It’s Official, Google Does Not Care About Your Meta Keywords

It’s Official, Google Does Not Care About Your Meta Keywords

It has been no secret to most in the SEO industry for quite some time that Google’s search algorithm does not include the content of meta keywords tags. Now it is coming straight from the horse’s mouth. It was recently posted on the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog, and re-iterated by rockstar Google engineer Matt Cutts on his blog that Google does not care what your meta keywords are.

This does not mean, however, that all meta tags are ignored by Google. Snippets from meta description tags are still often displayed on Google search result pages. It also does not mean that other search engines ignore the meta keywords tag. What it does mean is that the notion that stuffing keywords in the meta keywords tag will somehow help a website rank for those keywords in Google can officially be put to rest.

  • Wayne Farley
    Posted at 00:29h, 23 September Reply

    Content! Content! Content! Great content is highly relevant here. Forget the keywords.

  • Website Redesign
    Posted at 21:38h, 03 October Reply

    When completing a website redesign for yourself or for your company remember this important piece of advice about google but don't forget that other search engines still value the meta keywords tag and should still be used regardless if google values them or not.

  • Ant (QuickMoney) Luth
    Posted at 21:38h, 03 October Reply

    Wow, all this time I still felt like Google actually cared about the meta keywords for seo.

    Thanks for filling me in on the news! I'll keep that in mind when i utilize my SEO now.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 14:50h, 09 October Reply

    Does anyone know which engines *do* still pay attention to meta keywords? Also, how many is considered good practice? Last I heard was to limit to about a dozen.

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