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Keywords Right or Wrong? Let me change this to Keyword stuffing is wrong.

Updated on February 23, 2013

A herd of two sculptured buffalo

So when you type in buffalo do you get animals that look like this or Bison.
So when you type in buffalo do you get animals that look like this or Bison. | Source

Internetizen Responsibility

Keywords, Right or Wrong

The general concept of keywords is very simple and generally very helpful. But it seems we have just accepted them without regard for the negative aspects. Keywords are just as the name suggests, keys to a door to hundreds of references to a particular word. What could possibly be wrong with that?

Everything.

The problem is what I call Mind Herding. The hundreds, or even thousands, of references we are given and the order of the references is done via marketing and numbers. A huge industry has come up to drive search results to particular websites. With few exceptions, the references we get to view are not derived from an intellectual conclusion but rather from a “pay to play” numbers oriented focus. We all understand sponsored results, but even the “web results” are determined by entrepreneurs who use methodical techniques to drive/herd users to their sites. I cannot speak poorly of the free enterprise system that creates/created this environment. It is the nature of free markets to drive potential customers/users to a given point of display and purchase. The system is not either right or wrong, the system just is the way it is. But the users can be either right of wrong.

Internetizens need to be responsible consumers, even if what they are consuming is free, or perhaps more so when what they are consuming is free. And here is where it starts; we must learn to control our clicks. We must learn to use discernment in “surfing” or researching. It is time in this great Internet experience that we just say no to clicking onto sites and links that clearly are just herding us into a marketing strategy. Probably teaching our children about this concept is the best thing we can do for our future.

Our brains will overcome this nonsense.

I think that if I am asked I will continue this subject matter by explaining how to tell if a site is not containing what you are looking for, and how to enter keywords to get just what you are looking for on the net.

Most do not go into reading and studying such kind of books. I have to admit I do.

I punished myself with getting a degree in linguistic philosophy. So words are like a reverse anthropologic study to me. The words we use speak volumes of our culture.
I punished myself with getting a degree in linguistic philosophy. So words are like a reverse anthropologic study to me. The words we use speak volumes of our culture. | Source

Look it up!

I remember when my wonderful bride and I started dating. Her English was excellent for her well educated position in Southeast Asia. She would constantly question me about deeper meanings of words and their origin. But after more than a decade she called me up to ask about, "what is a kindle?". I began explaining the notions of kindling, fires and some cutlural factors of someone called a kindler that could be the life blood of nomadic tribes in freezing conditions --- she told me to shut up (very harsh for her) And I quickly told her about the device known as a KIndle. Her internal search engine did not have time to browse. That is ok but not normally in tune with higher awareness.

If you just want a quick answer without understanding. Do not grow.

So you have the keyword editor/publisher and they want to cast the widest net possible to attract. And you have the searcher who thinks he wants exactly what he is looking for. Both are wrong for the purpose of education and understanding. The words we used are not meant to be vague and they are certainly not meant to restrict our thought. When you search by keywords, open your eyes and learn about the strange deviations and adaptations of the word, whatever you are searching for will be enhanced by this education.

Publishing keywords is a question of niche marketing or splatter gun approach to indiscrimanate click and visiting attraction. If your looking to make money go with the latter.

The bottom line my friends is that words are organic, spoken, written, copied, researched, geography, demography all play a role in determining just what we mean. I hope to take the time to mean to understand the words a little bit better. They are marvelous

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      Robert Sacchi 6 months ago

      You article gives food for thought. Isn't the purpose of a web search to get a quick answer?

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Matt, I am working on a comparative analysis. Seems that medical bill coding and West key Law system search use similar mechanics. West Key law system has been used for over one hundred years. I think that we have progressed enough to consider these an industry, in and of themselves. I reckon I need to go back and study a thesaurus.

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      Matthew Gottung 5 years ago from New England, United States

      This is VERY interesting, I don't think this even crossess the minds of the majority of the massess. Now I want to learn more about this! Thank you and keep writing!

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks lrc7815,

      Thanks for the reminder -- I think I better write a new one here. #2

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      I agree with others here that have asked for more on this topic. I don't want to write for the SEO standards either but it would certainly save time researching on the Internet if I knew how to narrow my search. This was a great hub. I hope you keep adding to the topic.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks. Looking into the jumbled world of IDN keyword concepts and learning a great deal.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting read and I'm glad you wrote about it. Keywords play a vital role on the Internet and can be very effective to both writers and readers, if they know the intricacies of it.

      Looking forward to part 2.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool and thankyou motometer

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      The real point of keywords, is so that people can find what they are looking for.

      If you want to share something that you think will be useful to people, then use them.

      How you choose to use keywords, is an individual's choice.

      Not knowing anything about SEO is also not a crime.

      If you want to find something, try my hub on Quick Scroll. It is so easy to use and you don't need to know anything about keywords or SEO. And it is a really useful tool. : )

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you suzzycue, I will try to work on a hub with links to great hubs on the subject. I will learn a lot and pass it on.

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I would love more information on keywords and how to use them. Even if I am looking up a destination or a subject I lose lots of time and never succeed. I would love to figure out a way to have the right keywords for people to find my work. Both of these subjects I am slowly learning from hubpages. I found your Hub right to the point and would be sure to read on any one of these keyword subjects.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      It would be great to read more about this topic.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful comment. Sometimes balance is not so good. I find writing that goes out on a limb due to passions is often my most favorite. I feel like you just gave me another notion of real Key words -encouragement. It is worthy if in our writings we encourage others. Thanks

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      How remarkable! Someone who understands the downside of key words and SEO and whose primary focus isn't writing for the broadest common denominator so as to maximize potential earnings. I am impressed. :)

      Now, I am not against markets and I am not against money - in fact I wish I made more than I do at my day job. But there is both a "loss" and a "gain" on focusing on key words and SEO.

      Some of us don't think the gain is worth the loss or the time and energy expended in trying to make out hubs marketable. If someone can make money writing online, I am happy for them, but I am a little tired of being told that either I "should" embrace SEO or accept the fact that what I do is "vanity" writing.

      What I do is not "vanity" writing. No, I do not write stuff that I know hundreds of people will flock to. I write exactly what I want, about things that concern me, bring me joy or even sadness. I write knowing I will always have a small readership and that is a blessing.

      Who can have intelligent dialogue with hundreds and hundreds of people? I can't. Any day, any day at all, I will fore-go quantity in exchange for quality.

      Sorry, Eric, my frustration had been building for some time and well-written and intelligent hub gave me the perfect opportunity. :) Sharing.