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SEO Explained

Aug 30, 2013   //   by mandla   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

With so much talk about getting into search engines, and achieving high rankings on a particular search engine, it may seem crazy to do anything which would prevent this from happening. However, there are times when you have a web site or page(s) within a web site which you don’t want to end up in a search engine.

It might be a resource page for a professor to give his/her students additional information. Or, it might be a temporary page to provide information, such as a list of links, but one which you don’t want to include as part of your site, for fear of adversely impacting your page rank.

You may say you don’t have to worry about this because you haven’t submitted your site to any search engines. However, if someone else has put a link on their site to your site, the spiders that crawl their site will eventually end up crawling your site.

There is code you can put into your HTML which will prevent the bots from spidering your page(s). This code is put in the header of your web page(s) (meaning between theandtags), in the form of a meta tag (and you thought meta tags were for keywords only).

Here are four examples of how this code will look;

<meta name=”robots” content=”index,follow” />

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex,follow” />

<meta name=”robots” content=”index,nofollow” />

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex,nofollow” />

There are two parameters; “index” and “follow”. “Index” refers to whether or not you want that particular page to be indexed. “Follow” refers to whether or not you want the spider to follow the links on that page. You would decide whether you wanted the page indexed, and whether you wanted the links followed. Based on that decision, you would chose one of the above options. The final code would look something like this:

 
New Page

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex,nofollow” / >

That’s all there is to it!

Hope this helps!
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1 Comment

  • It can, in fact, be a never ending process, but what a learning experience.

    But if your site is associated with any particular one web
    site, then you can effortlessly acquire strong backlinks. Most of the blog websites have the option to comment to put the url
    of your website and to leave a comment. A back link is a link going from one
    website or article to another website or article.

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