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WebmasterWorld has no META keywords tag

Are META keywords usefull?

     

SeriousMax

11:15 am on Oct 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Are META keywords usefull?
11:19 am on Oct 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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[webmasterworld.com...]

And who uses them:
[webmasterworld.com...]

3:45 pm on Oct 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Or, in brief:

Not as useful as they used to be. Certainly not the "key" to good rankings.

But used enough by minor engines that it's worthwhile to include them.

3:53 pm on Oct 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I still include them.. but they really don't serve much of a purpose anymore. (Inks the only major player that still supports them) To quote the latest Search Engine Watch newsletter... "the meta keywords tag is dead, dead, dead"

On a side note... who says the WebmasterWorld source code your seeing is the same thing the SE's are seeing?

8:38 pm on Oct 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It would not surprise me if SEs saw something different from what is seen by users. If you perform a search on google for "site:webmasterworld.com keyword1 keyword2", the links you click will show keyword1 and keyword2 highlighted.
9:02 pm on Oct 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I only print metas for non-logged in visitors. Why waste 100-300 bytes of bandwidth (guess: 10-12 gig a year) for a marginal feature that members never need? I save the resources wherever possible. We are getting so downright huge now that those little savings really add up over time.

>side note

Bad moderator, Bad moderator. hehe

Se's see the same as other non-logged in people. Only difference is the random psa/comp ad routine in the upper right corner (se's don't care for random stuff every page). Other than that, it's 100% the same.

The same for non-logged in members that is - kinda tough for a bot to login yet, but I won't put it past them in the future. There are a bunch of differences there between logged in and not logged in visitors.

4:40 pm on Oct 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Brett:

What a GREAT idea! I am gonna steal that idea for my site... (ok?)

dave

6:47 pm on Oct 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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carfac

Actually I have the copyright and patent that idea (which Brett pays for very handsomely for, I might add), so if you would like we could set up a monthly fee... :)

9:08 pm on Oct 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Axacta:

Please check your sticky- first payment enclosed! :)

dave