Published: Oct 21, 2008 - 01:04 am
Story Found By: johnandrews 2141 Days ago
CAUTION! Any time a company asks you to customize your web publishing for them, especially if that process includes adding their BRAND to your web pages, you should think carefully before acting.
By branding your pages with SEOMOZE, you demonstrate their INFLUENCE over you, and trust me, that influence will be leveraged further in the future. If Randy needs to demonstrate the reach and importance of his LinkScrape project, for example, he could simply point to how many web pages in Google specifically mention his "crawler". Your web pages will be counted as evidence of SEOMOZs success.
Never, ever add someones brand to your web pages unless you want to actively support them.
Please discuss if you agree/disagree. I cant see any reason why SEOMOZ would ask for meta tags, except as a way to further benefit from the activity.
For reference, Archive.org publishes bot-blocking instructions *and* checks the robots.txt directive before displaying archived web data, as a means of providing privacy for those who want it. No meta tags.