Is meta tag keyword irrelevant?

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I am getting really low traffic on my website. So I was searching about this online and stumbled upon a google video which says meta keyword tag is irrelevant for SEO now.

So my question is should I remove the meta keyword tag?

if not,

I have a blog (google blog) and so I have put meta keyword tag in template, is there any way to have separate meta keyword tag for each post?
#irrelavant #keyword #meta #tag
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  • Profile picture of the author Tommy91
    Google has long ignored the meta keywork tag to rank ratings. So you can leave it blank, instead you should research keywords carefully and learn about keyword density.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOptimization@1
    If you want to rank in Google, Meta Tag will not help, but if you want to rank in Bing - Meta Tag helps.

    Keeping as it is will not harm your website.

    In order to have separate meta keywords, install "All In One SEO" Plugin and write metas for individual for each post.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Naseem Kaloo
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    Meta tags are no more intended to rank you higher. But you can still keep them on your webpage as they make no harm to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Naksh Kaloo
    It is up to you if you want to remove it or not but on the whole it makes no difference in rankings as it is not taken into consideration by Google now.
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  • Profile picture of the author KylieSweet
    Meta tag keywords are still relevant but not as a basis in ranking site pages so use it for helping your users find your page/s and not as a manipulating method.
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  • Profile picture of the author deeps
    there is no use of meta keywords in seo now so dont waste your time.
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  • Profile picture of the author deepikac
    Meta tags won't help in ranking factors.But it helps the search engines to find your page easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Meta keyword tags have been useless for SEO for a decade. If you want your competitors to know what keywords your pages are targeting, keep on using them!

    Oh, and Bing DOES NOT use the meta keyword tag for SEO ranking purposes other than as a NEGATIVE signal. https://yoast.com/meta-keywords/
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    • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      Meta keyword tags have been useless for SEO for a decade. If you want your competitors to know what keywords your pages are targeting, keep on using them!
      your competitors?

      What about G. 'competitors' like Bing, for example and others
      that still are using keywords and other metas ignored by Google?

      ?

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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by fastreplies View Post

        your competitors?

        What about G. 'competitors' like Bing, for example and others
        that still are using keywords and other metas ignored by Google?

        ?

        fastreplies
        Did you not follow the link in my post and then follow the other links in that post where Bing's Duane Forester said Bing uses meta tags as a NEGATIVE signal of a spammy site. Here is a link to the article where he says it - The Meta Keywords Tag Lives At Bing & Why Only Spammers Should Use It

        Please tell me of a search engine that anyone cares about where meta tags actually help your website.
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        • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
          Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

          Did you not follow the link in my post and then follow the other links in that post where Bing's Duane Forester said Bing uses meta tags as a NEGATIVE signal of a spammy site. Here is a link to the article where he says it -
          I never wasting my time on reading garbage articles simply because if someone says
          that he knows more than https://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_meta_name.asp
          what is good for your site, in my book is blubbering fool who is trying to make
          verbal puke stupidity to sound credible.

          Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

          Please tell me of a search engine that anyone cares about where meta tags actually help your website.
          You tell me how meta keywords harms it. Now, can you?



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          • Profile picture of the author paulgl
            Originally Posted by fastreplies View Post

            You tell me how meta keywords harms it. Now, can you?


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            It doesn't harm you. It also does not work and is a complete waste of time.

            Why not write your domain on a piece of paper. Put it under your pillow and sleep on it.

            Now, just like you said...

            You tell me how "sleeping on a piece of paper" harms it. Now, can you?



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            • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
              Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

              It doesn't harm you. It also does not work and is a complete waste of time.

              Why not write your domain on a piece of paper. Put it under your pillow and sleep on it.

              Now, just like you said...

              You tell me how "sleeping on a piece of paper" harms it. Now, can you?
              Nice blah, blah, blah lyrics. Can you put that to music and to write some song?



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          • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
            Originally Posted by fastreplies View Post

            I never wasting my time on reading garbage articles simply because if someone says
            that he knows more than https://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_meta_name.asp
            what is good for your site, in my book is blubbering fool who is trying to make
            verbal puke stupidity to sound credible.



            You tell me how meta keywords harms it. Now, can you?



            fastreplies
            I don't need to tell you. Follow the link and let Bing's Duane Forester tell you how they see it as a spammy signal. And yeah, I think Duane Forester knows how his company's search engine works a little better than a w3schools guide that might have been written a decade ago does.

            But, go ahead and still use them. You seem to know more than the people who actually work at the search engines.
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  • of course , you can change meta tags, its most important part of SEO, its show your website service & come in SERP. Meta must relevant according to your service or bussiness.
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  • Keywords meta tag is totally irrelevant these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author ecengineers
    Meta tag is not important, it's just tell you about what inside the webpages. You have to create powerful backlink on dofollow third party sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author carsonsbrook
    The giant SE Google simply ignores the meta tag these days. So, make your decision what you want to do with your meta keyword tag.
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  • Profile picture of the author singhgeeta
    meta tag keywords are ignored by Google these days..so its better to leave them..
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  • Profile picture of the author alex93
    I would be asking, does this keyword have any traffic, first thing i would check is the keyword searches, targeting a keyword with no traffic is fruitless.

    Would also check the value of the keyword, i would write a compelling description as people are more likely to click the link, in fact, it is imperative if you do not have backup content on site which is appeasing at the start and keeps people reading.

    Finally, check backlinks to domains, content on these sites, may even use content structured links.
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  • It must be 10 years since the "Google does not use the keyword tag for ranking" story came out. Everybody bought into it, including myself.


    The truth is, nobody really knows. I believe that the keyword tag has its purpose, if not for ranking for other uses. One of those could be to help further determine your page's topic and that has value, not just for ranking. So my own opinion is to use it, help Google and other search engines and even other crawlers that may have nothing to do with ranking. I wouldn't remove it and would continue to add them. Just use properly and don't go overboard; no more than three key phrases and separate them with commas. Don't separate each word with a comma as I've often seen.
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  • Profile picture of the author alex93
    One thing for sure, never, and i mean never use keywords in tags or keyword tags you do not have content for, video or otherwise, doing this is the quickest way to send you site from hero to zero.
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  • Profile picture of the author manivel
    Meta keyword tag will not help you to rank your website or blog in google. But if you want to rank your blog or website in Bing or Yahoo search engines meta keyword tag will help you.
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