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09-23-2005, 06:25 PM
Is having too many keywords a bad thing?
Should I use multiple meta tags to make a long list into multiple short lists?

09-24-2005, 07:58 AM
Google doesn't care about keywords at all. Other search engines? I don't think anybody cares...

Concentrate on your website content, make your site interesting and user friendly, make frequent updates...

It will find its way on the Web eventually.

09-24-2005, 08:19 AM
I realize google doesn't care - but there's obviously a reason for keywords and the internet is much bigger than google although sometimes we forget this.

I'm hoping someone can shed some light on the mysterious meta.

09-24-2005, 09:59 PM
the internet is much bigger than google although sometimes we forget this.

Not really. ;)

09-25-2005, 04:08 AM
9 out of 10 search engines no longer pay attention to the Keywords field due to too much abuse (people putting in keywords that had nothing to do with their site to generate traffic).

The main things search engines look at these days are:

- Meta description tag
- Page content
- Page count (this is the reason for gateway pages seen on many eCommerce sites)

Hope this helps @_@

09-25-2005, 10:55 AM
You don't have to look around very long to see that every search engine optimizer uses the meta keywords and description tags.

10-03-2005, 10:48 PM
why do you need to put many keywords in the first place? just try to stick to the ones that are the most important and use them as the keywords...

besides you do not have any idea which ones the search engine will use if you put on too many keywords...maybe it will just pick one to three at most.

10-03-2005, 11:06 PM
Actually search engines do look at them (including Google) but mainly to look for abuse. Like if you specify a keyword that doesn't show up on the page, that is considered abuse and can potentially detract from your ranking.

These days though, the key to have a good ranking is have a good signal-to-noise ratio, make frequent updates, and have links to other sites and have other sites that link to you.

10-04-2005, 09:18 AM
Most SEO experts seem to agree that having too many kewords is indeed detrimental to your SE ranking. Five to seven keywords seems to be the optimal amount, provided that they are actually relevant to the page they are contained in, as Oracleguy already mentioned.

10-04-2005, 01:23 PM
In this context, the following article may be of interest (spotted on Mezzoblue (http://www.mezzoblue.com/)):

Ethical Search Engine Optimization (http://www.returnofdesign.com/81/ethical-seach-engine-optimization.html) (on Return Of Design (http://www.returnofdesign.com/)).