Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of those things we as bloggers all know we should use. It can be a critical source of traffic for your blog, and a determining factor of your success is what SEO keyword you choose for your post. However, I find I have a lot of trouble deciding what to do about SEO keywords for book reviews. There are several options that have positives and negatives, and I would love to hear what everyone ends up using!
Only Book Title
So the one that I use most often is only the book title. It is the easiest to use frequently in your post and seems to be logically what most people would search for. The problem arises when (1) the title is very common for a different meaning (for example Bane by Trish Milburn with the new Batman movie out), (2) the title has a lot of stop words and so Google ignores half the title, or (3) the book isn’t very well-known so people probably wouldn’t be searching for it by name anyway.
Book Title and Author’s Name
The second most obvious SEO keyword for book reviews seems to be the title and the author’s name, since this solves the problem of a common alternative meaning for the title. I worry about this option, though, because until I became a book blogger, I never remembered the names of authors. Even for books I loved, I would only ever search for the title alone, and I worry that my potential readers would run into the same problem.
Some Central Aspect or the Genre
I suppose another option would be to forget the title all together and use some central theme of the book and/or the book’s genre as your SEO keyword. Does anyone do this? I would be interested in hearing about how successful this is. It seems to me that this approach would aim at a completely different type of search audience than the preceding two approaches, and perhaps that makes it better?
I am continuing to struggle with picking the most useful SEO keywords for my book reviews and this post is honestly a call for help. I have read all sorts of articles on how to implement SEO for blogging, but book reviews seem to be a different animal all together. The SEO keyword that seems most applicable for book reviews is also the one most difficult to rank on, and I just don’t know any good alternatives. Do you as a book blogger even try to rank on your book reviews?
Please comment and help my hurting brain!
SEO Keywords for Book Reviews
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