Thursday, May 24, 2007

Meta tags for Blogger

Update: For this post you will need to know how to open the template editor and this post How to backup and edit template will show you how.


A blog reader said he couldn't find a post for post description, and since it may involve a long reply, and it will benefit more if I answer in a post, I will write about it here.

You can write meta tags on your own, but there are plenty of meta tag generators on the web and one of them is META Tag Builder. If you go to that site, all you need to do is to fill in the title of your blog, a description, keywords, email address, author, (leave the EXPIRES field blank), use the drop-down menu to select the language of your blog, then if you don't want search engine to spider your blog and/or the links to be followed, tick the box for NOFOLLOW, NOINDEX (I left this blank as I want my blog to be crawled by search engines and for the links in it to be followed), then just click the CREATE HTML button and the meta tags will be generated for you. Most of the above is optional and you can leave them out if you want.

Just a note. If I remember correctly, XHTML tags have to be in lower case alphabets. See the last sentence at Common HTML Validation Problems. Also, HTML tags normally comes in pairs, opening and closing tags. A few tags like the HTML for displaying images <img> and <meta> doesn't need a closing tag. Only thing is, with XHTML, I think you have to write your tag as <meta />. The meta tag generator gave this for my meta tags (it also include <HEAD>, etc. You can leave this out as it is already in your template. Just make sure to paste the meta tags below the <head> tag in your template:

<TITLE>Blogger Tips and Tricks</TITLE>
<LINK REV="made" href="mailto:enviromen@gmail.com">
<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="blog, Blogger, Google Blogger, template, Blogger template, tutorial, blogger tutorial, tips, tricks, blogger tips, blogger tricks, blogger tips and tricks">
<META NAME="description" CONTENT="Help, tips and tricks for bloggers using the Google Blogger platform for their blogs. Some posts also relevant for those using other blogging platform">
<META NAME="author" CONTENT="Peter Chen">
<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="ALL">


I changed it to

<title>Blogger Tips and Tricks</title>
<link rev="made" href="mailto:enviromen@gmail.com" />
<meta name="keywords" content="blog, Blogger, Google Blogger, template, Blogger template, tutorial, blogger tutorial, tips, tricks, blogger tips, blogger tricks, blogger tips and tricks" />
<meta name="description" content="Help, tips and tricks for bloggers using the Google Blogger platform for their blogs. Some posts also relevant for those using other blogging platform" />
<meta name="author" content="Peter Chen" />
<meta name="ROBOTS" content="ALL" />

165 comments:

  1. From what I've read, the meta name="robots" tag is a limiting tag for excluding crawling of a page. So, if you do not intend to restrict a page from the search bots, it may be a needless - allbeit very tiny - addition to your page code.

    Indeed, what I've read seems to indicate that name="robots" "all" (or "index, follow") is the default, so there may be no point in implicitly adding a meta tag for that.

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  2. Hi Rob,

    Thanks for the extra information. I actually had some second thoughts after publishing the post as it was done in a hurry in reply to someone's question. That meta tag generator is for websites in general. Blogger templates already have some meta tags and some that is in the post (generated by thtat meta tag generator) are superfluous. I think I will have to edit this post when I have the time. Thanks for the heads up.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  3. No problem, Peter. Of course, I certainly don;t calim to be any kind of expert - just passing on some info that I had (concidentally) recently researched.

    As always, I look forward to seeing more of your helpful posts!

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  4. Where would I input this in the new version of blogger? I can't find anything near the wording you mention in this tutorial. Plus, can you tell me what the part means in my template that says (partical copied here)
    b:widget id='HTML2' locked='false' title='OTHER SITES TO VISIT' type='HTML'

    Whats with the 'false' thing? I thought I heard something about that being switched to 'true' but don't remember the info. Can you help me? Thanks

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  5. Hi coffee break whatever,

    If you are referring to meta tags, they can be put anywhere between <head> and </head> tags. But the easiest thing to do is to ask you to put it just after the <head> tag which must be present in both classic and New Blogger templates. It is easy to find and will be very near the top of the template. Regarding locked='false' it means that the widget can be deleted. If you change it to locked='true' then the widget cannot be deleted.

    title='OTHER SITES TO VISIT' I am afraid I can't answer you.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  6. Hi coffee break whatever,

    I did some test. Look at this test blog Testing Digg Button. Note that right at the top of the right sidebar, there is a section with the title "Testing Title in template" which was added by adding a HTML/Javascript widget and putting that in the title. Now look at what I found in the template:

    <b:widget id='HTML5' locked='false' title='Testing Title in template' type='HTML'>

    Hope this clarifies thing for you.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Generating Revenue from your Website

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  7. Well, best I could find was at the top of the template and it said

    Head Tag with <>
    b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/
    ending with
    b:skin![CDATA

    (Doesnt show all cause it won't accept HTML, but hopefully you get the general idea)
    And then I put the HTML I made with the HTML maker after this. Hope it works. Guess I dont' know if it will or not, but it's there! Thanks for the help.

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  8. Hi Coffee Break Whatever,

    I am afraid I am not able to fully understand what you want to convey in your comment, but I am guessing it is saying you can't find <head> tag in the template. The <head> must be present in the template, old classic or New Blogger, and if it is not there, there is something wrong.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Generating Revenue from your Website

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  9. Hi! Is that work with Beta?

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  10. Hi Armaan,

    It will be the same for old classic Blogger template as well as New Blogger template.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  11. Thank you so much for this helpful post. I knew I wanted to add meta tags to my blog, but I wouldn't have been able to execute the change without your advice and suggestions for tweaking the output of the meta tags builder.

    Your blog has helped me out so many times. Keep up the great work!

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  12. I am having such a hard time figuring out where to put the meta tags on blogspot. I was told after header...if I go to the customize page and edit 'header' is that the place to insert meta tags???

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  13. This is the meta tag I am atempting to insert after header:
    but I get an error message that says:

    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: The element type "META" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".

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  14. Hi trish,

    You DON"T edit <header>. If you do you will destroy your template. You leave <header> alone and just add the meta tags after it.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  15. I found where to add it in my template through hml right? So I created meta tags with a meta tag generator but when I try to add it I get an error message that I really don't u nderstand about xml?

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  16. Hi Trish,

    I have successfully added meta tags before, but this New Blogger is very fussy. Sometimes you are quite sure you are doing the right thing, but keep getting error messages. See the update (in red) for example in this recent post Menu bar for the Header in New Blogger. Very likely, I will have to do something like this: revert to the old classic template to get rid of whatever is causing the problem. Upgrade back to a standard Blogger template. Then upload the New Blogger template I want and start all over again.

    I am afraid I do not know your problem. Meta tags correctly written and put below the <head> tag should save OK. It could be that there is something wrong with your meta tags or something else, I don't know. Maybe you are facing some similar problem I mentioned above. That is as far as I can help you. There are plus an minus for the classic template and the New Blogger template. The problem with New Blogger template is we often encounter problems like this when we try to tamper with the template. Anyway, don't be discouraged. It may just take time, some work and patience.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  17. I keep getting the error msg Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: The element type "meta" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "". I downloaded the template so it's not classic.
    What do I have to change to make it work?

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  18. Hi Wil

    The New Blogger is extremely fussy and a little bit of things can cause you to be unable to save or preview the template. See the problems I had a Menu bar for blog Header.

    You probably need to show your meta tags, but you can't get them to display in a comment unless you know the codes to display those HTML elements. But you can just copy-paste and display in a Google group. I suggest you try getting help from the Google Blogger Help group. There are a number of people there who are pretty good at spotting template errors.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  19. Hi Wii,

    As I said earlier, you try to display meta tags here, it wouldn't be seen unless you know what to do, so I cannot answer as I can't see the meta tags. I don't know whether you tried to display them in your comment.

    I saw a thread in the Blogger Help group where I ask you to go for help with about the same question, and there it was something like this:

    <META.....

    In XHTML, all alphabets are supposed to be in lower case as I believe I have explained in this post.

    Anyway I tested pasting that in test blog with the meta tag he posted <META..... and sure enough got an error message. I changed to

    <meta..... and the template saved OK.

    I thought that was from you. I responded in that thread.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Blogger for Dummies

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  20. Hi! from Peter 2. I have started to research meta tags and followed your posts here. Is see that "META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="ALL" is not really needed. What does it mean compared to the other alternatives that you can put in? As I do not have a thorough knowledge of the terms yet I would like know what it would do to my blog which is just a single personal blog. The only one I have.

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  21. I asked a question about meta tags & robots. I found the answer here:

    http://www.seoconsultants.com/meta-tags/robots/

    After reading it, I now wonder if I should put any meta tags in at all. Has advice about keywords and what is most appropriate.

    No need to reply to my previous comment. I hope this helps for a reference.

    Regards Peter 2

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  22. Hi Peter 2,

    There are controversies over the necessity of putting meta tags into the template, with some saying it helps to some extend as not all search engines ignore meta tags because of abuses, and some says they aren't useful as most search engines ignore them. However, the description meta tag might be useful, but I really have no time to do thorough research and testing and generally just leave out the meta tags, depending mainly on those generated by Blogger, especially as I have too many blogs to pay have much time for them. You will have to do your own research I am afraid.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

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  23. Thanks for the helpful information!

    I'm new to meta tags optimization and your blog as tons of useful information that will help a lot of people. I've learned a lot from reading your blog. Good job!

    Thanks.

    Jamie Boyle

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  24. Hi Peter - as always, excellent advice - worked a charm on new Blogger.

    I've noticed that new Blogger gets a bit precise with closing bracket e.g. (space)/ rather than just / etc.

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  25. hallo peter!
    so let me plz understand, is beta tag to define only the blog in general or i can define every post with beta tag??!?!

    i understood from other sited that the word press can use seo for all post , so what i can use to my blogger blog?!?1

    how?!?!

    thanx

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  26. Hi وضى عارمة

    Sorry, don't understand. I don't know what is beta tag. Do you mean meta tag?

    I don't bother very much about meta tag as I believe most blogging platform including Blogger is search engine friendly.

    Regarding meta tag for individual post, I am afraid that is not possible. You can only add labels (categories or tags).

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    The easiest way to earn something for your blogging efforts

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  27. Thank you sir for such valuable information.

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  28. Hi, Peter! I just wanted to leave you a quick comment thanking you for this post. I was just trying to figure out what I did wrong after I wrote meta tags of my own for my blogger site and it was telling me to end them with a closer... which I know meta tags don't need! Very confusing!

    So, thanks again for clearing up the situation. I'm all set now!

    Lotus:)

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  29. I inserted the code as in your example, but my blogger template changes it to META CONTENT='tag, tag, tag, etc,' NAME='keywords'/

    as soon as I save the template. Is Blogger just correcting the html for me? Sorry, I'm completely in the dark.

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  30. Hi Sweatpantsmom,

    Sorry for responding to your comment late. Now blogger have scripting that changes what we put in our comments (eg a rel="nofollow" attribute to the HTML tag for a hyperlink, so I suppose they may change the meta tags we add as well. They may have reasons, I suspect, they already have some kind of meta tags added automatically based on your blog title, description and/or URL in their default template, so perhaps they are just doing so to prevent interference to theirs.

    Anyway I will try to get more expert opinion on this and if I have the time, do some testing myself, but don't depend on it too much for I just have too much to do and can never finish what I want to do by the end of the day.

    Anyway, I think Blogger have made their template search engine friendly and I really don't know about the neccessity of adding meta tags ourself. I will try to get someone more knowledgeable about this to comment but don't know if they will respond.

    Peter Blog*Star
    The easiest way to earn something for your blogging efforts

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  31. Hi, Peter! Just wanted to let you know that you left me a comment on my site that was meant for sweatpantsmom. ;-)

    I'm Lotus Carroll, the commenter above sweatpantsmom... you might want to leave her a comment, or she won't know you replied.

    Thanks again!

    Lotus:)

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  32. i just want to say thank you.
    it worked, it really worked.

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  33. Thanks for your help.

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  34. I want to know how can I dynamically generate meta description, without having to write it individually for different pages. (platform: blogger)

    site: gmatadvice.blogspot.com

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  35. Hi Mr. Singh,

    Actually this is a very old post which I think need updating but no time yet.

    Regarding meta tags, if you don't want to do yourself, type or copy paste "meta tag generator" and you will get lots of sites that will do that for you. But be careful because some of them may be outdated. Some may generate

    <meta ... some attribute="...">

    when the proper way to write them should be

    <meta ... some attribute="..." />

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions_
    (Blogger FAQ in progress. More will be added as I have the time)

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  36. Thank you for the code. My blog description was recently changed from the meaningful one I put in Blogger Profile to some random lines from inside the blog. Needless to say, the number of visitors to my blog halved in no time.

    I just inserted the meta code in the actual blog template now. I haven't seen the change yet in Google search - I will check again in a few days to see if the description has changed.

    Thank you again for the big smile and for the informative blog.

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  37. Great tip, especially on the meta tag generator site. I'm not sure this will tremendously help my search page results, but it cannot hurt, right? :)

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  38. Hi BillSpaced,

    Got to be honest here. When I was working, I was a Jack of All Trades which wasn't too bad as I have ended up with a wide general knowledge now able to blog well on almost all topics. Just like now, I am still trying to be a Jack of All Trades. But you know, a Jack of All Trades can know quite a lot of stuff, but on certain things, he cannot claim to be an expert, and this is the case for meta tags.

    What I can say regarding harm is that if you start putting key words for topics in meta tags which does not reflect the content of your blog, many says you will run the danger of getting into the bad books of search engines.

    Almost forgot to add. It was a long time ago since I visited that meta tag generator site. I need to find some time to do a bit of research on this XHTML and W3C validation thing and to check if the meta tags generated will pass W3C validation. Or you can help me do that. Type or copy-paste "W3C validation" into the search box in my blog and tick (.)Web, or use your usual search engine to get to this validation checking site. Paste your meta tag into the box and test. Can't remember if that may give you some messages that there are what they considered errors or they may tell you something which is compulsory at the top part of any website template is missing some compulsory scripts (or whatever they call it), in which case you just copy from your blog template and paste into the top above your meta tag and test again. Hoping if you do that, you give us some feedback. Previously a line break tag (or any other HTML tags which does not require a matching closing tag) like <br/> now has to be written as <br /> (note the space before /) and I don't know if the meta tags generated will be of this form.

    Whatever it is, I know I need to brush up on my knowledge of meta tags

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger Dough
    (Blogging helped my put 2 sons through college on my pension and if not for blogging, I would have been in financial difficulties. We want to help you do the same)

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  39. Why do you have two titles in your header?

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  40. Hi Peter Chen!
    Thanks for advice!

    Do we have to delete this after we inserted our meta?

    meta content -include data='blog' name='all-head-content

    Thanks

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  41. thank you peter, it really works.
    First i get confused because it showed comment "XML can't be parsed ...bla..bla".
    and I put "/" just before ">" in each end of meta. And it worked.

    May i have backlinked??
    Thank you

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  42. Hi Lowongan-Jatim,

    Glad this post helped you. Linked to my blog? Why of course you can. I welcome all who wants to provide an active link to my blog.

    Peter

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  43. good content, i added your meta stuff, lets hope my traffic increases tons, thank you for your help sir.

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  44. also, you have lots of good info, adding you to my blogger side bar

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  45. If you don't use a meta tag generator will google be able to index your blog. It is all very confusing if you don't understand html!

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  46. Understanding is better of course, but as long as one can follow instruction, one can still use HTML. And if one just follow instructions, eventually, at least a bit of understanding will come. In any case, your blog will still be indexed even if you do not add any meta tag to your blog template.

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  47. HI i want to try to get the Meta tag to work but i cant lol

    this keep poping up
    XML error message: The element type "meta" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".

    I use like 3 different Meta Maker and it still happen

    can anyone help me?
    Email me at acesldrop@yahoo.com and ill mail u my meta tag....cant post her lol

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  48. Meta tag need to be self closing - make sure you have a backslash at the end of the meta tag

    <meta ...... />

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  49. Thank you very much, worked first time.

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  50. So, it seems to me that there isn't a clear set of rules for ending the meta tags on blogger. wtf?

    It tells me:
    We were unable to save your template

    Please correct the error below, and submit your template again.
    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: The element type "META" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".

    WHY???????

    I have read through EVERY comment and tried EVERY suggestion, and still, I get:
    We were unable to save your template

    Please correct the error below, and submit your template again.
    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: The element type "META" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".

    I have general knowledge of html, so I understand what all of you are saying, and yet...it's not working.

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  51. wow awesome post man thanks its really help full i will definitely subscribe to your feed
    Mobile Repairing Picture Help

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  52. Hello Peter,

    I put some meta tags in my blogger template. Only the importants (description, title, keywords). When I scan my blog url with a meta tag scanner from a website, the result is "No meta tag information for keywords and description". I just want to know if what I did is successful or not. I've insert the tags in the right position as u did.

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  53. excellent. Had to re-enter all my meta data cos i changed the template. oops

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  54. thanks for sharing this...

    it's useful :)

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  55. I followed your instructions for creating a meta tag for my blog, but I would also like to know if their is a way that you can create a meta tag for each blog post to increase SEO. Especially if each post has a different subject.

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  56. It could be because of XHTML requiring all tags including stand alone tags without a closing tag to be self closing like

    <meta...... />

    with a space and a backslash at the end.

    I have to confess I never bothered much with meta tags so will appreciate feedback to above proposed solution.

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  57. Hi Peter,

    I have recently created blog on Blogger and i was looking for the same meta tag information, i read up till middle with both of your suggestion to put the meta tag after head and in lower case. i was still getting error but as it was giving an error i have tried to close each tag individually like this "meta ............./"
    and it is working absolutely fine. I have checked from other application whether meta is readable or not and its working fine. I think this is the only solution for adding Meta Tags here in Blogger. Thanks for all of your heads up without which it was impossible. Thanks Again.

    Regards,
    Atul

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  58. Hi Peter,

    Need some help here with Meta Tags. What I currently am looking to do is adding Title tags, meta tags such as description and keywords for all posts. Right now how I have it set up and is the same title for all blog posts. Yes I do get some good traffic from search engines but I know by changing this to the title of my posts my search engine ranking will increase. I know with Blogger blogs if people have a short title and don't do anything with meta tags it will show up in search engines the title of blog with the title of blog post in which the characters will allow.

    I would like to have my goldfish blog each to have seperate titles as per blog posts along with description and keywords for each post. Could you help me and take a look at my source code to see what I need to do. I've seen and researched many sites already and was close to trying something from DanielMillions.com about blogger meta tags in which he had a YouTube video on it. You've helped me before changing my blog to a three column template so I figured you could help me with this and guide me in the right direction. I know I have meta tags there now but only the first one works for search engines really.

    Hope you can help me with my goldfish blog. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Jamie Boyle
    The Goldfish Guy

    P.S. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes In 2009

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  59. Hello Peter. It's my first visit and I must compliment you: You have a great site and provide a fantastic service!
    Here's my problem: I am trying to "authenticate" my site with MSN Live Search and they require that I insert this meta tag (opening and closing "lesser than slash greater than" removed to enable this post):
    meta name="msvalidate.01" content="C06F7221A2D53A576F8CD7B25727611D"
    but when I save the template, Blogger changes (rearranges) the tag to:
    meta content='C06F7221A2D53A576F8CD7B25727611D' name='msvalidate.01'
    and the validation fails.
    Blogger also does a similar thing to my description tag. Any ideas?

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  60. If you're having a problem: one thing to do is click on a blank space on someone elses blog and look at the tags. If your tag insertion looks different then you didn't do it right. Also when you copy and paste some times there are blankspaces ther that you cant see that screw up the html. Left click and highlight the code youre inserting starting a couple spaces before the text begins and to a couple of spaces after it ends. If parts before and after are highlighted you should delete them unless the were supposed to be there.Peter thankyou for everything
    http://fredsagelessbeauty.blogspot.com/
    http://thebestpoweredspeakers.blogspot.com/

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  61. Every time I try to add meta tags to my page I get this error messag:
    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: The value of attribute "content" associated with an element type "null" must not contain the '<' character.

    What must I correct?!

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  62. Read the post carefully

    "Also, HTML tags normally comes in pairs, opening and closing tags. A few tags like the HTML for meta........

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  63. Help! I don't know exactly where to insert Meta Tag. Below is the start of my template. I've added the meta tag but returned error. Did I put it in the correct place?? Oh, I've removed <> below since I can't submit this post using html. Thanks so much!

    head
    b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/

    title data:blog.pageTitle/ /title

    META name="y_key" content="ff8d677a9921d43d"

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  64. Hi Black Swan,

    Want to learn how to display HTML tags in posts and comments?

    Regarding meta tag, place it just after the <head> tag. And make sure you make it self-closing like this:

    <meta name="y_key" content="ff8d677a9921d43d" />

    Note the backslash / and the space before the backslash / at the end

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  65. Thks so much for your prompt response! That meta tag was for Yahoo. Will it clash if I add another meta tag for Google? Where exactly should I insert.... before or after the Yahoo meta tag?

    I'm a newbie so clearer info's needed. Thks for patience!

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  66. meta tags can be placed anywhere between the <head> tag and the <head> tag. I don't think they will clash. I am no SEO expert and have not been paying too much attention on them as search engines have greatly reduced their dependence on meta tag. Do do more research on them if you plan to use them extensively.

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  67. Thanks for taking the time to do this. I actually found this while searching for ways to get my meta tag generated code to work.

    This was very helpful. I also found other points of interest on your blog and will be referencing it on my blog: The Juggling Homemaker

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  68. thanks it really help me

    http://ebook44free.blogspot.com/

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  69. nice very useful thanks

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  70. Thanks a lot.. the article was of great help.

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  71. Thanks a lot.. the article was of great help.

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  72. Thanks, this was very helpful. How long does it take to have the page begin to show up in search engines when you type in keywords?

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  73. How long does it take to actually start to show up when a person types the keywords in search engines?

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  74. Probably weeks stretching to months. Will help if you can get someone with an indexed blog to put an active link to your blog will definately help fasten the process.

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  75. Thank you for posting your tips and tricks. I have been having this meta tag problem for weeks and all it took was finding your site to tell me that i need to have them in lowercase letters!! THANK YOU for posting that! :)
    Christy

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  76. I have been trying to paste the meta code ( or any code)in my site, but the server says: sorry this html cannot be accepted, tags not allowed.why is this so?.
    Can u give me step by step guide to paste a code into my site's source code.

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  77. Are you hosting your own blog and publishing by FTP? Also are your meta tags self closing?

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  78. I added / just before close bracket on meta name line and meta description line and this worked for blogspot.I have no idea if it is effective but my blog still looks the same so that's good right
    enter/save

    Peter this worked for me-do you think it will be right?

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  79. thank you so much, it worked for me yay ! ^_^

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  80. Hi Peter,

    I am new to blogger. My blog
    http://www.bollymoviefun.blogspot.com - is about a month old.

    I am trying to join the adsense program but they are saying that the blog must be atleast six months old.

    Please advice me in this regard, how can I get through in the adsense. Does it really require your blog to be that old ?

    It would really be nice of you if you review my blog and let me know if there is anything violating the terms and conditions of adsense.


    Thanks in Advance

    Bhaskar

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  81. It used to be very easy to get admitted to the AdSense program but I supposed they can now afford to be chosey. I supposed you just have to be patient and in the meantime put good content into your blog. I don't think there is anything special that can speed up the process.

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  82. Bhaskar,
    Perhaps you misunderstood the Adsense mail. Adsense began placing ads on my blog within days but it took several months before the ad content was specifically relevant to the various types of content. And, weeks more before the ads became fluid, adapting to the modified content of the page.

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  83. Does including meta tags in each individual post increase SEO for a site?

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  84. That may involve lots and lots of conditional tags and lots and lots of meta tags. I think too much trouble.

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  85. @Peter, Thank you... I was getting the error message I'm assuming everyone gets "End tag must be terminated", and you helped me bypass it!

    Awesome stuff.

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  86. This is very helpful, I have been trying to apply this for sometimes now, but I am so happy I have succeeded today, take a look http://living4good.blogspot.com

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  87. thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  88. nice info, keep posting, greeting from
    http://www.mycardz.blogspot.com/

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  89. Hi Peter ! I pasted the meta tag after head but it gives the following error

    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: The element type "META" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".

    Kindly Help me with this

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  90. Meta tags now have to be self-closing by including a backslash, like <meta />

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  91. It’s all very confusing but helpful a little.
    At least I get to see other opinions.
    I am new with blogs – a little bit lost.
    I am trying to get some customers with my blog but not sure why it's not working.

    I can’t see my blogspot under yahoo search. What do I do wrong?
    I tried to use name='Description'/
    meta content='keywords' name='keywords'/ - and all but still don’t see it in yahoo search.

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  92. I'm new to all this and don't know anything, tell me where to put this generate code?

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  93. This post How to backup and edit your new Blogger template will show you how to open the template editor. Then put the meta tag anywhere between the <head> and </head> tags.

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  94. Actually, it would be better if you both write your own meta tags and have a meta tag generator assist you. You can reserve the tags generated by the program for general use, while you write the more specific ones. This way, you can effectively manage the kinds of tags that you use.

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  95. Thanks for the great information. It solved many issues I was having with meta tags.

    Home Biz

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  96. Thank you for these useful tips on meta tags for Blogger. I intend to use them on my blog and share the information.

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  97. Great Info, it really did help me after a week of battling this issue. Thanks a lot. Problem = Solved!

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  98. Not just adding the meta tag in the head section would solve your problems but you will need to seperate the home page meta tag and the post page meta tag. Or else these meta tags would mess all your search engine descriptions up ...

    Here is a solution i have made for all of bloggers .. till now most of you don't know this ..

    http://www.vnoma.com/2009/12/add-separate-meta-tag-to.html

    Try and i bet this will totally change your search engine rankings.

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  99. thanks for the info.. great help to my site.

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  100. thanks, I was able to add them to all my blogs using your amended version and they work.

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  101. The HTML tags I'm entering are not being accepted. I'm entering the same type of code that is shown here, but the tag "title" is not allowed. Not sure why....

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  102. Hi,..Nice Post & share,,.yhanks you

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  103. Hi Guys, here's a handy tool to automatically generate meta tags for your blog

    http://www.techgyo.com/2010/04/techgyo-automatic-meta-tag-maker-for.html

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  104. Building the meta tag for the particular post or site is very easy part, but in case the blog or site contains so much of posts or pages then it will becomes more lengthy work to do.

    So I have made
    ProBlogBooster : Meta Tag Generator

    to build a perfect meta tag for your blog or site.

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  105. Great post. Thanks to writer for sharing. The strategies you have mentioned hope it helps us a lot. I would like to suggest the site which has also a good stuff regarding this issue : http://www.seositecheckup.com/articles/5

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  106. I m gonna try this...........

    Hope so it works.....

    If it work I'll be back to say thanx


    Seo Company India

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  107. Great post. Thanks to writer for sharing.

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  108. [meta expr:content='data:blog.pageTitle' name='Description'/]

    In the above tag i want to add my own sentences with page title. Please help me to do that..

    I tried the following but it shows error

    [meta expr:content='data:blog.pageTitle' + 'My own sentences which describes more about my website' name='Description'/]

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  109. tnx for your great tutorial

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  110. Yes that's very informative post always should be careful about meta tag specially title, In blog posting its better to use single title don't try to use more keyword

    Thanks

    Reeta
    SEO Company India

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  111. Providing the same description for each page of your blog is far from optimal. Search engines recognize pages on your website with the same description as duplicate content.

    The meta tags refer to the page not to the whole website. So provide a general description of your blog and keywords that apply to a lot, but not all of your posts only on the homepage. I have written a script that generates the meta tags and updates the template at Blogger. It provides a description and keywords for the homepage and for the page of each post based on the bog's feed.

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  112. Good work Sebastian, wonder if I want to try it. Tell us to what extend it improves your SEO

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  113. Dear Sir,
    I want to addvertise my blog,but i have no ideas for that and i dont no perfect english, so please help me, and give me some ideas but with normal english language and super tips with best understanding..

    http://businesandbusines.blogspot.com/

    With regards,
    RRC

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  114. Nice information.Thanks for sharing..

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  115. Thank you!, thank you!, thank you! I've been trying to figure this out for a while and then I hit on your blog. Exactly what I'm looking for. I like blooggspot a lot but I'm surprised that they don't provide this as a built in feature of their editor, it seems to me like it should be a field you can just fill out but anyway I'm so glad you described this. BTW, the only problem I had is the tool doesn't seem to auto generate the /META tag (couldn't put angle brackets around it in the comment or the editor barfed it back). You covered that but kind of indirectly, I would make it more prominent. But it seems to have worked now we'll see if my blog finally starts to get picked up. I have a lot of comments and a few followers and when I search in Google on the relevant topic "Huffington Post censorship/free speech" the things that show up at the top are years old. Anyway thanks again.

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  116. @trish

    I figured it out
    had the same issue and error message on blogger

    I think the end tag I put initialy was >
    and the correct one is />

    try if this works for each end tag you have inserted

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  117. this article really help full for me
    thanks dude keep it up.

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  118. Thanks for the great tips. i like this blog!!!!

    Need more visitors

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  119. Thanks for mentioning that the tag only works if placed before link or script tags. This was driving me crazy!
    IE8 may claim that it is being more “standards compliant”, but Firefox and Safari had no problem with my HTML. IE8 rendered it inconsistently, with different results each time I refreshed! IE7 mode is bad enough, but at least its determinant!
    MS has no idea how to make a good browser. I wish they would stop trying.
    Seo Sydney

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  120. Since the first letters of each of my blog labels are in Capital, ought I also use the same format for the Meta tags, or doesn't it matter.

    http://www.neverthelessnation.com

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  121. To pcd2k I'm not sure if capitalization matters (if they are all reduced to lower case by the search engine) but what others have told me is that when in doubt do it both ways, include tags with and without capitalization. As I understand it there is no harm in adding more tags so best to be sure.

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  122. Looking at your code, that should work ok, If you don't need Labels included in your blogs Meta Tags.
    wholesale wedding dresses

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  123. This is not working for me. It says:

    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: The element type "META" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".

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  124. Blogger is now XHTML and all tags including meat tags must now have a matching closing tag </meta> or be self closing <meta ..... />

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  125. I'd tried putting a meta tags in my blog ...
    http://hollywoodmoviestowatch.blogspot.com

    but will it be gone if I change my template?

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  126. Yes you will have to add the meta tags all over again if you change template.

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  127. Thank you so much for the info.

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  128. Thanks But it shows error in google blogger like you can't insert meta tags.

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  129. Is your error message something like "meta tag must be closed"? If so, all you need to do is to add a forward slash / to the end of <meta .... /"> or alternatively add a closing tag </meta>

    <meta .... /"></meta>

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  130. thanks for the info, it helped me a lot. thanks.

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  131. Thank you so much for the help this morning. Because of you I have another vital piece of information to help me navigate this internet maze. You ROCK Peter!!!

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  132. i added meta content in my blog after "head". and i saved that. (i am a Tamil language blogger from India)

    But if i search my blog in Google with my language i could not see the description after the blog title. what is the problem?

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  133. Thanks share this good think post at this site. I also use the same format for the Meta tags. This was driving me crazy! I'm surprised that they don't provide this as a built in feature of their editor.
    SEO

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  134. Very awesome article you have shared here. I have to confess your incredible effort. Thanks for sharing this captivating article stuff. Very informative and interesting points you mentioned. Great post!
    Online Logo Design

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  135. cant do it..im so noob, im just good in porn

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  136. i can not add meta tags in my blog, saying XHTML problem. what to do? how to know if a girl likes you

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  137. Most likely because your meta tag is not self closing a required by XHTML.

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  138. MAke it for multiple pages. So that all pages will be indexed.

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  139. The website you mentioned in your post is not working

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  140. i will try it sir, thanks before.

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  141. Thanks for your useful information,i will try it for my own blog.South of France Viilas

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  142. Your post is really informative. Thanks for your time and devotion
    Paypal Mobile

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  143. Can u please tell me that Dynamic Meta Tags are important or not ?
    www.skfanclub.com

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  144. thank you for your information

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  145. Hi, thanks for the tips..
    but can you please tell us how we can add meta tags to blogger dynamic views..for example check the meta description in View/Snapshot? It's null, but meta data is present in all other pages.
    Further how we can add print.css,headings for any blogger dynamic views?

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  146. Is there any way of editing meta tags
    i want to change my blog's( http://humourbook.blogspot.com ) meat tag

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  147. You can do that in the template editor

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  148. thanks for your help.....

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  149. hello sir i have written around 200 post and did not use meta tag till now how i optimize meta tag for all as google allow only 150 words in description and 200 word in keyword. please help me how can i generate meta tag and key word for a ll 200 pages and add to it my template thank you in advance..my url is http://www.thetechface.com and my mail id is vivek200722@gmail.com

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  150. It is very useful tips, I will be using it...
    Thankyou

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  151. I have not been creating meta tags for a while now as search engines have downgraded its importance because of abuses.

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  152. sir so what should i do to optimize my post in Google with different description

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  153. It can be done but if you have many posts like most blogs, it will be very very tedious. Think you still want to do it? I have hundreds of posts in this blog and I don't think I want to try to do it.

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  154. Wow, the game has changed with the announcement that Adobe is no longer supporting development for FLASH for mobile devices or TV…it is focusing on youtube html5 player and Adobe AIR apps instead….the news got around the game development community quickly. I think the market penetration of mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch from Apple being a merket leader who doesn’t support FLASH made a true impression on developers whose clients pages were losing views by this audience. Comsider Apple’s leadership history introducing CD ROM’s fiirst in computers, dropping the beige look of computers, introucing the iMAc, iTunes, Quicktime, and Jobs support of Blu Ray at Disney helped set standards in many industries…

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  155. Thank you very much for your information in this post and I present Meta-Tags Generator Blogger where you can create metatags for your blogger.
    Try and enjoy this service.
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  156. I've some problems with my description, please can you help me with code?
    http://scrivionline.blogspot.com

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  157. thanks for sharing,but how to add meta country target

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  158. If you need church name tags then this is where you should turn.

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