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1/3/10
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php.hokage.vincent

meta description versus meta page-topic?

our website: http://www.thailoveonline.net/ includes meta page-topic and meta description tag. I was wondering how this two meta tags exactly differ?
 
the value for meta description is:
Free Thai dating, meet your thai wife now and date thai women in our Asian dating site. Dating Thai and discover Thai love with our asian single sites.
 
while page-topic:
dating, thailand
 
regards,
Vincent
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JTB
1/3/10
JTB
Google may display your meta description tag in the listing for your site in a search result page, if it matches the words the searcher is searching for.

Google ignores the page-topic meta tag.

See the linked page for a list of the meta tags that Google uses.

1/3/10
Original Poster
php.hokage.vincent
Hi JTB,
 
Thanks! So do you think it would be better to take this meta page-topic tag off our site?
 
regards,
Vincent
JTB
1/3/10
JTB
Since Google ignores the page-topic meta tag, it doesn't matter what you do with it, at least as far as Google is concerned.
1/3/10
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Phil Payne
Ditch this as well - it's another urban myth:

····<meta·name="revisit-after"·content="10·days"·/>(CR)(LF)
JTB
1/3/10
JTB
I didn't remember ever seeing a "page-topic" meta tag discussed before, either here or on Webmasterworld, so I searched a bit. A lot of generic no-name webmaster-help sites mention this tag in their lists of meta tags. It appears that it's a proprietary tag that was once supported by the German search engine fireball.de. According a reference that I can't seem to post a link to, but you can easily find via a Google search for "proprietary engine meta tags":

"Fireball's other unique tag, page-topic had the synonyms pagetopic, thema and seitenthema. page-topic classified a web page into one of 25 categories: Bauen, Bildung, Branche, Dienstleistung, Erotik, Forschung, Gesellschaft, Kultur, Medien, Medizin, Politik, Produkt, Recht, Reise, Religion, Sexualität, Spiel, Sport, Technik, Tourismus, Umwelt, Verwaltung, Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, and Wohnen. Multiple topics could be separated by spaces."
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1/3/10
Google user
All of that wonderful info bsically means ............ you might as well remove that tag as it's garbage :D
(Damn good research work though ...JTB... ;) )
1/4/10
Original Poster
php.hokage.vincent
Thanks guys for all the help! I appreciate the effort. :)
You guys actually have the best answers but I will give the credit to JTB for his thorough research.
 
I will be removing the "revisit-after" and "page-topic" meta tags now.
 
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