Search Engine Optimization?
June 23, 2004 11:46 AM Subscribe
My company retained a consulting firm to improve our search engine placement, but our web site is no longer showing up in Google searches that it definitely should. I believe the consulting firm screwed up royally by adding this line of HTML to our home page:
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posted by alphanerd to computers & internet (17 answers total)
My reasoning is this: the robots tag I gave does not follow proper syntax. Since the default behavior of robots is to index and follow, robots tags are unnecessary unless one wants to prevent the page in question from being indexed/followed. Therefore, if a robot encounters a robots tag that it can't understand, it will assume that the intent was to exclude the page and act accordingly.
I'm a little confused, though. A Google search of the line in question shows it to be somewhat common, although I get the impression that it is preferable to use ...content="all,index,follow" or ...content="index,follow". I'd just like a definitive answer from AskMe as to whether or not I should tear these consultants a new one over this.