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Re: [Bug 6853] New: restore meta keywords, search engines use them

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 15:03:04 +0200
Message-ID: <4A8BF808.1070006@gmx.de>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
CC: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> ...
> http://searchenginewatch.com/2165061
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta_element#The_keywords_attribute
> http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ranking-factors#f5
> http://www.searchengineguide.com/richard-ball/meta-keywords-a.php
> Most search engines completely ignore it.  Yahoo still uses it, but
> admits it places little importance on the value.  It's not clear
> whether or not Google uses it, but the SEO experts in the SEOMOZ
> article clearly believe it has little to no value when optimizing for
> the big G.
> ...

Interesting, but no proof.

I happen to know that a certain crawler I helped writing many years ago 
*does* extract keywords. Maybe it makes a difference on whether you're 
crawling "trusted" data or not, though. But that shouldn't influence the 
HTML5 language itself, only potentially advice on how and when to use it.

BR, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 13:03:45 UTC

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