Meta Keywords with Commas or Without?

Feb 14, 2006 • 7:40 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization
 

The big comma versus no comma question with meta keywords tag. Do you use a comma to separate them or not? A thread at WebmasterWorld named Does Yahoo Prefer Meta Keywords with Commas? discusses the case with Yahoo! We all know Yahoo! does look at the meta keyword but places very little weight to the meta tags when ranking a page. According to the thread, you should separate your keyword phrases with commas.

They cite an interview by Mike Grehan of John Glick (who used to work at Yahoo!). Here is part of that conversation quoted;

o Mike:

I guess there's going to be a feeding frenzy on meta tags again, which is going to be quite interesting [laughs] And just when I thought it was safe to bury the meta tags issue! Anyway, for the purpose of getting the facts: how many keywords do you put in a meta keywords tag before you start to flag yourself up as spamming?

o Jon:

Okay here's a couple of parameters. Each keyword is an individual token separated by commas. So that's that. You want to separate these things with commas and not just put one long string of text. The more keywords that are put in and the more they're repeated, the much larger the chance our spam team is going to want to check out that page. It doesn't mean that page is going to get any specific judgement. But it is very much a red flag. For best practice you just need to remember it's for matching - not ranking. Repeating the same word 20 times is only going to raise a red flag... It doesn't increase your likelihood of showing up on any given set of search results. It's just a risk with no benefit.

o Mike:

So I could put, I don't know... er... for instance, ‘laptop computers, desktop computers, palm computers...’

o Jon:

Exactly, and, of course, since each of those is separated by commas, then ‘laptop computers’ will count for ‘laptop computers’ and not ‘laptop’ or ‘computers’ separately. So doing it like that means that you're not going to be penalised for keyword spamming on the word ‘computers’.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Chris

11/24/2010 06:13 am

I was always under the impression that you chose certain 1 word phrases, 2 word phrases etc. e.g. One word : Keywords,Meta,Tags,(etc) Two word : Keyword tags, meta tags, (etc) Three word : Meta keyword tags, (etc) (You use the comma to seperate phrases) "find keywords,meta tags,tags for your website," See above i have used 3 keywords but have used 8 words. Correct me if I'm worng as I'm new to SEO that's how I ended up here and you have me wondering now. Thanks Chris

Chris

11/24/2010 06:13 am

I was always under the impression that you chose certain 1 word phrases, 2 word phrases etc. e.g. One word : Keywords,Meta,Tags,(etc) Two word : Keyword tags, meta tags, (etc) Three word : Meta keyword tags, (etc) (You use the comma to seperate phrases) "find keywords,meta tags,tags for your website," See above i have used 3 keywords but have used 8 words. Correct me if I'm worng as I'm new to SEO that's how I ended up here and you have me wondering now. Thanks Chris

Steven Wolfe

11/24/2010 06:42 pm

I realy hope that commas are the way to go! I have been using them and thats what is suggested by my SEO plugin, however my fathers website, that contains no commas, has a pagerank of 4, while mine is ZERRRROOOOOOOOOO.

Acusteve

12/21/2010 07:52 pm

What about repeating words in combination for example: Senario A: item1, K32 vs Senario B: item1, K32, item1 K32 Would Senario B have a better chance of coming up if the following combination was searched for?SEARCH: "item1 K32" Also, does it matter in which order the words are entered for example: Senario A1: meta keywords ... item1 K32, vs Senario B1: item1 K32, K32 item1 Does word order make a difference on the SEO ranking? Would Senario B1 fair better than Senario A1 if SEARCH: "K32 item1" Thanks!

rytsk

05/28/2011 03:47 am

Because your father’s page is unique and you just copy and past everything.

Caracalforum

07/27/2011 11:52 am

and if i put for example "laptop, computers, laptopcomputers, laptop computers" with space between is it wrong?

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