Keywords Meta Tag Useless for Google SEO

By Posted 2009 Updated   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.

  11. Minh Mcmillon says:

    Good piece of writing, this is very similar to a site that I have. Please check it out sometime and feel free to leave me a comenet on it and tell me what you think. Im always looking for feedback.

  12. Nathan Smith says:

    Excellent advice – thanks for clearing this up. Wonder how much longer before the other major search engines follow suit.

  13. Johnny says:

    Never liked the keyword meta tag, now I can finally forget about it completely!

  14. Duane says:

    Thank you for the information it was very helpful. I’m kinda new to marketing so I’m always eager to learn something new. Meta tags are the past for certain search engines an to the best of my knowledge Google, one of the top 3, happens to be one of them. Thanks again!!

  15. bart says:

    Much appreciate the update as I have been working to make my site more google’icious.

  16. Earl says:

    Good advice with regard to Google, but it sounds to me like the meta tag has some marginal value with other search engines.

  17. seo and backlinking says:

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this article plus the rest of the site is also very good.

  18. View says:

    I have read somewhere that out of 10 marks of Onpage SEO, Meta keywords has only 0.2 marks where as Meta Description has 1 mark out of 10. That means Meta keywords has no big mean nowadays in SEO.

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