Posted by vfrog on Aug 11, 2011 in Miscellaneus | 3 comments
I know everyone says they aren’t used but why not? What makes search engines not use them anymore?
The short and simple reason why meta tags are dead is spamming. When
search engines allowed webmasters to come up with their own keywords,
keyphrase and descriptions it didn’t take long for them to notice that
keyword spamming was taking place.
For example, any web master could add “free stuff” as a meta tag keyword
to their site even if nothing on their web site refers to anything
about free stuff. This would make it possible for people to get visitors
to find their page on search engines for phrases that are misleading in
Since meta tags are dead, search engines have algorithms to determine
what your keywords, keyphrases and description will be. This means you
can’t really fake your keywords anymore. You can somewhat choose what
they are but you really need the content to make them stand out. Without
the right keyword densities you won’t easily fake the system. And since
each search engine has their own algorithm you’ll rank differently in
each of them.
That pretty much sums up why meta tags are a thing of the past. Too many webmasters were misusing keywords.
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that pretty mcuh sums it up. Webmasters were spamming their keywords so they no longer held any merit so search engines had to come up with a new way to prevent that and offer accurate results.
Thank you for the info! It makes sense but it used to be so much easier to get listed online it seems. Thank you for the help.
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