F Simple and Serene Living: SEO THIS, SEO THAT, BLAH BLAH BLAH 09 10
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SEO THIS, SEO THAT, BLAH BLAH BLAH

It has gotten so that I really hate to look at my emails first thing in the morning, because there is at least one doomsday email concerning SEO or the lack of it. I have to admit that my head starts spinning around when I read those emails, and now even Etsy has jumped on the SEO bandwagon. Better get your SEO right or no one will find your shop. 

I can hear that old train whistle blowing. It could be a long ride to nowhere. 

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I remember when I opened my very first Etsy shop back in the Stone Age.  Etsy was a newbie and so was I. I was so happy to take my terrible photos and list my sweet little handmade items. A few people found me and made some purchases and then I decided to open another shop to sell vintage and antiques. My photos were a little better (not much) and I was off and running jogging. 

Life was good. I was a budding entrepreneur. Then everyone and their aunt found Etsy and a million other vintage shops opened. Okay, I could deal with that. After all, I found social media. Twitter was my best friend. I got over 5000 followers, promoted all my listings, and for a while business stayed pretty good. But, Etsy kept growing. So much so that they have now gone public. They let a few people buy stock and they are talking SEO.

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The spinning head got worse. I was beginning to think I might need some medical attention. However, I am not sure there are any medical interventions for SEO. I am just going to have to knuckle down and get the hang of it. 

This morning I found this article on 30 free tools to fix your blog's (and hopefully Etsy shop's) SEO. Yes, my head is still spinning, but I am going to jump on that train and go through each tip to see what I can make of it. If that doesn't work than I am going to set up an intervention group for all of us who just can't get SEO right. 

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SEO is not adding to my pursuit of a simple and serene life, but understanding it may just be a necessary monster if I want to eat and have a roof over my head. 

Is SEO affecting your blogging life or are you part of the I just don't give a darn group?

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17 comments:

  1. Well, I don't have a business involved, just a for-my-enjoyment blog, so I personally don't give a rat's arss about SEO. Good luck, though! :)

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    1. That's the attitude, Gwen. I wish I didn't have to worry about it, but needs unfortunately rule out. :)

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  2. I had to go look up SEO! Good luck to you! Sounds like you have that quality in you to, make it happen! Yay for you!

    Happy Day!

    Nancy

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, but I may have to do cartwheels to get my brain cells to wrap around it :)

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  3. Umm...I don't even know what SEO is. So I guess I'm part of the "I don't give a darn" group, lol.

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  4. I'm with Melanie, I don't know what SEO is either. I'll look it up!

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    1. It's Search Engine Optimization, Linda. It is how people find your blog these days. I'm thinking it would be easier to buy some pigeons and send my messages out that way :)

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  5. I've heard of SEO, looked into it a very little, and then left it at that. Will be interested in hearing your results after you chase all those 30 free leads regarding SEO....

    Judith

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    1. Thanks, Judith. It might take me a year just to get through those 30 free leads. By then they will either no longer be relevant or they will no longer be free. I'm betting on the relevant part.

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  6. I suppose that if I was one of those who worked at blogging 40 to 50 hours per week I might care. Right now I don't. When I first started blogging I had another blogger who had started blogging around the same time I did. She left a really nasty comment on my site about how although we had started blogging around the same time, she was so much more popular that I was. She removed the comment shortly thereafter. It stung and I knew at that time I had taken a dive into the shark tank of life. I also quickly learned who the nasty and aggressive bloggers were. I almost quit altogether after that, but I enjoyed it and thought to myself "don't quit, it's probably what she wants". Blogging changed for me after the day early into my blogging career. So now, I don't sweat it.
    Besides, I think it's rather amusing when I get emails from people in the UK wanting to know if I have any rooms available for a certain date. I have learned that the name Ash Tree Cottage is a very popular one for B&B's.
    Good luck to you and always remember ~ the cream always rises to the top.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  7. Hi Laura, I'm sure that things will work out for you with SEO. You will find a way since you need it for your shops.
    Keep the faith.
    Arlette

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  8. it might be worth it to hire out all the tricky techy stuff. I've decided to hire my daughter who knows more about it than I do. She would do it for free but I insist on paying her. In the long run it will pay off! Maybe you know a young person who would like to make a little money on the side. Good luck!

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  9. I'm in the don't give a darn group, but I sure wish you well in getting what you need for your blog and shop.

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  10. Japan: from Okayama.
    I will introduce my hometown.
    From Japan : "Four Seasons of Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Catsle" http://wp.me/p3YsMF-70

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  11. I was in the I don't care group, but have begun to try like you to understand it a bit more....I'll look at the link and see if I can stop my head from spinning.

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  12. I follow lots of techie people on Google Plus - from there I take - make sure that the search engine can find your post if someone is looking for 'that'.
    My blog isn't monetised - but something they talk about is a Local listing on Google. So if someone is looking for Vintage in your area - your site should come up.

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