Why Does Google Hate Me?
Honesty time, ya’ll. I cannot figure out how to get on Google’s good side. I have read the SEO guides and I have the SEO plugin for WordPress. I’ve bought a few links from sites that do SEO package reviews and some saw movement. I follow the optimization guidelines for my posts, making sure that the images have the keyword (usually book title and/or author name) and linking to all of my reviews statically on the Reviews page so that Google’s crawler can find it. But I hear about the number of search hits that many bloggers get each day and I scratch my head at my search visits and ask why does Google seem to hate me??
My Jetpack SiteStats reports 1-5 visits from search terms everyday. My general impression from other bloggers talking about the importance of SEO is that they get a lot more of their traffic from search engines. Now I could be completely off base on that impression, so my first question is do you get a similar number of search engine hits? More? Less? You don’t have to give exact numbers if you don’t want to obviously, I just would really love to know if I am as below average as I feel like I am ;-).
Is it my keywords?
Now, I’ve also been trying to think up some possible solutions for what is going wrong. It is entirely possible that I am coming up with bad keywords that are just too competitive. I know that there are tools out there for finding good keywords, but I have never found a way to do this that works for me. For one thing, I generally don’t want to use something besides the book title for reviews. Do you research good keywords before/after writing a post and change your post to fit them? What do you use as keywords for book reviews?
My backlink numbers?
The other problem I am suspicious of is the number of backlinks that I (don’t) have. I try to comment as much as I can (though that’s a whole other problem) and the links you leave in comments help your inbound link numbers right? I have read that Google uses the number of links that lead to your site/post to decide whether to include you in search results, however I’m worried that comment links aren’t counted…. Does anyone know that for sure? Beyond just comments, though, I haven’t been able to think of a good way to get more backlinks without really annoying people, haha. Do you have any suggestions? Do you worry about your backlink numbers or don’t even think of them?
Those are the only two things that I can think of that I am not doing well, however I would love to know if there are other SEO strategies that you are using and I am forgetting about. Tell me your secrets :D.
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