luckychucky - 3:51 am on Dec 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
I'm being schooled here. Thanks.
Despite being a Webmasterworld member circa 10 years now, I've been away a real long time. Back when, my site used to dominate the SERPs for my little specialty in the world, literally first position or somewhere within top 1-3 for a wide slew of the most important trade-related keywords. Really truly. That was then though, and this is now. And I'm Rip Van Winkel just waking up to the changed world of optimization, from what in Internet time is an aeons-long sleep.
If truly looking at what's best for users, fact is that for some topics and products an almost wordless, image-based site perfectly provides the clearest understanding and usability. In that scenario blathery 'content' beyond a few explanatory or descriptive basics is truly superfluous for any real practical purpose. Thus a vast tract of unnecessary text is by necessity pretty much there only to ensure Google can grasp what it's about, and if you really just did what's best for your users, you'd die. Human users would do just fine without it. Better without it. They donít need essays at all, because that clean visual layout makes it all beautifully self-evident in its direct yet rich simplicity. Google hands you lemons, so you get creative and make lemonade, you hope to make this superfluous text as interesting, useful and relevant as possible, but for the most part if you didn't have to run your mouth in these otherwise pointless essays, descriptions, blog posts and the like, you wouldnít. Thereíd be a way cooler user experience with enhanced user understanding, by doing away with most of it entirely.
you notice Google giving top rank to your competitors who are still doing exactly that. Anyway, Iím ranting again. Iíll figure out just to what degree groups of several only_obliquely_described pages ought to be consolidated as lists under the main relevant keyword phrases which really do matter, as main headings. I get it. You gave me the answer I was trying to find by posting the question in the first place.
it used to be you needed to do what you're thinking