I've been reflecting on Joel's comment in a recent SE Podcast that Mi Yodeya has excellent content but a rather small and, right now, essentially not growing (contrary to the summary in the show notes) community.
Most likely, the mechanism that gets the most new people to look at the site is search results. Consequently, this is likely to be a mechanism that we could influence to increase the number of new people who look at the site, a small percentage of whom would end up contributing new content. There are other mechanisms more targeted at potential participants that also ought to be considered, but I think that at the very least, search results deserve consideration.
The absolute main way for us to get high on many people's search results is to have lots of excellent content on diverse topics. That's already the main thing we focus our efforts on, as it should be.
I'm wondering (and I know I'm not the first to do so) if we should pay a little bit of additional attention directly to search engine optimization (SEO), and whether there are any best practices we ought to have in mind in that realm that could have a significant impact on our placement in search results. I know that SE already does a bunch of stuff behind the scenes along these lines, very effectively, but it may be that there are additional things we should be doing, especially given the idiosyncratic nature of our content, which includes a great deal of non-English and transliterated text.
To this end, I propose a chat session with whoever SE has on staff to work on SEO issues, so that we can discuss the various potential issues, brainstorm possible enhancements either of community practice or of the SE engine, and discuss what is or isn't likely to have an actual positive SEO impact. Whoever's working on localization issues could also be good to talk to.
Could this be arranged? Mods, could you please suggest this to SE staff?