Does your web developer ‘do’ or ‘get’ SEO ?

A good web developer for your recruitment website is a huge asset to any recruitment web design project – or indeed an in-house developer can be to a recruitment company if it’s large enough. But many developers do not seem to ‘get’ SEO – probably because they don’t see the need to.

I’d liken this to a brickie not ‘getting’ what an architect does – or even trying to understand the process of architecture. A brickie could pretty easily build a house without an architect – so why would they need one?

This fascinating story on SEOMoz shows a web developer’s foray into the world of SEO – it’s a great read.

Meta Title tags: Good ones vs long, boring, spammy ones

According to many sources, the optimal character length (including spaces) is 68. That is the number of characters Google will display in its SERPs (see below), and any keyword after the 68th character is cut off and I am starting to believe that it is either disregarded or given less weighting in keyword searches.

I have seen sites come up very high in the rankings with longer title tags, so I would venture to say that Google doesn’t give demerits for title tags longer than 68 characters, though I would be wary of creating title tags much longer than 80 or 90 characters. Continue reading “Meta Title tags: Good ones vs long, boring, spammy ones”