SEO Glossary – SEO Terms: M

This SEO glossary page lists SEO terms related to article writing starting with letter M.

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  • Machine-generated pages

In SEO terminology, machine-generated pages are numerous pages of text on websites created by spammers manipulating search engines using content generators in a very short period of time. These website almost immediately gain high rankings in the search engines because of large quantity of ‘unique’ content. In the long term, such pages are worthless because in time and upon closer inspection, these pages are recognized as spam and penalized by search engines. The focus of every website owner, webmaster, or web publisher should be on the natural growth of their website.

  • Manual submitting

Manual submitting is associated to submitting websites and web pages by hand to an individual search engine, rather than using an automated submission tool or service. It is also considered a more polite way to submit, but it is also recommended by some SEO experts not to submit at all and let the search engine spiders find your site through links from other sites to your site.

  • Maps

In SEO terminology, site maps (XML site maps) are used to make sure that crawlers can find certain pages on your web site, such as dynamic pages. The site-map file can be placed in the robots.txt file or you can submit it directly to a search engine. However, having site maps won’t guarantee getting indexed by a search engine.

In online article writing, a map may refer to Google maps because on-page optimization experts recommend including them in your articles where appropriate. Also, the term may refer to creating maps using mind mapping to generate ideas to write an article.

  • Marketing

The top three marketing activities to position your web site on the first page of results are working on the quality and quantity of content, backlinks and social media. In article writing terminology, marketing may refer to keyword marketing and article marketing. Keyword marketing is based primarily on unpaid marketing activities to drive traffic to websites including organic listings, pay per click, pay per call, affiliate marketing, etc. Internet article marketing is used to promote products and services online via article directories in order to increase the PageRank of the pages you want to monetize and drive traffic.

  • Mashups

Mashups are web applications combining data from more than one source. Their purpose is to produce enriched results and translate them into integrated experience for your site visitors, often combining the data with open APIs (sets of technologies that enable websites to interact with each other using other web technologies, such as JavaScript, for example).

  • Media sharing

Media sharing is a communication process sustaining social networks, web based communities and other digitally supported relationships. It requires the participation of both the sender and receiver. Media sharing platforms have diversified interfaces to aggregate, upload, host and distribute images, text, applications, videos, audio files, games and other media types.

  • Message boards

A message board, also known as Internet forum, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. This SEO term shouldn’t be confused with chat rooms because the two differ in that messages are at least temporarily archived. Depending on the access level of a user or the forum set-up, a posted message might need to be approved by a moderator or article author before it becomes visible. Message boards can be threads on forums or comments on blogs and articles.

  • Meta description tag

Meta description tag is hidden in the HTML that describes the page’s content. It doesn’t improve search rankings, but it can be useful in drawing traffic because search engines normally show the meta description in their results. Google indexes only 156 characters so long descriptions will appear truncated in the search results. Meta descriptions should give the readers a clear idea of what your page is all about.

  • Meta keyword tag

A meta keyword tag is hidden in the HTML listing keywords relevant to the content of a given page. It won’t increase your PageRank because of previous history of search engine spamming based on the tag, and nowadays, only Yahoo! still pays attention to the meta keywords tag.

  • Micro-blogging

Micro-blogging is a form of blogging in social networking that allows you to write and publish short text updates, usually less than 200 characters. It enables you to keep your followers up-to-date with your business. The most widely used micro-blogging network is Twitter.

  • Mirror site

In computing, a mirror is an exact copy of a data set. In Internet terminology, a mirror site is an exact copy of another Internet site used to provide multiple sources of the same information.

  • Monetize

In article writing and SEO terminology, ‘to monetize’ means to extract income from a site. Ways to monetize a website are placing Google Adsense ads, Chtika ads, Kontera, Infolinks, etc on your website pages.

  • Monetizing traffic

Monetizing traffic is most likely one of the main interests of people who run a website as a business or use article writing platforms to publish their own content. The most common ways of monetizing traffic are named above (under the term ‘monetize’).

  • Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a cross-platform web browser that has steadily grown in popularity over the last few years. It provides support for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. As of December 2011, Firefox is the second most widely used browser with cca. 25% of worldwide usage share of web browsers. Mozilla Firefox is especially popular in Germany and Poland.

  • MSN

MSN (originally The Microsoft Network) is a collection of Internet sites and services provided by Microsoft. It is considered one of the top 3 search engines offering MSNBC News, sports, MSN Money, games, videos, entertainment & celebrity gossip, weather, shopping and more.

  • Multidimensional scaling

In online marketing, multidimensional scaling (MDS) is a statistical technique for taking the preferences and perceptions of respondents and representing them on a visual grid, called perceptual maps (maps visually displaying the perceptions of (potential) customers. In SEO terminology, multidimensional scaling is the process of taking snapshots of documents in a database to discover topical clusters through the use of latent semantic indexing.

  • Multilingual sites

A multilingual website is any website that offers content in more than one language. Google doesn’t recommend automated translations to get indexed because they don’t always make sense and they could potentially be viewed as spam.

  • Multisubmission tools

A multisubmission tool is a software tool that submits your website to multiple search engines and directories.

  • MySpace

MySpace is a social networking site owned by Specific Media LLC and pop star Justin Timberlake. In August 2011, the network had 33.1 million unique U.S. visitors.

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