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Old October 31st, 2003, 12:10 PM
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Can you help me with my website code? My URL is: http://www.astrocat.exactpages.com (non-profit, public service)

Search engine spiders do not pass beyond the index and next page to index keywords and body text.

The pages look OK, once they are located, but the fault seems to be in the Meta tags.

There is a bit of redundant code, left over from cutting and pasting, but I don't think that is my problem. Please help me to reach more enquirers.
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I am not sure whether this is the cause of the problem, but your meta tags look a bit weird. They should like this:

<meta name="keywords" content="Comma Separated List Of keywords">

while you have:

<meta "keywords" content="Comma Separated List Of keywords">

I don't think you need to include the keywords between ' characters.

Also, make sure you don't have too many keywords, or at least put the important ones up front. Search engines won't read an unlimited list of keywords.

Did you register your site with the major search engines? It's unlikely they'll visit you if they don't know you....

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Here is another helpful tag that will flag visiting robots to both index the page it appears on and follow through and index any links that it comes across.

Most robots will look for this:
<meta name="robots" content="index, follow" />

Also have a look at the Google bot page:
http://www.google.com/bot.html

More info on Web bots:
http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/robots.html

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Oh and probably the most helpful search submission site on the internet is dmoz.org, thousands of sites including most of the majors sites, Google, Yahoo, AOL.. etc get their search data from dmoz in some form or another. In Google's case, the url information is gathered from dmoz and then the Googlebot goes out and caches pages, and then the information from Google's database is in turn used in many of the top search engines.

http://www.dmoz.org

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Thank you all for the help. I have implemented the reccommendations, I've submitted my URL to DMoz, and look forwarwd to helping more people in the future.

Kevin, AKA Astrocat.

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