When I want to impress people, I tell them to google “awesome” and they will find me.
Actually, they have to google “alternatives to awesome” or “other ways to say awesome” to find me quickly. Still, it’s close.
Almost every day my top post is 55+ ways to say awesome. Every month, the top phrase searched to find my site includes the word “awesome.”
When I wrote that post, which I’ve updated a few times with longer lists, my intention was not to rank high on “awesome.” No, my lofty objective was to discourage its overuse among people ranging from air heads who can’t think of a more original word to middle-aged people who delude themselves into thinking it makes them sound younger.
Let me stress, “awesome” alternative seekers, that I am not judging. I too have word weaknesses. Often I lose words, usually nouns, which an expert on Oprah said was a fleeting perimenopausal symptom. Plus, I am convinced that wearing my Converse sneakers wipes years off my age.
I am encouraged that people are searching for alternatives to “awesome,” though I hear it just as often and have seen no studies to confirm elevated levels of articulate discourse.
While I am pleased more people are finding my site, they are not becoming my clients. Too few are buying Write Like You Talk–Only Better. I don’t know if it’s possible to “convert” them, as the SEO guys blithefully advise.
“Me, me, me”
Though far more modest, my success with “write like you talk” has been intentional. I rank high because I’ve used it in as many posts, blog comments, guest submissions, Twitter and other social media as much as I can, without sounding like a three-year-old who missed her nap screaming “Me, me, me.”
Of course, with long-tail keywords like this, I have to brain wash people into actually searching for “write like you talk.” Any tips, guys, for mass keyword hypnotics?
The same goes for my name, Barb Sawyers, which also ranks me high simply because of the unusual extra “s” spelling. Recently, I discovered a Barbara Sawyers on Twitter, who describes herself as an Arab princess who wears designer fashions to clubs in New Jersey. For a vicarious thrill, I am following her.
I keep reading advice to jam keywords into every title and first paragraph. But that would piss off my readers and get on Google’s nerves.
I am a white table cloth writer, as opposed to those McWriters who crank out keyword-crammed posts for content farms. I may not be too proud to admit temporary noun or footware deficiencies, but I am certainly above this kind of fast and cheap but low-nutrient, unappealing algorithmic food.
To show you how ridiculous keyword-inspired titles can be, let me share with you the most recent title suggestions I have received from Ezinearticles.com, based on the keywords people have used to find the articles I post there:
Tips For Using Alliteration in Prose
Silly, eh? I can’t imagine filling an entire article. “Using words that start with the same letter helps readers remember,” just about sums it up.
How the Way We Speak Reflects the Way We Write
Why, when “write like you talk,” which I am busy plugging, is so much snappier?
Poetry – Emotions in Writing
I would never dream of advising gourmet poets, though emotions in writing are what I would expect to hear from teen girls, romance novelists and other literary wannabes.
The keyword challenge
In addition to my vulnerability in nouns and fashion, let me confess that I don’t entirely get all the fuss about keywords. I used to eat the crusts on my toast because my dad kept saying they would turn my hair curly. But I am not a child any more, so I’m not going to fall for every oft-repeated mantra.
I really can’t quite figure out how these keywords are going to sell my book or fuel my writing business. Though I am tickled pink that you can google “awesome” and find me.
Care to share, you self-styled SEO experts who keep spamming my site or anyone who has actually figured this out?
Thanks, Joudry288, for the awesome photo.