Question: The DB for my products has an area for keywords for each of my products. Since I have a varity of products, I have been inserting keywords for each product. Will that put too many keywords on my page?
Answer: On of the biggest confusions out there in SEO is – ‘Does Google ignore the META KEYWORDS tag?’ Yes, yes, yes. Google has publically stated that it IGNORES this tag –
Check out this video by Google’s Matt Cutts, on whether they ignore the META KEYWORDS tag – http://tinyurl.com/najsxf. Can’t get more public than that.
That said, the META KEYWORD tag does a lot of damage to the Web community. Many platforms such as WordPress or Go Daddy’s Website tonight DO ask you for your keywords… And then people think that once the have inputted their keywords, they have actually made an impact on their SEO. But, sadly, that’s not true. So it’s a terrible combination – they THINK that by entering keywords they have actually done something, and they are given the FALSE impression that their SEO efforts actually did something… Which they didn’t. It would be better if the software didn’t ask at all.
So – sadly – your software is misleading you, if that text is going into the META KEYWORDS (do a VIEW, SOURCE in your outputted HTML and verify). As Google ignores it 100%.
Going forward, as we shall learn, you want ONE keyword focus per page. Tightly focused pages are the ones that succeed on Google. A general rule of thumb is ONE keyword family per page, ONLY.
Thanks for asking this important question. I get it frequently, and answer it frequently – it’s probably the No. 1 source of tag confusion out there on the Internet. Yes, Virginia, Google DOES ignore the META KEYWORD tag. So does Bing, for that matter.
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