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meta keyword not need...but?

What should the format be if keywords were still significant?



3:30 pm on Dec 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Now we all know that the meta "keywords" are very rarely if at all used these days. Some recommend removing them all together, other say leave them, but don't invest much time in them.

However if they were at all beneficial, what would be the best format? Lets assume for example that widgets were childrens toys. Would the proper tag order layout be?

childrens toys, widgets, blue widgets


blue widgets, widgets, childrens toys


Some other order.


4:26 pm on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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widgets, childern toys, blue widgets
it will depend on the popularity of the keyword and use of the keyword in the text on your website.


4:45 pm on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No-one really knows if they are used or not by Google, but some other engines do still use them. I believe Inktomi still use them to some degree.

They could be used by Google, but just given a very low weighting in their algorithm and it would not surprise me if most engines ignore keywords that are not in the main text as well, to stop spamming irrelevant terms.


3:08 am on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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ok and in what order?

lets say my target keywords are

childrens toy, boys toys, girls toys

and I know and want to my site to come up when any of these two word combos are searched for. I don't want to try to coem up when they are searched for as a single word.

do I put them in the meta tags as:
1) childrens, toy, toys, boys, girls,
2) childrens toy toys boys girls
3) childrens toy, boys toys, girls toys

I mean is it important to keep the wanted 2word combos together? or if I am targeting for 3word combos should I keep those together?


9:14 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think it makes little difference to the order - although many engines do remove the commas and use all the words, so grouping may not be an issue. I would go for: childrens toys boys toys girls toys, but would not use toys again in the meta tag (more than three times and you're pushing for spam filters)


9:46 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

Inktomi advise you to "..Put phrases that relate to (the) page in the Keywords (meta tag) line, separated by commas..."

Full information at: inktomi.com/products/web_search/spampolicyfaq.html


9:53 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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But, PositionTech suggest that you don't? Hmmm, I suppose it could be experiment and see which makes the most difference. (Though I'd be more inclined to believe Ink than PT!)

Inktomi uses meta keywords, does AltaVista still use them? Most others do not, so see where you get with alternatives in Ink and AV and experiment until you get higher - but content is still more important than the meta keywords - DONT waste too long messing about with them when there are so many other things to do that can help much more.


4:55 pm on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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hi all,
i have another question that how can one use keywords for subcategories. like i am having a category of product that is "Electric & Electronic products". a dynamically generated page will keep all the trade offers for this category.

now this category has another subcategory like "Audio & Video". i want the user to visit directly to this page if he searches for "Audio & Video". so do i need to add different keywords for the main category page and this subcategory pages to get this page listed in the search engine.



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