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numbers of keywords read by robots



10:20 am on Jul 20, 2000 (gmt 0)

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how many characters can I put in meta keywords? How many will be used by the robots of the different searchengines?
Thank you for helping me.


2:13 pm on Jul 20, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Hi Claire - welcome to the forums.

Here's snip from an earlier thread. [webmasterworld.com] Hope it helps.

>>>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).

Body of page is where it gets a little tougher. Focus word 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. I've seen pages with 1500 words rank nicely. The only key here is to keep you keywords/phrases closer to the top to feed the spiders that may not read the whole thing.


2:34 pm on Jul 20, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Hi Claire, I agree with oilman.
Make sure that the first few words in the title, meta keyword and meta description, along with page body are the most important words and phrases.
Each search engine indexes differing levels of depth so, unless you want to optimise for each SE, use the generally accepted format suggested by Oil.
Remember, spaces too are classed as characters.
The most important aspect is your title and page, followed by meta tags. Meta tags seem to be taking less importance now than they used to do.
I'd also add that the keywords in your tags should be on your page - I've found that works much better.

Oh, by the way, we usually keep this part of the board {POST AND BOARD TESTING} for system announcements and tests. Take a look around this site where you'll find a number of specific boards where the "experts" ;) hover regularly.
Glad you could join this community and, look forward to seeing your next post.



3:22 pm on Jul 20, 2000 (gmt 0)

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First of all, thank you for your answer!

But I still don't understand something :
when Oilman speaks about "body", does he mean the body of the html page or something else? Because I really need to know the number of caracters I can put in the <meta=keywords in my html page's "head".
Thank you for answering me again :-)


3:35 pm on Jul 20, 2000 (gmt 0)

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The body is the actual actual content of the page that your visitors will read.

As for the keyword tag I would keep it to around 3 to 5 words/phrases. List them in order of importance from most to least. Also repeat the most important word no more than 3 times. It is pretty hard to target more than 3-5 words phrases. Here's another snip of that previously mentioned thread:
>>>lets say you have 5 key words/phrases (for ease of this reply we will call them k1, k2, k3, k4, k5)
- rank them in order of importance: k1, k2, k3,k4, k5

Here's how I would set up the keyword metas:
page1 - k1 k2 k1 k3 k1 k4 k5 - focus k1
page2 - k1 k2 k3 k2 k4 k2 k5 - focus k2
page3 - k1 k3 k2 k3 k4 k3 k5 - focus k3
page4 - k1 k4 k2 k4 k3 k4 k5 - focus k4
and so on without using commas and keeping the repitition to 3 intsances of the focus word/phrase.


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