English: seo block

English: seo block (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you shiver just reading the title of this blog post? Yeah, me too.

Best SEO Practices are three words (and one mind-boggling concept) that has been haunting me since I started my indie journey. With tens of thousands of indie writers (and I’m being modest) all vying for the attention of the countless pleasure-readers bounding about the internet, each one of us are desperate to snag those readers’ attentions and direct them to our own websites and blogs. But how do we do that? Is it enough to simply tag everything? To promote it on Twitter, even if you ask for retweets?

The answer is no. None of these things is enough. And SEO Best Practices by themselves are not enough. But they are a really great place to start.

SEO Best practices will throw you for a loop, I’m not going to lie. When it comes to the backside of all this techie stuff, the tasks are always daunting and the learning curve always steep enough to kill you. But SEO Best Practices is information worth having and, when you research it, you will always find helpful little gems to assist you in figuring it out.

Since I’ve just launched my blog, I haven’t yet been concerned with SEO Best Practices. But, as I’ve noticed this funny pattern– where if I’m not online, actively posting or promoting my blog, it gets very little traffic– I’ve started taking steps to address the apparent gap between my blog and the little green internet men who are supposed to tell readers I exist. I’ve realized it’s not the little green men’s fault– it’s mine. Therefore, I’m now on a quest to make this blog more “relevant.” I know, I know, good luck to me, right?

Well, here’s a little something to help me (and you) get started. I’m going to give you links to two articles written by DiTesco for his blog, iBlogZone. The first link is to an article that discusses many facets of Best SEO Practices, including a number of places you can educate yourself about the finer elements for FREE. And we indie writers always love information that’s free. The second link is an article DiTesco wrote called “12 Things You Should Do After Writing a Blog Post–” pretty self-explanatory from the title, but there are a number of suggestions here that I’ve never before seen. So take a gander and help boost the traffic to your blog! Here are those links:

SEO Best Practices: http://www.iblogzone.com/2013/01/best-seo-practices-and-tips-for-2013.html

12 Things You Should Do After Writing a Blog Post: http://www.iblogzone.com/2012/07/12-things-you-should-do-after-writing-a-blog-post-infographic.html

In general, DiTesco seems to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He always answers comments on his blog and I encourage you to check him out.

Until next time, fellow indies and horror fans, keep exposing those Under-Bellies! No one will laugh at you or call you an exhibitionist 😉

*I really want to hear from you on this topic, fellow indies! Have you tried any of these tricks? What efforts have you made to maximize the visibility of your own blogs? What’s worked and what hasn’t? Educate us all!

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      First, I apologize it took me some time to get back to you on this. My blog’s spam filters are pretty good about knowing the junk from the gems, but your little gem got lost in there somehow! Anyway, I’d love to answer your question, though I’m afraid you might not like it…

      I also experience a “warm-up” period before the real writing begins. I tend to write full-length fiction, so I really only go through this period at the beginning of the novel and right in the middle (because, of course, that’s where everything in the storyline changes). For me, the “warm-up” period consists of writing a chapter or two that end up being place-holders. What this means is that there may or may not be information in those chapters that I ultimately use, but the chapters themselves inevitably get cut.

      I like this warm-up method. I feel productive (even if the writing is the kind of poo I later scrape off my novel’s walls) and it does a lot to get me centered. I acknowledge, though, that some writers have a hard time killing their darlings, so if this doesn’t work for you, you can try my plan B– the dreaded plot-map. Planning your story in a condensed way will trigger that side of your brain that wants to make everything pretty on the page. As you jot short sentences about what will happen in this scene or that, the voices in your head will start feeding you snippets of prose. It’s a great way to get started!

      Now, this is all assuming you’re writing fiction. If you’re trying to center on a blog-post, I would say that doing research is the best way to get yourself focused. Once you’ve chosen your topic, start looking for already existing material on that topic. Whenever I write a review, I put that movie on the TV or re-read the story, I find other reviews and look them over, and I read articles about the techniques I particularly liked in the film/story. This research gives me so many places to start, I need only pick one.

      In general, though, you just have to will yourself to write that first sentence. Sometimes the first several pages will feel like pulling teeth, but at least the words are getting down on paper. And you can ALWAYS rewrite and you SHOULD always rewrite!

      Hope this helps 🙂 And good luck to you in your endeavors!

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