Top 10 Keywords For Your Blog

Another week and another one of Lorelle's Blogging Challenges. Since I'm still 2 weeks overdue from last time, I might as well get on it. Although, it's safe to say that this would be one of the most technical-sounding posts I've ever done and if it sounds like greek to all but SEO junkies, I apologise. It's fair enough to say I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing as well, but a challenge is a challenge, so let's see what comes off it.

The challenge happens to be on keywords and search engine optimization (SEO). Now, I have somewhat done this before with all the incoming searches for Footsteps in the Mirror but this is to actually find out what are the top keywords that can actually bring people to this blog regardless of popularity. So at this point in time, we begin with these keywords that I expect from my blog.

  1. blog
  2. blogging
  3. wordpress
  4. life
  5. philosophy
  6. love
  7. personal
  8. blogosphere
  9. malaysia
  10. live

Now comes the painstaking searches through Google and the WordPress admin to come up with how many instances the keywords actually appear throughout my blog.

  1. blog (825 instances)
  2. blogging (575 instances)
  3. wordpress (821 instances)
  4. life (769 instances)
  5. philosophy (124 instances)
  6. love (860 instances)
  7. personal (562 instances)
  8. blogosphere (236 instances)
  9. malaysia (840 instances)
  10. live (821 instances)

It took me a while to realize that despite the low numbers compared to Lorelle's "12,800 occasions of the use of the word" WordPress, it was because for the most part, my blog's not really focused on anything but my personal life followed by commentaries on things that cross my mind. That and the fact that at this moment, I only have a little more than 1100 posts on this blog and I've only started using keywords wisely up from a couple of months ago. It's hard to machinegun personal posts with keywords unless I actually want to make less sense to what I'm talking about than what I already do.

And it is expected that some keywords that I expect to define my own blog aren't the keywords that I actually use in the first place. It's no big deal there because like I said, I don't usually pepper my post with specific keywords, they just appear as time goes by. But the surprising thing here are the actual bulk top 10 keywords that I could find that appears most on my blog.

  1. blogs (1120 instances)
  2. work (903 instances)
  3. love (860 instances)
  4. malaysia (840 instances)
  5. blog (825 instances)
  6. theme (821 instances)
  7. wordpress (821 instances)
  8. live (821 instances)
  9. design (819 instances)
  10. penis (782 instances)

Yeah…I have no idea where is went awry but when I started my blog, I doubt that the word "penis" was going to be one of the top keywords for this blog. From the looks of it though, it seems that my blog is likened to being one of those blogs that talks about blogs all the time. Not exactly a bad thing, but…I supposed it can't be helped.

If the idea behind keywords is that we start to clean up and focus on what we're good at then I'm afraid for a blog like myself, that's pretty much out of the question. It does help that people find their way to my blog through keywords that I use over and over again, but for something as personal and as fluidic as life, I'm afraid that unless I split my thoughts up into different blogs, there is no way it's going to be any more specific than it already is.

There is one thing you readers can do to help however. There is no way I can think of so many things at once and there might be a few things I can't see on my blog that you can. So if you do frequent my blog and you've got the time. Try putting in keywords that you think my blog represents to you. If it's anywhere as high as the top 10 keywords for this blog, I'll bump it up the list.

In the mean time, why don't you try out this challenge yourself? You might be surprised of what you might find anyway.

8 Comments

  • July 13, 2006 - 13:37 | Permalink

    You wouldn’t want to know mine… I blog them once a month, and they get weirder every time!

  • July 13, 2006 - 13:38 | Permalink

    Ahh, but you blog what other people search in your blog right? What about what you think you actually do write on your own blog?

  • July 13, 2006 - 13:46 | Permalink

    That sounds like another challenge idea…hmmm. You are always full of it. Ah, um, good ideas is what I mean. ;-)

    I didn’t remember reading anything about penises on your blog, so I did a little search and it seems you have 3 PAGES of search results for the word penis. A little obsessed? hee hee.

    Excellent way of sharing the thought process. It sounds like you learned a lot and hopefully others will when they start to think about what they write as opposed to what they think they write.

  • July 13, 2006 - 20:55 | Permalink

    Err…what idea did I give you again? For the life of me I can’t see.

    Really though, I have no idea how it did come out. I was writing about spam then all a sudden, things like that just popped out from nowhere. I can’t shake it, it’s the top search that leads to my blog for some reason.

    I’ve had the idea ever since people such as yourself started talking about keywords and tags. I figure for a blog as random in topics as my own, there isn’t any way it’s going to be as focused as your own blog and therefore wouldn’t have that much keyword saturation.

  • July 14, 2006 - 14:49 | Permalink

    Like “perve and flirt”? :P

  • March 23, 2007 - 21:00 | Permalink

    I was going to do one of those posts about spam, but since reading this post maybe I won’t. I am thinking about starting a blog that for nothing but a record of the spam emails I receive. That would surely be a time consuming blog…does give meaning to the term web log though. A log of spam.

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  • April 1, 2008 - 13:25 | Permalink

    Curious… I’ve recently started a blog and have a counter that says I’ve not had any keywords nor search engines used to find me. Does this means I’m not findable (although I don’t think that’s really a word) Do you know how to become searchable on search engines with keywords? Sorry if I completely missed this in your post, I skimmed it before heading to bed :)

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