Quote from: aNoble at Aug 01, 2005, 12:29 PM
I personally am not in the habit of using meta keywords at all. From what I understand if you do not abuse them they can be somewhat beneficial but because of all the keyword spamming that has gone on these days Google and others virtually ignore them.
It’s not that Google totally ignores the meta keywords in a site...it’s that it uses them sparingly and doesn’t use meta keywords specifically for the categorization and spidering of a site. Yes, they are still used, but just not on the same level as they were some years ago. It’s still a good practice to use both the keyword and description meta tags...but just do so in a highly targetted manner. Abusing them will indeed make Google and other search engines ignore them. Personally, I don’t put too many keywords in my pages...just a few to aid the search engines in knowing how to categorize my site. And I use the MODx description field for my description metatag...seems to be the most logical use for it.
Having said that, I agree to some degree what you guys are saying about the keyword functionality in MODx. However, I think instead of outright changing the functionality, why not just enhance it a bit. The current functionality is great for assigning a global set of keywords for every page in a site. However, one thing I find greatly annoying is that I have to constantly remember to select keywords for every page I add to my site. What would be great is to have a checkbox or the like that will include all my keywords when I publish a new page. That way, if I decide, I can include either all or a select number of keywords for a page. There could be an option added to the configuration to ’Automatically use all keywords for every page’ or something along that lines. That way, every new page will have the new keywords checkbox already selected when you first publish a page. This is very similar to the way you can select to have every new page automatically published or cached.
Another way we could enhance the functionality is to have page by page keywords. This way you can add a few targetted keywords that are specific to a page along with the global keywords. Not only would you be able to select specific global keywords (or all of them) but you can add a few new ones to the specific page. I’ve had a few times when this sort of functionality would have helped.
As yet another enhancement is to have a way of creating groups of global keywords. The idea would be to have different "sets" for different purposes, again aiding the search engines by having different targetted keywords for different sections of your site.
Again, the keyword and description metatags aren’t completely dead just yet. They’re just not as heavily weighed as they used to be...but they’re still used to some degree and are still handy to have in your pages...even for Google. One other great possibility for this change in functionality is for the purpose of blog-like category parsing. Consider this...what if the keyword meta functionality in MODx served a dual purpose? Like WordPress, what if you were able to break your site down into targetted categories for the purpose of creating a blog or index of your site? Keywords could be used for this purpose as well as being used for the keyword metatags. Just a thought.