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"Bad" Keywords

is there such thing as bad keywords that wont get you listed

     
7:34 am on Dec 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I am currently putting together a new site and I was informed by a friend to be cautious of certain keywords. She told me that if I use them anywhere in my tags that my site will not be listed (including the index page).

Is this true? Is there a place on the google where i can get a copy of these "bad" words.

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9:07 am on Dec 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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There will certainly be words (or combinations of words) that would keep you out of SafeSearch filtered results, but for searches without SafeSearch the answer is less obvious.

A lot of people think that Google keep lists of words where penalties are applied if you trip the penalty rules. This doesn't mean that everyone's penalised (that wouldn't make sense), but if true it does mean that you might get away with a more aggressive SEO approach for phrases not on those lists.

There is, as always, a contrary view. It can be argued that the 'money phrases' people see penalised are more likely to attract spammy pages to compete for them. Personally I continue to sit on the fence.

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A mate of mine ran an adult eduction site, teh term adult was blocked on many safe for kids engines. Strange but true.

He gained access with a meta tag adding that it was safe for kids.

Sticky me and ill email it to you.

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When I was a school-teacher, the content filter at my school wouldn't allow me to access HotBot!
3:39 pm on Dec 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I believe that's a broad match thing:

HotBot = Hot Bod = Hot Babe ... etc.

Could also be interpreted as a bot that searches for hot sites.

;-)

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Kendra,

Go ahead and develop your site and don't worry about what Google thinks should and shouldn't be there, that's for you to decide.

4:25 pm on Dec 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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my target audience is the adult venue. So i dont mind the filter.. but i dont want to be banned
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You could develop 2 sites, one which is very descriptive and the other which uses "well behaved" words and alludes to the topic. If you change a bit of content the sites will not be seen as duplicates.
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Due to the volume of emails relating to my earlier post heres teh meta tag I mentioned

<meta name="rating" content="Safe For Kids">

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i am not going to throw in a tag that says its safe for kids when its an adult site.