Msg#: 24930 posted 2:15 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)
The way I understand Google and Meta Keywords and Meta Description is that Google ignores them. No penalty and no bonus. I recommend to use them so that it will help you on the search engines that continue to make use of them, just follow the basic rules against spamming.
Msg#: 24930 posted 2:22 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)
I've found that Google will use descriptions for pages without any other content eg. for frames. Yahoo! also places a fairly large emphasis on their importance in their help pages, so they're definitely worth adding.
Msg#: 24930 posted 4:46 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)
I haven't been paying too much attention to my keywords, as I've been concentrating on optimizing for Google. Guess that would explain why Google has me ranked just fine, but Yahoo doesn't like me at all.
Msg#: 24930 posted 9:24 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)
Some time late last year I remember GoogleGuy stating that "it would not hurt" to use them and advised to do so moderately. Maybe they take them into account at some occasions or mildly in some tricky cases like flash sites, heavy pics etc.