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Are META tags dead?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by BingoBob, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. BingoBob

    BingoBob Newbie

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    I have just lost an argument of meta tags, yet again.

    Which of the following work for you?
    HTML:
    <title>Site name - Page title - Keyword description</title>
    <meta name="description" content="A blurb to describe the content of the page appears here" />
    <meta name=?keywords? content=?shoe, shoes, shoee, shos, footwear? />
    Or are they all dead?
     
  2. mark0v

    mark0v Junior Member

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    you need the title. the description tag might actually hinder you. the keywords tag is probably irrelevant. just my best guess.
     
  3. charliebones

    charliebones Regular Member

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    Site Name - YES

    Description - 50/50 if you can use your main keyword and keep it short and relevant then YES

    Keywords - Currently irrelevant
     
  4. accelerator_dd

    accelerator_dd Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Okay so this is the thing most people fail to understand:
    Googlebot is smart. Some people say it's one of the best AI bots. If you overuse meta-tags of course it would be out of the question. If you don't it's point +.

    Good usage:buy viagra, viagra for men, getting viagra
    bad usage:buy viagra, buy viagra now, buy more viagra (all start with one same part).
     
  5. littleg2008

    littleg2008 Senior Member

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    Search engines still use all three (except google doesnt with the meta keywords)

    however just being picky here but having your site name at the start of the page title is very bad SEO practice - This should be at the end. Have the page contents keywords at the start
     
  6. KeyzDT

    KeyzDT Power Member

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    I read somewhere that Yahoo cares about META but the other SEs dont. I wouldnt make a big deal out of them either way.
     
  7. Proteus

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    Having the site name at the end of the title dilutes the titles keyword density. So be careful.