Meta Tag Discussion

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Post 3+ Months Ago

I thought I'd post this based on a prior post that got me to thinking about what all you can or can't do with META tags.

So I'm going to start this thread with no input. I'm interested to see what META tags are out there and available and what they are being used for and (perhaps) why they are coded the way they are.

I am aware of several and I will add mine to the list eventually when I see they are not included.

I have a template I use for mine primarily for search engine spider help, but I am very curious what else people use them for.
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Here are some. You can use meta tags to assist search engine spiders. Some that I usually include are:

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<meta name="description" content="********">
<meta name="keywords" content="********">
<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
  1. <meta name="description" content="********">
  2. <meta name="keywords" content="********">
  3. <meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
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IE6+ incorporates a new feature called MyImage Toolbar, which, if enabled on Tools->Internet Options, provides the user with a popup menu over images that allows the user to instantly save, print, or email any image in a page.

However this can be disabled with Meta tags. Here is a meta tag that allows you to disable this:

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<meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no">


Just as a side note you can also disable this without meta tags such as with:

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<img src="someimage.jpg" galleryimg="no">
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That is one I didn't know about. (I know about the toolbar -- but that disabling function is nice) - thanks.
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it's REALLY nice! I love it, and use it a lot. Especially on sites that have
a lot of graphics to keep the design looking nice and not some stupid
toolbar popping up all the time. But in sites with pages with galleries
and such, I leave it alone and allow it.
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Personally i think the best meta tag nowadays is this one:

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<META NAME="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" CONTENT="TRUE">


This stops them from using your website text as advertising spots for their partners products.
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oooh good one :thumbsup:
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Although -- I have seen it twice in the last week besides here.
I would be very interested to know why and when one should use that. Is that only useful if you have external advertising on the site or what exactly does it do?
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actually you should use it on every single html page you have. What it does is stop MS partners from using your sites as free advertising. Any html text is exploitable.
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yeah, on 2nd thought, I wonder what effects this has on google too...hmmm :?
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OK --nuclei -- you can call me dense for the moment -- I'm just not following this.

Let's use this as a given -- I have no advertising set up on any client's pages.

What I am interested in learning is what is this specific meta tag doing and do I need to use it if I have no advertiser's on my sites?

Are you saying that regardless --some are using content from my client's sites for advertising purposes? Sorry for all the questions, but this is a new one on me. Links, or more specifics would be appreciated and I'm sure will help others.
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Okay,

lemme just show you a url or 2 on it to clarify instead of writing a book here :)

http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/stories ... 67,00.html
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But all I seem to be reading about in that link is how the smart tags relate to "Office" in XP. What I want to know is what are they doing with the content from my websites and how "smart tags" play into web design and how? (sorry to sound so persistent --and maybe a bit dense - but I still don't follow the necessity and would like to)
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Well nuclei really didn't explain it. I think what happens is that unless you prevent smart tags any text on your site could turn into a possible link to an advertiser. For example, lets say on your site you have a huge article that you wrote about football. Now you have no ads or anything on your site, but you do have tons of content (words). Now what Microsoft's smart tags does is make important text on your site turn into links right to an advertisers page. In other words it will make parts of your article clickable. So for instance, every time you mention the word "football" that word might actually link directly to nfl.com. I am sure you have seen some sites that will turn special words into links so that people can click on it to understand what it is in more detail. Well in this case it is kind of doing the same thing, just sending them to an advertiser instead that is related to that word.

Now by default I do not think Smart Tags are incorporated into peoples browsers. Don't people have to install something for smart tags to become active? I am not sure, I just know I never see them.
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OK...now I think that's an explanation I somewhat understand. I found the meta tag first at what I know was a reputable site last week and when this part of the conversation came up I was very curious about it. I'll do some investigating. Thanks
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Bigwebmaster, very nice, concise description of exactly what happens. For the life of me I could not explain it without writing a book.

I will however say that in the early editions of XP and xp office, smart tags were indeed enabled by default. and there are now a great number of (spyware, adware) programs that do use smart tags technology. So it is still a good idea to use the tag regardless.
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wowsers :shock:

learn something new everyday! interesting concept, and I never knew
til now. thx for the infos people.
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Forgive me, but I've never used XP -- WIN 2K yes, but not XP --- so let's say you are browsing a site with XP-- what I think I understand you guys are saying is that XP uses these smart tags to highlight text/content in a website in a persons web page and make it clickable to wherever they want you to go? In that case I think I do finally understand the use and need for that meta tag. If I understood that wrong, someone correct me --- but it looks like that's the gist of it.
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ATNO/TW: that is correct.
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Thanks nuclei - sorry it took so much effort to understand that -- but not being an XP user it was totally new to me. Appreciate the tip and help.
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Well I am an XP user and I have never seen such a thing. By default XP users do not see it, at least in my case. If you read what nuclei said it was enabled by default in earlier versions. Well it must be a really really early version because I preordered XP before it was even released and my smart tags are not enabled by default.
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what about:
<meta name="emailspam" content="no">

it stops spiders from picking up any email addresses in the content of the page.
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Wow - Thanks Musik - If that actually works, that will save tons of time trying to hide email addies inside of javascripts. Thanks for that one!
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good one musik, if it works ;)

I've actually created flash files containing the email addies. works! :lol:
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//rose giggles mischievously and scoots out the door :roll:
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oh...so was that a joke or something? :?:
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//rose winks and nods
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*giggles furiously*

hehehehehe whoooooo - i had a feeling it was. boy am i glad i didn't
actually TRY it! :lol: :lol: :P I'd feel like such a goof right now.
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actually i was worried noone would realise i was just kiddin around! Everyone said how cool it was! ahahaaaa too funny!


There is a way however for real to help stop spam bots from getting your email address and that is here:
http://www.ozzu.com/viewtopic.php?p=15148

(you prolly already know that one though) :D

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