April 6, 2011
To go along with this week's article on SEO tactics that don't help bring more targeted search engine traffic to sites, I asked my Twitter followers:
++Name a common SEO tactic that doesn't actually move the needle in terms of rankings or traffic++
Here's how they responded:
joehall: Meta keyword tag.
TonyVerre: Submitting your site to search engines (i.e., Google, Yahoo, Bing, and meta-crawlers).
JulieJoyce: Meta keyword tag. Or, what Joe Hall said.
marknunney: Keywords tag, submitting to article sites, keyword density.
SEOMalc: Free directory submissions ;)
hugoguzman: XML sitemap submission to GWT.
Nilaye10: I will have to say alt text and strong tags.
andybeal: Keyword stuffing the TITLE attribute.
jeremy_martin: Hmmmm... keyword stuffing alt tags.
Yannick_Veys: Meta keywords, over-optimizing of CMS, H1/H2 use, Adwords spending & for ranking meta description optimizing doesn't work.
brianscoop: Great question. Robots.txt? Meta keywords, as others have said, for sure, but maybe that's less common today.
kevinjgallagher: The description meta tag?
Jill's Response: Glad to see many of the same tactics listed here as I had in my article. But @kevinjgallagher, while the meta description tag, while perhaps not helping rankings (and that's still debatable), it can bring traffic. And @brianscoop the use of a robots.txt can be important to SEO for some sites.
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