SEO Tricks Make Browsing The Web For The Visually Impaired Really Bad...

Nov 9, 2022 - 7:51 am 4 by
Filed Under Spam

Google Braille

John Mueller shared on Mastodon that he met with someone who relies on screen readers to consume the web. And he explained to him how old-school SEO tricks make reading the web using screen readers, well let's just say, not pleasant.

John wrote "Today I had a meeting with someone who relies on #screenreaders to get around online." John said that some of the old SEO tricks like keyword stuffing and dropping alt text in small invisible images with keywords, and that type of stuff, just made it hard or impossible for those using screen readers. John said "hearing how the old-school #SEO tricks like #keyword-stuffing in #alt-text & for 1px images, and variations of hidden text (size, color, off-screen) are a part of their normal online life was pretty sad (and yes, I also made some pages like that back in the day). Just imagine what you'd think of the SEO world if that's SEO for you..."

John did add that this person said things are getting better, he wrote "I was happy to hear that they also saw this kind of abuse declining."

Here is a screenshot of the post:

click for full size

But yea, try to download a screen reader and consume the web as if you were visually impaired. See how that goes for you...

Oh yea, I am pretty active on Mastodon, you can follow me at c.im/@rustybrick if you want.

Forum discussion at Mastodon.

 

Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community

Follow

Search Video Recaps

 
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024 - 10:00 am
Google

In Face Of AI Overview Backlash, Google Updates Docs With How To Show Web Only Results & How To Give Feedback

May 27, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google's John Mueller Blasts The Concept Of Toxic Links, Again

May 27, 2024 - 7:41 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Some Reporting Fewer Links Reported In Google Search Console

May 27, 2024 - 7:31 am
Google

Google Images "See Exact Matches" Helps You Find Who Stole Your Images

May 27, 2024 - 7:21 am
Google

Google Mobile Tests Large Blue Visit Button On Search Results

May 27, 2024 - 7:11 am
Previous Story: Google Updates Help Documentation To Say Using JavaScript For Links Can Be Fine