HTML tags that convey information about a webpage, such as it's title or it's description, in a way that a computer program can understand.

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Which meta tags are not worth the effort?

After reading this question about meta keywords, I've been wondering : of all meta tags, which ones are really worth the effort ? I know that the description is used in google search results, and the ...
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Indexing for Google scholar, which tags to use?

In the "Inclusion Guidelines for Webmasters" for Google Scholar is written under Indexing Guidelines: Google Scholar supports Highwire Press tags (e.g., citation_title), Eprints tags (e.g., ...
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What's the meta-tag title for?

While reading this question on webmasters: Why don't websites have a "description" meta tag in the head section?, I also checked out StackExchange's source code. Indeed the 'description' ...
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http-equiv=content-language alternative - the way of specifying document language

Lots of web sites uses following meta tag to specify the default language of the document: <meta http-equiv="content-language" content="es-ES"> When I go to W3C site and read about HTML ...
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Difference between meta tags Content-Language and language

What's the difference between these two meta-tags <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="de, en"/> <meta name="language" content="de, en"> Are they both needed?
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How does client side XML+XSLT affect SEO?

I have a site that is built completely in XML and is transformed by a single XSL file. How does this affect SEO? Is it possible to store page-specific metadata? Will robots see the transformed page ...
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Are Meta Keywords Obsolete? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are meta keywords worth the effort? Creating a website for a BraodBand Company, and not too sure whether or not to go ahead and fill in the meta keywords? Are they still ...
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Within my HTML meta data, should it be © or &#169;

Within my copyright meta data I have the following <meta name="copyright" content="example.com &#169; Copyright 2011 by Me. All Rights Reserved." /> Is this correct, or should I simply ...
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Delimiter character for keywords meta tag

I'm sorry, I searched this site, but couldn't find the answer to my question, in spite of it being so trivial. I'm working on a CMS which get's keywords from end user, which means that they are ...
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Where can I find an exhaustive list of meta tags and what they do?

It seems to me that there are a ton of <meta> tags for all sorts of different purposes out there... Though they all follow a similar format of <meta name="" content="" /> they seem to ...
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What is the SKYPE_TOOLBAR meta?

I need to make an audit for a website and I discovered a "new" meta called "SKYPE_TOOLBAR", it looks like that: <meta name="SKYPE_TOOLBAR" content="SKYPE_TOOLBAR_PARSER_COMPATIBLE" /> I've ...
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Best practise for meta tags in various languages

We have a global site, all hosted on one .com domain (www.example.com/en www.example.com/es www.example.com/pt www.example.com/ru etc.) Each language sub directory is identical to one another, apart ...
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Which symbol should I use in Meta Title: “|” or “-”?

So there are two way of writing my site title. For example: Meow | Photo Magazine or Meow - Photo Magazine Which one is better (for SEO and for Users)?
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Validation Meta tags for search engines

Should validation meta tags for search engines be left on the site following validation? For example, should I leave my msvalidate meta tag after I've validated the site.
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Which method is the best to specify the language of a page?

There seems to be two ways to specify the language of a page: <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us"> and <html lang="en-us"> Which one is the preferred way? I know I ...
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Is it possible to stop Chrome and other browsers from pre-fetching/rendering my site?

I know you can guide Chrome to prefetch links you think users are likely to click on your site, but can you also do the inverse? Can you tell Chrome (or really any browser) not to prefetch and ...
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What is the default behavior of robots if there is no robots meta tag?

Assuming I have a page without a robots.txt and without the robots meta tag. What is the default behavior of robots? Would they index the page and follow the links as in: <meta name="robots" ...
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What do you do if you don't want to put a keyword in your title?

Suppose you have a website about a subject, for instance, popcorn. Everything in your site will be about popcorn and your regular visitors are popcorn enthusiasts who will understand that even ...
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Multilanguage site meta content-language tag

I have a website which is in 3 languages: English (primary), German and French. When a language is selected all of page's content is translated to the selected language (the page content is always in ...
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Adding meta tag keywords - the same or different on all pages?

I have 10 page php website. I want to add keywords to webpages. The website is related to hotel and having different-2 page like booking, rooms, places to visit etc. Question: Do we need to add same ...
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what are benefits of URL rewriting?

URL rewriting has become quite popular, but I think it only adds more complexity to the Web. Old fashioned URL's are often called "dirty URLs", so I'll use that term. It is argued that with ...
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Meta tags again. Good or bad to use them as page content?

From a SEO point of view, is it wise to use exactly the same page title value and keyword/description meta tag values not only as meta information, but also as page content? An example illustrates ...
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Does anyone use meta keywords besides google?

Can anyone tell me if there are any services that use meta keywords, and if so, what those services are? I know that google doesn't use them, but I'm wondering if anyone else does.
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Should paginated content have unique meta tags?

I have a category page that leads to an additional 100 pages. For example: www.example.com/category <- this is my category page www.example.com/category-2.html <- this is paginated content ...
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Services using the “generator” meta tag for usage stats

I'm planning to release an open source cms and I wonder if there is a way to know if people use it. I added this line to CMS templates: <meta name="generator" content="My CMS - Open Source Content ...
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SEO - Meta Description Tags Not Updating Search Result

I updated my meta description tag for my comics website about two months back now, but the search engine is still picking up my footer "Acceptable User Policy" text for some reason. I'm not even ...
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Which is the appropriate content-type meta tag value?

I have a question about the meta tag content-type. When starting to build my site (HTML+PHP+JS), I copied a lot of the meta tags over from elsewhere, and I have, amongst others, the following: ...
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Meta tags decoding by Google

My site's CMS has some problems with reflecting correct cyrillic letters. So, in source code of the page my meta description looks like the next: <meta ...
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Appropriate robots meta for “printer friendly” pages

We have many printer-friendly pages that have a link that adds ?pf=1 to the URL. On the ?pf=1 page would it be better to have noindex,nofollow or noindex,follow. I think that it would be better to ...
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What are the pros and cons of using Dublin Core meta tags?

This is an open question on why, how, or when to use or not use Dublin Core meta tags. For example, <meta name="DC.title" content="Title of my Webpage" />. Should this be used in addition to or ...
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Correct syntax for Canonical - link or meta tag?

I'm getting a little confused about adding canonical tags to pages. Some (most?) guides suggest using a link tag thusly: <link rel="canonical" href="www.example.com/somepage" /> but some ...
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falling down Google ranking with canoncial tags and Google site verification

Recently I released this site live, which is a small brochure site for a local catering company. I took the time to add a canonical <link> tag and also verify the site with Google, so the ...
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Usage of meta tag “generator”

Is the meta tag "generator" still relevant in today's web? Has it every had any use? <meta name="Generator" content="Drupal 7 (http://drupal.org)" />
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PHP Include meta tags

A website I'm currently working on is http://www.troubi.com . Please don't care to look at the source code. If I validate the website through the w3cValidator a lot of errors occur all due to ...
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Will google get upset if I have incomplete pagination links?

For technical reasons (this would be really hard to do given the software that I'm using), I am only able to generate rel=prev links and not rel=next links (those links tell google what page they are ...
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Page Speed Optimization Questions: defer parsing and specifying a char set?

Continuing to optimized a web site, I'm using Chrome's Dev Tool add-on for Page Speed. I've been able to do a good bit of performance tuning thanks to its suggestions, but these two have me ...
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Which is good to target, singular or plural keyword?

Which keyword is better for targeting and on-page optimization, singular or plural? Like "baseball bat" or "baseball bats"?
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Can I use meta refresh instead of 301 redirect?

I have submitted my site with ugly URLs to Google, and now they are appearing as mysite.com/show.php?id=42. Now, I know that I can 301-redirect it to mysite.com/article/42. However, my site uses the ...
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Open Graph object type for secondary pages in local business website

I'm developping a website for a local business, and I don't know what is the most pertinent og:type to chose for pages like "about us", "other services", "contact us" and so on... As stated in the OG ...
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Google is appending branded url to title in search results with undesired capitalization

I work for an organization with a website domain that is two words that are placed together. For branding reasons, we always display the url as Loremipsum.com or loremipsum.com and NEVER ...
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What meta tag do you use to provide Google with a publication date? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Google recognize publish date of a post I read about the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and some spotty documentation from Google, but I can't find an official ...
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Confusion over W3C POWDER standard (PICS alternative)

Now that PICS is dead, I still need an easy way to tell users that my website is for mature audiences only. I intend to use PICS tags, but POWDER is said to be the new standard. Is it really used? And ...
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What keyword should come first in a product page's meta tags?

Working with ~100,000 products. Currently the way I'm using has the following priorites (most to least) Model information such as name and model number of a given product Product line's associated ...
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Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?

I've been told by an SEO company to add a hreflang attribute to every page on a single-language website (ie. 'self-referential' tags), but everything I've read about the hreflang tag, including ...
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SEO Meta Tags: Is it better to have empty meta content or no tag at all?

Basically, for pages that may not have a description or tags set, is it better to have <meta name="description" content="" /> <meta name="keywords" content="" /> or just skip the tags ...
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Meta keywords random keywords

I was wondering what about having random meta keywords instead of fixed one? I have a blog, so every blog post has some related tags, in my home page i show the post's previews, so i put in meta ...
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Can a web page have two keyword meta tags?

If I have 2 keyword meta tags on my page how are they read? Both together? Only the 1st? Only the 2nd? Neither?
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Extremely similar SEO keywords

So I work for a company that recently decided to jump on the SEO bandwagon. We asked the different departments (each has its own site) what they wanted their keywords to be and I got a lot of examples ...
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Can microdata be used within META and custom tags?

META tags that sit within HEAD of a webpage. What difference it makes when using microdata in them and outside of HEAD of webpage? Let's take for example "datePublished" property. Instead of hunting ...
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Should <meta property=“og:image” content=“…”> have an alt tag?

I want to follow good SEO practices by adding alt tags to all my images. For Facebook sharing, I have this code: <meta property="og:image" content="..."> can I add an alt="Facebook image" to ...