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I am new to html so this is probably pretty easy.  How can I put some kind of keywords on my home page that search engines will be able to pick up?  Are there some meta tags that I can put in the head section?  Or do I have to arrange my text in some kind of order?  Let's say I want my home page to come up when I search for David Shimo.  What can I add to make this happen?
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panrob,

All search engines are different, they look for different things when they visit your site for placment. And, everybody has their own favorite methods of getting high pleacment on search engines, there are people who do this type of thing for a living :)

Say you wanted people interested in David Shimo, his hometown Atlanta, and collectors of glass pigs (it's been a long day)-here's where I would start with html:

<HEAD>
<TITLE>David Shimo: Atlanta Georgia Resident and Glass Pig Collector</TITLE>
<META name="description" content="David Shimo shares descriptions about Atlanta, Georgia and pictures of his glass pig collection.">
<META name="keywords" content="david, shimo, atlanta, georgia, glass pig collection">
</HEAD>

The <TITLE> will of course show up as the title of your page

<META name="description"> will show up as the block of text under your link in search engines.

<META name="keywords"> are the words someone might type into a search engine to find sites matching yours.

Also, it would be good to mention the name, the city, and glass pig collections as text throughout the content of the site. Don't over use it on purpose though (like running an invisible paragraph of "glass pig, glass pig, etc" on the page), or you'll get banned.

Just match up the content of your site with the above, and all should be well.  Don't forget to add your site to all the search engines, which can be done quickly at:
http://www.submitxtras.com/

It takes awhile to get listed, sometimes weeks, so be patient :)

There is lots more to learn however, this is just to get you started and should be efficient to get you listed.
To learn more about meta tags:
http://searchenginewatch.com/webmasters/meta.html

Other useful info:
http://searchenginewatch.com/webmasters/index.html

Hope this helps,
Gina

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by:wizcool
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The meta tag is used exactly for those sort of things.
You can use it in 2 ways:
<META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="David,Shimo">

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<META NAME="description" CONTENT="David Shimo">

in the first, the search engines will search for the keywords, wich means your page will show up if someone searches for any of the keywords (David or Shimo). In the second it will probably show up only if someone searches for the whole sentence (David Shimo). You can choose one of the above or you can also use both.
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Thanks for a lot of information.

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