It’s my understanding that questions asking for SEO advice are off-topic on Stack Overflow, while questions with a SEO context should be on-topic.

It’s "How should I … for SEO" (= SEO advice) versus "[Because of SEO] I want to …" (= SEO context).

"Unfortunately" questions of the latter case are often also tagged with , and it seems to me that they are sometimes getting closed (primarily) because of having this tag.

For example, these questions are closed currently:

Was this the right move to close them?

Couldn’t this be a simple guideline to decide if a "SEO" tagged question is on-topic?

Can this question be answered by referencing a standard/specification (instead of a blog post or a search engine’s documentation)?

If yes, it’s probably on-topic. (Well, it would at least apply to those three example questions.)

Or the countercheck:

Would an answer to this question depend on the (current) behaviour/documentation/support of a search engine web service?

If yes, it’s likely off-topic.

closed as off-topic by ale, ShaWiz, Ward, rene, Nathan Tuggy Apr 14 '16 at 16:04

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – ale, ShaWiz, Ward, rene, Nathan Tuggy
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.


I would imagine that, if you can ask the same question without mentioning SEO, and still have it be on-topic, then it's on-topic.

  • Which whould mean that the three mentioned questions shouldn’t have been closed? – unor Jan 25 '14 at 12:26

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