Here’s the thing with marketing, google, SEO and all that: It’s always changing. Their perimeters for what is “working” now may be very different from what was working even just a few months ago.
I am no expert in Blogging, Marketing, nor SEO but I know what I know and this article makes complete sense to me.
Therefore, word to the wise; keep up on it and adjust accordingly.
My blogs are usually about useful information. I’m a dorky kinda girl. I love, love, love the whole SEO thing and find it interesting. I follow a few experts who email me practically daily and I learn from them. It usually sparks a few other searches and an occasional online course in SEO and I learn. I make the time for this as it’s important to me to help keep my website climbing that ranking.
Well to be honest I’m a tad lazy. I want clients to come to me. It’s hard to run around finding clients all the time. It’s a lot of wasted time. Time I believe is better spent on the beach collecting shells and watching hunky surfer boys ride some waves. Priorities people.
Shouldn’t we all be doing what we want with our time here on Earth? So…I enjoy learning a complex and ever changing system (I have no idea why, I just do) and I enjoy screwing off at the beach. Oh, and eating tacos, playing with animals and literally smelling flowers. So I do what I do to make all of these things possible each and every day. There are worse things.
Pay particular attention in the website about blog length nowadays. It has changed.
It’s a bit longer than it used to be and this is news to me. So your word count on the blog will be longer. I always put a pic in. Because I’m a very visual person and many others are too. So put a pic or two in your blog. In the recent past it was acceptable and even desirable to have a blog that was between 300-500 words in length. Now it’s more like 800. Ouch, that’s a lot if you ask me but then again I have the attention span of a toddler. Remember you dont need to understand the "why's" about all these little changes, just do them and call it a day. We aren't writing code we don't need to know nor understand everything. We only need to make some small changes to our blogging to keep it relevant to google, bing, and yahoo. Remember, Google is the big dog. So change in accordance to Google.
Also key to this SEO game is relevant and original content and information in your blog. Plus it’s all got to look sorta pretty. Put together well, visually. And a little minimal in my opinion. If your site, including your blog, is all over the place and has more than three colors it can be hard to follow for many people. A page not visually pleasing which makes people think you are not organized. It’s distracting. People have a hard enough time trying to remain focused in 2018, so make it easy and enjoyable for them.
~Font should be easily read.
~Background and color of font should be easily read. No strain for the eyes.
Remember som people get in excess of 10-12 hours screen time in a day. Their eyes may actually hurt from a green front on a purple background. These people will click off your blog in 10 seconds due to a simple error in color. So, keep it simple. Keep it easy to read.
It’s not rocket science but I am always amazed at how unorganized people’s websites can sometimes look. This screams “I’m not successful”.
Put a little effort into a clean minimal website and people will stay on your site longer. They will click onto a second and maybe even a third page. Is this important? You bet your yoga mat it is. Honestly, I could go on and on but the basics of what I am saying have been said a million times over. KISS. Not everyone is a scholar, people’s attention spans are short, and organization always presents itself as professionalism. And you want to look like a professional. Or you will lose a client to someone else who DOES look professional.
Another thing: get back to people in a timely manner.
This is paramount. If someone actually took the time out of their busy day to find you online. They proceeded to read a page or two of your website and decided that you were competent enough in your field to send an email to you so that they could inquire about your services….GET BACK TO THEM! For the love of God, send them an email. I do and it’s gotten me students. How do I know this? Because I ask. And many times their response is “You got back to me right away and I found that very professional”.
Be a professional. Even if I cannot email them with everything they wanted to know at that immediate moment. I tell them that I am “out and about right now but will send them more information when I am back at my desk”. and that’s the truth. I don’t lie. This tiny yet sincere response lets them know they are important to me and I will get back to them. If that second response is going to be over 12-24 hours I tell them that. I feel in business if you cannot get back to someone within 120124 hours, you are not a viable person I really want to do business with. I figure others are as anal as me. For those that don’t care about those things. great, more power to you, and I won’t offend them with my good business ethic at all. But I fugue half the world is as impatient and anal as I am and I certainly could lose their business. I don’t want that. So I do what I do and it works.
Grand plan to take over the world is as follows:
Soon, very soon, I will be doing more videos. That definitely one aspect of social media I need to do better at. My video presence is nonexistent and i’m sure that’s bad. It’s been on the “to do” list for a few years and it’s gonna happen! Stay tunes.
Check out the stats on blogs on the website lsited below. I found it very helpful and informative.
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OK, now down to the busines of yoga and stress reduction. Many people "come" to yoga for more than just a good stretch. They come for the stress reduction. Someone somewhere told somebody that "Yoga makes me feel so good" and it's bringing more nad more people to yoga over the last decade or so. This is not without merit and it's worth noting that studies are concluding that there is proof behind the "feel good" of yoga actually redicing stress.
FYI stress is a killer incase you hadn't heard. We all have it. Of course there is good stress but that's not what we are talking about here. I'm talking about the bad stress. The stress and anxiety that interfere with your sleep, that cause you to wake with several grey hairs. The stresses that squeeze yoru chest and make you feel as if you cannot breathe comfortably. That sort of stress. Many studies have found that anxiety, depression and stress reak havoc on the body as well as the mind. Not that we needed science to back that up. We all know it. We feel it from time to time. So why not try a little yoga. It's been around like for-EVER...
How yoga can help?
Published in the Journal Of Alternative Medicine is a study from (Ref.No:7) 2010.
The studies comparing the effects of yoga and exercise seem to indicate that, in both healthy and diseased populations, yoga may be as effective as or better than exercise at improving a variety of health-related outcome measures. A little weird because I've always considered yoga exercise. But I'll take it.
A study by Hartfiel N, Havenhand J, Khalsa SB, Clarke G, Krayer A ( Ref.No:9) concludes that even a short program of yoga is effective for enhancing emotional well-being and resilience to stress in the workplace.
And yet another study published on 08.04.12 by D. Vancampfort, University Psychiatric Centre University Leuven, Campus Kortenberg, Belgium (Ref.No:8) concludes that although limited, results indicated that yoga therapy can be a useful addition to reduce general psychopathology and positive and negative symptoms. In the same way, HRQL (health related quality of life) improved in those antipsychotic‐stabilized patients with schizophrenia following yoga.
Wait for it....I got another one. A study by Amy C.Bilderbecka shows some positives in a prison setting. It would appear (just my opinion) that yoga MIGHT BE GOOD FOR YOU....
Who knew? HAHAHAAAAAAAAA :)
This morning I found a few articles on proteolytic enzymes and totally dorked out for about three hours with 10 tabs open, popping back and forth between one then the other then the next. What a vast amount of information the internet can provide. I'm sure there's a lot of BS out there but this stuff: "proteolytic enzymes" are pretty amazing yet so simple. Eat good foods and leave all that gluten and processed garbage on the store shelves and feel better with less pain and quicker healing!
Do some research yourself. I did and am convinced that I won't need to take a supplement for this if I simply add a few yummy foods to my diet. It's all about the food and according to Ayurveda, the digestive system is a pretty big deal too. I always compare my research to what Ayurveda says about this or that enzyme, supplement, new super-whatever that's someone is peddling out there to guarantee your health and well being. Then I check the side effect. I suggest you do the same and make up your own mind about it and the changes you can make that will actually work for YOU!
NOTE: Some nighshades are inflamation provoking in the body. I do love my nightshades but am trying to lessen it in my diet. Potatoes are a nightshade. So I'm guessing french fries are too. Possibly even curly fries but I'm not sure about that one :) HAHA. Ugh. Oh well at least chocolate isn't a nightshade! Winning!
What foods are high in proteolytic enzymes? Check out the picture below and don't forget that ginger is the bomb too! It's a great source of proteolytic enzymes. So why not add a little to your warm water in the am. You know...after you've scraped your tongue.
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