• http://johnvantine.com/ John Vantine

    For a large website with many articles that already utilizes the meta keywords tag, would it be acceptable to simply duplicate that tag and just change “keywords” to “news_keywords”?

  • John Ellis

    It seems so wasteful not to use the Keyword meta. Just need to make a simple plugin to change meta keywords to meta news keywords. This could also be a very quick WP upgrade. Surprised they have not done it already. Good news for those with news to blog about.

  • http://twitter.com/double_see_dee Travis

    It’s probably just an implementation issue. There’s tons of websites out there on the internet that still use meta keywords that have nothing to do with news. A new meta tag starts everything off with a clean slate and prevents Google from having to sift through tons of legacy junk (just gotta worry about the new junk).

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    There’s no reason for Google News to worry about legacy stuff. Google News is only retaining material for its main index for 30 days. Plus, most news sites that have used the tag probably were already using it exactly as the new tag is intended to be used.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan


  • http://twitter.com/seocognition SEO Cognition

    Google never seems to reveal enough information to be helpful.

    The question that comes to mind is: “what does it take to be considered a news source”?

  • Yousee

    It was often said that Google has stopped giving importance to META Keyword (http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.in/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html) and now the question is Will it give importance to <meta name=”news_keywords” for ranking?

  • http://twitter.com/MontseCano Montse Cano

    That´s something that I would like to know too.

  • http://www.searchresultsmedia.com/ Search Results Media

    I have read in many of the blog posts that meta keyword tag is not so important from SEO point of view. Than why this new News Tag???

  • http://www.ydeveloper.com/e-smart-ecommerce-suite.html eCommerce

    This is an interesting thing to know. Publishing news with this tag, great idea. But, I don’t see the same tag in majority of posts I search in Google.

  • http://twitter.com/DerrickHicks3 Derrick Hicks

    I said this before and I’ll say it again… “Go home Google! You are drunk!” ;)

  • http://ewebsiteservices.com/ Geoffrey Mapplebeck

    The only reason I can see why Google would want to separate the two is because of the abuse that the meta tag keywords often gave and now Google will be able to scan the page to make sure it’s actually a news type article so they make the news_keywords relevant or not.