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funny SEO Tips for blogging beginners

Sorry about that.

Way too much alliteration and enthusiasm for a title, but apparently, words and energy are big turn-ons for search engines. And most of us bloggers know that we’ve gotta show a little skin if we want to snag the biggies like Google and Ask Jeeves.

Before we go any farther, I’m not one of the 10,700,000 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts waiting to share the secret to making your blog the #1 hit on search engines. I don’t have a degree in coding, I don’t offer a limited-time-only webinar guaranteed to skyrocket your blog traffic into the stratosphere. I don’t even have pop-ups. I’m just a guy with a few theories about how Order is achieved in the Internet.  

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, you’ll be happy to hear that I haven’t made up researched 7,777 tips designed to dazzle you with my brilliance. There will be no scrolling-related injuries on my watch. No Ma’am. This is a safe place.

However, I would like to share a few tested strategies that will get your latest and greatest in front of future fans. Some may even make blogging a fun experience again. (Remember when blogging was fun?)

  1. Be the answer to questions you’re interested in.

Imagine you’re me for a minute (hey- it’s not THAT bad. Besides, it’ll only be for a minute). You’ve just finished pouring your heart into an essay about the challenges of making it as a househusband in a housewife dominated market. You are a ridiculously slow writer so its 3AM, you’re bleary-eyed and the film of Pepsi residue on your teeth makes your tongue want to escape down your throat. For a moment, you savor your victory over the blank screen. But just for a moment, because now you need to see how your answer stacks up against the competition.

In this case, I chose “househusband” as the question (keyword) I wanted Google to link with my masterpiece, and the competition was fierce. Interesting articles extolled the virtues of afternoon naps (it’s a great perk, but not one of my top 5), faced the fact that our wives are embarrassed (I’ve been known to embarrass my wife, but for completely unrelated reasons), and argued that househusbands lose their independence when they rely on their wives for financial support (I can do whatever I want, so long as my chores are done. And I ask permission first). If I wanted my post to stand alongside these trendy articles, I would need to make a lot of revisions.

 

No way. My blog baby is beautiful just the way it is.

 

  1. Be the answer to questions that people aren’t asking yet.

A typical approach to getting noticed by Google is to select a popular keyword (or phrase) that fits a particular post and then draw attention by making as much noise as possible. In the virtual world, this means asking friends and family to share with their friends and family on social media, convincing popular websites to include a link to your post (backlinks), and paying for advertising (i.e. Google AdWords, Outbrain.com, FaceBook Ads, Pinterest Promote, etc.).

These strategies absolutely fetch more exposure for those bloggers with an important message that big audiences would love to hear. But since I’m a humble blogger (don’t laugh, I’m really good at being humble), I should find a careful balance between making noise and converting my essay on the challenges of househusbanding into “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” –Shakespeare.

An alternative is to create a brand-new search term. Instead of trying to make myself more popular than the 856,000 other answers to the all-important househusband question, I can create an answer to a question that hasn’t been asked yet. (Philosophical aside: what kind of world do we live in that we need to have nearly a million answers to the househusband question?)

Amazingly, no one has ever told Google (or spellcheck) about the exciting study of househusbandology! It’s still so exciting, the urge to throw around exclamation points with reckless abandon is almost irresistible. I’m the first one to lay claim to this little corner of the internet. I bet this is how the actor portraying Neil Armstrong felt when he planted the flag in the NASA studio during the “moon landing.” Soon, whenever someone Googles househusbandology (again, no laughing, it could happen), they’re gonna be treated with front row access to my masterpiece.

 

Have you staked a claim to your corner of the internet yet?

 

  1. Stop blogging for Google

I’ve spent a lot of time writing about what Google wants to see. But here’s the thing: Google is going to read your post. Regardless of what you write or how popular your post is, Goggle is one of your followers and Google will share your post (even if it’s buried beneath 856,000 others). However, Google won’t give you that comment from an actual person that makes you smile, or think, or strive to write better and more often.

That’s who I’m trying to connect with. People like you that have read all the way down to here (congrats) and still think you might be willing to come back for the next installment (sweet baby Jesus yes).

The monster search engines aren’t very good at connecting people like us. I have more luck finding you in specialized niches like the search bars of WordPress Reader and Pinterest. Finding you requires some effort. However, when I do discover your blog and get the chance to enjoy your writing/art/curation, it’s as exciting as, well, landing on the moon FOR REAL.

 

What’s your favorite way to find new blogs to enjoy?

 

Our virtual voices aren’t very loud, but we have powerful ideas and beautiful images to share. If we keep sharing what we’re passionate about, strive to find our place in the blogging community, and for the love of all that’s holy, STOP writing to impress Google, then we’re going to see our future fans become our virtual friends.

 

Internet explained funny

Understanding how search engines work is easy once you figure out how they’re organized.

 

Dearest Google, when you read this, please know that I think you’re very special. I’m sure you’ll make a lucky blogger very happy someday. But it’s time we saw other people.Click To Tweet

 

It’s not you, it’s me.

 

XOXO

Gabe

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152 Comments

  • Reply SickChristine June 8, 2017 at 5:35 am

    I could not love this enough. Brilliant job, humble blogger!

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 5:49 am

      hehehe whew. I was worried that once you REAL bloggers peeked at this post, I’d be seeing pitch forks and torches 😉

      • Reply SickChristine June 8, 2017 at 5:54 am

        It’s funny. I told my husband recently that I don’t think I’m a very good blogger. I’m a pretty good writer, but blogging is a whole different animal. In the end, if you write stuff that no one wants to read then it doesn’t matter if google knows who you are. I just have to accept I don’t have anything pinterestworthy, but I’ll develop a readership bit by bit, here and there. It’s just like you said, it’s about us connecting with each other on a deeper level.

        • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 5:59 am

          Preach my blogga from anuda fadda! You are an amazing writer, so I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to find that you’ve built a virtual field of dreams. In the meantime, I get to claim that I knew you before the groupies came flocking…

      • Reply howtoaddict June 20, 2017 at 10:54 am

        I also think post is great – gets you re-centered on things that really matter. Like you are 100% right on “answer questions that people aren’t asking YET”. For example I’ve wrote about development for Google’s Android back in 2009. By 2012 when Android was in full swing I profited from all writing I did 3 years back. Obviously it’s not easy to predict future, but when you know something will be big and you actually care about it – you are in great position.

  • Reply Meghan Tregellis June 8, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Ah so good!!!! I love the ‘ stop writing for google’ part. I used to have 2200 followers on my old, recently abandoned for personal reasons blog. I have to figure this out allover again. I enjoyed this thoroughly, Gabe!

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 7:01 am

      So glad you did Meghan, And looking forward to seeing what the new and improved version becomes.

      • Reply Meghan Tregellis June 8, 2017 at 7:06 am

        Thank you! I can change my name but I can’t change my voice. So glad to connect!

  • Reply Almost Iowa June 8, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I often wonder, “what is Google thinking”, so I asked it. “Google, what are you thinking?” All I got was a muddled list of obfuscation and indirection.

    “Ah,” I thought, “my ex got her dream job.”

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 7:00 am

      hehehe I’m sorry Greg. I should have asked for permission before meme-ifying the Google-formerly-known-as-the-ex.
      But yes, I never seem to get what I want either. Hate it when Google plays hard to get.

  • Reply Mick Canning June 8, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Sure wish I knew the secret, Gabe. Still, whatever you write it has to be your best voice and work, or those that do find you will just sniff disdainfully and go away again.

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Very true Mick. I know that I still have a lot of work to do to hone my best voice, but the process is absolutely worth it.

      • Reply Mick Canning June 8, 2017 at 8:18 am

        Also 100 followers who really enjoy your work are worth 1000 who just follow in the hope they’ll get followed back!

        • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 8:24 am

          That is so true! Still don’t understand the compulsion to follow/unfollow, but it’s definitely a thing.

          • Mick Canning June 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

            It is. A lot of it does seem to be an attempt to get a follow back. For example, naming no names, one blogger, not too long ago, ‘liked’ about 12 of my posts in the space of a minute or so, and then ‘followed’ me. Clearly, they did not read any of them. So those ones, I don’t even bother to go and look at in return.

          • Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 8:33 am

            Really? I thought that was some sort of spam machine. I doubt my laptop is fast enough to load 12 posts in a minute. And even if it was possible, that sounds like a recipe for a seizure;)

          • Mick Canning June 8, 2017 at 8:41 am

            It could be that, of course. I never looked!

  • Reply Writing to Freedom June 8, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Gabe’s gaggle of Goggling gaffs goes goonie. I worked as a content marketer for a couple of years and you’ve actually hit on many of the best tips. Kudos and thanks for the laughs, insights and new field of househusbandology. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 8:18 am

      I thought about offering classes in the exciting new field of househusbandology (because those who can’t do, teach;)) And happy UnBirthday my Friend!

      • Reply Writing to Freedom June 8, 2017 at 8:23 am

        Can you offer tips on finding a woman to support me so I can be a househusband too? XD

        • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

          Absolutely Brad. I find that pity is my strong suit. And if that doesn’t work, I hard-sell the “fixer-upper” angle for all I’ve got.

  • Reply Arionis June 8, 2017 at 8:16 am

    First of all, there can never be too much alliteration. Don’t apologize for it. Besides, we know you love it.

    Second, I’m still trying to figure out how to get my own wife to ready my blog.

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Ya, you caught me. I’m an alliteroaddict. But this is the perfect support group to work through the steps.

      And my secret for tricking my poor wife into proofreading my posts is to pounce on her the second she wakes up. Long before the filter kicks in 😉

  • Reply Dippy-Dotty Girl June 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Ahahaha, that was an excellent write-up on how to snag attention and not snooze inducing in the least. I noticed how you slipped Shakespeare subtly in there 😉 And as you might as well have figured out, I do not complain about alliteration whatsoever. Bring it on.

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      I’m never above bringing out the big guns to showcase a good cause. Glad to meet a fellow alliterati!

      • Reply Dippy-Dotty Girl June 8, 2017 at 2:28 pm

        You had me at 7777. The mind boggled. Had to see how you would deliver on that!

        • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 2:33 pm

          hmmmmm challenge considered (but life’s too short to entertain that kind of craziness-or subject beloved readers to torture)

          • Dippy-Dotty Girl June 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm

            Wait, I did not mention that there was a prolonged phew after.

          • Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm

            hehehe so glad the blogosphere brought us together. Good times. Good times…

          • Dippy-Dotty Girl June 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm

            Always.

  • Reply desertcurmudgeon June 8, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Awesome, Gabe! As far as my WordPress stats go, I’ve only been alerted to one Google search that led someone to my page. It even told me what the searched term was: “corduroy cap”. That means that somebody was most likely in the market for a new hat. They opened up their trusty search engine and narrowed the coveted hat down to “corduroy cap”. Google results alerted them to a page that contained exactly this term — my page. So said hat-hunting individual was distracted from his or her online shopping venture by being diverted to a story about a Mexican zombie who wears a corduroy cap.

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      hehehe I’m sure there’s a proverb in there somewhere about getting what we wnt before we knew what we needed. I’m hoping you convinced this potential cap client about the errors of his ways AND, if he/she knew what was good for ’em, gained a new fan.

  • Reply thebackyardpoet June 8, 2017 at 10:20 am

    A great piece of writing. Very funny but so informative. Thanks for posting.

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. Cheers!

  • Reply usathroughoureyes June 8, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Wonderfully, humorously and from the heart post Gabe. If Google doesn’t find us its their loss. The bottom line is the ones that do find us are the ones that are suppose to find us.

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      I’m tempted to start a grass roots “anti-Googlite” campaign, but I my plate is already pretty full. I’m still working on the sylabus for an advanced degree in househusbandology…

      • Reply usathroughoureyes June 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm

        LOL. We can’t wait for the web to light up with your “househusbandology” postings. There are a lot of males needing mentoring.

  • Reply Jennifer June 8, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I will never know what Googlie wants and she doesn’t seem to understand me either. But it’s not for lack of trying.

    • Reply Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks for sharing Jennifer. I feel like I kinda know what Google wants, but I just don’t know if i’m ready to go “all the way” yet. Guess I’m still too shy.

      • Reply Jennifer June 11, 2017 at 2:03 pm

        You are ahead of me on this. Because I always figure out what she wants the day after she changes algorithms. Such a tease.

        • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm

          hehehe in the early drafts of this post, I really thought about addressing the random algorithim chanegs search engines introduce in an attempt to keep SEO experts busy. This is a hilarious example of a machine (or program) forcing US to move in perpetual motion just to keep from falling behind. Maybe future rants will be directed here…

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  • Reply restlessjo June 9, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I think you might have them onside by now, Gabe. 🙂 🙂 I am just slightly chagrined to find that you’re not offering me instant success on a plate, but what the heck! I’ve never written for Sir Google and I wouldn’t know where to start. I seldom look at my stats but I’m sure they come in the could do better category. Most of my friends I found through the challenges, but the challenges impose certain restrictions. I dodge and weave as much as I can but I sometimes find them irksome. But it’s an awesome world out there, isn’t it? And hey, I found you! (or did you find me? 🙂 And who cares?)

    • Reply Gabriel June 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      In all seriousness Jo, you are one of the success stories that I’m striving to emulate. Visiting your blog is always a treat. It’s obvious that you have built and encourage an active community, and, you get to show of an endless series of walks, 6-word stories, and gorgeous photography. Cheers Jo. Very glad the blogisphere brought us together!

      • Reply restlessjo June 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm

        Thanks for this, Gabe. 🙂 I’m just back from a night with ‘the girls’. We go back more years than you want to think about. I’ve loved having your company.

  • Reply Amy June 9, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Very cool, Gabe! I only do WP category for my post. Will that work?
    Thank you for the tips. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel June 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Yup. I’m starting to see that this is a great way to meet new bloggers. I should really invest more time and energy in the WP daily posts (and photography challenges) as well as the other weekly events.

  • Reply RMW June 9, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I may have the fewest followers on WordPress and I’m proud of that achievement. Honestly, I don’t know how people keep up with thousands of followers as I barely have time to keep up with the ones I have! I don’t just go to a site and click “like.” I actually read the posts… silly me!!! it’s time consuming. But I do know many people only scroll through going like like like like without bothering to look at the content. And I post what I enjoy posting and that’s the end of that story!

    • Reply Gabriel June 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      hehehe I understand what you mean. I still spend far more time engaging on others blogs than I do my own. But this is a big part of the fun for me. Meeting bloggers like yourself that genuinely enjoy writing, and participating in the community. Cheers!

  • Reply Liz C. June 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Did you just break up with Google? Haha. This was a great read.

    I find amazing people like you from Community Pool and WordPress Reader. When I have lots of time to spare, I type in my favorite words on the WordPress Search bar and go from there.

    • Reply Gabriel June 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      its safe to say that google and I aren’t a very good fit. All the better, I can already see that we’re gonna be just fine.

      And I should really check out the community pool more often. If I remember correctly, its a Wednesday event Right?

      • Reply Liz C. June 9, 2017 at 6:51 pm

        I think it starts Tuesday around 12pm EST. But honestly im bad at time zones. T_T

        • Reply Gabriel June 9, 2017 at 11:10 pm

          Thanks Liz. I’ll make a note and think about checking it out. That’s about 7am my time so I might be able to play along before morning tea.

          • Liz C. June 12, 2017 at 10:41 am

            I think I got the time zone wrong. It might be Monday 12pm. Sorry about that. So it’s right about now? Haha. In a few mins

          • Gabriel June 13, 2017 at 6:56 am

            Yup looks like I missed the big wave. 780 comments already! I’ll look into it next week. That’s an impressive party!

  • Reply rgayer55 June 9, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I’m not a househusband (yet) but this sentence seems to fit well for me; “I can do whatever I want, so long as my chores are done. And I ask permission first.”

    After reading this post, I’m curious how you stumbled across my blog, Gabe? Every now and then I’ll get a new faithful reader who is not a machine or trying to sell me something, and I always wonder how they found me.

    • Reply Gabriel June 9, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      I’m pretty sure I found you through the Friday Fictioneers group (and glad I did, I really enjoy your wit). While I don’t think I’m ready to branch out into Flash Fiction myself, I do enjoy reading these bite-sized morsels of goodness. Cheers Russell!

  • Reply Ann Coleman June 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    When I first started blogging, I actually sought out and tried to follow all the advice on how to grow my blog. But I quickly realized that a) I had no clue what they were talking about half the time, and b) I would much rather just write what I wanted and learn to be satisfied with a small audience. I didn’t even realize that by doing so, I would get to “meet” terrific new blog friends who actually took the time to read and comment on my posts.
    I still get those “I followed you, so now you follow me” follows all the time, but I only do that if I actually want to read their future posts. And it’s amazing how many of them promptly unfollow me once they realize I’m not going to follow them.
    As for Google, I’m glad you broke up. She was not right for you, trust me on this!

    • Reply Gabriel June 9, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      It really does work doesn’t it? Taking the time to engage with new bloggers by reading their posts and commenting allows us to make genuine connections. Then when we write about what we’re passionate about, we’re more likely to strike a chord with our community. I can see it works great for you Ann. Gives hope to “rookie” bloggers like me (I know it’s probably time for me to give up my blogging training wheels, but I’m not quite ready).

      • Reply Ann Coleman June 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm

        Seriously, you blog so well I would never consider you a rookie! But you absolutely can keep your training wheels for as long as you want….

  • Reply dave ply June 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I can’t even get WordPress to Discover me, much less Google. Oh, woe is me, how will I ever live without a sudden influx of 5000 followers who don’t actually follow? Will I never know the joys of emptying my mailbox of 10,000 messages with one Like and one Follow per person, from folks I’ll never hear from again? (Although I know someone who could probably give advice on purging an email box…) Could I withstand the joys of having multiple instances of the same person being so enthusiastic they have to like 12 of my posts in 10 seconds? (Actually, my record is 19 likes from one particularly enthusiastic “follower”. Set a “record” for likes that day.)

    I’m with you. Give me a good, engaged coconspirator in reading/blogging over a score of number chasers any day.

    • Reply Gabriel June 9, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      hehehehe I’m so jealous of you (and apparently Mick as well). 19 Likes in less than a minute! Although, when I think about it a bit more, something doesn’t feel as… “satisifying” as you’d think.
      As for the Great Email Purge, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone my friend.

      Completely unrelated, but reading this comment reminded me that I may need to pay more attention. On the first pass, “coconspirator” looked a lot like co-constipater. Pretty sure this isn’t even a word, and if it is, I really don’t want to know what it means…

      • Reply dave ply June 9, 2017 at 11:21 pm

        Co-constipater, ha! I’ll defer to your highly trained medical opinion as to what that might entail. It could call for surgery. As for the 19, I was highly impressed that someone could actually “read” and like that many different posts in such a short time. Who knows how many she read and didn’t like! 😉

        • Reply Gabriel June 9, 2017 at 11:24 pm

          hehehe I might have missed that class in med school. Regardless, I’d recommend prophylaxis, and probably lots of hand washing 😉

  • Reply hiren June 10, 2017 at 12:11 am

    hi very good article.

  • Reply Di June 10, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Hi dear Gabe!
    Eye opening and humour- filled piece from you. As a humble new blogger, I learnt a thing or two for sure… one of them being we share the same ‘career title’ currently but um… in reverse gender of course!
    The interactions are what makes this all worthwhile and I’m not sure Google really ‘gets’ it! ?
    And we cannot ever have too much alliteration so I loved it!
    A great post my little mate ????
    I

    • Reply Gabriel June 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      hehehe we have the best “job” don’t we?

      • Reply Di June 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        Absolutely! I couldn’t want for a better one either, Gabe… lots of alone time for thinking up our very important posts…I love it! As long as those ‘other’ chores get done?
        Enjoy your week my friend ????

  • Reply milfordstreet June 10, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I agree; I think when you’re blogging for Google, you’re chasing something. Chasing seldom works. You have to write something meaningful to you that is a good product. (But I still love you, Google)

    • Reply Gabriel June 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Well said. And I’m guilty of this myself. It’s tempting to “chase” potential followers, to put my stuff in front of them. When the chase becomes more of a priority than writing and sharing the best of ourselves, the whole point of this blogging thing gets lost.

      Thanks so much for following and for chiming in!

  • Reply Lies Jack Kerouac told Me June 10, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I had to recuse myself at “bloggers with an important message.”

    • Reply Gabriel June 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      hehehe you sell yourself short my friend. I friggin love your prose.

  • Reply Tiny June 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Great job, you humble blogger! I really enjoyed your thoughts and how you presented them. My son is a SEO specialist, among other things in marketing, but I have never asked him to work on my blog. The reason is that I started blogging to learn to write better in my 3rd language, whether or not anyone would read it. Then I blogged to challenge myself to take better pictures. And now… I enjoy the interaction with the community and have made some really great friends, including in person. But looking at it through the lens you presented, I feel that it would be nice if more people engaged with my humble messages about nature 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel June 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Really glad we met Tiny, and I share your hopes that more future friends will find us in this busy blogosphere. You have beautiful words (and photos) to share.

  • Reply the incurable dreamer June 10, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Umm, I am so sorry I made fun of your ‘househusbandology’ in one of your earlier posts (I blame it totally on my OCD). Clearly, you are a genius, and I am a complete knob! Google, I thought, was simply outwitting you, but alas, it was YOU who had the upper hand. Brilliant! Very soon you will be the most searched husbandologist on the planet. Who knew?! Anyway, great post and thanks so much for the very helpful information and tips. My wee blog has remained just that, wee, but the impact it has had on my life has been enormous. The connections and friends I have made along the way are more than I could have ever asked for. How lucky am I that I know a cool guy named Gabe, who lives in Romania? WHAAAAT?! Your support and encouragement have meant so much to me, and I am so grateful our blogs brought us together. In my case, it is not quantity, but quality! And you are one of the ones I have to thank for that! SO THANK YOU, GABE!!

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 3:47 am

      awwww you must have been typing too much Tanya, You mixed up the order in the second sentence. Should read: “Clearly you are a knob, and I am a complete genius!”
      And I just searched for “househusbandology” out of curiousity… I OWN this word on Google, and Twitter, AND Pinterest.
      “It’s mine I tell you! All Mine!” *does his best evil villian laugh*

  • Reply Debbie H June 11, 2017 at 3:47 am

    This is seriously good and sums up so much of what bloggers think they have to do!! I love your title particularly ??

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 3:51 am

      Thanks Debbie, and so glad you enjoyed the excessive alliteration 😉

      • Reply Debbie H June 12, 2017 at 3:51 am

        My latest post uses excessive alliteration in its title too. You’ve started something!!

        • Reply Gabriel June 12, 2017 at 5:34 am

          You’re right Deb. that was an impressive display of alliteration. I’m humbled yet again 😉

  • Reply Ritu June 11, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Great job Gabe… you nearly made sense to this technophobe!!!

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 3:58 am

      Ritu! Thanks sooo much for stopping by to visit my humble abode again, especially on the day after being crowned queen of this years Bloggers bash! It’s absolutely no surprise. Well done!

      • Reply Ritu June 11, 2017 at 4:30 am

        Aw thanks Gabe!!! And of course I’ll visit… I shan’t letvthis fame change me lol! ?

  • Reply Chris June 11, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Wise words Gabe, screw those monster search engines!

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Yeah! *whispers quietly in case he wakes up the monster*

  • Reply Circle of Daydreams June 11, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I confess I pretty much suck at SEO. Have I read all the articles? Yes. Do I know about keywords, and heading tags, and back links, and inner site links, and how to research words etc? Yes. Do I EVER feel like doing any of that? No. Should I? Probably…… but it just drains all the joy out of the things I love about blogging. I’m not trying to make any money out of my site (yet), and I just want to find like minded people, make stuff they like, and feel like I’m adding something to the world. Yeah, okay, if I did the whole keywords/Google thing then maybe more people would find their way to me…. but I might also give up through sheer boredom after I pull my last hair out. So….. I think I’ll continue to suck at SEO. I love reading your stuff!

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. Writing for Google may help computers to lead more people to us, but the people that are sent our way probably won’t be interested if what they see is SEO-ized to the point we don’t even enjoy it anymore.

      But I’m uber glad that you took the time to read all the way down to here and share your voice. In my opinion, it’s voices like yours, echoing from little corners of the interent like mine, that creates the secret sauce that holds the blogiverse together. Cheers!

      • Reply Circle of Daydreams June 12, 2017 at 2:41 am

        Oh yes, I’ll take the secret sauce every time! (;

  • Reply Diana Frajman June 11, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Sometimes, okay, most times, I just blog and don’t give a dam about SEO, goggle or any search engine. My ancient rolodex of a processor brain just does not compute. Thanks anyway 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      hehehe I hear you! And it sounds like you have the right approach. Just keep blogging. Google will realize how cool we are soon enough.

  • Reply Oriana June 11, 2017 at 9:51 am

    This is a very useful and informative post ! I’m pinning it. Also, are Facebook ads actually worth it ? Thank god it wasn’t 7777 tips, you got me at first ! ?

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      hehehe I actually feel bad about the title- becuase I suspect some poorperson out there is gong to have list envy and try to create 7778 Tips to “share.”
      And i’ve heard the same thing about Facebook Ads, that they don’t provide a good return on investment for many. I’ve never used them myself, but know several nitche bloggers that have had a great deal of success incorporating FB Ads into their marketing strategy.

      I’m old-fashioned. I like reaching out to others personally, getting to know them in their own blogs, and with a bit of luck, when they wander over to check my blog out, they find a nice addtion to their blogging collection. So far it seems to be working really well. It brought us together!

      Thanks again for stopping by and please feel free to come back anytime the mood strikes!

  • Reply angelanoelauthor June 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I’m sure you already know how I feel on this, but “stop writing for Google,” makes me happy. Google, bless it, won’t love any of us back. Writing for Google would be like trying to please an unappeasable mother-in-law: the rules are always changing and I’ll probably never get it right. (For the record, my mother-in-law is lovely–but you get my point.) Thanks for the reminder and for writing words that might not be found by a search engine, but are certainly a delight to me.

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Hey Angela! You obviously already get it (still laughing about the mother-in-law analogy). And I count you amoung my role models when it comes to writing authentically and with an intention to inspire.

      By the way, Congratulations on your recognition at this year’s Blogger Bash! It’s no surprise to me of course, but I’m thrilled that so many others joined me in supporting you and the gifts you bring us through your blog.

      • Reply angelanoelauthor June 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm

        Thanks, Gabe! I’m thoroughly humbled by every sentence here. I’m a lucky gal.

        • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 9:12 pm

          And I’m a lucky follower 😉

  • Reply Melissa June 11, 2017 at 11:26 am

    ALL OF THIS IS THE GREATEST OF BLOGGING WISDOM. I had to shout it to the mountain tops. Thank you for validating how I see my little blog and the blogging enterprise.

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      hehehehe You had me at mountaintops…

  • Reply Thewanderingdarlings June 11, 2017 at 11:44 am

    This is such an awesome post!! You are spot on with everything the say and the lovely bit of humour just makes it next level great!! Sharing the hell out of this!

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      You’re awesome! Share. Share like the wind my influencial friend!

  • Reply mydangblog June 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Great advice and a terrific post as always! I still don’t have as many followers as I’d like, but I blog about the things I enjoy thinking and talking about. I know I’ll never make any money with it, but my family and friends like it:-)

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Suzanne! Please count me amoung you virtual friends. And I’m with you, I don’t have plans to make any money from this blogging thing. Guess I’ll just have to rely on my stunning good looks and growing househusband skills 😉

      • Reply mydangblog June 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

        Aw thanks! And it sounds like you have “househusbandry” skills at the Master level!

  • Reply Andrea Stephenson June 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Loved the humour and advice in your post Gabe. I never think about Google when I post – I don’t think too much about people finding me at all – I have a small, but great community of bloggers and I like the personal interaction I get from that rather than actively trying to seek new followers. I tend to find new bloggers through other bloggers and it still amazes me that I can find new people out there that I really connect with.

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Yes, I’m glad we met Andrea and I love your writing. It transcends my feeble attemtps to be creative (I know this sounds gushy, but I’m being sincere.)
      So glad you’re resisting any potential urges to write for Google!

  • Reply twobrownfeet June 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I wish I had read you post while I was starting out as a blogger. 🙂 I knew Google was not meant for mortals like me. It might have something to do with one of my earlier jobs. I could never understand linking keywords to a thought, choosing italics or bold text, SEO, RSS feeds, and blah! Nothing made sense and still a lot doesn’t. Our blog was a ‘zombie’ blog for nearly half a year with dismal statistics. And then, I figured if I just kept writing and posting, without getting lost in trying to be something, someone might read what I had to say. It took longer, but it does work. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel June 11, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Yes! We humble bloggers are building a Field of Dreams. Write it, and they will come… eventually 😉

  • Reply josypheen June 11, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t follow you for your search terms. I just follow you because I like your writing. 🙂
    Ignore Mr google, we’ll all still read your lovely rambles.

    • Reply Gabriel June 12, 2017 at 5:31 am

      hehehe If i had a nickle for everytime someone said “I just like you for your personality,” I’d probably be able to buy an extra coffee. But I’m perfectly fine with my search terms being not-so-sexy!
      Cheers Josy!

  • Reply Liesbet June 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Great post, and I couldn’t agree more, Gabe! Plus, when I write my blogs, I don’t want to be “told what to do” or change my voice in order to be “read” or “picked up” more. I totally agree that blogging is a social endeavor, where smiles, understanding and (virtual) friendship is more important than numbers and clicks.

    I am following the blogs I either found via comments on my blog, or via other blogs I already follow. I get the notices in my inbox and then click on the link to read the posts in my browser. I wish I had time to actively search for blogs to follow in the field of my main passion (travel – alternative lifestyle), but, for now, I enjoy the friendships and relationships I have already built, and reading those blogs keeps me busy and entertained enough. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel June 13, 2017 at 7:01 am

      Yes that’s a great strategy Liesbet, and one that I use a lot as well. It’s so easy to click on commenters to check out their blogs. And since we’re already reading a blog post from a blogger we enjoy, we’re far more likely to meet with fellow active bloggers with similar interests.

      Cheers Liesbet!

  • Reply bedlamanddaisies June 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I’m not very good at SEO and am not sure I want to play the game. The only search term that has come up as leading someone to my page was “girl pee hike”. I’m not sure what they were looking for, but my Hiking Dragon’s Tooth post only talks about me fearing the need to go. lol. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel June 13, 2017 at 7:18 am

      hehehe I think I remember that post!

  • Reply Jay June 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    That’s all we can do, isn’t it? Write for yourself.

    • Reply Gabriel June 17, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Yup. I tried to write a movie review this week Jay, but I think I’m going to leave it to the experts such as yourself Jay.

  • Reply ashutoshrg June 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    As a new self-hosted website user, this is a great set of tips! Great job, Gabe. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel June 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      hehehe I hope you take them with a huge grain of salt. I’m still a rookie in the blogosphere, and one of the least qualified SEO experts I know;)

  • Reply Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC June 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Okay – you got me. I’ve now read enough to know this is a blog I want to follow (tho’ I must admit I clicked the title of this particular post with a bit of trepidation). NOW, where was that follow button again?
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • Reply Gabriel June 20, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Yeah, Madelyn you made my day! I could ask for no better compliment than that. I’ll do my best to make it worth your while.

      And glad you found that follow button!

      • Reply Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC June 20, 2017 at 10:34 am

        Already reported back to Tom and Audrey to thank them for the introduction. It seems we both love their blog. If you haven’t visited Audrey’s photo site yet, make some time for it — especially her series. No comments etc. possible on that site, however.
        xx,
        mgh

  • Reply Miriam June 21, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Love this Gabe. Of the millions of blogs out there I reckon you’re doing just fine. You’re building up quite a following with people who know and love your style.i don’t know if Google pays much attention to me but quite honestly, I’m not too fussed. Great post.

    • Reply Gabriel June 21, 2017 at 5:28 am

      And you shouldn’t be Miriam. You have built a loyal and engaged community. A great place to grab a heaping handful of inspiration and wonder.

      • Reply Miriam June 21, 2017 at 7:07 am

        Thank you Gabe. You’re very kind.

  • Reply D. Wallace Peach June 22, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I’m so glad I didn’t have to read 7777 tips! Yikes. Hmm. I could use them though. I pay no attention to SEO stuff at all. It’s too much math and science, and I break out in hives just thinking about it. You make good points about questions, and I’ve found that some of my most popular posts are the ones where I research and answer my own questions. Your househusbandology post was the first I read of yours, and the humor is what hooked me. 😀

    • Reply Gabriel June 22, 2017 at 9:11 am

      If I were in a position to give advice (and I’m not as you’ve already established an enviable position in your niche, while I’m still trying to figure things out), I would say SEO doesn’t belong in the lexicon of bloggers striving to make genuine and meaningful connections with people.
      Fortunately, I’m able to draw from a relatively untapped pool as a hiker turned househusbandologist living abroad. The material makes up for the skill that I’m learning to hone.
      Until then, it’s great to get encouragement from established authors such as yourself!

      • Reply D. Wallace Peach June 22, 2017 at 10:15 am

        I’ve gone the genuine connections route because it’s the only thing I know how to do… and it doesn’t require any math skills. Ha! You do have a unique story to tell, Gabe, but I have to say it’s your personality and the connection that keeps people coming back. 😀

  • Reply Val June 25, 2017 at 5:52 am

    I rarely find blogs on Google as its algorithm doesn’t work well anymore but the way I find blogs now is on the site itself (wordpress.com) via tagsearch and by clicking on people’s comments I enjoy in blogs I follow. That’s the most organic way to do it. (It’s how I found your blog just now). And if you use tags yourself, people will be able to find you that way as well. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel June 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      That’s a great point. We meet lots of great people by clicking on interesting comments from blogs we already follow. Thanks so much for stopping by here AND for following!. I look forward to stopping by your blog soon.

  • Reply EJediting July 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Wow, I was feeling a little down about the newness of my blog, but your post was the perfect pick me up. Awesome! I am pretty sure I reblogged it! I am still getting used to WP.

    • Reply Gabriel July 3, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for following. Doesn’t look like you reblogged it (normally we get a “wingback” when you create a link (by cutting and pasting the link to this post on your post).

      Looking forward to checking out your blog as well!

  • Reply EJediting July 5, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I blogged it on my site: https://jamisonediting.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/7777-seo-tips-sure-to-supercharge-your-site/?iframe=true&preview=true&calypso_token=313c8935-dc7e-443a-8ca0-93f2fb959914

    I wonder why it didn’t show up for you? I have been killing myself trying to learn more about Google Analytics, SEO, and just how to do the basics — Right now I can’t seem to even get my site indexed. I wonder how many articles you have to write before it is official in the Google Index?

    • Reply Gabriel July 6, 2017 at 7:38 am

      hehehe I have no idea. I still don’t know why Google has decided to index my humble little blog, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve still gotta break up with Google 😉

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    • Reply Gabriel July 13, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to return any time the mood strikes, we’re just getting started here!

  • Reply jagadeesh88 July 14, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Simple and power thought. I like the carefree writing style too.

    • Reply Gabriel July 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by! and please feel free to stop back in whenever the moods strikes. (just don’t tell Google;))

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  • Reply April Munday July 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I really don’t worry too much about what Google is thinking. I know it’s not thinking very much about the fourteenth century. One Sunday in January we were the best of friends, but I knew it couldn’t last and it didn’t. Occasionally Google remembers my blog, but it will never be like that day in the middle of winter again. Sigh.

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    • Reply Gabriel July 18, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks and I can only imagine how painful it must be to try to incorporate SEO into your work! Best of luck to you!

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    Great tips! Love to see what people are learning (and teaching) with SEO. Writing for the end user is really important AND it seems the search engines (like Google) are getting better about not liking ureadable content. Over optimizing doesn’t seem to work anymore, anyway, from what I’ve seen… good post. Thanks again!

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