How Does Google Handle The HTML <base> Tag?

Jun 11, 2008 - 8:36 am 1 by

There is an interesting Google Groups thread discussing how Google handles the <base> HTML tag. The base tag specifies a base URL for all the links in a page. But how does Googlebot or Google handle indexing this tag?

Google Groups member, Webado said you should be "careful using the base tag". Why?

Google's cache adds a base tag set to your own domain root url. If your page is using a different base tag this will result in broken images, missing scripts and css files - all of those end up even mroe broken than it's usual in the cache.

Member, RainboRick said that the major search engines typically "ignore the HTML mark-up in that regard (keyword density)- even MSN."

Forum discussion at Google Groups.


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