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Are META keywords important?

Are META keywords important?

According to many search engine experts, META keywords have lost prominence as search engines have become more advanced.  However, most also agree that META keywords should not be ignored.  Intelligent search engines that assess content quality may also calculate keyword density based on the META keywords and use that to rate a site.  If keyword density for META keywords is to too high, a site's ranking may be negatively impacted, as the search engine may view this as keyword spamming, an unethical SEO practice.

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