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Grief Stricken December 4, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, People, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Colette (Wikipedia, in Public Domain)

It’s so curious:

one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. 

But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window,

or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed,

or a letter slips from a drawer . . .

and everything collapses.

~ Colette

Unexpected thaws cause grief-hardened hearts to defrost . . .  ice crystals pooling into puddles.

Related post:  The White Dress (Judith)

Google, Panda, and On-Page SEO December 4, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Life Balance.
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I received a piece of SPAM this week that concerns SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in light of the new Google update ~ Panda:

complexOn-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda.  No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO.

So what is good On-Page SEO?

* First your keyword must appear in the title.

* Then it must appear in the URL.

* You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing).

* Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.

* Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page.

* You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.

* There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword.

But, wait, there’s even more . . .

Not for me there isn’t. 

AbstraktThere is NO WAY that I’m jumping through all those hoops just to jump to the top of the Google Leader Board.

Worrying about SEO would take the J~O~Y out of the JOurneY . . . leaving only an empty “urne.”

Especially since I never write with a “keyword” in mind.   

Aah . . . that’s better!

What say you?  Have the changes to Google changed how you blog?