Sweet ass SEO for blogs

Sweet ass SEO for blogs

So in what is probably a common yet still hilarious (at least to me) learning experience in this land of blogs and hailing to the all-powerful Google with the search engine optimization (SEO), I have a top page ranking with Google.  But power, money and fame are not flowing in.  How can that be you ask?  Because I am a top-page rank for the great and useful search term “sweet ass”.  Yes, my post on how to get a sweet ass government job was the culprit, but who would have known that would have caused my Google search traffic to expand so much.  And I mean to about 10 times what I was getting before (which was admittedly a fairly small number).

The problem with all this search traffic though, is it is of such low quality.  Generally, they only hit the one page, then leave immediately once they see that no, I don’t in fact have porn.  (An aside, yes, I did have to put in hours of exhaustive research to find just the right “sweet ass” to use as a featured picture.  I will always put in the hard work for my readers…)  Though I may have to start considering it, as it really does bring a lot of eyes.  If I were interested in raw traffic numbers, then maybe attracting any and all comers is the way to go, but since I don’t have traffic based advertising or anything like that, I’d rather have a more focused group of visitors for when (or if) I start having specific products available on my website.

Good traffic and useless traffic

This brings me to the point of this post, that being make sure that the effort you’re putting in to drive traffic to your site is useful traffic.  This is especially important if you are engaged in online advertising or other forms of advertising trying to build traffic stats.  If you are trying to sell something on your website or blog, you want to bring the highest quality traffic possible, the traffic that will have the most conversions for your product.  There is of course a balance issue here, but in general you will make much more money if you have 10 visitors with a 50% conversion rate than 100 visitors with a 1% conversion rate.  That sounds pretty obvious, but in trying to build your blog, what type of traffic are you bringing in?  Are you trying to get anybody and everybody to your blog just for the traffic stat numbers, or are you trying to focus who you attract?  Those (in my case) with a focus on more advanced personal finance, beyond the basics of save more than your earn into more systematic investment systems, person-to-person lending, and being part of an active community of commenters are who I’m interested in attracting.

Laser like focus or the biggest available market?

From a business planning aspect, do you want to focus on high probability clients, but fewer of them, or do you want to make an occasional sale to one of the many disinterested folks that happen by?  Both methods work, you simply need to tailor your business to the type of clientele that you have.

Update:  Since I wrote this, the “sweet ass” rank in Google has gone to page 3, but I still get tons of search traffic for it.  The more appropriate “sweet ass job” works much better though.

Readers, if you have a blog, what is your action plan for attracting visitors?  All or a select few?  If you don’t have your own blog, do you find yourself interacting more on the narrow focused blogs, or more that tend to talk to a variety of topics?  Which do you find more of an authority on a topic?

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24 Responses to Sweet ass SEO for blog posts, be careful what you use

  1. Modest Money says:

    lol amusing ranking Karl. I suspect you may regain that ranking once they give this post some credit and see that you have 2 posts about sweet ass. The other thing to consider is that Google keeps track of website user metrics. So it is a bad signal to see lots of traffic immediately going back to the search results in search of other sweet ass. This can have a negative effect on search engine rankings. You really want to do what you can to give searches what they are looking for by targeting good keywords from the beginning.

    I actually don’t have much of a keyword strategy at this point. My goal is to first build up enough domain strength with early marketing. Then I will start paying more attention to keyword choice, especially on future sales pages.

    • Karl says:

      Lol, google will do whatever google wants, obviously I am now a bit of a tease, what with my likely very high ranking for sweet ass. 🙂

  2. jefferson says:

    This post is hilarious!.. “Sweet Ass?”.. Really?… Did you tell your wife that you were considered one of the foremost experts on sweet asses?..

    I have done a little bit of keyword research whenever I have a post that I think will be a hit, and I definitely see a benefit in the metrics (usually). But that said, 4/5 posts won’t get much search traffic no matter what.

    Google seems to ebb and flow over time and their algorithm is constantly changing.. One of our earlier big time keywords has lost some of its luster a bit, but we have a few new ones that are driving tons of traffic to the site.

    • Karl says:

      I did actually run the candidate pictures by her to check that they weren’t too gratuitous. She did get a bit miffed after I had looked for 10 minutes though…

  3. Money Beagle says:

    That’s funny. I actually have found that my highest ranking stuff is for words or phrases I never would have dreamed of. If I write articles hoping to get authority or good rank, it usually gets nothing. So, I’ve learned to just write about what I want to write about and not worry about the SEO, and whatever comes my way is cool.

    • Karl says:

      Yeah, interesting how that works. And I’m too lazy to look up all the combinations of phrases that are in my title. Maybe there’s a plugin that will warn me when I’m trying too attract too much porn with my innocent titles. 🙂

  4. Great blog seo marketing tips! Also, make sure that you create a worth sharing post so your readers could help you spread the word.

  5. I’m not super concerned about SEO. Yes, I pick titles that are more likely to be successful in SEO than others, but I don’t spam posts with keywords etc. I do alright in SEO, I don’t have anything to compare it to, but there are a few posts that I get constant traffic from.

    • Karl says:

      Daisy, me too. I really don’t do much. I try to throw a title into the keyword tool, but honestly it only happens half the time. I do try and put more effort into actually writing posts, not that you’d be able to tell that either. 🙂

  6. Jason @ WSL says:

    That is an awesome ranking! My “should I sell my wife’s wedding ring” has ranked me pretty high for the phrase “should I sell my wife”. LOL

    Obviously the traffic is worthless though. I need to develop an overall marketing strategy and focus on some keywords and phrases but I lack severely in that department. It may be something I pay to get some insight on eventually.

    • Karl says:

      Ha! That is also a great one! Who knew that you’d be the go-to resource for human trafficking in the personal finance arena!?

  7. Dave says:

    Maybe I could get the domain sweetass.com for you and you could post over there. I think you are missing your calling. Your on to something. Thanks.

  8. Hold on there, Karl, do you realize that you may be converting a bunch of average horndogs into SEO experts?

  9. I’m sorry that I’m laughing at this post, but I’ve had something similar happen to me in the past. Back when I used to write a blog about parenting, I wrote a (sarcastic!) post about wanting a boob job after nursing my kids… and I became one of the top Internet searches for boob jobs! Like you, the quality of those visitors wasn’t great. My traffic was up, but my average time on site/page views per visit/etc was down.

  10. Jacko says:

    Excellent advice I have the same issue on a blog that has the same traffic an no conversion. Trying to figure out ways to increase my targeted traffic.

  11. AverageJoe says:

    Don’t ask me about the searches I get because of my old “boner of the week!” posts about moronic events in the finance community….

  12. Michelle says:

    It always seems like blog posts that I didn’t think were that good are the ones that attract the most visitors because of certain keywords. I don’t really know how everything works, I need to look more into SEO and everything!

  13. Sweet achievement. SEO is really a very interesting field. It’s good to put an element of humor to carry on with its trend. Congrats.

  14. funancials says:

    That is hilarious! I can’t imagine how disappointed they were when they were given financial advice.

  15. Tony says:

    THat’s hilarious. BTW, the picture’s great.

  16. Ha, this made me laugh.

    Here in the UK, objectivewealth.co.uk has a great post on how he accidentally ranked #1 in google for “I’ve won the lottery!”.

    But “sweet ass” and “should I sell my wife” are in a different league. Hillarious.

  17. Jonathan says:

    Interesting read and hilarious ranking! I think driving a high amount of traffic is a good thing to do, as that in itself is a ranking factor for google. Still though, sweet assed job would probably be a lot more beneficial!

  18. Though the title and concept of the post is funny you make all so well on the valid points of SEO and how people use it wrongly. Too often I get clients that want to rank for the what I would call stupid none converting keywords. That all they want to hear about and see is how much traffic they are getting. Hey I you are getting 50 qualified visitors interesting in buying your product thats a lot better than 25k that are landing on the wrong site.

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