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Posted on 1998-10-31
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Why do my meta tags not work as well as pages with the
same meta tags as I have?

I maintain a website for a music club with many chapters
nationwide.  Two other chapters, Denver and Miami, plus
the national website, are more favorably listed on
Infoseek than my chapter's site, although I don't see
any significant difference between the meta tags on the
different pages.

When I search for "American Recorder Society", the Denver,
Miami and national websites come up.  My chapter does not.
In order to find my chapter's website, I must search for
"American Recorder Society East Bay Chapter" (which makes
us much harder to surf into).  

Any ideas why this is happening?
URLs:
national http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/recorder/
WSHP.htm

Denver http://people.goplay.com/DenverRecorder/

Miami http://www.shadow.net/~gaston/index.htm
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by:jotjot
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Oops!  Here's the URL for my site:
http://pw2.netcom.com/~quikscor/ebayrecorders/home.html
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chewymon earned 800 total points
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Among other things, it depennds on the search engine used.  Some search engines ignore meta tags completely.  Some read the first 200 words or so of text, and count the number of times the searched for keyword occurs.  In the Denver case, recorder is mentioned several times in the first few paragraphs.  Your site does not mention recorders in text until about halfway down the page.  The navigation bar on the top is good looking, but since it is an image many search engines will ignore it completely.    

Following is a URL that sort of lets you see what different search engines see.  It is not perfect, but it is a start.

http://www.delorie.com/web/ses.cgi
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by:jotjot
ID: 1839310
Sorry for the delay.

-- J
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