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In a previous post that shall remain nameless (but appears directly below) I wrote about the practice of…manipulating primary phrasesin order to maximizeyour website and make it display more prominently to the various…”finding programs.”

As a reward, this bit of blogging brilliance has received about 21 hits, as well as  veritable avalanche of:

  • Spam;
  • Spam, eggs, sausage and spam; and
  • Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in the Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.

I know what you’re thinking…that the spam, eggs, sausage and spam hasn’t got MUCH spam in it.  But, quite frankly, I DON’T LIKE SPAM! Especially not 200 in the past 3 days. That’s more than in the entire history of Lively Exchange! Meanwhile, if I send out more than 5 cold-call emails, I am forced to “type the characters as they appear” on Captcha…..

Hopefully, there’s a silver lining. Maybe this episode means I will reach a whole new level of visibility in the blogging realm. But I am not holding my breath.

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PS…I would never quote Monty Python without providing a link. But the WordPress server no likey for some reason!  I’d complain, but what’s the point? I mean, look at these shoes. I’ve only had them three weeks and the soles are already worn through……… Anyway, it’s pythonline.com.

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SEO Quiz: Can you spot the key words?

“If you are selling your home, selling your house or selling your residence in the tri-county area you should contact the tri-county home/house/residence selling experts who have been selling homes, houses and residences in the tri-county for over 30 years!”

Believe it or not, I made that up. Sadly, it’s exagerrated only a little bit. Keyword-packing bugs me, mostly because it’s done by people who don’t believe they need to hire a professional copywriter. Just repeat a bunch of keywords over and over and, whammo! Optimization. (It bugs me that they say whammo!, too.)

As I ask elsewhere on this site, shouldn’t your web copy also speak to the portion of your audience who aren’t search engines? So, for an SEO article, this means writing in English, as organic as I can make it, while still keeping the keywords in mind. When the draft is finished I go back and try to graft in more keywords wherever it makes sense. When I feel like I have reached a logical limit, or maybe just a little beyond that number, I quit. What’s interesting is that this intuitive measurement is typically right in line with whatever keyword percentage-count the experts are recommending. The beauty is that you can actually go beyond that 5 or 8 or 10 per cent limit as long as it’s organic.

So here’s a recent example of that: a blog article I did for a ______ company located in _____ that promises to save you ____ on your _____ bills!  Fill in the blanks!

Answers in next month’s issue of Highlights, available in doctor’s waiting rooms nationwide.

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