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  • Hello, I started using your plugin, I really need a field for adding meta keywords. I know it doesn’t affect SEO. But please tell me if you can add it?

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  • Plugin Support Pierre LeBaux


    Hello, meta keywords are virtually useless for SEO. TSF, and all other big SEO plugins are not supporting this feature.

    We explained why meta keywords are useless in detail here and here.

    If you need further clarification or if you have other questions, please ask.
    Cheers, Pierre.

    Thread Starter Oksana


    Hello, can I contact you by email?

    Thread Starter Oksana


    this setting is very controversial for SEO, but my clients need it, there is only one plugin left that provides the ability to add meta keywords, but after the update it has changed a lot, I can no longer work with it, I can not install it to clients , they will have problems.

    Your plugin is very convenient, I’m sorry I didn’t know about it before, WordPress works faster with it, there is only one thing missing – adding keywords.

    I know, many have abandoned keywords, but some use them for experimentation and on sites recovered from the web archive .. that’s why this setting is so important for me and my clients

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by Oksana.
    Plugin Author Sybre Waaijer


    Hello and Happy New Year!

    I hope you’re in for a lecture! Feel free to skip to the last 3 paragraphs for a workable solution.

    This tweet comes to mind:

    TSF is not meant for experimentations; it’s a no-nonsense SEO plugin that only comes with features that are proven to work, are understandable, and useful for most websites — at times, I’ll add features for extreme edge-cases (such as sitemap prerendering), but only when I find it actually helps some users or otherwise resolves a longstanding recurring issue.

    TSF does not support adding custom metadata. It delivers a controlled, safe, and mostly self-regulating environment cultivating a symbiosis between your website and social/search networks. Little-to-no input from our users is required.

    The moment we give too much leeway, things desperately tend to go out of control quickly. With SEO, people will believe anything and are running around in circles just to appease some made-up checklist (Yoast, All in One, Rank Math, SEOPress… all of those are guilty). In these cases, users believed their grandiose advertisements and wasted their time. In other cases, people actually removed their sites from the visible internet because they forgot to read a checkbox’ description.


    When making decisions these are the users we consider first. A great example of this consideration is software options. Every time you give a user an option, you are asking them to make a decision. When a user doesn’t care or understand the option this ultimately leads to frustration.

    To finally get to your request, meta keywords should not be added to websites for retroactive purposes. Websites won’t drop in rankings when you scrap the tag.

    If a client of yours implores to implement it, link them to this article from Bing (from 2014!).

    Then, if you truly must, I advise using a custom-meta-tag manager such as the aptly named Meta Tag Manager, or add custom meta elements programmatically.

    Thread Starter Oksana


    hello, thanks for the links, you also a happy holiday and good luck in the coming year 🙂

    you are definitely right and you are going in the right direction

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by Oksana.
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