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    Just wondering.......I have seen several source codes that does not have commas in between their keywords and other have commas. Would you know which technique is more effective to all major search engines?

    1. <meta name="Keywords" content="resource, resources, webmasters">

    2. <meta name="Keywords" content="resource,resources,webmasters">

    3. <meta name="Keywords" content="resource resources webmasters">


    No 1 - is the most common.

    No 2 - has no space after the comma...would this mean give you more keyword characters?

    No 3 - No commas at all! Some url submission does not require you to put commas in between keywords.


    What I do is use different meta keyword styles in every page I have in my root directory. But I use the most common style on my index page.

    What's your opinion?

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    Personally, I use the following:
    keyword comma space keyword comma space
    And so on. I have gotten listed in search engines quite well using that technique, so I've continued to use it.

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    Personally, I use the following:
    keyword space keyword space
    And so on. I have gotten listed in search engines quite well using that technique, so I've continued to use it.

    I think space and comma are each seen as a delimiter in the search engines, using both seems redundant to me.


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    I have wondered about this too.

    It is important that each search engine was developed differently, so no matter what you will never be right 100% of the time.

    From what I have heard, it is good to have groups of words bunched up in commas, so instead of:

    free, resources, tools, webmasters, keyword, keyword

    You would have:

    free resources and tools for webmasters, keyword group

    This way, all of your words will be covered but you will also achieve phrases.

    There is nothing wrong with either of these ways, but I think it is best to seperate phrases as I mentioned.


    I have seen a lot of wacky stuff, such as:

    keyword-keyword-keyword-keyword-keyword

    and

    keyword | keyword | keyword | keyword



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    I would use "keyword comma keyword comma keyword" because MetaBot from WatchFire uses that technique and the aim of the program is to produce <META> tags. I don't think such a commercial program would get it wrong.

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    I do Both. For instance if I had a site of webmaster resources I would use

    webmaster, resources, webmaster resources, webmasters, resource, webmasters resource, webmaster, resource, webmaster resource, webmasters, resources, webmasters resources....

    repeat each word atleast 6 times, put in mispellings of each word, include phrases, put things in backwards, etc etc etc

    Chris

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    Now that the search engines have evolved, they catch that kind of stuff and block you, Aspen.

    You can do: word, word2, word word2
    But not: word, word, word, word, word2, word2, word2, word2, wordword2, word2word, etc.

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    It is OK to repeat a word a couple of times using the exact same spelling, but it is definately not good to repeat a word six times.

    This doesn't hold us back from spelling changes each time.

    Webmaster Resources, Web site Resorces, Web page resource, Internet Tool, Developer Tools

    This would be much better.



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    But have you guys used the keyword meta tag without placing a space in between keywords?


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