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    Meta tags for Log-In

    Would it be fair to assume that for a Log-In page, that I can either leave out the Meta tags or leave the contents blank like this...

    Code HTML4Strict:
    <meta name="description" content="" />
    <meta name="keywords" content="" />


    Presumably this logic would apply to any "internal" page (e.g. Log-In, Create Account, Member Profile, Preferences Page, etc.).


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    Yeah, no point in trying to help the search engines index a page that you won't want people to find by searching. I never have any links pointing to the login page anyway, so Google et at. will never see it. You can thus do away with all the usual niceties (meta description and keywords are just for them). It might be worth putting in a meta page title at least (<title>), as the page will look nicer that way when someone is logging in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph.m View Post
    It might be worth putting in a meta page title at least (<title>), as the page will look nicer that way when someone is logging in.
    Agreed.

    Thanks,


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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph.m View Post
    I never have any links pointing to the login page anyway, so Google et at. will never see it.
    I thought that search engines like Google will find all web pages eventually, assuming they remain on the www long enough, and it's only a question of whether Google actually indexes them or not based on the page content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webdev1958 View Post
    I thought that search engines like Google will find all web pages eventually, assuming they remain on the www long enough, and it's only a question of whether Google actually indexes them or not based on the page content.
    You can put them in your robots.txt file as "Disallow"...


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    Quote Originally Posted by webdev1958 View Post
    I thought that search engines like Google will find all web pages eventually, assuming they remain on the www long enough,
    Google's spiders index pages by following links from page to page across the web. If there are no links to the page, Google won't find it, nor will any other bots, including spam bots. Putting a reference in a robots file will alert spam bots to the presence of the page, which you don't want at all.

    Of course, if you have a link on your site to a signup page etc., then yes, the page will be listed in search engines. So I'm really talking about a hidden login page for clients to log in to their CMS, for example.

    Even with a login page that is listed in Google, it won't rank well and is unlikely to be found often in Google.

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    Some points...

    1.) Google will respect your robots.txt file.

    2.) Obviously spambots will do anything to get at your good stuff

    3.) A Log-In page would be HTTPS and no respectable Search Engine will index that, and I believe spambots may not be able even if they want...


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDee View Post
    3.) A Log-In page would be HTTPS and no respectable Search Engine will index that, and I believe spambots may not be able even if they want...
    Search engines can and do index files on https.

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    Google's spiders index pages by following links from page to page across the web. If there are no links to the page, Google won't find it, nor will any other bots, including spam bots.
    ok thanks for that.

    I knew search engines follow links to look for pages to potentially index but I thought they somehow also traveled from domain name to domain name looking for potential website home pages (and subsequent sub pages if any) to index.

    I am thinking of the scenario where a brand new website is launched with no links to it anywhere else on the www. Even without any other links to it on the www and without submitting the website (via a sitemap.xml) to Google for indexing, I thought that a Google bot would eventually still find the website. Whether any pages on the website are then subsequently indexed by Google is another issue.

    Anyway, I'm digressing now

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    Quote Originally Posted by webdev1958 View Post
    ok thanks for that.

    I knew search engines follow links to look for pages to potentially index but I thought they somehow also traveled from domain name to domain name looking for potential website home pages (and subsequent sub pages if any) to index.

    I am thinking of the scenario where a brand new website is launched with no links to it anywhere else on the www. Even without any other links to it on the www and without submitting the website (via a sitemap.xml) to Google for indexing, I thought that a Google bot would eventually still find the website. Whether any pages on the website are then subsequently indexed by Google is another issue.

    Anyway, I'm digressing now
    If you don't get "indexed" by Googe and no one backlinks to your site, you basically don't exist on the WWW, ever!

    And I know from experience that it can take months before you get indexed and people CAN find you, including spambots!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by webdev1958 View Post
    Even without any other links to it on the www and without submitting the website (via a sitemap.xml) to Google for indexing, I thought that a Google bot would eventually still find the website.
    No, I don't think it would. You really need inbound links if you want search engines to find the site. You can also officially alert Google to the presence of your site by filling out a form, which speeds up the process of Google spidering it.

    The web is one thing and Google is another. When you do a Google search, you are not searching the web, you are actually searching Google's database. That database is a record of every site Google has managed to find out there on the web and make a copy of. But it has to be able to find a site to make a copy of it, and it does that via links.


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