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excessive keywords


8:38 pm on Mar 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone here had their adsense account de-activated because of excessive keywords?
OK, on my pages there were about 35 keywords (inclusive metas)which according to this website was reasonable!
I was in the top 10 results for this keyword.

Wanting to make "adsense" happy, i reduced that to "20" keywords.............
reply from adsense.
++++ <paraphrase email>After reviewing your site, we noticed there are excessive keywords on some of your pages. Publishers are not permitted to run Adwords on sites using exessive keywords in the content/code </paraphrase email>

OK.....OK..i reduced the keywords to 13.
same reply from adsense. (see above)
BUT my new pages were spidered by Google and now they have dropped to 50-60 in the results from 3-8 (my pages are NOT SPAM) so now i have lost revenue from the normal results for my keyword search AND from adsense!
OK...OK...Ok....now i have reduced my keywords (and now I AM getting frustrated) even further which means IF adsense DO re-activate my account all i will get is PSA ads anyway!
......where's the Gin?......ya..who?

[edited by: Jenstar at 9:05 pm (utc) on Mar. 13, 2004]
[edit reason] No email quotes as per TOS, thanks! [/edit]

10:08 pm on Mar 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No, but from a pure SEO viewpoint I have kept mine between 3 and 8 words, mainly for the other engines that still read the tag.

What puzzles me is that we're been told that "Google disregards the Keywords meta tag", so this is a revelation. While it may disregard it for ranking, it seems that the Keywords tag is very important for a publisher.

Rather than terminate accounts for excessive kwds and waste their employees' time responding to the publisher, it would seem simpler to trigger PSAs after a certain threshold.

10:13 pm on Mar 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think it is best when they are upfront about it. Showing PSAs would trigger a wave of "I am getting PSAs all the time" complaints.
7:36 am on Mar 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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As far as I can tell meta keywords have no effect on Adsense.

But then something else might be wrong. Is there a cut off heurestic for keywords, so say more than 5 keywords causes the meta keywords line to be ignored?

loanuniverse: agreed.

5:04 pm on Mar 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Are you sure Google are referring to meta tags? If so, you should take keyword lists out of the meta description tag, because that's not what it's for. You can probably write a meaningful page summary that is just as good SEO-wise for your main phrases.

As for the meta keywords tag, that's exactly what it's for and as far as I know Google ignores it anyways, so I wouldn't worry about that one.