Come on Google! My site is not about Elvis!

Apr 15, 2004
I put up a site poll on my site the other day that asked "Was Elvis a musician?" was a dumb poll...I know. But that's not the problem.

This poll was originally located in a side column box (column 1) directly underneath the menu box. When I look at the cache of my site at google (, most of the entries have the Elvis question on there and none of the actual content of that page!

And what's worse, for awhile there, my front page adsense ads were all about Elvis Memorabilia! and Elvis Movies Cheap! and Vegas Baby! - things like that.

So I've move the site poll box to a different location, but here's the question:

Is it possible to put some code on my site that will direct the search engine spiders to the important part of the page (i.e., the center column)? And ignore the rest?

:elvis: - "Heya! Who wants some memorabilia!? Colonel! Get me some memorabilia!”


Mar 18, 2004
You seem to be aware that the spiders read your page in the sequence it appears in the HTML, and pays greater attention to the first bits. I'm not aware of any code to alter this, although using <H> tags might help.

If you know CSS, then it's easy to achieve what you want--the important content can appear first in the HTML, but be positioned down or to the right in the page.