Keywords Meta Tag Useless for Google SEO

By 21-09-2009   BloggingGoogleSEO

How often do you stuff keywords on the META keywords tag on your html pages? Now Google officially says that Googlebot pays no consideration of META keywords tag for your search engine rankings.

This is how typically a meta keywords tag would look like
<meta name="keywords" content="keyword 1, keyword 2">

Matt Cutts, the famous Google engineer clarified the issue which often confuses webmasters and SEO experts. Now we have an official word from Google that Keywords Meta Tag are not used at all!

Next time some SEO article tries to convince you optimize the meta keywords tag, remember Googlebot will not even bother to index and interpret those keywords, but rather extract keywords from your content.


18 comments on “Keywords Meta Tag Useless for Google SEO

  1. Arun Basil Lal says:

    I guess the META keywords tag still work for Yahoo and Bing.

    Bing can bring pretty decent traffic, so IMO, using meta tags still help.

  2. Chase Sagum says:

    It’s about time this finally became official from Google. There are still idiots out there who teach people about “Meta Keywords” and their effects on Google SERP’s. This hopefully should put an end to that nonsense.

  3. venkat says:

    I am seeing 100s of meta tag keywords in word press blogs . what happens if there will be no keywords in meta tag at all.

  4. Davies Lim says:

    I’ve tried using many keywords in a post and it didn’t help with ranking in Google. Quality of backlinks are more important to rank well especially in Google. so people, build up the backlinks!

  5. Vamsi says:

    Venkat, WordPress is a different story. It is already very SEO friendly. The keywords that you came across in WordPress blogs could be the tags given to a post. Tags help when there is a tag cloud and this tag cloud is helpful to both users in terms of telling the users what topics run on the blog and the bots also helping them to index topics by deep linking a lot of old archived topics for the bots to reach easily and visit often.

  6. Alexa Ellis says:

    There is no replacement for good, quality content, link exchange, and compliant code.

  7. Ira Mann says:

    Thanks for the update. I had heard for a long time that G didn’t look at keyword meta tag and now it’s official. Good To Know!

  8. Sean says:

    This is great. I have been searching for ways to increase my page rank so looks like I don’t need to use these anymore.

  9. Saurabh Kumar says:

    ya i checked google is not read a keyword from meta tag.. nice details.

  10. Email Marketing Solutions says:

    Informative post. hope will help my seo adventure.

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