View Full Version : Meta tags aren't working

11-05-2008, 05:06 PM
I need some help with the index page of my site. I am a designer by trade, so I'm not the greatest programmer but meta tags seem simple and I can't figure out why they aren't being picked up by search engines.

You can view my page @ www.teedotdesign.com

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


11-05-2008, 05:24 PM
I can tell you why the meta tags aren’t picked up by search engines: Because they mostly don’t care. About meta keywords even less than about the description. What makes your site appear in search engines is quality content that is changing frequently (SE spiders realize that they have to come back more often to index the most recent content) and links from other quality sites to your site.

The keywords appearing here and there in continuous text and a little patience are the recipe that works.

Oh yeah, and I can ell you: Splash pages are among the most useless things in history of web design. You see, that you don’t have what I described above on your index page. Also why would you want to have people click another time to finally get the info they are looking for? Just scrap that “enter” page and show your actual content right away.

11-05-2008, 05:32 PM
cool, thanks for the info...

what I'm most concerned about is that if I type www.teedotdesign.com into a search engine it can't find the site. This has to be a coding issue, no?

11-05-2008, 06:40 PM
It depends on how old your site is. Google, for example, won’t find a new site within one day. Can take up to a month since the internet is huge and filled with a lot of more or less useful information.

As I said: Patience is the key. Also, get your site promoted somewhere (in an unobtrusive manner), i. e. get other sites to link to yours and search spiders will follow those links. If you stick around here and contribute you can also put a link in your signature which might help since CodingForums.com is a highly respected site.

11-05-2008, 07:19 PM
submit your page to be on the list to be spidered at http://www.google.com/addurl/ you have to ptu a verify meta tag in your page, and ya take off the splash page. and make sure you have either meta robot tags, or robots.txt theres another page at the one above that tells yiou how to use them properly

11-05-2008, 11:52 PM
Thanks a lot guys. I will try all this...

Also, I agree about the splash page. It is kind of useless.

It's funny though, this thread is already the top listing under the search 'www.teedotdesign.com' and my site has been up for about a month!!! arrggh

11-06-2008, 12:02 AM
To be honest, it might help if all your text weren't in Flash. Search engines can't crawl that type of content well.

11-06-2008, 12:13 AM
adding your URL at http://www.google.com/addurl/ it should be spidered in a day or two.

I changed my meta tags, but google hadnt spidered my site, Mine was in the database within 24hours.

11-06-2008, 12:25 PM
You'd probably do best to make sure that you have a sitemap.xml file too and that Google knows about it. It won't help that much, but it's always worth it. Also meta keywords and descriptions to prove some importance in search engines rankings [b]BUT[b/] you'd be more easily found if you have rich content that sticks to the subject matter you are trying to be found for. You have to remember that people don't tend to use google to find actual web sites they use it to find a product or service from a search term. You want to be found, get some good content, update it regularly and try to stick to a subject matter.

I've written a little SEO tool that might help with some bits and pieces here (http://www.devseo.co.uk)