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Is there a point in having meta keywords anymore?

     
6:07 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hello,
I'm in the process of optimizing my site and also cutting loading times. Is there any point in having a keywords section? Someone on my webhost forum told me to remove the following from my pages because they served no point. Could anyone verify that they are all pointless because I thought that some had a point.

<meta name="Keywords" content="widgets, blue widgets, red widgets, etc.">
<meta name="Author" content="Blue Widget Community">
<meta name="Copyright" content="Copyright (c) 2005 by Blue Widget Community">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<meta name="Robots" content="index,follow">
<meta name="Resource-Type" content="document">
<meta http-equiv="Expires" content="0">
<meta name="Revisit-After" content="1 days">
<meta name="Distribution" content="Global">
<meta name="Generator" content="PostNuke - http:// postnuke. com">
<meta name="Rating" content="General">

Thanks for the help,
John

[edited by: mona at 2:55 pm (utc) on Nov. 12, 2005]
[edit reason] no specific KWs, please - thx! [/edit]

6:48 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There was a great thread here that I wish I could find about if google uses your description in the serps, how effective it can be.
7:14 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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doesn't it look spammy? u use the word "widget" a lot and you have so many keywords. i suggest you limit ur keywords, anyways google doesn't pay much attention on the meta keywords anymore, may be other SEs consider the meta keywords, but in google, meta keyword is not a big deal.

im also a newbie here, so u may correct me if im wrong...

[edited by: mona at 2:56 pm (utc) on Nov. 12, 2005]
[edit reason] no specific KWs, please - thx! [/edit]

7:35 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If the SE's use your tags for their snippet, I highly suggest using promotion language.

If someone can find that thread, please post the link.

7:44 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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sorry im a newb still too, what do you mean by promotion language?

I agree, it looks spammy, I just don't really know what to put there and I remembered google not using it

2:30 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think what ganderla means is using language that would encourage a user to click on your site from the seach engine results page. So, instead of something like "widget company - blue widgets, red widgets, etc." in the description. You would write "Find the cheapest widgets on the web at the Widget Company! ". Correct me if I'm wrong, ganderla.
2:41 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What Ganderla and mona are describing, I believe, is the "description" tag, which is actually missing from your head.
Quite a useful tag.