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What is the meaning of the meta name "robots" tag

How do you explain to a spider of a search engine you only want it to index just the first page of your website or that it is allowed to index the whole website. You use a specific HTML meta tag the so called the meta robots tag.

<meta name="robots" content="selection">

Example how to use the meta robots tag

Add the following robots meta tag in the HTML source of your website page:

<meta name="robots" content="index, follow">

  • The spider will now index your whole website.
  • The spider will not only index the first web-page of your website but also all your other web-pages.

you are also allowed to type it like this:

<meta name="robots" content="index, follow">
<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="index, follow"><meta name="robots" CONTENT="all">

By changing the index to no-index and the follow to no-follow your are able to influence the behavior of the spider. If you don't want the search engine spider to crawl through your whole website you use the following meta tag :

<meta name="robots" content="index, nofollow">

  • The spider will now only look at this page and stops there.

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow">

  • The spider will not look at this page but will crawl through the rest of the pages on your website.

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

  • The spider will not look at this page and will NOT crawl through the rest of your web-pages.

This meta tag can also be typed with the   /  in the end of the tag:

<meta name="robots" content="index, nofollow" />
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow" />
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />

Where do you add this meta name robot tag?

You add this robot tag on the first index page and you tell the spider if you want your whole website to be crawled or not. Make sure that on every page relevant meta tags are added.  Add keywords and phrases that are relevant and correspond with the text and the language on that specific page. It might be a lot of work to add specific meta tags to each page but you will notice in time that it works!


Meta tags Summary - Important SEO things to remember

We suggest that you use the Meta tags in your index.htm or index.html page. Than in all other important pages and last but not least in all the pages of your website. Make sure to put some extra effort in it, it will attract extra visitors to your webpage. Create relevant and different meta tags for each and every page.
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