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Does Google use keyword meta tags?

No. “Our web search (the well-known search at that hundreds of millions of people use each day) disregards keyword meta-tags completely. They simply don’t have any effect in our search ranking at present”.

Why doesn’t Google use the keywords meta tag?

Years ago, search engines used keywords to categories and rank websites, but eventually people took advantage of them and they became an area where someone could stuff often-irrelevant keywords without typical visitors ever seeing those keywords. Because the keywords meta tag was so often abused, Google began disregarding the keywords meta tag.

So does Google ignore all meta tags?

No, Google supports some other meta tags. This meta tags page documents more info on several meta tags that we do use. An example, they sometimes use the “description” meta tag as the text for search results snippets, as this screen shot shows:

Will Google ever use Keyword meta tags again?

Google could use this information in the future, but it’s very unlikely. Google has ignored the keywords meta tag for years. If you have a WordPress site you may have noticed that “Keywords” is not even included in WordPress. And WordPress is the most popular and widely used CMS at the moment.