Case sensitive meta tags and using commas in meta tags

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Might seem like a silly question but are meta tags case sensitive? Does it matter if its in CAPS LOCK or lower case or a mixture?

ie:

Code: [ Select ]
<HEAD>
<TITLE>Your Web Page Title</TITLE>
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<META NAME="Description" CONTENT="Your description">
<META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="keyword1 keyword2">
<META NAME="Robots" CONTENT="index,follow">
</HEAD>
  1. <HEAD>
  2. <TITLE>Your Web Page Title</TITLE>
  3. <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
  4. <META NAME="Description" CONTENT="Your description">
  5. <META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="keyword1 keyword2">
  6. <META NAME="Robots" CONTENT="index,follow">
  7. </HEAD>


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My other question is as far as keywords go, do I need to place comma's in between them or just space?

ie:

Code: [ Select ]
<META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="keyword1 keyword2">

or

<META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="keyword1, keyword2">
  1. <META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="keyword1 keyword2">
  2. or
  3. <META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="keyword1, keyword2">



Cheers for any advice,
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My thoughts. If the page is HTML 4.01 case doesn't matter. If it is XHTML it should be small case and needs the extra / at the end of the tag to close it, e.g.

Code: [ Select ]
<meta name="Keywords" content="keyword1 keyword2" />


Case of the values doesn't matter, but case of the elements and attributes does with XHTML (Don't overlook the space before the closing slash).

re: keywords. I think I remember reading once at searchenginewatch.com (or somewhere) that the engines ignore the commas anyway, so spaces are adequate. That's just from memory so don't quote me on that.
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okay thanks!
I am working on them now :D

Ive just used commas until i find out for sure, I can take them out easily.
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There are some answers in the forum threads that back me up re: commas, if you search Google: "commas in keywords" -- I'll see if I can find what I read before.
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thanks I'll do that google search now
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Here's some excellent advice as well.
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/webmas ... hp/2167931
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cheers, did a seach (dont know why i didnt do that first, oh well)

"Inktomi says that you should include up to 25 words or phrases, with each word or phrase separated by commas. More advice from Inktomi can be found on its Content Policy FAQ ( http://www.inktomi.com/products/web_sea ... cyfaq.html )."


So maybe its safer to use them hey? if the others ignore them but inktomi doesnt then its a safer bet yeah?
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I just saw this paragraph in the same article:
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FYI, in the past, when the tag was supported by other search engines, they generally indexed up to 1,000 characters of text and commas were not required.


*shrugs. To be honest, I usually include commas, although I think most bots (computer proggies anyway) are going to strip them by nature...so to my thinking what's the point.
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Do you think they would detract from your keyword limit?
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I think the point of the article and what has been said elsewhere in both the search engine forums, is th keywords are no longer as important as the content. But the link at searchengine watch provides very good advice.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi Rose,

>Might seem like a silly question but are meta tags case sensitive?

Case insensitive.

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>My other question is as far as keywords go, do I need to place comma's in between them or just space?

Form phrases by putting spaces between words. Use commas between phrases. For information on Inktomi tags see:

http://www.inktomi.com/products/web_sea ... cyfaq.html

I also humbly suggest that you look at my free online program to generate META keyword tags from your page content:

http://www.searchenginepromotionhelp.co ... cessor.php


I hope this helps,

Bob

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