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[Plugin: WordPress SEO by Yoast] Meta Keywords disappeared (5 posts)

  1. rabble24
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Since updating WordPress SEO by Yoast and updating WordPress to 3.4.1, the box to enter meta keywords has disappeared.

    Has anyone else encountered this problem and know a solution?


  2. Joost de Valk
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    Make sure the box is checked under Titles & Metas, it didn't disappear.

  3. thebiganswer
    Posted 4 years ago #

    In the 'Titles & Metas' admin section, the label says:

    I don't know why you'd want to use meta keywords, but if you want to, check this box.

    Are there negative effects of using the keywords meta tag? I understand that search engines place far less weight (if any) on the tag, but has the tag now become completely unnecessary?


  4. Nick Ker
    Posted 4 years ago #

    The search engines don't use keyword meta tags. I think Joost says it is a total waste of time, but there are a few places like some social bookmarking sites that may still pull data from the keyword meta tag. That is a very small reason to use them, but it does only take a few seconds to add them if you are worried about it. If nothing else, it will keep people who don't know any better from telling you "you need SEO - you don't even have keywords!", which is total hogwash.

    The reason the search engines stopped using the keyword meta tag years ago is because people abused it by putting dozens of irrelevant keywords in there which made it useless for the search engines. So if you do decide to use the keyword meta tag, make sure you do it right - be sure that they are absolutely relevant to the post (not your favorite keywords for the whole site), and use only a few (no more than maybe 8-10).
    If you are in doubt about what is the "right" way to use them, then do not use them at all to be safe.

  5. issuesaboutbeauty
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have the same problem

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