I'm no different to anyone else when it comes to wanting rankings and hopes to find myself and my business on the first page of Google. I have stories about SEO 'experts' and formulas that have been offered to me to make sure that I'm up there with the best of the best.
Of course I was aware of the benefits of blogging daily when I started 'project me'. On the other hand, living a year goallessly and making sure that I had fun above all else and lived with consciousness ... when that didn't allow room for becoming obsessed with rankings.
Greg and I might be business?partners?and best friend, but we come from totally different angles when it comes to SEO, Google rankings and website stats. Basically ... Greggie doesn't give a 'beep' about them and have taken the other approach and put time and effort into understanding SEO and staying within the 'rules'.
The websites finally went live last week and excitement has filled the air as I've been in charge of meta tagging, SEO'ing and social networking. It's like my playground and I have the best fun watching the stats, checking the hits and Googling all our relevant keywords. Once again, Greggie doesn't really care ... well, that's not exactly true ... he does care, he just believes that if we follow our hearts, write with integrity, have fun and speak our truth, then we won't need to worry about the rules or SEO at all.
I thought he was kidding too ... until it was time to SEO his site ... and lo and behold ... he has done it. Picked relevant and highly ranked words (which are already ranking near the top) ... damn, he might be onto something.
As long as I'm having fun, Greggie doesn't care how obsessed I get with SEO'ing. As long as I stay within integrity and write with passion and within my truth ... then I know I'm happy.
Well ... all was going well, until the evening of day 139 ... and then it dawned on me .. everyone is an expert, and there are so many rules that they begin to blur into an abyss of SEO hell. And ... I refuse to stop having fun.
I've been prepared to read up, watch information videos and take advice. But I am not prepared to be led down the beaten path by 'hearsay' and 'guesswork'. Jeez ... I sound like such a bitch ... well, I think I let the defenses down for a moment and now I'm having my say.
It began with a friend congratulating me about the launch of my sites, but under the radar he was running my site though some fancy schmancy site and spitting out the fact that Google thought I had a few to many errors. What errors you ask? Oh, how am I supposed to know when it's all 'tech talk' that is sent to me ... and then the friend is gone as quick as he came.
He's not the first to analyse my site and tell me what I'm 'doing wrong' ... and he's also not the first to then vanish into the abyss and leave me to fend for myself in the jungle of Google.
Then there is my precious friend and fellow blogger who is very?determined to get followers, get rankings and get hits. Oh boy ... I remember when I was like that and am grateful that 'project me' has made me chill and realise that I am getting my followers because of ... oh wait ... that's coming at the end of this post.
Anyway ... this precious friend sent me an award on his blog and then gave me instructions ?on how to give other bloggers the same award. It didn't sit well with me last night, but he managed to convince me how good it would be and how special my fellow bloggers would feel ... well, all my fellow bloggers felt was spammed ... and all I felt was out of integrity with myself.
I know I upset my friend ... I know I irritated a few other friends and came across as a spammer ... I know that I might not be getting it all right, but most of all I know that there is only one formula that Google really cares about.
I was so grateful for my special fellow blogger, Robbie, who has always been an amazing support and only ever shown me encouragement. He told me that if Google had to only look at sites that are getting SEO 100% right ... then only about 5% of websites would be acknowledge. That made me feel so much better and I knew that I have to decide how I am going to handle my blogs without losing the fun and with staying within my 'goalless goals' of project me.
I remember watching a video about Google as a company and about their staff and their philosophy ... and I thought about that today. After I was irritated by an unwanted analysis of my site, by unwanted comments about my SEO?strategies and my website design, and by falling for stategies that attract traffic ... I thought about what the team would say if they could only give one bit of advice to everyone who is trying to be ranked ... have fun!
If I don't write within integrity or if ?I worry more about ranking, using the right words and writing to attract readers ... I don't have fun at all.
If I get confused with all the rules and guidelines and lose focus of my passion ... that's no fun at all.
When I listen to everyone's criticism and 'advice' about the sites and blogs that myself, Greggie and my Knight has put hours and hours of work into ... well that is no freakin' fun at all.
I'm taking a feather from my business partner's cap and another one from Google ... I'm not listening to anyone else but Google ... and if I don't understand what Google is trying to say, when I'm interpreting it for myself. I can't be doing to bad, considering a few of my 'meta tags' (and yes, I've heard it all before ... they don't count as much anymore) are on the first page of Google already... never mind the fact that Greggie's up there with the best of the best and he didn't pay attention at all 😉
So I spent my day calming myself down about all the days that I have been upset by SEO and gave myself permission to have been effected by the comments that others have thrown at my websites and blogs. I then spent the rest of the day setting Greggie up on a whole lot of social networks ... tweeted my blog posts ... commented on the blogs I followed ... thanked followers for commenting on mine ... checked my stats ... Googled my keywords ... and had good old fashioned Google FUN!
I'm sure there are sound formulas for rankings and I know there is also the opportunity to throw money at it ... but I'm loving my way and doing whatever feels right while I read what I can, watch what I can ?... and always stay within integrity with my writing, myself and the greatest benchmark in life ... FUN!
Google it 😉