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xhtml205
05-17-2008, 07:52 PM
If I put a <meta> tag with description and keywords and upload it to a website, will it show in search engines such as Google and Yahoo? Or do I have to pay someone for my descriptions to show up on Google and Yahoo? Could someone maybe give me a link that explains all of this or can someone tell me how this all works?

Thanks,

~xhtml205

xhtml205
05-17-2008, 07:56 PM
Also, is there a limit on how many keywords you can put in the <meta> tag?

~xhtml205

VIPStephan
05-17-2008, 08:24 PM
A meta keyword tag has almost no effect in current search engines anymore as it has been abused in the past and support for it mostly been discontinued.
No, you don’t have to pay anyone. That won’t really guarantee any more success either.
Technically there’s no limit for keywords or description text but experience has shown that description text longer than 60 characters is relatively irrelevant.


The best you can do is have meaningful content marked up with semantic HTML (http://boagworld.com/technology/semantic_code_what_why_how/), search engine friendly URLs (consult a search engine for descriptions), and many links from high ranked sites to your site. This and some patience will bring you up in search engines.

xhtml205
05-17-2008, 08:35 PM
Hi,

Thank you for helping me out. Do you know how long it will take to show up in search engines?

~xhtml205

brazenskies
05-18-2008, 01:23 AM
There are many ways of getting your websites found and most people believe that META tags are useless nowadays.

I disagree. It's actually a small part of a greater package, but still essential.

There are many more important things now like sematics etc, but make sure you still add meta tags as it will make a difference, just not to the extent that it used to!

jhaycutexp
05-18-2008, 03:06 AM
Just read articles about search engine optimization.. It will answer all your question..

oesxyl
05-18-2008, 06:12 AM
A meta keyword tag has almost no effect in current search engines anymore as it has been abused in the past and support for it mostly been discontinued.


more exactly:
- google don't care about them in general, only few of them, but ignore keywords and description
- yahoo care about keywords and description
- msn/windows live care about a lot of them

msn is provider of indexing for alta vista, google look to yahoo and all look to dmoz, and probably I can make a long list of influences between different search engines.

in conclusion, as VIPStephan said, content is relevant but also look to see who give you trafic and what search engine your clients use for search.

regards

VIPStephan
05-18-2008, 01:42 PM
more exactly:
- google don't care about them in general, only few of them, but ignore keywords and description

Well, actually Google cares about description as this is the text that will be displayed (if present) underneath the clickable entry title. But as I said: only about the first 60 characters. Everything after that will be irrelevant.

jessnoonyes
05-18-2008, 03:24 PM
Make sure that when your site is finished that you submit the url to the three major search engines so they can find it faster



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