLLOW,INDEX" />
    <meta name="robots" content="all" />
    <meta name="revisit-after" CONTENT="7 days" />
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    <meta http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache" />
    <meta http-equiv="Cache-Control" content="no-cache" />
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    Many SEO experts don't care about meta tags more and don't use it. I myself don't use meta tags in my pages as they are not useful for ranking higher.

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    I always bank on keywords and description.

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    i also use author tags

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    I use a different kind of set of META content, I'm a big supporter of the DCMI therefore I use an RDFa file containing a whole tonne of Metadata for the site.

    As for the other stuff I use content-type (as it's required) and sometimes an author, description and keywords tag (for completeness sake), but that's it.

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    I throw in an author and copyright tag to get a few more keywords in there

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    the keywords and description still important

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yiwu View Post
    the keywords and description still important
    not the keywords, no
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