Spirit wrote a post an hour or so ago
(yeah, I don’t have a life yeah, I don’t mess around), in which they worried about SEO.
Most spam that we get is so obviously crap, but some is quite clever. I noticed most of the replies were people who worried about SEO, so I thought I’d try and set some minds at ease with a quick post.
First, SEO isn’t Google. Google is just the most popular search engine. SEO is a way of getting your stuff to appear in ALL search engines. Google aren’t trying to baffle us with science, the SEO morons are.
This was my response to Spirit, slightly expanded:
Reasons SEO Spam is crap.
1) I’ve done a bit of Web & SEO, and WordPress is brilliant at getting you ‘out there’ all on its own. It doesn’t need help.
2) SEO is for people selling stuff. We’re writing stuff. If all you want is site visits find another hobby!
3) SEO is for people with their own sites, and no amount of it will do much for a normal blogger. WordPress.com offers only a limited ability to improve on how visible you are, but as in point (1) – it does it for you.
4) Spirits SEO SPAM advised adding an email link in posts. DON’T. Unless you use a specific email address you don’t mind erasing later. This is just fishing – if you put your email in text in a blog post, it will be found by every crawling robot out there and you will get email spam forever! You have a contact page, a follow and comments all available. If you still feel you need to put your email in, make it a picture that you add, not text. Robots generally won’t find emails from pictures.
Most importantly. If these SEO companies so F*ing good at getting YOU noticed, why are so few people finding THEM through Google that they have to resort to SPAMMING US!!
So write to flow, write from the heart, don’t start writing with keywords in mind – you might move up search engine results, but you’ll write like crap!!