RE: [HTML-on-the-WEB] I need some basics
- You wrote
3<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;
4<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">
5<title>Title description goes here</title>
6<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 4.0">
7<meta name="ProgId" content="FrontPage.Editor.Document">
How many of these lines do I actually need in a header?
My main site, coachmaria.com is 5/10 in google score. Of course,
some of that is because that site has been around since 1999 and
I write loads of articles and promote on the Internet. However,
keywords do place a part in that, too.
Here is what I use...
<title> Title with keywords in it </title>
<meta name="description" content=" Description with keywords in
<meta name="keywords" content=" 10 keywords" />
To that I add these which are not mandatory but helpful, IMO.
<meta name="Author" content="Maria Marsala">
<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="index, follow">
<META NAME="revisit-after" CONTENT="30 days">
<META NAME="distribution" CONTENT="global">
<META NAME="rating" CONTENT="general">
<META NAME="Content-Language" CONTENT="english">
<meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="TRUE" />
<meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" />
Now you'll hear folks say that you don't need ay meta tags, I
There are still so many search engines searching using so many
different methods - including keyword relavancy
And heck, how long does it take to fill in a meta tag - a few
The descrition comes up in google searches if you use it.
Keywords are always helpful
Author helps only if someone searches for my name
Robots and distribution tell the search engines what do to
That smart thing has to do with some weird process Microsoft
was/is working on.
Image tool bar, I forget why I put that one there ;)
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- At 05:23 AM 7/1/2005, you wrote:
>I already have front page but I want to generate special web pagesI'm not sure what you mean, in terms of generating pages from a text
>from a text file.
>I have never used write/wordpad but I guess you can do it with that.
file. You would need more than HTML for that. You can generate pages
using a language like Perl or PHP. You can manually create web pages in
Word or Notepad or any text editor, or you can get an HTML editor if you
>I guess I will start with basics, I only need to know how to do a fewWell, you don't *need* any of the meta tags. As stated in other posts,
>The header contains a page description
>How many of these lines do I actually need in a header?
search engines each read meta tags differently. Some people use them to
try to get at the top of search engine rankings. I personally don't focus
on that...maybe I should, but I feel like it's futile, because everybody
can't be number 1...I just try to put some information in them about my
site, and hope the search engines index me. Or I should say I *did*...I'm
using WordPress now, so I'm not manually creating my pages. But if you
want to use meta tags, here are a few:
<meta name="keywords" content="LIST OF KEYWORDS">
<meta name="description" content="SITE DESCRIPTION">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"> --
Obviously, you can put other content and use other character sets (charset)
<meta http-equiv="Window-target" content="_top"> -- Again, you can change
the content field to the target frame you want
<meta name="owner" content="YOUR NAME (OR OWNER'S NAME, IF YOU'RE NOT THE
<meta name="author" content="YOUR NAME (OR AUTHOR'S NAME, IF YOU'RE NOT THE
<meta name="copyright" content="Copyright © YEAR AND YOUR NAME. All Rights
<meta name="resource-type" content="document">
<meta name="distribution" content="global">
<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
For more meta tags and information on them, see
You can also use the <link> tag, but I'm not completely clear on all what
you can do with it. I need to research that further, now that I've brought
it up. :) But two things it can be used for are to use a stylesheet or a
shortcut icon (those little images in your search bar, right before the
URL, if a site has one):
Cascading Style Sheet (CSS):
<link rel="stylesheet" href="FILENAME.css" media="screen" title=""
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="IMAGENAME.ico">
(For more info on shortcut icons, see <http://www.favicon.com/>Favicon.com
How to Add a Shortcut Icon to a Web Page.)
Jen (aka Sassy Devil)