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How To Make Full Use Of Meta Tags

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by EzBusinessNeeds.com, Jan 2, 2008.

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    You can actually control how Google displays your results in SERPs with the following meta tags by placing them within the head section of your html codings.

    1. No Cache
    <meta name=”googlebot” Content=”noarchive”> - Will stop Google from caching your content. Google keeps a cache of your content, and a link to it is available in Google SERPs.

    2. No snippet
    <meta name=”googlebot” Content=”nosnippet”> - Will stop Google from displaying the short snippet of text beneath the title in SERPs.

    3. No index
    <meta name=”googlebot” Content=”noindex”> - Will stop Google from displaying the page.

    4. No index Image
    <meta name=”googlebot-image” Content=”noindex”> - Will stop Google form indexing images.

    5. Setting an expiry date on your content.
    <meta name=”googlebot” Content=”unavailable_after: 01-01-2008 08:00:00 EST”> - Will create an expiry date for your content, so it will not be displayed after a certain date. Useful for excluding content in a protected area.


    Why Control The Way Google Display Your Result?
    One main purpose is to prevent Google from displaying protected areas in your websites which can also be done though the use of robots.txt.

    Another reason which is fairly important would be the risk of duplicate content. This applies especially to blogs where many actually had a snippets of the post and also the full story/article of the post. Duplicated content within sites will risk the disadvantages of being penalized by Google. With the above tags, you can control which page to be indexed or when it will expire.

    Attracting clicks in SERPs.
    You can also use the following tag to control how your result's description will show up in SERPs. Write interesting description that encourages searchers to click on your title.
    <meta name=”description” content=”Free Search Engine Marketing Articles And Tools Available Online Now”>

    Btw, this article is written by Rif Chia which is me and guys here do not have distribution rights. If you like my articles, you can read more at my Ultimate Web Book
     
    EzBusinessNeeds.com, Jan 2, 2008 IP
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  2. synchronize

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    #2
    Great post.

    I've a question about the first tag: noarchive

    Will using it effect my sites position in the search results? or does it just remove the link that says "cached"?
     
    synchronize, Jan 2, 2008 IP
  3. EzBusinessNeeds.com

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    #3
    It only removes the link "cached" as far as i know.
    Correct me if i am wrong. i am pretty sure about this. Tried on my clients' site and did not experienced any drop in SERPs ranking.
     
    EzBusinessNeeds.com, Jan 2, 2008 IP
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    synchronize Peon

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    Ok good to know. I was actually wondering how to do this prior to your topic but didn't get round to finding the answer.

    Cheers.
     
    synchronize, Jan 2, 2008 IP
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    #5
    Thanks for sharing that information. Very essential for me as I am still learning.
    But I want to have a clear mind on Cache and snippets. Aren't having cache and snippets good for a website?

    Thanks for your time
     
    beamup, Jan 2, 2008 IP
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    I have seen results in SERPs that has no snippet underneath. Think. Would you click on it out of curious?
    Any way cache is to prevent Google from saving a cache copy of your webpage. If i have a protected zone, i would not want Google to cache a copy of it everytime it crawls. This can also be done with robots.txt.
     
    EzBusinessNeeds.com, Jan 2, 2008 IP
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    Great post man! That would be a big help...

    Thanks for sharing! :)
     
    zeruel, Jan 2, 2008 IP
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    I like the


    <meta name=”googlebot” Content=”nosnippet”>
     
    SunDevil, Jan 2, 2008 IP
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    Great article. Bookmarked.
     
    budhanes, Jan 4, 2008 IP
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    good post mate
     
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    Thanks. Appreciated.
     
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    Great post and thank you for sharing that information.
     
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    Thanks a lot, but I didn't understand how exactly to eliminate the duplicate entries.
     
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    Nice info still I'm still learning about seo but i've never used the tags you listed. I only use keyword and description tags. for blocking googlebot accessing my private folders, i use a robots.txt file.. are there any differences/impact between using meta tags and robots.txt for my case?
     
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    robots.txt can do the same when blocking spiders from crawling a page. But if you wish to change the snippet of the result displayed, you need to use meta tag
     
    EzBusinessNeeds.com, Jan 4, 2008 IP