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Meta tags are used for many different purposes (such as Dublin Core, ICBM, Open Graph Protocol, Powder) and generally have some specific uses that are important to some sites. For SEO purposes and usability, you don't really need any metadata other than title, content-type, and description in your head section. As general advice, only implement a meta tag ...


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Content-language is going away soon (note the big red "obsolete"), and I'm not sure language was ever official. The W3C recommends this instead: <html lang="en"> The lang attribute works with most tags (except <script />, <br />, <frame />, etc), so you can mix, match, and cascade: <p>This is English, since the html tag ...


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You should use separate meta tags for each page of your site and the content of these tags should reflect the page content rather than the site theme. For the record you are only going to get so far with Meta tags. By far the most important thing to consider is the text within your title tag. The Meta description tag can be useful and will be used by ...


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Since meta tags have no influence on your page's rankings, but can be used in a page's listing in the search results, I would make sure the description tag is written like a sales piece. It can be the deciding factor for users when deciding which search result to click on. The keywords tag is obsolete so I wouldn't worry about the order of the keywords in ...


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Wikipedia's article on the Meta Element covers all of the "standard" ones. There can be an unlimited number of values for this since anyone can make up their own meta tag to suit their purposes so you won't find an exhaustive list anywhere.


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Chrome and Safari send an X-Purpose: preview HTTP header when pre-fetching/rendering web content. [Source] Firefox sends a similar header called X-moz: prefetch. [Source] To block pre-fetching, you could return a 404 response when such headers are detected, as suggested by Peter Freitag in this blog post. He recommends adding these lines to .htaccess to ...


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New sites often do drop in rank Sadly the chances are that Google is repositioning to where it believes you should be, most often new sites and pages get temporary boosts to allow them to catch on so to speak. I've seen what your experiencing hundreds of times and can assure you what your seeing is most likely out of your control until your site becomes ...


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You can find the full answer here: http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml-media-types/#intro. However in brief, application/xhtml+xml is for XHTML. That document recommends using HTML 4.01, but I recommend using HTML 5 since there is widespread support for it now. The content type for HTML 5 is <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /> ...


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I would say that "-" is better for users. The minus/dash is a "regular" character they are more likely to have come across and know the location of the key. Stack Exchange uses the "-" to separate the prepended tags from the actual title. This question is: seo - Which symbol should I use in Meta Title: “|” or “-”? - Stack Exchange. The Guardian uses ...


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The second one is the preferred way. http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/semantics.html The first one is "non-conforming". I couldn't find an exact definition of what that means, but I think it means, "it may work, but you can't rely on it". They both use the format defined in BCP47, which uses a dash, not an underscore.


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All methods should be left in place for Google verification. Removing them will unverify your site. It isn't brought up on the main verification info page, but tacked on to the end of all the detail pages for the methods(meta, HTML, DNS, GAnalytics), eg: Don't delete the tag from the page, as this will cause your site to become unverified. I don't ...


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I wouldn't worry about using the meta title tag. It almost certainly has no SEO value since it is redundant with the true <title> tag but unlike the <title> it has no effect on the page's content or browser display so it is ripe for abuse and serves no actual purpose content wise. (FYI, that's also why the keyword and description meta tags have ...


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There are a couple of things to take into account: There is no issue with using the same phrase/sentence in your title and H1 tags. It just doubles up the SEO values you are trying to push. You can sometimes do a better SEO job by making them different but it depends on the situation. As for Meta Keywords and Meta Description, John Conde is right on. ...


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I wouldn't so much call it "URL rewriting" so much as "having a sane URL schema". There is a good and bad place for everything. In the example you give, you are absolutely correct; you have an unordered set of 'parameters' as it were, and the key=value&key2=value2&... syntax is excellent for that. However with the date example you give, there is a ...


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Eprints tags are used in the EPrints academic repository software. BE Press tags are used in The Berkley Electronic Press SelectedWorks product. Neither offers documentation on their proprietary meta tags that I could find. You can, however, view the source of any HTML page generated by an Eprints or SelectedWorks server to see their metadata tags in use. ...


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The question is "What value does it add to my website?" In the world of trucking, we have a term, payload. Payload brings in a return for carrying it, the rest is non-paying and therefore a fuel expense. Excess meta tags that aren't being used by anyone just add to the load time, eat clock cycles, disk space and transmission packets. Meta tags are only ...


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I believe Google's primary goal when analysing rel=prev and rel=next link elements is to (usually) return the first page of a series in the SERPs, and to avoid returning multiple results from the same series of paginated pages. It should be noted that: rel=”prev” and rel=”next” act as hints to Google, not absolute directives. And... When ...


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Meta Keywords are useless for SEO, and random meta keywords are useless for everything!!! Read wikipedia: in September 2009 Matt Cutts of Google announced that they are no longer taking keywords into account whatsoever... In Oct 2009...Yahoo!'s Senior Director...states that "...What changed with Yahoo's ranking algorithms is that while we still ...


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FYI, meta tags have no effects on rankings so no meta tags is the same as empty meta tags is the same as full meta tags. Having said that, empty meta tags are the same as no meta tags. Either way you are not providing search engines or any other crawler any information normally provided in those tags. If I had to choose one or the other I would simply omit ...


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I know that google doesn't use them While it's pretty much settled that they're of relatively little value overall, this is not necessarily entirely accurate. If you pay attention, almost every time Google deals with this question directly(example), what they actually say is that they don't use them for ranking. If they were completely tossing them, that ...


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It doesn't matter since meta keywords have no effect on a page's rankings. So, use whichever one you think describes something properly. "Ferrari car" doesn't do that as Ferrari is a brand name and can stand alone. "Blue widget" and "green widget" should obviously not be broken down into "widget, blue, green" as that wouldn't make any real sense.


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(The Google post referenced wasn't recent, but a good two years before the SEO Tip one.) You quoted the wrong bit, and distorted what was said (probably unintentionally), which isn't all that different from what everyone keeps saying: Write for humans, and the rest will mostly take care of itself. The real point there is: If you are able to entice ...


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Ideally, the Content-type should be specified in HTTP headers (and the text/html part almost certainly is). Failing that, the declaration must be within the first 1024 bytes (usually 1024 characters) of the document. The best way to ensure this is putting it right after the <head> tag. If you are using HTML5 you can simply use <meta ...


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It makes no difference to SEO. Just remember to put your keyword at the beginning of the title and the branding at the end. Search engines always place more importance at the beginning of a text block and you should always rank for your branded terms. Check out this resource of best practice for writing meta titles: http://www.seomoz.org/learn-seo/title-tag ...


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All data on a page should be in the same language to make language detection easier for search engines. On a page with <html lang="fr"> English keywords could actually be harmful because (at least) Google doesn’t use just the lang attribute to determine the real language. In practice … I wouldn’t waste time with keywords. I don’t know any relevant ...


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I would use a rel canonical link meta tag. The content is exactly the same as on another page. You want the search engines to attribute any links into your printer friendly version to your regular version and not penalize you for duplicate content. <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com/article-23443.html"/> on ...


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Google uses the titles and descriptions found in your webpages to display a title and description in the snippet it returns in its search results, as illustrated in number 1 below: If titles and descriptions are duplicates from page to page, then search results will appear the same to users. Therefore, Google requires them to be unique. To remove these ...


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Then don't put the keyword in your title. Google are clever enough now to know what the page is about and how relevant it is for popcorn without you needing to include the word popcorn in the title. Google can distinguish between similarities, synonyms and semantics. They'll be able to understand popcorn from corn. If you don't think the page is that ...


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I contacted Bing, as I couldn't get a clear reply for Bing. This is what they replied to me: Thank you for contacitng Bing Technical Support. This is (Name removed). Please allow me to address your issue regarding meta-tag verification. Specifically, you're asking if you should remove the meta-tag after verification. Apparently, you shouldn't ...



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