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bigtallmensclothing
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:56 pm    Post subject: Help with meta tags and SEO Reply with quote

Meta tags are the key words that describe what you sell in that store. They are what search engines look at to decided if you fit someones search.

Title Tag - show up there on top of the browser the top blue bar in IE and in firefox.



What are meta tags? They are information inserted into the "head" area of your web pages. Other than the title tag (explained below), information in the head area of your web pages is not seen by those viewing your pages in browsers. Instead, meta information in this area is used to communicate information that a human visitor may not be concerned with. Meta tags, for example, can tell a browser what "character set" to use or whether a web page has self-rated itself in terms of adult content.

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The meta keywords tag allows you to provide additional text for crawler-based search engines to index along with your body copy. How does this help you? Well, for most major crawlers, it doesn't. That's because most crawlers now ignore the tag. The few supporting it can be found on the Search Engine Features page).

The meta keywords tag is sometimes useful as a way to reinforce the terms you think a page is important for ON THE FEW CRAWLERS THAT SUPPORT IT. For instance, if you had a page about stamp collecting -- AND you say the words stamp collecting at various places in your body copy -- then mentioning the words "stamp collecting" in the meta keywords tag MIGHT help boost your page a bit higher for those words.

Both can be found here with more info ...
http://searchenginewatch.com/webmasters/article.php/2167931




Did a google search and haven't read these articles, so I don't know how good they actually are, but they seem to describe each tag:
http://searchenginewatch.com/webmasters/article.php/2167931
http://www.philb.com/metatag.htm


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bigtallmensclothing
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

short and simply explanation ---


1) title - this is the text that is displayed in the top section of the browser when you open a certain page.

Example: Books Audio Movies Music - Online

2) description - this a a short description of your web site

Example: variety of books of all types: children's, adult's, audiobooks, homeschool curriculum, classics.

3) keywords - list all related keywords here separated by ","

Example: books, movies, audio, audiobooks, classic books, adult books
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bigtallmensclothing
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once you have the metatags added to your ecrater store, use this site to check them. It is a great tool.

http://www.widexl.com/remote/search-engines/metatag-analyzer.htm


OR ... if you have a competitor website that you thing does well selling on the web - put in there URL and see what ranking and keywords they are using
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bigtallmensclothing
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

another site to help you

http://www.sitesubmit.ca/

Includes a site analyzer.
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fancyflappers



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just spent the last hour on the meta-tag analyzer. It helped. Thanks.
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LDGifts



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow...fantastic links! Thanks Smile

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jaguarjuliebuys



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of great tips here ~ even an "old dog" like me can learn some new tricks! Thank you.

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fancyflappers



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julie, be careful, you'll spend all day on this stuff. Laughing

I finally got my meta title at 91%, my description at 91%, and my keywords at 87%. It's driving me crazy because I can't find the "key" words to get them up even higher. I try every day and I'm out of ideas. Confused
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jaguarjuliebuys



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fancyflappers wrote:
Julie, be careful, you'll spend all day on this stuff.


I've not used a meta tag analyzer in A-G-E-S! Yes, thanks for the tip, I'll be careful ... but not too soon as I'm busy with SO many other things! Hey, remember that Robert DeNiro movie, "Analyze This!" Question

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fancyflappers



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's so frustrating. I'd take words out-add others-take them out-try to remember what I started with that ranked higher.

A-a-a-a-a-a-RGH!!!
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bigtallmensclothing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a hint for everyone

Analyze your url
then go to google and do a search for your type of items
see WHO comes up first
Analyze that URL and see what words they are using and which ones might apply to you as well.
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fancyflappers



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did that. Laughing and then added my own too. The number one ranked site didn't do so well on the meta tag analyzer though, so I ignored some of their advice. If my competition ranks before I do, they must be doing something right.
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tomatedepingles
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm late in this subject, sorry for the highjacking
i want to thank BigTallMensClothing for all these links, they are so helpfull!
i had lots of bad results with the analyzer. i will most definitely spend hours trying to upgrade my meta tags!
anyway thanks again for the links and tips


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bigtallmensclothing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can pay to get ranked better in google!
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ecrater
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will recommend to start with choosing the right keywords.

This is an excellent article by Matt Kirtok:

Choosing The Right Keywords
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