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Should I add Metatags to every html box on my freeway pages?

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Meta tags are properties of the page, not individual elements on those pages. There are some attributes you can add, like title or rel for links, that describe the content of individual elements for screen readers or robots. What are you trying to accomplish, and for whom?

Walter

On Oct 29, 2012, at 12:03 PM, Mark Lawrence wrote:

Quick question:

Should I add Metatags to every html box on my freeway pages?

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Hi Walter,

Essentially I’ve been asked to help improve the site’s google ranking as it’s currently not doing very well at all.

I’m starting with double checking all my meta tags on my pages, and was wondering if the titles of each individual item on the page would make a difference. As you can imagine there are lot on the site! :slight_smile:


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One thing you might be able help with too Walter was an SEO question I posted earlier:

On the home of the website I’ve used target show/hide layers to create nice transitions between images.

Each layer has html text on top of it that is set to appear at the same time as the image. Will the text on each layer show up on a google ‘bots’ search. i.e. in terms of SEO?

I’m not sure if the layers are stopping Google seeing the words and is therefore ignoring them.

Thanks for your time Walt, very much appreciated.

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They will appear, but they may be in a different order than you expect. Freeway doesn’t put a premium on source code order, which is the only thing that Google can see, and therefore can care about. If you set up a text editor like TextWrangler (free “little brother” to the venerable BBEdit) as one of your browsers in Freeway, using the File / Preview in Browser / Browser Setup submenu, then you can very quickly see precisely what Google and other 'bots can see of your site. Once you’ve added TextWrangler to your list of browsers, just choose File / Preview in Browser / TextWrangler and look at the page source. Ignore anything that’s inside of < angle brackets > as that’s the code that the browsers use to make sense of the content. Just focus on the human-readable words you see. Read them out loud, and see if they make sense in the order you speak them. If you find that things are wildly out of order, then you need to start re-layering your layout elements. To do this easily in Freeway, click on the word Site at the top of the left column of the Freeway interface, until it changes to read Page. All individual elements on your page will be listed in source order. Drag elements up and down the list to change their relative order (the page layout should not change when you do this). Preview again, and see if the words make more sense now.

This is also my favorite SEO trick. If the words make sense, then you’ve done 80 or 90 percent of all the work needed to get your page a better ranking (and much of the rest of the job is merely patience).

Walter

On Oct 29, 2012, at 12:57 PM, Mark Lawrence wrote:

One thing you might be able help with too Walter was an SEO question I posted earlier:

On the home of the website I’ve used target show/hide layers to create nice transitions between images.

Each layer has html text on top of it that is set to appear at the same time as the image. Will the text on each layer show up on a google ‘bots’ search. i.e. in terms of SEO?

I’m not sure if the layers are stopping Google seeing the words and is therefore ignoring them.

Thanks for your time Walt, very much appreciated.

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That’s brilliant advice!

Thank you Walt, I’ll give that a try now and see how it goes.

Thank you again.

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