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When a spider from a search engine finds and indexes a page containing frames, does it look through the pages referenced in the frame containing document for keywords, or does it just store no keywords (since the frame containing document contains no text apart from that needed to call up the frames)?

What I am really getting at is: is it a disadvantage to use frames because a search engine will not be able to search through any useful text in the document and hence categorize it properly?  

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Someone told me once that the only search-engine that looked through the pages referenced in framesets was Alta Vista.
To get your pages categorized by other search-engines you can use the following syntax in the top of your index page.

<HEAD>
<Title>Your title goes here!!</Title>
<META NAME="Author"      Content="Your name">
<META NAME="Description"      Content="Short description of your web here">
<META NAME="keywords"      Content="Put all your keywords that you would like the search-engine to categorize by here. Separate them with , i.e Keyword1,keyword2,keyword2.....">
</HEAD>

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Addiotionally you can use the spcae between the <NOFRAMES> and </NOFRAMES> tag to write any HTML you want. That will be indexed by searchengines.
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Thanks sybe I dident think of that.

tor What do search engins that don't understand META tags do?

also in the "keywords" meta tag is there a max no. of keywords after which the search engine stops looking?

and does the search engine look through comments in <-- and -->?

thanks for your help
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Search engines that don't understand metatags, don't use the metatags for indexing. It may vary from search engine to searchengine.

There is a max number of repeated keywords. So don't repeat the same keyword over & over, most searchenigines have a penalty for that.

I guess that text between <!-- and --> is being indexed, but I am not sure.

Look at www.searchenginewatch.com


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Thank you both for your help sybe, and toros
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