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1 HTML Basics - Meta Tags on Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:20 am

RockerMan

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OK so what are meta tags and what do they do. Meta tags are what the search engines use to "identify" your website. As for what they do, that's what I'm going to be covering below.Now there are thousands of meta tags that can be used but most of them are pure useless...Here are the few that I would recommend using in every document!

Content Type Declaration:
Code:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
This simple tag informs the browser what type of information is contained on the document. It’s good practice to simply include this tag in its’ entirety above the ‘Page Title’ tag. You’ll also find that if you make a new HTML page in programmes like Dreamweaver, this tag is included automatically.

Keywords
Code:
<meta name="keywords" content="keyword, keyword two, keyword three" />
This can be quite a controversial Meta Tag. The majority of experienced web designers and SEO consultants will tell you that this tag is simply ignored by all of the major search engines. I’m of the opinion, that there’s no harm in including it, providing that the keywords contained in the tag, match the content of the web page.

Description
Code:
<meta name="description" content="This is the description of the page." />
Probably the most important Meta Tag, the Description Tag allows you to summarise your page in around 150 words. If the description you enter is deemed suitable by the search engines

Distribution
Code:
<meta name="distribution" content="Global" />
The Distribution Tag is used by a lot of webmasters. This tag is used to define the privacy of the web page. There are 3 values that can be added inside the content part:

  • GLOBAL – Suitable for full distribution (no restrictions).
  • LOCAL – The document should not be made available to the full web.
  • IU – Internal Use (For Intranets etc, not for distribution)


I hoped you enjoyed this basic tutorial, but it will help alot with your sites SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Thanks cyclops

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2 Re: HTML Basics - Meta Tags on Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:53 am

drogba921

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I'd like to add that using too many Meta Tags could actually cause a problem.

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3 Re: HTML Basics - Meta Tags on Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:09 am

There aren't all metatags, but are the basical... Smile

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