jimbeetle - 8:03 pm on Dec 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="/feed/" />
<link rel="alternate" type="text/xml" title="RSS .92" href="/feed/rss/" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="Atom 0.3" href="/feed/atom/" />
<link rel="pingback" href="/xmlrpc.php" />
No, you're grasping at straws, those are necessary for the feeds to work correctly.
And truly, you can analyze and diagnose this and that and something else, but as stated earlier, it all comes down to links. So to cut to the chase, what's the site's backlink profile like?
Do I need to take the time now to write a meta desc for 100s of pages or can I just remove the meta desc?
Please be working in one of my niches ;-)
The description is the one and only place where you have an opportunity to expand on the title element and tell a possible visitor what the page is about before they click. Descriptions aren't always used by the SEs in snippets but sometimes are (usually if there is a direct query to text match). Well-crafted titles and descriptions can work together to "get the click" even if it is further down the SERPs. It is well worth spending the time to do it.