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Meta tag repeated 3 times
Is there a good reason for this, or a bad one?
commanderW




msg:3792787
 5:44 am on Nov 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hello everyone - I've taken over and recoded an 'old-school' site. I found this in the head -

<META Name="Keywords" Content="a bunch of words, a bunch of words, a bunch of words, ">
<META Name="KEYWORDS" Content="exact same bunch of words, exact same bunch of words, exact same bunch of words,">
<META Name="keywords" Content="exact same bunch of words, exact same bunch of words, exact same bunch of words,">

Based on what i've learned here on webmasterworld, it looks suspicious. My gut says 'toss it'. However i would like to use one 'keywords' tag to put subject words relevant to each page anyway.
Is there any good reason why the previous coder used 3 tags which only differ in the capitalization of the word "Keyword"?

[edited by: commanderW at 6:11 am (utc) on Nov. 24, 2008]

 

Receptional Andy




msg:3793066
 4:27 pm on Nov 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Is there any good reason why the previous coder used 3 tags which only differ in the capitalization of the word "Keyword"?

Yes - they don't know what they're doing ;)

The meta elements are (as far as I'm aware) case insensitive, so essentially that's redeclaring the same element three times. I doubt it makes any difference to the page's performance, but it's obviously best practice to remove them.

In terms of the meta keywords usage itself, there have been quite a few interesting discussions over the past few months, including Are repeated meta keywords duplicate content? [webmasterworld.com].

commanderW




msg:3795743
 2:49 am on Nov 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks Receptional Andy - That link you gave is just what the doctor ordered ! As solid as it gets for the subject of the keyword meta tag. There are links from there that go deeper into the mystery of it's use and worth.

Essex_boy




msg:3805259
 4:37 pm on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thats pretty poor and I suspect it would be picked up the Google webaster tools as a bad habit. Dont do it

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