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Are meta keywords worth using these days

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mistajay1031, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. mistajay1031

    mistajay1031 Registered Member

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    I have a question for you guys. I appreciate any help!

    I been getting a lot of mixed answers on whether it is effective to use meta keywords. I have read that Google doesn't care about them but other search engines might. I'm just trying to figure out what the majority of you are doing. I always thought it was common practice to include a couple keywords on your homepage, but I am starting to have my doubts. Could the meta keyword tag have negative effects on ranking?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. innozemec

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    For G i dont think they matter in anyway now (be it positive or negative), but for other SEs i think they still count, so i am just used to write them
     
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    Only google ignores that tag. You should use it, won't have a negative impact on the website.
     
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    seocrab Senior Member

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    As innozemec said, not worth it for Google, but other search engines like them still. In fact, I think that makes them more valuable than ever; if people are ONLY optimising for Google these days, it makes it easier to rank on Yahoo, Bing etc.
     
  5. BusinessMagnet

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    I have been using it from long. So it doesn't matter whether Google consider it or not, i'll continue using it.
     
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    Don't forget Yahoo has a big share in search and Search engines like Yahoo and Bing still focus on keyword meta tag.
     
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    dinkish Power Member

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    Don't keyword stuff or make it too long though. Look up the suggested max characters and abide by it.
     
  9. briptech

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    I basically agree with this sight.

    Anyway, if you are using WordPress as a CMS plus the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin, there is an option to enable/disable the meta keywords tags in your post/pages. Could this be a signal that setting the meta keywords disabled is better than keeping it enabled? Don't really know...

    Btw I am still using it. I don't think it is useful in terms of ranking, but who knows?

    FYI there are also the same concerns out there about the use or not for the tags in WordPress: many SEOers out there are suggesting to completely disable the use of tags in WordPress... well, I still have a huge percentage of my ranking(s) due to the tags, so I won't disable them until I see them disappearing from SERPs.
     
  10. luke6966

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    It doesn't hurt to use them, but you won't see much benefit from it.
     
  11. nanavlad

    nanavlad Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Personally i always use them.
    Even if google say they don't count them now
    They may sometime in the future
     
  12. Shakeel123

    Shakeel123 Newbie

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    can say when the updates may change you can use meta tags unless and until it is not affecting your website.
     
  13. Ash2012

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    Just because Google & Yahoo don't use them how they used to, it doesn't mean you should do likewise. There are plenty of other reasons to keep them and until I am told with 100% authority that they're either (a) total waste of a few mins each page, or (b) have negative effects on rank, I'll continue to use them.

    Yoast is actually ok for WP sites, but I still tend to write all that stuff when I write the page anyway, as a matter of habit more than anything else.
     
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