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I'd also echo Marcia's comments and suggest that an exact match between the words in a meta element and the words on a page is not really the issue - what's required is a relationship between the contents of both, and if it's SEO you're after, a relationship that your target search engine is capable of identifying.
Personally, I think the keywords meta element has so little weight that you'd be hard pressed to do anything that qualified as 'bad'. The strongest I'd go for would be 'pointless'.
I agree. It's almost pointless to spend effort thinking about the keywords meta.
That said, if your page were ever flagged for manual review and you had a ridiculously spammy keywords meta, I tend to think that it would work against you with the manual reviewer.
Also, an historical footnote... way back, when Inktomi had a search engine, there was a time when they did look at meta keywords, and I remember one Inktomi search engineer telling me that they considered metas in the keywords that weren't also on the page as a spam signal.
More recently, several years back, Yahoo was hinting that they did look at meta keywords. The search boost that a meta keyword might provide for a word that might generally be found on pages was probably infinitesimally small, but it was thought that the inclusion might help with misspellings. I don't know where they are on this now.
These days the most common advice I give about meta keywords is: delete them, and don't spend any more time on them.
Yes, I completely agree. I've just been omitting the tag for a while now. There was a point where I was including keyword metas for "bookkeeping" purposes (or perhaps for the rare directory that might want to use them), but they're really not worth the effort.