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Here's a pretty good recent discussion [webmasterworld.com] on Ink factors. In message 9 DaveAtIFG states that "testing indicates that INK completely ignores keyword metas and alt tags."
It's always been assumed that incoming links matter at Ink, but as you'll see as you read through the thread there is some disagreement.
It was not an answer on my question but reading the discussion above it maybe can help little.
[edited by: Marcia at 1:09 am (utc) on July 8, 2003]
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Does it matter if the meta keywords are separated or not with commas i.e. word1, word2, word3
As I have lost my ranking in the Ink SERP's (covered in more detail in another thread) and after reading this thread I think it might be since I actually removed all the commas as separators.
Any help is appreciated.
For example, if your keywords are : keyword1, keyword2, keyword3, Inktomi might be picking it up as "keyword1 keyword2 keyword3" and so on.
According to Ink, that's common practice among the lower tier adult sites. Since they can't get anywhere near the top position for highly competitive words, they target horrifically long search terms.
Knowing that, Inktomi ranks pages with ridiculously long keywords as low as they possibly can. I'm sure one of senior members can explain this a lot better than I can, though.
Here's a pretty good recent discussion on Ink factors. In message 9 DaveAtIFG states that "testing indicates that INK completely ignores keyword metas and alt tags."
Sorry folks, but I got the proof this is a wrong statement.
In a test page (actually online) I saw two meta keywords been placed there and thoses keywords are not even use in the text of that page.
Thoses keywords show up in MSN, Hotbot/Inktomi and in thoses metasearch engines : Vivisimo, Mamma, Debriefing and Copernic.
But in my test, only the first two show up. Sticky mail me for the keywords.