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keyworks limit in meta tag?

 3:25 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi All WebmasterWorld,

Is there any limit of keywords (or number of letters) that can be included in the
- META NAME="keywords"
- META NAME="Description"
of an html file?

Thanks and best regards



 9:17 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

There are character limits (include commas and spaces) and there is a limited amount of times that you can use a single word (ie. title=2 times, des=4 times, keywords=7 times)

There are meta checking tools out there that can help you. Good luck!


 11:13 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hello again, sorry I think that I didn't explained myself very well in the 1st post. Imagine we have:

<TITLE>word1 word2 ... wordN</title>
<meta name="keywords" content="keyword1, kw2, kw3, .... kwN, ">
<meta name="description" content="word1 word2 ... wordN">

Is there any limit of kw's and word's (or number of letters on them) that can be included in them?

Kind regards


 11:37 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

First off, I must appologize for not explaining in terms you use. To answer your question again...

Yes, there are limits to the amount of words/letters that you can put there.
(character = letter,space, or comma) - (example = kw1, kw2, kw3, kw4. = 19 characters)

Each search engine shows a different amount of words/letters for the title and description. Google shows 60 characters in a IE browser window (including commas & spaces). So some people recommend only putting 60 characters into the title tag.

Yahoo and MSN are different.

The description tag also has a limit - Google shows the first 150 characters in the description tag.

Other search engine vary between 150 and 200.

Keywords also has a limit - Most people say to use 1000 characters or up to 45 words. Google does not use the keywords in the meta content.

To use your example:

<TITLE>word1 word2 ... wordN(allowed 60 characters or 9 words)</title>
<meta name="keywords" content="keyword1, kw2, kw3, .... kwN (allowed 1000 characters or 45 words)">
<meta name="description" content="word1 word2 ... wordN (allowed 150 - 200 characters or 25 words)">

Hope this helps you and sorry for not being as detailed the first time. *Remeber not to repeat words over and over in any of the tags!


 11:59 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Coop99, thank you very much
Best regards


 8:06 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Tip: put most important at begining and no matter how many you put. The rest is ignored if you overload.


 12:10 am on Jul 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

ok silverbytes!


 6:14 pm on Jul 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

In my opinion, you should add keywords in Meta Tag which are matched with context in the body text and related. Should not add or stuff unrelated keyword. The number of keywords are depending on context.


 11:26 pm on Jul 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Great post, Coop99! I didn't know the exact numbers, I always just copy and paste 'em in a word doc and compare them to the SERPS, lol.

put most important at begining and no matter how many you put.

Yep, this seems to be especially true with Yahoo and MSN.


 6:16 am on Jul 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just joined this forum to ask this very question...



 2:24 pm on Jul 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Welcome to Webmasterworld [webmasterworld.com], sunnynw! I hope you stick around now that you've got your question answered;-) There's lots to be learned around here.


 2:56 am on Jul 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Per Coop99's statement "Google does not use the keywords in the meta content."

Are you saying Google ignores all meta content? Does it now pull the keywords from content only? Thanks

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