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    Meta tags- should we use them or not?

    Hi

    I was wondering what your opinion of Meta tags is. Should they be in the head section, or are they not worth it? Most search engines dont use them, so why include them?

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    I actually use them for myself.

    When editing pages, I can add a revision date in with the author tag,
    make comments and help me get a quick view when I open up several
    "index.html" files at the same time, while I'm editing with the word
    processor.

    Some search engines do take the description tag and display them on
    the first few lines of the search results.

    I find ranking makes no difference whether they're there or not.

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    Theres no good reason NOT to use them. It takes 30 seconds to do, why would you not bother?

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    I don't know, I was just wondering if they were still part of accepted web design. I hadn't heard much about them for a while, so I thought I'd find out

    Thanks for your input

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    Didn't Google stop using metatags and using searching on content instead?

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    Google doesn't use meta keywords in ranking.

    Yahoo plus Ask Jeeves, do look at the Meta keywords tag, and do index its contents. But that doesn't mean that filling this tag the same keywords you've optimized your page for will boost it in the rankings.

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    I also remember reading that Google will penalize you if you do use the keywords meta tag and put keywords in there that don't apply to the page, e.g. they don't actually appear in any of the content text.
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    That makes sense. There's nothing more annoying than searching for something, thinking you found exactly what you are looking for, and then finding out that the site had lots of misleading keywords and really doesn't have what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy
    I also remember reading that Google will penalize you if you do use the keywords meta tag and put keywords in there that don't apply to the page, e.g. they don't actually appear in any of the content text.
    Google does penalise for keyword stuffing but as long as you're sensible with it you wont need to worry about that.

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    just to confirm,i've got this meta code in my file. wonder if it's the right way to do it?

    <meta name ="description" http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content = "no";charset=iso-8859-1>
    <meta name="keywords" content="drinks,cafe,dino,food,cakes,family restaurant">

    ?? is this the right way? funny that i have two 'meta name' tags. saw this from a webby =x

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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy
    I also remember reading that Google will penalize you if you do use the keywords meta tag and put keywords in there that don't apply to the page, e.g. they don't actually appear in any of the content text.
    I doubt they're that daconian. After all, almost every site which uses keyword meta elements uses the same keywords on every page of their site. It's unlikely that every keyword used actually appears on every page of a site, so Google would be killing alot of worthwhile sites if it were to penalise them on that basis.

    Quote Originally Posted by whizard
    That makes sense. There's nothing more annoying than searching for something, thinking you found exactly what you are looking for, and then finding out that the site had lots of misleading keywords and really doesn't have what you're looking for.
    Afaik, Google won't return a page for a keyword search if that keyword only appears in the meta elements (and not in the page content).
    It could be that the page has changed since Google last indexed it.

    There is, however, a portion of the Google algo that will sometimes list a page simply because the keyword appears in the text of a link (or image link alt text?) pointing to that page - even if that keyword doesn't actually appear on the destination page itself.
    Last edited by Bill Posters; 12-01-2005 at 11:58 AM.


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