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Not trying to hide anything from Google, just code nappers and lazy webmasters.
Not worth it in my opinion. A few years ago and I might have agreed with you. Today, there are just too many other factors involved. You can do well without the metas, they are just an added bonus with Ink. Even then, the weight given to description and keywords is minimal.
If you are that concerned with the content of the metas, couldn't you do a trusted feed?
The same pages we build for INK are available for google (all that robots text stuff screams SEO) and we just want to make sure there safe in Google with hiddeb metas.
As far as there value - to the people who want to know what we are doing - they are very valuable.
Again, the only question here is, will Google have a problem with the metas being hidden.
1) There is a lot less emphasis on meta tags than there used to be. I don't even think it is worth doing and I doubt many people stealing your tags would be successful
2) On the otherhand - if all you got rid of was the tags - I doubt anyone would think to check the google cache - unless they always use the google cache.
3) Google guy says not to
For 1 & 3 I'd rule against it.
I'll use Metas until such time as one of the target engines tells me that they will penalise a site that uses them. I'm no meta tag purist but these are tags given *for optimisation* so why would I not use them?
Piskie, one of us missed the plot, I thought the guy posting was using the code to stop lazy coders nicking his tags. The fact is that the lazy coders would not have used this code so I am a little lost why you think they would work it out automatically.
If (original poster) the code sorts you out you might use it, but then one post from GoogleGuy seems to send the fear (withnail and I) in to webmasters and this seems a little bit irrational!
Then again it all depends on who is sending you the traffic, and that's one for your log files.
Still that's progress I guess. I'm just trying to keep it real without unecessary costs and still deliver targeted traffic.