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spazzer
02-15-2010, 08:26 AM
Hi All,
Can anyone advise on inserting Meta Tags and should I use them in my site ? I have a Fishing Club Website and was wondering the best way to approach this !

Cheers,
NC ;-)

Corrosive
02-15-2010, 08:27 AM
Try this; http://www.corrosiveonline.co.uk/tutorials_meta_tags.php

domedia
02-15-2010, 04:35 PM
If you're talking about the meta description and meta keyword tag for SEO, you don;t have to worry so much. No modern search engine is going to let them influence your search engine ranking.

If your main concern is about SEO, then searchengine watch has a great article on it:
http://searchenginewatch.com/2167931

DWcourse
02-15-2010, 04:51 PM
The description meta-tag is sometimes used by search engines on their results pages (but not to determine rankings). So it's a good idea to include it.

domedia
02-15-2010, 04:53 PM
The description meta-tag is sometimes used by search engines on their results pages (but not to determine rankings). So it's a good idea to include it.
My (not up to date) memory on this is that it used the meta description if it could not find a suitable description from the content on the page.

rattlsnak
02-15-2010, 09:31 PM
FWIW, I'm actually taking an SEO class right now and the instructor placed a 5% value on Meta tags, BUT said it's always best to include them as search engines routinely change their algorythyms and whereas it was a 25% in the past and a 5% value today, it could be a completely different value months/years in the future. So instead of going back and adding them later, simply include them now is the just of it.

domedia
02-15-2010, 09:52 PM
FWIW, I'm actually taking an SEO class right now and the instructor placed a 5% value on Meta tags,
Sounds suspicious, but I'm not going to diss your instructor (5% of what?)

It's safe to say you won't find any support for using meta tags in any SEO strategy among the professional SEO community. To put it very simple (too simple); adding meta tags with keywords does not make your content more relevant for the user, and that is why modern search engines base their algorithm on other factors. A google search on 'meta tag myth' will most likely result in many articles from 'trusted' seo resources talking about this. But you'd have to trust their research, Google and other search engines are keeping their cards held tight, although I'm pretty sire that Matt Cutts from Google confirmed this a couple years ago.
But you can't be 100% sure of course.. this is what makes this so fun ;)

edbr
02-16-2010, 12:32 AM
right 5% of what , having said that working on the do no harm basis i can see what hes saying but not now, i think (personally) the description is imprtant in one how you want the description dispalyed in links in any directory you submit to which if that page is index by google it then becomes content.
re Mat Cutts he reissued that statement last year and made a video on the google blog
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html

and here's is list meta tags they admit to using
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=79812