keywords metadata

You can assign keywords of your document to the keywords metadata name.

Keywords are words or short phrases which are central to the subject of your text. Think of them as the words that users would enter in a search engine when they seek exactly the information that your document provides. Such words are usually expressive and occur repeatedly in your text.

Separate multiple keywords by commas inside a single keywords metadata declaration as in the example, if you decide to use keywords metadata.


Keywords in webpage metadata were meant to help search engines provide better quality search results.

However, corrupt webmasters misused this feature to attract as many visitors as possible rather than to guide visitors to useful information that matches their search. These webmasters stuffed many often-searched terms into their metadata declarations even though these were unrelated to the page content.

Consequently, general web search engines such as Google or Bing do not use metadata keywords to identify the topic of a webpage nowadays. They may still look at them however and interpret an excessive keywords list or one with many terms that are not present in the visible page content as indicator of a fraudulent website.

Hence a keywords metadata declaration is useless for search engine optimization as far as general web search is concerned. More specialized search engines like those covering only one’s own website may still make use of keywords metadata though. Mouse does for example.


@ keywords: keywords, metadata, search, Aneamal, search engine optimization, meta

For developers

If keywords metadata is declared, the Aneamal Translator adds a HTML meta element with the name keywords in its HTML output. The above example becomes:

<meta name='keywords' content='keywords, metadata, search, Aneamal, search engine optimization, meta'>