Google help - newbie (iWeb)

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  1. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

    xUKHCx

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    #1
    I have a site that I have made in iWeb (sorry) and it has been submitted to google and I have a few question now.

    When searching for the website in google it links to the "about" page rather than "home" is there a way I can change that (robots.txt ??)

    Also is there a way I can specify what the description text in google says to a predefined string (that doesn't appear on the actual website) rather than just some text from the site.
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    #2
    A general answer is to read up on SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

    The robots.txt won't help you with this, it's for telling robots what not to look at rather than what to look at. A sitemap help some search engines find all your pages.

    Google's "description" of your page is hard to control. You can try using the description meta tag (<meta name="description" content="your description here" />), but that doesn't always work. The search engine shows the text near where the search terms are located for the most part. I'm more worried that you don't have enough text on your home page for Google's robot to pick up the home page. iWeb will do things in odd ways some times resulting in little to no text being able to be picked up by robots, thus not appearing on searches.

    Lastly, it can take search engine robots a while to get through all your pages, so it may just come in time. By "a while" I mean around a month.
     

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