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.pl - fodder or poison ?



Nov 23, 2000, 3:34 AM

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.pl - fodder or poison ? Can't Post

I've been asked by a potential new client to take a look at a site which was written and is currently maintained for them by a specialist web authoring company. Their major concern is that the site (which has been up and running since March) has no SE ratings other than with a couple of directories, despite claims by the "specialist" that they have optimised it for the Search Engines.

I've found many of reasons which, under normal circumstances, would account for the lack of ranking (keywordless titles and ALT tags, no H or P tags, no keyword content, no decent noframes content, tags or links, to mention but a few) but feel at a bit of a loss in finding that the main site (in a frameset) is suffixed by / I haven't come across or noticed this .pl suffix before and don't want to flaunt my ignorance! Is it because the site was written in Perl? I know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about Perl! .. or perhaps related to some server side function? I'm not too hot in this area either! Do spiders treat the .pl suffix differently from .htm/html?

There is also a (?)doorway page (suffixed with /index.html) which carries five links to the main / page, lots of keywords in the ALT tags and in the two lines of content, but has no other links. (do you think this would be considered as spam?)

Would these two /index pages conflict in some way?

Ordinarily, I would have thought that the (?)doorway page is unnecessary and that the frameset should be the normal /index.html (with javascript to stop the frames from opening out of the frameset) and with good use made of the <NOFRAMES> tag.

Incidentally, all the pages which go into the main (content) frame also have the .pl suffix.

I'd appreciate any explanations/help as I'm feeling a bit out of my depth!

Many thanks


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