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Keyword meta's Can someone please clarify

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by M1ndfluX, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. M1ndfluX

    M1ndfluX Senior Member

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    Hi all,


    Ok i am somewhat confused here.

    Now i am an ' old school ' guy here and i always thought that the keywords in your meta tags really made a huge difference.

    Only now i am getting a bit confused about this because i read different stories on the web lately.

    Can some seo wiz here please clarify.

    I understand that google doesnt care anymore for the meta keywords but more about the targeted keywords in the content right?

    I also understood that yahoo still cares about the meta's.

    Now i always wanna do my homework right when setting up a new site because most of my income depends on organic visitors from google.

    Thanks if someone could clarify.
     
  2. nufaman

    nufaman Elite Member

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    Keyword metatags werre used in the 90's
     
  3. M1ndfluX

    M1ndfluX Senior Member

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    Yeah i know, thats when i started doing my thing on the net but just to make sure, i don't need to put in the meta keyword tags in nowadays?
     
  4. BigEasy

    BigEasy Junior Member

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    People say that they are ignored. I feel it can't hurt and still stick them in there. I still put about 4 - 8 words/terms on each page. But I'm like you. I started IM in the 90's.
     
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  5. Sharkattack

    Sharkattack Registered Member

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    I use all the meta tags, no matter if its relevant or not to SE's.
     
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  6. GreenGoblin

    GreenGoblin BANNED BANNED

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    Exactly...its good seo practice to do it correctly.
     
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  7. M1ndfluX

    M1ndfluX Senior Member

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    Yeah you guys are right. Im doing it also properly and i will continue doing that. It could be sometimes a bit time consuming to get the right serps and stuff but it will payout eventually.
     
  8. Kid Shaleen

    Kid Shaleen Regular Member

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    Keywords harken back to academia and the days of the blazingly-fast 1200 kbs modems, providing a bandwidth-efficient way of describing articles and books.

    So, naturally, the concept transferred to the web in the early days.

    As the web's technology expanded the who basis for keywords dropped; fast and cheap bandwidth let's you be lots less "efficient."

    But it didn't mean that keywords suddenly changed into bad things or had a negative effect; it only meant that there were other things, like page title, that played important roles.

    People are correct when they say that different search engines place different values on keywords. So my overall conclusion is to use metatags they way they've always been used: it might not help with this or that engine but they can never hurt.

    PS: There are an enormous number of different metatags in use that don't seem to have made it into seo discussions. For example, look at the New York Times code (and consider how you might use the other not-well-known tags to stuff keywords without actually stuffing:


    <title>G.O.P. Forces New House Vote on Fixes to Health Bill - NYTimes.com</title>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
    <meta name="description" content="Republicans early on Thursday morning identified parliamentary problems that will require the reconciliation measure to be sent back to the House.">
    <meta name="keywords" content="Health Insurance and Managed Care,Law and Legislation,Reform and Reorganization,Republican Party,Senate,House of Representatives">
    <meta name="ROBOTS" content="NOARCHIVE">
    <meta name="DISPLAYDATE" content="March 25, 2010">
    <meta name="hdl" content="G.O.P. Forces New House Vote on Fixes to Health Bill ">
    <meta name="byl" content="By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ROBERT PEAR">
    <meta name="lp" content="Republicans early on Thursday morning identified parliamentary problems that will require the reconciliation measure to be sent back to the House.">
    <meta name="cre" content="The New York Times">
    <meta name="edt" content="The New York Times on the Web">
    <meta name="pdate" content="20100325">
    <meta name="ttl" content="">
    <meta name="virtloc" content="">
    <meta name="des" content="Health Insurance and Managed Care;Law and Legislation;Reform and Reorganization">
    <meta name="per" content="">
    <meta name="org" content="Republican Party;Senate;House of Representatives">
    <meta name="geo" content="">
    <meta name="misspelling" content="">
    <meta name="dat" content="March 25, 2010">
    <meta name="tom" content="News">
    <meta name="cat" content="">
    <meta name="col" content="">
    <meta name="dsk" content="Health / Money & Policy">
    <meta name="articleid" content="1247467444861">
    <meta name="ARTICLE_TEMPLATE_VERSION" content="700">
    <meta name="hdr_img" content="">
    <meta name="thumbnail" content="">
    <meta name="thumbnail_height" content="">
    <meta name="thumbnail_width" content="">
    <meta name="xlarge" content="">
    <meta name="xlarge_height" content="">
    <meta name="xlarge_width" content="">
    <meta name="CG" content="health">
    <meta name="SCG" content="policy">
    <meta name="PT" content="Article">
    <meta name="PST" content="News">
    <link rel="canonical" href="[deleted by the Kid]">