Earlier this afternoon, we hosted our weekly #seo411 Twitter chat, with today’s subject surrounding technical roadblocks often faced with SEO efforts. Here’s a quick recap of what you might have missed….
Q1: What technical challenges have you faced with SEO?
Q2: When you encounter technical SEO issues, how have you solved them?
It’s a good to have enough technical knowledge to articulate the problem and how it should be approached. In many instances, you will need to work with the IT dept or technical team to resolve the issue. As @JanesvilleSEO jokingly put it: “Leverage those smarter than you.”
Q3: How do you approach an uncooperative IT department when you need site changes implemented ASAP?
Know your stuff. Be able to quickly and simply articulate what the issue is and how to approach the solution. Do your research beforehand, and try not to be too demanding.
Q4: Which site architecture issues have given you the most SEO troubles?
Not many comments on this question, but just remember that they are only good in moderation, and that bots still can’t read it!
Q6: How do you work around issues with Flash?
Q7: Have you considered trying HTML5 as an alternative to Flash because of SEO?
Not many spoke up as having used HTML5 yet, but many are interested in it.
A7: Large institutions don’t adapt to newer standards which aren’t universally supported. We’ll prolly go HTML5 when HTML6 releases. #seo411 – @vicshoup
If you have any feedback about this question, send it to @SearchMojo and let us know what you think about HTML5, and how it’s going to impact
Q8: What’s your most common problem when working with a CMS?
Both lack of control and inflexibility were discussed. It’s never good when you have major difficulties editing tags or content to include the keyword of focus.
Q9: Do you try to make your images SEO friendly? How?
You don’t want to do SEO half-way. Definitely make your images SEO-friendly if you can. Use SEO friendly file formats, file names, and image alt tags. One participant suggested throwing your logo onto your image, because sometimes other people borrow them, and sometimes they pop up in the search engines.
Q10: What’s this week’s biggest takeaway?
Tweet courtesy of @kaitlyn07.
Be sure to join us next Tuesday July 20, 2010 at 2pm ET for #seo411: Agency vs. In-House SEO, and check out the rest of our July chats on our #seo411 Twitter chat schedule.