Google and meta keywords confirmation

Last week, Google confirmed a long suspected yet still hotly debated issue - that it doesn’t give ranking preference to pages that abide by W3C standards.

The newest revelation is, according to Google software engineer Matt Cutts, Google doesn’t consider the keywords meta tag when ranking pages *at all*.

As Matt says, their ignoring of the keywords tag doesn’t mean they ignore all meta tags. He makes special mention of the description tag in helping Google to evaluate the page. It’s been my experience that the description meta tag does play quite an important role.

Building on that, a *really* important tip regarding the use of the description meta tag is to either use unique descriptions on each page, or none at all. I’ve seen a lot of sites have their rankings impeded by using exactly the same description meta tag throughout their sites. This is commonly seen when using certain CMS’s (Content Management Systems) that offer a default meta tag option.