How do I add Meta tags? What syntax do I use?

I'm trying to optimise my site. I know I need to add "meta tags" or meta titles" to my web pages so that search engines can find them
However I don't know what format to use to enter them in the "page properties"/"Meta Titles" boxes under the "Properties" section of my Editor.
Can I just type in words that are relevant? E.g. In my case: " logs, log stores, fire wood, wood shed, Glasgow...etc"
If so, do I put commas between the words?, These things "< >" ?, dashes or what?
Should I use a "plus" to suggest combinations: e.g. "log+store+Glasgow"?
Can any one advise? Thanks.
(I have read Google's advice and they say not to overdo the meta tags, because your site starts to look like spam.
Apologies for my ignorance.)

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enlil replied on at Permalink Reply
You want to use plain text in these areas.

Generally I try to keep the information as relevant as possible to my site, and most importantly, from page to page. Use "keywords" as often as possible, and don't let it become a jumbled mess, as this information is commonly displayed along with search results!!
globalnerds replied on at Permalink Reply
You need to use commas in your key words. Your key words should reflect what is on that page and what words or (short) phrases people might use in a search to find that information.

For example, If your site was about widgets and the page you were adding keywords was about blue widgets your keywords might be something like this:

widgets, blue widgets

SEO requires much more than this, but this is a starting point.
wulbert replied on at Permalink Reply
Thanks for those two replies. That gives me a useful starting point.
I'll keep it simple and relevant.
If I'm understanding properly, I need to keep the keywords for each page as discrete from each other as possible (i.e. not repeat the same keywords over several different pages)

jasteele12 replied on at Permalink Reply
Don't even bother wasting your time with meta keywords, they died in 2009. Might as well remove that attribute from your page type defaults and concentrate on your users needs and business goals.

Put relevant keywords in your page name, title, compelling meta descriptions, headings and if your content is relevant the search engines will figure it out.

The SEO landscape has changed and will continue to do so. Here's a good recent-enough article to get started:

18 Meta Tags Every Webpage Should Have in 2013
Adreco replied on at Permalink Reply
The latest versions of C5 have a tool to help you with this. Go to Dashboard > Systems & Settings (link on lower left of dashboard) > SEO & Statistics > then select "Bulk SEO updater".

I have a brief tutorial on using this you may find helpful at

Hope this helps :)

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