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Coastie

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Hello all

I have been working on meta tags for a couple of days now and the header tags are coming up fine. i do have 1 problem thow.

 

i did an internet search for my site and found that i was getting an erros on the description under my sites name.

 

the results of my search are below

 

Coastal Computer Services - Great Deals on PC's

Warning: Division by zero in /var/www/coastalcomputerservices.com. au/htdocs/catalog/includes/classes/split_page_results.php on line 59 ...

www.coastalcomputerservices.com?new.php - Similar pages

 

is anyone knoweldgeable about the above error. i am a newby at php and am not sure what this means?

 

thanks in advance.

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I didn't find any problems with Google, but it seems as if didn't update links to your site yet.

 

Personally I think there is not a problem with the meta-tags. It looks like one of your pages is causing a problem (or was causing a problem at the time it was indexed by the searchengine) and that's why you see an error in the description.

 

What search-engine did you use?

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I didn't find any problems with Google, but it seems as if didn't update links to your site yet.

 

Personally I think there is not a problem with the meta-tags. It looks like one of your pages is causing a problem (or was causing a problem at the time it was indexed by the searchengine) and that's why you see an error in the description.

 

What search-engine did you use?

 

Hi Marti, Thanks for the reply to my post.

 

The search engine that i was using was yahoo and searching on coastal computer in australia.

 

I tried your search in yahoo as well as google and found the same in both results.

What i am still consernbed by is the descriptions under the sites name.

 

i will post a copy of my meta tags below.

 

<head>
 <title>Coastal Computer Services  - Coastal Computer Services</title>
 <META NAME="Description" Content="New Computers Laptops Notebooks Wireless Solutions Networking Security Monitors LCD Panels Cameras all computer accessories New Computers Laptops Notebooks Wireless Solutions Networking Security Monitors LCD Panels Cameras all computer accessories">
 <META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="computers,new,used,laptops,parts,central coast,nsw,mainboards,ram,hardrives,printers,software,hardware,computers online,used computers,laptops,wireless,networking,lcd panels,lcd monitor, cameras,camcorder,dvd,cdr,backup,tapes computers,new,used,laptops,parts,central coast,nsw,mainboards,ram,hardrives,printers,software,hardware,computers online,used computers,laptops,wireless,networking,lcd panels,lcd monitor, cameras,camcorder,dvd,cdr,backup,tapes">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
 <META NAME="Reply-to" CONTENT="[email protected]">

 

Can anybody tell me why my descriptions do not come up under my page title.

 

thinking......

While i have said what i have just said.... i have to ask.

 

If i do a search on canon printers in a search engine I.E:

 

"site:coastalcomputerservices.com.au canon printer"

 

the search will return

Coastal Computer Services - Great Deals on PC's

... Canon Compact Photo Printer, Canon InkJet Printers, Canon Laser Printers,

Canon Multifunction Printers, Canon Printer Accessories, Canon Printer ...

www.coastalcomputerservices.com.au/ catalog/advanced_search.php - 29k - Cached - Similar pages

That's great..... i have no problem with that. but this result is going to the advanced_search page and that does not help cause the original search data is not appened to the advanced search page or to a product or products????????

 

same search but canon printer removed i get

www.coastalcomputerservices.com.au/catalog/create_...

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www.coastalcomputerservices.com.au/catalog/index.p...

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Index of /temp

Index of /temp. Name Last modified Size Description. [DIR] Parent Directory

17-Aug-2005 08:06 - [TXT] EP2005May13-0909.txt 13-May-2005 09:26 447k [TXT] ...

coastalcomputerservices.com.au/temp/ - 3k - Cached - Similar pages

 

Coastal Computer Services - Great Deals on PC's

Categories:. All Categories, Blank Media, BenQ CD Media, LG CD Media, Other Optical

Media, Sony CD & DVD Media, Sony DDS & AIT Tapes, Sony Floppy Disks ...

www.coastalcomputerservices.com.au/ catalog/advanced_search.php - 29k - Cached - Similar pages

i do have a problem with waht has been returned above Can anyone please tell me why?

 

I this because of sub categories? and the search is finding the sub cats but not the products? or is there a problem / mistake with the install of the header contrib that i have installed? do i have to turn pages off so they are not listed in search engines and if so how can i do this?

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<head>
 <title>Coastal Computer Services  - Coastal Computer Services</title>
 <META NAME="Description" Content="New Computers Laptops Notebooks Wireless Solutions Networking Security Monitors LCD Panels Cameras all computer accessories New Computers Laptops Notebooks Wireless Solutions Networking Security Monitors LCD Panels Cameras all computer accessories">
....

 

Can anybody tell me why my descriptions do not come up under my page title.

I'm missing the meta-tags in almost every section of your site: frontpage, product-pages, category-pages. Looks like the contribution was not installed properly.

 

If i do a search on canon printers in a search engine I.E:

 

"site:coastalcomputerservices.com.au canon printer"

 

the search will return

Coastal Computer Services - Great Deals on PC's

... Canon Compact Photo Printer, Canon InkJet Printers, Canon Laser Printers,

Canon Multifunction Printers, Canon Printer Accessories, Canon Printer ...

www.coastalcomputerservices.com.au/ catalog/advanced_search.php - 29k - Cached - Similar pages

That's great..... i have no problem with that. but this result is going to the advanced_search page and that does not help cause the original search data is not appened to the advanced search page or to a product or products????????

You're missing the idea of search-engines (SE) and how the operate. Let me explain: a SE will search for websites using links found on other websites or by requests made by the owners of the website. It stores information about found websites in their database, this is called indexing. Because it's an automated process (think about doing all this manually :'( ), it uses information found in the socalled meta-tags for every page that it finds. The meta-tags 'description' and 'keywords' are the main important ones and used by the SE. A visitor to your site will never see this information on your site unless they look into the html-code of your pages. Also notice that the information found by SE is stored, so actually a snapshot of your site's description will be shown on the SE-site. If you change description and keywords, you should ask the SE to re-visit your site and look for changes (re-indexing). Also, some SE have restrictions about using parameters in links that you use. To work around this, people developed SE Friendly URL-contributions.

 

I this because of sub categories? and the search is finding the sub cats but not the products? or is there a problem / mistake with the install of the header contrib that i have installed? do i have to turn pages off so they are not listed in search engines and if so how can i do this?

You should have a robots.txt in your website which tells the SE how to index your site. Look here for more info: http://www.searchengineworld.com/robots/robots_tutorial.htm

The general settings for indexing your site, can be overridden using meta-tags in your html-pages, such as

<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="[B]NO[/B]INDEX,[B]NO[/B]FOLLOW">

This should stop SE from indexing the pages that it finds this tag in.

 

Hope this clarifies some, but unfortunately I'm unable to help you with the meta-tag contribution.

 

Cheers.

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Hi Marti, Thanks for the reply to my post.

 

The search engine that i was using was yahoo and searching on coastal computer in australia.

 

I tried your search in yahoo as well as google and found the same in both results.

What i am still consernbed by is the descriptions under the sites name.

 

i will post a copy of my meta tags below.

 

<head>
?<title>Coastal Computer Services ?- Coastal Computer Services</title>
?<META NAME="Description" Content="New Computers Laptops Notebooks Wireless Solutions Networking Security Monitors LCD Panels Cameras all computer accessories New Computers Laptops Notebooks Wireless Solutions Networking Security Monitors LCD Panels Cameras all computer accessories">
?<META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="computers,new,used,laptops,parts,central coast,nsw,mainboards,ram,hardrives,printers,software,hardware,computers online,used computers,laptops,wireless,networking,lcd panels,lcd monitor, cameras,camcorder,dvd,cdr,backup,tapes computers,new,used,laptops,parts,central coast,nsw,mainboards,ram,hardrives,printers,software,hardware,computers online,used computers,laptops,wireless,networking,lcd panels,lcd monitor, cameras,camcorder,dvd,cdr,backup,tapes">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
?<META NAME="Reply-to" CONTENT="[email protected]">

 

Can anybody tell me why my descriptions do not come up under my page title.

You have way too many words in your keywords tags. Cut that down to three at most. Google doesn't use the meta tags except in a few cases and then it is not usually for the intended purpose. The decription they display is generated from the text on the page. This is why you are seeing the division by zero error. You have a problem with your code and the SE's are picking that up.

 

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The errors you see are from the cache the se took from your site this may have been whilst you was adding a contribution and the se spider your site when contribution install was not finished this is why it is good to not submit your site until the structure of the site is complete as you may be editing pages whilst a search engine comes to spider your site so if you are incomplete in what you are doing the spider will pick it up and display it in you se listings. You can click the block spider session in the admin section of oscommerce and robots will then go to your robots.txt all you need to do when editing your site is change the name of the robots text I add a 1 in front of it which changes it to 1robots.txt when set like this the spider will see no robots.txt and will leave your site and not update se listings until the next visit

 

I always change the name of robots when editing as robots are on our site nearly 24/7 msn being the worst.

Also after changing the name of the robots.txt, make sure no robots are currently spider your site by the who is online feature in the admin section under tools copy and past the ip/s into google and add whois with the search and you will be shown information about who the visitor is on your site. If no information is given then this will not be a spider

 

 

Hope this helps

 

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Changing the way a robots.txt file is named will give full access to the site for the searrch bots. The robots file is a uggestion to the SE's as to what they may not view. By removing it, you are telling them that there are no restrictions.

 

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What i have noticed is, when i click on similar pages and goto say page 5 i get all these csid's following the search.

 

I am stumped as to why?

 

I thought that the headder tags controller would get rid of this???? as csid's are in cookies and allow spiders to create sessions is turned off.

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No, Header Tags doesn't do anything with the session ID's. You need to have Prevent Spirder Sessions set to true in admin to prevent that.

 

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