Today’s Blogging Lesson – SEO

No, this isn’t probably isn’t going to be a post that is going to be SEO friendly.  How can it be?  I generally don’t have anything exciting to say.  I’ll try.  I’ll pretend so I can make myself feel better and not so alone over here in my little corner of the World Wide Web.

In case you are wondering, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and its how the search engines find your post or website amongst all the other posts and websites.  It’s supposed to bring your site more web traffic if you’ve done it correctly.

So what did I learn today?  Well, I learned how to use a plugin that rates my post.  It’s a very useful tool called Yoast SEO that is supposed to help streamline a post and help you put the right words into the post so it can be seen by the Internet and bring your website some traffic.  This will hopefully help me because right now my traffic is absolutely zero (nada, zip, zilch, not a soul to be seen).  I’m using the free download since, frankly, I have no spare money at the moment.  But even the free version is incredibly helpful.

Obligatory cute bunny image
Obligatory cute bunny image for SEO purposes 😉 – Yuki’s asking what I’m up to and where are her treats?

Let’s start with picking a keyword or phrase for your blog post.  If you are like me, you tend to ramble on and not say anything meaningful.  I did a tiny bit of brainstorming this morning and decided to delve into the world of computer mice for my senior citizen students (who are all off at bingo it seems).  I picked some related terms and incorporated them into my post.  It wasn’t bad.  That is until I clicked the little link that said “check” the SEO.  It was all downhill from there.  I felt like I was back in High School and failing horribly in Calculus.  But luckily this isn’t Calculus.  It’s English and Writing, my two favorite subjects.

Tweak here, Cut and Paste there, and finally add an image,  I tried again.  Okay…  A little better.  Lather, rinse, and repeat…  Needless to say it took me over two hours to get the post even remotely near the “good” rating.  Whew!  I went to have lunch even though it was almost 2 PM.

I know this SEO stuff will get better with more practice.  It’s a challenge that I enjoyed.  I just hope that I can get good at this.  Alright…  I know I can do this.  Oh, heck!  I have to do this!

Some Tips for Writing an SEO Post

  • Find a keyword or phrase
  • Do an outline for your post
  • Write the post, adding the keyword or phrase in so it flows naturally
  • Include hyperlinks in the post and an image or video for some fun
  • Stick to the point
  • Read it and reread it to check grammar and spelling

These are some of the tips that stood out for me as I wandered around the web yesterday.  It’s not a complete list.  But it was what stood out for me.

Other Blogging and Life Stuff

I still have one major issue with this particular blog and it’s a doozy:  I haven’t the slightest idea what to narrow my niche to.  I’m all over the place because I have so many oddball interests and no focus.  The subjects of my un-posted posts are passionate and were easy to write.  The problem is that they are a bit controversial and I’m not strong enough to post them.  I was thinking of maybe adding a sub-domain to publish them under semi-anonymity, but I’m just not sure.  For now they are part of my “private” diary and may just get pasted into a Word document, tucked away safely on my person computer.

I did get a little bit of insight this past weekend.  I attended a workshop at my local library called Do It Now that was about acting now to accomplish your goals.  It definitely gave me some insight on how to get where I need to go.  I’m starting to apply the concepts I learned, slowly.  It’s a bit of a brain adjustment since I am a Highly Sensitive Person and my Reticular Activating System seems to be a bit less filtered than most.  It’s not a disease.  It’s just who I am.

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