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Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by jlei523, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. jlei523

    jlei523 Regular Member

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    I know that Google doesn't look at meta tags anymore but I'd still like an answer to my question.

    If I have my first meta tag as "ice cream", do I still need to include "ice cream" in my other tags?

    Example:
    Meta tags: ice cream, blue berry ice cream, vanilla ice cream

    Or, will this do the same thing?

    Meta tags: ice cream, blue berry, vanilla

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. freddy33r

    freddy33r Newbie

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    i don't think that it's necessary to add "ice cream" as each one of your tags. although, in reality...it's not like meta tags or other tags are going to do you much good anyways.
     
  3. nYXem

    nYXem Power Member

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    Do it the first way. Meta keywords should be the keywords users search for. Use the exact keywords that are generally searched, whether they contain one common word or not.
    Add keywords are still needed because although Google ignores them, there are some search engines that use them. And there's no harm in using them, so use them lol
     
  4. Chrisss

    Chrisss Senior Member

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    Use the kw phases that you optimize that particular page for.
     
  5. n2zen

    n2zen Regular Member

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    Meta keywords are a complete waste of time.

    Take those 5 minutes and spend them optimizing your meta title and meta description, H1, image title/alt, bolded phrases, 3% keyword saturation and internal linking link anchors.
     
  6. Chrisss

    Chrisss Senior Member

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    G don't use them at the moment. But you don't know how the algorithmic will look like in the future or how other search engine are build up.

    It takes 2-3 sec to make a few kw so I can't see any argument not to do, while you already are building your site.
     
  7. webfusjon

    webfusjon Newbie

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    My preferred method, which works well, is to view a key "phrase" as multiples of keywords or other phrases.

    For instance, if I optimise a page for the phrase "horse racing jobs usa" I will have it in the URL, <title>, <description>, <keywords> and <h1>, <h2> and text for that page.

    the URL would be ...com/horse-racing-jobs-usa.html

    The beauty if this approach is that I have optimised the page for the EXACT phrase "horse racing jobs usa" but I have also inadvertantly (on purpose) optimised the site for the additional [BROAD] search keywords below:

    - horse
    - racing
    - jobs
    - usa
    - horse racing
    - horse racing jobs
    - racing jobs
    - racing jobs usa
    - jobs usa

    ... and possibly other random combinations.

    When conducting the keyword research I always start by asking myself, "what would I search for?"


    On a separate note, Google doesn't (apparently) use the <keywords> meta-tag but the others do, so it's well worth using it properly. What Google DOES use, is the <description> meta, often as the site description displayed in search results and it puts reasonable significance on the early placement of the keyword/phrase in that description.

    So, in answer to your question, concentrate on LONG-TAIL phrases, not the general 1-2 word keywords.

    The best option is something like;

    <meta name="keywords" content="best blueberry ice cream,buy blueberry ice cream,blueberry ice cream,how to make blueberry ice cream,blueberry ice cream recipes"

    That's how I roll...!!
     
  8. Chrisss

    Chrisss Senior Member

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    Mr. G haven't used meta description as a ranking parameter for years.
    http://www.seomoz.org/learn-seo/meta-description

    The meta description tag only purpose is to make a teaser that will increase your CTR.
     
  9. domainlords

    domainlords Newbie

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    yes they do

    they look at everything

    but, it isn't a major thing, but it can push you over the rest

    but, if you know what you're doing, you can park a new domain with a blank page on page 1 of google

    but for major terms, your meta better be right, or you will be ignored
     
  10. Chrisss

    Chrisss Senior Member

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    Source?