Are meta keywords still important?

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Hi.. just want to know if keyword meta tags are still important as the same they were in past? If not, then why they were not important in seo now?
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  • Profile picture of the author delton yell
    The meta keyword tag has become fairly worthless, particularly with Google, Yahoo and Bing. Other smaller search engines may still be using the meta keyword tag as an indicator of what the page is about.
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    • Profile picture of the author jwmann2
      Keywords are very important in article titles posted to your website. I wouldn't target more than two keywords per page or article but just make your content look natural and informative to readers and you will be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author net4rx
    Different search engine have different policy if we do SEO by only targeting Google then meta keyword is not useful and if we do SEO for yahoo and Bing it can be effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author andishm
    I have heard and read all over internet that Search engines no more prefer meta keywords thus having that or not having that donot make any big difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author brswonga
    theres no harm in using them just incase. With all these new updates, it wouldnt surprise me if they threw it back into the mix
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  • Profile picture of the author Igal Zeifman
    Google dose not look at Meta-Keywords (as was clearly stated by Matt Cutts). Other SE and information gathering tools might use Keywords Meta. It dosen`t "hurts" you to have them but don`t waste time on them.

    I would suggest a long "all in one" keyword list that will be true for all pages on site.
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    • Profile picture of the author pasik
      Originally Posted by Igal Zeifman View Post

      I would suggest a long "all in one" keyword list that will be true for all pages on site.
      I wouldn't use exactly same meta keywords in every page of your site. Even though meta keywords normally don't harm your site, having same keywords in every page will certainly cause "red flags" in search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chronic IM
    hello!

    Yeah, keyword meta was important before google or yahoo and bing,too. They became pretty much useless now. I hope that helped you in a way or so.

    Best of Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author addlinkweb
    meta keywords are effecting over optimization and Google even doesn't read them, so they are useless now, and can harm your site if keyword density becomes high due to meta keywords
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  • Profile picture of the author zentess
    I heard they are not important for rankings, but it nevertheless helps to have them in place.
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  • Profile picture of the author carsonben
    I still use them and especially for individual page keywords. I try not to have more than 10 if possible. Google ranks pages, so individual page title tags are extremely important.

    I also limit pages to only 1 or 2 keywords and build additional pages as I need them for new keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author msu
    Don't use them. No major search engine reads them. There's no sense in adding them "just in case" - that's just making your HTML bloated and site loading time is an important factor these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeoAdsenseLover
    Google and more search engine do not care meta keywords now.
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  • Profile picture of the author webdevpro
    Long ago major search engines started ignoring the contents in meta keywords tag as webmasters started spoiling this to manipulate the search results.
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  • Profile picture of the author justin44
    Meta keywords is not that important anymore though if you want your page/site to follow the SEO standard, you can still still use it. Besides, it won't harm your website as long as you put only relevant keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author smileverse
    However, they are not useful with Google and i am not very sure about other search engines. Google can look for the relevant keywords by looking into your websites content.
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  • Profile picture of the author seotrafficsearch
    Not really. Google picks up appropriate content from your webpage and adds it to various meta tags. If you use wordpress, you may simple type in tags and description in slots provided by Meta plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author wakas
    Meta keywords are not so important to Google and other search engines.But you should pay your full attention to Meta title and meta description.especially to Meta Title.
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  • Profile picture of the author diyakapoor
    Now, Google doesn't give any importance to meta keywords tag. So, if you are particularly working for Google, no need to use this tag
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  • Profile picture of the author isha1234
    Meta tags are important of a webpage. It is a snippet of code, that gives the brief introduction about a webpage to the search engine spider and user.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brrainstormerr
    metatags do not affect search engine rankings in Google. Using it or not, makes no difference, there is no harm or advantage, per say... However, i would rather choose to not use them as your competitors could easily take a look at those pages and see what your target keywords are... why give away a hard earned keyword research to your competitor for free?
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    • Profile picture of the author SarahMcCrary
      Meta keywords tag isn't important anymore. I'd recommend you not to waste your time in meta keywords tag.
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    • Profile picture of the author johnes4th
      Originally Posted by Brrainstormerr View Post

      However, i would rather choose to not use them as your competitors could easily take a look at those pages and see what your target keywords are... why give away a hard earned keyword research to your competitor for free?
      Couldn't agree more... I love it when I enter a niche a majority of the top ranking sites use meta keywords... gives me a great starting point for additional research and helps get those first 10-20 pages up much faster.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by DavidTiger View Post

      yeap...
      They place a vital place in search of Google Yahoo Bing and etc. They are the breath for ranking sites. Without them how can a search engine knows that this site regarding to that search.
      Definitely they are important..
      Sure. Yup. Clueless!

      This whole thread is garbage. Why do people keep piling
      the trash on?

      meta keywords has been off the table for years.

      Anyone who says it's useful for any real search engine,
      is someone who knows absolutely nothing.

      Just look at the replies. No wonder you people fail.
      Clueless.

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

        Sure. Yup. Clueless!

        This whole thread is garbage. Why do people keep piling
        the trash on?

        meta keywords has been off the table for years.

        Anyone who says it's useful for any real search engine,
        is someone who knows absolutely nothing.

        Just look at the replies. No wonder you people fail.
        Clueless.

        Paul
        You can contribute to the conversation without being rude.

        This is bad behavior.
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        • Profile picture of the author paulgl
          Originally Posted by Wakunahum View Post

          You can contribute to the conversation without being rude.

          This is bad behavior.
          And that's a bad answer. This thread needs rude. It's full of
          BS replies. Is that what you want and like?!?!?!?!

          As in this gem:
          Originally Posted by wakas View Post

          Meta keywords are not so important to Google and other search engines.But you should pay your full attention to Meta title and meta description.especially to Meta Title.
          Meta title!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!
          That alone shows the BS and wannabe-syndrome here. meta title went out
          with the dinosaur. That has not been used since the before the last ice age.

          Yes, there is a meta tag that is title, but it aint used in 2012.
          Wake up people! When you say stuff like meta title, when you
          MUST mean the regular title tag, no meta, what does this thread
          show?

          Get a grip.

          This thread should have ended after the first reply.
          Meta keyword is useless. Period.

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

            And that's a bad answer. This thread needs rude. It's full of
            BS replies. Is that what you want and like?!?!?!?!

            Paul
            There is NO need to be rude on the warrior forum at all.

            You can make your points without being rude.

            Please read the rules before posting again.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        Sure. Yup. Clueless!

        This whole thread is garbage. Why do people keep piling
        the trash on?

        meta keywords has been off the table for years.

        Anyone who says it's useful for any real search engine,
        is someone who knows absolutely nothing.

        Just look at the replies. No wonder you people fail.
        Clueless.

        Paul

        lol ..........
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  • Profile picture of the author pindians007
    meta keyword tags are only used to notify your prior keywords to search engines so they are always useful if you use them in a correct manner,sometimes they also effect the density of page.so better you have different pages for different keywords and then having different keyword tags
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  • Profile picture of the author C Rebecca
    Meta keywords tag is no longer important for Google because webmasters have abused its usage. But, I am sure you are not optimizing your website for Google only, so you need to include them in your page for good ranking in other search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stanislav ILiev
    They are important before. but isn't important anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author marley
    I think Bing (Yahoo search) still uses the meta keywords tag. However, since most traffic comes from Google they are no longer important.
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  • Profile picture of the author jewelraz
    Meta keyword seems don't have any value these days. Though you can use 2 or 3 keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    The keyword meta tag is awesome, it makes it easier to grab the competition keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author patco
    Yeah meta keywords will help you rank better in search engines. They will "tell" google that your meta keywords are the most important keywords for your website... That's why they should be UNIQUE for each page in your website!
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by patco View Post

      Yeah meta keywords will help you rank better in search engines. They will "tell" google that your meta keywords are the most important keywords for your website... That's why they should be UNIQUE for each page in your website!
      I rest my case....

      Anyone really think meta keywords will help you rank
      better in search engines?

      ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Some of you are just clueless and hopeless.

      Every other reply in this thread is just silly.

      Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author Leo Wadsworth
    While I might not be as forceful as Paul I have to agree - it is frustrating to see bad/wrong/outdated answers in the forum. I haven't recommended using meta keywords in a looooong time. I guess in theory some of the tiny minor players might look at them, but I'm willing to risk it.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by Leo Wadsworth View Post

      While I might not be as forceful as Paul I have to agree - it is frustrating to see bad/wrong/outdated answers in the forum. I haven't recommended using meta keywords in a looooong time. I guess in theory some of the tiny minor players might look at them, but I'm willing to risk it.
      Outdated answers and outdated members.

      Get a life people. Seriously.

      I wonder if Wakunahum even reads any answers...
      Oh. Must be too busy working on meta keywords...

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

        Outdated answers and outdated members.

        Get a life people. Seriously.

        I wonder if Wakunahum even reads any answers...
        Oh. Must be too busy working on meta keywords...

        Paul
        I don't use meta keywords anymore. I read this thread to see what others thought and noticed that you were being rude to everyone then made it known that you had to be rude.

        If you want to know what I think on a subject, you can ask instead of trying to make fun of me.

        You seriously should read the rules and try to be more polite in the future.
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        • Profile picture of the author paulgl
          Originally Posted by Wakunahum View Post

          I don't use meta keywords anymore. I read this thread to see what others thought and noticed that you were being rude to everyone then made it known that you had to be rude.

          If you want to know what I think on a subject, you can ask instead of trying to make fun of me.

          You seriously should read the rules and try to be more polite in the future.
          I think you need to stop spamming PMs. Read the rules.
          Then grow up.

          Seriously

          Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author bijan814
    it has a one percent value to it. IN the oval picture
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  • Profile picture of the author mariyajames
    At this time, meta tags don't have so much importance as Google does not consider keywords tag while optimizing your website.

    Yes that's true that people still use keywords tag but Google does not shows keywords in search results.
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  • Profile picture of the author traveltext
    I believe you should continue using meta keywords, along with the more important title and description, because should they become part of a future algorithm they are in place and ready to work for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author peter786110
    META Keywords used to be all of the rage back in the day. It was a way to suggest to the search engines what your page is trying to rank for, or essentially, what your page is about. Over the years, Google and Yahoo announced that they are not paying attention to META keywords anymore, and many people stopped using them all together. However, some people still continued to use META keywords. Those who used it were mocked because they were essentially telling their competition what keywords they want to rank for, and what keywords are important to them.

    However, with Bing being the new kid on the SEO block, they are now announcing that they are in fact using the META keywords to rank pages. Since Yahoo search is now powered by Bing, Yahoo search is using META keywords as well.

    So if you are not using META keywords, I would suggest you start. Bing might not be a big player yet, but don't rule them out. Plus, they still have a lot of traffic, even if it is less than Google's. You still want to capitalize on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author seomagik
    Meta tags are almost useless now.
    Google does not read them anymore, but some smaller Search engines do, so it is fine if you put them.
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  • Profile picture of the author fastservices
    of course it is very important it is..
    and this coversion give me the great info also
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    Its not important anymore.
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