Is it best to have your quota of keywords, or be conservative and have just a few?

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Is it best to have as many keywords as you're allowed? When I say allowed, I mean about 200 characters worth, or by using a website grading tool saying that you've got the most out of it.
Or ... should you have a few less just concentrating on the ones that you want more weight put on?

The reason why I ask is that I've a rival, who has no key words at all what so ever and his site comes up higher than mine with a certain keyword search.
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  • super thanks for asking

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Hello Will,
You can add as many keywords as you would like, but the best thing to do is to just add keywords to the page that have to do with the content on the page. Have you had a chance to look at our tutorial Building your site with SEO in mind, there is information in this tutorial about adding the various meta tags. Hope that will help a bit!

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Yes, I've looked at it. It sheds no light on what I seek sadly. Namely, does having fewer keywords mean that those few words have greater weigh than using your maximum.
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Hmmm... I would say yes. If you concentrate your page on fewer keywords and do a good job with those few keywords they will do better. I guess what I would like to impart on the subject of keywords, is that you should just only focus your page on a couple and then really provide that information. The fewer keywords you focus on, the better those keywords will do. It's not even so much about the keywords tag, but taking that one keyword and putting it throughout your page in various places (the tutorial explains these places) so that you create consistency with that word. This best of all, plus good, useful content, tells the search engine that a page is focused on a certain keyword. Hope that helps a bit more.
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Yes, that is what I was after. Thank you very much for making it clear. have a good one.
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It is a bad idea but I do.

Google , yahoo , and other bots not friendly with a huge set of keywords.

But it do not hurt them to index your site.
My site has a 1883 chars keywords set and googlebot crawls my site approx. Daily.

Use a meta tag analysis tool for an example, use it to view my sites keywords.

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See, this is what Im talking about. You get told by one person that you should have a few, then someone else puts in tonnes and sees no bad effect from seach engines.

I've a competitor and he must have about 300 keywords, yet he ranks so highly with almost any search in and around our field of work. He has few links, all of them are from poor sites with no PR at all. His site looks aweful, reads terribly, his meta description doesnt read at all, its blatenly stuffed with key words, has no social media set up what so ever .... but does really well.

SEO, total joke f you ask me.
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Hi Will,
I understand how this can be frustrating. Search engines use algorithms that (I have heard) take into account around 200 factors when raking websites, so it's not just about putting keywords in a meta tag. Adding on page SEO to your site (meta data etc.) is a starting point and following some guidelines for how to alert the search engines to the topic of your page is just a "good" idea, but not the only one. If you have a competitor who is ranking for various keywords, then there is a reason for this somewhere. I'm sorry I don't have a better explanation for you other than the fact that SEO isn't cut and dry, how an algorithm works isn't something the search engines want us to know as it would defeat the purpose, and it takes quite a bit of time to achieve good, lasting results.