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dailypress

2:12 pm on Aug 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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hi all,

I always used a comma, between, my, keywords for the META TAGS however, I hired a programmer who uses the symbol | between | the | words and says its more effective. Is that true?

aakk9999

3:09 pm on Aug 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Meta keywords have no impact on ranking in Google whatsoever.

I have never heard of | as a separator though.

Usually it is comma (hard separator) or just leave spaces as separator. There is a post from tedster in this thread (from 2005!) discussing a difference between comma and spaces as a separator [webmasterworld.com...]

But as I said, I would not bother, Google said they have not been using them for a long time.

BeeDeeDubbleU

9:48 pm on Aug 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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If your programmer still thinks that keywords are important then perhaps you need to find a new programmer. They have not been used for ranking for at least seven years.

JacobSlim

1:07 pm on Aug 27, 2013 (gmt 0)



Anyway you should use this meta tags, and use it with commas. Maybe it's not very important now, but any way you should use it.

dailypress

1:49 pm on Aug 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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thank you guys. I know its not important for Google however, some search engines still use it and I think it doesn't hurt.

Yes, I double checked with a few other people and we are supposed to use commas.

BeeDeeDubbleU

4:02 pm on Aug 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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What search engines use it?

dailypress

4:09 pm on Aug 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I heard Bing does or maybe did. Also some of the less popular search engines such as (local search engines in different countries such as Middle Eastern countries, my main target) still use Meta Tags.

ThemeKings

4:23 pm on Sep 5, 2013 (gmt 0)



Use commas within the keywords meta tag. The "|" symbol aka: stovepipe, is OK to use in your Title and Header Tags (ie. h1, h2, h3 etc..)

piatkow

9:05 pm on Sep 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I have a vague recollection of a comment in the past that while G didn't use them for search Adsense did. No idea if that was accurate or if it was if it still is.

Hoople

2:56 am on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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What search engines use it?

Well, not a SE but I've seen a few directories use them as category tags resulting in multiple variations of anchor text as inbound links.

goldenEye

8:23 am on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)



me use comma while selecting keywords and use images with adding dash between two keywords in a image name and also use dash for seperator for folder name too.

ckilgs

2:00 pm on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)



If you're going to use them, use a "," to separate them although I highly doubt the "|" will make any difference whatsoever. I couldn't agree more with BeeDeeDubbleU though. On a side note, I've eliminated the keyword tags on a site in an extremely competitive space and I've noticed no negative impact.

notsosmart

6:16 pm on Mar 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I am reading here that Bing still uses the meta keyword tag.

Could this possibly be true? Is there any empirical evidence for this?

I'm removing the tag from about a thousand pages as I edit, and am wondering if I am doing the right thing...

Swanny007

7:31 pm on Mar 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I no longer use meta keywords anywhere, they're totally unnecessary. notsosmart, if you have the tags already, it's not hurting anything by leaving them there or removing them.

onadan

10:09 am on Mar 21, 2014 (gmt 0)



I have never seen a site who use "|" symbol as a meta keyword separator. It is comma that I have always seen in meta keywords.

Dether

9:17 am on Apr 2, 2014 (gmt 0)



I think comas are better. And ok maybe google doesn't use meta keywords any more. But some of engines does(like local language sites). So it doesn't hurt to put such meta keywords on your site.

roshaoar

10:28 am on Apr 2, 2014 (gmt 0)



Heard somewhere that Baidu uses them. They do no harm, may as well put them in a few major pages
 

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