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Will adding 100 meta keywords to the same page hurt or help SEO?

Since 2009 it is Google's official statement that they don't use the meta keywords tag for ranking purposes: https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html They ...
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Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

2020 Update from @MattGreer: It seems like now the image needs to be 1200x630, and not 2:1 anymore. Once I used that size, my image started showing up. See @johanv's answer. Original answer from ...
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Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?

There is no benefit in using the hreflang on a single language website, it is meant exclusively for multilingual and international websites. I am not suggesting that Google (or other search engines) ...
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What is the SKYPE_TOOLBAR meta?

Do not remove this. Someone has put it there for a purpose. Its useful because people (often unknowingly) install the Skype toolbar, which horribly throws out the design of a website in many ...
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11 votes

Order of HTML meta tags

While for the purposes of SEO, it may be true that the order is not significant, it is not true when considering other things like security, content (character) display, or loading speed. It is a good ...
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Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

In most cases this can simply be Twitter's card cache. It is very slow to update, up to a week. To force refresh it, see here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/58842765/2873507 Go to https://cards-...
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Should paginated content have unique meta tags?

For my paginated results, what I did was dynamically add page numbers and a result index. For example: <meta name="description" content="Page 3 of 11, nike shoes 30 to 40 out of 300. Buy good ...
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Should <meta property="og:image" content="..."> have an alt tag?

No, you do not need an alt attribute on that meta tag. In fact, it is not even allowed as others have already said. However, (today) Open Graph specifies and even suggests to provide the image alt ...
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Does a meta title tag help rankings when used in addition to a title tag?

For HTML5, there is no title metadata name. You may only use values defined in the HTML5 spec or registered in the WHATWG wiki, and as title is not registered, you can’t have an element like: <...
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Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

In case this is useful for anyone else, my issue was using a relative path instead of a full URL. For example /images/example.png I had to change it to https://example.com/images/example.png.
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Is there any difference between writing meta keywords with or without space?

In HTML5, keywords is one of the standard metadata names. It defines steps that user agents must follow to obtain the page’s list of keywords. One of these steps is: Split the value of the element'...
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Is <meta name="title"> redundant?

Yes, <meta name="title" ../> is superfluous. It is clear, after reading the HTML specification of the meta tag: The meta element represents various kinds of metadata that cannot be ...
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8 votes

Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?

There are no tangible benefits from using the hreflang attribute, beyond special usage like the one described by Google. It is declarative markup and does not cause any action or affect rendering, ...
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Overriding nofollow rules with meta tag

Search engines crawlers follow the most restrictive rule. If you use nofollow in your meta tag, no link will be followed. If you use follow in your meta tag, all links will be followed except those ...
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Are HTML encoded symbols allowed in meta description?

Yes, they are allowed in the meta description tag. They are valid HTML entities and will be handled and displayed correctly by search engines.
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Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

In my case my image path had an extra forward slash, which worked fine in-browser, but wasn't picked up by Twitter. It was a one character error that was hard to spot. E.g. check for this: https://...
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Is "article:tag" meta tag necessary?

<meta property="article:tag" content="Article Tag" /> is one of the Facebook Open Graph tags. Having social media metadata in the website is one of the best practice as it will tell how our ...
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What's the difference between og description and meta description?

Meta Description = Search Engines, OG Descriptions = Social Platforms Meta Description is used by Search Engines Bots, while the OG (The Open Graph protocol) is used by Social Media Bots, therefore ...
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Why does it cause issues to use robots.txt and a meta robots tag at the same time?

The robots.txt standard controls whether the bot can view foo.html under any circumstances. Just because the bot sees a link to it from a different site doesn't give the bot permission to sneak a peek ...
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Is it possible to stop Chrome and other browsers from pre-fetching/rendering my site?

Google Chrome does not send any special headers to prerender requests anymore. See: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=86175 https://github.com/nickhsharp/prefetchNightmare
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After verify site ownership is it ok to remove html meta tag from index html file?

After verifying site ownership, is it ok to remove the <meta name="google-site-verification"> tag? No. If you want to remove it and remain verified, you'll need to use another form of ...
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Can microdata be implemented in meta tags?

Your plan of using meta data for microdata is not viable. Here is Google's FAQ about why it isn't showing your data in the search results: Is your marked-up content hidden from users? In ...
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Does a meta title tag help rankings when used in addition to a title tag?

Google maintains a list of all the meta tags that it uses. It lists the <title> tag (although it notes that it is technically not a meta tag). It does not list <meta name="title"> ...
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Is meta name="verify-v1" essentially google webmaters verification meta?

The meta name verify-v1 used to be associated with Google Webmaster Tools, it is now deprecated and has been replaced with the meta name google-site-verification, which now works across Google's ...
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Is the meta name="author" tag actually good for SEO?

Google doesn't currently use meta information about authorship. At one point Google used authorship markup to provide rich snippets in the search results. However, Google stopped using authorship ...
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Meta tags decoding by Google

Character references like &#x0417; have been part of HTML for a long, long time, and they are frequently used for various reasons. Google is known to support them (as you say), and it would be ...
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Where are the complete set of Highwire Press metatags defined?

Note: the link to this question has come up often in searching. Thought it deserved an attempt at an answer. I've found three resources thus far, but everything seems to be woefully incomplete. ...
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Foreign text on English website

You should use the lang attribute (e.g., on the html element) to declare the language, not a meta tag. This allows you to overwrite the language declaration for other parts on the page (note the lang ...
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What is difference between robots.txt, sitemap, robots meta tag, robots header tag?

While X-Robots-Tag and meta robots are equivalent, robots.txt is different. The former is about indexing, while the latter is about crawling/visiting. Tell bots not to visit a URL by using robots.txt....
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What are HTML meta tags date, search_date, and DC.title?

You can read about the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Core It is a set of fifteen "core" elements (properties) for describing resources. DC:title is ...
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