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How do website builders "hide" keywords from competition?

stargate66
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How do website builders "hide" keywords from competition?

Can someone please help me out with this?

I have found instances where the "source" code for webpages does not contain any keywords. Even if I edit and find, the word "keywords" does not appear anywhere in the "source" code.

My questions:
1) How would the spiders pick up such a page that has no keywords?
2) If the owner manages to hide it from the competition, what is the value of even having a page without keywords OR
3) Is there a secret way of rigging the coding?
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faradina
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There is no way I know of to hide meta keywords. Not all websites have meta keywords. There are those which have the keywords only on the page content itself. When you can not see meta keywords in the source code, it means that the page does not have meta keywords configured on it. The search engines crawl not only the meta data but also, and more specially, the content on the page.
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aletta
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Meta keywords are just designed to suggest to the search engines what you consider to be your keywords.

They don't really pay all that much attention to what you have to say, though. They make up their own minds (if you can call them minds) based on a bunch of factors which we, as lowly users, will never fully be aware of :)

Just because a website doesn't have meta keywords, doesn't mean it isn't optimized for certain words or phrases.
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stargate66 wrote:I have found instances where the "source" code for webpages does not contain any keywords. Even if I edit and find, the word "keywords" does not appear anywhere in the "source" code.



All the better for you to outrank them. :) shhhhh, don't tell. lol.
Although as the lovely ladies above suggested, it plays a very small role in ranking.

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stargate66
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Thanks for the replies.

I always thought the keywords in the meta tags were extremely important. Seems like content remains King. So, I suppose the best way, in these cases, is to analize the page to pick up what keywords they are hammering, right?
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aletta
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Yup, you have you use your super sleuth skills though.

Looking at the title (what's at the top of the window) and what they've got inside their H1 headers is a good starting point.

You can also check their backlinks and see what anchor text is being used. If they've done some concerted backlink building, they will have tried to use their keywords in a good proportion of their backlinks.

Also if you see them repeating certain words or phrases regularly, that's a good sign too.

And after a while you can smell them :)
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Makes sense, thanks Aletta.
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