6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 25, 2009 3:26 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Meta Data Question

    amoncur Level 1
      I've seen these meta tags here and there and have no clue what they really mean. Can anyone explain why I would or wouldn't want to include some or all of these in my site?

      <META NAME="COPYRIGHT" CONTENT="">
      <META NAME="GENERATOR" CONTENT="">
      <META NAME="AUTHOR" CONTENT="">
      <META NAME="RESOURCE-TYPE" CONTENT="DOCUMENT">
      <META NAME="DISTRIBUTION" CONTENT="GLOBAL">
      <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="INDEX, FOLLOW">
      <META NAME="REVISIT-AFTER" CONTENT="1 DAYS">
      <META NAME="RATING" CONTENT="GENERAL">
      <META HTTP-EQUIV="PAGE-ENTER" CONTENT="RevealTrans(Duration=0,Transition=1)">

      Thanks,

      Aaron
        • 1. Re: Meta Data Question
          Level 7
          .oO(amoncur)

          >I've seen these meta tags here and there and have no clue what they really
          >mean. Can anyone explain why I would or wouldn't want to include some or all
          >of these in my site?

          You can safely ignore all on this list. They mean absolutely nothing
          except for one:

          > <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="INDEX, FOLLOW">

          This thing can give robots (search engines for example) hints how to
          handle the current page and the following. It's not necessary to include
          this information, but it can be useful in some cases if you want some
          pages not to appear in search engine results.

          Micha
          • 2. Re: Meta Data Question
            Level 7
            And you can twice ignore this annoying one -

            <META HTTP-EQUIV="PAGE-ENTER"
            CONTENT="RevealTrans(Duration=0,Transition=1)">

            It's IE proprietary, and in IE it's a pain in the butt.

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            "Michael Fesser" <netizen@gmx.de> wrote in message
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            > .oO(amoncur)
            >
            >>I've seen these meta tags here and there and have no clue what they really
            >>mean. Can anyone explain why I would or wouldn't want to include some or
            >>all
            >>of these in my site?
            >
            > You can safely ignore all on this list. They mean absolutely nothing
            > except for one:
            >
            >> <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="INDEX, FOLLOW">
            >
            > This thing can give robots (search engines for example) hints how to
            > handle the current page and the following. It's not necessary to include
            > this information, but it can be useful in some cases if you want some
            > pages not to appear in search engine results.
            >
            > Micha

            • 3. Re: Meta Data Question
              amoncur Level 1
              Thanks so much for the answers. So basically, I can get rid of everything except for

              <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="INDEX, FOLLOW">

              ...correct?

              I already have my description and keywords meta tags in the page. Beyond that, and what's pasted above, is there anything else that should generally be included?

              Thanks again for all the help.
              • 4. Re: Meta Data Question
                Level 7
                Keyword meta tags are ignored by major search engines. While there is no
                harm in including them, don't expect any significant impact from them.

                > So basically, I can get rid of everything
                > except for
                >
                > <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="INDEX, FOLLOW">
                >
                > ...correct?

                In the list you posted, yes.

                > is there anything else that should generally be
                > included?

                My standard set of meta tags is -

                <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
                <meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" />
                <meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="TRUE" />
                <meta name="robots" content="index,follow" />

                I don't know whether the imagetoolbar one or the MSSmartTags one are
                advisable any longer....

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                "amoncur" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
                news:glf9bc$kk3$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                > Thanks so much for the answers. So basically, I can get rid of everything
                > except for
                >
                > <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="INDEX, FOLLOW">
                >
                > ...correct?
                >
                > I already have my description and keywords meta tags in the page. Beyond
                > that, and what's pasted above, is there anything else that should
                > generally be
                > included?
                >
                > Thanks again for all the help.
                >

                • 5. Re: Meta Data Question
                  Level 7
                  .oO(amoncur)

                  >Thanks so much for the answers. So basically, I can get rid of everything
                  >except for
                  >
                  > <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="INDEX, FOLLOW">
                  >
                  > ...correct?

                  "index, follow" is the default value, so you can get rid of the above as
                  well if you don't want to change it.

                  Micha
                  • 6. Re: Meta Data Question
                    Level 7
                    On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 12:07:56 +0100, Michael Fesser <netizen@gmx.de> wrote:

                    >> <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="INDEX, FOLLOW">
                    >
                    >This thing can give robots (search engines for example) hints how to
                    >handle the current page and the following. It's not necessary to include
                    >this information, but it can be useful in some cases if you want some
                    >pages not to appear in search engine results.

                    Since the default behavior of a robot is to index the page and follow the
                    links in it, you could ignore the above meta tag. If, as you hint, you did
                    not want a page indexed, or did not want links in a page followed, you
                    could use the meta tag with a NOINDEX and/or NOFOLLOW in the content
                    portion. But there is absolutely no reason to use INDEX or FOLLOW.

                    Gary