Voiceovers by Gregory Houser
A man, a martini, and a lot of microphones.: November 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

On being a bad blogger...

I just read Kara Edward's confession, and nothing personal Kara but I put you to shame (though Kara's posting is definitely worth the read; as usual she makes some very simple and salient points).

It's been forever since I've put up a blog posting. In that time a lot has happened, but most of it would bore you so I'm not going to get into the details right now. The big thing is that I used the time off to do a little research and experimentation with the site. One of the biggies is Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Despite the fact that my blog is not directly tied to my website (since it's hosted by Blogger, as opposed to those folks using WordPress or something else hosted on their site), it still affects the SEO of my website so one of the things I've been doing is to chart some progress on what happens when we stop blogging (opposed to someone who blogs at least 3-4 times per week).

I think a lot of people will be surprised with what I found, and also, there's never really been a good clear guide to those starting out just what all this SEO stuff is anyway (at least I've never seen one in relation to voice over, or put in any format other than that of a Web designer or admin). I'm going to use the opportunity to do that as well, since the algorithms can be pretty scary for those who don't have a background with that sort of thing (I can do encryption in my sleep and I had to spend a few hours wrapping my head around all of the different algorithms that each search engine uses).

In the end though, I've got some simple insights and suggestions (some of which are positively dumb for the technically savy amongst us... not everyone is, so I want a level playing field) so that this whole SEO thing is a lot less scary for the beginners, and maybe provide a different spin on things for the "old goats" amongst us.

This isn't all going to be covered in one posting, but starting tomorrow I'm hoping to shine a little more light on the subject.


PS: after my last article in Voice Over Extra, I've been getting a lot of requests for a posting or two relating to two things: passwords, and backups. I'm going to try and keep this blog to no more than two "technical" posts/threads per month, but once I'm through the SEO postings, I'll be doing those. Thanks to everyone who's been asking for help... you've giving me a lot of new material to write about (frankly, I didn't expect so much feedback on the more technical side of my persona). Keep them coming by clicking on the contact link here or on the upper right-hand side of this page.

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