Opinions - Naming cities for SEO


#1

I am not a web designer and this is my second site the first 10 years ago for my business.
Back then there was a lot more text content and content was king. In the text and blogs we would populate the names of various cities with the thought of ranking higher in a specific area search. Such as photographer in (name of city). We would use creative ways to name those cities.

Additional we would put in a paragraph of “cities that we serve” or “Our primary market areas”…
It did work for awhile.

We would sometime put in a city name in an image alt tag. (I am assuming the word ALT in the Blocs data section of an image means the same).

So I am asking if any of these techniques help, hinder or not relevant today. OR

Would putting city names in the keywords and SEO in the page description be a better solution today?
I don’t want Google to think i am loading words. Nor do I expect to drastically improve page ranking using this but I would use it if the current thinking believe it to be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

Rich


#2

We have now evolved in to pure spam and no originality.


#3

On page seo is pretty simple now. Don’t be spammy. Have an H1 and H2 header with your city and a keyword you want to target just make sure they are different, an H3 linking the city a few keywords throughout your content bold a couple of keywords. Make sure Title doesn’t match your url (spammy) Try to get your keyword in the first sentence of the description. If you have more than 1 city do this for individual pages for each city without duplicating content