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

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 08:16:19 -0500
Message-ID: <dd0fbad0908200616n3bef27b8sb6b9af91fc89a45f@mail.gmail.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: Olivier GENDRIN <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 5:16 AM, Julian Reschke<julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
> Olivier GENDRIN wrote:
>>
>> On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 3:28 PM, Tab Atkins Jr.<jackalmage@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Current experts in the field of SEO clearly believe
>>> that @rel=keywords is of little to no use in the real world, and
>>> several (I linked two of them) bluntly recommend not using it at all.
>>
>> It's a mistake to limit keyword to CEO, for example, twine bookmarklet
>> automatically gets page keywords to prefill the keywords of a bookmark
>> (and the same for description).
>
> Indeed.
>
> There are other use cases as well; for instance one CMS I happen to know
> uses these keywords in order to populate a context-sensitive navigation bar.

Interesting.

To all: I stand corrected; there are valid reasons to use meta
keywords within relatively trusted contexts.  The original email from
Julian and the bug referenced therein both refer to their use within
search engines, which primarily means the open-web, referral-based
search engines, and for which meta keywords *are* a failed experiment
with little relevance today.

~TJ
Received on Thursday, 20 August 2009 13:17:14 UTC

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