Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Key-Word Cavalry: How Keywords Work


This isn't, strictly speaking, something that came up among the key-words that brought searches to my blog. Instead, one of my better blogging friends, Wendy, asked on the very first Key-Word Cavalry post if I could do a post about the key-words themselves.
So here goes:

Google employs a few thousand Internet gremlins, you see. And every time you write something into the search engine, they send you to the web pages that they best think suit your search.

That's what I used to think. In fact, I still like to think about it that way. Because a lot of what I do just comes naturally.

But, there are supposedly method to the madness, but since I'll cling to the gremlin theory with my dying breath, I thought I'd refer you to someone else's blog post that gives some great tips, much better than I could do it.

25 Reasons Why Google Hates Your Blog

So... what is your theory on how keywords work?

36 comments:

lbdiamond said...

Wow, great link! Gosh, there's so much to keep track of, LOL!

Joshua said...

I don't understand keywords, only because I know they change the algorithms all the time, so it's almost completely arbitrary.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've seen others post the keywords that led people to their blog and most don't even make sense!

Beth said...

No theory,but I wish I was better at it. LOL.

Laura Josephsen said...

I can usually tell from the keywords used how someone got to my blog, but sometimes they make no sense to me. There's always something new to learn when it comes to blogging!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Oh my. Manipulating google. Is it wise to toy with the internet god?

Lynda R Young said...

actually I think I might adopt your idea about the gremlins. I like it!

The Golden Eagle said...

I know that there are "bots" that "crawl" your site for keywords, and I recognized a few of the facts the blog post you linked to mentioned. That's the limit of what I know of keywords. :P

Sabrina A. Fish said...

Wow, I had no idea. Thanks for the info, lady!

Maria Zannini said...

Allegedly, the algorithms Google uses are super secret. I'd heard they'd recently updated them so no one really knows how their SEO ranking works.

I would love to work at Google. :sigh:

Colleen Chen said...

Great link, I'm bookmarking that one!

I've found that if I tag my blog post with something kind of obscure, it comes up in searches. Then again, they're so obscure that I doubt many people are searching for it. Basically--I'm as clueless as everyone else is about keywords...one person found mine searching for Vulcan mating fantasies or something. :)

Cindy M Hogan said...

Hi from the campaign. No one knows the trick to those crazy keywords. They drive me crazy. On another note, my sequel comes out at the end of March. I'd love it if you'd join me for a blog tour. What do you think?

Shah Wharton said...

Well, your tiny blog post has kept me busy for ages - spinning around looking into the links and the'r links and doing searches. Phew. :) X

Wendy Ewurum said...

I haven't been to the link yet but I'm so excited you remember. I must say though I'm getting short of breath and clammy handed as I think of tackling this tech challenge. Putting on my big girl broekies and heading off.

Traci Kenworth said...

Interesting. I just follow the recommendations for the post. Checking to see if they're right and if not, replace them with more immediate ones. Hopefully, it works.

Carol Kilgore said...

I like your Gremlins theory best of all :)

Em-Musing said...

Hey, thanks for the link. Very good stuff there.

Susan Kane said...

Years ago, I thought they were reading my mind. But I like the Gremlin theory: No writing after Midnight.

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha yeah. I don't even think I'd manage half of that list. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

I guess that's a good thing. Otherwise the replies would eventually have to be arranged alphabetically, since everyone would get the same ratings if they knew how the algorithms worked. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah I've gotten some funny hits as well. Really weird. But I promise that I'll only do Key-Word Cavalry posts on useful things. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Well, there are internet courses in SEO.

Misha Gericke said...

Same here. But especially my images draw weird searches. :-/

Misha Gericke said...

Hmm... so true. Might trigger a internet storm somewhere. :-/

Misha Gericke said...

Hehehe good! People must be told. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha same here. I was quite surprised by what I read in that post. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Pleasure. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah, I know about four people who would cut off their right arms for a shot at a Google job. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

I'd love to. Did contact you about it. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha yeah... sorry about that. ;-)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha Vulcan mating fantasies sound fascinating. ;-)

Misha Gericke said...

Hehehe did you think I wouldn't? :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Let me know how it works out for you. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Hehehehe thanks. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

I'm glad you found it useful. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha good advice. :-D