PageRank META Tag In Real Life Use

Jul 15, 2010 • 8:35 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

You need a laugh, don't you? Well, I got one for you.

Spotted via a Google Webmaster Help thread, one webmaster is asking why his site "went to spam and not showing and ranking." The funny part is not the poor English or the fact that his site is indexed, but rather a look at his meta tags.

Here is a look at some, I repeat, not all but some of the meta tags on this site:

<meta name="abstract" content="AM Packers and Movers Domestic Relocation Pune, Residential Relocation services, Corporate Relocation" /> <meta name="author" content="" /> <meta name="alexa" content="100"></meta> <meta name="googlebot" content="noodp" /> <meta name="pagerank™" content="10"></meta> <meta name="revisit" content="2 days"></meta> <meta name="revisit-after" content="2 days"></meta> <meta name="robots" content="all, index, follow"></meta> <meta name="distribution" content="global" /> <meta name="rating" content="general" /> <meta name="resourse-type" content="documents" /> <meta name="serps" content="1, 2, 3, 10, 11, ATF"></meta> <meta name="subject" content="A M Packers and Movers - Trusted name in Packing and Moving Industry, offers Best Packers and movers in pune, Car Transportation, provides all transport and relocation services in all the Major Cites of India."></meta> <meta name="relevance" content="high" /> <meta name="document-classification" content="Best Packers and Movers Pune, Pakcers and Movers, Relocation Services for Household Goods, Office & Commercial Shifting Services, Car Movers or Transportation Services." />

Yea a meta tag for <meta name="pagerank™" content="10"></meta>

This was actually made fun of in a 2006 WebmasterWorld thread. But I haven't seen it since.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help and hat tip to Colin McDermott.

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07/15/2010 01:49 pm

I've made this extension for chrome to inspect the page meta tags (beside other stuff) While developing I had to go to hundreds of random site to see if the ext was working, and had found tons if such silly tags.


07/15/2010 02:09 pm

That's too funny! I developed a Clueless SEO section where I listed all of that metadata. Since its creation, I've seen various usage of those elements by countries outside the United States, India mainly. Those folks in India are utterly clueless when it comes to SEO. The above proves my point. Here's the original rendition of the Official META Tags Used by Search Engines... I've even seen serious discussion at various fora on the above list of META Tags. They're all clueless!

Ricky Price

07/15/2010 03:28 pm

LOL forgot to highlight the ALEXA Meta... I am LMAO .... tooo much

Rob Abdul

07/15/2010 04:20 pm

I'm matchless.


07/15/2010 04:31 pm

Wow! Must try that one - seriously some great metas lmao

Samuel Lavoie

07/15/2010 09:51 pm

lmao these guys are clueless :)

Brendan Marsh

07/16/2010 12:50 am

Funny stuff. Maybe he'll remedy the situation by doing &lt;meta name="spam" content="none"&gt;&lt;/meta&gt;


07/17/2010 05:28 pm

oh my, just came across this cleaning out the reader for this week's newsletter... CLASSIC Barry.... priceless... I have a dozen other adjectives. Thanks a bunch for a great laugh brother. Loved it.

No Name

08/12/2010 08:25 am

Actually the pagerank meta is a real meta tag in case you were not aware. I haven't found anyone that can credibly explain what it does but I strongly believe that it is a recommendation to Google for page strength relative to other pages on your site. If that is true, then 10 is a valid value and it may be the only meta that is accidentally close to being correct on his tags.


10/17/2011 02:00 pm

it's didn't help me at all in my site:

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