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Question about duplicate keywords.

 9:37 pm on May 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

I've heard many times that if an engine finds that you are listing duplicate keywords, they will just stop spidering your site all together. Heres my question:

If I have these phrases in my keywords tag: webmaster resources, webmaster tools, webmaster affiliate programs; Will the word webmaster be considered a duplicate even though it is in different phrases??




 10:47 pm on May 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi ActiveWebmaster,

Welcome to WmW!

I wouldn't repeat the word webmaster more than three times and I would make sure it was grouped in the same way you use it in your title. Repeating the word webmaster in multiple two-word combinations in your keyword tag won't help you rank any better for any of the terms that don't directly appear in your title, so it really isn't worth the spam penalty risk.


 11:31 pm on May 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

Are keywords in my title 'stronger' than keywords in my keywords meta tag? Does it make my listing better if I list words in my keywords meta tag that are already in my title tag?



 3:14 pm on May 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

BINGO......putting the keywords that you are targeting in not only your metakeyword section, but also your meta title section, and also as close to the top of the page as possible.


 3:17 pm on May 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

This is something that I use from time to time:

·Keep the repitition to 3 instances for the focus keyword/phrase
·As for the title tag I would start it with the focus word and then the other words in order of focus for that page. Title tag would also be kept to 64 to 70 characters as well.
·Description would once again start with focus word and include others as well. Focus word should show up twice. Keep to a couple sentences (200 characters).
·Focus word/phrase up to five times as close to the top of the page as possible without compromising writing style and flow. Distribute other words 2 to 3 times throughout the content as well. (Number of words is not a real issue here.)
·Also, don't forget text links using keywords to the other pages of the site.
·Name pages according to focus word/phrase, for example if the focus word is art, you would name the page art.htm


 7:56 am on May 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

and always use comma's when you are using duplicates:

webmaster resources webmaster utilities webmaster games

webmaster resources,webmaster utilities,webmaster games

Engines will separate out the phrases in the second and grant a higher rank for them. The first, they will assume it is a list of single kw's and ignore the phrases for the most part.


 6:51 pm on May 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

And then use them in the same pattern for the content of your pages, repeated in h1, h2, alt, etc. with balance. In other words, I never include a keyword in a tag that I can't support with the page. This often limits the possible keywords in tags and focuses the theme, which is a good thing.


 7:14 pm on May 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks for all you guy's help. I'm fixing to submit my site to search engines and I wanted to get everything right. You've been a big help. Is it ok to list keywords as 'key1, key2, key3' instead of 'key1,key2,key3'? I put that space in there in all my pages and if it doesn't matter I'd like to leave them like that.



 4:03 pm on May 15, 2001 (gmt 0)

I know this an old, dead thread, but I was looking through and I ran across it and had to ask Brett a question.

I am not sure if it was you or Oilman, that said it, but I recall reading in an older thread that there can be some benefits to leaving the commas out. What is it you?......Is this totally incorrect?

-A Gerhart

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