Help Search Engines get Smarter, ROR your Website!
By: Dom Vonarburg
*** What is ROR?
ROR (Resources of a Resource) is an exciting new website content description tool and format created by AddMe.com. It makes it very easy to describe the content, objects, and structure of your website so search engines and other web applications can better find and understand your information.
ROR information can be easily added to your website by adding a ROR File called ror.xml. To create the file ROR provides templates and examples. It also provide a ROR File Editor, which will extract information from your website and allow you to describe it further. Larger websites can also generate ROR files from their databases.
*** Why Describe?
But why is it important to describe your website? Well, consider this phrase: "We offer a 10% discount on all our products until Mother's Day". While these words mean a lot to your visitors, they unfortunately won't mean much to a search engine or shopping search engine. Language is extremely complex and it will take time even for Google to elevate search to such levels of sophistication. And that's just one language, English.
So for now, to communicate your product information to shopping search engines you typically need to provide a feed (a machine-readable description of your products), and re-submit that feed to each engine each time the information changes. And to make matters worse, none of these feeds have the same format, so you also have to learn each format.
*** Another Approach
ROR suggests a better approach. Since search engines already come to your site to read text information about your products, it makes sense to also read additional information like prices, image URLs, discounts, etc. This way, you only change the information once, in your ROR file, and that's it. Product information is just one example but it illustrates this issue rather well.
ROR information can also be displayed on your website in a generic fashion so visitors can quickly and easily find information, without the need to re-learn or remember the structure and navigation of each website they visit. For that purpose, ROR provides an Info Button. The button reads the information directly from your ROR file.
ROR simply makes a lot of sense! It's powerful, easy, and very flexible. Not surprisingly, many of the search engines AddMe contacted so far have already shown interest in reading ROR files.
*** ROR your Website, Spread the Word
Get your ROR file or button at http://www.rorweb.com, it only takes a few minutes for a basic file. You can always add more information later.
Help search engines get smarter, ROR your website! Help spread the word by adding this article on your site (including bio), or a link to the article: http://www.rorweb.com/smarter.htm
This article was posted on March 03, 2007
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