Posted on August 17, 1999
=================================================== The Add Me! Newsletter *** ISSUE #52 *** "Free tips for promoting your website and business" Add Me, Inc http://www.addme.com The Newsletter is only sent to the users of Add Me! =================================================== ...THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE... Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Meta Tags ........................................................ August 17th, 1999 *** ISSUE #52 *** ........................................................ Message from our sponsor: ============================================================ Now that you've registered your site, you're almost ready to start taking orders. Next, you need to accept credit cards. Charge.Com lets you take MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. They have the best rates, over 95% of applicants are accepted, and there's NO APPLICATION FEE. To apply right now visit http://www.charge.com/?addme6 ============================================================ .............................. *************************************************** The Add Me! Newsletter is a high quality newsletter created to help everyone promote their website and business. The Add Me! Newsletter has currently over 200,000 subscribers, all interested in this topic. Hope you'll enjoy it! Interested in placing an ad in this Newsletter? Go to http://www.addme.com/list.htm for more info! To unsubscribe, please refer to the end of this message! *************************************************** .....THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE..... Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Meta Tags ================================================== There's a plethora of different META Tags that you can make use of on your site. Because there are so many, it's impossible for me to cover all of them in this article. However, I will describe the most common ones. But let's start from the beginning, shall we? WHAT ARE META TAGS? META tags are similar to standard HTML tags. However, there is one big difference: You have to insert all META tags between the <head> </head> tags on your page(s). META tags are used primarily to include information about a document. The META tags will be invisible to your site's visitors, but will be seen by browsers and search engines. FOR THE SEARCH ENGINES Several of the major search engines make use of the META Keyword tag, and virtually all of them make use of the Description tag. These tags help the search engine spider determine the content of your web site so that it can be indexed properly. This is what they look like: <META name="keywords" content="widgets, widget guide"> <META name="description" content="The ultimate guide to Widget design!"> You can also instruct the search engine robot/spider how to index your site using the robots META Tag. This is what it looks like: <META name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow"> What the tag above does is tell the spider not to index the page that it appears on, and not to follow the links on that page. Here's a complete list of attributes for the robot's tag: index - the default, the page is added to the search engine database noindex - the page is not added to the search engine database nofollow - the spider doesn't follow the links on that page none - same as "noindex, no follow" To use any of these attributes simply replace the "noindex,nofollow" text in the example above with whatever you want to use. If you need to use more than one attribute, seperate them with a comma. ==================================================== !!! BOOST YOUR WEBSITE TRAFFIC TO AMAZING LEVELS !!! Visit GetHits, the number one source for website submission! To submit your site to up to 500 search engines and directories, go to this URL: http://www.addme.com/gethits <- click here! ==================================================== CLIENT PULL Have you ever seen a page that automatically refreshes to another URL after a few seconds? Did you ever wondered how it was done? I'll tell you. The page made use of one of the http-equiv META Tags to automatically "pull" you to a different page after a few seconds. Here's what the code looks like: <META http-equiv="refresh" content="1"; url="newpage.htm"> The value of content denotes how many seconds will pass before the new page is called for. If you want it to happen as soon as a person hits that page, then set the value to "0". PREVENT CACHING If you want to prevent a page being saved in your visitor's cache you can do so by inserting the following two tags: <META HTTP-EQUIV="expires" CONTENT="0"> <META HTTP-EQUIV="Pragma" CONTENT="no-cache"> Why would you want a page not to be cached? If your site is updated frequently and you always want your visitors to see the newest content/changes, or if you want to ensure that a new banner is loaded each time from your server when a page is accessed, you'll want to use the two tags above. A quick note here on banner caching: In addition to using the two tags above, you'll want to append random numbers at the end of the tag calling the image. The ad serving software that I use, Spinbox, does this for me. RATING YOUR CONTENT By using the rating META tag on your site, you can specify the appropriateness of your web site for kids. The tag looks like this: <META name="rating" content="general"> In addition to the general rating, you can use three others: They are: - mature - restricted - 14 years MISC. TAGS Below I've listed several other popular tags that you may have seen around the web. The generator META tag is used to specify what program was used to create your web site. Many HTML editing tools automatically insert this so that a company can gauge their market penetration. The tag looks like this: <META name="generator" content="program name and version"> The author tag is used to identify the author of a page. Simply replace "author's name" with your name or email address. <META name="author" content="author's name"> The copyright tag identifies the individual or company that holds the copyright to a particular page. This is what it looks like: <META name="copyright" content="This page and all its contents are copyright 1997-1999 by Matt Mickiewicz. All Rights Reserved."> Tip: If you want a quick way to generate the META Keyword, Description, and no-cache tags try MetaGen located at: http://webmaster-resources.com/metagen.shtml ----------------------------------------------------------- Written by: Matt Mickiewicz of http://www.webmaster-resources.com Read PROVEN traffic building strategies, informative and time saving how to's, software reviews and more by visiting Webmaster Resources NOW at: http://www.webmaster-resources.com Join over ten thousand other webmasters of others by subscribing to the FREE weekly Webmaster Tribune. Just send a blank email to: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ----------------------------------------------------------- This newsletter is sent to you as part of the free Add Me! submission service you have used recently. If you have missed previous issues of the Add Me! 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