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    <meta name="robots" content="noodp, noydir" />
    <meta name="robots" content="index, follow" />
    <meta name="robots" content="noodp, noydir" />
    <meta name="robots" content="index, follow" />

    I had a situation where one of my sites had a radical change and it took Google forever to get the new meta tags indexed. Then I found the above robot codes. That seemed to be the solution. Next I heard that using those codes is a bad thing because ... wait for it ... it prevents the search engines from indexing your site.
    Any thoughts on "use" or "not use"
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    index, follow is the default. You don't need those at all. Basically, if you put the first tag on everything, you'd be fine.

    If it's taking a long time for Google to index new changes, something's preventing it from doing so and it's not those tags.
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    Thanks again for the advice!
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    What kind of radical change ???

    assuming nothing really major... in site structure, etc....

    check to make sure that you are not actually or accidentally blocking any search engines from getting to your site(s)...

    1. Check your robots.txt file.... even if you didn't put one there... see if your hosting provider is generating one for you and it is wrong ( I have actually seen generated ones that were blocking search engines ) so when you pay the hosting provider for Search Engine Optimization services... they just remove the bad file... and it looks like they actually were doing something for you ...

    2. Do you know what kind of other sites are listed on the same IP address as your site... I've seen instances ( called bad neighbor )... where someone on your same IP block has been banned or flagged as having questionable content or questionable SEO ( blackhat ) techniques...

    Like TheGame said above... the standards for robots meta tags are index,follow , index, no follow, no index, follow OR no index, no follow ....

    Yes there are some other tags that are supported by some search engines relating to frequency, etc... but they are not necessary... just suggestions...

    IF YOU MADE SITE STRUCTURE CHANGES...

    If you did change the site structure... the only real way to make sure that the search engines know... is to setup 301 and 302 redirects.... sometimes major site changes take several months to be picked up... unless of course you plan it out months in advance and start putting the pieces in place... so when the change does happen...the search engines follow the 301's and 302's...

    They (search engines) don't like it when content has been there a while... and then all of a sudden it's not.

    Different crawlers are used for new sites as opposed to established sites... when you make site changes to change the structure... it may take a while to a new crawler to run in discovery mode.. and figure out the new site structure... ( unless of course you've already used 301's and 302's to tell the crawler what to do )...


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