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Use of legitimate tag words for SEO purposes?

1:35 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have an ecommerce site and I was thinking about taking an element which I see being used on blog sites. Often on blogs I see a list of words which describe the blog (as a means of aiding searchers in finding what they are searching for). I think that these words are referred to as "tag words". I was thinking of implementing this into my product detail pages, but only for legitimate purposes.

For example, there are alot of products that I sell which have changed just slightly over the years, after each change the manufacture makes, they assign a new part number. Many people find my site via searching for the part number alone. However, people don't just search using the most current part number. More often than not they search using an older part number. If I implemented a tag word feature, I could simply add all of these part numbers to a designated area on the page.

In any case, what do you all think about this? Is there a good chance that this will upset Googlebot?

2:29 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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No problem. Alot of sites are using tags and tag clouds for navigation these days. Even /. is experimenting with them. Go for it - no risk that I can see.
6:15 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I think that's a smart idea. As for upsetting Googlebot or anyone for that matter, just don't make it look spammy. :)
6:55 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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just don't make it look spammy

As a precaution, in case a search engine does a human review of page, I am usually explicit in what I am doing.

For instance, I have used statements like 'Widget #333 replaces Widget #000, #111,...'.