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Paul Carmel



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 7:54 am    Post subject: key words & Meta Tags Reply with quote

Are they the same thing?
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Alan Knighting



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul,

Search engines use keywords from the <meta> tag part of the <head> tag to find and index sites. There is a number of kinds of meta tags but the two you would be interested in at the moment are the Description and the Keyword tags.

You would use the Description meta tag to give a short description of your site.

<META NAME="description" CONTENT="your description">

You would use the Keyword meta tag to give a list of keywords, separated by commas, which you think people would use in searching for your site.

<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="your list of words">

I hope I got that right.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul,

They are not the same thing and in fact keywords and Keywords are not the same thing either!

The Keywords tag is as Alan says, where you can fill in your most important words and phrases at the top of your html code. This used to be a way to tell search engines what your site was about and which searches it would be most relevant to. But now it is largely redundant and some experts say you needn't even bother with it.

That's the Keywords 'tag', but when you hear people talk about the keywords they are optimising their site for that refers to anything outside the 'head' part of the html - primarily what is in the text.

Your keywords (which also covers phrases) are in essence those most likely to result in a sale for you. In your case 'corsica villas' might be a good keyword.

Here's an article: "How to Write a Keyword-Rich Home Page the Search Engines Will Love!"

Here is an article on the Description tag

But the most important tag is the Title tag. That is what appears in the bar at the top of your browser window. This tells search engines what your site is about, and it also tells people what it's about, because the Title is typically what is displayed at the top of each result in a page of search engine results. Largely based on that, people will decide whether to click onto your site or not. So you need to make it keyword-rich for the search engines, but also appealing to human eyes.

Here is an article, All about Title Tags.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Paolo.

Perhaps I was wrong in trying to answer Paul's question within the limits of the question? It is really rewarding to get an expanded answer dealing with practicalities and usage rather than just "what are these things?". Once again hands on beats theory into a cocked hat.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest news from SEO world...

META tags (especially "description" and "keywords") are to be removed from all pages.

Especially GG will be much happier Wink

this should solve the question... Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is this coming from? Do you have a source website?

I could easily believe that meta tags are useless, but it seems like you're saying a site will be penalized for them. I haven't heard that, but then I don't keep up like I should.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

giofed wrote:
Especially GG will be much happier Wink
Do you mean me? Very Happy Oh, I get it, GG also stands for Google!

Seriously useful links Paolo. I'm now off to see what else I can dig up on http://www.wordtracker.com/ - have discovered there's a free trial on offer at the moment!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Especially GG will be much happier
Do you mean me? Oh, I get it, GG also stands for Google


I really thought he meant you as well Gasc Shocked
.....But I spos theyre are other GGs out there[not as beautiful as you though Rolling Eyes ]
rumour has it that MG might stand for something other than Mountain Goat but surely not....... Confused Shocked Laughing


Thanks for the Link and Paolos ....Im looking into this as I feel I will have to do the deed....sooner or later.....Ooherr..... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:50 am    Post subject: info Reply with quote

I do not recommend that at all. Google may not put much relevance on the keywords tag, but they still use the description tag a lot for the search results description.

And you need to think about more then google. Many other searhc engines do in fact use them.


giofed wrote:
Latest news from SEO world...

META tags (especially "description" and "keywords") are to be removed from all pages.

Especially GG will be much happier Wink

this should solve the question... Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:27 pm    Post subject: Tags Reply with quote

Make sure that you use the Description Meta Tag as this is certainly used by search engines - including Google. Also, the Title is used and is essential. Others are less important but won't harm.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

giofed wrote:
Latest news from SEO world...

META tags (especially "description" and "keywords") are to be removed from all pages.

Especially GG will be much happier Wink

this should solve the question... Smile
Google phased out keyword meta tags a few years ago due to the way it was being abused.

See here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK7IPbnmvVU

More info here:
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Full list of Google supported meta tags:
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=79812

Keep in mind that other search engines (although very few now) still use the key word tag.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmm has anyone noticed how old this thread is?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting Barrylakes.

Does Google still penalise duplicate content? Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windy wrote:
Interesting Barrylakes.

Does Google still penalise duplicate content? Wink
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