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Competitor using my brand name as one of his meta keywords

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by imvtc, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. imvtc

    imvtc Newbie

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    A competitor is using my business name as a meta keyword for their website. How bad is this? Should I even worry about it? I currently rank in top 3 for each of my keywords. Furthermore, if it is bad, what should I do about it?
    Thank you!
    Sorry if this is a stupid question, I am new!
     
  2. GoTRooT

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    Meta keywords do nothing but show what you want to your competitor.No issue here, just keep an eye on him :)
     
  3. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    Meta keywords are essentially ignored. If it were in the title or desc, it might matter. By the way, if he has it in the desc or title and not in the content, he is hurting himself. Big SEO no-no.

    Personally, unless he is using it in advertising, I would ignore it.
     
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    Truth is, it can just be a futile fight, i advice you channel your energy into creating a real brand and he will shy away like a sheep or get bursted with a click of a button report.
     
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    Your focus shouldn't be here. If you're not ranking #1 with sitelinks for your own brand name, then you should be focused on *quality traffic* first-- after you get lots of people knowing and searching brand, then worry about competitors parasiting off your name at that time. ;)
     
  7. ProAffiliate01

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    If you own those keywords I think you have a right to be concerned. What to do about it, I'm not sure but keep an eye on that competitor.
     
  8. ethanmitchel

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    I've also noticed that meta keywords don't mean anything to Google, the only reason why you may have them is for other people to know what words your site may be ranking for, which btw YOU-DO-NOT-WANT.
     
  9. Companynaming

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    In my opinion, Never put a trademark in your meta tags with the goal of drawing traffic away from a competitor or confusing the customers. This can land you in very hot water.