Joined: 20 Jun 06
18 Nov 08 3:01 am
Adrian is right that Yahoo does take the meta keywords tag into account (at least for now). Google however, does not.
I usually suggest to place only the keyword (or words) that you're optimizing that page for within your meta keywords tag. Nothing more than that. The last thing you want to do is stuff that meta tag with keywords unrelated to your page.
And what Aletta said about your description tag was dead on. You should place your keywords within your description as they will get bolded when your web page shows in the search engine results. Google does take your meta description tag into account - it won't give you much by way of a traffic boost but it does help, as Aletta said to get people to your site.
I like to think of the meta description tag as a "mini sales page" to encourage people to visit my site over my competitions.