Ever since Google announced they no longer consider meta tags as part of their search algorithm, the debate as to whether or not they are important has been ongoing. In my opinion, they are. Just this week, The Bloggers Bulletin even did a post on why it is still important to populate meta tags.

First, while Google may not consider them today, that does  not mean they may not in the future. Algorithms are constantly evolving, so it is always a good idea to follow best practices. This can save time in the long run if they are suddenly important again and need to be populated at a later date.

It is also important to remember that while Google is the big boy on the block right now, that may not always be the case. Since Microsoft has re-branded their search engine (Bing), they are starting to make a dent, while small at the moment, in Google’s market share. Additionally, according to current research, Yahoo and Bing still consider meta tags important.

To quote a former boss, meta tags are one of those things that if you do them right, they may not “help,” but if you do them wrong, it can ultimately count against you. Take the time to understand best practices when writing best practices and take the time to do them the right way. Ultimately, it is definitely worth the time.