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I've been reading a lot lately about the impact designing webpages with Frontpage has on search engine rankings. Some dyed-in-the-wool pure html-ers are adamant about not using a WYSIWIG program to design commercial sites. Others feel there are work-arounds for this issue. (including removing the "Generator-FrontPage" tags from the html before uploading - does this work?)

Has anyone had any experience with FrontPage generated sites and search engine placement?

Does anyone have any suggestions for effective work-arounds?

Are there better WYSIWIG programs for creating commercial sites?
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I've never had a problem getting my sites listed.

The key is to follow the good coding guidelines for getting listed.

Make sure you use your keywords throughout the document, include them in your description tag, don't spam the engines, don't use "invisible" text...etc.

HTML "purists" will always fault your WYSIWYG for a multitude of sins.  Some are justified....but I don't think this one is.

You might also want to try www.selfpromotion.com .  A great service for submissions.
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Good, good. Any more comments out there?

Classy, do you use FrontPage to create sites for all types of businesses? Any special tweaks on the Generator tags?
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I use FP as the WYSIWYG for ALL my sites, so yes, that encompasses all types of businesses.  No tweaks to the generator tags at all.
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So, what do you think tequila?
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I think - you're a really good candidate for getting the points here!

Actually I thought I did this already, but I guess not. I checked out your business's site, and some of your clients to get a feel for some other FrontPage created commercial sites. Nice work!

We will probably meet here again . . . I promise to try and be more prompt about closing. I usually like to keep a question open for a while to get maximum feedback, but this one should have closed a while ago, since it didn't generate much interest. (Why, I wonder? Hmmmm)

Thanks again, Classy!
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No problem....I'm usually here.

This ta doesn't get much traffic, hence the lack of interest.  The Web Development ta is more popular, but be prepared for some FP bashing.

Thanks for the compliments.  My sites are getting more and more reliant on ASP and less on FP's features.

Bonus:

You may be interested in this add on.....it helps make sure all your metas are in place.

http://www.solution-shelf.com/FrontPage/ErrOmi/EO_FAQ.htm

Or a Macro to do the same thing:

http://www.solution-shelf.com/CodeTips/TP_PageComb.htm

Cheers!
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