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Telling Search Engines That This Is A Rotating Feature.

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#1 JeremyH


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Posted 22 March 2011 - 03:33 AM


On my homepage I have one side static content and another side rotating small features highlighting and linking to content further inside the site.

When I was doing a search on Google for pages on my site, I saw that on my homepage it had an excerpt from that highlight.

This told me two things:

1. I need to write a meta description tag for the homepage.

But more what I wanted to focus on for this:

2. Isn't there some kind of tag I can wrap that feature in to say "No search engines, I don't want you to associate this content with this page."

I'm thinking that if someone is searching for blue widgets, they'd be better served by my blue widget page, not my homepage which is now featuring the green widgets.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:58 AM

There are some mark-up standards around, but I'm not aware if any Search Engines use them yet to ignore content:

Landmark Roles: http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/roles

HTML5 Sections: http://www.w3.org/TR...5/sections.html

Anther tack is to hide the content by having it dynamically added using JavaScript

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:07 AM

You could try displaying the content as an image or as Flash. It would be less apt to be given weight in those cases.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:42 AM

Thanks for your replies.

I'm thinking now that I was getting it confused with AdSense comment codes to tell the Google not to pay attention to certain blocks of text when finding ads for this site.

Given my options I'm thinking it might be better just to let the search engines have their way with the features, or creating links to previous features.

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