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Number of Keywords

How many can you have?

     
4:18 am on Feb 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure this question has been asked before. I couldn't find it though. How many can you have? A couple of sites at the top of Google results for a 2-key word phrase have like 30 or 40? Is it okay to have that many? Do you separate them by commas or spaces? Thanks.
4:41 am on Feb 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I guess that every word on your page, if in scope with your pages content is a keyword. You can have as many as you can fit, but I would say that they number that you should optimize for should not be many. I would say 1 or two primary keyphrases and then adjust as needed and as you logs tell you it is appropriate. maybe three or 4 targeted keyphrases max per page, but I go for one or two, well trafficked and targeted phrases and any strays I get traffic on is a bonus.

That's my current take on it.

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Do you separate them by commas or spaces?

Do you mean keyword meta tags? I don't use any. They're 99.99999% irrelevant. More or less.

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8:14 pm on Feb 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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> Do you mean keyword meta tags? I don't use any. They're 99.99999% irrelevant.

Inktomi accounts for about 10% of my SE referrals, and assuming that it gives meta keywords a 10% weight makes them only 99.0% irrelevant :)

Even if we assume a 1% weight they are only 99.9% irrelevant.

I do use them, but do not spend much time on them.

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In the keywords tag you can have as many as you want. There is, however, no sense in putting any keywords in the meta keywords tag that don't appear in the body copy of your pages.

The body copy can usually focus on 1-8 related keywords. The number of keywords a site can focus on is limited only by its size.

Is the meta keywords tag important? Debatable. For Ink yes, for AltaVista and FAST yes at least for Trusted Feed programs. To the best of my knowledge they don't even look at body copy with those programs just KW, DESC, and Title. One would hope they'd put more emphasis on the body copy for pages included the good ol' fashioned way.

For Google, not important.

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very intersting dialogue. is all keyword development completely automated now? or do some companies use people still?

also - how do you get the automated systems to not list certain pages of your site?