Am I the only one who is totally lost when it comes to SEO.

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  1. profile image0
    cjaroszposted 10 years ago

    I have tried reading forums, and hubs. Somehow, it all sounds like a total different language. I can read it andit gets all jumbles together. I know that you need to find titles that agree with Google, and draw in viewers. I'm still lost on the rest of it. Is it just me? I feel really out of place with this.

    1. JG11Bravo profile image72
      JG11Bravoposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You're not alone. The last time I was seriously writing for profit SEO was barely even a thing, so I feel your pain.  I know some basics, enough to keep my titles and content at least vaguely in line with keywords, but my goal is really to write what I want to write about, how I want to write it. If I get search traffic and make money, that's wonderful, but at the end of the day it's about me putting something that I'm passionate about down and sharing it.  SEO, organic search traffic, conversions, it's all secondary.

      I do my writing here because I like the capsule-based format and I'm beginning to enjoy the community.  Though I'm beginning to consider moving my efforts elsewhere, it's got nothing to do with viability of traffic generation.  I guess the point I'm driving at is that I've never, ever read anything that was written purely for the sake of SEO that was more than whatever the digital equivalent of a birdcage liner is.  Focus on making your content informative and pleasant to read first, that's what will keep people coming back to you.

      That's just me though.  I'm certainly no expert in the field but for what it's worth, there's my two cents.

    2. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image60
      sunilkunnoth2012posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      No you are not alone. At least I am with you.  I have not got a sound idea about these SEO tips. Still I could manage to attract some decent traffic to my hubs.    Can anyone teach us some simple tips on SEO please?

    3. Marisa Wright profile image84
      Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      An awful lot of the Hubs and blogs written on SEO are out-dated.  SEO has changed enormously in the last few years, so anything written even last year is old hat. 

      SEO used to be about using tricks to fool Google into thinking your article was better than anyone else's on the same topic.  Google new algorithm actively looks for those tricks and punishes them - and Google is always redesigning its algorithm to keep up with the latest tricks.  So, bottom line, tricks are not worth playing any more.  ANY article that suggests you follow a formula is suspect - it's easy to design the algorithm to spot a formula.

      Today, SEO fundamentals are very simple.  You need to make sure Google can work out what you're writing about.  Google mostly uses automated robots to assess articles, and they can't read sense.  Instead, they look for words that match what the reader is searching for.   So, it stands to reason that if someone is searching for "flamenco dancers", Google will offer articles which use the words "flamenco dancers" prominently.   You could write a great article about flamenco dancers, but if you forget to include that phrase (e.g. you might talk about "flamenco" and "dancers" separately but never put them together), you may miss out.

      So, the first rule of SEO is:  when you write an article, ask yourself, "what would readers be typing into search engines about this topic?"   Then make sure you use the most likely words in your title, and a few times in your article.  Don't go mad though - the old advice was to repeat the same words again and again.  These days, excessive repetition will be punished.  Use synonyms instead.

      There's another side to SEO - using it to decide what to write about.  Personally I think this is an outdated idea, too.   If you're aiming for a real online career, you're going to need to choose a niche and build a reputation in that niche.  I don't think it's possible to do that around a subject you've chosen purely for SEO purposes - you need to really care about it to write that much!  To me, SEO is useful to decide HOW to write about a subject you already have some knowledge about or passion for.

      1. starme77 profile image76
        starme77posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Exactly! smile

  2. Marie Flint profile image73
    Marie Flintposted 10 years ago

    No, CJ, you're not alone. I'm lost on this, too. I just signed up for Google Analytics a few days ago and started to fall asleep with their tutorial!

    So, for me, the solution is simply to write what I really care about, proofread, scrutinize my layout, and have a title that makes sense with my article. I keep hoping the Hub Pages Apprenticeship program will resume or someone who is technically savvy about SEOs and generating traffic will take pity on me and offer some mentoring. (Sigh!)

    I know it takes time to learn things. I'm trying to be patient with myself.

    I'll keep tabs on this thread to see how you do with responses and, hopefully, we'll both learn something. --Blessings!

    1. Cardisa profile image87
      Cardisaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Feel free to email me when you need help smile

      All three of you of course cool

      1. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image60
        sunilkunnoth2012posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Please give some tutorial on SEO.

        1. Writer Fox profile image31
          Writer Foxposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          If you can wade through the clutter, there are some tutorials mentioned in this forum thread:

          And here are some Hubs on SEO:
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  3. Will Apse profile image87
    Will Apseposted 10 years ago

    My advice would be to work your way through the Hubpages learning center. Make a bit of an effort. Perhaps ask a few questions here from time to time.

    I am just off to start a thread about my inability to perform heart surgery.

  4. Cardisa profile image87
    Cardisaposted 10 years ago

    Lesson one in creating Search friendly content

    As a beginner all you need to concern yourself with is:

    1) Creating a proper title which is Google friendly
    2) Writing in conversational style so that you are not talking at your readers, but rather talking with them. Make them feel like they can relate to you.
    3) If your subject is relevant to your title keywords will come naturally within the content.
    4) you know the rest: proper grammar, factual information and so forth.

    To create a title Google make it easy to find relevant keywords. There is a tool called keyword planner. … 4210935927

    1) On that page there are four tabs under "What would you like to do?"

    2) Click the first one

    3) Type your topic for example: you want to write a hub about ways to fall asleep, type that in.

    4) Look below that, there is a blue button marked "Get ideas", click that

    5) You will now see tow tabs, (a) ad group ideas and (b) keyword ideas. Click on keyword ideas.

    6) You will see several columns, pay attention to the firth three columns (keywords, avg monthly searches and competition)

    7) this is not absolute but to make more money you need high competition keywords so click the word competition.

    8) Now scroll through the and find relevant keywords for you topic which have more than 1000 avg monthly searches.

    Now you have your keywords. Use the one which most fit your topic in the title and you can use three more in the content if you wish.

    1. sallybea profile image93
      sallybeaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Cardisa - if one clicks the keyword link above - you have to register for Adwords -  is it free or do you have to pay please?

      1. Cardisa profile image87
        Cardisaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, it's free. Don't you have a Google+ account? or a blogger account? When you register for any Google product you automatically are registered for all. All you have to do is sign in to Google and your App and products will be made available.

        1. sallybea profile image93
          sallybeaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Yes I do but it still takes me to a page where it appears to want me to sign in and then verify the Adword account.

          1. Cardisa profile image87
            Cardisaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            You can do that. Sign in with your Google account and verify that you want to use Adwords. You don;t have to be an advertiser to sign up for Adwords. Google made it so content creators can use it as well.

            1. Will Apse profile image87
              Will Apseposted 10 years agoin reply to this

              This is very good of you Cardisa. I am sure you will set at least a couple of people on the right track. Maybe you will set a whole horde!

              1. Cardisa profile image87
                Cardisaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

                Thank you Will wink

    2. Marie Flint profile image73
      Marie Flintposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks to all of you. Hopefully, I will not fall asleep trying to implement these tips!

  5. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

    Trying to learn SEO hurt my brain so eventually I said "screw it."
    Now I write about what I wanna write about and if the Internet likes it, yay. If not, then I write another piece and try again.

    It may not be the most profitable way to do things but it's less stressful.

  6. profile image0
    cjaroszposted 10 years ago

    Thank you for the advise!!!! I'm gonna try again. Hopefully I can get. Like some of you. I had given up and just write


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