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Archive for October 2011

I started blogging at a surprisingly young age. From submitting different types of short stories, to poetry to various different websites, I was always blogging. However, it was always for myself. So when I started blogging for an audience, I really didn’t understand tagging. And sometimes, I don’t even understand it to this day.

On my personal, health/gluten free blog, my number one SEO search is “Albanian Boyfriend”. Regardless of the fact that my blog has nothing to do with anything about Albanian boyfriends other than I have one myself. It makes me wonder, what I’m doing wrong.

Even though I’m not good with it myself, tagging is really the reason why I do or do not enjoy a website. The ease of being able to find something is key in making something user friendly. On all of the blogs that I enjoy, the bloggers always organize topics like “recipes” or “exercise” with the correct tagging. I’m always able to find exactly where I’m going, and I always come back again. And the same goes for all other visitors.

Even though blogging is newer media, and technology it still follows the basic business model of pleasing the customer by having a well oiled tagging system. After talking about it in class, I really understand that if I want to be successful in the blogosphere, I need to properly tag my blog, so my biggest SEO search won’t be something that my blog isn’t about.

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My boyfriend often laughs at me with how much of an internet junkie I am. Since he’s an Albanian immigrant, who’s only been here two years, he hasn’t quite caught on to where the rest of us Americans with our obsession of the internet. Really I don’t think that we realize how much the internet has forced its way into our psyche, as well as google.

My own personal blog, is a food and health blog. My top SEO search of all time is “Albanian boyfriend”, because of my mentioning of him I assume. However, it’s misleading really. When people google, “Albanian boyfriend” they find a food blog. Wether it’s my own SEO missteps, or googles POV, it’s misleading. Personally, what I do to control googles POV on my own web content, is to be more specific and really use the correct key words and tags. When I’m looking for other web content, I try to narrow my own search, and look past the first few pages that google provides… because that’s generally where you’re going to find the weird stuff.

I feel that google should be in charge of it’s own regulating, since there really isn’t an internet police. They should be keeping tabs on their own filters and the tags that they provide. They should be looking at keywords, and searches and their results to find if they’re misleading. Such as when a American teen thinks that her perspective Albanian boyfriend will repeat what we saw in the movie Taken, she shouldn’t have to find my food blog.

This should be a somewhat foreseeable task. Google is not the only one of it’s kind (there’s still Bing, Yahoo, etc). However, Google is the main source, and if they want to stay that way in a market that is constantly changing, I think that they should impliment something to create a more navigable internet. I think it’s plausible, and would be totally ideal for both parties (google, and the public).

I’m pretty much tethered to my computer from the first minute I wake up. So after I go ahead and update my personal blog, I check my email on the yahoo homepage. Since I don’t want to wake my roommate with the TV, this is also where I get my news. I only really skim through pre-filtered headlines. The Amanda Knox media coverage caught my eye, and I found the headline to be pretty un-biased, and straight forward, which was very surprsing considering how bias this whole case had been. It was pretty refreshing.

Next, I went over to facebook and followed the daily routine of notifications, new-feeds, birthdays, messages, and so on and so forth. All that good facebook stuff. Also on a daily basis I notice the ads that appear on facebook. At first, I didn’t ever really realize how filtered these ads really were. I thought they were purely coincidental. But now that I know the truth, it’s almost humorous to test it out. Generally I have clothing ad’s, and random food items. So I decided to go on some facebook rant about my cat on my friends wall, and presto! My ads were filled with cats. It’s crazy to think how much facebook is really in our head on that one.

A filter where they are not so much in our head is the new newsfeed. They’re definitely trying to filter it to further help their ads, but it’s not really working… or for me at least.

This exercise showed me a little bit of what I already knew, but I got to emphasize and focus on it, and have some fun with kitty ads. Good show.

Yahoo:

  • Homepage

Facebook:

  • Notifications
  • Newsfeed
  • Birthdays
  • Messages

Tumblr:

  • Dashboard

WordPress:

  • My own blog
  • Itty bitty bits of balance
  • Surviving Candyland
  • Good for me Girl