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using commas and max chars

5:29 pm on Oct 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I read somewhere that not using commas in the keyword meta tag gives better results because it allows SE's to rearrange all keywords to match any phrase typed in by the searcher. Is this true?

Also, is 800 characters the recommended max. for keywords?

6:34 pm on Oct 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't worry about it too much, since the major search engines almost completely ignore the <meta name="keywords" content="keywords"> tag due to past abuse. Concentrate of getting important keywords into your page title, page description, and on-page content instead. And don't over-do it; Too many repeats will make your site look spammy to visitors and search engines alike.

Making your keywords tag too long servers only to push the rest of your page content down, so I prefer to keep the keywords list short -- 200 characters or so.