Question: I have over a thousand keywords in my metatags. Does that help or hurt my Google searches?
Answer: Meta tags are a bit confusing. There is one very important Meta tag: The META DESCRIPTION tag, and one very unimportant Meta tag: the META KEYWORD tag.
Many webmasters ‘stuff’ their META KEYWORD tag with lots and lots of irrelevant keywords. So the general consensus is that Google, Yahoo, and Bing ignore this tag. It can’t hurt you, but it probably doesn’t help you one bit. What I do is put three or four keywords into it – mainly for myself to remind me, what keywords are more targets for any given page.
The META DESCRIPTION tag is entirely different. See my blog post on Meta Description Tag and SEO.
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