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About META Tags...

META tags contain words that describe your Web site and your products or services. They are hidden in your Web page HTML coding, and are not seen by visitors. They are used by search engine "spiders" to index your site on the search engine, thus they are extremely important!

The META Tags that search engines are interested in are the "Keywords" and "Description" Tags. The former contains keywords that describe your site. The latter is an actuall description of your site that could be used directly as the search engine's description of your site.

META-Publisher also lets you create "Author" and "Copyright" META Tags, which are more useful to visitors than search engines.

Creating META Tags with META-Publisher is a simple four-step process:

  • First, enter up to 18 keywords that best describe your site's products or services. You can use single words or phrases for keywords. Enter the keywords in lower case (no capitals) - unless your keyword should appear in all capital letters. META-Publisher will duplicate all of your keywords in a second set that will have the first letter of each keyword capatilized.

  • Next, enter a description of your Web site and the products or services it provides. Your site description should be straightforward and to the point. You can make your description longer than 200 characters, but we recommend 200 characters or less. Use the handy built-in Character Counter to keep track of how many characters you have entered.

  • Thirdly, if you want META-Publisher to include "Author" and "Copyright" tags, enter the Web page author's name and the copyright holder name in the appropriate text box. If you would like to insert a "Robots NOINDEX" tag as well, check that box. ONLY use the Robots tag on pages you DON'T want the search engines to list - for example, you would not want search engines to list pages that should appear inside of an HTML frame on another page

    If you don't use frames, just ignore the "Robots NOINDEX" check box by leaving it unchecked.

  • Finally, click the "Select Files For Insertion" button and add all of the files you want your META tags inserted into to the list window that appears. When you have added all the files, click the "Insert Tags Into Selected Files" button and you're done!

    If you know you are replacing META tags that already exist in the files, be sure that the "Replace Old META Tags" check box is checked. Otherwise the new META Tags will be added and any old ones will still be in the file too.

Other Controls and Functions:

    The File Menu:

    • Click "New" to clear all of the data from META-Publisher, in order to begin creating a new META Tag set.

    • Click "Save" to save your META Tag information to a file. This will allow you to manage multiple META Tags over a single Web site or multiple sites. The names of the files you selected for META Tag insertion are also saved, so you will not need to select files again for the Tags you save.

    • Click "Save As" to save existing META Tag information under a different file name.

    • Click "Open" to load a saved META Tag information file into META-Publisher.

    • Click "Import Tags From HTML" to load META Tags that already exist in one of your Web pages. After loading the tags can be edited and saved in META-Publisher format.

    The Edit Menu:

    • After entering your META Tag information, you can click on "Copy META Tags To Clipboard" to copy your formatted tags to the Windows Clipboard. They can then be pasted into your Web page using Notepad or your Web page editor.

    The Preview Tags Button:

    • Click this button to view your META Tags as they will be formatted when inserted into your Web pages.

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