So you want to go pro #16: MORE WEB NEWS

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Blog entry by odie posted 04-22-2008 04:11 PM 1808 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I forgot to bring you all up to date. How you get noticed by Google and Yahoo is called “meta names”. These names are embedded in code in your web site on each page. Google and Yahoo! use crawlers to find and read these meta “tags”. They use them to pick where and in what categories your site is listed.

I now have a program that lets me go in and change and add to my “meta names”. The problem, I found out, is that .mac doesn’t allow for this. There is no way to add and transfer these meta names in iweb and in .mac. I will be emailing the .mac people to see if there is a way around this or they can add this ability later.

There is one way “in the mac world” to do this. Save iweb to a file. Then publish it to another web host like Yahoo! While it is in your file change the meta names to suit you. Then publish it to the host.

I could get around this by having my home page with Yahoo! (with the meta names). Then when you click on the menu of pages it would transfer you to my .mac site. I am looking into that also. I now have an account with Yahoo! (domain name and AT&T/Yahoo! DSL), so it would be easy to add my home page to the account. I’m just afraid it’s more money out of the good old pockets of DUST'N LINT

For you MAC users, the program I’m referring to is “Wrangler”. It is a free program and down loadable from apple Once you get to their site go to “downloads”.

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PS. I forgot to tell you all … I did get a call yesterday from a former customer. He was a customer before we had a web site. He was interested in a jewelry box for his son’s girlfriend. He wanted me to describe what I had. I asked if he was near a computer and he said it was on and in front of him. I gave him the site address and we were both able to look at it together while on the phone. He then gave me an order that I’m sending this morning.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#1 posted 04-22-2008 07:40 PM

I’m not sure that the search engines use meta data any longer for indexing web sites because the meta data tags have been abused. I believe page content is now indexed and assigned a relevance score. Also, the page last update date/time is used in the ranking. The search engines show the most recent pages first that have the most hits in content for the search phrase entered.

See The Anotomy of a Search Engine for more info.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#2 posted 04-23-2008 04:19 PM

Hey Odie, Nice job on the blog I started to write a blog about the same subject, I have been working on my marketing research and was going to write a blog soon, I also have a question in the forum on web sites, I was going to add some info on meta tagging to it this week. looks like you did a good job covering it. I know what you mean about tagging for mac. I also heard some thing about Google is going to stop ranking web site that do a lot of linking to other web sites, not sure how true this is, but I plan doing some more research on it to find out it that is what they are planning. Anyway I enjoyed reading your blog I wish all the success and keep up the good work

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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