Disclaimer: I am not an SEO expert and have never claimed to be one!

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We have previously seen why SEO is important for a blog and also discussed about the growing challenges for SEO experts. Both these posts were written by guest bloggers – Amit & Mohsin, who have sufficient knowledge and experience in SEO activities.


My knowledge is limited to the experience I have gained while experimenting with TechPP over the past year and a half. When I started blogging on TechPP (in Sep 2008) I had not even heard of the term “Search Engine Optimization”. It was during December 2008, when I registered myself for SEO Challenge competition at Dollarshower ,I got an opportunity to explore SEO. I made considerable progress during that time and eventually ended being the runner-up there!

A year down the line, TechPP is considered amongst the best technology blogs with more than 5k RSS subscribers and 1.75 million page views per month. I attribute a minor part of this success to my SEO efforts.

If you are wondering, why I am writing about SEO all of a sudden, a blogger friend accused posted that TechPP resorts to Title and Meta Tag stuffing! Oopss! That one almost sounds like Blackhat! The post made me sit back and cross check if I am doing anything wrong. This post is result of that small analysis I did.

Understanding Title and Meta Tag Stuffing

According to SEOGlossary, Meta Tag stuffing is defined as

Repeating keywords in the meta tags and using meta keywords that are unrelated to the site’s content.

So, what is a keyword then?

a word that a search engine user might use to find relevant web page(s). If a keyword doesn’t appear anywhere in the text of your web page, it’s highly unlikely your page will appear in the search results

Fine. How about Meta Keywords then?

a meta tag hidden in the HTML that lists keywords relevant to the page’s content. Because search engine spammers have abused this tag so much, this tag provides little to no benefit to your search rankings. Of the major search engines, only Yahoo! still pays any attention to the meta keywords tag

Notice the bolded phrases above. Meta keywords (or meta tags) are no more considered by Google, so stuffing or no stuffing should not impact your search engine performance!

Coming back to the original post which alerted its readers to avoid Title and meta tag stuffing by giving the example of TechPP, here is what it had to say –

meta-tag-stuffing

Interesting, isn’t it?! He is right in saying that Title tag stuffing and meta tag stuffing is harmful and we shouldn’t do, but he is wrong in picking up TechPP as an example. Why? Because, if you see the source code of any post, there are no keywords unrelated to the site content. Yes, I do append tags to the title, but they all are related and restricted to 16 keywords (max).

Let us take the example of my previous post. Here is its title –

<?title>Hilarious Collection of Photoshop Cartoons [Geeky Fun] - 
cartoons based on photoshop, funny photoshop, geek humor, geeky fun, 
photoshop cartoon, photoshop cartoons, TimePass - 
Technically Personal!<?/title>

and meta keywords

<?meta name="keywords" content="cartoons based on photoshop, 
funny photoshop, geek humor, geeky fun, photoshop cartoon, 
photoshop cartoons, TimePass" />

It is true that, irrespective of how many tags I use as meta keywords, they are ignored by Google, but is it harmful? I don’t think so. I am neither misleading Google nor manipulating it in any way.

End Note

I am very much open for inputs from the SEO experts and would love to be proved wrong and happy to correct myself. But I believe Google is smart enough to catch hold of scammers and not so foolish to send millions of users towards my site every month! Mind you, the site is year and a half old and page rank has never ever dropped before. So 2 questions before I end

1) What exactly is Title & meta tag stuffing?
2) Are they even relevant in today’s SEO?

Over to you!

Update:
Useful related posts:
http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/avoid-keyword-stuffing/


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10 thoughts on “Understanding Title and Meta Tag Stuffing

  1. That was a nice read Raju!

    (For those who are thinking otherwise about this blog –
    I am following TechPP since about a year and I don’t think Raju will entertain manipulation to gain traffic/fame/money)

  2. @ Raju & Deepak, I never meant to say that Raju is entertaining manipulation, I have just written his blog as a example of doing stuffings with tags.

    I thought its useless to use too much tags, instead of using too much tags he can use only title tag. I that case there will also a chance of appearance of your posts in search engines.

    I apologize if I am wrong on my way.

    Thanks an Best Regards
    Rajesh Patel

    • I really appreciate Rajesh, your post made me rethink about all these (though its been an year since I did any major SEO here). Even though you didn’t say its manipulation, saying “there are chances of getting banned” must have given him that impression. The thing is I don’t agree it is tag stuffing/ keyword stuffing. That is the reason I gave the definitions from SEO glossary, would love to understand how/why you think it is

  3. Hmm…

    I am also doing the same on my blog from 2007. It didn’t affect me in anyway…

    So, i guess it is not a problem as long as the title tag or meta tag(keywords) are relevant to the content.

    What do you think Raju?

  4. I too agree that Raju is n’t doing any blackhat seo but at the same time, I don’t agree with using so many tags under the title tags for every post. I think this is unfair and truly speaking, sooner or later, but, Raju, You would remove this kind of format for your title. Believe me! 🙂

  5. bro i have one dbt where shld all this stuff be written , i mean say i have a post titled – ipad vs sony reader ,i jus give the title as i have written there in the ttile bar in the wordpress post and below i write my content ,now do i have to write it as u mentioned with meta tags and title bar attributes in the title bar space itself or i have to jus write the title there and meta tags inside the post .plz make this clear for me .

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