Promotion: search engines meta tags and foreign languages

started by Bradanderson on Feb 22, 2005 — RSS Feed

Bradanderson Bradanderson
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I currently have 2 web sites that I'm trying to promote. I'm a photographer in Japan, and so my main target is Japanese people looking for a wedding and event photographer. I've written one index page using Japanese shift-jis encoding that has been "found" by Yahoo Japan, but none of my secondary pages are listed. I'm would like to know if the meta tags should be different for each "main" page in my site? I have a gallery, pricing, contact, etc. Should each pages description and keyword tags be different?
My second question is, if an index page is written in another language, do search engines from other primary language sites still crawl it? (ex) Will google US crawl a Japanese encoded page, and vice-versa?
Thanks for your input,
Brad
I Did That Photography - www.ididthat.biz
Bridal Snap Photography - www.bridalsnap.com

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

Brad, Google doesn't use meta tags for indexing pages although some of the older search engines still do. The important things where Google is concerned is proper sematically marked-up content and link popularity.

Google will index English words in pages produced in other languages but won't translate from Japanese to English and then index the English. In your instance, the getting the encoding statement correct would be paramount.

I can't get through to either of your sites to look at your markup but you should run it through W3C Validator to check that you are doing things correctly.

PS I have a D100 too. Great camera ;?)

Bradanderson Bradanderson
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Thanks for your mail. I will do a bit more checking. I did validate my xhtml through DW, but will try the sites you mentioned.
Funny my site being down. Before this reply I noticed that too, and already have a help call pending with my ISP.
I would really appreciate it if you would take a look at my CSS when you get a chance. There are two files for the bridalsnap site. One is at www.bridalsnap.com/styles/ie.css and the other is named jmenu.css in the same directory. I imagine that since it's my first attempt, it's quite sloppy and redundant. Any tips would be appreciated!
Brad

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
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DW can not be trusted to find errors on pages that it produces. First check the HTML, there are a few errors that need fixed on both sites. These are DW errors

http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A//www.bridalsnap.com/

Then check the CSS at

http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?profile=css2&warning=2&uri=http%3A//www.bridalsnap.com/

it's complaining about semi-colons.

Strictly speaking, there should not be a space before the colons, only after.

Bradanderson Bradanderson
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Thanks for taking a look. I've been using a separate CSS editor to write the code and not DW. That may explain why there are spaces before the colons. Do you have a suggested "freeware" program that you use to write the CSS?
One more question. My opening (index page) on the bridalsnap site was made using tables simply because I wanted the nice transparent rollovers with the background jpg image. Is there a simpler way to do the same look using CSS? I was in a hurry to make that page and launch the site, and just threw together what I knew instead of reasearching deeper .
Brad

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

bradanderson said:
Thanks for taking a look. I've been using a separate CSS editor to write the code and not DW. That may explain why there are spaces before the colons. Do you have a suggested "freeware" program that you use to write the CSS?


I use BBEdit on Mac and occasionally TopStyle on Windows but neither are freeware. StyleMaster is pretty good too and doesn't cost much. http://www.westciv.com/style_master/

There is a 30 day demo.

As far as freeware is concerned, check out Nvu

http://www.nvu.com/

but bear in mind that you get what you pay for.


One more question. My opening (index page) on the bridalsnap site was made using tables simply because I wanted the nice transparent rollovers with the background jpg image. Is there a simpler way to do the same look using CSS? I was in a hurry to make that page and launch the site, and just threw together what I knew instead of reasearching deeper .
Brad


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