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#1 Posted on 7.1.04 0959.24
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For those of you who webmaster, can you give a guy some advice?

I am running a blog on Blogspot. (see URL below). It's fun, but it would be more fun if people could read it. I find it amusing, other must find it facinating as well.

My problem is getting it to appear when I put in what seems to be a relevant search on Google or Yahoo or another useful search engine.

I have some meta stuff in my code. Here it is.

Meta Information
meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=<$BlogEncoding$>"
meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="true"
meta name="generator" content="Blogger"
META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="Conservative, republican, Howard Dean, George Bush, Bush, Dean, Democrat, political, pro wrestling, wrestling, humor, wrestling humor, Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, President Bush, political blog, the Rock, commentary "
META NAME="Description" CONTENT="Just a few thoughts about Conservatives and occasional Hulk Hogan and Brock Lesnar References"

It's all in the Head

I have also gone to the various search engines and submitted my URL, but I seem to not get hits when I put in anything that seems relevant.


any help?

edited to remoove greater than and less than signs on the tags


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#2 Posted on 7.1.04 1113.20
Reposted on: 7.1.11 1113.49
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    For those of you who webmaster, can you give a guy some advice?

    I am running a blog on Blogspot. (see URL below). It's fun, but it would be more fun if people could read it. I find it amusing, other must find it facinating as well.

    My problem is getting it to appear when I put in what seems to be a relevant search on Google or Yahoo or another useful search engine.
Speaking from experience here, it can take up to a month between the time the Googlebots crawl the site and the time you can actually get some results out of a Google search.

Also, META tags are nice, but generally useless in influencing the big search engines - they worry more about the text they're seeing when their spider crawls the site.

Also also, you appear to have a "robots.txt" file which appears to be disallowing Google crawls. You need to change "/" to "" or delete that file altogether. Would you like to learn more? (robotstxt.org) I'm going to guess that maybe Blogspot put that there without you knowing about it?

Incidentally, there was a story back in October about the White House using robots.txt files on their website, prompting cries from the Usual Suspects that they were attempting to "censor Google" so they could later rewrite history if need be. Here's a trade story (searchenginewatch.com) which is more technical than political describing the details.
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#3 Posted on 7.1.04 1524.39
Reposted on: 7.1.11 1524.40
You've done well with your overall structure of your content, which will help just as much as anything when the 'bot comes to town.

One suggestion I would add, whether it helps your search results or not, is to add a DOCTYPE to your site. Pick one( I would suggest XHTML 1.0 Transitional) from here: http://www.w3.org/ QA/2002/04/valid-dtd- list.html

And just keep pumping out good articles and include your keywords in your heading tags. That should get you some good traffic in a few months time.
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