incrediBILL - 8:46 pm on Mar 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
many "SEO" elements are going to be stripped out in favor of "bare bones ease".
Why would you do that?
I didn't strip out anything, but some elements may not be visible to all visitors but I'm not sure Google is smart enough to know the difference at this point but I certainly wouldn't sacrifice what you would normally do to make a website rank for the desktop just to incorporate RWD into the site and I certainly didn't do it.
Maybe I'm not sure what exactly you think you're sacrificing SEO-wise but a site that fits all sizes doesn't have to look or present all the same stuff for all sizes and still be appropriately effective for the user and SEO from my experiences.
As a matter of fact, I found the clean HTML 5 and CSS3 separation without all the extra HTML baggage of previous sites seemed to rank better and Google 'got' the topic easier with less noise in the code. Making sure it validates cleanly may also be a factor as all my new sites are validating as 100% squeaky clean HTML 5 without exception.