Use Keywords in Table Summary Tag?

Question from Todd: Will keywords in the table summary help boost rankings? An analysis of one competitor’s code suggests that it is helping them boost SEP.

Answer: You know, that’s a good question. For several years I routinely put in a table summary tag and put the keywords for the page in it — and it didn’t seem to make much difference. It didn’t hurt, either.

So it’s optional. Let me know if you have any success using it.

If you’re going to use tables, however, then I recommend you also use the “table trick” described here:


Jere Matlock
Website Design & Marketing / SEO

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